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these, Whytoo Nadan, is now an old man, 1 the Tract Society, the press conducted by -hi and can recall the instructions he re- | Mr. Dawson issued numerous religious va ceived from Mr. Chater. For many years tracts, Testaments, and a brief commentary till he has been a consistent and useful ser on portions of Scripture. Being the first og vant of Christ, watching over the flock press in the centre of the island, its pro

committed to his charge with assiduity and ceedings excited great interest among the zeal. It is in the spirit of the following 1 natives. language, he looks back on his long career. This station is now occupied by the Rev.

"I am not worthy," he says, “to stand C. Carter, who has under his direction several before thy throne, holy God of Heaven; I native brethren; he has also lately been am the meanest, wretchedest worm in the occupied in preparing two or three conworld. My might and power are no more verts for the ministry, and has especially than the dust of the ground, and yet God devoted himself to the preparation of a has kept me alive in this world about sixty new and revised edition of the New Testayears-praise and glory be to him. The ment. It is now passing through the God of Heaven has abundantly loved me, | press, and promises to be of the greatest a great sinner, and has been pleased to 1 utility. The number of converts in the purchase me from the captivity of Satan, two churches in Kandy and Matelle is by the precious blood of his only begotten sixty-four. Son, the Redeemer of the world.”

Thus from beneath the destructive shade In addition to the numerous schools | of the Upas tree of Buddhism has it containing nearly 700 children, Mrs. Allen pleased God to rescue many souls, and to has for some years conducted a most useful plant in this land his Church. These are native boarding school of forty children. but the first fruits of that great gathering

In 1840, Kandy, the ancient capital of which his purpose has assured to his Son, the island, became the centre of operations as the reward for the travail of his soul. for the surrounding country, and Mr. May he hasten the day for the full accomDawson and Mr. Harris removed thither. plishment of his gracious will ! Until merged in the wider operations of

"The Freeman” Newspaper.

now been ec large; and the itself and

At a meeting of Gentlemen held at the Baptist Mission House, on Wednesday, January 15th, 1852, the Rev. SAMURL GREEN in the chair, it was unanimously resolved :

I. That this meeting recognises the importance to the Baptist body of a paper conducted in accordance with its pri iples, and widely circulated both in the denomination itself and among the community at large; and that as The Freeman has now been established during a period of seven years, and has, by the breadth and completeness of its intelligence, by its able comments on denominational and public affairs, and by the Catholic spirit which it has displayed, established its claim to cordial support, this meeting, without expressing concurrence in all the views put forth in its columns, rejoices in the efficiency with which it has hitherto been con. ducted, and in the high position which it has attained.

Moved by the Rev. Dr. Evans.

Seconded by E. B. UNDERHILL, Esq. II. That this meeting regards the present circulation of The Freeman as affording very gratifying evidence of public approval and confidence; that it is, however, much to be desired that this circulation should be greatly increased, not only to secure for the paper a larger 1

amount of support, but also, by augmenting its literary power, to promote the welfare of many in our churches and congregations, who, but for its existence, would probably be left without the advantage of such a medium of general and denominational information.

Moved by the Rev. Dr. GOTCH.

Seconded by the Rev. J. BLOOMFIELD. III. That the occurrence of the Bicentenary of the Ejection of the Two Thousand Ministers by the Act of Uniformity renders it important that the great principles carried out and illustrated by that event, should be brought clearly and fully before the members of the Baptist community and the Christian world at large.

That by the wider diffusion thus given to the principles and proceedings of the Baptist denomination, greater efficiency may be secured for its various evangelical associations, so that the great mission entrusted to this section of the Church of Christ may be more thoroughly fulfilled.

Moved by the Rev. J. P. Chown.

Seconded by the Rev. C. J. MIDDLBDITCH, IV. That a committee be therefore formed. consisting of the gentlemen present, and of others who may approve of the object, to in. The Rev. F. TRESTRAIL and the Rev.C.J. MIDDLEDITCH were also requested to act as Honorary Secretaries to this committee.

crease the circulation of The Freeman ; and that
the pastors, deacons, and members of Baptist
Churches be earnestly requested to aid the Com-
mittee, so as to secure for the paper, during the
present year, an extent of circulation thoroughly
worthy of such an organ, and of the principles
with which it is identified.

Moved by the Rev. H. Dowson.
Seconded by the Rev. Dr. Evans.

The committee now consists of about 167 gentle men, 27 of them resident in the metropolis, and 140 in the country. We regret that we have not space to insert the list of names.



saddens him ; but for himself, “ This sentence,"

he says, “ causes me unspeakable joy, it is one of The Parliamentary Session bas opened in the

| the most glorious facts in the poor history of my manner expected. The topic of mourning occu.

life.... My sufferings, from the delicate pied, of course, the chief place in the Royal

state of my health, will be almost death to me; Speech - America occupied the second place.

but had I not one but a thousand lives, I would LordPalmerston was commended by the ex-premier

sacrifice them all with Christian tranquillity, on for proposing no political measures, and a kind of

the altar of the sacred cause of our Divine Re truce was offered for the year on this basis. Mr.

deemer Jesus. The dangers which surround me, Hadfield has obtained a second reading for his bill

or may yet arise, are of little account to me, who to abolish the municipal declaration stigma on Dis

aspire only to the pardon of our heavenly Father, senters, Mr. Newdegate, however, protesting,

following the way which His omnipotent finger Sir J. Trelawny bas also obtained a first reading

has traced by means of His Son Jesus. The perils for bis ChurchRate Abolition Bill—though it is

which threaten my life are for the good of my very doubtful whether he will obtain for it a second.

soul, and if to show to wanderers the way of eterNo Parliamentary or other great reform has been

nal life, I must suffer the chastisement of men, it even proposed.

is not worthy to be considered in comparison with His Royal Highness 'the Prince of Wales has the sure recompense promised by our well-beloved left England for a tour in the East. He is accom Father." panied by the Rev. Canon Stanley. The Princess No time has been lost in taking advantage of the Frederick William of Prussia has arrived at Os. auspicious change in the government of Madagasborne on a visit to her mother.

car. The Rev. J. J. Le Brun, of the London All our readers have heard, long ere now, of the

Society, has already reached the capital; he reHartley Pit disaster. Upwards of two hundred

ceived a cordial welcome, and has been preaching men-miners-were by this accident brought to an

in the private chapel of the royal palace, as well as untimely end The syrr pathy with them, and with

in more public places. A school, established by their surviving relatives, has been universal. For

the king since his accession, has been placed under the relief of the families of the sufferers, a very

| the missionary's superintendence. On his way up large sum has been raised. As soon as the event

the country he was met by a special messenger, was announced, the Queen caused the following

bearing a letter from the Christians of Antananletter to be sent :-“Osborne, Jan. 23. Sir,-The

arivo.“ We are filled,” they say, “with joy that Queen, in the midst of her own overwhelming

the kingdom of God gains ground, and establishes grief, has taken the deepest interest in the dread.

itself more and more in our country. We have ful accident at Hartley, and up to the last had

begun to meet for public worship at Antananarivo boped that at least a considerable number of the

since Lord's-day, 29th September last. As one poor people might have been recovered alive. The

house was not large enough to contain us all, we appalling news since received has affected the

had to meet in eleven separate houses, and they Queen very much. Her Majesty commands me

were all crowded to excess. When the people saw to say that her tenderest sympathy is with the

how great was the number of Christians they were poor widows and mothers, and that her own misery

exceedingly amazed; and what still increased their only makes her feel the more for them. Her Ma.

astonishment was the appearing in public of jesty hopes that everything will be done as far as

Cbristians who, having been hidden for so long possible to alleviate their distress, and ber Majesty

a period, were considered by all as dead. Everywill feel a sad satisfaction in assisting in such

body could not but exclaim, "Truly God is great, measures. Pray let me know what is doing. I

who can thus watch over those who place their have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient, humble

confidence in him!' A general disposition to join servant, C. B. PHIPPS.”-It is a comfort' to know

as seems to take hold of the people. The king. that many of the men were Christians.

Radams II., tells us to write and persuade the

missionaries to come and settle at Antananarivo, The prisoners at Granada, in Spain, have at as well as all our friends and countrymen who are length been condemned,- Matamoros and Albama at Mauritius. There is now no obstacle in the to seven years at the galleys, and Trigo to four, way; the road is open to everybody. Everyone for no other crime tban attempting, contrary to can pray in all security; the Word of God has tree law, to subvert the Catholic religion. There is still course in our midst. Bring, therefore, with you some slight hope expressed that the sentence may all sorts of Malagasy books-the Bible, the New be modified by the superior court. Several others Testament, tracts, and alphabets, yea everything bave also been condemned on the ground of contu printed in the Malagasy language, for everybody macy, but being already in exile are bappily be here scrambles, as it were, for the Word of God: yond reach of their persecutors. Matamoros so ardent is the desire expressed for it that they writes cheerfully. The thought of his country throw themselves upon any portions they find! French Roman Catholic priests have already 1 eloquent addresses were delivered on themes apreached Antananarivo, and use every means to in propriate to the occasion. The Rev. J. E. Richards, struct the people in their religion. Pray ardently of Coverdale Chapel, the Rev. J. Batey, the Rev. to the Lord that he may prevent any of us who are Dawson Burns, the Rev. W. Hickman Smith, the Protestants at least from being tempted to listen Rev. J. S. Stanion, and the Rev. T.J. R. Temple, to their teachings. Everybody, young and old, severally delivered addresses. is eagerly learning to read. All the Christians who were in bonds have received their liberty, and

ASHTON - UNDER - LYNE.- On the evening of are living at the capital.”

January 25, a social meeting of friends connected

with the Baptist church, Welbeck-street, AshtonWe have the pleasure to record that, after pro

under-Lyne, was held for the purpose of taking longed correspondence, the treasurer of the Baptist

leave of the Rev. W. K. Armstrong, B A., who Missionary Society has at length received from the

was about to enter upon the pastoral charge of the Government of Spain the sum of £1,500, the com

Baptist church, Castlegate, Berwick. About 120 pensation granted for the losses of the Society by

persons sat down to tea, after which the meeting the exclusion of the missionaries from Fernando

was presided over by the Rev. John Sutcliffe, of Po. It is due to Earl Russell, and to his predeces

Stalybridge. Mr. William Ward read and presors in the Foreign Office, to acknowledge the kind

sented an address from the Young Men's Society, assistance which has all through been rendered by

referring in grateful terms to the interest taken in Her Majesty's Government. It is very doubtful

the young by Mr. Armstrong during his eight whether any compensation would have been ob

years' pastorate. Mr. Joseph Lindley then pretained, had not the Society enjoyed the powerful sented him with a handsome and valuable timeadvocacy of the Secretary of State for Foreign

piece bearing an appropriate inscription, the gift Affairs.

of a number of friends in the church and school. The united celebration of the Bi-centenary of

After suitable acknowledgments by Mr.Armstrong, St. Bartholomew's day has now been determined

the meeting was addressed by Messrs. Ashton, on. It will be remembered that the Conference of

Green, Oram, Hay, Duxbury, Kerrison, Haslam, the Independent body refused, as we stated last

Sterndale, and Batlow. On the following evening month, to join in the united movement. The

& large congregation assembled to hear a farewel friends of the united celebration, however, resolved discourse from 2 Cor. i. 12. to persevere in their effort; and we are glad to an

HOLYIEAD.-On Tuesday, Jan. 14th, the New nounce that now a committee has been formed-with

English Baptist Chapel, Park-street, Holyhead, Mr. Edward Swaine as its chairman, and Sir was opened for Divine Worship. In the morning Morton Peto as its treasurer-for the purpose of

the Scriptures were read, and prayer offered, by directing the work of the year. The objects of the

the Rev. D. Evans, of Dudley; the Right Honour. committee will be, first, to secure the delivery of a

able Lord Teynham then preached a striking sercourse of public lectures in London ; secondly, to

mon from Luke xi. 13. In the afternoon, the reprovide a suitable literary memorial of the great

cognition of the Rev. A. Davies, as pastor of the event of 1662: and, thirdly, to render aid, in any

newly-formed church, took place. Lord Teynham way in their power, to those who wish, in any part

commenced the service by reading and prayer. of the country, to honour the memory of the

The Rev. D. Evans delivered the introductory disfathers of English Nonconformity. We have no course. Dr. Morgan proposed the usual questions, doubt that our brethren will both support this

which were answered in a full, explicit, and committee, and avail themselves of its assistance

highly satisfactery manner. Dr. Morgan then So far as they may need it. Baptists will not be

offered up the ordination prayer, accompanied with behind their brethren in honouring the memory of

the imposition of hands. After this ceremony, the the sufferers for conscience' sake of 1662. We may

doctor delivered a faithful and affectionate charge state that the rooms of the United Conference are

to the young minister, from John xxi. 15–17. The at 10, Broad Street Buildings, London, and that the

Rev. D. Evans then gave a practical and impressive secretary, the Rev. Samuel Cox, will be happy to

address to the newly-constituted church. In the correspond with any one needing the advice or

evening the service was conducted in the Welsh assistance of the committee.

Baptist Chapel, when Lord Teynham preached an impressive sermon from 1 Cor. i. 1, 2. On the

following Wednesday evening, the Rev. D. Evans DOMESTIC.

preached to a numerous assemblage. The collee.

tions amounted to 551. COMMERCIAL-ROAD, LONDON, -On Tuesday, Jan. 21st, recognition services were held at the LION-STREET, WALWORTH.-On Tuesday evenGeneral Baptist Chapel, Commercial-road East, ing, the 4th Feb., a public meeting was held in this London, in connection with the settlement of the chapel to promote the erection of new school. Rev. Thomas Goadby, B.A., as pastor of the rooms. From the statement read by the secretary church. At the afternoon meeting, after devo it was shown that the number of scholars bas tional exercises and the reading of the Scriptures, nearly doubled in the last seven years, rendering the Rev. C. Stovel delivered an able and charac. it necessary to use the galleries of the chapel for teristic introductory discourse, founded on Ro school purposes, in addition to the school-room. mans xii. 4, 5. A brief statement was then made In addition to these inconveniences, the lease of by the secretary, Mr. Pettit, on behalf of the the present chapel and school-room will shortly church; and the newly-chosen minister followed, expire. These circumstances induced the com. stating the circumstances under which he entered mittee and teachers in 1859 to determine on upon the pastorate, and the views and spirit in raising £1,000 as a Jubilee Memorial Fund, for which he hoped, by the grace of God, to prosecute the erection of new school-rooms, towards which his toil. The Rev. W. Underwood, President of £600 were then promised; but as the church and the College, Chilwell, near Nottingham, then congregation had, four years previously, engaged offered prayer, and addressed the minister from to subecribe £300 d-year for seven years towards

tus i. 7-9. A large number of friends took a new chapel, further effort was postponed until tea in the school-room above the chapel. After tea the present year. A resolution, approving the dea public meeting was held in the chapel, the Rev termination of the committee, and pledging the

• Underwood presiding, when instructive and friends and congregation to special efforts to raise

W. Underwo

on Tuesday,

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the £1,000 during the year 1862, was moved by the | Bradford; 30th, Rev. J. H. Hinton, A. M. Rev. R. Robinson, of York-road Chapel, Lambeth, London. and seconded by the Rev. Dr. Hewlett, of Isling

Diss, NORFOLK.-The neat and commodions ton, and being unanimously adopted, a collection

Baptist chapel in this place, which, with vestries was made and subscriptions promised, amounting

and school-room, was erected at a cost of 2,1001., together to about £120. The meeting was after.

was opened for Divine worship in March, 1860, wards addressed by William Gover, Esq.; and

when the Revs. C. Elven, of Bury, and C. H. William Dickes, Esq., encouraged the friends

Spurgeon, of London, preached. Christian present to use every effort to complete the amount

liberality produced 1841. at the opening services, this year, and thus extend the benefits of the

which, with previous contributions, made 1,7007. Sunday-school system.

received on behalf of the building fund, leaving 4001. SALEM CHAPEL,MBARD's Court,8070.--An inte yet to be provided. On November 19th last, the resting and numerously-attended meeting was held friends of the cause met at a social tea in the on Tuesday, 11th ult. in commemoration of tbe tenth school-room beneath the chapel, when able speeches anniversary of the pastorate of the Rev. J. Bloom were made by neighbouring ministers, urging field at the above place. Upwards of 300 sat down united efforts to remove the entire debt. The reto tea; after which a public meeting was held, sult was that the whole amount was obtained er. Mr. Bloomfield in the chair, who was supported by cept 401., which has since been made up. Thus the Revs. Messrs. Palmer, Chivers, Meeres, have the workings of willinghood, in less than Moyle, Pells, Wyard, Cracknell, Williamson, | two years, provided more than 20001., in connection Griffiths, Anderson, &c. After singing and pray with this one “ house of prayer." er, the chairman briefly sketched the results of

NORLAND CHAPEL, NOTTING-HILL.-Ata social his ministerial labours, adverting particularly to

tea-meeting held in the spacious school-room on the period during the past year when, through affliction, he was prevented from performing the

Tuesday evening, last week, Mr. Constable, the

senior deacon, presented to the pastor, the Rev. duties of his office; taking the opportunity to

John Stent, a purse of sovereigns, as a mark of thank most heartily the numerous brethren by

appreciation of the high value set upon his services wbom he was surrounded for their kindness during

by & devoted, earnest, and loving people. The that period, by officiating in his place. Mr.

rev. gentleman afterwards delivered an interesting Bloomfield referred likewise to the liberal and ex

lecture on the Bible to a large audience. pressive sympathy by which he had been supported by his church and congregation during his HAY, SOUTH WALES.-The annual tea-meeting affliction, and concluded by expressing his un. was held in the Baptist chapel here on Tuesday feigned gratitude for the general prosperity of his Jast, Feb. 11th, when about 250 sat down to tea. charge. Several addresses were then delivered by After tea, & lecture on “The Ancient Britons," the above-named gentlemen, after which the pro was delivered by the Rev. B. Davies, of Greenceedings closed in the usual way.

wich. The chair was occupied by the Rev. C. CHESTERFIELD.-On the 22nd of October last,

Wilson Smith, of Kingston. a Baptist Church was formed in Chesterfield, when FOREST-ROW, SUSSEX.-On Monday, Feb. 10, the Town-hall was opened for the worship of the teachers and friends in connection with Bethesda church, with two sermons preached by the Rev. Cbapel, held their annual meeting, when 120 par. Charles Larom, of Sheffield; who, having formed took of tea. Addresses were delivered by the the Church, administered to the newly united minister, the Rev. H. Flower, H. T. Greig, of members the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. The Dorman Land, and Mr. Cattell, of Edenbridge. church numbered at first twenty-two members,

MINISTERIAL CHANGES.-The Rev. R. P. Macwhich has increased to twenty-six. These friends,

master, of Cow-lane, Coventry, has accepted much encouraged by their progress hitherto, are earnestly desirous of erecting a chapel for the use

the invitation of the Baptist church at Coun.

terslip, Bristol, so long under the pastorate of of the denomination, and are endeavouring to do

the Rev. T. Winter.-The Rev. R. Morris, of what they can towards the expense of the building.

Hunmanby, Yorkshire, has accepted the invitation They have also commenced a Sunday-school, and a

of the church and congregation at Westmancote, class for the religious and general improvement

near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and has comof young men. It is hoped their efforts will be at

menced his labourg.-The Rev. J. C. Adams, late tended with continued success, and bring much

of Port Natal, having been approved of by the blessing to many in this increasingly improving

Baptist Missionary Society, will proceed by the town of Derbyshire, containing a population of

first vessel to Port Elizabeth, Algoa Bay, to take about twelve thousand.

the oversigbt of the Baptist church in that place. BAPTIST HOUR MISSIONARY SOCIETY.-THE -The Rev. J. Haslam, of Rawdon College, has &c. MOVEMENT AT YORK.-It has long been felt by cepted the invitation of the church at Gildersome, brethren, especially in the north, that there ought near Leeds, and hopes to enter upon his labours in to be a Christian church of the Baptist denomina July.The Rev. Eli Dyson, of Rishworth, York. tion in York. Encouraged by influential friends, shire, has accepted the invitation of the Baptist both in Yorksbire and Lancashire, the committee Church at Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, and of the above society are making an earnest effort hopes to commence his labours there on the first to establish one. They have secured the use of Sabbath in April.-The Rev. Rees: Evans, of the Lecture Hall, a place well adapted to Lord's. Libanus, Ystrad, Glamorganshire, has accepted day services, and where a church of another de- the invitation of the church at Stanhopenomination has already been raised. The place has street, Liverpool, and is expected to commence been supplied for a month by highly respected I his labours there about the 23rd day of March. ministers, both from London and the provinces, The Rev. J. H. Wood, of Haworth, has accepted and the attendance from the first has been most en the unanimous invitation of the church at Melk. couraging. The following brethren have kindly sham, Wiltshire, to become their pastor, and ex. engaged to supply in the course of the present pects to enter upon his duties there on the third month:- March 2nd, Rev. S. J. Davies, London: Sunday in March.-The Rev. D. T. Davies has 9th, Rev. J. Edwards, Nottingham ; 16th, Rev. c. resigned the pastorate of the Baptist chureb, Bailhache, Watford ; 23rd, Rev. H. J. Betts, | Presteign, Radnor,

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