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nity. They will perceive that this is | ly unite in a plan which, if their views not an additional call upon their bene- of it be just, ought to be equally acvolence, but an effort to render their ceptable to their esteemed brethren in contributions more efficient, and to the country, and their friends residing present these offerings to our bountiful in and near the metropolis. But if Lord in a manner more conformable to their attempts should prove ineffectual, the genius of the gospel we profess. and the scheme they have proposed With one munificent exception, the fail of that support necessary to rencontributions hitherto have varied der it ellicient, they will, at least, from £20 to £5 per annum; a list of have the consolation of reflecting, that which may be seen at the Mission, they have aimed at promoting the com. house, 6, Fen-court. In determining fort of their brethren, the cause of the the amount to be subscribed, it is Redeemer, and the glory of God; and hoped, that each individual will, at it is obvious that nothing would be least, resolve on a sum equal to his easier, in such a case, than to revert former expenditure in this way; some to the plan which has hitherto been have already kindly made a consider- | adopted. able addition to that amount. Friends
Communications from Subscribers accustomed to relieve the " Board” Cases are already in possession of may be addressed to the Secretary, some guide-but they will not forget court, Fenchurch-street; and, as some
Rev. James Hargreaves, No. 6, Fenwhat has been communicated to irre- friends may wish for a personal intergular Cases also. That individuals may be found, who the Committee will be able to arrange
view on the subject, it is hoped that can only be prevailed on to give by deputations for that purpose ere the the urgent importunity of personal so
close of the year. licitation, the Committee cannot but
It is intended that the plan shall admit; and, if they could believe that the great body of contributors were of commence its operation with the Newthis description, of course, nothing but year, 1826. In the present month, failure could be anticipated. But they in Ireland, 'examined and recommend
(December,) the case from Abbeyliex, hesitate not to avow their conviction; ed by the 'Board hitherto subsisting, that this is not generally the case, and will be collected on in the usual their expectation that many will glad method.
On the End of the Year 1824. On Wednesday, the 6th of October, 1824, an interesting meeting was held at a chapel called BEAULAH, near The closing year! O awful thought! Pont-y-pool, Monmouthsbire. Mr. J. May land thee, sinner, on the shore Price, of Blaenau, read and prayed ;
Of vast eternity! Mr. J. Evans, Pen-y-garn, gave a In its last hours may'st thou be taught brief account of the origin and pro- To seek the Saviour's grace and power, gress of the Baptist interest in those
To give thee true felicity. parts; read over the names of 146 members, who had now received their The closing year! O sacred theme ! dismission from Pen-y-garn, to form May waft thee, Christian, on its stream; themselves into a distinct church, and To everlasting day! concluded in prayer. Mr. J. James, O seize its moments while they last, Pont-rhyd-gr-gwn, stated the nature And work for God with ardent haste, and origin of the office of Deacons, and Until thou art call'd away. then ordained three of the brethren to that office, by the impositiou of hands The closing year! O cheering hope ! and prayer, and preached on the duty May prove the time of Jesu's grace, of Deacons and members, from 1 Tim. To pour his spirit down! iii. 13. Mr. J. Michal, Pont-hir, and Then will our churches be built up: Mr. T. Morris, Newport, preached to Then will they live in holy peace, the people, from Matt, xvi, 18; John And Jesus wear the crown! X. 28.
To the Secretariss.
he told me he had neglected to fullt
his promise of writing to you on the Boyle, Sept. 20, 1824.
proceedings of our Society; he being In my last I spoke of the great stir one whom I had requested to do so; the appointment of the Education | he said he would do it. Commission had made in this country, nor is it at all abated; on the contrary,
J. Wilson. all that conjecture, anxiety, and inclination can suggest, is started-now one report, and then another-but all
To the Secretaries. are to have their own wishes complied
Newmarket-on-Fergus, with by the Government. These re
Sept. 20, 1824. ports are producing an unfavourable effect in many places, causing some
I have been out the last three weeks children to neglect their scripture preaching and inspecting the schools. tasks, and many others to leave the I am happy to say, that I was well atschools, to join those established by tended, and that there is an increasing the priests of the respective parishes; desire to hear the gospel. With pleafor these are now become very general, sure I also mention, that I found the with the hope that a grant will be schools again incrcasing, except made to them, with permission to use one, notwithstanding the persevering their own books.
threatenings, and dreadful and shockYet, notwithstanding this statement, ing cursing of the priests; it is a'cri. it will be gratifying to the Committee tical time with them, and the more to learn, that I scarcely recollect a they curse, the people get less afraid quarter's inspection in which so many
of them. premiums were merited by
the It would be tedious to write, and it scholars, for committing the scrip- would also occupy too much of your tures, all the receivers of which having time
to read every
circumstance committed five, or more chapters, which I might relate ; I will only during the quarter, in addition to mention a few. those before learnt; of this they will Our congregation here is better than be satisfied, when I mention that, to I could reasonably expect; the place one school I have sent five premiums, being entirely popish, and our Sundayto another six, to another ten, to ano
school here, which I established, is ther thirteen, to another sixteen, and prospering beyond all expectation, in to another nineteen; besides several
the face of the most determined oppoothers.
sition. There are two priests here, I hope the mention of this will be a and a popish bishop. On the 30th of sufficient inducement to any of our
August I left here, and arrived in friends who have suitable books, or Miltown, about thirty miles distant, other things, to give, to forward them, in the evening; it is situated on the my stock is now getting very low. tremendous banks of the nighty At.
I have the pleasure of stating, tbat | lantic, to the north-west of this, and now the dark evenings are coming on, endeavoured to make known the way wy congregations are increasing in of salvation to as many as possible, most places, although, through the ; and some appeared greatly staggered summer, some of them have continued with respect to their confidence in the larger than ever. If inquiry be a priests : the place is entirely popish, pleasing, indication concerning the On Lord's-day, the 5th, preached at truth, which I believe is admitted by Moy in the morning, about six miles all its friends, certainly there are from Miltown, to a Roman Catholic pleasing prospects in this country, not. congregation; there was only one Prowithstanding all the superstition, and testant woman. Four or five families bigotry, and vice, that yet prevail. threw off Popery, and others will fol.
On my lately seeing Colonel P-- low them; there were about thirty of
their children present, and the people | all the way to the county of Wick were very anxious for a school-Daster low, to a famous priest, who is emifor them; I promised I would provide nent for absolving sin. But the Lord for them as soon as possible. I was has mercifully shewn him his deluvery happy in
preaching, though sions. He was determined not to hear greatly fatigued from walking over me the night I preached at Long's, but the tremendous bills. The people the Lord had determined he should. wished me to preach again in the He is now most diligent in reading evening, and said that the clergyman the Irish and English scriptures to all intended to come all the way from be possibly can, without pecuniary Miltown to hear; but I could not reward. After preaching at Bushe's, comply, as I engaged to preach that I immediately went off to Mount evening at Eunistyman, and left the Shannon, in the county of Galway, derzyman something to do instead of and preached to a crowded congregahearing me. I understand he is a tion, who beard with the greatest at. great friend of mine, though I never tention; and the next evening at spoke to him. I was told he heard me Clanwella to a room full of people. preach one evening at O'Brien’s The Lord mercifully preserved me. Bridge, in the county of Tipperary, from those who would swallow me up. and I have reason to hope, from what I hope I shall still be remembered by I heard, that the sermon was made my friends at a throne of grace. Iinuseful to him. May the Lord grant, close a statement of the schools for that he may be enabled to spread the the present quarter. In the Black. gospel in that remote and benighted water School, under the patronage of place. I heard that he declared there Mr. M‘Adam, and regularly attended was no real religion without a change by Miss M'Adam, a young lady of of heart. I preached in the evening eminent talents and piety, five of the at Ennistyman, about six miles from children repeated, from memory, eighMoy; the officer commanding the de. teen chapters each, this quarter, pero tachment prepared his parlour for the fectly, and four chapters each imperreception of the congregation, though fectly. One child repeated ten, this Unasked; which
very kind, quarter, one repeated six, and one though I never saw him before: his three chapters. These children are .lady is very pious. The room was very only sis and seven years old, and an. full, principally of the soldiers and swered questions in the most pleasing their wives. Ennistyman is a dread- manner. The whole country is confully dark place. I had some argu- vulsed: there was never such a stir ments with papists at Lahynch, and in Ireland. endeavoured to shew them the way of
WM. THOMAS. peace. Here they race horses, and practice all manner of wickedness, on the Lord's-day. I preached in the
To the Rev. Mr. Thomas. barracks at Tomgrany, Broadford, and Moynoe, Scarif, August 19, 1824. . Doonags; the soldiers, police, &c.
Roy, SIR, were very thankful for what they had heard. On Lord's-day, 12th of Sep- In giving you an idea of my labours tember, I preached in " Thomas during the last quarter, I am conBushe's house at Maynoe, at eleven strained to relate the following strik. o'clock, when the priest was saying ing instance of sovereign and redeem. mass to about forty Roman Catholics; ing grace, which delivers the captive, there was only one Protestant family heals the broken-hearted, and sets at in the whole parish. P, the liberty such as are bound. Although late Carmelite, was present, who, with it would be tedious and impossible for the rest, paid the greatest attention. me to give you more than a specimen I enclose a letter from Thomas Bushe of the pilgrimages, stations, mortificarespecting him-it is strictly correct; tions, &c. of the celebrated Carmelite, I am sure it will give you pleasure. who is the subject of this parration; His leaving the popish religion has yet, suflice it to say, that I have fregiven it a great shake. As Paul was quently known him to refuse lying a Pharisee of the Pharisees, so he was upon a feather bed, he would not lje a Carmelite of the Carmelites, and a so comfortable; bis bed should be a leader of the pilgrims. The priests litter of straw, with the worst covering boasted of him, and held him up as an that could be procured, and when at example to others. I was told he has his own house, his bed would be a been to Laughderrig in the North, and mat made of straw, and a small bit of
Hair-cloth would be his whole cover. Scariff, and not twenty yards from ing, sheets, blankets, quilts, and all, Priest Vaughan's door, and, to my though he could well afford lying upon great surprise, he spoke very friendly a bed of feathers; but mortification to me, (though he refused speaking to was his trade, and he looked forward me twice when I spoke to him, since in hope that his passage through Pur- the priest turned me out of the chapel, gatory would be tolerable, in propor- nor would he even look to the side tion to his sufferings here. Urged by of the road that I might be at,) and superstition, he cut off his hair, and asked me when did I see Mr. Thomas, began to wear a wig, and resolved on the preacher; told me that he heará devoting the rest of his days to religi- you preach at Long's; said, that you ous services, in what is called per- condemned and shook every part of formiog rounds or stations at different the Romish religion ; particularly places in the kingdom, famed for im- | Transubstantiation, the interference of parting peculiar merit to observances angels and saints, extreme unction, performed at them. Lady's - well, &c. &c. I took an opportunity then, in Lough-derrig, Inniscaltraugh, or the a calm, loving, and submissive man. Holy Island, &c. were frequently the ner, of pointing him simply to the comscenes of his blind devotions, particu- plete and finished work of redemption, Jarly the latter, at least ten or twelve and that the merit of the atonement was times a year. This island lies in the not to be attained by doing penance, by river Shannon, has a steeple and seven confessions into a priest's ear, by pur. churches; it would be difficult to de- gatory, by masses, ointments, &c. &c.; scribe the seven and seven
but that pardon, peace, &c. were unrounds that are to be performed here merited free gifts of grace for guilty on the sharpest stones, with the bare sinners, by the sacrifice of Jesus feet, and on the knees; the whole cir. Christ, once offered on the cross, when cuit of rounds, put together, is com- he had by himself purged our sins, &c. puted at upwards of twenty-eight I also endeavoured to impress upon Irish miles, besides seven Paters, se- his mind the necessity of reading the ven Aves, and a creed, carefully scriptures, as the grand medium to sounted on a string of beads at each bring him to God; and I rejoice to say, and every of the seven and seven score, that, since that time, he is not a bigot, or 127 rounds. This Carmelite, who but like a noble Berean, and is, day is a young man, and an eminent tailor, and night, and from house to house, at states, that you preached at Mr. every opportunity, searching and read. George Long's, in the parish of Cloun- ing the scriptures to all who are wilrush, last spring, where he happened | ling to hear their joyful sound. He to be-at work, and declares, that when came on purpose to my house at least he saw the neighbours collecting to
four or five times a week these two hear you preach, he gathered up the months back, and never cloth that he had in hand, and retired reading the scriptures, and has felt a to an adjoining room, lest he might be great desire to converse with me upon contaminated by your pestiferous the things of God, insomuch so, that preaching; and just when you com- he frequently continues, until clear znenced preaching, the light that he day in the morning, talking of Mohad, wentout; he then stood up to the ses and the Prophets, Christ and room door in the dark, and paid the the Apostles, &c. This man could greatest attention to what you preach- read the English well, though he did ed, which made an impression on his not know a single letter of the Irish, mind that will never be forgotten; but could speak it fluently, and having and, at his returning home to Tom- seen several at my cottage, who could grany, he called at my habitation, but read the Irish scriptures, he expressed I was not at home, to know from me the greatest desire to know how to what I thought of the doubts that were read them. I got an Irish Testament, upon his mind, and what I thought of and taught him the Irish letters, and what you preached; and he solemnly continued instructing him the most declared to my wife and family, that part of five or six days: and before he you levelled the Romish religion to the went away, he could read three chapgra 66 Oh!” said Carmelite, ters of the Irish Testament fluently ; at the same time stamping his foot, and, whilst away from me, he applied “ Mr. Thomas, the preacher, sunk himself diligently to the study of the the Roman Catholic religion, never scriptures, and to a language so enmore to rise.” In three or four days | deared to the natives by every tie of after, I met this man in the street of love and affection; and, has made
anch wonderful progress, that he sat
f.sed in a class of Irish readers, the three Miss Parr, Petersfield.... 0 10 last Sundays, at my house, and read
For the “ Rye School," by the Irish scriptures in his turn,
0 10 the great delight of upwards of From Battle, by Mrs. thirty persons, who were present upon
Sargent. that occasion; and I am told, by Mrs. Wright, of Naylon... 1
0 persons for whom he lately worked, Collections and subscripthat he, with the niost indefatigable
tions from the Northern zeal, spends half his time reading the
District of the SouthIrish scriptures to them, and declares
east Baptist Association, that he never will be hindered by
by the Rev. John Evans, priest or bishop from reading the
of Brecon scriptures to his poor benighted bre- By Rev. T. Edmonds, of
10 0 thren; others, following his example,
2 are now, with the greatest avidity, By Rev. D. Davies, from a
0 learning the Irish : persons who never
Friend in Wales
1 0 0 before thought of learning it, and
Rev. Wm. Nicholls, Calthereby ensuring the study of the
0 scriptures, as they will admit an Irish
P. S. Ward, Esq. Bristol, Testament, where they would not han.
5 by Mr. Phillips.....
o dle, or even look at an English one; Plymouth Society in Aid of even a revenue police-man,stationed in
Missions, by W. Prance, the barrack at Scarist, who is a Roman
4 12 Catholic, is now eagerly learning the
....... 300 0 native language, and deeply la
From Rev. Mr. Horton, of ments that he did not begin when
6 Devonport ..
о о P- the Carmelite did. He begged an Irish Testament of me; I gave him Collected in September, by Mr. my own, which he sounds into the
Pritchard. ears of the rest of the men, who are chiefly Romanists, and borrowed one
At Abingdon..... 16 10 6 for my own use.
By Ditto, at Oxford...... 13 7, THOMAS BUSHE.
Received by Mr. Burls.'
By Rev, Moses Fisher.... 54 10 6 Received by Mr. Irimey, since the By Rev. John Dyer ...... 17 17 Annual Meeting.
Legacy of £100, of Joseph
£ s. d. Harris, Esq. late of Mr. Henry Cox, by Rev.
Trowbridge (less by Mr. Shenstone.......
Legacy Duty, £10)..... 90 0 0 Mr. Bass, by Ditto....... 1 1
Subscription for Lyme Rev. Professor Martyn,
Irish School, by Mrs. Kimbolton
2 0 Mrs. Franklin, Albory....
0 10 Collected by Rev. Mr. Gibbs : A Farmer's Comment upon
At Nottingham: 70 10 0 Prov. iii. 9. ...*
1 1 0
At Derby ........... 13 6 Rev.J. Hindes, Sharnbrook 1 0
0 Rev. E. West, Chenies 1
1 Mr. Kent, Southampton
At Loughborough... 2 10
1 0 From Portsea, by Rev. C. Addition to Collection at
12 Annual Meeting...... 0 12 0 Eros, Haddenham
2 Mrs. Duthoit, by Rev. Wm.
Richard Foster, Jun. Esq. 10 10 Shenstone...
1 1 0 From Salehouse, Norfolk, By J. Wilson, Jun. Scot
by Rev. Mr. Upton 1 land-yard, small Col.
Ilford, Penny-a-week So. lections
1:6 0 ciety, by Rev. Mr. Smith 7 100, *** The Friends of the Society are respectfully informed, ihut Mr. Burls, the Trensurer, is much better ; though it is still feared his valuoble services, in future, will be lost to the Institution.