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memorial to the Legislature, on behalf of the Conference, in favor of (1) Municipal Reform for London, (2) the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the condition of the poor, and suggest the necessary remedies, and (3) the speedy enactment of a measure for securing to the people Local Option in regard to the liquor traffic which is so fruitful a source of evil. WIII. Public Meeting.—After tea in the school-room, the evening meeting was held in the chapel, and was well attended. Rev. W. Harvey Smith offered prayer, and addresses were given by the President, Mr. S. D. Rickards, and Revs. J. A. Andrews and W. J. Staynes. W. J. Avery, Secretary.
LouTH, Eastgate.—Luther Commemoration Services.—The four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Luther was celebrated as follows:–On Friday evening, Nov. 9th, a lecture was delivered by Rev. C. Playll (Congregationalist) on “Some minor causes of the Reformation; or, how Europe was prepared for Luther.” On Sunday, Nov. 11th, in the morning, the Rev. C. Payne preached on “The Principles of the Reformation”; and in the evening “The Life-work of Luther” was presented in a service of song. MACCLESFIELD. — The Rev. Henry Warley preached for ten days at St. George Street Chapel. The meetings have been very large, often overflowing the capacity of the chapel, and have been full of quiet yet deep religious feeling. Mr. Warley’s “lecture to men only” was delivered in the Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel, and was attended by 1,100 men; his powerful appeals for true sobriety and high morality were loudly cheered by the vast audience. Norwich. —St. Clement's BAND of HoPE and Gospel Temperance Society held its annual meeting Nov. 15th. Rev. Geo. Taylor presided. A very encouraging report was given by the Secretary. Seventy pledges were taken during the year. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. R. W. C. Skoyles, Mingay, Weyer, and J. W. Taylor. A special feature of the meeting was the performance of the St. Clement's String Band which has recently been formed. STOKE-oN-TRENT. — On Nov. 7th an interesting and profitable service was held, at which the newly appointed deacons — Messrs. Lewis, Pratt, and Morton — were solemnly set apart to their office. Rev. S. Hirst addressed the three brethren and the church, after
which each of the brethren spoke briefly. The three senior deacons were present, and one of them commended their colleagues to God in prayer. On Nov. 12th the annual tea and public meeting was held, the pastor in the chair, addresses being delivered by Revs. T. Harkey and P. H. Blaikie. About 250 sat down to tea in the schools, and the attendance at the following meeting was still larger. Wolvey.—Oct. 21st a harvest thanksgiving service was held, when three sermons were preached by Rev. Willott Rice (pastor). Church was tastefully decorated for the occasion with fruits and flowers. Collections, £9 7s. This service was quite a new feature in our history.
LONDON, Praed Street.—Oct. 21 and 22. W. J. Avery preached. After tea on Monday a public meeting was held in the chapel, over which Mr. Avery presided. Addresses were given by J. Clifford, M.A., Messrs. J. Burleigh, E. Cayford, W. C. James, T. Lilley, W. Morgan, and H. Sampson. The tone of the meeting was very cheery, and we are grateful to report that of the £353 expended on a new organ and in the improvement of the building two years ago, nothing remains to be paid.
LoNGFord, Salem Chapel.—22nd Oct. Preacher, Rev. Thos. Coop. The following day over three hundred friends assembled to tea, after which a public meeting was held, presided over by the Rev. John R. Parker. A sale of fancy and useful articles was held in the afternoon. The proceeds enabled the friends to pay off the last instalment due to the Building Fund, and cleared the amount required for the recent alterations in chapel and school-rooms.
WHITwick. — Oct. 28th. Preacher, Rev. E. Stevenson. On the Monday following S. Peach, Esq., gave a service of song (“The Sunny Side”). Collections, £6 11s. 6d.
LYNDHURST.-Nov. 11th. Preacher, Rev. W. H. Payne.
CARRINGTON, REv. E., commenced his ministry on Sunday, Nov. 4, as pastor of Cemetery Road Chapel, Sheffield. A local paper says: — “Judging by the services, he is an eloquent practical preacher; an energetic worker; and a man of broad and generous sympathies, to whom young and old alike will unhesitatingly resort for counsel or advice.”
DEARDEN, REv. JAMEs, has been compelled, owing to failing health, to resign the pastorate of Lydgate Church, Todmorden, after over twenty-two most useful years. The retiring pastor preached to a large congregation his farewell sermon, and gave a short retrospect of his pastorate, Oct. 28; and on Nov. 17, Mr. Thos. Greenwood, senior deacon, presided at a farewell gathering, and presented, on behalf of the members, a mark of respect and esteem in the form of a purse of £25. Addresses were given by the Revs. H. Briggs, W. Gray, J. K. Chappelle, W. March, and W. Stone.
TAYLOR, W. BAMPTON.—Services in connection with the settlement of Mr. W. Bampton Taylor (son of the Rev. George Taylor, of Norwich) as pastor of the General Baptist church at Chesham, were held on the 30th of October. J. Clifford delivered the charge to the pastor. The Rev. Edward Stevenson offered the ordination prayer. In the afternoon tea was provided in the schoolroom, at which more than three hundred
ANNUITY FUND FOR REW. GILES HESTER.
. Receipts. Payments. . To Contributions as per advertise- £ s. d. By removal of Mr. Hester's furniture £ s. d. ments in Magazine from Dec., Berkhampsted to Sheffield, gift 1882, to Aug., 1883– of £1 per week up to Sept. 30, (1) List of Southern £ s. d. 1883, and sundry bills... --- 3 1 Conference ... 463 0 1 Per Sheffield Committee— (2) List of Sheffield Advertising in local news- £ s. d. Committee ... 270 3 0 papers, and general - 733 3 1 printing ... ..., ... ... 24 10 6 , Dr. Burns' gift of postage (see Secretary’s postage... 1 15 0 other side ... ... ... ... • 0 15 0 26 5 6 , “Adah,” Nottingham (contribu- Per Southern Conference— tion) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5 0 Advertising in General Baptist Magazine from Dec., 1882, to Aug., 1883, and general printing ... 7 9 6 Secretary's postage, &c.... I 11 0 9 0 6 Dr. Burns, for postage of first appeal 0 15 0 Baptist Union, for purchase of Annuities ... ... ... ... ... 608 9 0° £734 3 1 £734 3 1 Audited and found correct, Praed Street Chapel, W., (Signed) J. GARNER,
Nov. 1st, 1883.
* This sum has secured to Mr. Hester an income of £504s. per annum for life; and he desires hereby to express to all contributors his grateful appreciation of this benefit, and of the many assurances of personal sympathy that have reached him from time to time. W. J. AVERY, Secretary.
THE GENERAL BAPTIST ALMANACK, 1884.
OUR Almanack for the New Year has a beautiful motto on its title-page, followed, on the next, by the Editor's cordial greeting and statement of contents. Ruskin denounced wood engravings the other day with Herculean energy; but the portrait of Dr. Burns certainly forms a capital “image” of a valued friend. The texts illustrate the “fruits of the Spirit;” and the pictures are of sea and land, praying-mills, and singing birds. Here, at least, one may adopt and adapt the reviewer's all-inclusive phrase—“No General Baptist home is complete without it.”
DEAR BRETHREN,-We beg to remind you that the first Sabbath of the New Year is the usual time for making simultaneously SACRAMENTAL CoLLECTIONs for the Widows and Orphans of our Missionaries. We hope it will be convenient for you to continue your usual contribution, and, if possible, by a little extra effort to increase the amount. Several churches, by having the collection previously announced, and by forwarding the whole amount collected, instead of a part, have more than doubled their former contributions.
The sum required to pay the several Insurance Premiums, together with the allowance to an invalid missionary, is about £220, and it is most desirable that this should be raised apart from the ordinary income of the Society. The amount received, however, last year, was only £123 5s. 7d.
Should the first Sabbath of the year be found an inconvenient time to you, we would suggest that the collection might be made on the first Sabbath of February or March.
It will prevent confusion in the accounts, and ensure the correct appropriation of the Sacramental Collections, if they are sent direct, and separate from the ordinary contributions of your church to the Society.
We remain, yours faithfully,
Post Office Orders should be made payable to W. HILL, at the General Post Office, Derby.
WE trust that long ere this, the ANNUAL REPORT has been received and
read by the friends of the Mission. The Secretary will be happy to
send a copy to any address where it is thought the interests of the
Mission will be served thereby. Several encouraging notices of the
Report have appeared in public prints from which we furnish one or
Reading the Annual Reports of Missionary Societies is not always the most pleasant occupation, owing to the amount of statistics necessarily introduced. When, however, figures are carefully mingled with a large amount of interesting and valuable information the case is otherwise; the reader is led on from fact to fact until he finds that he has reached the close of that which, at first sight, may have been designated “A dry Report.”
Some of our societies issue a large amount of really valuable information, upon which great care is taken, but we think there is room for improvement in many ways. The plan that most commends itself to our mind is the one adopted by the General Baptist Mission.
The Illustrated Missionary News for October says:
Brief sketches of the districts occupied, precede the accounts given by the Missionaries. Under the heading is placed the name of the Missionary and the lay or native preachers as the case may be; this is followed by a small table showing the number of communicants, &c., in connexion with that particular district. At the close of the report these are collected in one general table, showing total results, which is followed by lists of contributions, balance-sheets, &c.
Thus the general reader, as well as the practical student of the Mission, can at once become fully acquainted with the position and work of the Society. We subjoin a few extracts from the report above mentioned.
The Freeman, of September 28th, in a long leading article, says:
We have received and read the Indian Report of this interesting Baptist Mission. It is one of those suggestive records of success and disappointment, of sighs and hopes, so commonly issued in connection with our foreign enterprizes. It points to the endurance of brave hearts and unwearied piety, of faithful diligence and uncomplaining service, examples of which in Christian life have been innumerable, and of which the field in India has witnessed so many. If Christian work abroad had done no more than furnish a sphere for the development and manifestation of high character and devoted consecration, it would have to no small extent served the cause of our Divine Master. Patience under privations, zeal unabated by discouragement, confidence incapable of being daunted, and love impossible to be quenched, have won and deserve honour, not in India alone, but throughout our wide mission sphere.
The work that is carried on in the large Orissa territory is one which, if not startling in surprises, yet shows steady progress and hopeful augury.
Fifty-five years ago there was but one native Christian in the district of Cuttack, and but one in Berhampore, Ganjamonly two in all Orissa. To-day the number of communicants at the different mission stations is 1,176; those baptized during the year, 57; total of native Christian communicants, 3,163. On the whole most interesting progress is being made, and the devotedness of earnest labourers loudly calls for the sympathy and prayers of all Christians who desire the advancement and final establishment of the Kingdom of our Lord. It was a very touching remark that was made to Mr. Heberlet, “I doubt these ‘glad tidings’ because you have been so long in bringing them to us.” What a rebuke to slowheartedness and the grudging spirit. “Christ lifted up” is truth intended and calculated to bless the world, and yet with what sluggish steps, comparatively, has the church advanced to her duty. The report pleads with us by its mingled encouragements and depressions for increased interest and enlarged gifts.
GoPALPORE, or Gopaulpore, is a town in the Ganjam district in the Presidency of Madras, and is six miles east of Berhampore, as will be seen in the map of Orissa inserted in the Annual Report. It forms the principal sea-port of the district, and is a place of rapidly increasing importance. It has a considerable export trade to Europe in grain, hemp, horns, hides, and seeds. English and French vessels load there,
GOPALPORE IN GANJAM.
and the British India Company's steamers to Bombay and Calcutta call there every week. The port light (fixed white) is displayed at an elevation of eighty feet, and is visible from eight to ten miles at sea. There is a good anchorage of sand and mud about a mile and a half off the shore, but sometimes the surf is so high that for weeks together shipping cargo is impracticable. Here the missionaries from Berhampore have been accustomed to resort in the hot season, and though the distance between the two places is so small, the thermometer is often ten degrees, lower, there being a pleasant sea breeze instead of a scorching land wind. Had we the men and the means Gopalpore should be occupied as a mission station. It is said that the Roman Catholics, who are wise in their generation, are about to erect a church and convent
After an interval of seventeen years I have had the pleasure of revisiting Gopalpore. Its short distance from Berhampore, refreshing sea breezes, and the complete change of air and scene it affords, make it a very desirable resort in the trying heat of the summer; and the importance to the mission of possessing suitable premises here for the accommodation of its agents can scarcely be overrated. The relief is greater even than I supposed, and I fervently trust there will be no failure on the part of the committee to purchase the house now in the market. It is admirably situated and sufficiently commodious, and to allow it to slip through our hands would be very injurious to the interests of the mission, and might involve very serious consequences.
I arrived here on the 22nd inst., in company with the three native brethren, Niladri, Balunki, and Makunda Sahu. The native town has increased considerably since I was here, but the improvement is even more marked in the European quarters, and in the public offices and buildings. The Police, Postal, and Telegraph offices are conveniently situated and efficiently served. There is a good Charitable Dispensary with a competent medical staff. The shipping and mercantile agencies have large offices and warehouses near the beach; and 120 cargo boats in charge of the masterattendant, are constantly employed in conveying merchandise to and from the ships. During the time I have been here, steamers have been coming and going nearly every day; there are also seven sailing vessels lying in the roads loading with rice and other goods.
The port-master, Captain Taylor, full of kindness and hospitality, has now for some years been a steady and faithful friend to the mission, liberally promoting its interests both here and at Berhampore,
Respecting Gopalpore Mr. Bailey writes:—
providing employment for a number of the native Christians, and active in every good word and work.
A large market is held on the Friday, and the traffic of the port with the interior, together with the increasing resident population, have found us good and sufficient work to do. Our congregations in the bazaar have been large and attentive, and on Sunday we held an English service at which no less than 25 Europeans and Eurasians were present.
The case of
is interesting. He is one of two hundred and fifty young Africans rescued from a slaver off Mozambique by a British manof-war, now some years ago. The slaver was taken to Muscat and the slaves re-embarked there for Bombay, where several were taken charge of by Captain Taylor, and among these was Jack, who has continued in his service ever since. He is now diligently reading his bible and anxious to be baptized. His sincerity is undoubted, but his information is small, and he needs both instruction and experience before he can intelligently take the all-important step. His face and figure are singularly true to the African type, and his broad flat nose, thick lips, frizzled hair, and almost jet black complexion make him stand out in striking contrast to the finer physiognomy of the native Hindoos around. He has married a nominally Christian wife, and will, I trust, become a consistent and useful member of the Christian community.
I have much enjoyed my visit here; Mr. Scott has joined me for two days from Berhampore, and in addition to those I have mentioned, Daniel, Paul, and a number of other native friends have spent part of the time with us. We are arranging to return to Berhampore on Saturday.