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and relates encounters of heroism and him, and victory is the result. That valour, and when we see Hector, Paris is what we want to do—not to bring Ajax, Ulysses, and a host of others the gods down, but by prayer to bring performing such marvellous feats, we down the God. There is only one God, ask, How can the interest be sustained? the King immortal, eternal, and inWhen Achilles leaves his tent and visible, the Lord, He is the God, worth buckles on his armour, and goes forth more than all Homer's gods, and He to fight, do you know of anything that is able to subdue all India's gods. surpasses his deeds ? He brings the May He send down His showers, and gods down from the lofty height of the bless our efforts, and crown them mountain to the battle-field to help with success !"
Dr. Mullens seconded the resolution, and made a very able and instructive speech. Among other topics, he spoke, as follows, on
PROGRESS AND UNION IN THE INDIAN MISSION.
“You have heard much to-night members gathered together month by about the grandness, and the great- month around the Lord's table. We ness, and the honour, and the glory of see our 150,000 people go to our the Baptist Missionary Society in its Christian congregations, and bring labours for India, and I for one will their children to the schools; but second every word that the gentleman where are the millions we have been who preceded me has said on that sub- instructing? We do not see them. ject. I never forget-somehow it came The power of the missionary of the to me after the first and earliest months Cross as exercised in India goes far of my residence in India—that there beyond anything he can see or anywere men of all missionary societies thing he can gauge. The power that labouring around me, and labouring he exercises is of many kinds, and is together. I think I had the honour derived from many sources. I thank of being one of the first missionaries God we can rejoice in the union of all to gather up in a single paper a de- our brethren. My brethren here, who scription of the labours of all my breth belong to your society, will bear me ren put on a common level, treated in witness that the missionaries in India the same way, and represented as a live together in the most loving fellowjoint contribution to the evangelisation ship. We are personal friends; we of the country, and I am glad to see visit each other's houses, we proach in it well noted in a Government report each other's chapels, we join each that there are 600 missionaries alto. other at the great festivals of Hindugether belonging to these evangelical ism; we preach the same gospel, and missionary societies scattered all over I was delighted on one occasion in India, with 3,000 native helpers, and London, four years ago, to hear Keshub a community of over 150,000 converts. Chunder Sen, who disappointed us so We are thankful for all these things. greatly from the way he received our There is one thing I never can forget. Overtures of kindness and hospitality, All we see in our results of progress in say to our old friend, Mr. Binney, India is not a tithe of what we have "Sir, would you kindly tell me what done. We see our 80,000 church are the differences existing between Christian Churches and people in Eng- and the fountain of power, and the land ?' He had lived many years in fountain of zeal, and so long as the India, and known some of us during supplies of funds, and resources, and that time, and he never was able to Bibles, and Christian literature for find these differences out. What finer schools, and native agency, come only testimony to the unity of our la- from London, or Boston, or Paris, bourers and our Christian fellowship and do not rise upwards out of the could be given by any man? There heart and the life of our own converts, is one thing I wish specially to urge we have not yet gained anything upon you to-night. We have lived worth having. We are only in an long in India, worked hard, and God initial state of things. Unhappily, has helped us, and we are exerting that has been to a large extent the great influences upon India ; but there history of our Indian Mission in past is one thing we are only just years. Yet I am thankful to say beginning to gain. I hold that a there are in our missionary societies Christian missionary and a Christian signs of a new state of things. The society gains nothing in a foreign old state of things has passed away country so long as the whole spiritual and there is a brightness, and a life, force exerted by the missionary comes and an earnestness, and a willingfrom the Englishman alone. I hold ness among the natives spoken of in that so long as it is the Englishman your report, which I was delighted who is the fountain of knowledge, to see.
The second resolution was moved by the Rev. W. Brock, of Hampstead. This was also his first appearance on our platform, and he was welcomed both for his own and his father's sake. The resolution was as follows:
This meeting rejoices in the fact that a large addition has been made to the staff of the Society's missionaries during the past year, and also in that, to a considerable extent, the pecuniary liabilities incurred thereby have been met. It recognizes with thankfulness the responses so far made to the Committee's confidence in the liberality of the churches. With increasing liabilities, this liberality must still further be trusted, and this meeting expresses the hope that the Committee's reliance on the churches, and on God, from whom all inspiration to self-sacrifice must proceed, will not be disappointed during the ensuing Fear.
During a thoughtful speech, he referred, as follows, to
OBJECTIONS TO MISSIONS. “ After all,” it is said to us, “why rable as their own Ganges or the do you not let the heathen alone? eternal snows on their Himalayas. You are very disinterested, very There are the Chinese beyond them ; Earnest; but, after all, do they want they have three religions; is not that you? There are the Hindus, to whom enough? And even the most de80 much of your missionary labour based and degraded among the Afri. goes. They have a religion as vene cans have a religion somewhere. Have not our learned men discovered that in there was light. And because of this language after language there is the are we to pluck the crown from same name for the Supreme Being, Christ's head, and hold ourselves reand that we, when we say the Lord's leased from missionary labour ? Why, Prayer, begin it with the very terms sir, the stars give light; the lamps in in which the primeval prayer of many our houses and along our streets give nations went up—'Our Father which light. If we were in a country lane in art in Heaven ?!" And so heathen a dark night we should be glad of a virtue and heathen morality are quite rushlight and horn lantern; but when fashionable things in our time, and the there is goodness, whether it be echoes of the Royal Institution are among the sanctities of some old heard not always very correctly ren-. church or among those brave Africans dered even in railway carriages and at bearing Livingstone's body to the sea dinner tables. It was only the other through the jungle, English Christians day I heard a Mahommedan merchant have no need to overlook it; and where. of Bombay held up to the admiration ever there is truth and wisdom, and of Christians-and I do not see with devoutness, whether it be among the out reason, because such was his ad- Hindus or in the moral teaching of herence to principle, and submission Confucius, we have no need to deny to Providence, that he always sent his it. But if there was light before ships to sea without insuring them, the sun has risen we do not shut The conclusion is this. If everywhere out the sunshine. If here and there there is goodness, and if everywhere Plato's wisdom guided to some footthere is truth, why do you give so hold of a temporary trust and conmuch labour, so many precious lives, fidence some shipwrecked souls, or if and so much money as your resolu- the wisdom of Eastern sages did the tion points to ? What do you mean by same for a man here and there, more sending coals to Newcastle ? I do not than this is scarcely to be contended believe there is any advocate of foreign for. Was it not well? And shall we, missions here who would for an in. when we reach our heavenly home, stant meet the pleas for this virtue repine if there come thither those who and these religions with contempt or have reached it by other ways than absolute contradiction. Wherever we think of? Assuredly not. The sun Jesus Christ came into the world, had risen over the world, the stars had God gave the light, and we are not gone out, whatever light they gave to deny that He is the “Father of once. Those old sages are dead; at best lights," in the past as well as the pre- they had their day and ceased to be. sent age. If there was light in the
They were but broken lights of Thee, old Greek poet whom Paul quoted on
And Thou, O Lord, art more than they. Mars' Hill, let us be thankful that
Dr. Cairns seconded the resolution in a short but effective speech, of which we give the substance:
“After expressing the pleasure it the Society since its formation. Englishafforded him of being in London and men would not give the large sum of taking part in the proceedings, he re- £40,000 a-year for nothing, or for that ferred to the rapid progress made by which was proved not to be needed, or which would bring forth no fruit. that had been so earnestly urged upon There was a proof, from the way in the meeting, to do their utmost to which the word "liberality' was so reach such a result as that, and he often reiterated in the resolution, that trusted that his own people would be the liberality of the Baptists in Eng- impelled by the Society's example, land had not been appealed to in vain. and by the noble and heroic efforts He hoped the day would come when that had been put forth. Having read the £40,000 would be doubled. The the report from beginning to end, he church of which he was a minister trusted that Christians, whether they began its mission work in 1836, but lived on one side of the Tweed or not, they had not, he was ashamed to say, or, like him, in the middle, would go the courage of the Baptist Missionary in one mighty column, in one mighty Society. They sent out their first mis- phalanx, to the help of the Lord sionary to Canada as a sort of step- against the mighty.' We lived in ping-stone, and they almost deserved times when God was speaking to us. to step into the water for taking that He was speaking to us abroad in such stepping-stone only, but they went wonderful and stupendous results as onward, and after labouring a good had been reported from Madagascar, many years they went, after the and He was speaking at home by that mutiny, to India, impelled by the blessed revival which had overspread awful words of Burke, that if Britain so many parts of the country. How were deprived of India, she would gigantic were our responsibilities in leave no further trace but the hyena regard to the Church both at home and and the tiger. They felt they had abroad! He appealed to Christians to done nothing for India ; but now, by awake to a sense of the magnitude of the good hand of God, they had some the crisis and the importance of the ter or fifteen missionaries, and he time in which they lived, and to give trusted they would soon have twenty. their whole hearts to Him who alone The funds the Society raised annually was worthy, and then God would send for foreign missions amounted to well His blessing. The former times, good nigh £40,000. Although no man had and glorious as they were, would not a higher or more profound admiration be better than these. All should of what the society had done in the humbly strive to earn the commendadays that were past, than he had, he tion bestowed upon one of the apocathought that in the next twenty-five lyptic churches, 'I know thy faith, and years they would be able to raise thy patience, and thy charity, and thy £80,000. He appealed to them, by service, and the last shall be more than the vast and unspeakable necessities the first.'”. The Doxology and the Benediction concluded this interesting meeting.
Missionary Notes. BENARES.—The Roy. W. Etherington writes that he perceives many signs of cheering progress, and that he is not without frequent visits from persons inquiring into the truths of the Gospel. The Zenana teaching is much blessed. He is also engaged, at the request of his brethren, in preparing an annotated edition of the four gospels, similar to the work of Dr. Wenger, in Bengali. A school for Eurasian children has been established, and, in conjunction with Mr. Miller, an English service for soldiers has been begun at our old station Chunar. Mr. Miller has also taken charge of the Sunday school in Benares.
SERAMPORE.-The Rev. T. Martin informs us that there are about 300 pupils in both departments of the College. The congregations, both English and Bengali, are good, and, in company with Mr. Jordan and the evangelists, he visits various parts of Serampore twice a week to preach the Gospel, and never fails to secure a good number of hearers.
LAL BAZAAR, CALCUTTA.-The work of grace begun last year continues to make the most cheering progress, especially among sailors of all nations, many of whom have found peace. The Sunday school and ragged school are also in a flourishing state, the former contains 120 children. Open-air preaching is kept up by one of the young friends, in connection with our native brother Banerji.
INTALLY.—The school under Mrs. Kerry's charge is much in want of funds; five girls during the year have been brought to Christ and baptized. In the villages to the south of Calcutta, thirty-seven persons were baptized last year, and since the commencement of this year fifteen more have been added to the church at Khari.
TRINIDAD.-The Rev. W. H. Gamble writes that he has lately baptized two persons, and that the four village stations in connection with the Port of Spain congregation are in an encouraging state. He hoped to be able to leave for England early in April, via the United States.
CALCUTTA.—Mr. Miller arrived safely in Calcutta on Wednesday, February 3rd, and a few days after proceeded to Benares, where he will reside during his probationary period.
JACNEL, HAYTI.—Our native brother, Mr. V. Domond writes, that the church has received with great joy the tidings of the appointment of Mr. Gummer to this station, and states that God has so much blessed the work, that Mr. Gummer will have to receive many persons into the church on his arrival. He also gives an interesting account of the Christian and happy death of the English consul.
BONJONGO, AMBOISES BAY.—The Rev.'Q. W. Thomson has furnished us with an interesting narrative of an attempt he has recently made to penetrate the interior, beyond the Cameroons Mountain. Much opposition seems likely to be made to any permanent settlement by the chiefs of the old Calabar River.
MORTONVILLE, CAMEROONS RIVER.–Although most of the people have left for their fishing.grounds at the mouth of the river, the congregation continues good. Mr. Fuller has visited some places on the river and has met with a very cordial reception. He wishes to commence a school and preaching among them.
CACHAR, BENGAL.--In a recent visit to this district, the Rev. I. Allen men. tions with pleasure the considerable sale of tracts and scriptures. He found the people, however, very ignorant and few among them able to read.
INTALLY, CALCUTTA.—The Rev. G. Kerry reports that the church has recently elected Gogon Chunder Dass as their pastor. He has held for some years the office of deacon, and been very active in all good works. He is much respected by his brethren. The religious life in the south villages continues to