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whole number was 15, of them, || part of this State, for whose minonly four were men and two ofister the 'Trustees had appropriatthem lived at such a distance, that ed 50 dollars, we have received they were of little use, and afford- | the following information. 6. The ed us no pecuniary aid. In 1824 church in this place have mainwe applied to Mr. H. who tained stated preaching the year continued to serve us until Sept. past ; and not without a blessing: last. We met with unexpect-Twenty-seven have been received ed difficulties : but we believed since March, 1825. Fourteen by that our cause was good, and were | baptism and thirteen by letter. determined to persevere. Three There is a prospect that a number of us built a small vestry which more will join. We feel grateful cost us $650_in this we con- | for the assistance we have receivtinue to meet to the present tine, ed from your Society, and hope In July last it pleased the Lord that your bounty has not been misto look on our low and feeble state ; applied." Other cases might be he visited the vestry, and revived mentioned ; but these it is believed. his work among us. Since that are suíficient to show the

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imtime 45 have been added to this portance of such appropriations. little church, and there are some

Christian Wutchman. more who will probably soon join

We now are encouraged to The 'Trustees have in an official hope that the Lord will continue manner extended their patronage to bless us.

Our vestry has be- to the Christian Watchnian, a récome too small for us, and we have ligious newspaper published in Boswithin a few days determined to ton. From the

arrangements build a large and good meeting which have been made, it is probhouse. We have purchased land, able the Society will derive some and are collecting materials for pecuniary aid from that publicabuilding.

The house will cost | tion. This consideration however us 84000. We have already been | had not so much influence with indebted to your Society for $100, them as a belief that the piety and and before we concluded to build, ability with which that paper is we had determined to ask no more conducted, render it deserving of aid. We can indeed support our a more widely extended circulaminister, but we are not able to do tion. It will scarcely be less it, and to build at the same time. gratifying to the Board than to its Had we received no support from publisher, to learn hereafter that your Board, I have good reason this highly useful vehicle of relito believe, that we should not now gious intelligence, has greatly have been a Society. It encour- multiplied the number of its preaged us to hold on in the darkest sent subscribers. times until the Lord appeared

American Baptist Magazine. Another church that has re- This work is etill published unceived repeated aid from this der the direction of the Trustees. Board, has been enabled to re- Although the number of subscrideem their meeting-house, which | bers for it is respectable, yet it is had been alienated from them not i not so great as in former years. in the most liberal and honorable This is partly owing to the in

It is still however an crease of other religious publicaimportant crisis with them, and tions, and partly to the want of they are now looking with great efficient agents whose duty it anxiety to this Society for help. should be to devote themselves en

From a Society in the western | tirely to its interests. We do JULY, 1826.

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trust, however, that means will || must enter upon a wider field and more soon be in operation, which will extensive plans of usefulness. It is secure to the American Baptist questionable, if amongst all the excelMagazine a much greater portion lent institutions for the spread of the of readers.

Gospel at home, with which our country The publishing Agent in this | abounds, there is one with no greater city has not been able to prepare resources, that has been the instrument of his accounts so as to state what such extensive good as this Society. will be the profits for the last year. Much of the field over which its first mis

The probability is, they will be sionaries travelled more than twenty much less than have been declared years since, is now overspread with large on former anniversary occasions. | Associations, flourishing Churches, MisThe Board mention these facts, sionary Societies, Foreign and Domesnot as causes for discouragement, tick, Theological Schools, and now exbut from a conviction that the So-hibits the joyful prospect of a rich barvest ciety should have a full view of for succeeding ages. Fixing the mind on all its concerns. They are fully the exertions of this Society for the year persuaded, that nothing more is recently closed, the results are in no ordiwanted, than the countenance of

nary degree gratifying. Twenty-two Ministers and private christiansmissionaries had received appointments to this valuable work, to increase in all to the amount of ninety-six months, its circulation four fold, and thus

or a period of eight years, the most of to make it instrumental, not only which has been performed, and this has of diffusing much knowledge

cost the Society less than 2000 dollars. through every part of our country, | Sixteen feeble churches have received the but of annually enriching your aid that has enabled them to obtain the treasury to an indefinite amount. All which is respectfully sub- || dinances at an expense of 1002 dollars.

regular dispensation of the word and or. mitted. DANIEL SHARP.

*And from the manifest fruits of the laSec’ry. bour of these missionaries, and the aid

afforded to these churches, it is abundantRELIGIOUS WANTS OF THE ly evident, that the blessing of God has WEST.

followed in no ordinary degree. We earnestly recommend to the seri

The number of souls converted, the ous attention of all our readers the fol amount of spiritual consolation adminis. lowing

tered to the flock of Christ scattered CIRCULAR ADDRESS. through the wilderness, the backsliders Having been appointed Agent for the that have been reclaimed, the vice that

BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY has been lessened or prevented, the inMASSACHUSETTS, for a few months, to fluence that has been exerted favorable to increase its funds and its Auxiliaries, morals and religion over a mass of poputhat exertions upon a more extensive and systematic scale may be made in lation on the frontiers, the amount of the States bordering apon the Mississip-good in Sabbath school instruction, the pi, the undersigned begs leave to ad- revivals of religion, and all the direct dress the Baptist community and the

and indirect benefits that are the fruits of friends of religion in general on these important objects.

this one year's labour, is incalculable. Labours of the Society.

Eternity alone can estimate its value.

Future exertions. This Society has steadfastly prosecuted its labours, and enlarged its benevolent

But there are decided indications in the efforts to promote the Gospel in our own

opening events of Providence, that this country from its infancy to the present Society ought to increase its efforts and time, and now the openings in the Provi- multiply its resources more than two fold, dence of God plainly indicate that it the present year. A number of small

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and feeble churches are applying to the of the regular pastor, and the itinerant Trustees for aid ; but must meet with a evangelist. Ten such preachers would refusal unless additional means are afford

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circuits. ed. The field on the northern frontiers | Twelve would extend the system into is widening with every revolving year, || every part of Illinois. From fifteen to and calls for the employment of a large | twenty would visit regularly every settleaccession of labourers. The wants of ment in Indiana. the interior of Pennsylvania must not be A number of preachers qualified for overlooked. The Baptists in Ohio are the work are now residents of those struggling into life in the missionary | States, but whose labours are much circause, and would rejoice to receive aid cumscribed in providing temporal things from this quarter. The same remark ap- for their own households. The project plies to most of the States in the South. proposes that aid be furnished under the Besides, the particular attention of the management of the Trustees of the MisTrustees has been called to the States of sionary Society, at the ratio of 100 dol

lars per annum to each travelling misIndiana, Illinois, and Missouri, Where exertions upon a more exten. sionary, and the remainder needful for sive and enlarged plan are most urgently || ilies, be contributed in the necessaries of

their support or the support of their famsolicited. This Society already has expended about two year's missionary la

life by the people amongst whom they

labour. bour upon that region. In connection with the aid afforded by other Societies,

St. Louis the result has been the commeneement Must have a stationed preacher as pas. and progress of an extensive system of tor of the church, a man of information, Bible Societies—of Sunday Schools piety, and talents, who will devote a porand of itinerant preaching. The blessing tion of his time in teaching a select of the Lord has followed. A project has | school, and receive such additional aid been exhibited to the Trustees of the

as the public and the Missionary Society Society in relation to a system of meas may afford him. But one of the most ures in those States, which is

important measures to be adopted is a before a committee for maturing, and nothing is wanting but sufficient means

Theological School. to carry it into successful operation.

The pressing need of such a measure The project is three fold. It embraces is fully known only to those who know all

the circumstances that relate to the a system of circuit missions for the country generally-exertions that relate preachers raised up in the frontier States. to St. Louis in particular-and insipient

An institution can be put into operation measures that relate to the establishment at small expense. Rough cabins or log

houses will answer until more permanent of a Theological School.

buildings can be erected. Labour will Circuit Missionaries.

be combined with study to lessen exThis part of the project contemplates pense and preserve health. Preachers the employment of a sufficient number will receive such aid in instruction as will of competent missionaries on circuits, || qualify them more fully for usefulness. around which they will travel every | The most rigid economy will be adopted month, visiting all the churches and or- | in all expenditures, and a train of operaganizing others, encouraging the Sabbath tions commenced, that may grow into a Schools and multiplying their number, || permanent and useful institution, from its increasing the labours and energies of the own energies and the labours of those Bible Societies, visiting families, and im- connected with it. parting the instruction that is needed, One thousand dollars is sufficient to preaching the gospel to the destitute of meet the expenses in commencing such all classes, and in general, performing the an institution, and a portion of this can diversified services that are expected both | be contributed in books, in furniture for

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Treasurer, Boston, or to the travelling

Agent, before the second Wednesday in Funds wanted.

August next. Donations for a TheologiTo enable this Society to enter upon cal School in the West will be specially this field of evangelical labours, an in-designated for that purpose. crease of funds is necessary. Knowing,

J. M. PECK, as we do, the many pressing calls upon Agent of the Baptist Missionary the charities of the public, we despair of

Society of Massachusetts. obtaining help to the extent that has been Boston, June 5, 1826. suggested for the Western States, but we do hope, that at least 20 circuit missionaries can receive the aid proposed ; and

BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION. we do still indulge the sanguine expectations that sufficient aid will be obtained

In our last number we took occasion for the commencement of the Theologi- hastily to state the fact that the Constitucal School in contemplation for thosetion of the Convention had been States. We assure the publick and our amended as to restrict its operations exbrethren ir particular, that a site has clusively to Missionary business. The been selected, a sufficient quantity of reasons for this amendment were then land offered, some improvements com of necessity omitted, and this omission menced upon it, a competent instructer it is now our intention very briefly to can be had, and with the aid solicited, | supply. Some of the considerations the school may be in operation in less which seemed to justify this measure at than 12 months.

the meeting of the Convention, were, With such objects before us, fields of if we mistake not, the following. such importance and so white for the

1. There is no necessary connexion beharvest, measures so advantageous to the

tween the Missionary and Education vital interest of religion-to our denomi- concerns of our denomination. Both are nation-and to our country, opportuni-l important, both are necessary ; but this ties for such extensive usefulness, who is no reason why both should be managed will not come up to the help of the Lord ! by the same men, or their funds cast inWho will not contribute liberally to the to one common treasury. objects of this Society! The confidence

2. It is difficult to conceive of any subwhich the publick has had always in the stantial benefit which could result to eiTrustees of this Society, their excellent ther from this connexion. By the express and economical management, we hope, letter and spirit of the Constitution of the will dispose the rich with their abun- | Convention, its funds of every sort must dance, and the poor with their mites, to

be appropriated exclusively to that obreplenish the treasury of the Society. ject for which they were designed by the

But funds are not all that is wanted. Il donor. The mission has no control over Where are our pious, zealous, and liberal | the funds for education, nor has the edminded young brethren, whom God has ucation concern any control over the called into the ministry, and the churches | funds of the missions. Different agents have approbated ? Will they not come require to be employed to promote their forward and consecrate their lives to different objects, and different Boards enthis service? Will not our brethren

aged in their management Boards in aid in their prayers, for we well know, in the present instance widely separated this great work, means are wholly una from each other.

We see vailing without the Spirit of the Lord.

therefore why they should be united. It is desirable that publick collections 3. Some reasons might easily be sugshould be made, Auxiliary or Primary | gested why they had better be disunited. Societies formed, and individual dona- || The feelings of our brethren in different tions offered, and that contributions | portions of the United States in relation

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to these two objects are not entirely coin- || gotten, and every paper and every report cident. Some are more particularly fa- | seemed exclusively devoted to the praises vourable to missionary, and others to edu- | and the successes of the Columbian college. cation exertions. The blending of these Such has been the effect of this ar. two concerns together must evidently in-| rangement upon the missionary cause. jure the success of both of them in res But if we look a little further, we shall pect to all persons in both these classes. I see that they have not been less deleteriEither party would give more liberally | ous to the very cause of education. The towards his favourite object if it stood college and the business of education alone, and totally disconnected with the commenced under flattering auspices. other.

Their friends were numerous and liberal, And again it is evident that com and their receipts encouraging. Soon, plication of object in any case dimin- however, its prospects became less flatishes the prospect of success.

A be- ||tering, until the whole concern is now, as nevolent purpose is better sustained is well known, considerably in debt. when it is managed by men who are sin- || Such a result, indeed, might have been gly devoted to its promotion. In the almost anticipated. The education cause present imperfect state it is not to be ex

takes a less firm hold upon the feelings pected that any number of men could be of the benevolent, than the missionary found who would devote equal atten

It must always succeed, and be tion to both education and missions, and secondary to it. So soon as these two at the same time give to each the full at causes interfere, and if blended under one tention that it deserved. One or the oth- || management, they'will interfere, the one er will almost of necessity be neglect- weakens the energies of the other, and ed, as the claims of its rival are more ur

then ruins itself. gent, and being neglected by its constitu

But aside from all this, and supted guardians, will lose its interest in the posing that these two concerns could feelings of the publick.

under some other circumstances be ad4. The history of this connexion in the vantageously connected, the connexpresent case has abundantly demonstrated ion lately existing between the Conventhe evil of connecting these charities to

tion and the Columbian college could not gether. It has proved that each has been be in any manner advantageous. The of very serious injury to the other. Convention was under moral obligation

The Convention was originally, as it is to invest moneys placed under its control present exclusively, a missionary Asso- | for education purposes in such manner as ciation. After some time, we believe at would most certainly remain under its its third triennial meeting, education ob

own direction, and over the management jects were amalgamated with it. Before this of which it could exercise the right of amalgamation, and with a single object visitation. Now the connexion existing of pursuit, its proceedings were harmoni- || between the college and the Convention ous, and its exertions singularly blessed. I did not allow of such an investment. A missionary spirit was awakened | The Convention could do no more than throughout our country, and the receipts nominate a list of 50 persons, from whom into the treasury were such as to gladden a Board of 31 persons could be elected the friends of Zion. From the moment by the contributors, and this election of this union, however, a reverse may be must always be made at the city of dated. The spirit of missions flagged. Washington. It is very clear that this The receipts into the treasury were di- | power of nomination, if power it may minished. The college at each succeed. I be called, is almost utterly worthless. ing meeting demanded more attention in the first place, it rested solely upon a from the Convention, and the mission re

resolution of the Board of Trustees of the ceived less. The missionary cause lost college, and could be repealed at any its place in the hearts of Christians, un- meeting by two thirds of the members til the souls of the heathen were almost foi-l present. And in the second place, it al

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