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desire for the well-being and exten Society. He dwelt upon the very imsion of this Society.
portant assistance which this Society The Rev. Basil Woodd seconded rendered in the Canadian territory, the resolution. He observed, that which indeed gave it a peculiar claim to those who loved the Established
upon the public support, from the subChurch of this kingdom, it was most isting connection between the people gratifying to observe the increasing
of North America and this country. zeal displayed by her in the present
The funds of the Society were, he day. The Society the meeting was regretted, very deficient, but he relied now met to support, was styled, “ A upon the liberality of the Meeting to Society for the Propagation of the supply much of that deficiency. Gospel in Foreign Parts;" and it had The Rev. Archdeacon Bayley sebeen mainly instrumental in preser conded the resolution. ving the colonies dependent upon this The Rev. Christopher Benson moved empire from the contagion of heathen that the Lord Bishop of the Diocese vices, by the constant supply of well be requested to act as Patron of the educated and excellent clergymen and Society. He observed, that the Soable teachers. He believed he was ciety for the Propagation of the Gocorrect in stating, that, in the year spel in Foreign Parts could now come 1748, there was no Christian establish before the public with still stronger ment in Nova Scotia; but now there claims than ever to that public supwere in that country, no less than port, which he trusted and felt contwenty-eight clergymen, and forty- vinced would be given to it. The four schools. In 1782, so destitute Government of the country had done was Canada, that, in the whole of that much to promote its success, and vast district, there was no place of would undoubtedly continue so to do; worship. At the present time, it pos
but the Government ought not to be sessed' twenty-four clergymen and left comparatively unaided in the good nineteen schools, while Lower Canada work. The people of England ought had 103 inissionaries and 100 schools, to come forward with energy and In Africa, and in various parts of the liberality to its support, and then sucEast Indies, similar changes had cess would be made certain; for the taken place, and it was the intention Society had an ample field for labour, of the Society materially to increase and only wanted the means to make its labours in this latter vast territory, it yield a plentiful harvest—a harvest which contained no less than 80 mil that would amply reward all, who lions of souls, but not more than one assisted to gather it in. million of even professing Christians, Mr. George Marriott seconded the the remaining 79 millions being suvk resolution. in the most awful state of heathenism. The Rev. Joseph Simpson proposed Those unhappy persons had the strong the list of Officers of this Society, and est claim upon British liberality, yet the resolution was seconded by the it was not till within the last thirty Rev. Mr. Otter. years that any exertions had been made The Rev. Professor Le Bas, Rector in their favour. He trusted that such of Shadwell, moved a resolution for exertions would be made in this coun the meetings of the Committee, which try as should give to the Society a was seconded by John Thornton, Esq. power of carrying their blessings to a The Rev. J. W. Cunningham confar greater extent than they had here gratulated the Meeting on the energy tofore been enabled to do; and as a displayed by the Parish of Clapham, member of the Established Church, on the present as well as on many though he sincerely wished prosperity other occasions, when an opportunity to all truly beneficial societies, he was was afforded them of forwarding the especially interested in the success cause of the Gospel. He hoped, as a of this particular one.
new plant had been planted in India, The Hon. and Rev. Dr. Stewart it would be watered by the Divine (Bishop of Quebec Elect) proposed the blessing, and shed its influence over formation of a District Committee, to all parts of that extensive country. promote the interests of the Parent He was always glad 10 see a Society
endeavouring to graft itself on the Ministers, without Sacraments. Such affections of the middle and lower was the deplorable picture ; a number classes of society, and throwing around of Hourishing states, spreading over a itself a rampart of the hearts of the great extent of country, increasing in British people. If he were asked why wealth, power, and populousness, yet he were a cordial friend to this So at the same time degenerating from ciety, he would say, first, because of the manners and faith of their ancesits antiquity; 2dly, because of its more tors, and sinking into ignorance and immediate connexion with the Esta irreligion. In less than a century, blished Church; and 3dly, because it indeed, the majority of the people was the first Missionary Society in this knew little more of religion than the country. He had always found, that common notion of a Deity. To this what was old had something strongly picture he would direct the attention to recommend itself to the judgment of those who doubted the importance and opinions of men.
He would say
of missions, religious institutions, and of the Established Church, that the a standing ministry. The condition longer he knew it, the more he re of those settlers was a forcible proof of garded it; because the more often he the advantage which mankind derive recollected that it was the religion of from Christianity, not only with rethousands and tens of thousands of spect to the future, but to the present wise and good men, that he was not life; from this source they had decast alone upon the waters, but that rived most of the advantages and comthere were millions who were treading forts of civilized life. After alluding the same path to immortality. When to the Episcopal Church of the United it was argued that the Society had not States of North America, which, he done much, he would reply, that for observed, evidenced, by the purity of a leugth of time it was the only Society its doctrine and the piety of its memthat did any thing, and that it was bers, the zeal and utility of the Sothe first to commence the work of con ciety for the Propagation of the Goverting the world. He was glad to have spel, from whence it sprang; he enthis opportunity of advocating the So forced the duty of providing for the ciety for the Propagation of the Gospel, religious instruction of those provinces and would endeavour to follow up the of North America now under the principle in that parish with which he dominion of Great Britain. He further was more immediately connected, so urged the glorious prospect which is as to graft upon the Society another now opening upon us in our Eastern branch. He believed that nothing empire, as a motive for more extended was better calculated to benefit his exertion: concluding with expressing an parish, to promote the interests of his earnest hope that Great Britain, which church, to serve his country, and to had carried her arms and her enterpromote the cause of God. He con prize into every corner of the earth, cluded by moving a vote of thanks would be foremost in conveying the to the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Stewart, everlasting Gospel to all nations. for having attended the Meeting.
Thanks were then voted to the Mr. W.C. Walters seconded the re Hon. and Rev. Dr. Stewart, who acsolution, and lainented that the Society knowledged the honour paid to him; had been hitherto so inefficiently sup and declared, that the best proof which ported; but he was confident when they could give of their sincerity, would its proceedings and objects were be by the liberality of their contribufully known, that the members of the tions. Established Church would gladly con Mr. Marriott read, by desire of Dr. tribute their money and exertions to Stewart, a letter which he had received forward the pious work. He alluded from America, describing the parto the circumstances which led to the ticulars of a visitation among the
establishment of the Society - the tribes of Indians, within an extensive - wretched state of the first settlers in district.
America - almost destitute of any The Rev. G.C. Gorham, Mr. Lloyd, worship whatsoever, and of the word Mr.Thornton, and Mr.Thomas Hankey, of God—without Churches, without proposed several other resolutions of
thanks to the Chairman and other cese be respectfully requested to acgentlemen, who had always been zea cept the office of Patron. lous in promoting the success of this 4. That the Rev. W. Dealtry be Society.
the President. That the Hon. and The Chairman congratulated the Rev. W. L. Addington, the Hon. Meeting on the establishment of the James Stewart, Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart. present District Committee in this pa M. P., Thomas Hankey, Esq., Benrish, and he anticipated from it the best jamin Harrison, Esq., John Thorneffects. He hoped that in future the ton, Esq., be Vice-Presidents. That reproach would be wiped away from Henry Sykes Thornton, Esq. be Treathe Established Church, of being in surer. And that the Rev. Henry different to the diffusion of the bless Laing, LL.D, be Secretary. ings of this Society. He trusted that 5. That the Committee meet once the Meeting would come forward libe a quarter, in order to further the obrally in its support. They were now jects of the Society, and that they be ready to receive contribu!ions, and the empowered to prepare an Annual smallest, as well as the largest, would Report. be most thanksully received. In the 6. That the Annual Subscriptions parish of St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, become due at Christmas ; that the a Committee had been formed, under Annual Meeting be held as soon after the auspices of its pious, learned, and Christmas as circumstances will adindefatigable Rector, Bishop Blom mit; and that the smallest Donations field; and he believed there were and Subscriptions will be thankfully nearly 70 subscribers, of 5s. yearly. received. They could not follow a better ex 7. That this Meeting gladly emample.
braces the opportunity afforded by the
presence of the Hon. and Rev. Dr. 1. That the Society for the Pro Stewart, to express the cordial satispagation of the Gospel in Foreign faction, with which they have heard Parts, having for more than a century of his appointment to the Bishopric prosecut d its important objects with of Quebec, and they hereby offer to great benefit to the Plantations and him the tribute of their warmest wishes Colonies belonging to the Crown of for his health and happiness, and for England, and having recently extend the success of his pious labours in the ed its operations to the British domi important station to which Providence nions in the East, deservedly claims has called him. the cordial approbation and support 8. That a copy of these resolutions of all sincere Christians.
be transmitted to the Rev. Anthony 2. That a District Committee in aid Hamilton, Secretary to the Society for of the Society be now formed for the Propagation of the Gospel in Clapham and its vicinity; and that Foreign Parts. all annual Subscribers of half-a-Guinea, 9. That the thanks of this Meeting or of any larger sum, and all Contri be given to the Rev. W. Dealtry, for butors of Five Guineas or upwards, be his able conduct in the Chair. -Members of this Committee.
The sum collected after the Sermon 3. That the Lord Bishop of the Dio and at the meeting amounted to 145l.
AYLESBURY DISTRICT COMMITTEE. A MEETING was lately held for the the Rev. Sir Geo. Lee, Mr. Rickford, purpose of forming a District Com and the Rev. Mr. Rush, opened the mittee in aid of the Society for the business of the Meeting. He said that Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign the Society for the Propagation of the Parts, at the Magistrates' Chamber in Gospel in Foreign Parts was incorAylesbury, Sir J. D. King in the porated in the year 1701, during the Chair.
reign of William II. Its first object The Rev. Mr. Finch having apolo was to send Missionaries to North gized for the absence of t e Earl of America, and it was a proud consiBuckinghamshire, the Hon. R. Smith, deration that the existence of an epis
copal church in that country was in Scriptures into the various dialects of consequence of the efforts of this Hindostan, and for the education of Society. The Society for Promoting missionaries and schoolmasters for the Christian Knowledge had been pre- instruction of the natives. The proviously established, but that Society posal met with the zealous co-operation had now transferred to the Society for of the Society, in an immediate grant the Propagation of the Gospel the part of 5,000l. together with the appropriaof its original business which regarded tion of the sums raised in consequence the sending abroad Missionaries. This of the King's letter. The Society for Society now sent Missionaries to many Promoting Christian Knowledge imother parts of the world. Still the de- mediately testified their cordial appromand for Missionaries was so much bation of the missionary establishment increased, that treble the number were by a vote of 5,0001., and also a subrequired that were employed in 1816, sequent grant of 6,0001. for the enand for the last four years the expenses
dowment of five scholarships, to be of the institution had exceeded its henceforth designated “ Bishop Midincome by 6,0001. a-year. He therefore dleton's Scholarships.” The Society called upon all persons for support, fur Missions to Africa and the East, more particularly upon the members commonly called the Church Misa of the Established Church, as the in sionary Society, in the month fo!stitution could not go on without in- lowing, passed an unanimous vote of creased funds.
5,000l. towards the building of the The Rev. Basil Woodd gave a short College, and had subsequently remitted detail of the commencement and be the farther sum of 3,000l. in aid of the neficial progress of the Society. He general design. Shortly after, the Bible alladed to the formation of the Society Society granted 5,0001. for the specific in 1701, and said that the spiritual ne object of translating the Holy Scriptures cessities of our colonies abroad loudly at the Mission College. Since the called for relief and assistance. Many adoption of this measure, the Society for of them were then totally destitute of Promoting Christian Knowledge had ministers and the means of public wor transferred to the superintendence of ship, while infidelity and superstition the incorporated Society five European had awfully increased. At this period missionaries and six native teachers. an exemplary clergyman, the Rev. Dr. In the establishment of an episcopalian Bray, suggested the formation of this government in the West Indies, the Society. It was reported that in 1748 Society had also been eminently inthere were no churches in Nova Scotia; strumental. The Bishops of Barbadoes there were now in that province 28 and Jamaica had commenced their clergymen and 44 schools. Canada arduous functions, and it was hunibly was in the same destitute condition: expected, by the Divine blessing, that it now possessed 24 clergymen and 19 the most essential benefits would result schools. The total number of mis from their superintendence. In Barsionaries in the North American terri badoes the Society had a school of tory amounted to 103, and the number eighty-eight little negroes. These now of schools to 100. Of late years the read the New Testament, and learnt to Society has directed its attention to repeat, in Scripture language, “ The Africa. At Cape Town an episcopal Faith and Duty of a Christian," church was erected, and a national abridged from the Institutes of Bischool consisting of 328 children. shop Gastrell. Religious instruction Missionaries also had been stationed appeared advancing among the slave at the Bermudas, New South Wales, population, and the clergy took their and Norfolk Island.
regular turns in superintending their pointment of Bishop Middleton to the education. In Nova Scotia a College metropolitan city of Calcutta, the So existed, known by the name of King's ciety had directed its attention to College, to which, at the representaIndia. That distinguished Prelate had tion of Dr. Inglis, the present Bishop, strenuously recommended the erection who had stated its dilapidated conof a Mission College for the specific dition and urgent want of support, object of the translation of the sacred as well as its importance to the
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cause of missions, the Society had liberally contributed: there was also a school consisting of 65 black children. The Society at this time contemplated an addition of 50 missionaries and 48 schools, as soon as their finances would admit; but at present the annual expenditure of the Society amounted to 26,000l. and the income did not exceed 22,000l. He concluded with observing that the Society presented an imperative claim upon the support of the clergy and laity. “ The harvest was plenteous, the labourers few." le gave Christians of other communions full credit for their pious exertions. He devoutly prayed that the truly apostolical Church of England might prove a distinguished agent in dispensing the bread of life to the ends of the earth.
In the course of the business the following resolutions were unanimously agreed to :
1. That a District Committee be formed at Aylesbury, in aid of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and that the Bishop of Lincoln be requested to accept the office of President.
2. That the following Noblemen and Gentlemen be requested to become Vice-Presidents:-His Grace the Duke of Buckinghain, the Most Noble
the Marquis of Chandos, the Right
3. That Wm. Rickford, Esq. M. P. be appointed Treasurer, and the Rev. W. Finch and the Rev. J. S. Baron, Secretaries.
4. That all persons subscribing 10s. 6d. annually, or collecting 5l. in one year, be members of the Committee.
5. That the subscriptions for the year be made due at Michaelmas, in order to their being remitted to the Assistant Secretary, and received at the Society's Office, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, before the following Christmas.
6. That the first meeting of the Committee be appointed to take place at the White Hart Inn, Aylesbury, on the first Thursday in Jan., at 12 o'clock.
The sum collected at the meeting was 251.
DEANERY OF BARKING DISTRICT COMMITTEE.
At a Meeting held at West Ham, parishes within the Deanery be reNovember 19th, 1825, present—Rev. quested to take such measures, by H.C. Jones, Archdeacon, West Ham; forming Sub-Committees, or otherwise, Rev. W. Wilson, Walthamstow; Rev. as they may think most effectual to M.Terrington, ditto; Rev. B. Nicholls, make the Society and its objects known ditto; Rev. C. H. Laprimaudaye, in their parishes, and to collect subLeyton; Rev. G. Hughes, ditto; Kev. scriptions in aid of its funds. J. C. Wigram, ditto; Rev. H. Barham, 4. That William Cotton, Esq. be ditto; Rev. O. Lodge, Barking; Rev. requested to accept the office of R. Collett, Little Ilford ; Rev. G. J.
Treasurer. Brookes, East Ham:
5. That the Rev. George Hughes It was resolved unanimously, and the Rev. Joseph C. Wigram, be
1. That a District Committee of requested to accept the office of Sethe “Society for the Propagation of cretaries. the Gospel in Foreign Parts,” be now 6. That the Annual Meeting of this formed, comprehending the parishes District Committee be held on the first within the limits of the Deanery of Saturday in June, at one o'clock preBarking.
cisely, in the National School Room, 2. That the Bishop of the Diocese Low Leyton. be requested to accept ihe office of 7. That the Clergy within the President.
Deanery be requested to preach ser3. That the Clergy of the different mons, and make collections in their