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" That the cordial thanks of the So- perhaps, a pardonable ambition to be ciety are especially due to the Rev. James the seconder of this Resolution. He Dixon, the Rev. Philip C. Turner, and entirely concurred in the expression of the Rev. John Maclean, for their excel. gratitude and respect for the Chairman, len! Sermons preached before the Society which had just been uttered by the last during its present Anniversary; to the speaker. The Chairman had not only Rev. A. E. Farrar, the Rev. Robert consented to preside over the present Young, the Rev. W. M, Bunting, the Meeting, but, in a manner, and under Rev. Samuel D. Waddy, and the Rev. circumstances, which had no parallel in John Tindall, for their very acceptable the history of the Society. A message services on the same occasion; to all other had been sent to him requesting to be Ministers who have publicly advocated permitted to have a private interview the cause of the Society during the past with him, for the purpose of explaining year; and to the Auxiliary and Branch the reasons of their wish that he should Societies, the Ladies' Associations, the take the chair, and the grounds on which Juvenile Societies, and their respective they would venture to hope that be Committees, Treasurers, Secretaries, and would accede to that wish. Sir Peter Collectors, both at home and abroad, for returned a note full of Christian feeling their very successful erertions on behalf and kindness. He stated, that he knew of the funds of the institution, in which that, at such a time, the engagements of exertions they are most earnestly entreated persons connected with such Societies lo continue and abound : and while re- must be great and onerous ; that he commending increased exertion, this would not impose upon them the trouble Meeting' solemnly recognises the importa of waiting upon him, because it was ance of connecting roith every effort and perfectly consistent with his views and contribution to the cause of Missions, feelings at once to accept of their invitaunceasing prayer to Almighty God for tion ; and that, therefore, without any his furthering blessing."
further trouble, they might depend upon JAMES Wood, Esq., of Manchester, his taking the chair. They were, there. seconded the Resolution, which was car fore, really improving. They had a ried unanimously.
Chairman at this Anniversary, who would The Rev. ABRAHAM E. FARRAR, not give them the trouble of explaining of Bristol, moved
their reasons for desiring to have him in “ That the cordial thanks of the So- the chair ; and they had already obtained ciety are due, and are hereby presented, the promise of an excellent Chairman to the General Committee ; to Thomas (Mr. Emerson Tennent) in advance for Farmer, Esq., and the Kev. John Scott, the next year. All this kindness received the General Treasurers ; and to the Rev. from others was an additional reason for Dr. Bunting, the Rev. John Beecham, increased exertions among themselves. the Rev. Dr. Alder, and the Rev. Elijah Most cordially did he second the Resolu. Hoole, the General Secretaries ; for the tion. valuable services which they have seve The Resolution was then put, and rally rendered to the Society, in the carried by acclamation. direction and management of its affairs SiR PETER LAURIE said,- Instead during the past year.”
of thanking me, I ought to thank The Rev. Philip C. TURNER you ; for you have afforded me a treat seconded the Resolution, which was this day that I shall never forget. I carried unanimously
always loved the W'esleyans. Many a The Rev. John Scott, one of the time I have slipped into Hinde-street General Treasurers, believed that all chapel, unknown to any body; and I was present must feel very much indebted for always pleased with your creed. Mr. the excellent character of the Meeting to Dixon has stated, that you could give a the speech with which it was opened. code of laws for New Zealand. Why, He often thought, that it was very much the code of laws which I have read of in the power of the Chairman to give a the Wesleyan Connexion would suggest tone to a Meeting which nobody else laws for the government of Europe. If could give to it; and certainly this had ever I saw excellence in laws; if ever been eminently done on the present occa. I saw human wisdom in laws; it sion. Entertaining that view, and is, in my humble opinion, in the laws cherishing every feeling of gratitude to by which you are governed. I am glad the Chairman for the excellent sentiments to have the opportunity of adding this to he had delivered, he begged to move a the former expression of my sentiments; vote of thanks to Sir Peter Laurie. and I am very glad now to have the
The REV. DR. BUNTING had had, opportunity of saying, that, although I loved the Wesleyans before, I now love voured to follow; and you are now them more and more. I will go farther supporting them in the position they than that, because I will declare, that hold; and, therefore, every member of that member of the Church of England the Church of England, if he is true to who does not love the Wesleyans, and his own creed, must love, as I do most who does not feel gratitude to them for cordially and most sincerely, the Westheir support of that Establishment, does leyans as a body, and every one of you not deserve to belong to the Church of as individuals. England. You have been the best The Meeting then sang the Doxology, friends of the Church in England. the benediction was pronounced by Dr. You have shown them a zeal and Bunting, and the assembly dispersed, an example which they have endea- about five o'clock.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE LONDON DISTRICT
AUXILIARY SOCIETY. This very excellent and interesting Meeting was held in Great-Queenstreet chapel on Monday evening, May 18th. HENRY POWNALL, Esq., presided with great ability and kindness. The other speakers were J. G. Elliott, Esq.; the Rev. W. Croggon, from Ireland ; the Rev. Dr. Hannah; the Rev. J. F. England; the Rev. G. C. Müller, from Germany; the Rev. W. Swallow; the Rev. W. Crookes; the Rev. Robert Young; Thomas Farmer, Esq.; and Dr. Bunting. We have room at present only for the speech of Mr. England, which relates to the idolatry of India, and deserves especial attention at this period. Dr. Hannal's admirable speech we hope to insert in a future Number.
The Rev. J. F. ENGLAND, late whose minds were not imbued with reli. Missionary at Madras, after a few intro gious truth, the thought was never enterductory remarks, said, I purpose to offer tained, that they required the religion of a few observations, in illustration of the the Gospel. Indeed, some did not scrunecessity which exists for extended Mis- ple to express the opinion, that the sionary exertions in India. In reference to Gospel would injure, and corrupt, and a portion of the Heathen,- the inhabitants debase them. The Missionaries, however, of India, as numerous, at least, as all the who have since laboured in that land, professing Christians in the world, I have found that, anong the inhabitants, think a very strong case may be made the most fearful and atrocious cruelties out; and it may be shown satisfactorily, exist; that they have acquired “ the art that we, as a church, have not ade- of ingeniously tormenting ;” and that quately, or to the extent of our ability, they have refined upon cruelty more made provision for their spiritual wants. than any other people in the world. With their peculiar rites and ceremo. But, Sir, I am free to confess, that they nies, their superstitions and idolatries, I really are, as human beings, extremely have no intention to trouble the Meeting mild, kind, and gentle. It is their in detail. They are already fainiliar religion that makes them the monsters with many facts which bear upon these they are. Leave them to themselves, matters. It will rather be my desire to let them be separated from their superstiendeavour to concentrate the attention of tions, and they will be, in some respects, the audience and of myself to the consi- such as we were told they were before deration of two or three grounds on the attention of the religious public was which the natives of India, as a people, directed to them. They are religiously have a claim upon our increased and wicked, and religiously cruel; and they extended efforts for their spiritual and are wicked and cruel in proportion as temporal benefit. I think the very re. they are religious. Their very antidote ligiousness of the Hindoos constitutes has become their bane ; their medicine one of these claims. There was a time has become their poison. Upon this when the Hindoos were considered a ground, then, Sir, I think they have a very mild, gentle, and quiet race. Be strong claim upon the sympathy of fore they were visited by Missionaries, Christians. The extreme anxiousness when their condition was viewed by men of the minds of these people on all
subjects connected with the soul, and tion to a god or to a stone. The mind with a future state of existence, also of India is let loose ; inquiry is awak. forms a strong claim upon the sympathy ened; and shall we suffer this spirit of of British Christians. Nearly all their inquiry to remain unsatiated ? Why, cruelties are perpetrated for the purpose Sir, we dare not leave the Hindoos as of relieving the mind from that oppress they are! We are bound to give them ive burden of guilt under which they that which alone can allay their fears, labour. I conceive, that no person remove their doubts, and guide their acquainted with that system of divine souls into perfect peace,- the Gospel of truth which we possess can picture to his our Saviour Jesus Christ. But we owe mind any thing approaching to the thcm reparation on a still more painful reality of those anxieties by which the ground. The Report alluded to the conunfortunate Hindoos are overwhelmed. nexion of the British Government with The very fact that these people have idolatry in India, and especially in the multiplied their deities to the immense Madras presidency,-a portion of the number of three hundred and thirty country with which I am well acquaintmillions, tells us at once what must have ed. Will it be credited, that a professbeen the amount of thought they have edly Christian Government holds in its expended, and what their anxiety on hands the management of the heathen religious subjects. Being devoid of the temples ? Will it be believed, that the knowledge of the one true God, they repairs of those temples are always efhave wandered to other gods; and they fected under the direction of an Enghave multiplied their sorrows as they lish functionary ? that the ornaments of have multiplied their deities. In il. the idol are made by his direction ? that lustration of the deep anxiety of the the palanquin in which the idol is car. native Hindoos in reference to subjects ried, and the car, with all its obscene of a religious nature, Mr. England gave emblems and gorgeous adornments, are an interesting narrative of a conversation under the superintendence of an officer between himself and an Hindoo noble of the British Christian Government ? man. Mr. England then proceeded to The table of the idol is under the same argue, that, on the ground of fulfilling management; and almost every step the designs for which Providence has taken, with reference to the temples, is placed in our hands the mighty empire under the seal, and by the direction, of of Hindostan, we are bound to give to English Government officers. The the native inhabitants the blessings of Brahmins, the officiating Priests, are the Gospel of peace. Those who were paid their wages by British function. acquainted with the history of India aries; and (horrid to relate !) the base knew that the empire was almost lite- women of the temples, the wives of the rally forced into our hands. The Bri- gods, are neither admitted to, nor extish went to India for the purposes of cluded from, those edifices, without the commerce; they were compelled, as it directions of English officers connected were, to take first one tract of territory, with the British Government. In refer. and then another; and that vast extent ence to this subject, I may be allowed to of country was thrown into our posses. read an extract from a newspaper, which sion by Providence, obviously that we appeared during my residence in India, might be instrumental in the evangeliza showing the effect which this connexion tion of the people. Was not this, then, of the British Government with idolatry he asked, a consideration which ought has upon the minds of the natives. On to stimulate Christians to more stre some account, one of the annual heathen nuous and unwearied exertions in ceremonies had been discontinued; a the Missionary cause ? But, continued number of the natives were desirous of Mr. England, we have also a very its re-establishment; they knew, how. heavy debt of reparation to settle with ever, that they could not re-establish it India. By sending to that heathen coun themselves, and they were compelled to try Christian Missionaries, we have de- apply to the British Government for its stroyed the confidence of the natives in sanction to the measure. That sanction their gods. True, they have not aban. was given ; and a native gentleman doned their idols ; but the Hindoo can- places this record in one of the public not now look upon his idol with the con- newspapers :fidence that it is a god. He knows that this is questioned, and that it is denied
« TO THE EDITOR OF THE MADRAS his idol is a god. His fears are awak.
COURIER. ened; he doubts; and he knows not “MR. EDITOR,SIR-On Wednesday whether he is paying worship and adora- last, according to annual custom of this town, the goddess Yagattee visited the ened gentlemen, you will be pleased to Fort; on which occasion a very interesting insert this history in your paper. spectacle was presented, of which I think
“ I have, &c., it good to write to you, because I think
"J. BASHKARL0O." many of your readers, from not knowing about it, do miss beholding it. This is As a contrast to this letter, I may be now the festival-time of the goddess; permitted to produce other opinions.in and it is at this time that it is kept in a late Bengal native newspaper, the memory of the great act of protection Editor of which is, by family, of high which she favoured the Honourable Com. caste, the following sentences are found : pany with, and which I wish to inform “ If there be anything under heaven that your readers of, as follows:
we look upon with the utmost abhor« Many years ago, when the British rence, it is Hindooism. If there be any Government had only a beginning of thing which we regard as the worst inpower, this Fort (St. George) was in strument of evil, it is Hindooism. If great distress, and near to being taken; there be any thing which we behold as but the soldiers were very brave, and the the greatest promoter of vice, it is HinGovernor very wise. According to the dooism. If there be any thing that we advice of some wise native people, he sent consider as most hurtful to the peace, them to beg the help from the renowned comfort, and happiness of society, it is goddess Yagattee, and promised in re- Hindooism. And neither insinuation turn that a proper annual offering should nor flattery, neither fear nor persecution, be kept up to her for ever! Then the alter our resolution to destroy that mongoddess thereupon put fear into the strous creed !" Such is the language of hearts of French; and they retreated men who commenced life as members of away, and the Fort was saved. From families that, from time immemorial, that time the faithful Government have have derived a luxurious living by the continued annually to present a yearly popular superstitions. These men are offering of cloth, &c. ; and on Wed. not, indeed, as yet, Christians, but give nesday last, the goddess proceeded to the every possible evidence of being sincere north gate, where the cutcherry servants, inquirers after truth ; and discover to us by the Collector's order, presented the what noble powers of intellect they can cloth from the Honourable Government, bring to propagate Christianity, when Great numbers of spectators were present, they shall deliberately embrace it. The and praised both the power and the good. testimony of Captain Harkness, before a ness of the goddess, by which this famous Committee of the House of Commons, Fort stands to this day, and the liberality July, 1832, was as follows :_“I have and good faith of the Governinent by frequently visited congregations of nawhich the vow, made in the time of dis tive Christians : during the progress tress, is so punctually fulfilled in the of Bishop Heber, in his last visita. time of prosperity. It is very true, Mr. tion, I had opportunities of seeing Editor, that wisdom is stronger than many thousands of them. I have a valour; and so we have here, Sir, the favourable opinion of the character of proof in this : because that Government the native Protestants, as a moral, welllistened to the words of the wise men, behaved people ; both those born of and beseeched the assistance of Yagattees Christian parents, and those who them. therefore he succeeded to keep his power. selves have been converted from idolatry Do not doubt this history, because it is to the Christian faith. I know but little certainly true. Very respectable Brah difference between them, and a corremins have told me of it ; and, moreover, sponding number of Christians in Eng. it is plain, that the Honourable Com- land." I hold in my hand an extract pany would not give the offering without from a Collector's Journal, containing just reason. An English Padre gentle, some most disgusting statements respectman says to me, that to join so in our ing the minute interference of the Bri. religion, and to give offering to an image, tish Government, in connexion with the is an exceeding great sin against the will details of idolatry ; showing that scarcely and commandments of Christians' God; 1 step is taken, with reference to those and moreover, also, he says, that this his degrading superstitions, except by the tory is all nonsense, because Yagattee is direct command, or with the tacit cononly an idol, and has no power and no sent, of the English Government. It is sense. But I do not believe this ; be- very true, that Hindooism is, in its ex. cause if it be not true, why does the tent and dimensions, still a giant; but in Honourable Government do so ? There. its power it is not a giant. It has always fore, as you are very liberal and enlight. leaned upon the arm of State for its support, and it still continues to lean upon the dissolution of this uphallowed conthe arm, I regret to say, of the British nexion of British power with the idolatry Government, which has been even offi- of the East, will be heard ; and that the ciously thrust forth to sustain it. I trust tables of Parliament will groan be. the day is not far distant, when the neath the petitions that shall be poured church of Christ in this favoured land in, until this disgraceful and unholy will arise in her mighty strength, and, in union shall be severed for ever. one consentaneous voice of demand for
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY
SOCIETY, RECEIVED IN CONNEXION WITH THE LATE ANNIVERSARY. We very gratefully record the following summary of the pecuniary proceeds of our recent Anniversary, including collections, donations, and some legacies, just paid in.
£. $. d. Collections after the three annual sermons on the 29th and
30th of April, and on the Ist of May ............ ......... 116 111
Hall, May 4th, and received in connexion with the
...... 2,793 17 8
For the particulars of donations, &c., we refer to the statement of moneys recently received.
Wesleyan Mission-House, 77, Hatton-Garden, London,
May 21st, 1840. ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES. SOUTH-AFRICA MISSIONS.—On the 16th of February, the Rev. W. J. Davis and family, and the Rev. Messrs. Smeeth, Pearse, Gladwin, Holden, Taylor, Jolin Smith, Thornley Smith, and Stewart Thomas, and their wives, arrived safely at the Cape of Good llope, and were about shortly to proceed to Algoa-Bay.
WESTERN AFRICA.-- The Rev. David Jehu arrived at Sierra-Leone, on the 23d of December.
The Rev. William Fox and family, Mr. and Mrs. James, Mr. English, and Mr. Crowley, with Kakouta Sonko, and others, arrived at St. Mary's on the Gambia, on the l5th of March.
WEST INDIES.--The Rev. Richard Weddall and Mrs. Weddill arrived at Belize, Honduras-bay, on the 7th of March.
Hudson-Bay-COMPANY'S TERRITORY, NORTH AMERICA.— The Rev. Messrs. Barnley, Mason, and Rundle arrived at New-York, on their way to the territory of the Honourable the Hudson's Bay Company, on the 12th of April.