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A.M., of Halifax, preached from 1 Cor. vi. chap. 19th (last clause) and 20th verses. Res. S. Bowditch, of Bristol, presented the concluding prayer.
Tabernacle.- Rev. J. H. GWYTHER, of Manchester, read the Scriptures and prayed. Rev. W. M. Punshon, of Leeds, preached from 1 Kings iv. 29. Rev. A. McMillan, of Taunton, offered the concluding prayer.
FRIDAY, May 14th.
SACRAMENTAL SERVICES. Sion Chapel. Rev. John SIBREE presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. J. BOWREY, S. McAll, W. TYLER, JAS. SIBREE, and J. E. RICHARDS.
Falcon Square Chapel.- Rev. J. Spence, D.D., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. S. GOODALL, E. STORROW, and J. BARTLETT.
Union Chapel, Islington.-Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. J. T. Beighton, R. Birt, W. CLARKSON, A. M. HENDERSON, and W. SPENCER.
St. Thomas's Square, Hackney.- Rev. J. R. CAMPBELL, A.M., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. W. Burgess, J. Bedell, and H. Addiscott.
Kingsland Chapel.--Rev. P. Thomson, A.M., presided. Addresses by the Revs. C. HARDIE and J. H. MUIR.
Hanover Chapel, Peckham.- Rev. A. FLETCHER, D.D., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. D. Hewitt, T. Mann, E. BEWLEY, J. Brown, S. A. Davis, D. J. Evays, J. H. HITCHENS, P. Kent, D. Nimmo, S. THODEY, W. P. TIDDY, P. J. TURQUAND, T. RAY, G. ROGERS, G. Rose, and R. W. Berts.
Trevor Chapel, Brompton.-- Rev. A. M. Brown, LL.D., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. C. H. BATEMAN, A. McMillan, T. ALEXANDER, R. MACBETH, and W. M, STATHAM.
Westminster Chapel.-- Rev. T. ARCHER, D.D., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. B. Price, J. Rawlinson, R. C. MATHER, R. BRUCE, and J.S. PEARSALL.
Greenwich Road Chapel.-Rev. A. THOMSON, A.M., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. W. Dawson, S. HEBDITCH, J. O. WHITEHOUSE, and T. TIMPSON.
Paddington Chapel.—Rev. S. Martin presided. Addresses and prayers by the Rers. R. BALGARNIE, A. Hampson, H. B. Ingram, and J. Stratten.
New Tabernacle Chapel.-Rev. J. Rowland presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. G. L. HERMAN, I. Vaughan, G. Gogerly, W. ROAF, and T. T. WATERMAX.
Surrey Chapel.-Rev. J. STOUGHTON presided. Addresses and prayers by the Rers. E. R. W. Krause, H. ALLARD, and N. Hall.
Orange Street Chapel.- Rev. J. Burnett presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. W. FAIRBROTHER, J. Halletr, and S. MARCH.
Stockwell Chapel. - Rev. E. R. CONder, A.M., presided. Addresses and prayers by the Revs. J. GWYTHER, H. HELMORE, and D. Thomas.
The Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, May 13th, at Exeter Hall, and was rery numerously attended. The chair was taken at ten o'clock by Frank Crossley, Esq., M.P. Among the gentlemen on the platform, in addition to those who took part in the proceedings, were Edward Ball, Esq., M. P.; George Hadfield, Esq., M.P.; J. Cheetham, Esq., M.P.; J. Kershaw, Esq., M.P.; Sir C. E. Eardley, Bart. ; Rev. Drs. Halley, Archer, Morton Brown; Revs. G. Osborne, one of the Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society ; F. Trestrail, one of the Secretaries of the Baptist Missionary Society; P. Latrobe
Secretary of the Moravian Missionary Society ; J. Stratten, J. Stoughton, J. C. Harrison, G. Smith, J. Sherman, J. Hall, J. Watson, J. T. Rowland, J. R. Campbell, P. Thomson, A. Thomson, R. W. Dale, E. Mellor, A. Jack, J. Parsons, J. Woodward, H. Batchelor; Messrs. G. H. Davies, one of the Secretaries of the Tract Society; E. Baines, T. Barnes, S. Job, J. Perry, E. Jupe, W. D. Wills, Eusebius Smith, H. Rutt, John Morley, Joseph East, &c., &c.
The proceedings were opened with the singing of the Hundredth Psalm, which was given out by the Rev. E. Prout, and with offering of prayer by the Rev. Patrick Thompson.
The ChairMAN: My Christian Friends --If I had consulted my own feelings when I received the kind invitation of the Directors of this valuable Society to preside over this important meeting, I should certainly liave declined to accept that invitation ; for I felt then, as I feel now, that there are many gentlemen who are far better qualified to fulfil the duties of the office of chairman than I am. But I felt convinced that the invitation was not designed to be an empty compliment,—that the Directors thought that I could be of service to the cause, and for this reason, and feeling a deep interest in the Society, I Endeavoured to overcome the diffidence which I experienced when asked to accept so great a responsibility. With these few explanatory remarks, I must now throw myself on the kind indulgence of the meeting, and I trust my shortcomings will be received with some clemency. Now, this is no ordinary meeting. Important meetings are occasionally held to promote the temporal welfare of man ; but we have met this morning to promote a far greater object, we have met to promote the spiritual as well as temporal welfare of millions of our fellow.creatures, scattered over every country on the face of the earth, and, therefore, the iraportance of our object can scarcely be over-estimated. I was very much struck with something which I met with in reading the Travels of Dr. Livingstone. The author said that having met with a very intelligent man, he began to explain to him how the Son of God left his seat on high, and came into this world, took upon himself our nature, and performed many miracles in order to show that he was God; how he made the dumb to speak, the deaf to hear, and the blind to see; how he raised the dead to life, and walked upon the sea as though it were dry land, and that nothing was too great for him to do; and when he afterwards went on to tell him that after he had done all these things he actually gave up his life and died upon the cross that we, through his death, might live, the chief said :-“You make my very bones to shake; you make my very ears to tingle; but allow me to ask you this one question-Did your forefathers know all this?” The Doctor was obliged to admit that they did. “Then,” said the chief, “how is it that they did not come to tell our forefathers this, and not permit them to go stumbling in the dark, into an untimely grave, not knowing where they are going?” Let us see to it, my friends, that this question or a similar one be not put to us, not on the plains of Africa, but at the judgment-seat. Now, as many of us heard yesterday, we are“ not our own,” but are “ bought with a price ;” and men who bring earthly maxims to bear on this subject, and say, “ Every man for himself, and God for us all,” can know very little of the real spirit of Christianity. It is impossible for selfishness and Christianity to thrive together. You might as well attempt to put fire and water together and expect them to thrive together; for, as surely as the water would put out the fire or the fire dry up the water, so surely will selfishness dry up Christianity or Christianity burn up selfishness. God moves in a mysterious way. It has often happened that the most horrible occurrences that take place in the earth, even war and bloodshed, have been made by God to bring about his own designs. We cannot con. sider what is occurring in India and China, and the openings that are being made there, without asking ourselves what we can do to make known the truths of Christianity in those countries to a far greater extent than they have ever been made known hitherto. Let me observe that I think there is much need for reform with regard to the Government of India.
Hitherto we have not as a nation served our Lord and Master in that country; but, finding it sunk in the depths of Hindoo superstition and Mohammedan delusion, we have sougbt to continue these things, and to let darkness pervade the land, as though our sway could not be maintained unless the people were left in utter ignorance of the Christian religion. What was said in relation to this subject by that noble Lord who has just quitted the highest office connected with India ? What was said by that noble Lord in the House of Lords on the 9th of June last ? After giving an extract from Lord Ellenborough's speech animadverting upon the conduct of the Governor-General of India in subscribing to societies which have for their object the conversion of the natives, the Chairman proceeded : “ Now if such things as these are said by a noble Lord who has recently filled one of the highest positions in this country, what are the poor deluded natives likely to think of the matter? It is not to be supposed, because these persons in India subscribe towards the carrying on of the Missionary work, that they wish the natives to be compelled to adopt the Christian religion.” It is, as it appears to me, a most dangerous doctrine which is laid down in the speech which I have just quoted. Every man owes a duty to his sovereign; but that duty cannot be opposed to the duty which he owes to the King of kings. We all owe a duty to God, from which we cannot be released by any human law or by any earthly monarch, and there is no office in this country, or in any other, which it would be right for a Christian man to accept or retain, if by holding it he would be prevented from owning the Lord of life and glory whom he professes to serve, and also subscribing, according to his means, that others might become disciples of the same blessed Master. It happens that the nobleman to whom I have referred, was once himself the Governor-General of India. Let us, then, just consider for a moment what he did at that period. In the first place, let me say that I believe, if we were to ransack all the particulars of his previous career, we should not find him committing the unpardonable sin of subscribing a single sixpence, out of his own pocket, for any Missionary Society. But if we trace career during his Governor-Generalship, we shall find him, not out of his own pocket, but out of the taxes of India, pandering to a considerable extent to the idolatry of the country. We shall find him sending a convoy of English troops to escort the gates of an idol temple to a certain part of India. Let me just lay before you his general orders in reference to that matter. Having read the general orders which were issued by Lord Eilenborough, from Simla, on the 16ih af November, 1842, directing the formal restoration of the gates taken from the tomb of the Sultan Mahmoud, at Ghuznee, to the temple Somnauth, the Chairman proceeded :Now I should like to know what poor Hindoos could be expected to think of all this? If, while the Missionaries are preaching the Gospel, they find one, who formerly held the highest office in India, condemning civil servants and officers of the Army, in that countrs, for subscribing the smallest sum for the Missionary work, --and if they find one of the highest offices in this country held by one who, some years ago, spent, not his own money indeed, but the money of the inhabitants of India, to bring back with pompous ceremonial, gates, which were torn from a Hindoo temple eight hundred years ago, what, I ask, under such circumstances, can the natives be expected to think of Christianity? The real character of the transaction is carefully kept out of the orders which I have read; but it is well known that the real object with which it was done, was to pander to Hindoo idolatry ! and superstition. It was thought desirable, as a matter of policy, to endeavour by thas means to acquire increased influence over the most numerous portiou of the natives. What would have been said to David and Saul, if they had acted in such a manner? Would they not have been told that they had been "weighed in the balances and found wanting :" That God, who reigns over the universe, is a jealous God, and will not let his honoar be given to another with impunity. As Christians, we have no wish to see the Government doing anything to propagate the Christian religion in India, as a Government; but, on the
other hand, we cannot, and will not, allow them to foster idolatry. You will, my friends, I am sure, be very sorry to learn that our friend, the Rev. Dr. Tidman, has been so unwell of late, that he will not be able to read the Report. He has left his room for the first time, this morning. I shall therefore call upon the Rev. Newman Hall to read the Report.
The Rev. Newman Hall, Minister of Surrey Chapel, then read the Report.*
The Sixty-fourth year in the history of the London Missionary Society, of which the Directors have now to report, has been distinguished, not only by a great increase of activity and zeal among the avowe: friends of the Missionary cause, but also by a lively interest in the subject among intelligent men of various classes, by whom it was aforetime regarded with indifference, if not aversion. This extension of Missionary sympathy has been awakened partly by the marvellous Missionary travels of Dr. Livingstone, by which the social and moral condition of the hitherto unknown millions of Southern Africa has been presented to the Christian and the philanthropist in its true and awful aspect; but in a far more intense degree has the subject of Missions been forced upon the attention of our countrymen by the awful, yet instructive events that have so unexpectedly been permitted, by the providence of God, to befal our Indian Empire. By the deeds of perfidy and blood which have characterised the Sepoy rebellion, the delusion and false security long indulged by multitudes, both in Britain and in India, have been for ever destroyed, and idolatry, in alliance with the principles and spirit of Mahomet, bas exhibited its true character—a character only to be understood to be dreaded and abhorred. Politicians and philosophers, who were accustomed to extol the characteristic virtues of the mild Hindoo, have been forward to denounce him as a very demon; and the labours of the Christian Missionary, which were heretofore treated with derision and contempt, are now commended as the best and only preservative of property, liberty, and life.
The Missionary travels of Livingstone, which awakened world-wide admiration, obviously imposed on the Society by which he was sent forth, and by whose funds he was sustained, a solemn obligation to send to the myriads inhabiting the dark land he had penetrated, the light of heavenly truth with its attendant blessings, both for the life which now is, and for that which is to come. In accordance, therefore, with the Resolution passed at the last Annual Meeting, the Directors have adopted the necessary measures for establishing two central and effective Missions, the one north, and the other south of the River Zambese ; and with gratitude to the Father of mercies they now report that he has vouchsafed his blessing, and supplied both suitable men for the enterprise, and funds adequate for its execution. Mr. Price, student in the Western College, Mr. Sykes, of the Lancashire College, Mr. Thomas, of the College at Brecon, and Mr. McKenzie, who has prosecuted a suitable course of study at Bedford, have recently been ordained as Evangelists to the Matabele and Makololo tribes, and will, with their devoted wives, embark for South Africa in the early part of the ensuing month.
In the atrocious crimes of the Indian mutineers, and the awful sufferings of our countrymen, the Directors, in common with the friends of kindred societies, recognised His voice, who maketh the wrath of man to praise him, appealing to the Church of Christ on India's behalf, for a large increase of zeal and extension of labour. The call was too powerful to be resisted, and too urgent to admit delay. The Directors felt therefore constrained to convene a Special Meeting of their constituents on the 18th of February, to consider the claims of India for augmented efforts, when it was resolved :
“ That the London Missionary Society having, for the last half century, employed devoted labourers in different parts of India, whose various exertions God has been pleased to crown with distinguished success, should take its fair proportion of effort for extending the blessings of the Gospel among the teeming multitudes yet involved in heathen darkness;
• As the full Abstract of the Report will obtain extended circulation in a separate form, it is presented bere greatly abridged.
and that, accordingly, the Directors employ their best efforts with all classes of their constituents, to enable them to send forth, within the next two years, at least twenty additional Missionaries, to aid in carrying onward this great enterprise.”
The answer already given to their appeal, is sufficient to convince the Directors that, in this proposal they have the hearty sympathy of their friends throughout the country: within three months nearly £11,000 have been promised towards the object, and a confident bone may be cherished that, by the close of the year, additional funds will be realized adequate to its full accomplishment.
The Directors are sensible that nothing short of the peculiar urgency of the claims of Africa and India, would have justified two special appeals to the liberality of their constituents in such close succession ; yet they are gratified to state that, nevertheless, the Ordinary income of the Society, with a single exception, has advanced in all its various branches.
The General Contributions from Great Britain and Ireland, including Subscriptions, Do. nations, Collections, and Dividends, amount to £ 14,043 78. 8d., being £1779 48. 3d. more than the year preceding.
The generous Bequests of departed friends, reach £8401 4s. 1d., being £1702 15s. 8d. in excess of the legacies of last year,
The Sacramental Offerings to the Widows'and Orphans' Fund, with the yearly Dividends, present an aggregate of £2321 178. 9d., being £119 178. 8d. more than those of 1857. And in addition, the fund has received an increase of £899 68. 5d. 3 per cents. reduced, being a legacy of the late Mr. Flanders.
The contributions from Missionary Stations have yielded £16,511 98. 10d., being £2191 13d. 2d. more than those of the year preceding.
The total annual Income from these ordinary sources is £72,143 11s. 3d., being an increase of £6659 28. 8d.
The amount received from the Australian and Foreign Auxiliaries is £819 5s., being less than the preceding year by £1048 ls. 6d.
The Expenditure of the Society for ordinary purposes has been £64,059 13s. 9d., being a decrease on that of the former year, of £2799 158. 1d., without involving any diminution of the Society's operations.
The preceding statement is exclusive of the Fund for the establishment of new Mis. sions in South Africa, amounting to £7076 6s. 5d., and that promised for the extension of Indian Missions, approaching the sum of £11,000.
The number of the Society's ordained Missionaries last reported was 152 ; and it is an unusual demand for gratitude, that, in the interval, death has not been permitted to diminish that number in a single instance; while two additional Brethren, Messrs. Blake and Jones, have been sent forth to strengthen the Missionary band in India.
In presenting an Abstract, compressed within the narrowest limits, of the History of the Society for the past year, the Directors begin as usual with,
POLYNESIA. In the distant Isles of the Pacific, the first labours of the Society were wrought; here its earliest trials and severest discouragements were encountered; yet here, under God, it has achieved many of its noblest triumphs over barbarism and crime ; victories which are still extending, and will continue to extend till the last blood-stained altar of Poiynesia is overthrown, and her last stronghold of idolatry shall be added to the conquests of the Prince of Peace.
In Tauiti, where the power of the Gospel first triumphed over paganism, it has in later years no less successfully encountered popery-popery in alliance with political power and niilitary despotism. But, apart from the baneful influence of its profligate professors, and