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ask, in the name of common sense, shonld Convocation has once more commenced a teacher of Greek be a clergyman ? Are its useless talk. Nothing can show so we always to submit tamely to the exclucompletely the trammels of the State upon sion of learned laymen from such offices, the action of the Episcopal Church in this and thus shut out not unfrequently the country as the little result that has hitherto most eligible man from the post?—The concome out of these annual clerical parlia- troversy between Professor Kingsley and ments. The Bishop of London took ad- Father Newman is not yet ended. Dr. vantage of the dearth of topics to say a Newman advertises a reply to the Profesword or two in favour of one part of his sor's pamphlet, and is certain to bite therein scheme for overtaking the present fearful as remorselessly as in his last celebrated spiritual deficiencies of the metropolis. letter.—The Report of the Ecclesiastical Like a true son of the State Church, he Commissioners is published. We shall did not go to the Scriptures for his autho- call attention ere long to some of its curirity, but tried to show that a precedent ous details. already existed for the employment of " lay
GENERAL agents." Judging from the tone of several speakers, Dr. Tait's innovation upon the THERE has been one absorbing topic in work of the duly authorized" ministers of England during the past month-the arrireligion seems to find no great favour with val of Garibaldi. When we predicted for these pretended monopolists. But with him, in our last issue, "an enthusiastic one earnest man, like the Bishop of Lon- reception,” we could not foresee the extent don, who is painfully alive to the need for to which this would run. All the world fresh appliances to win back the people, now knows that the simple-minded patriot much may yet be done. The same grave has been welcomed and feted by every rank assembly is still debating about Bishop and party. Strange explanations have been Colenso, who, by the bye, is determined to offered by continental newspapers of this follow in Renan's wake, and publish a universal admiration; and the “ Englishcheap edition of his works.-A black bishop man" is fast relapsing, in the estimation of is about to be consecrated by the Primate Frenchmen and Austrians, into the most of England. His name is Crowther. He incomprehensible of beings. And yet there was once a slave boy, was rescued by a is no mystery in the matter. Garibaldi British cruiser, and became a missionary embodies in his own person that which teacher in Sierra Leone. The new bishop- Englishmen of all classes most dearly love ric comprises the native churches in parts -patriotism, simplicity of character, and of Western Africa beyond the dominions the ability to do a good stroke of honest of the British crown, and will be formed work without making much fuss about it. on the model of the Jerusalem and Central Like the Briton himself, he is a man of African bishoprics, under what is called deeds and not words. His hasty return to the Jerusalem Bishoprics Act.—The foun. Caprera has given rise to all manner of dation of a new Anglican church has been reports. Even the Tory press have joined laid in Brussels during this month by the with the extreme Radicals in attributing Bishop of Oxford, who was taking on the this step to the hints which have been recontinent the duties for the time being of|ceived from France. The true version of Dr. Tait.--The Lord Chancellor has intro. it is that his best friends saw that his duced a bill into the House of Lords for power would be lessened if he were made attaching a canonry to the Greek chair of too cheap, and that the dearest object of Oxford. Professor Jowett will not derive his heart, a united Italy, would be thereby any benefit from the bill, if it should pass, endangered. The ministerial papers in until some one of the canonries in the gift Turin did not at first know what to make of the crown falls vacant. But wby, we of the English reception ; but have now
discovered that it is homage to the Italian | should lead to revolutionary talk? The nation in the person of Garibaldi !!—The Emperor's letter to M. Fould, it is said, has Shakspeare Tercentenary is upon us. produced a favourable impression in Paris, The quarrels between authors, actors, and is regarded as an assurance of peace. and committee men, which have arisen But what is to be done with the vast army throughout the attempted preparations of France, now brought to such efficiency are sad enough; but, to our think- of drill and morale ?— The new King of ing, the saddest thing of all is, the mani. Mexico has at last definitely accepted the fest glorification of the creature rather crown. It bodes no good to the liberties than the Creator, which attained its climax of that people that Maximilian should be at the dinner of the actors, when the chair- such a devoted son of the Romish church, man offered thanks for the entertainment and of the most reactionary section of it. “to the spirit of Shakspeare." We yield -A large portion of the Polish revoluto none in profound admiration for the tionary army has crossed from East transcendent genius of the man who was Prussia into Poland, and has had a severe not “of an age, but for all time." But engagement with the Russians.—The Aussuch stuff as this demands the severest trian authorities are expelling from Galcondemnation from all sober-minded Chris. Licia all the Polish refugee families, and at tian men. It is nothing less than flat two days' notice. Preparations for war on paganism, and would have been denounced a large scale are being made in Venetia, by no one more strenuously than by the and the Turin journals advocate equally great bard himself.
active and extensive efforts on the Italian ""Tis mad idolatry government. — It is still reported from To make the service greater than the god." Rome that fresh enlistments of brigands - The budget has given another opportu- are taking place, and new expeditions are nity for the display of Gladstone's fascina- already planned.—The Russian governtion as a speaker, even when his subject is ment has published a decree abolishing most unpromising. Dry figures are dressed the compulsory sale of landed property op with such skill that they possess an belonging to Russian ladies on their marunwonted charm when he deals with them. riage with foreigners.-Frightful destitu. The anxiety to hear the Chancellor's tion at present prevails in Northern China. speech was so great that persons were –From Japan we learn that the attack on waiting for admission into the strangers Kagosima was not so barbarous and inhugallery of the House of Commons before man as at first represented. The inbabi. seven o'clock in the morning. We were tants had all deserted their paper houses, right in our conjecture about the sugar and the shelling was on the forts of Prince duties. A slight modification is promised. Satsuma. Friendly relations have been We are also to have the income tax reduced restored.-General Grant is now in coma penny in the pound. There is no pros- mand of the Northern army in America, pect of its final extinction while the exten- and great expectations are once sive armaments of Europe are kept up.- raised of the decisive battle which is to After a gallant resistance, continued for end the conflict. An eye witness from two months, Dybböl has fallen. More this country reports that it is no exaggerathan a thousand prisoners were taken, and tion to say that a million slaves have the loss on the Danish side in killed and already been set free. No greater evidence wounded is frightful. One of the news of the change of feeling in the North on paper correspondents was killed. The the question of slavery can be given than Conference on the affairs of Northern the fact that George Thompson should be Europe is to sit to-day (April 26).- permitted to speak in the House of RepreFrance, it is well known—and especially sentatives in Washington, and that the Parismis over-policed. The dinner of President should be one of his hearers.some literary enthusiasts on Shakspeare's The weather in the West Indies has been birth-day was forbidden. What next? Is generally fine, but the sugar crop is backthe “ man who goes to war for an idea" ward. The cultivation of cotton has been afraid that homage to the English dramatist greatly extended in the island of Jamaica.
March 25, at Turret-green chapel, Ips. April 14, at Camden-road chapel, by the wich, by the Rev. T. M. Morris, Mr. James Rev. Francis Tacker, B.A., William CoulSmith, St. Clement's, Ipswich, to Eliza, son Parkinson, Esq., of 12, Linden-villas, only daughter of Mr. George Goodwin, Camden-road, and Cottage-lane, City-road, late of Woodbridge.
to Emily Fenton, eldest daughter of Robert by the Rev. W. Best, Mr. George Craddock, John's-wood, to Esther Maria, second March 30, at South-parade chapel, Leeds, Smith, Esq., of 7, Hilldrop-road, Holloway.
April 14, at New College chapel, St. of Wakefield, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter daughter of Mr. Bailey, of Charles-street, of Mr. Edward Ackroyd, of Gildersome.
Berners-street. April 4, at the Baptist chapel, Slofford- At the same time and place, by the Rev. street, Walsall, by the Rev. William Lees, W. Brock, D.D., assisted by the Rev. T. T. Mr. James Harvey, of Birmingham, to Lynch, Mr. Daking Bear, of Great Holland, Jane, second daughter of Mr. F. P. Hub. Essex, to Emily, youngest daughter of bard, Walsall.
Mr. Thomas Wilcox, of Provost-road,
St. John's Wood. April 4, at the General Baptist chapel,
April 21, at the General Baptist chapel, Spalding, by Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., Mr.
Barton-in-the-Beans, Leicestershire, by Jacob Horne to Miss Sarah Hare.
Rev. E. Bott, assisted by Rev. J. J. Goadby, April 13, at High-street chapel, Lan- Mr. Joseph Exton, of Hugglescote, to caster, by the Rev. James Fleming, of Elizabeth, eldest surviving daughter of Mr. London, assisted by the Rev. Robert Daw Samuel Deacon, of Barton-in-the-Beans. son, B.A., of Devizes, the Rev. Thomas April 24, at the General Baptist chapel, Slade Jones, Independent minister, Hey- Mansfield Road, Nottingham, J. Blather. wood, Lancashire, to Annie, fourth daugh- wick, Grocer, Nottingham, to Sarah Smith, ter of Edward Dawson, Esq., of Aldcliffe eldest daughter of Mr. Giles Jurberville, Hall, Lancaster.
of Birlingham, Worcestershire.
March 24, the Rev. F. Wiles, Baptist superintendent of the school and deacon minister, Hay, Breconshire. He preached of the Baptist chapel, Mint Lane. Christ and lived Christ.
April 9, at her residence in Bristol, April 1, at Kingsthorpe, after a few Susan, the beloved wife of the Rev. W. hours' illness, Maria, the beloved wife of Hill. Her devoted labours in the Rethe Rev. J. Litchfield, of Kingsthorpe, deemer's service will make her loss widely aged 47.
and painfully felt. April 1, very suddenly, at Grove-hill Glebe, Camberwell, Eliza, widow of the Avon, Mary, relict of the late James Cort,
April 11, at her residence, Stratford-onlate Rev. J. Davies, of Colombo, Ceylon.
Esq., of Leicester, in her 76th year. April 4, at Kirton Lindsey, Mrs. Mary Frow, the youngest daughter of the Rev. H. Herschell, in the 59th year of his age.
April 14, at Brighton, the Rev. Ridley J. Stapleton, aged 32 years. She had long been a teacher in the Sabbath school. Suddenly, at Measham, on Tuesday,
April 4, at Purwell Mills, Hitchen, Mr. April 19, the Rev. George Staples, of William Foster, aged fifty-one years.
Wymeswold, aged 46 years. His mortal April 5, at Leicester, aged 66, Ellen, the remains were interred in the Measham beloved wife of Mr. J. F. Winks, nearly chapel burial ground, on Friday, April 22. fifty years a member of the General Bap- The funeral services were conducted by tist connexion. She died in peace, trust the Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., of Ashby, in the ing in Jesus.
presence of a large number of sympathiApril 5, at 2, Blenheim-crescent, Ken- sing friends. sington-park, Alaric Alexander Watts, At Sainthill, Kentisbeer, Devon, Mr. in the Osth year of his age, one of the Charles Baker, sen., in his eighty-first minor poets.
year. For nearly fifty years he was deacon April 5, at Lincoln, in his 72nd year, of the Baptist church in that village. His Vr. J. G. Doughty, nearly forty years lend was peace.
THE BAPTIST AND GENERAL | baptizing in the river Kurbadia, and
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SO- quite near our encampment, four male CIETIES.
converts from heathenism. We had a We rejuice to learn from the Freeman, large number of spectators, among whom that instead of the apprehended defi- were many friends and neighbours of ciency of £8,000, the Baptist Missionary the candidates. Two of the latter wore Society closes its financial year with a
the poita, or sacred thread-one being surplus of £2,700. This most gratify
a brahmin, the other of the Naik caste. ing result is not due entirely to the special The removal of these sacred badges from contributions which have been made by
their persons and handing them to me, the churches throughout the denomina- and my casting them into the river, protion. The officers of the Society, in duced quite a sensation among the specforecasting their probable position, were
tators. The eldest of the converts is a bound to reckon it at the worst that was man named Sanantan Naik; he is likely to bappen, and things have not doctor and schoolmaster, and is the head turned out so ill as was accounted pro
of a family numbering some thirty or bable. The fund for general purposes is forty souls; he has a son, a teacher in a considerably larger than in previous Goverument school, also a nephew simiyears. The Calcutta Press has yielded larly employed; he has been almost a a greater revenue than was anticipated. Christian for many years, and was a But still the present position of the So- great admirer of dear brother Lacey, ciety is mainly due io the prompt and from whom he received much instruction. generous response evoked by the appeal
The second is a man named Bhobanee, of the Committee.
about thirty-five years of age-a maker We would not be envious at the suc
of female ornaments—has a wife and one cess of our brethren, but we should be
child. The third, Makunda Sahu, is most thankful to be able next month to about thirty years old, and is of the make a similar announcement in refer- confectioner caste; he bas a wife and ence to our own Society. Instead of a
The youngest is Bhakari surplus we fear there will still be a large Pardee, a brahmin, who has a temple balance due to the Treasurer. The ladies with an endowment of land, of which he have been working well in many places was the priest up to the time of his conduring the year; let the gentlemen now version; be bas a wife, and a brother come to the rescue, with the same zeal about sixteen years of age. He, Bhoand promptitude that have been dis. banee, and Makunda have been in. played in the other section of the body, timate for years, and used to meet and we too shall be permitted to share together to read the Hindoo Shastres. the joy of our brethren. One hearty and Last year when I and the native simultaneous effort throughout the Con- brethren attended a festival a few miles nexion would accomplish this most de- from their village, two of them were sirable object. Only let us get out of present, and heard the Gospe! proclaimed debt, and the officers of the Society see
and received tracts. On the preachers every prospect of being able to keep out visiting the Bonamalipore market a few of debt in future.
days subsequently, they came to their tent, and spent the night with them
inquiring about the Christian religion BAPTISM OF FOUR CONVERTS and receiving instruction. In this way FROM HEATIIENISM AT they were led to the knowledge of Christ. BONAMALIPORE.
Henceforth they met together as often as BY THE REV. W. MILLER.
possible to read Christian books.
The hymus composed by Makunda Camp, Bonamalipore, (native preacher), which are so full of
Jan. 21st, 1864. Christ and his love, especially absorbed You will be glad to learn that I had the their attention. Many of these they privilege, last Lord's-day afternoon, of committed to memory, and could sing
and quote from them with the greatest (most indignant and insolent, and had proficiency.
walked off a pair of bullocks and a lot of A few months ago they visited Cut- rice. I dare say he may eventually tack, and made themselves known to become reconciled. From this we set brother Buckley and the native Chris- out to go to Makunda's village. He tians. They attended the chapel, and went before us, intending to enter bis stayed and ate with some of the native house through the garden and back door. brethren. Brother Buckley wrote to On reaching near the garden hedge he me about them, and mentioned how was astonished to find it guarded by a delighted he and all who had conversed large number of the Zemindar's servants with them were. After his return from the armed with bamboos. He immediately Conference, brother Buckley and three came to us and reported. On our passof the native preachers visited Bonamali- ing through the village and getting to pore, and stayed several days. They the front of the house, a similar scope again saw much of our friends, and was witnessed. There were not less considered them fit subjects for baptism. than forty men to prevent him entering. A few days after my return to Piplee, I remonstrated with them, but to do after a long tour of two months, Ma- purpose. They said they were there by kunda Sabu, accompanied by Sanantan the Zemindar's orders, and they should and Bhobanee, arrived at the bun- allow no one to enter. On our retiring, galow. Makunda had been severely the Zemindar, who was sitting in the beaten by the Zemindar because he door of bis cutcherry near Makunda's would not burn his Christian books. house, shonted to the crowd to follow The Zemindar ordered a man to enter and beat us. I however turned round, his house and bring out the books; he after they had come some distance sbontthen said, “At once destroy these ing, and looked at them. This cowed books." Makunda refused, saying, them, and they retired. This vile Ze“ They are the Word of God." The mindar having thus beaten this poor Zemindar then ordered a strong man to man, burnt his books, taken possession beat him. He then again commanded of his house, wife, three children, his the books to be destroyed. On Ma- cows, bullocks, and all his property, kunda refusing, the Zemindar took off nothing was left to us but to appeal to one of his shoes and beat him very the magistrate. Accordingly, this morn. severely, and then called for fire and ing I have sent Dunae, one of the burned the books in the presence of preachers, to Cattack with Makunda to nearly the whole village. Makunda, on present a petition to the Collector. It his arrival at our house, was suffering remains to be seen what will be done. very much from the effects of this treat. If this persecutor escapes with impunity, ment. I at once determined to proceed the consequences, humanly speaking, to Bonamalipore, and managed to arrive will be most disastrous to the cause of there in the morning of the 16th of Christ in this region. There seems to January. I went at once to the village, be quite a religious movement among but found that the Zemindar had de- the people of this loc ity. Several more camped and a brother of his had taken are just on the eve of coming out. We his place. I spoke to this man about must secure land as soon as possible for his brother's conduct, and pointed out a Christian village. I have my eye on the serious consequences of such con- an admirable site, with a large quantity duct in the event of our appealing to the of rice land attached to it. A friend of magistrate. I came away with the hope the mission has already promised me that in future Makunda would not be fifty rupees towards this object. Samolested. On the following day the nantan thinks we may soon have a good baptism took place, and the next inorn- school here. I intend applying to the ing the preachers and I decided to Verpacular Education Society for funds accompany Makunda to his home, to see for a school at Bonamalipore. how he might be received. We first went to the brahmin's village, wbich is
Cuttack, Feb. 3rd. very near, and stayed while he intro- The magistrate ordered Makunda to duced himself to bis wife; but seeing appear with his witnesses on the 2nd him she wept most bitterly, but in time inst. Accordingly, the two Piplee became subdued. The brother was preachers and I had to come in to give