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Thomas Stokes, N. Y. Invitations that the Convention be
John F. Wilson, S. C. held in Boston and in New York, were
Adiel Sherwood, Ga.

laid on the table.
Basil Manly,

S. C.

Adjourned to 3 o'clock.
Heman Lincoln, Mass.
Lucius Bolles,


Prayer by brother Train of Mass. Daniel Sharp,

do. James D. Knowles, do.

3 o'clock, P. M. Jonathan Going, do.

Prayer by brother Galusha.
Spencer H. Cone, N. Y.
William Colgate,

By vote of Convention, the entire

do. Charles G. Sommers,


Minutes of the Board for the last three David Woodson,


years were read. Peter Ludlow,

S. C.

Adjourned to 3 o'clock to-morrow.
William Staughton,

Penn. Sung 133d Psalm.
William Crane,


Prayer by brother Going of Worcester. John Kerr,

do. Robert Ryland, do.

Saturday, 3 o'clock. Levi Farwell,


Convention met–Prayer by brother Nath. R. Cobb,


J. C. Murphy-Minutes of yesterday
John M. Berrien, D. C.
B. M. Saunders, Ga.

were read.
Thomas Cooper,


The Committee on STATE CONyer. John Culpepper,

N. C. TIONS, reported in full, and were dis. Platt Stout,


charged. See Appendix, [A.] John M. Peck, III.

Resolved, That brethren H. Lin. Abner Blocker, Ala.

coln, N. Waterman, William Colgate, S. M. Noel,

Ky. S. Chapin, and A. Sherwood, be a Resolved, That brethren J. L. Dagg, Committee to report a nomination for a Heman Lincoln, Noah Davis, David

new Board of Managers. Jones, and Levi Farwell, be a Com Resolved, That brethren Brantly, mittee on the Indian Missions.

Dagg, and Staughton, be a Committee Resolved, That D. Benedict, J. D. to apply to the proper authority, to deKnowles, C. G. Soinmers and Peter termine whether an alteration in the Ludlow, be a Committee on the Pub- style of the Convention, can with falications of the Board.

cility and safety be made, and in such

case, that it be altered so as to be callResolved, That John Peck, E. Galusha and N. R. Cobb, and W. Colgate, tion,” and that the first article of the

ed “ The Baptist General Convenbe a Committee to consider and propose constitution be amended, to read as measures to increase the funds of this follows, viz. “ Article I. That this body body.

be styled The Baptist General Conven. Resolved, That J. D. Knowles, A. tion: and its aim shall be to promote Sherwood, and Archibald Maclay, be Foreign Missions, and other important a Committee to inquire respecting the objects relating to the Redeemer's propriety and the means of enlarging kingdom.” the Missionary operations of the Con

Resolved, That the thanks of this vention.

Convention be presented to the Rev. Resolved, That brethren Cone, Dr Sharp, for his interesting ser, Manly, Sherwood, Brantly, and Crane, mon at the opening of the Session, and be a Committee on the Burman Mis- that a copy be requested for the press. sion.

Dr Bolles and Mr Knowles were apo Resolved, That brethren A. Ben- pointed to communicate this resolution. nett, C. G. Sommers, D. Benedict, B., Jacobs, A. Sabin, and J. C. Murphy, Local Associations, for the purpose of concentrahe a Committee on State Conventions. ting the energies of our already numerous church

We feel impressed with the belief, that the A communication from the Hudson time has arrived, when we should have some regRiver Association was received, read, ularly constituted hond or centre of union, toand referred to the last Committee.*

wards which, as a denominativn, we might look.

We do therefore respectfully request the Baptist * The following is the minute referred to above.

General Convention for Missionary purposes, to

take into consideration, at its meeting in PhiladelResolved, That this Association view with pe- phia, in April

, 1829, the propriety of forming aa culiar satisfaction, the progress of our denomina American Baptist Convention for General purtion towards a state of happy and, poses, to assemble triennially, in some central ration, in the formation of State Conventions and part of the United States."

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Resolved, That Wednesday evening

3 o'clockAfternoon. next be set apart for special prayer in reference to ihe sailing of Mr Cephas

Prayer by brother Peck of N. Y. Bennet, and wise, and that a collection The Committee to prepare rules, &c. be made on that occasion. [Mr Ben- requested time to report at the opening net goes out as printer to the Mission, of the next session, which was granted. and carries the cast-iron press lately The Committee on INDIAN Mıspurchased by the Board, together with sions reported, and were discharged. a quantity of paper. The types have

See Appendix, (D.) been cast at Calcutta.] Prayer by brother Jacobs, of Camo Lincoln, be a Committee to wait on

Resolved, That brethren Bolles and bridge, Mass.

the Secretary of War, and other pube Adjourned.

lic officers, to put them in possession

of the views of the Convention in refMonday, May 4th, 9 o'clock.

erence to Indian reform. Prayer by brother Taylor of Rich The Committee on RELIGIOUS mond.

PUBLICATIONS reported, and were The Committee on the BURMAN MIs. discharged. SION reported, and were discharged. See Appendix (E.) See Appendix, (B.)

The Committee on WAYS The Committee on ENLARGING MEans reported, and were discharged. THE OPERATIONS OF THE CONVEN See Appendix (F.) TION reported, and were discharged. Resolved, That to-morrow at three See Appendix, (C.)

o'clock, a season of devotion be obseryResolved, That brethren Cornelius, ed in reference to the important objects Sherwood, Crane, Going and Maylin, of this Convention. be a Committee on the African Mission. Resolved, That we now elect the

Whereas it has pleased God to re next Board of Managers. See page 22. move from his church on earth since

Adjourned. the last session of the Convention, our brethren STEPHEN GANO, WILLIAM

Prayer by brother Sherwood of Ga.. GAMMELL, and ABNER FORBES, who were members of the last Con.

May 5, Tuesday. vention, and of the Board of Managers, Brother Webb, of New Brunswick,

Resolved, That the Convention re- prayed. meinber with mournful pleasure, the The Committee on the AFRICAN piety, zeal, and faithful services, as Mission made a report, which was well as the private virtues, of their de- accepted. parted brethren; that they cherish for See Appendix, (G.) their memory, a strong sense of respect, and pray that God will be pleas

Resolved, That this Convention ed to sanctify their death to their fam- view with deep concern the deplorable ilies, to the churches with which they destitution of ministerial labor which were connected, and to the Convention. exists in many parts of our country. Resolved, That brethren Williams,

They know that very many of our

own churches have no settled pastor, Sharp, and Lincoln, be a Committee to prepare rules for the government of and seldom enjoy even the preaching

of the word. Feeling an unspeakable this Convention, in the conduct of business, and report at this session.

“the knowledge of the anxiety to see

Lord,” cover the earth, they cannot Resolved, That the thanks of this but take a profound interest in all Convention be tendered to the Rev. J.

measures calculated to bring forward D. Knowles, for the very satisfactory suitable young men for the ministry. manner in which he has executed the They therefore would urge upon their important service of preparing a Me- brethren throughout the country, to moir of the late lamented Mrs Jud- pray with constancy and fervor, that son; and that this body entertain a the Lord would send forth more laborgrateful sense of his liberality in the ers into the harvest of souls; and that gratuitous tender of this valuable book when youth are found, evidently callfor th benefit of the cause of Mis- ed of God to this work, they may resions.

ceive every requisite aid in obtaining Adjourned.

such education, as may make them Prayer by brother Sabin of Vt. "mighty in the Scriptures."


Resolved, That this Convention re and with a firm belief that the blesse joice in the blessing of God bestowed ings of God alone can secure the sucupon the labors of the Baptist Gen cess which we desire; and from a ERAL Tract Society; that it views conviction that the prayers of the dewith special interest their efforts for nomination have been mercifully anthe publication of tracts in Burmah, swered in the late signal outpourings and other foreign countries, and rec of the Holy Spirit upon our Mission to ommend the Society to the patronage Burmah; therefore it is recommendof all the churches.

ed, not merely to every member of Resolved, That the thanks of the this Convention, but to every member Convention be presented to the AMER

of the Baptist churches throughout ICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, for the do- the United States, to spend an half nation of $1200 to assist in the pub- hour every Sabbath morning, as soon lication of the Sacred Scriptures in after the rising of the sun as may be Burmah.

convenient, to implore the continued Resolved, That 'the thanks of this outpouring of the Spirit of God upon Convention be presented to the BIBLE this body, upon our beloved country,

the Missionary stations connected with SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA, for the and the world. donation of $100 to assist in printing the Scriptures in the Burman language.

Resolved, That a printed statement Resolved, That the thanks of this lar to that presented at the opening of

of the receipts and expenditures, simi. Convention be presented to the AMER- this session, be furnished by the Board ICAN TRACT SOCIETY, for its dona

at each future meeting of this contion of $300 towards printing Burman

vention. Tracts, and also 25,000 pages of Tracts for the Liberia Mission.

Resolved, That the next ConvenResolved, That the valuable and tion be held with the Oliver-Street gratuitous services of the Honorable church, in the city of New-York. HEMAN LINCOLN, as Treasurer of Resolved, That the Rev. W. B. this Convention, entitle him to the af- Johnson, of S. C. be appointed to fection and sincere esteem of this body. preach the at the opening of

Resolved, That this Convention view the next Convention. In case of his with lively interest, the increasing at- failure, Rev. Dr Chapin, of D. c. tention paid by the religious public Resolved, That the printing and disto Sabbath Schools and Bible Classes, tribution of the Minutes be committed and earnestly recommend their estab to the Board of Managers. lishment, and vigorous prosecution in all our churches and congregations.

Adjourned. Resolved, That as the Missionary

Prayer by brother Maylin of Pennoperations of this Convention do so sylvania. deeply affect the glory of God, we recommend to the Churches represent.

Afternoon—3 o'clock. ed in this Convention to observe the The time was spent in prayer, first Monday in the three following singing, and exhortation. Eight or years, as a day of fasting and prayer, ten brethren took part in the exercises, that God would crown with abundant which were of a peculiarly solemn and success, their efforts to spread the affectionate character. blessings of the Redeemer's kingdom.

The Minutes having been carefully Resolved, That in view of the im- read, corrected, and approved, the portance of the Missionary enterprise, Convention adjourned.

ROBERT B. SEMPLE, President.





STATE CONVENTIONS. The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of State Conventions, beg leave to

REPORT: That after a deliberate investigation of this most important subject, they have experienced great pleasure in contemplating

the existence of ten efficient and prosperous State Conventions, embracing the growing interest of the Baptist denomination in as many of the United States. Some of these have contributed to missionary and other objects contemplated in the formation, and under the supervision of this Convention. A statement of what has been accomplished by the different State Conventions to promote the empire of Immanvel would have been made ; but the Committee found it impracticable, owing to the absence of their several Annual Reports.

Your Committee respectfully suggest the importance of recommending not only the formation of Conventions in all the remaining States of the Union where such Institutions do not already exist; but that each State Convention be affectionately solicited to transmit to this body at its triennial sessions, an account of the number of Baptist churches and members within its bounds, together with the amount of moneys expended for Foreign and Domestic Missions, Edu. cation, Tract, Bible, and other important objects connected with the interests of our denomination; and also a statistical account of Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes, and revivals of religion within their respective bounds; so that an accurate view of our denomination in this country, at least so far as information can be obtained, may be spread upon the pages of our Report.

Your Committee beg leave further to report, that in their opinion this convention does in the most perfect manner, embrace within the bounds of its purview, all that appears to be contemplated in the recommendation of the Hudson River Baptist Association, as expressed in the 38th Article of the Minutes of that body, for 1828. All which is respectfully submitted,



BURMAN MISSION. The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of the Burman Mission, beg leave to

REPORT : We regard the subject of the Burman Mission as one of the very first magnitude, and preferring claims to your regard, which should be carefully pondered and duly appreciated. Your Committee are of opinion that a period so rich in success, so bright with expectation, and so inviting to benevolent and renewed effort, has seldom distinguished the history of any Christian enterprise ; and it is certain that the Burman Mission never before assumed an aspect so much adapted to the excitement of intense solicitude.

The tide of intelligence which has lately rolled in upon us from that remote and gloomy region, sweeps off from our minds those misgivings which previously paralyzed our endeavors, and once more rouses to action our dormant affections. indications, which cannot be mistaken, are marking out the Burman Empire as the future scene of Gospel churches ; and many redeemed souls, as we ardently trust, have already followed the Saviour's footsteps amid the baptismal waters, and are now enjoying the peace of God, which passeth understanding.

Upon a careful examination we most cordially approve the plan of operations which your Missionaries in that quarter have pursued, and upon which your Board have bestowed their sanction. The changes which have taken place,

and the locations which have been sought, in consequence of the fluctuating residence of the natives, have all been the obvious result of prudence, and an untiring devotion to the missionary cause. The brethren have evinced in all their transactions the frankness, humility, and self-denying spirit of faithful ministers. All their plans have been submitted to your Board, and no important step taken without its advice and approbation. Whilst this disposition on the part of the Missionaries to conform to the intentions and directions of your institution remains as it now is, a harmonious and successful prosecution of the work may be confidently anticipated.

Were it possible, we would rouse the slumbering energies of every Baptist in the Union, in reference to the mission now under consideration. This globe hardly presents a more ample field for exertion in the cause of Christ. The climate of the country is, on the whole, not adverse to human life. The numerous rivers with their branches which water it, afford an abundance of fer. tile land, capable of supporting a dense population; and hence, contiguous towns and villages, containing from 200 to 1000 inhabitants, may be found to an almost indefinite extent. Rice and poultry, with a great variety of fruits and vegetables, are the principal articles of food. The state of those useful and domestic arts by which the accommodations indispensable to comfort may be obtained, is sufficiently advanced for all the common purposes of life. In addition to the facilities already stated, we must not omit the fact that most of the male Burmans are able to read. By this circumstance they will be rendered accessible by means of the press, and tracts and copies of the Scriptures may be diffused among them to any extent.

We feel a peculiar interest in presenting to the notice of the Convention the custom of the Missionaries in bringing into the field of active labor the services of native Christians. Whilst such assistants may be employed at an expense seven eighths less than what is necessary for American or European teachers, they exert a more direct and powerful influence. The continuation of this practice is therefore strongly recommended. A brother in New York, with his wonted liberality, engages to furnish annually, should no intervention of Provi. dence hinder, the sum requisite to support one native preacher. This will be about $100 per annum, and we do contidently hope that many others will be found both able and willing to imitate this noble example.

The plan submitted by Mr Boardman, for the establishment of native schools is wise and judicious. It requires no arguinents to prove that the most likely way to the demolition of the abominable idolatries which enfetter the souls of the heathen is the introduction of rational and Christian education among the rising generation. We therefore earnestly recommend the adoption of the plan as far as may be compatible with the means at cominand.

We find that the accounts of your Missionaries have been faithfully and regularly transmitted to your Board, and that the utmost economy and frugality have prevailed in their expenditures.

In conclusion, the Committee would express their unfeigned and heartfelt thankfulness to the God of all.grace for the signal manifestations of his favor vouchsafed to the Burman Mission, and pray that he may continue to smile upon your Missionaries and native teachers and Board of Managers in all their future efforts to spread abroad the savor of the Redeemer's name. Respectfully submitted,

S. H. CONE, Chairman.


ON ENLARGING OPERATIONS. The Committee appointed to inquire respecting the expediency and the means of enlarging the Missionary operations of the Convention,

REPORT: That they have considered the subject referred to them, with a strong conviction of its importance; and their reflections and consultations have led them to a decided opinion, that the Convention owes it to the Head of the chureh, to the denomination which it represents, and to a world lying and perishing in wickedness, to multiply its efforts to diffuse the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ. They feel, that our churches possess ample ability to prosecute missionary endeavors, of a far more enlarged range than those in which the

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