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give to this subject a new and most cious one. It would subtract from the prayerful consideration. The field is Magazine the interest which the biogextensive and the soil rich, but briers raphies and essays impart to it, and still cover a large portion of the face which, to some minds, is an additional thereof,and no plants of grace can grow motive to obtain and read it. The among them. Laborers are needed to Committee think, moreover, that to cultivate the field, and to sow the good spread among the denomination biograseed of the kingdorn. Whom shall phies of good men; judicious discuswe send? Who will go for us? While sions of truth; and devotional essays therefore, we recognise the sovereign on practical religion, is an indescribably authority of God in the kingdom of important service; and it seems to them grace, and fervently pray the Lord of a wise measure, to make the attractivethe harvest that He will send forth la- ness of missionary and religious intelborers into his harvest, let every friend ligence the means of winning the atof missions feel the reasonableness of tention of its readers to the instructions employing means in this connection and appeals, to which without such as well as in every other.
an auxiliary, we might not succeed in C. P. GROSVENOR, persuading them to listen.
The Coinmittee recommend, thereChairman.
fore, that the Magazine be continued on Resolved, That the Report be ac
its present plan, and that suitable meascepted.
ures be adopted, to obtain for it an ex
tensive circulation. They are aware The Committee on Publications made that the weekly papers will for many the accompanying Report.
reasons be preferred by the mass of the
people ; but they believe, that there The Committee on the Publications are a large nuinber of individuals in of the Board, respectfully
the Baptist churches and congregations who would and who ought to be subscribers to the Magazine, in addition
to other publications. If every minisThat the American Baptist Maga- ter felt, as he ought, the importance zine, on its present plan, is, in their of being himself supplied with the opinion, better adapted than any other official documents of the Board, and kind of publication would be, to the of informing the people under his wants of the Board, and to the state of charge of the condition of our missions, our denomination. The Board needs there might be found, in every church, an official organ of communication one or more subscribers. It is certainwith the public mind, and a permanently wrong that there should be one Baprecord of its proceedings and docu tist church, among whose members ments. The first of these wants, a not one copy of any of the documents of coin mon religious newspaper might the Boird could be found : and whose supply to some extent; but a news minister, at least, could not furnish, paper must be of a local character, and at any time, a general history of its cannot obtain a general circulation. operations from the beginning. The Newspapers, moreover, are preserved prosperity of our missions depends, as by very few of their readers, and if the one of the principal means, on the documents and records of the Board spread of intelligence; and every copy were committed to these transient of the Magazine is an agent, which vehicles only, they would leave but pleads the cause of the heathen and little more trace upon the public mind urges the wants of the Board, wherethan the shast upon the air. The cver it circulates. Magazine is not confined, by the nature The Committee rejoice in the progof its contents, to any district of the perity and usefulness of the religious country; it is usually preserved; it is papers, and helieve, that they are coneasily bound into volumes, and thus tributing largely to the success of the transınitted from parents to children, Board. Ainong these, the Columbian perpetuating in each family which pos Star (the name of which the Editor sesses it, a history of the Board, and of has recently changed to that of Chrisits missions.
tian Index,) holds a prominent place, The Magazine might be made a mere both for the extent of its circulation, repository of missionary and religious and for the ability with which it is conintelligence; but the Committee think, ducted. As the chief Baptist publicathat this measure would not be a judi- tion for the southern States, its value
to the denomination can scarcely be The Committee to devise means to overrated. The establishment is the increase the funds of the Board, preproperty of the Board; and the Editor sented the following Report : has hitherto held it, under certain conditions. The Committee think, that it by what means the pecuniary re
The Committee appointed to inquire is inexpedient for the Board to be the
sources of the Board may be augmentproprietor of a publication not imme- ed, beg leave to diately under its own direction. They see no advantages in a continuance of the present connection, and they
That to them this appears to be a believe, that the Editor would fulál subject of immense importance, in his duties with more pleasure to him. view of the enlarged field of usefulself, if the publication were entirely at ness now opening before the missionhis own disposal. The Committee aries of Christ. The present exigency recommend, that the property of the demands that vigorous measures be im. Board in the Columbian Star be trans- mediately adopted by this Board Dot ferred to the Rev. Mr. Brantly, on merely to sustain the stations already such terms as the Acting Board may originated; but to send the word of think expedient.
life to places hitherto unvisited by the of the Memoir of Mrs. Judson, missionaries of the cross. It is more(which, as the property of the Board, over the opinion of your Committee, may be ranked with its publications, that the providence of God plainly inthe Committee have nothing to add to dicates the duty of the American Bapwhat is said in the Annual Report, ex
tists to furnish with as little delay as cept the remark that the fourth edition possible an edition of the New Testais on stereotype plates, from which five ment, commensurate with the wants of thousand copies have already been the Burman empire. Your Committee printed, and from which copies may are also of opinion, that a field for es. be easily and rapidly multiplied. The tensive usefulness has been opened to Committee feel desirous, that the Board the Board by the recent revolution in should adopt measures to spread the France, and that a suitable person book as widely as possible, that what- known to your Committee might be ever good effect it may be able to pro obtained as a missionary to that counduce may be to the greatest practicable try. In view of these things it apextent secured.
pears to your Committee, that an imFor the Committee,
mediate increase of funds is demanded,
and unless means hitherto unemployed JAMES D. KNOWLES,
can be brought into requisition, such Chairman.
an increase cannot be reasonably exResolved, That the Report be ac- pected. To your Committee it appears cepted.
self-evident, that mere epistolary corAdjourned, till three o'clock, P. M.
respondence with distant churches and
associations is entirely inadequate,howRev. Mr. Cone prayed.
ever laborious and efficient the serThursday, 3 o'clock,P. M.
vices of your Secretary may be. The The Board resumed its session. Rev. mend, that one or more Agents in each
Committee would therefore Mr. Train prayed.
State in the Union should if possible After some interesting remarks on be employed during the present year, the importance of furnishing the Bur to visit the associations and churches mans with the printed Scriptures in for the purpose of reviving the Aux. their own language, it was
iliaries which have become dormant, Resolved, that the Acting Board be and to originate Auxiliaries where instructed to procure one
none at present exist. Your Commit.' first rate printing presses, to be sent
tee cannot but believe, that such to Maulmein without unnecessary de
a measure would with the blesslay.
ing of God replenish your treasury, Resolved, that the Acting Board be and promote the life and vigour of the instructed to engage, as soon as possi- American Baptist Missionary cause. ble, another printer, to be associated All which is respectfully submitted, with Mr. Oliver T. Cutter; and that
A. MACLAY, Chairman. arrangements be made, to send them to Maulmein as soon as may be con
Resolved, That the Report be ac. venient.
Resolved, That the Corresponding requested to furnish suitable extracts and Recording Secretaries be a Com- from it, to be published in the Amermittee to prepare a suitable Circular, ican Baptist Magazine. addressed to the Associations, Churches, Resolved, That the Corresponding Ministers, &c. spreading before thern and Recording Secretaries be a Comthe wants of the Board, and appealing mittee to publish and distribute the proto them for aid.
ceedings of the Board at this session. Resolved, that the thanks of the Rev. Dr. Sharp made an affectionBoard be presented to the Rev. Mr. ate address to the Board, and closed Babcock, for his valuable Sermon de. the session with prayer. livered the last evening, and that he be Adjourned.
REPORT of the Board of Managers, for the Year ending April 29, 1831.
Events connected with exer- tablished regular worship in Entions to extend the reign of Christ glish on the Sabbath for the benon earth, though they may differ efit of soldiers and others, among in importance, are never destitute whom there was an increasing atof interest. Some are contempla- tention. It had been his purpose ted with pleasure and others with about this time to visit Rangoon, pain. All who may read this Re- but the state of things became too port will doubtless be conscious of interesting for him to leave. these nixed emotions. Till the The work continued till the church year had nearly closed an unusual in the 45th regiment received an measure of prosperity appeared to accession of eleven members, makattend our efforts, and aside from ing their whole number fifteen. the affliction, sickness and death and others remained on the list of some invaluable missionaries, of inquirers. Within the period no cloud rests upon our prospects. which we describe, seven
The details to be given will be added to the native church, inpresented in the usual order, com- creasing the number baptized from mencing with the stations abroad. among the heathen at this place Maulmein.
It will be recollected that the Our intelligence from this sta- early converts were of various nation is brought down to July 1830, tions, including certain Hindoos and furnishes the fullest evidence who intermixed with Burman setof diligence and untiring perse- tlers at Maulmein. These amountverance in those who occupy it. ing to six in number being unable The ordinary modes of instruction to understand the language in were pursued with the heathen so which worship was usually confar as the engagements of Messrs. ducted, were set apart as a branch Judson and Wade would permit. by themselves, with one of the Having completed in Nov. 1829, a most intelligent of their company revision of the New Testament, to conduct their devotions. But they devised measures for an ex- their progress in piety has not tension of labors. Mr. Wade re- answered the expectations which paired to the villages, particularly were formed of them. Instability to Pah-ouk between Amherst and and change have marked their Maulmein, where he remained for course, particularly that of their several weeks and preached the leader, and some having left the word with effect.
settlement, the branch may be Mr. Judson gave himself wholly considered as nearly or quite exto the ministry at home, and es- tinct.
The main body of the church change of air and other means, have inaintained their christian and recovered in part her wonted character with exemplary perse strength, but Mr. B. continued verance, and with as few instances
gradually to decline. Had be of declension and discipline, as oc- been wholly exempt from care cur in older and better informed and toil for a few months, be communities. The attention paid might possibly have regained his by them to the means of grace is health ; but bis brethren upapprizwell calculated to produce a spirited of his situation, did not make of ardent piety. All the female this provision. He found the stamembers of the church asseinble tion demanding all his attention, once a week for devotional exer- and immediately gave it. He cises by themselves, and succes- superintended the press—took sively engage in prayer.
Of some charge of the native and English of those seasons it has been said, churches,and preached to both, till “God appeared to be in their he became too feeble to do either, midst.” * The following is given except while laying on his bed. as an account of one of their com- When fully advised of his situamunion seasons. “ This afternoon tion, Mr. Wade with fraternal af(July 11) the native church accord- fection hastened to his assistance, ing to course, celebrated the death and afforded what relief was pracand sufferings of the Lord Jesus ticable. Christ. There were present 15 We are unable to contemplate this males and 20 fernales, and includ- change of situation in Mr. Boarding the missionaries, 39. More inan only as a merciful interposiseriousness than I ever saw before tion of Providence to provide for prevailed. Here were Burmese, him the solace of Christian society Talings, Chinese, a Karen, and and friendship under painful and Americans, together celebrating protracted sickness. A Tavoy he the love of the Saviour. How and Mrs. B. were alone. They comforting the reflection, that the had already passed through scenes great multitude which no man of affliction with no missionary ascan number, will be composed of sociate, and with but one English all nations and kindreds, and family, from whose sympathy any tongues and people, who will sit attentions were to be derived ; and down with Abraham and Isaac and that family (Major Burney and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, Lady who were assiduously kind) and live and love and adore Him were now on the point of leaving who redeemed them with his for Ava. In Maulmein, if their precious blood, forever and ever. comforts were fewer than they
In February Mr. and Mrs. Wade might have been in America, they left for Rangoon, and on the 26th were far greater than in Tavoy, of April, Mr. Judson. Soon after and such as would essentially allethe departure of the latter, Mr. viate suffering and sooth the heart. Boardman, at the earnest solicita
Native Assistants. tion of bis brethren, arrived from Tavoy, and took up his residence Some of the native assistants with his family at this place. His accompanied Mr. Judson in his health had for some time been tour, and the following extract of failing under the influence of a a letter from the station, dated Jusevere cough, though he was still ly 6th, 1830, shows how the reable to labor. Mrs. B. who was mainder have been engaged. much reduced with disease on the “Of the three dative readers or liver, by the advice of her physi- preachers whom our brethren left, cian, preceded him in this removal. one is employed at present accordShe derived advantage from a ing to brother Judson's advice, in
translating a part of the New Tes Boarding School.
charge, and re-opened the school B