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and practicability of enlarging the regard with great pleasure the frascope of Foreign Missions, so as ternal co-operation of the Amerito include France, parts of Ger- can Tract Society in endeavours to many, and Greece.
diffuse Christian Tracts in Burmah; And should it be found that and acknowledge the recent refields of promising effort open in ceipt of $1000 as an earnest of fuany or all of these portions of the ture assistance. earth, the Board are hereby author On motion of the same, ized to proceed to the selection of Resolved, That we regard the Missionaries, and to the designa- American Bible Society as among tion of Stations on which they may the noblest institutious of our land, labor.
and rejoice that members of our The Committee on the By-laws communion have been found among reported
its largest benefactors. The ConThe Report was discussed in its vention gratefully receive their provisions until the hour of ad- proposal to expend $5000 on the journment.
Burman Bible, provided that sum Prayer by brother Blain, N. Y. be contributed to their funds for
Adjourned to half past 7 o'clock, such purpose. this evening.
On motion of the same, Evening Session.
Resolved, That we cherish con
fidence in the management of the Prayer by brother Aldrich, Ms. The consideration of the Report and deein its operations of vital
American Sunday School Union, of the Committee on the By-laws; importance to the cause of our was renewed, and after several
Redeemer in this land, amendinents, was adopted, and the Committee discharged.
On motion of brother Babcock, Levi Farwell, Esq. Mass.
Resolved, That we regard with
unusual satisfaction the formation elected Assistant Treasurer.
of an AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME Brother Babcock, Mass. prayed. Adjourned to 10 o'clock, A. M. it a pledge on the part of our de
MissioNARY Society, considering Tuesday, May 1, 1831.
nomination to attempt the performMorning Session.
ance of a duty too long neglected, Prayer by brother E. B. Smith, Vt. the universal dissemination of the Minutes read and approved.
gospel of Jesus Christ throughout The Charter of the Convention our land. was read.
On motion of brother H. Jackson, The Committee for nominating
Resolved, That while this Conpreachers reported.
vention cherish the liveliest gratiResolved, That Rev. S. H. Cone, tude to the great Head of the Church New York preach the sermon at the for the distinguished favor with next Convention ; Rev. B. Manly, which he has been pleased to acCharleston, S. C. in case of failure. company their humble efforts in
The Report of the enlarged Com- the Missionary enterprise, by which mittee on Indian Missions, was gracious manifestations they have read, and adopted. Nem. con.
been greatly encouraged, they The Committee on the Baptist earnestly recommend to its respecGENERAL Tract Society report- the Churches with wbich they are
tive members, to the members of all ed, and were discharged. (See Appendix.)
connected, and to the friends of The Report of the Committee on nonsination, that they continue to
missions throughout the Baptist dethe permanent Fund of the Corresponding Secretary was taken prosecute the objects of this conup and accepted, and the Comunit- vention with increasing exertion, tee discharged. (See Reports.)
humbly relying on the continued On motion of brother H. Malcom, smile of the God of missions, and Resolved, That this Convention believing that He will yet crown
the labors of this body with still in this work of redeeming mercy. more visible success.
The Convention proceeded to On motion of brother P. Ludlow, the choice of the Board of Mana
Resolved, That the Conveution gers by ballot. (See page 6.) contemplate with pleasure and On motion of brother É. W. gratitude, the increased attention Freeman, of our Churches to that glorious Resolved, That the Minutes of Institution, THE MONTHLY Cox- this Convention, or an abstract cert or PRAYER, and most earn- of them, be recommended to be estly and affectionately recommend publicly read, in all our Congrethat all our Congregations be invi- gations; and that a reference to ted by their respective pastors, to this resolution be made on the cover come up with yet more prompt- of the printed Proceedings. ness and unanimity, ou the first Prayer by brother Olinstead, Monday in each nionth, to offer N. Y. their prayers, and contribute of
Adjourned. their substance for the spreal of
Afternoon Session. the blessed gospel among all the nations of the earth.
Prayer by brother Ball, Va. On motion of brother P. Church, The Committee on By-Laris reResolved, That wbile we view ported and were discharged. (See with gratitude to God, the number, Documents. power, and extent of RevivalS OF The Roll of Delegates was again Religion in this country since our called and corrected. last session, and hail them as indi. Resolved, That the Convention catious of the more rapid spread of feel the deepest interest in the the gospel; yet, that in view of the prosperity of the Academies, Col. increase of our population, greater leges, Theological Institutions, and exertions are still loudly called for other Seminaries connected with on the part of every Christian, to our denomination ; that they repromote this great object.
joice for the success of the Educa. On the combined motions of tion Societies under the direction brethren Dunbar and Merrill, of their brethren in various parts of
Resolved,That in view of the pow- the country; and that tbey conertiil influence which the Press is sider the great cause of education arlapted to exert upon the cause of as intimately connected with the Missions, in removing prejudice, prosperity of the Churches, and by the exhibition of facts, and of the success of Missions throughout awakening the sympathies of Chris- the world. tians, loy unmasking the miseries of Resolved, That the printing and millions—this Convention recom- distribution of the Minutes of this mend to the pastors and teachers Conveution, with the usual accomin the Baptist denomination, that, panying documents, be committed by special and unwearied exertion, to the Board of Managers. the light now emanating through On motion of brother Babcock, the medium of the press upon the Resolved, That the Secretary Missionary enterprise, may be shed of the Convention he requested to upon the pathway of all our breth- furnish for publication, with the ren ; that the claims of the heathen Minutes, the substance of his reupon our prayers and alms be inore marks on establishing a Mission to fully exhibited and enforced, and France. that all may enjoy the benign in After some appropriate and affluence of an enlightened, syste- fectionate remarks, and prayer by matic, and energetic co-operation the President, the Convention
SUBMITTED TO THE CONVENTION.
REPORT OF THE BOARD.
It is with profound gratitude to God, the Board review the three years wbich have passed away, since they last met their brethren of the Convention. Within that time, important changes have orcurred, highly auspicious to the charge entrusted to them, avd well calculated to an. imate christian zeal and effort to carry the gospel into every Pagan land. The measure of patronage afforded to the enterprise at home has greatly increased. Information, as to the duty and practicability of Foreign Missions, is inore widely diffused. The number of persons uctually engaged in labors abroad is trebled; so that, in all respects, they feel themselves called upon to say, to the praise of God, “ hitherto bath the Lord helped us."
The particular facts from which they draw the above conclusions, es, pecially so far as the last year is concerned, will be found in the following report, commencing with transactions abroad.
RANGOON. This is the oldest seat of Missionary labor in the Burman empire, and is under the immediate charge of Mr. Judson; though at the date of our last intelligence, he had removed to Maulmein, to superintend the press during the absence of Mr. Wade ; and Mr. J. T. Jones had taken his place at Rangoon.
Under the impression that the health of Mr. Judson was failing, the Board invited him to return for a season to his native land, believing that such a tour would be serviceable, both to him, and to the objects of the Mission in this country. To this invitation he returned the following reply. “I am happy to inform the Board, that my health, which was rather impaired sone time ago, is now quite good ; so that I should not feel justified in accepting their invitation to return home. At the same time, the kind feeling which dictated the invitation, and the affection, thougb uudeserved, which breathes in every line, have made an indelible impression on my heart. I must confess, that in meditating on the subject, I have felt an almost unconquerable desire to become personally acquainted with my beloved patrons and correspondents, the members of the Board ; as well as to rove once more over the bills and valies of my own native land, to recognize the still surviving companions of my youth, and to witness the wide spread and daily increasing glories of Emanuel's kingdom, in that land of liberty, blest of Heaven with temporal and spiritual blessings above all others.
However, I anticipate a happier meeting, brighter plains, friends the same, but more lovely and beloved; and I expect soon to witness, yea,
enjoy that glory, in comparison of which, all on earth is but a shadow. With that anticipation, I content myself, assured, that we shall not then regret any instance of self-denial or suffering endured for the Lord of life and glory.”
On this decision, comment is unnecessary. However grateful it would have been to the feelings of the friends of Missions in America to see and converse with one so familiar with the state of the heathen, all will rejoice that his health is such as to render it unnecessary for him to leave his post.
Immediately on his return from Prome the last year, he resumed the work of translation, which had for some time been suspended, if not given up. Indeed we know, that having carried through a translation of the New Testament with great labor, and prepared a coinpendium of the Old, Mr. Judson would gladly have devoted the remainder of his life to preaching the word.
But in compliance with the wishes of the Board, who attached much importance to his efforts in this department, he again set himself down. As the fruit of his toil, we now have Genesis, the first twenty chapters of Exodus, Psalms, Solomon's Song, Isaiah and Daniel, in Burman. To this successful beginning will be added the rest of the Old Testament, as soon as circumstances shall allow.
Apart from this great work which of itself is exhausting to the spirits and strength, Mr. Judson has performed a large share of ordinary labor. Many have flocked to his dwelling to inquire respecting the new religion, who have been received by certain native disciples appointed for the purpose, and only those of a hopeful character admitted to his private apartinent. But notwithstanding this arrangement,” he says," I am interrupted above half my time. People find their way to me from all parts of the country, and some I trust return with that light in their heads, and that love in their hearts, and that truth in their hands, which will operate as a little leaven until the whole is leavened.” Besides what he has seen in this way, his morning walks bave been converted into opportunities for distributing tracts and holding free conversations with any whom he might meet. He went forth with the rising of the sun, and at first, gave away fifteen or twenty tracts each day, but the demand increased till it amounted to an average of seventy. On some occasions, when large numbers of the people were assembled, he spent more time among them, as at the great festival of Shway Dagong, during which he distributed nearly ten thousand tracts, giving to none but those who asked. He says, “I should have given away double the number, had the supply been sufficient. But Br. Bennett cannot, single handed, answer all the demands we make upon hin from different quarters." It was at a season like this, when the wants of the perishing multitude were fully uncovered before him, and bis own inability to provide for them pressed heavily on his spirit, that he gave utterance to the following sentiments : "May God forgive all those who desert us do not afford us help) in our extremity. May he save them all. But surely if any sin will lie with crushing weight on the trembling soul when death draws near, if any sin will clothe the face of tbe final Judge with an angry frown, withering up the last hope of the condemned in irremediable, everlasting despair, it is the sin of turning a deaf ear to the plaintive cry of ten millions of immortal beings, who by their darkness and misery, cry day and night, Come and save us, for we are sinking into bell."
In the absence, however, of American fellow-laborers, of which Mr. Judson in the above extract principally complains, the native disciples have been employed with much advantage. Some of them are well qualified to meet opposers, combat their prejudices, and suffer their
contradictions. Of this character is Moung En, who, though naturally irritable, has been transforıned by grace, and enabled to bear with great meekness the floods of abuse which are often poured upon him. He is happily adapted to converse with promiscuous visitors at the mission house, in which service he excels, and takes obvious pleasure. Others have made extensive excursions for the distribution of tracts. Moung Shway-doke has ascended the Laing river, which breaks off from the Rangoon outlet, a little above Rangoon, and passing through a populous part of the country, joins the great river at Ting-dau, below Prome, a region where the word of life was never before published. Moung, Tsan-loon has visited the neighborhood of old Pegu, on the east, and Moung Shway-too, the large towns of Patanau and Bassien on the west. The result of these joint labors, must, in the end, be such as the friends of missions anxiously desire, and even now the effects are apparent in the spirit of investigation which they bave excited. Mr. Judson says “ The most prominent feature in the mission is the surprising spirit of inquiry, that is spreading every where through the whole length and breadth of the land. I sometimes feel alarmed-like a person who sees a mighty engine beginning to inove, over which he knows he has no control.”... Although we cannot foresee precisely the course which things will take, it is not too much for us to hope, that truth which is mighty, will prevail. For a time, the fear of government and of family connexions, may retard some who would otherwise avow themselves openly on the part of Christ, but as light and faith increase, every obstacle will be surmounted. Seven, during the last year, professed faith in the Redeemer, and every new accession will diminish the difficulties in the way of those who are to follow. The present number of the church is thirty.
MAULMEIN. Had the labors at this station been performed through the year by the same persons, they would be more easily described,
and better understood than at present; but afflictions, in some of the older missionary families, have occasioned unavoidable changes. At the close of our last Report, Mr. Boardman was in the temporary occupation of the place. He did all that any one under bis circumstances could, and more iban inost men would have attempted. He examined proofs from the press, preached to the native church, and once a week, at least, to the English, till he was compelled by weakness to perform all these services lying on a couch. At this stage of his decline, the physician directed him to abstain from all effort, and Mr. Wade, who had been at Rangoon, returned and took all the responsibilities of the station upon hinself. This was a necessary relief to Mr. B. but an onerous service to Mr. Wade. He “preached six times a week in Burman, and three in English, read all the proof sheets, and corrected the works of two Burunan copyists, besides many occasional duties; nor had he any American associate, except Mr. Bennett, who was fully occupied with the press. A complication of toils, so arduous, Mr. W. continued to sustain, from August till the 27th of November, when Messrs. Kincaid and Mason, with their families arrived. This proved, as was anticipated, a joyous occasion. You can hardly conceive,' says Mr. Wade in a
Note. As the words Moung, Ko, Mah, &c. frequently occur in the letters and jour. nals of the Missionaries in Burmah, our readers may be pleased to be informed, that the Burmans prefix to the names of individuals titles like the English, Mr., Mrs., Miss., &c. to distinguish the sex and age.—Mouny denotes a young or middle aged man; Ko, an elderly man; Oo, an old man; Mee, a girl; Mah, a woman of somo respectability; May, an old woman.