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labor, on printing establishments; and (ber of conversions, and some of them onthat the following brethren constitute der circumstances which show that the these committees.
Spirit of God is now shed abroad in a reOn the Burman Mission-Messrs. markable manner throughout the nation. Wayland, Warne, and Colgate.
3. The gifts for teaching, which bare On Indian Stations-Messrs. Cone,
Indian Statione_ Mossrs. Cone been manifest among the new converts, Malcom, Farwell.
are such as to warrant the hope that efiort On the African Mission-Messrs. may be multiplied to almost any extent, Williams, Davis, Stow.
by means of native preachers. Coder
these circumstances, there can be no doubt On Publications.—Messrs. Babcock,
" that every effort should be made, by means Freeman, Pattison.
of preaching and the press, to reap this On Unoccupied Fields of Labor
"field, which is now white to the harvest.
son. A new and important field is also open On Printing Establishments-Mess. in the country of SIAM, to which our Mis Jacobs, Knowles, Cobb.
sionary, Rev. Mr. Jones, has gone. It is The Treasurer's Report was read hoped that this effort will be prosecuted by the Assistant Treasurer, and the with vigor, and that the Board, in conauditing Committee reported that they nection with our brethren in Burmah, will þad examined the account and found occupy the stations in this interesting porit correct.
tion of the East as rapidly as the proviResolved, That the Treasurer's Re- dence of God shall render it practicable. port be accepted, and published.
On behalf of the Committee, Resolved, That an auditing com
F. WAYLAND, jr. mittee of two persons be appointed for the ensuing year ; and that Messrs. The Committee on the Indian StaNathaniel R. Cobb and B. Stow form tions made the following Report, which that Committee.
was accepted: After several interesting statements by the Corresponding Secretary, the
REPORT. Board adjourned, till half past 7 o'clock |
The Committee on Indian Missior, beg this evening, to meet at the meeting. l,
leave to present the following Report: house, for the purpose of hearing the
The success with which it has pleased annual sermon.-Rev. Mr. Davis God to honor the labors of our Missionaprayed.
ries, during the past year, among different Åt half past 7 o'clock, P. M., the tribes of American Indians, calls forth Rev. Baron Stow delivered an inter- emotions of the liveliest gratitude. For esting and instructive sermon, from many years, the vigorous and persevering 1 John ii. 6. "He that saith he abidethetforts of the Board to benefit this miserain him ought himself also so to walk ble and degraded portion of the human even as he walked.”
family, seemed unavailing; and many
benevolent individuals began to question Thursday, April 25. the propriety of expending large sums anThe Board met at 9 o'clock, A. M. , nually, with the vain hope of meliorating Rev. C. 0. Kimball prayed.
their wretchedness, elevating their characThe Cornmittee on the Burman Mis ters, and saving their souls ; but recent and sion made the following Report, which
numerous conversions at the Valley Towns,
Sault de St. Marie, Thomas, and west of was accepted.
the Mississippi, have removed objections, REPORT.
and made plain the path of duty.
The Committee view with peculiar satThe Committee on the Burman mission isfaction the collocation of the tribes, in beg leave to report,
the territory lying between the Rocky That so far as they have had the oppor- Mountains and the Mississippi ; believing tunity of judging, the encouragements for that in this, their permanent home, facili prosecuting this mission seem not only ties for promoting their present and evergreat, but peculiar. Among these, may lasting welfare, will be greatly multiplied. be noticed the following facts :
A wide field of missionary exertion is here 1. A spirit of active inquiry has been presented ; and whatever may be the exe poured out upon the Burman empire. pense connected with its extensive and im
2. This has resulted in an unusual num-mediate cultivation, that expense, we doubt
not, will be promptly met by the friends in Africa, it is also recommended, that of Zion, of justice, and of Indian reform. all our churches make it a subject of
The Committee cannot close this Report special, fervent prayer, that the Lord without expressing their gratification at the will look in great mercy upon that de prospect of establishing a printing press graded, suffering race, and speedily send in the Indian territory. They believe to them the men whom he will honor, that a periodical publication would exert a and long preserve in Christian labors for happy influence upon the Indians them- their salvation. selves, while it would transmit regularly On behalf of the Committee, and economically to every section of our
N. W. WILLIAMS. land, all matters of interest and moment, touching Indian affairs. By this means,
The Committee on Publications the real and pressing wants of the Abori- made the following Report, which was gines would be extensively made known, accepted : their rights be defended, and the number
REPORT. of their benevolent and active friends be Your Committee on Publications beg continually increased. Such a publication leave to Report :we think can scarcely fail to secure a large That they deem the press the strong subscription list; and very little if any hold of the friends of missions ; as it is of pecuniary loss would probably result from the advocates of truth of every kind. the enterprize. In perfect accordance, We are absolutely dependent on an effitherefore, with the Report upon this sub
cient press to diffuse throughout the comject presented to the last General Conven
munity that religious intelligence, which tion, and since acted upon efficiently by
alone can awaken a strong and universal the executive Board, your Committee
missionary spirit. highly approve that such printing press be
We are happy to express it as our opin established, at as early a period as circum
ion that in no former year, has so much stances will permit.
strength been gained in this respect, as In behalf of the Committee,
during the past. The American Baptist S. H. CONE, Magazine, published under the direction or Chairman. this Board, while it has been decidedly im
proved in character, has already begun to The Committee on the African receive that increase of patronage, which Mission made the following Report, it merits. It promises to be the efficient which was accepted:
organ of our missions ; and, as such, we
recommend it to the patronage of our REPORT.
brethren. The Committee on the African Mission Numerous other periodicals are ably respectfully Report :
conducted, and, in their appropriate That in considering the Missionary spheres, are doing much to increase the cause as connected with the moral and re- knowledge of the Redeemer's kingdom. ligious improvement of Africa, they are But whatever improvement has been pained, and they do deeply regret that, at realized in these publications generally, this tine, there is no missionary of our still your Committee beg leave to suggest own in Liberia, where inany of the people the importance of concentrating more talare favorable to our denomination, and ent upon this department ; for it is power wish to have ministers from our own which God has put into the hands of his churches,
friends to use, for the advancement of his Important and inviting facilities are af- cause. All which is respectfully subforded for the conducting of a mission in mitted. that country ; and the claims of that long
R. BABCOCK, jr. neglected and injured people are strong
R. E. PATTISON, upon our sympathies and our benevolence.
E. W. FREEMAN. * Your Committee, therefore, recommend that the Board keep their eye upon this The Committee on Unoccupied mission, and send faithful missionaries to Fields of Labor inade the following Liberia with the least possible delay. Report, which was accepted: They also recommend that no pains should be spared in procuring suitable colored
REPORT. brethren of promise, and educating them. The Committee on Unoccupied Fields for missionary service. And considering of Labor respectfully report:the present urgent calls for faithful laborers That they have with much solemn feel
ing surveyed the broad circle, so few sec, for, as a barrier between the Romanism of tions of which have yet, after so long a pe- South America and the Great Western riod, been brought under Christian culti- Valley in our country. vation. While they feel no disposition to The present state of several of the INdespise the day of small things, and while DIAN TRIBES gives encouragement for they rejoice in the degree of Christian ef- the increase of effort among them. In fort, which distinguishes the present age their home in the West, they may now be from many ages which preceded it, and in raised to their proper rights and dignity. the success with which divine grace has The press cannot too speedily be made to crowned such effort; they cannot but ex-scatter its blessings among them. perience a sadness, which well nigh makes | The Committee do not think that the the heart sick, when they attempt to select labors of this Board would be so profitably and fix on the next spot to be cultivated; espended in GREECE, at present, as elsefor so much land remains unredeemed from where. the total wildness of idolatry, and so much It seems desirable that the wishes of which has been entered by nominal Chris- our brethren in Burmah respecting a mistianity, has been thickly planted with the sion in PALESTINE should be seriously no less ruinous and indomitable errors of considered. the Roman and Grecian saperstitions, that FRANCE may justly be considered unthe mind recoils, as from a task too occupied ground, and perhaps as important mighty to be attempted, and is ready to as any other field of labor ; yet the expectbelieve that our labors must be confined to ed report from Professor Chase will probthe land already occupied.
ably throw light on the future daty of the The single 'mission to Burmau de-Board. mands more than all of the means at present under the control of this Board ; and
General Remarks. the Committee believe that that great Although the fields of labor alluded to empire ought to receive large accessions of seem many and extensive, they are but a missionary laborers. SIAM is already en- very sinail portion of the parts of the tered, and must not be relinquished; but earth.-If our hope were in man, it would must, if possible, quickly receive addi- faint ; but trusting in the sure promises of tional help. The brethren in Burmah have Him whose servants we profess to be, we judiciously seized a favorable occasion for will labor and pray in hope. commencing a great work in Siam ; and if
C. P. GROSVENOR, this is soon followed up by the Board with
Chairman. the due spirit, CHINA, the eternal nation, may not long continue invulnerable-es- The Committee on Printing Estabpecially, if a new station can be occupied lishments made the following Report, on the northern borders of that immense which was accepted : empire, which new station is by some thought to present a fairer hope, than the
REPORT. post now occupied by the excellent Dr. The Committee on Printing EstablishMorrison.
ments report :It is possible that the islands of JAPAN That they highly approve the measures may, on inquiry, be found to be accessible which the Board have adopted, in relaby Protestant Missionaries, and serve as a tion to the printing establishments at medium of approach to the North-east Maulmein, and to the proposed establishborders of China. Inasmuch as an inland ment in the Indian Territory west of the traffic is carried on between that part of Mississippi. The Committee need not the empire and the shores of the Mediter- say any thing, concerning the incalculable ranean, it may not be impossible to open power of the press, and the daty of ema communication between the northern ploying, to the utmost of our ability, the parts of Burmah and the northern borders noblest of the arts in promoting the most of China. The Committee venture to of- glorious of all objects, the spread of the fer these suggestions to the Board, in the Saviour's kingdom. Much of the wonderhope that such inquiries may be instituted, ful success of the Burman mission is to be as may at least lead to a better acquaint- ascribed to the agency of the printing ance with that portion of Asia than is now press ; and, on this powerful instrument possessed,
must depend, in a great degree, our bopes The Committee are of opinion that a of the conversion of the Burman empire, South AMERICAN mission is not im- and of the whole world, to the knowledge practicable. A well-conducted Protestant of Christ and bim crucified. mission in Mexico seems to be called! The Committee are gratified to learn,
that the printing establishment at Maul- the same time, presented a request mein is now well furnished with the from the Baptist Church at Hartford means of prosecuting its operations with that the Board will hold their next anvigor and success. Great embarrassments nual meeting at Hartford. existed for a time, from the defective state On motion of Rev. Mr. Stow, the of the fonts of type, which had been pro- following resolutions were adopted: cured at Calcutta, and the defects of which Resolved, That this Board acknowlcould not immediately be remedied. If edge, with peculiar pleasure, the reMr. Bennett had not possessed unusual ceipt of $5000 from the American energy, skill, ingenuity and patience, the ni
Bible Society, to aid in the publication work of printing must have been wholly | suspended for a long period. He succeed
and distribution of the Scriptures in ed, however, in printing tracts, by setting
Burmah; and that they are gratified up a few pages only at a time, and put
with the information, that the Directting them to press under great disadvan-ors have recently pledged the additiontages. But he proceeded, at length, to al sum of $5,000, to be paid during the Calcutta, and there superintended in per- current year. son the cutting of punches, and founding Resolved, That the Board consider of the types. He returned to Maulmein, the American Bible Society as an with an ample supply of types, and with Institution whose operations are conpunches, which will enable him to cast, I ducted upon principles the most eleat Maulmein, the particular letters which vated and catholic; and they indulge may chance to be deficient. He can now the earnest hope, that its treasury keep three presses in constant operation. will be so liberally supplied with funds There are now there, it is probable, four as to be able to assist this body, and presses, three American printers, a stand-others of a similar character, by larger ing press, and large supplies of paper, ink, I and more frequent appropriations. and other needful apparatus, for ordina
On motion of Rev. Mr. Knowles, ry printing and for preparing stereotype
Resolved, That the actual compleplates. The printing of the Scriptures and of
ction of the translation of the New Testracts, will, with the divine blessing, pro
tament into the Burman language, and ceed rapidly the printing of works in |
in the prospect that the translation of the the Karen language may soon become
Old Testament into that language necessary; and there is a prospect, that
will soon be completed, are regarded a translation of the Scriptures into the by the Board as causes of gratitude to Taling language will be made, and will God, and of cheering hope in refercreate an increased demand for the ser-ence to the temporal and eternal invices of the printing office.
terests of the Burmans. The printing establishment will require Resolved, That the Board feel great a large annual expenditure ; but the Com- pleasure in the anticipation, that transmittee think, that there ought to be no lations of the Scriptures into the Karen hesitation in prosecuting the work of print-| and Taling languages, and into some ing with the utmost vigor.
of the languages spoken by the Indian The Committee are gratified to know, liribes, wil. in due tine, be made and that the Board have authorized the pur- printed under the direction of the chase of a press and types, to be employed
Board. at some point in the Indian territory west
| Resolved, That the Board feel it to of the Mississippi. It is cheering to anticipate the operation of these great instru
be their duty to adopt all prudent ments of civilization among the native
measures to give to the heathen the tribes. One of our missionaries is a print- pure w
pure word of God in their own laner, and God seems thus to have clearly in-guage ; and to furnish their missiondicated the duty of the Board to establish aries with all the means in their powa printing office. The best results, both er to make the translations as exact to the temporal and to the eternal interests of a representation of the mind of the the Indians, may be confidently expected. Holy Spirit, as may be possible. For the Committee,
Resolved, That all the Missionaries B. Jacobs. lof the Board, who are, or who shall be
engaged in translating the Scriptures Rev. G. F. Davis requested leave of be instructed to endeavor by earnest absence, which was granted. He, at prayer and diligent study, to ascertain the precise meaning of the original Adjourned.—Rev. Dr. Sharp prayed, text; to express that meaning as ex- and the meeting was closed, by sing. actly as the nature of the languages ing the doxology: into which they shall translate the Bible will permit; and to transfer no! Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; words which are capable of being lit Praise him, all creatures here below; erally translated.
Praise him above, ye heavenly host; On motion of Rev. Mr. Babcock,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be tendered to Rev. Mr. Stow James D. KNOWLES, for the appropriate annual sermon de
Recording Secretary. livered by him last evening.
REPORT OF THE BOARD
for the year ending April 24, 1833. The return of the annual meeting of the Board, while it furnishes motive to gratitude, suggests themes for solemn reflection.—The rapidity with which these meetings succeed each other admonishes us, that the time during which we can labor for our Redeemer on earth is soon to terminate; and it reminds us that the numberless millions, for whose salvation we are toiling, will soon be in eternity.--The Board have occasion, at this meeting, to feel with more than usual force, the lesson which death is constantly teaching us. Four of the meinbers of the Board have died during the past year.-THOMAS STOKES, who served the Board for several years, as their Treasurer, was an ardent friend to the cause of missions, and endeared himself to all his brethren, by his piety, his pure integrity, and his ainiable manners. ENSIGN LINCOLN was one of the most assiduous members of the Board, punctually present at their numerous meetings, notwithstanding the claims of his extensive business, and always giving the most important aid, by his zeal for the spread of the gospel, his matured judgment, his kind spirit, and his unwearied diligence. ABNER W. Clopron, though he was not, until recently, appointed a member of the Board, has, for inany years, been an active friend of missions, and his death is justly lamented as a calatnity to Zion. David Jones always brought to the service of the Board a heart warm with love to the Saviour and to perishing men, a mind clear, well balanced and discriminating, and a firm yet conciliating temper. The Board have reason to mourn for the death of these excellent and beloved brethren. We enjoy no longer, their labors and often prayers. We mourn for the loss which their families and the churches have sustained. But we remember that the Lord reigneth ; that his promise yet remains, and that he will assuredly accomplish the glorious things, which he has spoken concerning Zion. Let us, then, be excited by the death of our brethren to perform our appointed services with increasing diligence, that we may, like them, be ready for our Master's coining.
The success of the missionary enterprize must soon convince the most skeptical and unobserving of its efficiency and usefulness. Its operations among the heathen are remote and noiseless; and they must necessarily for several years at the commencement be, in each country, preparatory, and unproductive of palpable effects. It is now but forty years, since modern missions took their rise. At home, a knowledge of their importance was to be diffused, and an af. fectionate interest in them awakened. Abroad, the torpid spirit of idolatry was to be aroused, inquiry excited, and the rites of superstition broken down. How much of this has been accomplished, history and observation must show.
A large part of Protestant Christendom is in action, and disposed to bring its best means and influence to bear upon the object. Making the past progress of the missionary spirit a basis of calculation for the future, it is reason