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times write out rough copies. But we never print any translation till every word has been revised and re-revised. I read every proof-sheet twice or thrice myself, and correct every letter with my own hand. Brother Marshman and I compare with the Greek or Hebrew, and brother Ward reads every sheet.” Thus diligently did this servant of Christ labour to give to India's myriads of people the oracles of truth.
Successive editions of the Sanscrit New Testament, each in its turn more correct than its predecessor, followed to the time of Dr. Carey's death. By the year 1822, the Old Testament was also completed. In 1835, a proposal was made to the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge to prepare a new version, and the Bishop of Calcutta, with Dr. Mill, of Bishop's College, were requested to undertake it. But nothing further came of this proposal. After Dr. Carey's decease, the late Dr. Yates, the associate of Dr. Carey, undertook the work ; and in 1840 he published 2,000 copies of the Psalms in San. scrit verse. This was an attempt to preserve in the translation the poetical form of the Hebrew ; and was so successful as to lead to the resolve to give all the poetical parts of Scripture the advantage of Sanscrit verse. Encouraged by the liberal aid of the Bible Translation Society and our American friends, Dr. Yates proceeded rapidly in his work. In 1846, 3,000 copies of the Proverbs had been printed, and 2,500 copies of the New Testament were in the press. In this edition, Dr. Yates gave a metrical translation of the quotations from the poetical parts of the Old Testament.
Dr. Yates was successfully engaged on the Old Testament when death cut short his eminentiy useful career. His last act was to correct at pres3 his version of a portion of the Prophecies of Isaiah. His mantle fell on our present highly-esteemed and learned friend, the Rev.J. Wenger, who since Dr. Yates's death has continued his labours on the Sanscrit Bible, and has brought it nearly to a conclusion. In anticipation of his decease, Dr. Yates wrote a short time before to Mr. Wenger :-"I think I may, in reference to your life and mine, use the language of John, 'You must increase, but I nust decrease. May I only live to see you as far advanced in Sanscrit as you are in Bengali, and I shall
die in peace, rejoicing in the goodness of God in raising up one after another to carry on his work.” Of the hope of Dr. Yates we are permitted to rejoice as a thing accomplished; for God has given to this service, in Mr. Wenger, a man whose erudition is only equalled by the humility and piety which so strongly display his fitness to be the successor of the eminent man on whose labours he has entered.
The British and Foreign Bible Society was prompt to assist Dr. Carey, and with great liberality contributed to the earlier editions of the Sanscrit Scriptures. Since their refusal of this aid, the Bible Transla. tion Society has generously borne the cost of the translation, aided by the kind contributions of friends, and of our brethren in America. In no instance, perhaps, is more fully seen the mischievous effect of the course taken by that great institution. The only version of the Scriptures in Sanscrit is that published by the Baptist Missionaries. It is not charged with error, or with perversion of the truth. It is admitted to be faithfully and accurately executed. Even the word baptize is admitted to have the primary and correct meaning of immersion. Yet, because they have translated and not transferred that word, from fidelity to their convictions, and as men bound in honour and honesty to give the Word of God in its integrity to the heathen, the Bible Society rejects the version, and refuses to circulate it among the myriads of India's pundits and Brahmins. So far as the Bible Society can do it, they keep back the Bible, the Word of God, on this single ground alone, from these great and important classes of the people. Only a few years ago, the Auxiliary Bible Society of Madras, for this reason, returned to the Missionary Depositary a large number it had ordered. Although the learned men of Southern India were anxious to receive the book, it was refused them. As faithful translators, the Baptist missionaries can do no other. wise. The Bible Society circulates Romish versions, full of fatal error, but refuses theirs, and thereby proves that it is actuated by sectarian prejudice, and not by principle. We regret to write this of an Institution whose labours we profoundly appreciate ; but truth requires this brief condemnatory reference to its recent course.
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GENERAL. TEE Parliamentary news of the month has been of the same uninteresting character as we expect to find belonging to all the proceedings of the present session. One measure, in which, as it is a measure in which the principles of religious liberty are involved, our readers are sure to take an interest, has been defeated through the efforts of the “reactionary” party. We refer to Mr. Milnes's bill, legalising marriage with the sister of a deceased wife. The Revised Code has occupied much time in both Houses. We do not remember any other topic that needs to be mentioned here.
The Queen has decided that the memorial to the Prince Consort shall be an obelisk in Hyde Park. She has also appointed a small committee to aid her in the execution of the design. A letter to the Lord Mayor conveyed this decision to the General Committee of the Fund. The following very affecting letter was received at the same time : "Osborne, Feb. 19, 1862. My Lord,- The Queen wishes me to add a few words to the answer to your letter, which you will receive with this, ex. pressive, in a more especial manner, of her · Majesty's personal wishes. She is aware that she
could not with any propriety contribute, as a wife, to & monument to her husband; but she is also the Sovereign of this great empire, and, as such, she cannot but think she may be allowed to join with the nation in the expression of a nation's gratitude to one to whom it owes so much. Who has a dearer interest than the Queen in the well-being and the happiness of the people? And if it has pleased God to make her reign so far happy and prosperous, to whom, under Divine Providence, is thie so much owing as to her beloved husband-in all matters of doubt and difficulty her wise counsel, her unfailing guide and support ? No one can know, as the Queen knows, how his every thought was devoted to the country-how his only aim was to improve the condition of the people, and to promote their best interests. Indeed, his untiring exertions in furtherance of these objects tended, in all probability, to shorten his precious life. Surely, then, it will not be out of place that, fol. lowing the movement of her people, the Queen should be allowed to consider how she may best take part with them in doing honour to her beloved Prince, so that the proposed monument may be recorded to future ages as reared by the Queen and people of a grateful country, to the memory of its benefactor.--I have the honour to be your Lordship's most obedient and faithful servant, C. GBBY."
Foreign news consists chiefly of the political squabbles-probably not involving any important consequences in France : the change of ministry in Italy; and the progress of the American war. As regards the last, the North has been very successful of late. There are signs that the South is somewhat disheartened. A general expectation appears to be gaining ground that the close of the contest is now not very distant.
From China we learn that the city of Shanghai was likely to be the scene of a contest in which, probably, British guns would be employed. The city was threatened by the rebels, who had been informed that the place was under British protection. Missionary operations have been for a while
impeded at Ningpo, in consequence of the captare of that city by the rebels. The brethren there were instrumental in preventing much bloodshed.
We have no direct intelligence of late from Mada. gascar. The Rev. W. Ellis writes from the Mauritius reporting his safe arrival there, and confirming the accounts previously received. During the last few months many hundred copies of the New Testament, or of portions of the Scriptures, and other religious books, have been imported into the country, but the supply does not equal the demand. The people are eager for the Bible; and it is expedient to give it them with the least poesible delay. The emissaries of Rome are active : and already copies of " Tom Paine” have reached the capital! As regards the political aspect of affairs. Mr. Ellis says :-" Though the great majority of the nation favour the king, and his conduct since the death of the late queen has strengthened their attachment towards him, the elements of danger are not absent. There is a minority which includes active, shrewd, unscrupulous, and desperate men. This minority is in favour of Ramboasa. lama, who is a sort of state prisoner at one of his own country-houses, a short distance from the capital. The king's extreme clemency towards Ramboasalama is viewed with disfavour by some of his best friends, who are of opinion that, if the latter be not deprived of all means of evil, a successful coup d'étát may yet take place in his favour. We cannot but hope and trust that tho guardian care of Divine Providence, which bas in so remarkable a manner brought the king to the distinguished station which he now holds, will pro. tect him there. At the same time, the critical position of the young and inexperienced ruler of Madagascar, and the grave issues to the nation which seem to be dependent on his life, cannot fail to excite the deep sympathy, and inspire on his behalf the fervent prayers, of all who are concerned for the regeneration and spiritual enlightenment of the country.”
We deeply regret to announce the death, which took place on Saturday, March 15th, of Charles Burt Robinson, Esq., of Leicester. Mr. Robinson had been for some time ill. For many years he had been a deacon of the church in Belvoir-street (Rev. J. P. Mursell's). He will long be remem. bered as the noble and generous Christian gentle. man, always ready to sustain, both by his purse and his influence, the cause of Christ, and ready especially at all times to sustain the efforts of the denomination with which, for msny years, be has been so honourably identified. His loss will be severely felt-not least by our denominational societies, to one of wbich (the Baptist Missionary Society) he gave only last year-anonymously, as was his wont--the munificent donation of £1,000.
In connection with the Baptist Missionary So. ciety it may be convenient if we announce in tbis place, that the Rev. O. J. Middleditch will preside at the Mission House prayer-meeting on the 24th of April, and that the subscribers to the Missiovary Society will meet at the same place on the 29th. The annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 30th of April, at Exeter Hall, chair to be taken at eleven o'clock, and Edward Baines, Esq., M.P.. has kindly consented to preside. The Revs. Dr. Vaughan, E. White, Arthur Mursell, and W.A.
As ren of late. There are
general expect the
*Watson, Esq., have engaged to be present to ad. vocate the claims of the society on that occasion. The annual sermon will be preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, on the evening of April 30th, by the Rev. S. G. Green, B.A., Resident Tutor of Rawdon College, Yorkshire. The morning sermon will be omitted, as the usual day (Thursday) for the annual meeting is the day fixed for the opening of the Exhibition. The meetings of the other societies will be announced in the usual way.
DOMESTIC. SOUTHPORT.The chanol in he formerly used by the Wesleyans, was re-opened by the Baptists of Southport on Wednesday, March 5th, when two services were held. Tho morning service commenced with prayer by the Rev. A. M. Stalker, the resident minister. The sermon, which was an eloquent and impressive one, was preached by the Rev. A. M'Laren, B.A., of Manchester, from Rev. ii. 1. At the evening service, the Rev. H. 8. Brown preached an able sermon, from Phil. i. 9. On the following Sunday the Rev. H. Dowson, of Bradford, preached. On Monday, the 10th ult., 200 persons took tea together in the large room of the Town Hall, after which the assemblage increased to 400. The Rev. A. M. Stalker presided, and the meeting was addressed by the chairman, Mr. R. Craven, Revs. 8. H. Booth, J. E. Millson, H. Dowson, S. G. Green, B.A., W. Jowett. J. Harward, Jno. Houghton, Esq., and Jonah Andrews, Esq. The chapel, which was built about thirteen years ago, is most advantageously situated in the centre of the town. It was built by the Wesleyan Methodists, from whom it has been purchased; they having recently erected a new one. It is a neat and commodious building, capable of seating about 700 persons, and, since it has become the property of the Baptist church, has undergone a thorough repair,-a convenient baptistry has been constructed, and the pulpit replaced by a platform with chairs and table, which has much improved the appearance of the place. The Baptist Church have entered on their new place of worship with most encouraging prospects of success.
RATHMINES, DUBLIN.-The Rev. John Eustace Giles, in consequence chiefly of pecuniary difficulties connected with the cause, has deemed it his duty to resign the pastoral office in this place. It was with great reluctance that the committee of the Baptist Irish Society complied with his request to be allowed to retire. In accepting his resignation the Church also recorded their “deep regret," deeming it their " duty to testify to the faithful. ness with which Mr. Giles had discharged his duties as a pastor,” “to the excellency of his character as a spiritual guide and teacher,” “ to the constant kindness and urbanity which marked his social intercourse," "to his entire worthiness of the high confidence and respect in wbich he was held by them,” and expressed their “ardent wishes for the welfare of himself and family, sincerely praying that he may long be spared to labour in the Saviour's vineyard, and that the blessing of his Lord and Master may ever rest upon him." We understand that the committee of the Baptist Irish Society hope, in co-operation with the friends at Rathmines, still to sustain this promising cause, and trust that before long they shall be able to secure the services of a minister to succeed one whose talents and worth have been so gratefully and honourably recognised.
LOWESTOFT.-On Tuesday, Feb. 13th, a public meeting was held in the Town Hall, Lowestoft, to present to the Rev. J. E. Dovey, a testimonial of the high esteem in which he has been held by the inhabitants of the town, as well as the Baptist congregation over which he has presided for seventeen years. J. S. Colman, Esq., of Norwich, occupied the chair. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. C. Daniell, of Somerleyton, W. Tritton (Independent), W.T. Price, of Great Yarmouth, R. Lewis (Independent), of Lowestoft, and Charles Snell, rector of Culton; who reterred in kindly terms to Mr. Dovey's removal, and expressed their best wishes for his success in his new charge at Charlotte-street Chapel, Edinburgh, Mr. Corbyn then testified to the high esteem in which Mr. Dovey was held by the members of the church : and Dr. Matcham followed with a similar declaration on behalf of the congregation, "The Rev. George Gould, of Norwich, then presented to Mr. Dovey, a purse containing eighty guineas, which had been contributed by Christian friends of various denominations, and by inhabitants of the neigbbourhood, as a mark of their high appreciation of his long-continued and faithful services. Mr. Dovey replied in suitable terms.
ROCHDALE.-The ordination of the Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A., to the pastorate of the church and congregation of West-street, Rochdale, was solemnised on Wednesday, March 12. After the usual introductory services, the Rev.C.M. Birrell delivered an able introductory discourse. The Rev. E. C. Pike gave an account of his conversion, and of the circumstances under which he had to come to Rochdale. The ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. J. C. Pike, the newly-appointed pastor's father, and the charge to the minister was delivered by the Rev. J. Angus, D.D., from 1st Thess. v. 25. In the evening the ordination sermon was preached, in the absence of the Rev. A. Maclaren, B.A., of Manchester (prevented attending by indisposition), by the Rev. J. C. Pike, from the 1st Thess. ii. 11, 12. Afterwards, a second sermon was preached by the Rev. H. W. Parkinson, from Matthew X. 4.
PONTYPOOL COLLEGE.-On Friday, February 28th, the second part of the testimonial given by the old pupils of the Rev. G. Thomas, M.A., classical tutor at the above college, as a token of their affection towards him, and their appreciation of his lubours, was presented to him in the library of the College in the presence of the students. The presentation was made with a short address by the Rev. D. Morgan, Blaenavon, and accepted by Mr. Thomas, who was deeply moved at this mark of the esteem of his old pupils, and his reply was received with warm cheers by the students. It will be remembered that at the last annual meeting of the College, a copy of the “ Biblia Sacra Polyglotta" was presented to Mr. Thomas. It was then intimated that there was a portrait of the reverend gentleman to be included in the testimonial, but that it was not ready then. This presentation consisted of the promised portrait. The portrait was painted by Mr. Curnock, of Clifton, the same artist who executed that of Dr. Thomas, presented to him some years ago. The two portraits are so excellent, that we feel glad to find that it is the intention of the celebrated artist to send them both to the International Exhibition.
FOLKESTONE.-The committee for the enlargement and alteration of the Baptist chapel, in Rendezvous-street, Folkestone, have purchased the two houses between the chapel and Mr. Hoad's timberyard, with the view of eplarging the cbapel; and the Earl of Radnor and Viscount Folkestone have generously presented a piece of ground at the rear
course,” “to hidy.Which marked
of the high
of the chapel and adjoining property as a site for a nection with the Baptist Church here. At the pubschool-room; Mr. Hart, solicitor, giving up his Jic meeting afterwards held, the Rev. J. Phillips, of lease, and Mr. Hoad his tenure of occupation of the Astwood Bank, in an appropriate address, and in ground. The chapel will be brought out in front the name of the people, presented to their pastor, nine feet, will be much widened, and will be ex the Rev. James Ewence, a copy of “Baxter's Intended over the ground now occupied by the vestry, terleaved Bible," beautifully bound, as an expres. with the effect of giving seats to 900 or 1,000 per sion of esteem and sympathy. Mr. Ewence very sons in the interior, or nearly treble its present feelingly responded to the attachment thus evinced. means of accommodation.
The meeting was afterwards addressed by the Rev. LESSNESS-HBATH, Kent.-Recognition services
Messrs. Hinds, Noakes, James, and Mr. Aubrey. in connection with the settlement of the Rev. Ebe MINISTERIAL CHANGES.-The Rev. W. Harris, nezer Davis, as pastor of the Baptist Church in this 1 of Cwmbach, Aberdare, has accepted an invitarapidly increasing village, were held on Wednes. tion from the Baptist Church, Mill-street, Aberday, March 12. In the afternoon the Rev. J. dare, and commenced his labours there on Sunday, Teal, of Woolwich, preached, and the Rev. J. February 16th.-The Rev. J. Richardson, of Barton Adey offered the recognition prayer. After the Mille, has resigned the pastorate of the church service, about 100 friends took tes in the boys' there, having accepted the pastorate of the church school-room, kindly lent by Sir Culling Eardley. at Bures, in Suffolk.-The Rev. W. Tulloch In the evening a public meeting was held in the has announced his intention to resign the pastorate chapel, the Rev. E. Davis in the chair. Addresses of the Tabernacle, Edinburgh.-The Rev. H. were delivered by the Revs. J. Adey, H. Cras Harrig, of Hill-park, Haverfordwest, has accepted weller, of Woolwich, J. Coutts, of Plumstead, E. an invitation to the pastorate of the church at T. Gibson, of Crayford, C. Collins, of Dartford, S. Granby-row, Manchester, and intends commencing March (Independent), of Erith, and Mr. Joshua his labours the first Sunday in May.-The Rev. Smith, of Crayford.
J. Baxendale, ol Rawdon College, has aeWORCESTER.-The congregation worshipping at
cepted an invitation from the church in Agardthe Baptist Chapel, Silver-street, Worcester, find.
street, Derby, and wili shortly commence bis
labours.-Mr. S. Williams, of Pontypool College, ing the present site of tbeir place of worship ob
has accepted an invitation from the church at jectionable and the accommodation inconvenient, have resolved to take immediate measures for the
Hackleton, near Northampton.-The Rev. W. H. erection of a new and convenient chapel in a more
Bonner has resigned his pastorate of Trinity eligible situation. Tbey have been stimulated to
Chapel, Newington.--The Rev. Charles T. Keun, this by the munificent offer of 1,5001, on the part
of Stafford, has accepted the unanimous call of the ot E. B. Evans, Esq., a member of the congrega.
infant cburch in Londonderry, and has commenced tion. Other friends have already given their names
his ministry there.—The Rev. J. W. Boulding has
accepted the pastorate of a new church that is for liberal sums. It is expected that at least 4,0001.
being formed in Glasgow.-The Rev. C.W. Vernon will be required effectually to complete the work.
has announced his intention to resign his connec. BROMSGROVE-On Monday, March 3rd, a tea tion with the church at Tetbury. meeting, attended by 250 persons, was held in con. |
WE have pleasure in offering to our readers this month a beautifully executed portrait of the REV. J. PRICHARD, D.D., of Llangollen. Though Dr. Prichard is not very widely known in England, he occupies a very high position in the esteem of the Churches in Wales; and it is at the request of a number of our readers in that part of the island that we have included bim in our series of Portraits. Dr. Prichard is also the president and theological tutor of a new college, called the Bartholomew College, which is about to be established for North Wales.-Our next Portrait, which will appear in July, will be that of the Rev. DR. STEANE, of Camberwell.
We may be permitted to direct the attention of our readers to an advertisement, on another page, of THE BUNYAN LIBRARY. The first year's issue is now completed. The works decided on for the second year will be ascertained from the advertisement. The conductors hope for a large accession this year to their already considerable list of subscribers. We trust they will obtain it, as they indeed deserve to do. THE BUNYAN LIBR&RY ought to be adequately sustained by the denomination.
“Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ bimself being the
THE SAINT BARTHOLOMEW EJECTMENT.
CHAP. IV.–TAE Savoy CONFERENCE. THE Stuarts were liars from the beginning Charles II. was no exception to the rule. Among the promises latent in the Declaration of Breda (April 4th, 1660), and made explicit in the Worcester House Declaration (October 25th, 1660), was one to the effect that the Liturgy should be so revised as to meet the scruples of tender consciences. Not only was this promise never kept, but Charles himself knew and admitted that it was not. In a Declaration, published December 26th, 1662, four months after the Act of Uniformity was passed, he himself confesses, “ That having made use of such solemn promises from Breda, and in several Declarations since, of ease and liberty to tender consciences, instead of performing any part of them, we have added straiter fetters than ever, and new rocks of scandal to the scrupulous by the Act of Uniformity.” Of course this Christmas Declaration goes on to repeat the promise, and announce its immediate redemption. Of course, too, this promise, like those which went before it, so far from being redeemed, only ushered in statutes which loaded tender consciences with heavier bonds, and multiplied the rocks of scandal which already narrowed and imperilled their way.
Still the original promise, that the Liturgy should be revised by an equal number of divines on both sides, if broken to the hope, must be kept to the ear. Hence, just before his coronation, Charles II. issued a Warrant convening twelve bishops, and twelve Presbyterians, with nine assistant divines on each side. They were to meet in the Savoy Palace, once the residence of John of Gaunt, where Sheldon, Bishop of London, now lodged. The object of the Conference was thus defined in the Royal Warrant which summoned them. They were “ To review the Book of Common Prayer, comparing it with the most ancient and purest liturgies, and to take into their serious and grave considerations the several directions and rules, forms of prayer, and things in the said Book of Common Prayer contained, and to advise and consult upon the same, and the several objections and exceptions which shall now be raised against the same; and, if occasion be, to make such reasonable and necessary alterations, corrections, and amendments, as shall be agreed upon to be needful and expedient for giving satisfaction to tender consciences, and the restoring and continuance of peace and unity in the churches under His Majesty's government and direction." This commission was dated March 25th, 1661, and was to last four months. It is significant of the temper of the prelatical party, that no meeting was convened for three weeks. The delay, as Bishop Short admits, could hardly have been accidental. It was, no doubt, intended to waste time, and so to lessen the chanoes of an amicable agreement.
At last, on April 15th, they assembled. The Archbishop of York, a man of