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Kingdom; and which may, with peculiar confidence, be expected in the city of Bristol, so long distinguished for its religion and benevolence. The attendance of Ministers and Christians, from the country around, as well as from the inhabitants of the city, is likely to be very considerable; and an example, it is hoped, will be held forth to other great and populous towns of this kingdom, of that Christian liberality which will enable the Society greatly to increase the number of their Missionaries, who may make manifest the savour of the Redeemer's name in places where Satan has hitherto reigned in darkness, without controul.
It is intended to conclude the solemnities of this Missionary Association, by the administration of the Communion, at the Tabernacle, on Thursday evening. - The Rev. Mr. Bogue to preside.
[Collections for the benefit of the Institution, will be made at the close of the Services.]
PLYMOUTH. In the populous towns of Plymouth and Dock, where a large number of serious Christians reside, it is proposed to hold a meeting, like that at Bristol, in the following weck. "The order of the services is expected to be as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at half-past 10 o'clock, The Rev. Mr. Wilcox, of London, to preach at St. John's Chapel, Plymouth Dock.
Tuesday Evening, at six, The Rev. Mr. Bogue, of Gosport, to preach at Batter-street.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at seven in the morning, The Rev. Mr. BURDER, of London, to preach at the New Tabernacle.
The public meeting for business to be held at Batter-street, at 11 o'clock, in the same morning.
Wednesday Evening, The Rev. Mr. THORP, of Bristol, to preach at Princes-street.
Thursday, Oct. 15, at Half past 10 in the morning, the Ordinance of the Lord's Supper will be administered at the New Tabernacle. The Ręs. Mr. Bogue to preside.
[Collections for the support of the Missionary Institution, will be made at the close of each meeting ]
BAPTIST MISSION, INDIA. FIRE AT SERAMPORE.
Bristol, dated March 12th, received Septeniber 9th, 1812.
I closed a letter to you on the 10th, but now write anew. Another leaf of the ways of Providence has been since unfolded, which will fill you both with sorrow and gratitude, and call for the exercise of faith in ilm, whose word, firm as the pillars of Heaven, has declared “ All things shall work together for the good of them that love God.”
Last night, about six, I was sitting in my study, musing over the dealings of God, who had that day week taken my infant son ; and what afflicted me far more, three weeks before, dear brother Ward's second daughter, about six years old, in a putrid sore throat. While reflecting on these providences, and attempting to collect my thoughts on “It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed," as a subject for our weekly evening Lecture, some one exclaimed, “ The printing office is on fire ! I ran instantly thither, and beheld, at the lower end of the office, which is a room 200 feet long, a stage containing 700 reams of English paper, sent out to print the Tamul and Cingalese New Testament, enveloped in flames. Every door and window but one, was fastened by a large flat bar of iron which went across it, and was secured by a bolt in the inside. In five minutes the room was so filled with smoke, that a candle could not live. Finding it impossible to open the windows, or for any one to go in without danger of instant death, we fastened that door again, iu tha hope of smothering the flame; and ascending the roof, pierced it over the fire ; and by incessantly pouring down Water, so kept it under for three hours, that nothing but that paper appeared to have kindled ; and there the flame was greatly abated. The alarm which we gave, brought all the Europeans around us to our assistance, besides our native servants ; so that we had all the assistance we could desire. While, however the flames were got under there, I looked in, and suddenly saw a famę spread about twenty feet bigher up. The smoke and steam increased, so as te reoder it death to get three feet within the wall. In a few minutes the flames spread in every direction, and took away all hope of saving any thing from thence, and filled us with terror for Mrs. Marshman's School, about thirty feet to the north-west ;-a bed-room for the boys, about sixteen feet full north, which communicated with brother Carey's; and the hall, library, and museum, within twelve feet of it, to the north-east. The wind, however, fell, and it burned as straight upward as a fire on a bearth, and communicated to nothing beside. It remained burning for six hours, and consumed the beams, five feet in circuinference, the roof, the windows, and every thing but the walls. Happily, no lives were lost, nor a bone broken The loss we cannot at present estimate. It has consumed all but the six presses, which we rejoice were saved, Heing in a side-room. Two thousand reams of English paper are consumed, worth at least 50001. Founts of types, in fourteen languages, besides English. The editions of the new Testament which are stopped, are nine. The editions of the old Testament are five Among the Eng: Jish works suspended, till we get types from you, are The Sungskrit Grammar; Brother Ward's Work on the Manners of the Hindoos; Confucius; The Dissertation on the Chinese, enlarged ; Bengalee Dictionary, and a Telinga Granınar. The loss cannot be less than I'welve thousand Pounds sierling ; and all our labours are at once stopped.
Yet, amidst all, mercy evidently shines. I trembled for dear brother Ward (as our Sisters did for us both) lest the roof should have fallen in with hiin; or, lest he should have entered too far, and at once exiinguish the spark of life. But we were all preserved, blessed be God. The flames touched nothing besides; they might have consumed every thing. The presses are preserved, and happily the matrices of all the founts of types were deposited in another place; had they been burnt, it must have been years before they could have been replaced. We can now, howcver, tegin casting types to-morrow, if we can find money; country paper can be substituted for English ; and thus two or three months will put the Versions of the Scriptures in motion again. But for English we shall be distressed, till you send us a supply. We know not even how to send you a circular letter. I ain writing this at Calcutta, to go by the packet this evening, whither I am come to inform Brother Carey; and therefore cannot tell you what types, nor how many. They must, however, be all the sizes from the Text of Confucius to the Minion in the cir. cular letter ; also Italian, and every printing utensil accompanying. Perhaps some friend in London, in the printing line, can tell what goes to complete a printing-office with English types. You must also send a fount of Greek and Hebrew. I am distressed to think where you will find inoney; but send, if you incur a debt; the silver and the gold are the Lord's.' The Christian sympathy of our friends almost overwhelms me. Mr. Browne was confined by illness; but Mr. Bird, bis son-in-law, exerted himself for us in the most strenuous manner. I fear it allects Mr. Browne's mind even more than mine own : he sent off an express at midnight, to acquaint Mr. Harrington, who is deeply affected. Poor Mr. Thomason wept like a child to-day, on hearing of it. He begs us to make out a minute statement of our loss; and says he will use all nis interest on our behalf. We shall write again to morrow. I feel assured that the Lord will bring so much good out of it, that Satan will repent it ever was done. How it arose, we kuow not.
I am ever yours,
P. S. One thing will enable us to go to work the sooner : the keys of a building, larger than the printing-office, which we had let for years, as a warehouse, were given up to us on Saturday last. Thus, we have a place to resume our labours, the moment types are cast.'
We trust that this affecting event will arouse the attention and excite the generosity of the religious public, both in India and in Britain, so that the loss, great as it is, will be speedily repaired.
On the very same day on which this intelligence was communicated lo the Missionary Society, the Directors instantly voled, with the most affectionate unanimity, One Hundred Guineas to the Baptist Missionary Society; and on the following Wednesday (Sept. 16.) the Trustees of the Evangelical Magazine voted for the same purpose l'ifly Pounds.
under its patronage; several of whoin are very promising:
As soon as the day of eleclion is fixed, and the number of children determined upon, general notice will be given,
Yours, &c. JOHN TOWNSEND. Bermondsey, Sept. 16, 1812.
We hear that the British and Foreign Bible Society, with their accustomed liberality, have voted a second sum of £ 500 to the Rer. Mr. Morrison, of Canton, in China, for his further assistauce in that most important of all undertakings, the translation of the holy Scriptures into the Chinese language.
The children of the Sunday School at Sion Chapel have raised, by voluntary weekly donations, Four Pounds for the use of the Missionary Society, since the last Anniversary in May,-accompanied by a letter, expressing in pious and simple language, their motives for making this contribution. We are sorry that we caunot insert it.
Congregational School. Mr. Editor,-I shall feel much obliged, by your affording room, in this mouth's Magazine, for a few lines respectivg the Congregational School. The list of candidates for the next clection, it is foreseen, will be long and distressing; and the carnestoess of poor ininisters for the reception of their children, is very great. The election is unavoidably postponed ; and I am fearful the uumber of admissions must be much smaller than the committee desire, or the nature aud number of the applications seem to demand. It is natter of surprise that so many wealthy members of the Congregational Churches, have as yet made no contribution to this Institution. On the other hand, it is matter of thankfulness that so many have shown friendship to it; and that alFeady it has received 12 children
London Female Penitentiary.
Tue Committee are happy in acquainting the friends of this. In. stitution, that the Wing lately erected and paid for, is already inhabited, the number of objects on the Establishment being now 70. When the additional building, now erecting on the east side of the garden and already covered in, is completed, containing an infirmary and prompt reception ward, the charity will commodiously incluse within its walls 100 objects.
The Committee have very recently paid a moiety of the experce of the erection down the garden ; in effecting which, however, they have been necessitated to sell out the remaining money in the public funds; and, for want of money in their 'Treasurer's hands, are unable to discharge pressing demands upon them for the current expences of the Institution.
The sum of about € 2000 is iris mediately wanted to complete the present building - contract, including the expence of absolutely necessary furniture.
To the Reports the religious Public are referred for the good which, under the blessing of God, it appears has been effected by means of this excellent charity ;
for which, and for the support that course too late for the business transthe Institution has hitherto re- acted to be recorded in this Number. ceived, heartfelt gratitude to the ‘Sunday School Union. The next Lord is largely due.
Quarterly Meeting of the Sunday Scbool It is very evident, however, that Usion will be held at the Rev. Mr. not the prosperity only, but the Waters's Meeting, Little Wild Street, very existence of the charity, de
Lincoln's ion Fields, on Wednesday the pends upon an increase of zeal, ex
21st of October, ar Seven o'clock in the ertion, and liberality on the part of evening, precisely; when the following the religious public; who will not
que»tion will be considered : -: By
whi wens may funday Schools propermit an Institution to sink, or
mote the objects of the British and even to decline, which possesses so Foreign Bible Society?' many irresistible claims to their benevolent regard, and in the suc
The Autumnal Veeting of the Bed
fordshire Union of Chrištians, will be cess of which they have hitherto
held at Silies, llerts, on Wed. Oct.7, taken so laudable an interest; so
when air. Jay, of Bath, and Mr. Hub. far indeed from suffering it to lan- son, of Malden, are expected to preach. guish, the Committee confidently It is intended in the afternoon to inhope that, by the instituting of stitute a benevoleat Society for the re, Auxiliary Societies, by the aid of lief of aged and iufirm aiinisters, and Collections at Serinons, and the ex
the necessitous Widows and Orphans of crtions of benevolent individuals, Ministers, in the county of Bediord the expectations of the Committee and neighbouring counties. will be more than fulfilled in the The next llall yearly Meeting of the fulare gradual enlargement and
Wilts Association will be held 00 coustartiy increasing utility of the
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Rev, Mr. Institution.
Gough's Meeting, Chippepham. By Order of the Committee, The Quarterly Meeting of the SalopPentonville, T. PELLATT,
Association will be held at Oswestry, October, 1812.
on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and
16. Mr. Harris to preach on Thurs. Subscriptions are received by W. day evening ; and Mr. Augear on FriAlers, Esg. Treasurer ; Mr. Pellatt, day afternoon. A double Lecture in the becretary, Fenchurch Street ; Mr. esening Andrew Johnstone, Coliecior for CнEITEN HAM. The Rev. Mr. the Western District, 9, Weston Brown, of Epley, in Gloucestershire, Street, Pentonville; and Mr. Re- has accepled of the pastoral charge of bert Elwin, Collector to the East- the new Chapel at Chelieplan, which ern Districi, 7, Somers' Place West, he enters upou at the commencement New Road.
of the oext year. It will be supplied
in the present month (Ocieber) by Dr. NOTICES.
Collyer; in November, by Mr. BeaCambridgeshire Auxiliary Missionary nett, of Dursley; and in December, by Society. - The first General Meeting of Mi. Cobbin, of Creditoo. This newly-formed Institution is in
A correspondent from Stockport retended to be held at ROYNTON ou
Inarks, that the Pardoo for illegal Tuesday, October 27 ; when two Ser- Oaths has had the happiest effect is moos will be preached on the occasion,
allaying ihe fears of the quiet part of both in the morning; one by the Rev.
this neig hlourhood. You would be Mr. Harris, of Cam'ridge; and the
surprised to see the nuor.bers of poor other hy Dr. Winier, of London. deluded creatures who come to be, East London Auxiliary Missionary as they call it, untwisted
The meaSociety held their first General Meet. fures of Government have, we strongly ing at the Rev. Andrew Reed's Chapel, hope, broken the vile combination of New Rwad, St. George's in ihe East, on
mischieve us men. I am truly happy Mon:'ay evening, September 21. G. to luformi you, that, I believe, not a (ireen, Esq. Treasurer ; and the Rer. single (lissenier of any devomination Mess. Hooper and Reed, Secretaries. has been found twisted in: at least, I
have not heard of ope instauce. The West London Auriliary Missione ary Society was expected to hold their Sept. 11. Died George Conquest, first Quarierly Meetiok at the Scots M. D. of Chatham, aged 57, nearly 40 Church (Dr.Nicol's) in Swallow Street, years a member of Mr. Slatterie's on Monday Evening September 30 ;-m of church ; and for some time a deacon.
The London Directors of the Missionary Society beg leave to express their Thanks to the several Ministers and Christian Congregations who have thus kindly interessed themselves in the good work; and assure them that they will endeavour, from time to time, tra transmit them Missionary ivformation, to enable them to cherish this heavenly fiame of zeal in their different places.
To the Rev. George Lambert and to the Deacons and Church under his pagtoral care, the Directors acknowledge great obligations for kindly giving a Col. lectior, a second time within six weeks, in aid of the Missionary Society : and also for instituting an Auxiliary Society in the town of Hull; which, by the divine blessing, is likely to engage the pious regard of zealous Christians of all denominations in that town.
They beg leave also to present their cordial Thanks to the kind friends among the Wesleyans, who have helped them in the Lord, and especially to Messrs. W. and T. Robinson, at Bridlington Quay; to Mr. Longridge, at Sunderland; to Mr. Oxley, at North Shields; to Mr. Litile, at South Shielas ; and to Messrs. Wawn, Flanders, Farrah, &c. at Newcastle upon Tynr, for the use of their spacious chapels at these places, and for cordially aiding the Missionary Collections.
They beg leave also to assure the Rev. Messrs. MacIndoe (Secretary) David. son, Smith, and also Mess. J. Dobson (Treasurer) B. Brunton, T. Gibson, and J. L. Angas, of the deep sense they entertain of their efficient services as a Committee, in the handsome Collections at Newcastle; aod gladly accept of their kind offer to continue their services for the present year, in order still more extensively to benefit the Missionary cause.
The Directors beg the Rev. B. Hobson, of Driffield, and Rev J. Arundel, of Whitby, to receive their Thanks for accompanying Mr. Collisop in his journey, and for lessening his labours, and most materially aiding the object in exciling the prayers and liberality of thousands in the behalf of the poor heathen.
Mr. Collison begs leave to return his Thanks in this way to his two kind brethren for their assistance, and to all Christian friends who so hospitably received them and helped them on their way. Collections and anonymous Donations.
£. 8. d. Collection at Mr. Hillyard's Meeting, Olney, by Rev. Mr. Stoddard 12 0 0 Aberdeen Female Society for the Support of Missions
20 0 0 Female Servant Society for the Translation of the Scriptures 20 0 0 From a few Friends near Crichie, North Britain
8 2 Yarm (Friends there) by Rev. Mr. Corker (omitted last Month) Rev. J. Sykes and Friends, Guestwick, Norfolk
14 0 A Friend, by Rev. R. Hogg
1 1 0 Auxiliary Society, Banff, North Britain, by Rev. Mr. Gibb
2 6 6 Hackney Auxiliary Society
55 16 4 Collected at Cheshunt, on occasion of a Sermon hy Rev. J. Hyatt 10 7 8 Donation by W.T. Cheshunt
1 0 0 Collection at Rev. Mr. Hillyard's, Bedford, by Rev. T. Jackson 21 5 0 A Friend, hy Rev. W. Curtis, Wrestlingwerth
5 0 0 Rev. Mr. Whitridge and Friends, Oswestry
11 11 0 Collection at the Antibürgher Sabbath School, Haddington
1 0 2 Donation from the Monitors of ditto, at one penny per week
0 16 2 General Association, South Wales, collected at their Second Meeting 10 14 0 Stirling Missionary Society
9 0 2 A Warwickshire Friend, by G. B.
1 0 An unknown Friend, by Rev. Mr. Cockin
2 0 0
In presenting to the Directors of the Missionary Suciety the following state. ment of the oblations which the churches he had the opportușity of visiting very willingly made, for building the house of the Loril, Mr. WAUGH, craves permission, in tbis public manner, to convey the warm acknowledgements of his heart to all his dear brethren, for their kind reception of his visit, and their ready co-operation in promoting its important object. To the Reverend tbe Synod of Ulster, and to the Reverend the Associate synod of Ireland, his obligation's are great, for the liberal countenance, notwithstanding the pressure of the times, which they gave to his mission; 2011 Though he was prevented, by indig. position, from a vuiling himself of the permission granted to him, he looks lor. ward, with assured hope, to ihe period when the appeal will be made, and made with success, to the sympathy and succour of the qumerous churches uader their