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Notice of the following Legacies has been received during the year:— Rev. John Buxton, late of Carleton Rode, Norfolk—The sum of 200/. Mrs. Mary Davis, late of Reading—Residue of her Property (in addition to a Legacy of 200l. 3 per Cent. Reduced) amounting to 51 l. 9s. Mr. Matthew Puplett, late of Ramsgate—The sum of 40l. Mr. William Southwell, late of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire—The sum of 100l. Mrs. Mary Thornton, late of Sculcoates, Hull—The sum of 80/. Mr. John Trigg, late of Melbourne-Bury, Cambridgeshire—The sum of 100l. William Wilson, Esq., late of Over-Worton, Oxfordshire– The sum of 100l. Mrs. Cordelia Withers, late of Grimstone Lodge, Yorkshire—The sum of 50l. Mr. John Wood, late of Manchester—The sum of 100l. Mrs. Wood, late of Wellington, Somersetshire—The sum of 10/.
IN COME AND EXPEN DITURE.
Severely as the pressure of the times has been felt throughout the year, it will gratify the Members to learn that the Society's Income has continued to advance. An increase of 2000l. carries the receipts of the Twenty-Second Year up to nearly 33,000l. In accomplishing the various objects in which the Society is engaged, the sum expended has about equalled the Income. In this Expenditure, however, are included the sum of 1000l. vested in Government Securities, to meet a Vote of the Committee, for the year 1822, to the Bishop's College at Calcutta; and another sum of 1000l. remitted in Dollars to Madras, on account of the expenditure of the current year. On the subject of the Society's Expenditure, the Committee wish to remark, that they are fully aware, that the portion of it which is incurred by the diffusion of information through the press, is not only, by the blessing of God, producing most beneficial effects on E
the minds of the Members, but is indispensable to the maintenance and extension of a due interest in the Society's concerns: they are nevertheless anxious, that every part of this expenditure, throughout the extensive ramifications of the Society, should be made really efficient; and, in this view, they beg to suggest to such Associations as may not have adopted the plan of Sheet Reports, that various Associations have effected a considerable saving of expense by the substitution of Sheet Reports in the place of those in a Pamphlet form; and by giving a brief summary of the Proceedings of the Society for the year, accompanied by a few appropriate extracts and remarks, instead of re-printing the details. While, however, the Committee recommend the adoption of this plan in all practicable cases, in order to the augmentation of the funds applicable to objects directly Missionary, they would leave it to the various Associations to act as may be best adapted to local circumstances.
MISSIONARIES AND STUDENTS.
The different Missionaries and others, stated in the last Report to have sailed, have arrived at their respective destinations.
Mr. Kendall, with the New-Zealand Chiefs Shunghee and Whykato, reached Port Jackson in May, sailed for New-Zealand in the Westmoreland on the 4th of July, and arrived at the Bay of Islands on the ll th: The Rev. Isaac Wilson and Mrs. Wilson, who embarked for Madras in the beginning of May, reached that place on the 5th of September. The Rev. Joseph Bailey, with Mrs. Bailey, a Sister of the Rev. Joseph Knight, and a Nephew of the Rev. Samuel Lambrick (sent by the desire of his Uncle, and at his expense), having received the Instructions of the Committee", embarked for Ceylon in the beginning of June, and arrived at Trincomalee, on their way to Nellore, on the 1st of December.
* See these Instructions in Appendix II.
Various additions have been made, during the year, to the number of Missionaries and Students.
Seven Missionaries, educated in the Institution at Bâsle, have been for some time in this country, in order to perfect their acquaintance with English, and to acquire a knowledge of the National System of Education. The Rev. Jacob Maisch, the Rev. Theophilus Reichardt, and the Rev. G. Emanuel W. Metzger, natives of Würtemberg, and the Rev. Charles William Beckauer, from Saxony, arrived on the 7th of September; and were joined, on the 7th of February, by the Rev. William Henry Schemel and the Rev. Theophilus Christopher Deininger, also of Würtemberg, and the Rev. John Gerber, of the Canton of Berne. These Missionaries had studied about three years in the Seminary, and were all admitted to Holy Orders in the Cathedral of Stutgardt. The King of Wurtemberg has manifested particular interest in the Young Men who are subjects of His Majesty, and has made liberal presents of books to them. Of all these Missionaries, the expectation formed by the Committee, on the report of their beloved Tutor, now present—the Rev. Theophilus Blumhardt—has been fully confirmed by the spirit and character which they have manifested. An eighth Student, who had been also preparing for service under the Society, was prevented by ill health from accompanying his brethren.
More than thirty persons have offered themselves for the Missionary Service, during the year: a few only have been received, but the offers of some of the rest are still under consideration. The Committee cannot, however, but regret, that zeal for the extension of the Kingdom of Christ among the Heathem—a service of the highest honour to which the talents and acquirements of Christians can be devoted—should have such partial influence among that great and increasing body of Young Men, either under preparation for Holy Orders, or recently entered on the Sacred Office, whose piety is unquestionable, and whose gifts and attainments eminently fit them for this service. The Committee feel, on this subject, that the urgent wants of the Fallen Christian Churches and of the whole Unchristianized World call on all the sincere servants of Christ to abound in importunate prayer for the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit, in preparing and sending forth able and devoted men for the establishment of the promised Kingdom of their Lord. The number of persons, male and female, now preparing for future labour, is twenty-three. One of the Students at Dublin, mentioned in the last Report, has given up his purpose of proceeding as a Missionary under the Society. In reference to the preparation of Missionaries, the Committee have availed themselves of the visit of Mr. Blumhardt to this country to enter into arrangements with him, for the regular supply to the Society, from the Institution at Băsle, of such Missionaries as may be duly qualified for those spheres of labour in which it is found expedient, or where it may hereafter be found so, to engage the services of the Continental Churches. The Committee regret to state that death has, in this year also, removed some of the Society's Labourers and Friends. The Rev. Benedict La Roche, whose arrival at Calcutta on the 17th of August 1820, was stated in the last Report, was obliged, after a short residence, to return to Europe. He had the benefit, on board the “James Sibbald,” of the kind and friendly care of Dr. Ramsay, who was himself returning home on account of health. Mr. La Roche did not survive to land in this country, but died, about midnight of the 9th of August, as the ship was entering the River*. In Western Africa, the senior Missionary, the Rev. Melchior Renner, after seventeen years service in that Mission, died on the 9th of September. A short time before, the Rev. Robert Hughes, appointed Chaplain at St. Mary's in the Gambia, with his Wife, had been
taken away from their labours, at the latter end of .
August, within a few days of each other, after a few months' residence at their Station.
* Some affecting particulars of Mr. La Roche's peaceful departure are given, from a Letter of Dr. Ramsay's, in the Missionary Register for 1821, pp. 309, 310.
Hn another quarter, also, the Labourers of the Society have been diminished. The Rev. James Connor left Constantinople in February of last year, it having been agreed that he should return home for a season. He reached London in September, by way of Greece and Italy. It has been since determined that he shall not resume his Mission. The Committee will now report the departure of Missionaries to different quarters of the Society’s sphere of labour. The Rev. William Jowett being about to return to the Mediterranean, and several Missionaries to proceed to India, they were addressed on the occasion, after receiving the Instructions of the Committee, at a Special Meeting, held on the 7th of March, John Herbert Harington, Esq. in the Chair, by the Rev. William Dealtry, Rector of Clapham, in a manner well adapted, under the Divine Blessing, to assist and encourage them in their future labours. The Missionaries proceeding to India were the Rev. William Sawyer, and the Rev. Messrs. Maisch and Reichardt from Băsle, all appointed to the North-India Mission. Mr. Sawyer was admitted to Holy Orders, after a considerable time devoted to preparation, by His Grace the Archbishop of York, and served a Curacy in that Diocese". Mr. Jowett, with Mrs. Jowett and their three Children, left London on the 11th of March, on his return, by way of France; and reached Marseilles on the 6th of the present month of April, after receiving at Paris much kindness from Professor Kieffer and other friends. Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer, with Messrs. Maisch and Reichardt, embarked at Gravesend, on the 9th of this month, on board the Agincourt, Captain Mahon : the ship left the Downs on the 14th. Mr. George Clarke, of Wymondham, in Norfolk, accustomed to the business of a Smith, having been strongly recommended by the Society's friends at that
* The Instructions of the Committee, with Replies by Mr. Jowett, Mr. Sawyer, and Mr. Maisch, and the Address of Mr. Dealtry, are printed in Appendix III.