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tion, in reference to its necessary expenditure. The very formation of a Mission contemplates its gradual extension; and that extension involves a progressive augmentation of unavoidable expenses, in the multiplication of Missionaries, Catechists, and Schoolmasters, the extension of Schools, the erection of Buildings, and—which, under God, is the end of all—the accession of Converts, with all the contingencies resulting from these different heads of charge: nor will this state of things cease in a Mission, until those Converts grow to such numbers, and are advanced to such maturity of character, as to provide from among themselves for the support of a Christian Ministry and its concomitant expenses. It is moreover to be borne in mind, that the reception and training up of Missionary Candidates, though essential to the very being of a Missionary Society, tends directly to the augmentation of its permanent expenses, exactly in the ratio in which it brings forward Agents beyond what may be required to supply the place of those who are removed from the scene of their labours. In fact, this tendency to increased expenditure arises out of the exigencies of the Heathen World; and the obligation to provide for it is only a part of that more extended one which binds Christians to undertake and to prosecute Missionary operations among them.
DEPUTATION TO BASLE.
The arrangements entered into with the Committee of the Bâsle Missionary Society for the reception of Students, from thence to be employed in the Missions of the Church Missionary Society, were adverted to in the 22d Report, page 52.
In consequence of these arrangements, several Students have, from time to time, been received from the Bâsle Institution, who are usefully labouring in the Society's different Missions. Of the Individuals thus received, two have, on the application of the Committee, been admitted by the Lord Bishop of London to Holy Orders in the Church of England; and a third was, at his own instance, admitted to Episcopal Orders in Calcutta, by the late Bishop Heber.
With a view to consolidate the connection thus subsisting between the Society and the Bâsle Institution, a Deputation, consisting of the Senior Clerical Secretary and the Assistant Secretary, was appointed to proceed to Bâsle, in order to confer with the Directors of the Institution on various subjects in reference to the mutual interests of the two bodies. The Instructions of the Committee were delivered to the Deputation at their Monthly Meeting, on the 11th of June. The Deputation embarked in the Steam Packet for Ostend on the 20th of the same Month, and arrived at Băsle on the 3d of July. They were received with the greatest Christian kindness and cordiality by the Inspector of the Institution, the Rev. T. Blumhardt; and, by the desire of the Bâsle Committee, were hospitably received into the Institution during their stay in that city. Every facility was afforded to the Deputation, to enable them fully to inform themselves on all the points referred to them in their Instructions; and they were throughout treated by the Committee of the Institution in the most friendly and confidential manner. The general result of the visit of the Deputation was highly satisfactory; and promises to cement more closely the friendly relations subsisting between the two Societies, to their mutual advantage. A copious Abstract of the Report of the Deputation was printed in the Missionary Register for Oct.1827, pp.457–462.
EX ERTIONS OF Fix IENDS.
The Committee desire to express their thanks to the Friends who have kindly assisted the Society; either by Preaching, by assisting at Meetings, or by furthering Local Associations in its behalf.
The Committee express their earnest hope, that other Clergymen in different parts of the country will kindly assist the Society in visiting its Associations; experience having fully convinced them, that, unless this help be afforded, a considerable diminution in the Receipts of the Society will be the consequence.
In noticing the Exertions of Friends, the Committee deplore the loss which the Society has experienced in the death of Mr. Compigne, who, for twenty-one years successively, took an active part in the councils of the Society.
Since the last Anniversary, the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, having been appointed to the Bishopric of Llandaff, his Lordship's name has been transferred from the List of the Vice-Presidents to that of the Vice-Patrons. The Committee have also the pleasure of numbering among the Vice-Patrons, the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man, and the Bishop of Calcutta. NEW ASSOCIATIONS.
Thirteen New Associations or Branches have been formed in England, during the year; beside Twenty in aid of the Hibernian Auxiliary.
Various Presents of Fancy-work, and of articles of Clothing and Rewards, in aid of Female Education in India, Africa, and the West Indies, have been received at the Society's House, from Ladies in different parts of the Kingdom, and from the British Ladies’ Maternal Society; for which the Committee request the kind Donors respectively to accept their thanks.
MISSION ARIES AND STUDENTS.
It has pleased God, in His wisdom, to deprive the Society, by the hand of Death, of five of its Agents; beside several, of whose services the Missions have been bereaved from other causes. On the other hand, the Committee are thankful to state, that they have been enabled to send forth, to labour in various parts of the Heathen World, since the last Anniversary, Twenty Individuals, exclusive of Four who have resumed their arduous work in Sierra Leone.
In connection with the west-AFRICA Mission the following circumstances have occurred. The Rev. John Gerber, with the Committee's sanction, left Sierra Leone on the 3d of March 1827, on a visit to Europe, and landed at Plymouth on the 5th of May. About the middle of March, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce left the Society's service; Mr. Pierce accepting a situation under the Local Government. On the 23d of April, Mr. Frederick Gatesman died at Freetown, whither he had been removed from Leopold for medical aid, after about a week's illness. Three days after, the Rev. W. K. Betts embarked for England, accompanied by the Widow of Mr. Gatesman; and landed at Sunderland, June 26th. Mr. Thomas Heighway, who arrived in the Colony on the 9th of December, was early called away from his labours: he was taken ill of the Country fever, at York, on the 30th of that month, and died at Freetown, January 7th, rejoicing in God. On the 21st of February, Mr. John Weeks and his Wife, having both suffered in health, embarked at Freetown, and landed at Plymouth on the 12th of April, much benefited by the