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have been shocked by the slaughter, One minister connected with the and of their resolve thata thorough in- | Society, Mr. Edwin Palmer, a black vestigation into all the circumstances man, was among the earliest of the of the case shall take place, bave persons arrested in Kingston. He unloosed the tongues of all classes, was at once closely confined, then and the last mail has brought infor | chained in irons, and sent to Morant mation of atrocities that almost sur Bay. Day after day he and his compass belief. Her · 're the words of panions in misfortune were led out to a native of the. and, and living witness the execution of others, nor near the scene oi the riot. After did they know but what at any hour mentioning the proclamation of mar. their fate would be the same. At tial law, he then describes the pro the end of the period of martial law, ceedings of the soldiery. “These Mr. Palmer was brought back to men were clothed with power ; full Kingston, still a prisoner, without of rage and malice, they not only any charge brought against him. At sought to bring the guilty to punish length a writ of habeas corpus was ment, which they deserve, but made obtained by Mr. George Phillippo. the best use of their time in venting and on the hearing the judge ordered their long pent-up feelings of bitter. Mr. Palmer to be released on bail. ness. The retribution was dreadful. So far as we can learn, the only About twelve houses were burnt in ground of his cruel incarceration was this village for the sake of mischief, that he had taken part in a public and their little all taken from the meeting so long ago as last May, at people by the troops. So long as a which the statements of Dr. Underman wore a black face they were | hill's letter were confirmed, and a victims. The soldiers took a wild memorial to the Queen adopted, delight in shooting down men, and | asking for redress for the grievances plundering and burning houses, and of which the people complained. robbing women of their marriage The newspapers of the island, as rings. Hanging, shooting, whipping. well as Governor Eyre, have not and house burning, was the work of been slow to charge the riot and its the thirty days of martial law. I effects on the Baptist missionaries. don't think that I am over the mark This calumny admits of an easy refu. when I say that three thousand souls tation. It is many years since a were hurried into an awful eternity Baptist missionary appeared in the by the bullet and the halter. But I district. It was a part of the Island draw a veil over their doings.” well known for its ignorance, su.
It is not for us to draw aside this perstition, and lawlessness; and, veil, to describe the scourgings of singularly enough, has always been women, on their bare persons, in the regarded as peculiarly the stronghold presence of a licentious soldiery ; to of the Church of England. Years tell of cruel imprisonments, of hor. ago a Baptist missionary was arrested rible exposures, of the human targets in it, and since then it has been left at which the troops tried their skill almost entirely to the teachings of in musketry. These dread tales will the clergy of the Establishment. In find a fitting place in the report of point of education, the parish of St. the Commissioners. It is a satisfac Thomas in the East stands very low tion to us to know that the perpe on the list. In other parishes about tration of these barbarities will not one child in nine was at school. escape the penalty that such crimes In St. Thomas's only one in seven. deserve, and that the action of the teen. English people has brought this But not only was this parish recarnival of blood to a close.
markable for the fewness of its mis
sionaries and schools, as compared , untrue or calumnious than to attriwith parishes on the north side of the bute this state of things to the teachisland, where perfect peace has | ings of Baptist missionaries. It was reigned, but it had, in addition to its the want of their teaching that has to own ignorance and superstition, an be lamented, and it should be among influx of African immigrants, direct our first duties to endeavour to place from the holds of slave-ships, or from among these miserable people schoolthe coast of Africa. These were | masters and faithful ministers of the chiefly introduced by the immigra.
Gospel. tion agent, who was a proprietor in The Bill for regulating religious the parish. It had a larger popula worship, referred to in our last issue, tion of these heathens settled there did not pass the Legislature of Jathan any other parish, and next to maica ; and the same fate has befallen nothing was ever done for their | a second Bill framed on the same enlightenment or religious improve-l principles, but confined in its operament. Left to themselves, they have tion to native religionists. There is remained, and their children have | therefore every reason to hope that grown up, in ignorance. They are the efforts of godly men to impart the poor, dirty, passionate, licentious Gospel to the people will not be heathens, living in shameless profli interfered with, and their religious gacy, and encouraged in it by the liberties will be permanently secured. book-keepers and overseers by whom Much bas to be done to remove the they were employed. No wonder evils that slavery has left behind, that when the riot occurred many of and for a long time to come the them took part in it, and rejoiced at freedmen of Jamaica will require the opportunity for plunder that it | the sympathy and aid of British gate. But nothing can be more | Christians.
| attention is that of Jamaica. It is sad to BEFORE the present number of THE
think that such a question should furnish Catech shall have reached the majority of
ground for party conflict; but we are told our readers, the Parliament of 1866 will have
that the Tory party in the House of Combeen opened by the Queen. Not since the
mons, almost to a man, are for “whiteleath of the Prince Consort has the Queen
washing” Governor Evre and bis subordiappeared in person in the House of Lords ;
nates. It remains to be seen wheth-r the and her return, to this extent at least, to
Liberal party will show themselves worthy the public discharge of her high duties
of their pame and their history. We know that their private discharge has From Jamaica itself the news has been never been neglected-will be welcomed plentiful during the month. Everything by the whole country with thankfulness we have heard hitherto has only conhrmed and gladness. The new Parliament which the impression that a great crime has been her Majesty will thus inaugurate seems committed ; and as yet we have had very likely to be one of great interest. The little that can furnish even slight palliation lovernment have definitely announced 1 or apology. Not less than four thousand their intention-an announcement which persons are now said to have been slain will be no doubt repeated in the Royal | under Mr. Eyre's “martial law.” The prech--to introduce a measure for the great principles of the Constitution have Extension of the Electoral Francbise; and been set aside or ignored. The murder Lord Russell, in receiving a deputation of of Mr. Gordon is only one of a number of working men, has stated that by the suc | offences that call loud for justice. And as less, or otherwise, of this measure, his if to put the crowning stone on this monulovernment “will stand or fall." Another ment of their folly or wickedness, the question which is certain to occupy much! Government of Jamaica bave hurried
through the Island Legislature a number | dent of the Regent's Park College), the of Bills of Indemnity and Repression, that Rev. A. Reed, Mr. Blewitt, from the Me. cannot fail to be disallowed by the Queen tropolitan Tabernacle College, Mr. Joha and people of England. Meantime Sir H. Bradburn, and Mr. Jonathan Angus, The Storks, the new Governor, and head of usual complimentary votes of thanks the Commission of Inquiry, has arrived brought the interesting proceedings to a at Kingston; and the other members of close. the Commission, Messrs. Gurney and
East DEREHAM, NORFOLK.-On ThursMaule, are also doubtless by this time on day, January 4th, interesting meetings their field of labour. We are glad to add were held at the Baptist Chapel in this that several English philanthropists have town, to commemorate the paying off of the gone to Jamaica, whose testimony will
chapel debt. The chapel, which was built be most valuable when the day of reckon. in 1859, was burdened in July last with ing arrives. Two eminent counsel have a debt of £430. At the anniversary meetadvised “the Jamaica Committee” that
ing, held in that month, the Rev. G. Gould, the course of Governor Eyre has been with of Norwich, told the church and congreout legal justification, and that he and his gation that if they would raise £230 by subordinates are all liable to be tried for the end of the year, he would endeavour murder in a British Court of Law. The to raise the other £200 for them. This steps of justice are slow, but sure ; and offer (which was extended to other churches we believe, not withstanding all obstacles, in the Norfolk Association) was accepted, that in this case justice will be done.
and with God's help the work was accomplished. On the above-named day tea
was provided in the school-room, when DOMESTIC.
more than 200 persons partook of that re
freshing beverage. After tea a public BEWICK STREET, NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.
meeting was held in the chapel, which was - The annual congregational tea, in con
well attended. The chair was taken by nection with this place of worship, was
J. P. Smith, Esq. The Rev. S. B. Gooch held in the school-room beneath the chapel,
gave out a hymn and engaged in prayer. Bewick Street, Newcastle, on Christmas
The chairman made a few remarks uponi Day. Never on any previous occasion had
the pleasure it afforded him to congratulate there been such a large attendance, it being
the meeting upon the successful issue of estimated that there were not less tban 400
e to remove the debt. The present. The room was tastefully deco
Rev. G. Gould and Mr. S. Hawkes having rated with evergreens and mottoes, and
produced the receipts, which showed that presented a most pleasing appearance.
the whole of the debt had been paid, inteAfter tea the chair was taken by the Rev.
resting addresses were delivered by the W. Walters. From his opening address,
Ravs. G. Gould and S. B. Gooch, of Norit appeared that the chapel, which seats
wich; R. G. Williams (Independent), above 900 persons, was so full that there
Dereham ; Messrs. Vynne, Swaffham ; was not a seat to let; and that the present
Culley and Fletcher, of Norwich. The number of church members was 449. The
Revs. F. W. Gooch, Foulsham, and Law. number received during the last five years
ton (Wesleyan), Dereham, also took part
in the meeting, which was concluded with and a half, the term of the chairman's pastorate, had been 232, upwards of one-half
prayer by the Rev. G. Gould. of the church. During the past year they MARLOWES CHAPEL, HEMEL - HEMP. had received 49 members, showing strik. STEAD.-The new school-rooms connected ingly the prosperity of the church. The | with this chapel were formally opened on sheriff of Newcastle (Mr. Henry Angus) New Year's Day. A large number of also addressed the meeting at levgth, re friends partook of tea in the principal ferring to the success which hat attended | room. After tea some time was occupied Mr. Walters's ministrations; and at the | in disposing of articles left unsold at the close of his observations he, on behalf of bazaar held last summer. In the absence, the church and the congregation, presented through illness, of the pastor, the Rev. to Mr. Walters a pure containing the W. B. Bliss, Mr. Osborne, one of the deahandsome sum of £60, as a mark of the re cons, was called to the chair. The secrespect and esteem in which he is held by the tary read the financial statement, from congregation worshipping at the Bewick which it appeared that the schools bad cost Street Chapel. The chairman, in a feeling | about £800. The collections on the prespeech, returned tbanks. Addresses were vious day, proceeds of tea, sale of articles, also delivered by the Revs. Wildon Carr, and donations, realized between 260 and T. Harwood Pattison, Dr. Angus (presi- | £70; which, with sums previously sub
kcribed, permitted the gratifying annonnce- | one hundred pounds, and the church proment that the building was paid for on the mised to make up the other hundred. A opening day. A further sum of £60 will, tea-party in connection with the above obbowever, be required for extra fittings. ject was held in the Town Hall, on ChristSeveral congratulatory adrlresses were de- , mas Day. Upwards of 500 persons sat Evered, and, at a late hour, the meeting down to tea. After tea a public service broke up, after devout acknowledgment was held in the Town Hall ; Mr. W. Rees, of the "good Hand of God" in bringing Upton, presided. After an appropriate the work to such a happy termination. The speech from the chairman, Mr. John beiding, which consists of eight commo Brown, of Swansea, gave an address. Mr.
on class-rooms (together with kitchen S. Willing, the secretary, then read the and other necessary offices) on the ground accounts of the Building Fund. He stated bar, and a general school-room, 50ft. by that the Rev. D. Davies had collected the
ft, on the tioor above, has been efected hundred pounds which he had promised; immediately behind the chapel. The chapel | the people also had made up their amount. its-if was opened about four years ago. Thus they had cleared off the £250 remainThe entire cost, up to the present time, for
ing on the new place of worship. The laad, chapel, organ, and schools, exceeds secretary also stated that they had paid £400, but a small fraction of which re- during the last six years the sum of £1,271. mains mpaid.
Addresses were then delivered by the Rev. BARSSLET.-The annual Christmas tea
D. Davies, pastor, D. Evans, R. Davies, meeting was held in the school-room, Shef
Maesteg. The interesting service closed by field-real, Barnsley, on Christmas Day,
proposing cordial votes of thanks to W. and was namerously attended. The special
Rees, Esq., Haverfordwest, to the chairfeature of the meeting was the announce man, and the Rev. D. Davies. ment that the effort for the extinction of CLARENCE PARADE, CHELTENHAM.-On the chapel debt, and the rebuilding of the New Year's Day a congregational tea-meetSchools, which had engaged the attentioning was held in the larges
ing was held in the large lecture-room conof the church and congregation for more nected with the above place of worship. than two years, had been brought to a Tea being over, a public-meeting was held, want actory termination. Addresses were | the Rev. T. Foston (the pastor) giving the delivered by the Rev. J. Compston, the opening address, in which he returned pastor of the church ; Mr. E. Wood, cash thanks for the very kind wishes that had
scretary_to the Building Committee; been showered upon him that day, and Men, W. Drake, T. Goulding, C. Ben- concluded by wishing them all a truly ties, Captain Bufham, J. Busfield, G. Wild happy new year. R. B. Sherring, Esq., of
th, J. Wood, C. Buckley, G. Marshall, Bristol, then rose, and stated that he had H. Fieldsend, S. Chadwick, B. Harris, A. the pleasing duty to perform of presenting Wek, J. Greenwood, W. Banks, W. Eag to his tried and dear friend Mr. Foston a land, and T. Gibson, all being connected handsome new year's gift, subscribed for with the church and congregation. The by the young members of the church and church was formed on March 29th, 1816, congregation, as a mark of the high esteem with eight members, and had to worship in which his labours are held amongst IN hired room, badly situated and incon them. After some brief and suitable reTenient. In 1849 the chapel was erected, marks, he presented the gift. It consisted ai shortly afterwards the schools. The of an elegant electro-plated inkstand, to
upon the buildings was gradually re gether with a beautiful penholder and cond, till, in 1863, it stood at £400. In paper-knife. Mr. Foston was evidently that year it became imperatively neces much affected by the unexpected gift, kary to meet the increasing of the place by thanked the donors, and said he should rebuilding the schools on an enlarged and ever cherish their well-being in his heart's mproved plan, the cost of which amounted best affections. The meeting was then to upwards of £500, bringing the total lia very ably addressed by Messrs. Channon, blities to £900, which sum has been
J. H. Moore, Whitbread, Whittard, Smith, obtained.
and Beard. PEMEROKE.-W. Rees, Esq,, of Haver BRACKLEY. - On Tuesday, December fordwest, kindly promised last June to give
19th, a new Baptist chapel was opened in towards the final removal of the debt the ancient borough town of Brackley, Pemaining on the Baptist chapel, Pembroke, formerly distinguished for a stately castle, a condition that the minister and people and more churches than the county-town Would obtain the other two hundred pounds of Northampton and the cathedral city of ore the end of the year 1865. The Rev. Peterborough. The evangelical services
nes (the pastor) engaged to collect | were conduoted by the Rev. Dr. Angus,
president of Regent's Park College, and the able absence of one or two liberal supRev, Philip Gast, of London, assisted by porters, a much larger amount would have the Rev. Messrs. Adey, Sinclair, and beon guaranteed. Herige. The neat chapel is located in the HARROW, MIDDLESEX.-The anniversary centre of the principal street, near St. of the Sabbath-schools connected with the Jamer's Church, which spacious building
above place of wors) i, was held on the has been unoccupied for twenty-seven 27th of December, which was preceded by years, also near the manor-house, renowned a tea-meeting, held in the commodious as containing the hall where the barons of vestries, which were tastefully decorated. England assembled, prior to the day when
At the public meeting, the pastor presided, they compelled King John to sign Magna
and read an encouraging report of the inCharta at Runnymede. A large company crease, both of teachers and scholars. On took tea in the Town Hall, and expressed the conclusion of his address, one of the joyful satisfacti n with the events of the deacons, Mr. Batchelor, came forward, day. The young church is under the tem and, without tho previous knowledge of the porary care of the Rev. Edward Adey, of
pastor or any of his family, presented to Lei:hton Buzzard, who has consented to
him, in the name of the church and confulfil the office of honorary pastor, and who
gregation, a very beautiful black marble will be thankful to receive any donation timepiece, as a tokeo of their undiminished for the building fund.
attachment after more than thirty years' CHEPSTOW, Mon.-On Monday evening, ministry amongst them. January 1st, a tea-meeting was held in the MINISTERIAL CHANGES.— The Rev. C. Baptist Chapel, Chepstow, which was fol
Kirtland, secretary of the Baptist British lowed by a social meeting, held for the
Mission, requests us to say that his private purpose of testifying esteem and regard to address is 1, Florence Villas, De Beauvoir the pastor, the Rev. T. Jones. Mr. Jones, Square, London, N.-The Rev. T. J. Brisdrap-r, was called to the chair, and in his
tow, lato of Deptford, Kent, has accepted opening remarks he referred at length to
the vnanimous invitation of the church at the most efficient and valuable services Woodford, Northamptonshire, to becoine which had been rendered by the Rev. T.
their pastor, and enters on his labours Jones, during the thirty-two years of his
with encouraging prospects of success.--ministry ; he spoke of him with the
The Rev. W. Symonds has intimated his greatest respect and affection, referring intention to resign the pastorate of the especially to his zeal and diligence in every Baptist church, High Street, Pershore, at branch of Christian effort, and to the great
Lady Day next.---The Rev. P. Gibb, har. success that had attended his labours; and
ing completed his six months' engagement concluded by presenting Mr. Jones, on with the church in Howgate Chapel, Fal. behalf of the congregation, with a purse kirk, has closed his connection with the of sixty-four pounds. Mr. Jones, in affec | church.-- Mr. Joseph Forth, of the Metro: tionate terms, acknowledged the gift ; and
politan Tabernacle Col ege, has accepted the meeting was afterwards addressed by
the pastorate of the church at Zion Chape, Mr. R. Slade, of Newport, Mr. W. T.
Pontypool, Mondiouthshiie.- Mr. Charles Thomas, Mr. Pon cly, Mr. Mallin, Mr. Hill, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle ColTurner, and Mr. Hunt. The meeting con
lege, has accepted the pastorate of the cluded with singing and prayer.
church at Dunfermline, N.B.--Mr. H. WESTBROMWICH.-On Tuesi'ay evering, Perkins, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle December 26th, about 300 friends sat down College, has accepted the unanimous and to tea in the Baptist school-room, Dart earnest call of the church at Warminster, mouth Street, in this town. After tea, Wilts.-The Rev. H. H. Bourn, of Grange, Mr. Blacham, of Handsworth, was voted Co. Antrim, Ireland, has accepted an inviinto the chair. The Revs. T. Hanson, tation to labour in connection with the minister of the place ; J. Whewell, Inde Baptist Church, John Street, Glasgow.-pendent, Westbromwich; A. Major, of The Rev. Joseph Hurlstone has intimaled Netherton ; D. Evans, of Dud ey; and W. his resignation of the pastorate of the Jackson, of Bilston, addressed the meet church at Castle Street, Calne, and bas ing, with a view to stimulate the people to accepted a very earnest and unanimous enter at once into subscriptions for the invitation given him by the church at purpose of remodelling and beautifying! Corsham, Wilts.- The Rev. Robert Lewis, their place of worship, which has been in a having ministered for six months to the discreditable condition for some time past. Baptist Church meeting in the Assembly. In response to the earnest appeals of the rooms, Weston-super-Mare, was unani speakers, the sum of £110 was promised in mously recognised as pastor of the church a few minutes; and but for the unavoid- | on the first Sabbath in December.