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THE Annual Session of the Baptist Union held at Cardiff from Monday the 7th till Thursday the 10th of October, 1867, having met with such remarkable success, it has been deemed desirable to furnish those present, and, indeed all who are interested in the welfare of the Baptist denomination with this slight memorial volume.
The proceedings commenced with prayer-meetings held in the principal chapels in the town. The English service in Bethany was conducted by the venerable Rev. J. H. Hinton, M.A., and a spirit of earnest devotion prevailed throughout.
A public service was also held in Bethany Chapel at seven o'clock on the morning of the 8th, when the Rev. Arthur · Mursell addressed the young men, taking, as his text Prov. xx. 29,—“The glory of young men is their strength”-in conjunction with a part of St.
John xv. 5, “ Without Me ye can do nothing.
The whole morning of Tuesday was appropriated to the claims of the BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Quarterly Meeting of its Committee was transformed into a Conference, at which about two hundred ministers and deacons were present, and much interest was excited by the statements, historical and financial, presented by the esteemed Secretaries, the Rev. F. Trestrail and Dr. E. B. Underhill, in review of the three quarters of a century during which the Society has run its memorable course.
In the evening of the same day, a public meeting was held at Bethany Chapel to celebrate the seventyfifth anniversary of the Society, and the large numbers that flocked to it, made it necessary to convene a second meeting in the Tabernacle; to which place accordingly those repaired who were unable to obtain admittance at Bethany.
The chief meeting was presided over by G. F. Muntz, Esq., who, at the commencement of the proceedings, made some interesting remarks on the progress and prospects of the Society. The Freeman gives the following account:
“Prayer having been offered by the Rev. Thomas Burdett, M.A., of Tenby, the Chairman said they were met there that evening to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the great work which had been done by their Society in the name of the Lord. Its success had been very great hitherto, but he asked whether it should not continue and become still greater. He had read in the Missionary Herald, the history of the origin and progress of the Society, and it was a very interesting history to read. He found that they had begun with an income of £13, and though the present income was very encouraging in its amount, yet they must all admit it should be much higher, if not double what it had been. He looked upon this celebration as a great event which would act as a stimulant to the people, and if they heartily entered into the work, they would be certain to achieve a great success.
"The Rev. Hugh Jones, M.A., President of Llangollen College, moved a resolution expressing thankfulness to Almighty God for the measure of success which He had vouchsafed to the work of the Missionary Society. As the reverend gentleman's earnest speech was delivered in Welsh, we are unable to give any outline of it.
“ The Rev. Charles Williams, of Southampton, seconded the resolution in a long and eloquent speech, in which he compared the success of missions with the comparative failures of mere earthly institutions. He rejoiced over the success of other missionary societies, and said he always made it a point to read the annual reports of all other institutions. He instanced especially the success which had attended the Church of England in Sierra Leone, where they had established a Colonial Episcopal Church ; of which
Bishop Crowther was the first black bishop, and was supported by voluntary contributions. The good bishop had only recently presided at a Wesleyan Missionary Meeting
-that was the effect of voluntaryism. Only fancy the Bishop of Oxford presiding at a Missionary Meeting in Mr. Aldis's chapel at Reading! As the Church of England had now carried missionary institutions into all quarters of the world, the best thing for the Colonies to do in exchange, would be to give the Church of England voluntaryism at home. In conclusion, he exhorted them to put the seal of consecration upon their efforts in missionary work, by devoting themselves with more earnestness and the future support of the Missionary Society.
“The resolution was then put and carried, after which the Rer. Dr. Warren, Secretary of the American Baptist Union, moved the second resolution, coinmending the Society to the support of the meeting. The doctor thanked them for their warm and kind reception of him, not only on his own account, but on behalf of the people of America. Their Society had been in difficulties and embarrassments as well as the English Society, but these had only been preludes to still greater success. This point he illustrated in a highly figurative speech, which was rapturously applauded.
“A collection was then made, and the Rev. J. C. Pike, of Leicester, Secretary to the General Baptist Missionary Society, addressed the meeting. He was followed by the Rev. Cornelius Griffiths, of Merthyr, who spoke in Welsh. It was a speech which set all the Welsh people on fire, and the excitement and applause were such as could only be witnessed in a Welsh audience. The Rev. A. Tilly having announced that Mr. Noel would preach in Stuart's Hall, on the following evening, to the working classes, the meeting broke up."
The meeting in the Tabernacle also proved very interesting. H. Tritton, Esq., occupied the chair, the Revs. F. Trestrail
, J. T. Brown, Morgan, Thomas, &c., taking an active part. On Wednesday morning there was