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A Brief Account of the Origin, Character, and Expenditure of The Baptist AcaDemical Institution At AbergaVenny, connected with an Appeal on its behalf to the Friends of Education in England.

Since the arts and sciences, trade and commerce, have been so extensively cultivated in Great Britain, the aspect of society has sustained a visible alteration. An ardent zest tor letters and intellectual improvement has been created and exeited, the different sources of information are eagerly sought and grasped, and the people are raised to distinction and pre-eminence in knowledge and acquirement. Wales has more or less participated the change, as the country abounds with manufactories, and a considerable thirst for instruction and learning prevails. The English language is rapidly gaining ground, the youth very generally are taught that language; preaching is become frequent ana indispensably necessary in it, and many English dissenting churches have been organized. Hence, nothing can be more obvious than the vast expediency that all Ministers of the Word in Wales, should be well versed in English; otherwise their sphere of-usefulness is much contracted, and on the score of erudition, the instructors are liable to range far below the instructed.

Yet the Baptists in the Principality, though by no means inferior to other denominations in numbers and talent, property and respectability, did not till within these twenty years past, make any practical essay towards promoting the education of their ministers. Occasionally young men of taste and energy emerged from their state of native illiteracy, and sprang to seize the advantages kindly offered by the Bristol Education Society. But this was rather deteriorating than beneficial to their native land, as it served to translate its best talents to England.

About the year 1805. however, a few judicious and zealous friends of the Redeemer's cause in the town of Abergavenny, that deeply felt and lamented the deficiency in point of literary attainment which existed in the ministerial department, conferred on the urgent necessity of making some effort with a view to raise an Academy,in order to extend andstrengthen the abilities of such pious and promising, young men as were, or might be, called out by the churches to exercise their gifts in the sacred office. , r

Their deliberations, matured and accompanied with many fervent prayers, were at length developed, to the ministers and congregations at large. The object contem

and approved at different public meetings; and to the no small gratification of the original projectors, in the beginning of 1807, a Seminary was opened at Abergavenny.

The management of the Institution was assigned to acommittee, consisting of ministers and laymen in and about the Town, whose proceedings from year to year have been reported and examined at the successive anniversaries of the Society. The Tuition and Boarding of the pupils were appointed to the Writer: and this intimation naturally leads to an investigation of two very material topics designed to be embodied and exhibited in this sketcli:— the course of instruction pursued;and the annual amount of expenditure.

Concerning the former—as the term of residence at the Academy was limited to two years only, though now it is extended to three,andastiie young men generally were unacquainted with any language except their own vernacular tongue, little beyond a course of English instruction could be anticipated. Consequently English grainmer, logic, rhetoric, composition, and divinity, united with geography and the use of the globes, have in most instances constituted the objects of study.* Still in many cases, especially where previous advantages had been realized, and superior skill, combined with ardent application, did exist, some progress has been achieved in the elementary parts of classical learning.

But supposing the maximum of improvement did not carry the students beyond a capacity to read, understand, and dispense the words of eternal life in English, an important object would be secured. More, however, has already been gained, and much more may in future be expected: first, as the period of study is protracted; and next, as the most rigid care is determined to be exercised, that only men of talent and some preparatory acquirements, shall be admitted into the Academy. Under these circumstances, it is calculated that the. students will be so far initiated into a knowledge of the learned languages, as to be able with facility and success to make any farther advancement in them which they may feel inclined and anxious- to accomplish.

Respecting the latter—the annual amount of expenditure, the greatest accuracy shall be observed; and to this subject particular attentionis earnestly requested. But, be it premised, that as it regards other similar Institutions, no invidious comparisons are designed; and that it is completely amistaken notion when it is imagined, that the expence of living in this country is much lower than what it is in England. Bordering on large iron and coal works, and

plated was brought forward, discussed,

• The Treasurer, Mr. VVyke, has for several yeavs delivered a course of Lectures t gratis, on Chemistry, and other branches of Natural Philosophy.

the Students, surrounded with an immense population, in this neighbourhood, at least, the price of provisions averages higher than in many of the English counties. Yet at no period lias the Tutor realized more than twentyfour pounds per annum for the board of each student supported by the Society;— forty pounds for his service in teaching and otherwise, wear and tear of furniture and bedding, house rent and taxes;—and two guineas to purchase coals for the use of the Library. During the first years, only twenty pounds were received for board, and nothing for coals. But for several years past, the expense of maintenance and tuition has been precisely and absolutely as stated above.

Mark, no complaint is intended, nor, as affairs now stand, is any wish of an increased allowance cherished. Nevertheless, it is hoped there will be no impropriety in stating the following indisputable fact: That with great economy, and without a family of his own, what the Reporter has hitherto derived both from his academical and ministerial employments, has hardly been sufficient to cover the regular expenses, and supply the common necessaries of life. Indeed, at the commencement of the Institution, and for some years, this was far from being the case.

More convenient premises are exceedingly desirable and requisite, and would greatly add both to the comfort and respectability of the Academy. Besides, the work of teaching, the number of pupils amounting to ten, as it now does, would be more efficiently executed in the hands of two than of one. But at present, without a much larger support than what has yet been furnished, these much needed acquisitions are entirely out of reach, and can only be contemplated as desiderata.

The inhabitants of the Principality too generally, are not so sensible of the inestimable value of an educated ministry as f>robably they ought to be; and it is with abour, almost herculean, annually performed, that the supply hitherto drawn from the major part of the country, has been procured. Also with regret it is remarked, that future prospects are not so encouraging as could be wished, but on thecontrary, rather desponding. Still, to their honour be it recorded, that many pastors, churches and individuals, have very steadily and laudably exerted themselves in favour of the Institution.

Many English friends likewise have demonstrated their accustomed benevolence and firmness; and to those, of them that do now patronize, and such particularly as have not yet done so, but it is hoped will, when informed of the character and exigencies of the Institution, the preceding account, and the subsequent appeal, are most affectionately and respectfully submitted.

Brethren of England : The Abergavenny Academy has never yet been made sufficiently known to you, or recommended to your consideration; consequently you have not had opportunity to estimate its value,

of inducement to afford it your aid. Be assifred that on the point of utility, though humble in its pretensions, silent in its operations, and effecting its march without observation, it has, beneath the auspices of a gracious providence, been a source of incalculable benefit. Yet the circumstances of it are such as to awaken some concern for its perpetuity. And are there none amongst you, besides those worthy individuals who do now generously befriend it, disposed to enrol their names upon the list of its regular and permanent supporters? Are there no feelings of interest capable of being roused, excited, and impelled to action! Is it not to the credit of the Baptist denomination in England, that there is an Institution formed in Cambria, to raise the ministers of the same persuasion to a degree of literary respectability? And is it not of moment, that, in this part of the empire, the churches and congregations, so numerous, so growing, so powerful, and therefore so capable of becoming subsidiary to the spread of the gospel at home and abroad, should accompany others in the honourable career of knowledge and information? Upon these interrogatories, a negative cannot be fixed.

Then permit the Narrator, or rather the cause which he has the honour to represent, to urge and press you into a service that guarantees so ample a reward and extensive an advantage. To witness the failure and annihilation of an Establishment of some public importance, with which he and a few of his coadjutors have from its commencement been identified, and over which they have so long watched and prayed, is Too Much. But they cannot, they dare not, conceal their apprehensions. Except a larger influx of foreign aid in the shape

Of DONATIONS and ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS be brought unto it, they fear for the result; unless you stretch out a fostering wing and an upholding hand to cherish and sustain it, their hopes must be paralyzed; unless you become its advocates and benefactors, at length discouragement must quench the glowing embers of praise-worthy zeal, and despair succeed to the place of fond and sanguine expectation.

One of you, whose "work of faith and labour of love," are widely diffused and duly appreciated, has for some years supported three pupils in this Academy; and withal, is a liberal annual contributor. And as a body, you are never deaf to the calls which any scheme projected to enhance the interests of Christianity, presents to your notice, and commends to your attention. Therefore it is presumed, that now you will not be singular, that note you will not depart from your usual mode; but agreeable to your wonted liberality, will kindly and promptly step forward to the assistance of an Institution, the character and struggles of which, are no longer immanifest,—the approved usefulness and farther contemplated advantages of which, entitle it to your esteem and patronage. The Seminary proposed to your benefi

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cent regards, is not absolutely of a local character. Though established for the education of Welshmen, and ostensibly for the benefit of the Principality, its beneficiaries are shackled with no restrictions, but are at full liberty to exercise the work of the ministry in what country soever they please. Out of more than fifty wl'° have already enjoyed its privileges, there are several now reputably and efficiently discharging the pastoral functions amongst you. And whenever it may be agreeable and convenient to any of your churches to draw upon it for supplies, no impediment intervenes.

Hence it is conceived, that on various grounds, the Institution thus pleaded for, deserves a portion of your munificence, and is worthy of your co-operation. Its general objects—established utility—small expenditure—all combine to enforce its claims. Mic Ah Thomas.

At a Committee Meeting, held Oct. 1st, 1824:—Mr. Thomas read his Historical Sketch of the Institution over which he presides, together with the accompanying Appeal to our Friends in England; and being fully approved, it is now ordered to be printed and circulated among them. But we beg leave to add, that there is no Junded properly whatever belonging to this Establishment:—I Wyke; W. H. Stucley; John Daniel; Seth Evans; Ebenezer Harris; Nathaniel Richards; J.H.Morgan.

A Scale of Expenditure.
There are seven Students* now upon the

foundations of the Society. To Board of the above one year

at £24 each 168 0 0

To Tuition, House Rent, Taxes,

&c 40 0 0

To Coals for Library 2 2 0

Total expenses of Tuition and > „.„ „ ft
every Accommodation $

£210. 2s. divided by seven, the
number of Students educated
this year by the Society, leaves
for each 30 0 3

It was resolved at the yearly meeting of the Society in September, that personal application be made to the Friends of the cause in England, with a view to obtain donations and annual subscriptions.

The following Gentlemen will kindly receive contributions: Mr. Stephen MarShall, No. 181, High Holborn, London; Mr. W. W. Phillips, No. 2, Back, Bristol: Thomas King, Esq. Birmingham; and the Rev. Daniel Jones, Liverpool.

LONDON BAPTIST BUILDING FUND. At a numerous and respectable Meeting of friends of the Baptist denomination, convened, according to previous notice, at

• Three more are supported by the Gentleman alluded to in the preceding Statement, making the number in all Ten.

the King's Head in the Poultry, to take into consideration the expediency of forming some new plan for the assistance of Meeting-House Cases from the Country.

Benjamin Shaw, Esq. in the Chair. After prayer had been offered by the Rev. Joseph Ivimey, the various Resolutions for the institution of a Society under the above title were read by the Rev. James Hargreaves ; then proposed seriatim, and carriod nemine contradicente.

We understand that the leading principle of this Institution is to provide for toe deliberate investigation of all cases of the above description, and for rendering them pecuniary assistance without the trouble and expense of personal application. The list of subscriptions at the meeting amounted to between four and- five hundred pounds, and larger additions are expected.

The following are the. officers, &c. of the Society:—John Broadley Wilson, Esq. Treasurer; Mr. Stephen Marshall, SubTreasurer; Mr. Samuel Gale, Solicitor; Rev. James Hargreaves, Secretary; Benjamin Shaw, Esq. W. B. Gurney, Esq. and Samuel Salter, Esq. Trustees. Committee: Messrs. W. P. Bartlett, W. Beddome, C. Barber, W. Cozens, W. Davis, J. Dawson, W. B. Gurney, J. Hanson, J. Hepburn, S. Hobson, J. Luntley, J. Marshall, P. Millard, W. Napier, R. Nichols, J. Penny, T. Pewtress, J.jRobson, J.Russell, S. Ridley, W. L. Smith, S. Salter, J. Warmington, J. Walkden, S. Watson.

ORDINATIONS.

Tuesday, Nov. 9,1824, Mr. W. Richards was ordained Pastor of the Particular Baptist Church at Hooknorton, in Oxfordshire. In the morning at Seven o'clock, a prayer-meeting was held in the Chapel to implore a Divine blessing on the important services of the day. Public worship commenced about Eleven: Mr. D. Wright, of Blockley, selected and gave out. suitable hymns; Mr. Bottomley, of Middleton Cherrey, read the Scriptures and prayed; Mr. Clarke, of Weston, very judiciously stated the nature of a Christian church and the principles of Protestant dissent, asked the usual questions, and received Mr. R.'s confession of faith; Mr. Taylor, of Shipston, offered up the ordination prayer, which was accompanied with laying on of hands; Mr. R. Pryce, of Coate, delivered the charge, which was remarkable for its deep and impressive seriousness, from 2 Tim. ii. 15. " Study to shew thyself approved unto God," &c. Mr. W. Gray, of Chipping Norton, preached to the people with much affection and fidelity from Isa. ii. 5, "O house of Jacob, come ve and walk in the light of the Lord." Mr. Searle, of Banbury, (Independent) closed with prayer. In the evening, Mr. Hood, Wroxton, Home Missionary, gave out the hymns; Mr. Shakespear, Southam, prayed; Mr.

Franklin, Coventry, preached with much zeal and fervour from 2 Tliess. ii. 1, (latter part) " And by our gathering together unto him." And Mr. Jayne, of Campden, concluded the very interesting services of the day with prayer.

Two services were held on Thursday, Nov. 25th, for the Ordination of the Rev. T. Price, to the pastoral office over the church of Christ meeting in Devonshiresquare. London, in conjunction with the Rev. T. Thomas, who had that day com

{>leted his forty-fourth year of ministerial abours in that place. The Rev. W. Newman, D.D. stated the nature of a gospel church, and the principles of Nonconformity; and the Rev. T. Edmonds, A.M. of Cambridge, delivered the charge. In the evening, the Rev. F. A. Cox delivered an interesting discourse to the peopleOn Wednesday, Nov. 3rd,Mr. J. Forster was publicly recognized as Pastor of the Baptist church, Scarborough. A prayer meeting was held preparatory to the solemn services of the day. At Ten, Mr. M'Pherson, of Hull, commenced the services by reading the Scriptures and prayer. Mr. Harness, of Burlington, stated the nature of a Christian church, and proposed the usual questions. Dr. Steadman offered up the ordination prayer, and delivered an affectionate and impressive charge from Col. iv. 17. Mr. Sykes, (Methodist) concluded with prayer.

In the evening, Mr. Normanton, of Driffield commenced the services; Mr. Thonger, of Hull, preached to the church and congregation from Matt. x. 41; and Mr. Morley, (Independent) concluded with prayer. The services of the day, which were numerously attended, were unusually interesting and impressive; and the tokens of Divine approbation they received, seem pledges that the interesting prospects opening in this sphere of exertion, by the blessing of God, shall ultimately be realized.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1824, the public settlement of Mr. J. T. Jeffery, (formerly Missionary on the Scilly Islands, under the patronage of the Baptist Home Missionary Society,) as Pastor of the newly formed Baptist Church, Gray's Walk, Lambeth. Service to commence at halfpast Two o'clock in the afternoon, and at half-past Six in the evening.

Mr. Groser, formerly pastor of the Baptist church at Watford, and more recently of one at Brentford, was released from protracted disease and pain on Lord's day, Nov. 21st. His end was as remarkable for serenity, as his last years had been for affliction.

LITERARY NOTICES.

Just Published.

Four Editions of the New Testament, beautifully printed of the pocket size:— I. Greek, with the English on opposite pages. II. Greek, with the Latin opposite. III. Latin, with the English opposite. IV. French, with the English opposite.

To be had gratis, a Catalogue of the Bibles, New Testaments,CommonPrayers and Psalters, published by Mr. Bagster, in various languages, at their prices.

An Essay on the Obligation of Christians to observe the Lord's Supper every Lord's Day. By the Rev. J. M. Cramp. 8vo. pr. 2s.

In the Press.

Paschal's Thoughts on Religion; and other important subjects. Translated by the Rev. Edward Craig, A.M. with a Biographical Memoir, foolscap 8vo.—It will he the only complete and faithful translation ever published.

A new edition of Doddridge's FamilyExpositor, in one very large volume, superroyal 8vo. with a beautiful Portrait on steel.

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Chill fall tbe night dews upon the dark dwelling-. Where calmly thou sleepest beneath the grey stone,

While the voice of the tempest is fearfully swelling, And drowns in its echo the mourner's deep groan.

Cold, cold is that heart, once with kindness o'erflowing,

And quench'd is the fire of that love beaming eye, And pale is that cheek wilh affection once glowing,

And broken for ever each earth-binding tie.

No more shall that voice breathing accents of kindness, Arrest in their course the gay follies of youth; No more shall tby wisdom, removing rash blindness, Discover the paths of high virtue and truth.

But if from that region of glory and gladness, Thy Spirit looks down on thy offspring below,

Oh forget not thy sons on this dark sea of sadness, When o'er them the waves of adversity flow.

When from far distant lands where the day slar is burning,

Thy child shall revisit his lov'd native home, No smile of a mother shall cheer him returning.

Nor welcome the wand'rer long tlestin'd to roam.

Lov'd parent, thy spirit shall hover around us.
And bind us more closely in love's holy ties.
Till the evening of time with its shades shall sur-
round us,
Then welcome the dawn when we meet in the

skies.
Liverpool. J. L. J.

J. Haddon, Printer, Castle Street, Finsbury.

TO THE

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED; TO THE BOOKS REVIEWED; AND TO
THE ARTICLES OF INTELLIGENCE.

Abergavenny Institution, Appeal of the,

Abraham, his faith and hope in God, 103.

Academies, dissenting, their usefulness
examined, 176, 213, 242, 281.

Address to Deists, the Author how mis-
represented, 312, 314.—Vindicated by
Justitia, 323.

Admission of church members, rule for,
106.—Cautions urged on the subject, 167.

Afflicted, on visiting the, 365.

Augustine, an advocate for persecution,
203.

AH Bey, his Turkish Version of the Bible
examined, 76.

Astrachan, intelligence from, 91, 357.
- Attributes of the Deity, displayed in crea-
tion, 65,172, 269.

Baptists in Scotland, some account of their
origin, 72.—and principles, ib.

Baptism distinguished from pouring and
sprinkling, 105.

Baptist Magazine, Strictures on a Review
in the, 312.—Extract from, 334.—Letter
to, ib.—Enquiry respecting, 377.

Baptist Building Fund, 387.

Belcher, Mr. his Pastoral Narratives re-
viewed, 318.

Bible, Natural History of, 356.

Bitchburn, letter to the church there, 280.

Blasphemy not cognizable by the magis-
trate, 375.

Booth, Mr. A. his Essay on Christ's King-
dom, quoted, 313.

Brown, Mr. J. his excellent discourses on
the Lord's Supper, 90.

Byron, Lord, the tendency of his writings,
320.

Chalmers, Dr. quoted on the victory over
the world, 56.—On the design of the

fospel, 57.—On the restlessness of the
uman mind, 73.—Remarks on the last
quotation, 74.—His anecdote of a Come-
dian, 88.

Canada, state of religion there, 94, 124,
155.

Casaubon, Isaac, quoted, 236.

Cato, his character of Lord Byron, 109.

Chencviere, M. his attack on Mr. Haldane,
218.

Christian confidence ,i ts grounds examined,

■ 168.

Christian Remembrancer, 26.

Ctuirches, Christian, their dangers pointed
■out, 13.—Further hints to, 39.

Church of England, reasons for separating
from, 201, 233.—Its rubrick quoted on
the Baptism of Infants, 238.—Holds the
doctrine of baptismal regeneration, 272.

Communion, the principle of mixed, ex-
amined, 36.

Cottage Bible reviewed, 190.

Cox, Mr. F. A. his Reply to Mr. Ewing on
Baptism, 181.—Defended against the
Christian Instructor, 338, 373.

Cowper, Mr. his Private Correspondence
Reviewed, 83.—Remarks on his consti-
tutional melancholy, 85.—His letters to
Mr. and Mrs. Newton, 85.—Compared
as a poet with Lord Byron, 109.—His
letters to Mrs. King, 110.

Crunnier, an advocate for the king's supre-
macy, 204.

Cyprian, referred to, 202.

Death, stanzas on, 354.

Dick, Mr. his Christian Philosopher quoted,
65, 172, 269.

Dissenters, resolutions of the body of, 123.
—Their petition to Parliament, 257.

Duncan, J. M. his account of America, 80.

Edwards, the Presbyterian, his intolerant
principles, 206.

Ewing, Mr. Greville, his new theory of
Baptism, 177.—Examined by Mr. Cox,
178.

Exhortations in the churches defended,
104—Exemplified, 207.

Faber, G. S. his Account of the Two Wit-
nesses, 249.

Fawcett, Dr. John, his character estimated, \
315.

Female Immolation, Remarks on, 33.

Fisher, Professor, his death and character,
79.

Forgiveness among brethren, exhortation
to, 207.

Fox, Mr.. W. J. his Sermon on the spirit of
Unitarian Christianity examined, 286.

Geneva, view of acontroversy there, 217.—
Its professorsdrenched with Socinianism,
219.

Gibb, Mr. his Principles of Religion, 381.

Grace, divine, its sovereignty illustrated,
161.

Green, Mr. review of his Essays, 23.

Groser, Mr. his Sermon on the value of
life, 189.

Haldane, Mr. R. his defence of himself, 219,
379.

Haldane, Mr. J. his Four Treatises, 120.

Hall, Mr. R. his Memoir of Toller, 24.—
Compares him with Mr. Fuller, 25.—His
judicious remarks on a modern innova-
tion, 38.—His character of Cowper's let-
ters, 84.—Quoted, 131.

Hall, Mr. J. K. his Sermon on Slavery,
noticed, 221.

Hart, Mr. his Antinomianisni dissected,
55.

Harris, Mr. his Natural History of the

Bible, 356.
Hawker, Dr. specimen of his preaching,

254.
Henderson, Dr. his remarks on the Turkish

Version of the Bible, 76.
Hexham, letter to the church there, 278.
Heylin's History of the Presbyterians

quoted, 206.
Hook, Archdeacon, specimen of bis antipa-
thy to the dissenters, 233.
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