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PREFACE.

In introducing the 7th Volume of the American Baptist Magazine to the publick, it is proper to remark, that a change in the proprietorship of the work will take place with the commencement of the year 1827. The reasons for this change are briefly as follows:

Upon the removal of the seat of the Board of Managers of the General Convention to Boston, it became evident that the interests of the Missions under their charge could not be successfully promoted except through the medium of a periodical work, for whose statements they were responsible, and of which the profits were in part, at least, devoted to the Missionary Treasury. It immediately occurred to the Board that an arrangement might possibly be made with the Board of the Baptist Missionary Society of Massachusetts, the then proprietors of the American Baptist Magazine, by which a transfer of that work might be effected on terms equally advantageous to both ; and thus the great objects of Foreign and Domestick Missions be made mutually to cooperate with each other in the pages of the same publication. A proposition of this sort was made, and we are happy to add, was met in the spirit of most honorable christian liberality by the Board of the Massachusetts Missionary Society. The responsibility of the work will henceforth devolve upon the Board of Managers, and the nett proceeds arising from its publication will be divided between the Foreign and Domestick Missionary Societies,

From this arrangement, the subscribers to the work will derive manifest ad vantage. Besides the usual proportion of biographical and didactic communications, and accounts of the Missionary operations of other religious denominations, the American Baptist Magazine will from this time contain The proceedings of the Board of Managers of the Baptist General ConventionThe letters and journals of all the Missionary Stations under their care~Monthly accounts of Receipts into the Treasury-Accounts of the formation of Primary and Auxiliary Societies in every part of the United StatesThe correspondence of the Domestick Missionary Society-With a monthly list of its Donations, and all important information which may relate to the progress of theological education, and specially to the progress of the institution lately established at Newton.

Availing themselves of these sources of information, it is the intention of the Board to render the Magazine deserving of that liberal and extensive support which it has heretofore enjoyed. They cannot, however, conclude without remarking that this work cannot accomplish all that is desirable for the cause of Christ without the zealous and strenuous co-operation of its friends. It is important that our brethren universally should become acquainted with the state of .missionary exertion in general, and of that in our own denomination in particular. Until they be thus informed, it is in vain to expect of them an united and steadfast effort to spread the knowledge of the cross among the heathen. We will endeavour to render the American Baptist Magazine an interesting and profitable vehicle of such information. What we ask of our brethren abroad is, that they will assist us to give it circulation, and so far as it may be in their power enrich its pages by their communications.

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Late Missionary in Bengal, and Pastor of the Baptist Church, Circular Road, Calcutta.

Haunts of my childhood. Now, though far away,
And tedious months on months have rol'd along,

Of lovely nature-yea, the lapse of years
But strengthens the illusion, which more grand

The principal events which con- course, a great variety cannot be stitute the history of a nation are expected, yet there are some par. often few ; those which form the ticulars in his character, life, and history of an individual are fewer death, which by his friends are still. The life of Mr. Lawson judged worthy of remembrance. may be summarily comprehended From his earliest youth, he was in a short space. He was born at possessed of a very vivid imaginaTowbridge in Wiltshire, on the tion : he never forgot the scenes 24th of July, 1787, and remained of early life, as we inay learn from at the same place till the year these lines which he wrote in 1820. 1803 ; when he was removed to London, to gratify the strong pro- | Imperishable are those high-wrought lines pensity he felt to become an artist. Pencilld with all the magic forms and stains Here, after being brought to a knowledge of the truth as it is Je-Though indistinct, sports on the mental landscape. sus, he was led to consecrate his There were two circumstances talents to the service of religion, that transpired, one in the days and to embark for India as a mis- | o his youth, and the other in risionary, principally with the view per years, which gave full scope to of being useful in the arts. After the exercise of this discursive fachaving accomplished the chief ulty : and which also gave a certain work for which he came to this tinge to his character in after life ; country, he was called to dis- | the one was the death of his mother, charge the duties of a minister and the other the destruction of and a pastor ; to which he de- his father's property by fire. Alvoted himself with a steady per-though only about six years old when severance till the year 1825, his mother died, he appears always when he died in the midst to have retained the most distinct of his usefulness. Though in the and lively impression of her person history of a man pursuing such a || and excellent instructions.

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Mr. Lawson was early the sub- the week, and on the Sabbath days ject of religious impressions, and new scenes and new companions from a child was made acquainted invited him to a kind of dissipawith the Holy Scriptures. These tion, to which before he had been impressions

afterwards | unaccustomed. Allured by these strengthened by the kind atten- specious baits, he forgot his proin. tions of the master to whose care ise to his father, neglected to read his education was intrusted. This his Bible, and seldom attended gentleman (Mr. Westfield) often any place of worship In this conversed with him, and prayed course he continued for nearly with him in the most serious and three years, though not without affectionate manner, which, under many struggles of conscience, and the divine blessing, produced an resolutions to reform. In one of indelible effect on his mind, and these serious intervals, he was led for which he afterwards felt inore to read his neglected Bible, and to grateful than for all his other fa- visit the forsaken chapel ; and it

Under the care of a per- pleased God by these means to son with whom he felt himself at convince him of his sins, and soon home, he soon began to manifestatter to deepen these convictions his 'prevailing genius. He com- | by affliction, and at length to menced cutting different figures make himn experimentally acquainton pieces of wood, and withouted with the blessings of salvation. any assistance brought them to He then offered himself as a cansuch perfection, that those who didate to the church in Eaglesaw them were astonished, and street, of which the present Mr. convinced that the hand of na-Ivimey, the writer of The His. ture had formed him for an artist.tory of the English Baptists,” and His father being made acquainted other works, was pastor ; and the with this, and learning that noth-|| following is the substance of the ing else would satisfy him, thought statement, in his own words, which it prudent not to cross his inclina-l be made of himself to that Societion, and therefore went to Lon- | ty, when, according to the custom don to seek out for him a suitable of congregational churches, they situation ; and having succeeded required of him to give an account in getting him articled to a wood- of bis Christian experience, and engraver, returned home with a his reasons for wishing to make a message that delighted the heart publick profession of religion. of his son. All necessary ar

“ Being highly favoured by the rangemeuts having been made, in providence of God, I had the June, 1803, he took leave of his privilege and blessing of a religfriends : at which time his father | ious education ; which so far in. requested of himn two things ; the fluenced me, that if my memory one was, to read his Bible, and fail not, I was the subject of early the other to attend divine worship convictions ; but no lasting imon the Sabbath ; which he prom- pression being made on my mind, ised to do. He then received the i continued in a state of alienaparting benediction, quitted the tion from God.-In June, 1803, all place of his nativity, and entered necessary matters being arranged the "great town," where to him for my coming to London, my all was new and surprising. father, as I was about to take my

After his arrival in London, he leave of him, told me, he had put applied himself diligently to his my Bible into the box, which he work, and inade rapid advances in wished me, as I valued my

eternal the art. These labours of his oc- || interests, to make my principal cupation engaged his attention all || study saying at the same time

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