The following article was extracted from the Dover
Telegraph for Saturday, June 1, 1850, p. 8, col. 2
Society for promoting
Christianity among the Jews
On Sunday last
sermons in behalf of the above Society were preached, in the morning,
at Christ Church; in the afternoon, at Charlton Church; and in the
evening at Trinity Church, by the Rev W. Ayerst, Secretary to the
Society, and late Missionary to the Jews. At the close of the
services collections were made as follows:- Christ Church, £15
19s. 6d.; Charlton Church, £1 15s. 6d.; Trinity Church, £6
In furtherance of the same object, a public meeting was held
on Monday evening, at the Royal Oak Rooms. The meeting, though not
a crowded one, was very fully and respectably attended, and was
presided over by J. B. Knocker Esq., with whom, on the platform, we
observed the Rev. W. Ayerst, the Rev. C. G. T. Barlow, the Rev.
C. S. Coles, Mr. Stalkart, &c.
The proceedings were commenced by the chairman, who briefly
introduced the object for which they were assembled, and the duty
and privilege of Christians in disseminating among God's ancient
people the truths of the Gospel of that Saviour through whom alone
salvation could be obtained.
In the absence of the Secretary, the Rev. J. E. Bates, who
through indisposition was unable to attend, the report of the Dover
Branch, or abstract from the Treasurer's Account, for the past year
was read by the Rev. Mr. Coles, from which it appeared that £73 had
been collected from various sources, and that £69 17s. 11d. had been
remitted to the Parent Society.
The reading of the report was followed by some remarks from
the Rev. Mr. Barlow, who threw out a judicious caution to the
supporters of the Society, who, he observed, might relax in their
efforts if success did not immediately follow the labours of the
Missionaries to the Jews; but the supporters were to remember, that
the duty was theirs, and the results must be left to God.
The Rev. Mr. Ayerst, late a missionary to the Jews, was then
introduced to the meeting, and for upwards of an hour was engaged in
detailing the important operations of the Society, interspersing
his remarks with the most cheering and encouraging facts of success
attending the efforts that have been made by the Society in various
parts of the world. In Austria, the recent convulsed state of that
empire had opened a door which had heretofore been closed against
the introduction of the word of God, and the New Testament,
translated into Hebrew by the Society, had found its way thither.
Jerusalem, Rome, Prussia, Egypt, Africa, Smyrna, Beyrout, and other
places, were alluded to as spheres of labour, and in many instances
results of the most satisfactory character had been already
At the close of the meeting a collection, amounting to £6 9s.
8d. was made at the door.