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Ban de la Roche in the autumn of 1820; 4. Are you careful to provide your_" if you are a Christian, my dear self with clean and suitable clothes for friend, we are of the same religion. going to church in on the Sunday ? If you believe in the utter depravity 5. Do those who are provided with of human nature, in the necessity of necessary clothes employ a regular part repentance, and whilst adoring God, of their income to procure them for their pray to him to crown your efforts to destitute neighbours, or to relieve their become better, we are of the same other necessities? religion. Follow the law traced by the 6. Have your civil and ecclesiastical dear Saviour; it only is the true law. overseers reason to be satisfied with your All the forms and ceremonies that dif conduct, and that of the other members ferent sects have added to this law are of your family? of little importance."
7. Do you so love and reverence our Now here is no recognition of Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, as to the doctrine of the atonement,
feel united in the bonds of Christian
fellowship with that flock of which he is nothing calculated to draw off the
the Pastor ? Romanist from dependance on his own works, Mr. O. speaks of de
We are aware that these remarks pravity and repentance, he implies may appear to some fastidious and the necessity of divine assistance, uncalled for, if not unjustimable; and the duty of copying the ex
but wheu the conduct and example ample of Christ. but the grand of a laborious, devoted, venerable doctrine of the gospel_“ God was minister is brought forwards, it is in Christ reconciling the world, of importance clearly to ascertain, unto himself, not imputing their Is his preaching according to the trespasses unto them," is lost sight apostolic standard ? Does the docof; nor is this exhibited in the
trine of Christ crucified appear in subsequent conversation with any
its offensive prominence, and extolerable clearness. We believe
ceeding glory? This is not found Oberlin maintained this doctrine. in Pastor Oberlin's life, letters, and We find traces of it in the volume conversation, in the degree in which before us, yet they are but faint and we conceive it ought; and we have feeble, and we feel its omission felt the same defect in the case of sensibly in various places where it pious, and we believe truly devoted might reasonably have been ex
men, both in our own and foreign pected. Thus in a series of twenty churches. Men love simplicity, questions addressed to his parish- piety, charity, poverty, disinterestioners, the important inquiries, edness, spirituality, in a meek, ' Are you believing on the Lord
polite, aged, coarsely clad, selfJesus Christ'-Are you seeking denying minister ; they commend, for mercy through him!'_' Are applaud, extol, and fancy they are you depending on his precious
disposed to imitate him. But blood shedding!' no where appear,
tell them of the necessity of simple but their attention is principally reliance on the merits of another, called to such points as follow
declare to them, that all their righte
ousness is defective, is insufficient, 1. Do you, and your family, regularly attend places of religious instruction ?
is as filthy rags, their admiration 2. Do you never pass a Sunday
of the character will give way to without employing yourself in some indignation at the weak enthusiasm charitable work?
of the fanatic. 3. Do neither you, nor your wife or children, ever wander in the woods on sight of by many who have visited a Sunday, in search of wild raspberries, the continent, conversed with forstrawberries, whortle-berries, mulber- eign Christians, admired the spi, ries or hazel-nuts, instead of going to church ?-and, if you have erred in this rituality of Romish pastors, writers, manner, will you solemnly promise to nuns, and Friars. They forget do so no more?
that the deceitfulness of the human JULY 1829.
heart is seen as in the readiness with ." And thou, O my dear parish! neiwhich some plunge into iniquity: ther will God forget nor forsake thee. so in the facility with which others
Pro He has towards thee, as I have often adopt the pious breathings of a
said, thoughts of peace and mercy.
All things will go well with thee. Oply Thomas a Kempis, a Quesnel or, cleave thou to Him, and leave Him to a Fenelon without any of that con. act. Oh! mayst thou forget my name, version of the soul to God, which and retain only that of Jesus Christ, brings the sinner to his heavenly proclaimed to thee. He is thy .pastor; Father through Christ the way,
I am but his servant. He is that good the truth, and the life.
master, who, after having trained and We pause however : the volume
prepared me from my youth, sent me to before us is interesting, is instruc
thee, that I might be useful. He alone
is wise, good, almighty, and merciful; tive, but not so decidedly evange- and as for me, I am but a poor, feeble, lical as we desire.-That the pious wretched man. Pastor was, however, evangelical “0, my friends, pray, in order that in his views, and that he expressed you may all become the beloved sheep such sentiments more frequently
los of his pasture. There is salvation in do than the present volume might
other than Jesus Christ; and Jesus loves induce us to suppose, we firmly
you, seeks you, and is ready to receive
you. Go to Him, just as you are, with believe; and we therefore close this all your sins and all your infirmities. article with an extract from a paper He alone can deliver you from them, written under apprehension of ap- and can heal you. He will sanctify proaching death in 1784, and actu. and perfect you. Dedicate yourselves ally read at his funeral, June '5,
to Him! Whenever any of you die, 1826.
may you die in Him; and may I meet you, and accompany you with songs of
triumph, in the mansions of felicity, be“ Having bad such frequent intima- fore the throne of the Lamb! tions of my approaching end, I have “Adieu, dear friends, adieu ! I have arranged all my affairs, as far as I am loved you much; and even the severity able, in order to prevent confusion after which I have sometimes deemed it my death. For my dear children, I necessary to exercise, has arisen from fear nothing; but, as I always greatly my earnest desire to contribute to your preferred being useful to others to happiness. giving them trouble, I suffer much from May God reward you for your the idea that they may occasion sorrow services, your good deeds, and the or anxiety to the friends who take charge deference and submission which you of them. May God abundantly reward have shown towards his poor unworthy them for it! With regard to the chil- servant. May He forgive those who dren themselves, I have no anxiety, for have pained me by opposition. They I have had such frequent experience doubtless knew not what they did. of the mercy of God towards niyself, “O, my God! let thine eye watch and place such reliance upon his good over my dear parishioners ; let thine ear ness, his wisdom, and his love, as to be open to hear them; thine arm be render it impossible for me to be at all extended to succour and protect them. solicitous about them. Their mother Lord Jesus! thou hast entrusted this was, at a very early age, deprived of her parish to my care, feeble and miserable parents, but she was, notwithstanding, as I'am. Oh, suffer me to commend it a better Christian than thousands who to thee, to resign it into thy hands. Give have enjoyed the advantage of parental it pastors after thine own beart. Never instruction.
forsake it. Overcule all things for its “ Besides this, I know that God good. Enlighten them, guide them, hears our prayers; and ever since the love them, bless them all; and grant birth of our children, neither their that the young and old, the teachers mother nor I have ceased to supplicate and the taught, pastors and parishioners, Him to make them faithful followers may all in due time meet together in thy of Jesus Christ, and labourers in his paradise! Even so ! Father, Son, and vineyard.
Holy Spirit l-even go, Amen!"
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The Annual Meeting of this Society took place on Thursday, May 14, where it was stated that the total receipts of the year had amounted to £41,803. while the payments had exceeded £47,275. thus leaving a defieiency of £5,472, in the annual account. The sum of £1,417. was collected at the Anniversary Meeting and Sermonsand at a special meeting for the solemn designation of the Rev. Dr. Philip to South Africa, accompanied by two other Missionaries of the Society, and by three French Missionaries, à statement of the circumstances of the Society was made, and donations and subscriptions were collected to the amount of nearly £3,000.
The following extracts from a speech at the annual meeting, by the Rev. J. Clayton, jun. deserves extensive circulation.
Africa! Mr. Chairman, the very sound creates in me a feeling resembling that of the excellent female who exelaimed, “ How can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred ?" Africa ! the very name fills me with indignation, when I think of the wrongs and the cruelties that have been inflicted upon her sons and upon her daughters, by Britons and others, bearing the name of Christians. Africa! I feel a tender pity for those who have so long groaned beneath the thraldom of oppression, and all the severe and complicated ills of slavery; yet I rejoice to know that the time is fast approaching, when the most degraded portion of the human race shall be introduced to that liberty which is given by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I, at this moment, see such an individual as Dr. Philip sitting by my side, the word Africa 'inspires me with the brightest hopes. I feel that the day has more than dawned, that it has already risen even in its brightness, when the poor slaves of that land, and the tribes from whom they are sprung, shall possess a freedom better than that of which poets have sung - better than that described by the most celebrated orators of antiquity ;-the freedom wherewith Jesus Christ maketh his people free; a freedom from idolatry, ignorance, superstition, vice, and their consequent wretchedness,-& freedom
that first introduces the privileges of Christianity, and afterwards expands in its fullest glory. Shall we pot, then, also indulge in a joyful strain, when we reflect upon what has been done by our agents in this great work?
Alluding afterwards to those eminent individuals who had encountered the toils and difficulties of setting Africa free, he added
Blessed be God, it is at length accomplished, and here we raise our Ebenezer.“ Hitherto bath the Lord helped us ;" and our motto is, “Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Faint not, then, I beseech you, my Christian friends ! faint not in the cause which has already won such signal and glorious triumphs—faint not in the exercises of that liberality you have so long shown in support of a cause which is worthy of silver, and gold, and jewels, and of the cattle upon a thousand hills, but above all that I may catch the final allusion of the admirable Report) faint not in pouring out your earnest and continued prayers to him, with whom is the residue of the Spirit; pray to him, that he will, ere long, cause the wilderness to be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field to be counted for a forest.
What, I will ask, is the object of your now assembling? What is the great object of the Institution, whose labours we are about to recognize? It is to follow the dictates of that Saviour, who became a willing sacrifice for mankind. It is to follow the example of the blessed Spirit who strives with the consciences of sinners, for the salvation of their souls. It is to participate in the joys of angels and of glorified saints, who tune their harps anew, and rejoice over sinners returning to God. Though you have no golden lyres to strike; though you can pour forth no melody so loud or so sweet as the harmony of the skies; we know there are among you some who pant eagerly after the happiness and salvation of the whole human race, and rejoice iu the triumph which this Society has already gained. Your grateful hymns and thanksgivings rise to the throne of the Almighty.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
Gutzlaff was once or twice almost pulled We are happy to find, by a letter ad- in pieces by the people, and was fain to dressed to the British and Foreign make his escape from them. These Bible Society, from the Rev. J. Tomlin, things were too good to last long: the of the London Missionary Society, that work of the Lord was going on too he, together with Mr. Gutzlaff of the prosperously for our subtle and maligNetherlands Missionary Society, com- bant adversary to remain an idle and menced in the latter end of 1828, a mute spectator. Most absurd and distribution of Chinese Scriptures at malicious charges were, after the first Siam, with most encouraging prospects fortnighi, almost daily fabricated and of success. Mr. T. observes :
thrown out against us. We were reOur enterprize was new and untried, presented as dangerous intruders into and, in the judgment of some, rather the kingdom. The King himself soon hazardous : however, casting all our caught the universal panic; and incare upon the Lord, and committing stantly ordered a translation to be made our ways into His hands, we boldly and of some of the books into the Siamese joyfully launched forth on this errand language, that he might know what they of mercy and love to the heathen: and contained. The books distributed among the Lord hath not disappointed us, Lut, the people were seized by the minions on the contrary, exceeded all our ex- of Government; and sheet tracts were pectations, and even our most ardent torne down from the walls, and forcibly desires. He gave us a free and cheering taken away. A royal edict was soon entrance into this heathen land; we promulgated, prohibiting every one, met with a welcome reception from the under severe penalty, from receiving chief authorities, the Governor of the any more books. The storm thus sudout-port, and the Pra-Klang (Minister denly bursting, and raging, and threatof Foreign Affairs). With the latter ening to overwhelm us, we deemed it we had several audiences, and long but prudent 10 seek shelter awhile, and to often trifling conversations : indeed, we remain in our little dwelling, till it scarcely saw the shadow of opposition somewhat abated; but we were not left any where; except among those from in quietness long, as spies were conwhom we ought to have looked for stantly coming and pestering us. It better things, and who, here, as well as grieved the enemy to see, that instead in every other place, are always resisting of frustrating the gracious purposes the truth. The Roman Catholics soon of the Lord, or impeding His work, he began to whisper against us, and slander had been really accelerating it; for no our character and intentions; and ever sooner were we driven for shelter to our since have spared no pains to hinder our little wooden cabin, than the Lord work, or drive us out of the kingdom. stirred up the hearts of the people ; $0
On the second day after we arrived that we had soon crowds about us daily (before being settled in the place) we from all parts of the city, some wanting commenced our work, putting a small medicine, and others books. The royal stock of books in a Siam proa, and edict was little regarded; the demand moving about in the river from house to for books rather increased than dimin. house, announcing our errand to the ished; and many more were thus silently people, conversing freely with them, and and quietly dispersed than if we had distributing books. Our reception was been allowed still to go abroad and disalmost everywhere frank and hearty, and tribute them with our hands to whomthe books met a ready and ample de soever we pleased. Our enemies being mand. In a few days we seemed to be thus baffled, resolved on a new expe: almost as well known as at Singapore' dient: the Portuguese Consul, who had or Rhio, and at each successive visit received us very hospitably, and furwere hailed with increasing friendliness nished us with a small cottage, was and joy. We made frequent excursions ordered to turn us out, at the peril of also by land as well as by water, re losing his house and land; and Mr. solving to recornoitre the whole city Hunter, an English merchant, who has thoroughly, and, if possible, enter every also been a useful and kind friend, was Chinese dwelling. In one part of the told to take us out of the country, on hi city, crowded with Chinese, the demand return to Singapore. Upon this, we hac for books was so urgent, that Mr. an immediate audience with the Prax
Klang, wishing to know the cause of all the same evening, going to see what this persecution, and the reasons for remained of Mr. Medhurst's in the banishing us from the country; at the Temple, our surprize was heightened, same time putting into his hands a on being told by the Priest, that crowds petition, which we had drawn up in of Chinamen had been and taken away English and Chinese, for the King; every book-one, two, three, at a but the Pra-Klang declined accepting time. We are thus suddenly brought it. He had, however, nothing to allege into straits; and fear we shall be against us, except the stir we had made sorely besieged in our little garrison, among the Chinese, in going among before fresh supplies can arrive from them and giving them books; and he Malacca. saw no reason why we might not re About a thousand Cochin Chinese main, if we would keep a little more at reside here in their own Campong, home, like the good French Padres, and many of whom have paid us a visit. be more sparing of the books. Without They read the Chinese books readily, in pledging ourselves to this, we parted a sort of Chinese dialect somewhat reapparently good friends, and resumed sembling the Canton; and therefore the our labours, and have been very little Chinese Scriptures and Tracts might be molested since. It is remarkable, that introduced among that people without at every fresh effort made by our ene- any alteration : their spoken language, mies against us, a corresponding re- though of the same genus with the action took place amongst the people in Chinese, appears widely different. our favour, so that they came in in- Several of them, and amongst the rest creasing crowds, and especially on the some of their priests, came for books; present occasion. A sudden impulse and the latter, more especially, desired seemed to be given to the minds of vast complete copies of the Scriptures. multitudes, who besieged our little Just before closing the Letter, I may dwelling, and often gave Mr. Gutzlaff tell you we have now only a few crumbs not a moment's rest from sun-rise to of the bread of life remaining. All the sun-set. We expected that our ample Scriptures are gone. Yesterday. and stock of books would require several to-day, several persons have been exmonths to distribute ; but on examining pressly inquiring for the • Sung Chait,' our store the other day, we were sur Holy Book ; and returned empty, with prized to find only two boxes left: and great regret.
POOR CHURCHES IN THE ISLE OF MANN.
An appeal has recently been published on behalf of the Inhabitants of the Isle of Mann, from which it appears,—That the population of the Island is not less than 50,000 souls, and the existing churches do not afford room for more than about 9,000. In the town of Douglas alone, where the total number of inhabitants amounts to about 7,000, and where the churches can accommodate but about 1,300, there are no free seats, and 4,000 of the poorer classes, who are professed Members of the Church of England, are excluded, by the want of accommodation within her walls, from joining in her Service. The same deficiency of means exists in several other parishes of the Island.
The inhabitants of this little Island labour under many privations. They have little access to the sources of national wealth and prosperity, being in a great measure excluded from the benefits of Commerce and Manufactures. They are consequently much
circumscribed in their means, and obviously unable to provide adequate places of worship for themselves. The Island indeed abounds with stone and timber, is cheap, and the inhabitants are willing to devote their personal labour to the cause, but they are unable to provide funds for the purchase of the necessary materials, and the payment of the necessary artificers.
Under these circumstances, the Bishop of Sodor and Mann has recently applied to the Commissioners for Building, and the Society for the Enlargement of Churches, but the Isle of Mann was found to be neither within the rules of the former, nor the Charter of the latter.
The last and only resource, therefore, is an appeal to public liberality by the inhabitants of this little Island ; and they are induced to make it with the greater confidence, from recollecting the generosity of the British nation towards their ancestors, when they had not, as their descendants now have, a sort of