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cut to pieces alive by the cruel Khunds, had of our Sunday scholars being converted under they not been rescued by a humane govern- the public means of grace is deeply affecting, ment. It is very affecting to hear the boys and ought to raise in the minds of pastors talk of the way in which their cruel parents as well as teachers the inquiry, What is the sold them to this barbarous race. I intend cause ? Having been intimately connected at some future time to write some of their with Sunday schools more than half a century, histories, as I think a brief account might be I have seen very many instances in which the interesting to our friends. I shall not soon familiar addresses of the teacher or superinforget the day on which they came. Some of tendent have been the means, under the divine them were very weak, and most of them blessing, of producing a saving change; but were poorly clad. They were all placed in very few instances have come to my knowa room, and their names were called over by ledge, in which the attendance on public the person who brought them, prior to their worship has appeared to be productive of being delirered to our charge. One name benefit, and I think we are indebted to Mrs. after another of the boys was called over, and Davids for having drawn the attention of our at length the name of Dasia was called, and churches to the subject. a boy named Philip, who has been with us But your readers should be made aware about five years, clapped his hands, and ex- that Mrs. Davids has not laid down her proclaimed with joy and surprise, “ Dasia, Dasia, position to the extent represented by Dr. that is my little brother !” and he ran to him Morison in the quotation you have made. with all haste and embraced him. I said to She refers to the elder and better instructed him. “ How do you know that he is your children under the new system, as to be found brother ?" He replied, “Oh! I do know, in the general congregation, and it is clear I am sure Dasia is my brother ; I well re- that her wish is, that separate services shall member the day when he was sold, but now be provided for only the younger of the chil. I see him again!” Philip soon published the dren, whether in Sunday schools or in families. tidings all around, that his “ brother who was The Rev. Samuel Martin, whose practical lost, was found again.” He was so delighted acquaintance with the working of Sunday for some hours, that he could scarcely con- schools, as well as his deep interest in the tain himself. I was reminded of the touch-young, entitle his opinion to great weight, ing scene when Joseph and his brethren met. makes the same distinction. In a paper read Two or three instances of this kind have by him at the meeting of the Congregational occurred before in the history of the Orissa Union at Leicester, he says, “ It is desirable mission. I feel very thankful that these that separate religious services should be conchildren have been entrusted to our care. ducted for all children whose intellectual and Many of them I trust will become pious and moral capacity is considerably below the useful to their degraded countrymen. Two powers of the adult, and whose condition and Khund boys who were trained here, are now circumstances involve strong contrasts with sustaining important situations in Goomsur, the circumstances of the adult. The preachso that we have reason to hope that great ing which is adapted to the adult cannot be good may result from our efforts. Our highly supposed to suit the case of the child. Both esteemed friend, J. P. F. Erg, is now study-worship and preaching, as administered in our ing the Khund language, and has already ordinary public services, contemplate mainly, made considerable progress, so that “the if not exclusively, the state of the adult.” i wanderers on the mountains ” will be able ere would copy the whole of this section of Mr. long to read “the scriptures which are able Martin's address, for the whole is excellent, to make wise unto salvation."
but that I hope those who desire to form a In reading this interesting account, we are correct judgment will read it before they ready to say in reference to the British career decide, in India, “ O si sic omnia !” Oh, if thus all Every one is aware that the talents of our things, how would the glory of our country ministers vary exceedingly. Some have a and of our common Christianity have been simplicity of style and an engaging mode of promoted ! Compared with such real glory, address, which render their conversation and * The laurels that a Cæsar reaps are weeds !" their preaching interesting to the young, to
Your helper in Christ, some even when very young; while others Burton-on-Trent,
JAMES PEggs. cannot condescend to children-even when January 16, 1849.
they attempt it they fail--the words they em
ploy are of a class to which the children can THE ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN ON PUBLIC
attach no idea, and their illustrations are by
objects unknown to children. Then it is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
only the style of the sermon, but the length Dear SIR,- As you have introduced the of the service, which renders it irksome and subject of separate services for children, I repulsive. Take for instance, a service where trust it will meet with the consideration its the prayer is of twenty minutes duration, and importance demands. The circumstance of the sermon from an hour to an hour and ten so very small a number out of the thousands minutes, thewhole serviceoccupying,ordinarily,
TOL XII.- FOURTH SERIES.
two hours and a quarter ! and let us ask our- so, and my address being ended, the teacher selves, must not such a confinement produce looking to the girls, inquired, “ Who put the repugnance in the children in whose minds we questions ?" Six or eight girls rose and replied, desire to produce an attachment to our public “We put the questions;" the other pupils ordinances ?
sat during the examination. The former I cannot help hoping that if the discussion examined the latter on the subject of my of the question should not at present lead to speech, and did the work much better than Í an arrangement for separate services, which could have done. This exercise over, the probably it may not, though I persuade my- teacher asked, “Will any girl repeat Mr. self that will be the ultimate effect, it will Robertson's speech as nearly as possible in produce an effect on our services, by simplicity his language ?" A girl rose and almost rebeing more studied, and the time occupied peated my speech verbatim. The Messrs. being, in some instances, restricted, which I Chambers of Edinburgh visited this school a am certain will tend to the spiritual improve- few months after, and having seen much more ment of the adults, as well as the comfort of than I had seen, they inserted in their Journal the children.
a flaming article respecting the Aberdeen I perfectly agree in a suggestion made by ragged school. And these scholars were taken Mr. Martin, that were a separate service es- off the streets, many of them were orphans. tablished, it should, if practicable, be conducted Before being received into the House of Inin a building distinct from the school, and dustry, most hardly knew what it was to set apart for that particular object. “A chil. sleep in a bed ; carts, wheelbarrows, sheds, dren's chapel," suggests the idea of a place for and outhouses, being their usual dormitories public worship, and thus lays the foundation at all seasons of the year. One may receive of the habit of attending public Christian more useful hints from such a school, than ordinances.
from all the treatises and essays that have I am, dear Sir,
been published on education. Your constant reader, As catholics, Puseyites, and others are January 5, 1849.
W. B. G. straining every nerve to secure the young,
are we not called upon as dissenters to use
our greatest efforts to bring our youth, not to To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. priests, but to Christ-not to a church of dead
Sir,—The remarks of Dr. Morison in your forms, but to churches in which they will be last, on the essay of Mrs. Davids, appear to invited to make choice of God as the guide of be just. When, in my last charge, I occa- their youth ? Let our young people be told, sionally examined the children on the sermon that when God has any great work to perform I preached in the morning ; the congregation he very frequently employs the young; Satan was dismissed, none remaining along with me too employs the young as his agents, what but the young people and their teachers. At good—what evil-have the young not done! other times the teachers also examined the If the agents of God-ditfusing light and love, children in a similar manner. As all my and the knowledge of salvation. If the serleading ideas were readily recollected by the vants of Satan—like the fabled Upas tree, children, these examinations excited consider- diffusing death and destruction all around. able interest, and induced the little folks to Todd, of America, frequently preuches to give attention when I was preaching. As the the young-has separate services. His exsabbath school here is superintended not only ample is worthy of imitation. But whether by baptists, but also by Wesleyans and we are to have separate services or not, never, Primitives, I have not the same opportunities never let us think of withdrawing the youngest of questioning. The scholars attending my of the young from the house of God. bible class are duly interrogated respecting
John ROBERTSON. the sermons they hear; I sometimes desire Middleton Teesdale, Jan. 11, 1849. the boys to examine the girls, and the girls the boys, on my lectures and sermons. It is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. difficult to render the public services interest- MY DEAR SIR,--I have read with much ing to the youngest as well as to the oldest ; satisfaction the extract from the Evangelical the lambs must not be overlooked. We Magazine contained in your last number. ministers must never forget the divine injunc- The question of separate services for children tion, “ Feed my lambs.”
I must regard as a very important one; feelI recommend my brethren who are teachers, ing convinced that the plan, if adopted not only to read treatises on the subject of generally, will operate injuriously, I shall be teaching, but what is of more importance, to obliged by an opportunity of stating my views visit other schools. A few years ago I visited on the subject. a ragged school in Aberdeen-can any good The following are some of my reasons for come vut of Nazareth ?- from the pupils of being desirous that our schools and the chilthat school I learned several lessons. Having dren of our families shonld continue to have entered the school-room, I was desired by the a place in our Lord's day congregations: school-nistress to address the children, i did | 1. The law which makes it obligatory on adults to attend the public services of the to be trained to habits of decorum and attensabbath, ought to be regarded as rendering it tion in the house of God without receiving equally obligatory on them to cause their any direct benefit from the ministry, that children to attend. We come together on attendance could not fail to involve the emthat day for the exercises of prayer, praise, ployment of most salutary self-discipline. His and the study of the word of God, because ability to observe rules, to repress for a season we believe it our duty to do so; that duty his animal spirits, and in some degree to being indicated by the nature of our relations fix his attention, would be developed and to God, the injunctions of scripture, and the strengthened, and thus he would become practice of the early Christians. But our possessed of the means of subsequent and children's relations to God are similar to our life-long improvement. But, second, the habit own, and the precepts and practice of inspired of attending divine worship on Lord's days men were intended to influence their habits will thus be originated. Who will not admit no less than our own. When God requires the importance of this habit, and especially his creatures to engage in the performance of on the part of those classes that will be any duty he virtually requires those to whom shortly, to a great extent, composed of the is committed the determination of their pro- children now in our Sunday-schools ? Let it ceedings to facilitate their doing so. For us but be secured, and our country will not fail to adopt measures which shall have the effect to become virtuous, and prosperous, and of necessitating a neglect of such duty, is not happy to an unprecedented extent ; to enonly to fail to co-operate with God, it is to deavour to create it is surely one of the duties place our authority in opposition to his. To of parents and teachers. When can it be this statement of the case I can imagine the formed so easily as during the season of early, following reply: “What God in all cases de pliant childhood? But, third, by this practice mands is intelligent service; from inability to there may be secured the co-operation of understand the language employed in our ministers and teachers in the work of impartordinary sabbath services, the children can ing information, forming virtuous habits, and not render it, and therefore their obligation creating religious impressions. Only let a to attend, and ours to enforce their attend teacher duly appreciate the preaching of the ance, necessarily ceases.” But, Sir, I venture gospel himself, occasionally examine his chilto assert that if it be true that the language dren on what they have heard from the pulpit, of our pulpits is generally unintelligible to and accustom them to ask him for explanathe children in our schools, it must be sadly tions of any part of the sermon in which they wanting in adaptation to the great majority felt some interest, but which they did not of our adult hearers, and that it is high time fully understand, and the preaching would that we should cease thus to "darken counsel undoubtedly become, at the same time, a by words without knowledge.” The utmost vehicle of interesting and important informa"plainness of speech” is compatible with the tion, and an effectual means of education. greatest richness and variety of thought, and often will it fall out that the minister will is essential to the proper and profitable con- relate some circumstance, or make some apduct of our ordinary religious services. Sup- peal peculiarly adapted to the character or posing, then, the allegation to be true, what present circumstances of certain of the chilis needed is not "children's chapels,” but dren, often too will he explain a text or that our ministers, in order to make them- enforce a duty about which the teacher has selves understood alike by children and by been recently conversing with them; then is their hearers generally, should set themselves the time for the intelligent and devoted at once and diligently to the study and prac- teacher by the pressure of the hand, or the tice of the "science of simplicity." Let but significant glance of the eye, to arouse the this be attained, and the institution of sepa- attention and awaken the interest of his rate services would involve an unnecessary, children; such co-operation could not but do and of course, because unnecessary, most un- good. Let me add that I here write of what desirable and injurious multiplication of ma- I have known to be repeatedly done, and in chinery.
many cases with the happiest results. 2. The regular attendance of children on 3. The presence of children in the house our sabbath services is calculated to confer a of God supplies the minister with material on variety of important incidental benefits, none which he may hope to operate more successof which could be so well secured by any fully than on any other; to this reason for other means. As among these I may men- their attendance i attach the utmost possible tion, first, the exercise of early self-discipline. importance; of its existence I imagine no The communication of information is un- doubt can be entertained ; on the compaquestionably of great importance, but of still ratively unsophisticated minds of children the greater is the discipline of the mind; the strong and graphic statements of scripture latter is education, the former can scarcely cannot fail to exert a peculiarly powertul inbe so called. Now, providing it were possible fluence. On their susceptible hearts its for a child to attend regularly our sabbath affecting narratives, and simple, touching ap; Services from four years of age till seven, and peals, cannot but make some impression and
a deeper one than is made on others; “who. EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. soever,” said the Saviour,“ shall not receive Our correspondents are particularly rethe kingdom of God as a little child, shall quested not to address their future communinot enter therein.” Wherever the gospel is cations to the editor at Acton Place, as he preached in simplicity, proofs are not wanting expects to have removed before they receive of the propriety and force of this allusion; this intimation, to 11, Smith Street, Chelsea. wherever so preached, children are among the This will be now the most convenient place first to be impressed by it; they receive it in to which to send letters or other articles the exercise of a simple, unquestioning faith, transmitted by post; though these, as well as and more completely than any others submit | larger parcels, will be duly forwarded to him to its control. of the correctness of this if left at 65, Paternoster Row. statement countless illustrations might be supplied. I have now on my memory the
Intelligence has just been received from case of a little girl who died at the age of Jamaica of the death of Mr. Edward Knibb six years and a half, leaving unequivocal of Falmouth, brother of the late William evidence of sincere piety, whose first impres- Knibb, and an active promoter of the same sions were produced by a sermon from the interests to which he devoted his life. Mr. text, “ Fear not, little flock," &c. The ex
E. Knibb, two of whose children had recently perience of a dear boy also occurs to me, who, died of a fever which had prostrated others at the age of eight described his being first of the family also, was attacked by the made acquainted with the way of salvation disease on the fourth of December, and on under a seimon preached (I think) from the the tenth expired. text, By his stripes ye are healed.” Per
It will afford our readers pleasure, to learn haps I may be pardoned if, in further con. firmation of the above sentiment I adduce thata sketch of the eventful life of the late Rev.
Thomas Burchell of Montego Bay, which the fact, that, during the nine years of my his brother, the Rev. W. 8. Burchell of connexion with the church of which I am Rochdale has long been busily engaged in now pastor, it has been my privilege to re
The ceive into its fellowship no fewer than sixty biographer informs us that he expects that it
writing, is now nearly completed. individuals who, at the time of their admission, will be ready for delivery by the close of were pupils in the Sunday school. Of these March, and that he hopes that the price will some ascribe their conversion, under God, to
not exceed four shillings and sixpence. the instruction of their teachers; many to the public preaching of the gospel; and some to We never felt it so necessary as at the the conjoint efforts of preacher and teacher. present time to invoke the patience of authors That there have not been more cases of de- and publishers in reference to our review linquency among these sixty than would department. In spite of our exertions to probably have occurred among an equal prevent it, arrears have accumulated to a number of persons of maturer years, may distressing extent. Among many books nobe inferred from the fact that, after all de- tice of which has been delayed, are some on ductions arising from removals and death, which we had fully hoped to have reported fifty of them are still in communion with us. in our present number, but which, at the Many of my brethren could, I doubt not, close of the month, we found it necessary to supply much more striking facts illustrative postpone. There is one, which it may be of the truth, that it is to the very young the desirable to mention, of which we have not Holy Spirit most frequently renders the been able as yet to read a single page, and preaching of the gospel effectual. But, Sir, which relates to a subject on which we should I will not detain you longer, only let me say not think it proper to write anything without that there are few things I more deprecate much care and deliberation. We refer to a than the removal of the children of our volume of five hundred and forty pages, to schools and families from that ministerial the preparation of which our friend Mr. influence which has already proved highly Hinton has recently devoted much time and beneficial, and the exercise of which con attention, entitled, “ Athanasia : or Four stitutes one of the best grounds of hope in Books on Immortality.” It consists of "a relation to the virtue and piety of the suc- review of several publications which have ceeding generations. So far as my own issued from the press within the last fifteen congregation is concerned, I would not con- years, so far as they affect and impugn the sent to occupy my place in the pulpit except doctrine of man's natural immortality." The children, as well as adults, were both allowed writers to whom Mr. Hinton replies are, “ A and encouraged to take theirs in the pew.
Clergyman of the Church of England”-the I am, my dear Sir,
Rev, H. H. Dobrey-the Rev. E. WhiteYours very faithfully, the Rev. G. Storts and the author of an
WILLIAM Mall. anonymous tract containing the substance of Dalston, January, 1849.
five lectures delivered at Bristol. Appended is a reprint of Mr. Hinton's recent pamphlet entitled, “Who will Live for Ever ?"