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1. As APPEAL FROM HYTHE School have been sent home "invalided” through or MUSEETRY.— I rom a Sloff-Sergeant the epidemic. The sanitary condition of to the Rer. C. Prest.-I take the liberty of the Mauritius is still unsatisfactory to the aidress og rou, in order to bring before you authorities, and the 86th Regiment, which the case of the military at this station. We sailed some months since for that island, kare a permanent staff of ten officers, and is still detained at the Cape of Good about ifty staff-sergeants and privates. Hope. Foar parties of men from different corps, each consisting of fifty officers and two 3. Extract from a letter from a sol. bundred and fifty non-commissioned officers, dier at Dinapore, September 11th, 1867, are sent bere in the year for instruction, to the Rev. A. S. White. I have had so that two hundred officers and one thou- many trials since you left Iudia. I am sard men pass through the school yearly. now in Bengal, with the river Ganges just There are, of course, "s declared " Wesley. before my door. My wife and myself are as among them: from thirty to fifty are earnestly striving to love and serve the general y marched to our chapel. The Lord. There are no Wesleyan ministers 10n-commissioned officers and men are in this place, so we go to the English selected for their educational advantages and church, where there is a good and useful character. They come from all parts of the minister. It is a sorrowful thing that no kingdom; and if they could be influenced Wesleyan minister is here, as a large for good here, they would be widely useful. European congregation would be secured, We need more efficient pastoral attention if one were appointed. than can possibly be given to us by the ministers of the Circuit. Their attention 4. EXTRACTS FROM SOLDIERS' LETTERS. is necessarily devoted to the numerous - From Sergeant — 83d Regiment, places nader their care. We need a regular to the Rev. James Tobias.—Gibraltar, ministerial supply for the Sunday morning August 12th, 1867.-We have a good parede-services, so that the Wesleyans chapel, but the congregation is not so ariving here may be encouraged, and large as when the 320 Regiment was ibai others may be led to join our ranks. bere. I feel bappy in the love of God, I know that you have the welfare of through believing in His Son our Saviour car soldiers at beart. Can you help us ? Jesus Christ. My wife and I remain firm Can your Committee send us a zealous in our attachment to Methodism, and we minister? If you can, a military friend are praying for mure wisdom and grace. here promises five pounds per annum, and I am now reading Wesley's Sermons, and I will give two pounds. I know also of find great profit in doing so. others who would help. We hope our Teguest may be met.
From — 83d Regiment, Gibraltar,
to Rev. James Tobias.-May 15th, 1867. 2. MAURITIUS.—The Rev. W. S. Cal. -We arrived here after a rough passage. Serott, who was zealously and successfully I and — at once joined a class ; presenting his labours ainong the Wes- and on Sunday last my soul was greatly lezans in the army stationed in this colony, refreshed. I felt as thongh a river of pleaund wbo paid exemplary attention to the sure was running through my heart. There sick and dying during the prevalence of is sweetness in godliness, in mortifying the the ferer which was so widely fatal to the flesh, in dying to the world, and in living population, has himself been laid aside in and to God. from active work. Repeated and severe attacks of fever placed his life, for a time, Fiom , Bullevant, to Rev. J. in Canger, and left him in an en- Tobias.—May 8th, 1867.-Our hearts lezbled condition. Ile was, consequently, were gladdened by receiving your kird forced to leave Port Louis, to try the and most welcome letter. We are starving dect of his native air and rest, in the here for want of spiritual food, though Care of Good Hope colony. Since he has we are cheered by a brother belonging been there he has had relapses; and we to the 62d Regiment. There is a Wesleyan regret to say that his health is now in a minister at Mallow, but that is seren doebtful state, arousing the anxiety of his milcs from us. He has preached occafriends and of the Committee. He pur- sionally in our barracks. God is with us. poses returning to his post, should his Our class-mecting is kert up, and we are strength be restored. Many of the military blessed in it. We are thankful for the
TOL. XIV.-FIFTH SERIES.
trouble you have taken to get the Rev. Christ with penitent faith, I would gladly Mr. Geddes, of Fermoy, to visit us. llis do so. I have just returned from one of visit refreshed us much, as did the visit of our class-meetings, and truly God has an officer who prayed with us. We will blessed us. I occupy my leisure weektake your pastoral and fatherly advice as nights in attending public service and to our companionship.
Bible and other classes. Our regiment is
about to be removed to Scotland, and I From - 4th Dragoon Guards, shall sadly miss my kind friends here; but Curragh, to the Rev. James Tobias. I hope to meet with Methodists where we February 20th, 1867.—I have counted are going. Wherever I go, I find Gud is the cost, and am determined to live for my portion and help. You, Sir, were the Christ. If I could be of service by stand. first that caused me to thiuk of my soul's ing in the street, and telling people the welfare. I am grateful, and I wish to hear happiness they would enjoy by believing in from you.
1. LONDON.- Chequer-Alley.-From congregations are steadily improving, The Rev. James Yeames.- November 11th, more especially at our new station in 1867.-We are going on prosperously here. Whitechapel, where a Sunday-school of The public services are well attended by about eighty German children has been the population of the Alley. On Sun. gathered during the past six months. It day evenings the place is filled. I have will soon be necessary to take steps toa night-school on Thursdays, with an wards the erection of a chapel in this attendance of about sixty young peo- locality. The growing wants of the Miisple, who work in the day-time. Our Sun- sion cannot be adequately met by our day-school has increased, and its order has present hired preaching-rooms. By the been much improved. There are, on the exertions of Mr. Quilter, of the Richmond average, one hundred and eighty scholars, Theological Institution, Fulham has been including two large classes for "big" be placed on our German Plan, at which ginners, and two select classes. There are place services are held for the benefit of the one hundred and forty children in our Germans employed in the gas and other day-school. We are encouraged by wit works. nessing signs that good is being done. Miss M'Carthy's class has sixty-six mem. 4. LONDON.— Great Queen-street Cirbers in it; and I am about to form an- cuit.-From the Rev. A. G. Ward. other class. We hope to see the work of November 28th, 1867.--You will be glad the Lord prosper in this needy locality. to hear of the success which has attended
the opening services of our Home-Mis2. Loydon.-Spitalfields. - From the sion school-chapel in the Prince of Wales'Rev. J. S. Cooke. - November 9th, 1867. road, Haverstock-hill. The congregations
-We are now working Globe-road chapel were large, and the services of the ministers with Spitalfields, preparatory to making a engaged were able, and calculated to provigorous effort for Mile-End-road, with its duce a deep reli ious impression. The numerous and destitute population. In people who compose the congregations are, both places we are favoured with signs of with few exceptions, of the working-class, improvement. We have repaired and from whom £90 was obtained at the opencleaned the Globe-road chapel, and have ing. It was a cheering sight to see the been enabled to defray the expense. Our chapel, on Sunday evening last, filled with school in Mile.End-road is prospering, and working-men and their wives. Six perI hope to secure a preaching-place there, sons were in great distress on account of 80 as to keep our hold upon it. The their sips, and two of them found peace scheme for raising £2,500, to place Spital- with God through faith in Christ. We hail fields in a right position, is hopefully these as the first fruits of what, we hope, launched, and we are looking for good will be an abundant harvest, to be gathered results.
in this thickly-peopled neighbourhood.
Our chapel will accommodate about six 3. GERMAN MISSION IN LONDON.- hundred persons. We have one hundred November 271h, 1867.-The prospects of and fifty sittings in pews, of which we have this Mission are still encouraging. The already let a fair proportion, and espect to
let them all before long. I believe that, has been realized, and we hope to pay the with diligent culture, this will prove a sphere balance in a short time. The schools of successful Mission labour. We have bave been open only a few weeks, and they commenced two new classes under highly have already been hallowed by powerful encouragitg circumstances. It is right to visitations of the Holy Spirit. The cry say, that our friends in the other parts of has been heard in them, from some of the the Circuit have given us valuable assist. elder scholars, “ What must we do to be ance. We have built our school-chapel on sared ?” On Sunday, November the 10th, part of a large site, secured for the erec three boys earnestly sought and found tion, at a future, but we trust no distant mercy through faith in Christ Jesus. One period, of a first-class chapel.
of the most refreshing parts of my Mission
work is to meet in class nine youths 5. WATFORD.-The great want here is who, during the past year, have yielded the speedy erection of a suitable chapel, themselves to God. The more I become towards which the few Methodists at Wat. acquainted with the irreligious and imford baye made, and are making, laudable moral condition of this neighbourhood, Exertions. The Rev. Eduard Day writes, the more I am convinced of the necessity November 26th, 1867:- The London and of thorough Home-Missionary appliances. North-Western Railway Company, by Formidable opposition exists in the deeptheir system of grauting free passes to seated and ignorant bigotry which obtains, persons building houses above a certain to a large extent, among the people. An rental, have so stimulated the laying out of old woman refused a tract, because she Estates for building purposes, that a very “takes the sacrament at the church ;” cosiderable population has been gather- another refused a tract, because it was ing bere during the past few years. It has
offered by a Methodist ! Such bigotry, ben almost entirely drawn from London. however promoted and stimulated by ridi. In fact, Watford and Bushey, are now, culous, though mischievous, High-Church practically, suburbs of the metropolis. pretensions, cannot hinder us, while it The loss which Methodism has sustained, brings its promoters into contempt, and partly for want of a more frequent minis. their system into danger. terial supply in the pulpit, but chiefly for want of a better chapel, will never be
7. LIVERPOOL.-- Pitt-street.-From the koow. I have reason to think that hun. dreds now live in Watford and Bushey
Rev. J. Diron.-November 11th, 1867. who were trained in Methodism, and who
-It is a pleasure to me to say that the
Mission at Pitt-street is prospering. The were accustomed to attend the ministry of our church until they came to regide here. congregation has increased. Last Sunday Thuse, for the most part, go to the services
the attendance was very cheering. The of other denominations, and have become
members of Society are becoming more attached to those who provided for their
earnest in their endeavours to save souls.
We have arranged bands of prayer-leaders, waats when we were either unable, or neg. leted, to do so. This process of aliena.
and commenced holding cottage-services. tion from us cannot be stopped till we get
There are now more than forty tract
distributers engaged every Sabbath. It i dew chapel built. The present one is both cornfortless and in a wretched situa
is up-hill work; but we are doing what we tion. Even if it were a good building
can, and hoping to see still happier and well situated, it is too small for our
results. requirements. Among fourteen thousand people we Methodists provide for not more
8. BRADFORD, YORKS.--Eastbrook. than two hundred and fifty hearers. The From the Rev. John Clegg.--November total church and chapel sittings here are
11th, 1867.-You will be pleased to hear estimated as being under three thou
that the work of God is in a state of prosperity in this Circuit. We expect to be
enabled to report at our next Quarterly6. CUESTI EY,-- From the Rev. Newton Meeting nearly two hundred persons on . Peany.-- November 19th, 1867.-One trial for church-membership. great want in our Mission-work here bas jast been supplied in the finishing of a 9. GLASGOW.- Cathcart-road.- From separate building for our Sunday-school. the Journal of the Rev. John Smith.Twelve months since we commenced pre- October 26th, 1867.-Our Mission congreparations for the erection of these schools, gations during the past quarter have been at the contemplated cost of about £400. very good, though many of our people are More than three-fourths of this amount away iu the summer months. We have
nal classes have declined 15 per cent, in 81 had relation to murder. Unnatural London. The towns dependent on crimes, burglary, and robbery, (if accomagricultural districts — represented by panied by personal violence,) and arson of Ipswich, Exeter, Reading, Shrewsbury, dwelling-houses, were all liable to the Lincoln, Winchester, Hereford, and Bridge- death-punishment up to 1861, but not water-exhibit an increase of 28 per cent afterwards. With a solitary exception, in in the entire criminal class.
1862, the line is sharply drawn at the The year 1866 is no exception to the close of the former year. In 1866 we general rule, that crimes are less in had 12 executions, in the previous year number, and apprehensions are higher in seven, (one criminal escaping the scaffold proportion, during the summer than the by committing suicidc ;] in 1864 the winter quarters of the year. The total executions were 19; and in 1863 they number of indictable offences committed were 22. in 1866 was 50,549, being a decrease of To keep the criminal classes in check 1,701, or 3 per cent. as compared with we have a police and constabulary force 1865. The proportion of apprehensions for England and Wales of 23,728, as is rather on the decrease. Murders, as shown by the returns for 1866. Here, reported by the police, were 131. The as might be expected, there occurs an incoroners' returns would show more ; but crease ; the augmentation as compared with the verdicts of coroners' juries are not the previous year being rather more than always endorsed by the criminal courts. 2 per cent. The total cost is £1,827,106,
One important consideration connected being an increase of 41 per cent. with these returns, is that which relates The whole borough police of England and to the detection and punishment of crime. Wales costs £462,984; the county conAs already stated, 50,549 indictable stabulary, £678,747; the dockyard police, offences were placed on record. The £50,795; the city of London police, persons apprehended in consequence were £60,123; and the metropolitan police, 27,190, of whom 29 per cent. were dis- £574,157. charged. Of the 18,849 committed for Altogether, it is satisfactory that crime trial, 24 per cent. were acquitted. Refer- shows some symptoms of diminution; and ring to the sentences passed, great changes we may hope that our police on the one are apparent. In the year 1834 no less hand, and moral and social agencies on than 864 persons were sentenced to the other, will succeed still further in transportation for life. In the year 1866 reducing the number of offenders against the life sentences—to penal servitude- the law. The sword of justice, and the were only two. To these we may add 13 hand of mercy, may well co-operate in this capital sentences commuted. In 1836, matter. Vagrants and prostitntes form the last year in which transportation was more than one-half the total of those who the rule, the sentences of ten years and are technically enumerated as the criminal upwards were 275. In 1857 the trans- classes. Juvenile crime also continues to portation and penal servitude sentences claim our special attention. Education of ten years and upwards amounted to is needed for multitudes of destitute and 209. In 1858, when the system of penal ignorant children, who swarm in our servitude was fully established, the sen- large towns. The facts are before us, tences of the foregoing duration were only and, formidable as they are in themselves, 66 in number. In 1866 they were 78. they ought not to prove too great for the Sentences to death were 69 in 1856, 20 spirit and appliances of an age like this; in 1865, and 26 in 1866. Since 1862 whilst of all those agencies none superthe punishment of death has been reserved sedes the plodding honse-to-house visita. for murder actually accomplished. In tion of our agents, whether male or that year one case of attempted murder female; and none so truly has the sympathy received the capital sentence. In of the poor as those sent out by Commit1861 there were five such cases wherein tees on a Christian basis. Will our friends sentence o: death was passed ; and in the help us to extend our operations at this year before that there were nine. In time ?--Journal of the Country Towns 1861 we find the sentence of death Mission, recorded in 50 instances, of which only
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EFFORTS FOR THE ELEVATION OF THE about £2,000. In order to render as CONDITION OF SYRIAN PEMALES.- At a re- much assistance as possible to so importcent meeting, held at the Friends' Chapel, ant a work, Mrs. Thompson's friends in Bishopsgate-street, E.C., several ladies Great Britain have organized themselves sad gentlemen associated with missionary into a “ Ladies' Association for the Social efforts in Syria and Palestine communi. and Religious Improvement of the Syrian cated a number of particulars relative to Females," under the presidency of the Christian work in those regions, some of Hon. Mrs. Baptist Noel (of 36, Westwhich will, doubtless, be acceptable to bourne Terrace, w.). The Treasurer is our readers.
General Augustus Clarke, of Lee, BlackThe sanguinary massacre of the Syrian heath, who will gladly receive contribuChristians in 1860 by the Druses and tions for the objects of the Association. Mohammedans, when seven hundred The large orphan-house and school at men and youths were slain, lest many Beyroot, under the personal care of Mrs. women and orphans in a most pitiable Thompson, was visited by the Prince of condition of privation and neglect. The Wales during his journey in the East. lively sympathy of Mrs. Bowen Thomp He was much pleased and surprised to son, the excellent wife of Dr. Thompson, hear a number of Syrian women and girls of Begroot, was drawn forth to the sing, in his own language, “God save the poor sufferers on that occasion; and Queen,” “How sweet the name of Jesus she forth with consulted, with her friends sounds !” and other English hymns. in Syria and at home, as to the best Specimens of fancy work, neatly executed means of rendering the aid so urgently by the pupils, were shown to him, and needed under the circumstances. It was elicited his admiring approval. When he determined to take prompt measures for was on the point of leaving the insti. furnishing homes and training to the tution, Mrs. Thompson observed several poor orphans at least, and, eventually, to young women iu tears; and, on inquiring combine with these efforts as much assist- the cause, was informed, that these ance as possible to the widows, and to the had been engaged in plain work, none of other portion of the Christian population which had been shown to the Prince, or of Syria and the Lebanon. From that noticed by him. She then mentioned the time, the good work has been steadily circumstance to the royal visiter, who maintained to the present date, often immediately answered good-humouredly, anid great difficulty and discouragement; “I will go back directly, and look at but it has never been intermitted. Ear- their work also.” He accordingly walked nest, persevering prayer has been greatly up to the plain-work pupils, and kindly relied on for its support; and not in vain. noticed their productions—to their Very striking answers to these petitions very high gratification. have been received ; and the blessing of On another occasion, when the Rev. the Lord bas manifestly rested upon the Mr. Tristram, author of “The Land of undertaking, which has now assumed con Israel," was travelling from Damascus siderable proportions. Fourteen schools, across the Lebanon, he and his comcontaining an aggregate of nine hundred panions arrived weary, and with torn papils, have been established by Mrs. clothes, (owing to the rocky, bushy nature Thompson and her helpers in the mission, of their mountain route,) at the village of At the school at Hasbaya, in the heart of Hasbaya, where they were astonished at the Lebanon, one hundred and twenty- being accosted in good English, by a three papils receive instruction. Three group of Syrian girls, who exclaimed, Dative Bible women are engaged in the May we mend your clothes ?” These Beyroot district, and some arrangements were pupils of the mission-school at that have been made for teaching men and place. Their progress in English and boys as well as females. The total Arabic, and in needlework, afforded much annual expense of all these operations is gratification to the party of visiters, who