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preached to a congregation of eight and light and black coats and Deck-ties: persons in English.

and a few of them with shoes, which had The new wooden Mission-house is been polished on the Mission-premises nearly finished. It is neat, and strong during the day. I preached, and Mr. and well-arranged; and will be cheap at Tait gave an address. Mr. Horley and the cost of £200. Perhaps, on the whole, the Native Assistant-Missionary prayed. it is the best house we have in the After silent devotion, a transistion of District, and may be taken as a model. Come, let us anew,” &c., was sung. Great credit is due to the judgment of The people paid great attention, and the Mr. Langham for his preliminary ar. Lord gave His blessing ; so that we felt rangements; and to Mr. Tait and the

it good to be there. carpenter for judicious alterations, and The close of the old year is celebrated completing the work; without saying by preparing food. These people are anything about myself for managing to very fond of a little feasting. T'he King's get 14,000 feet of sawn timber for it at principal daughter, to whom I frequently 118. 3d. per one hundred feet. The gave medicine when nigh unto death house is commodious, promotive of twenty years ago, in grateful remenhealth, and very convenient.

brance gave me a pig The King sent Here the Missionaries have a dozen

me two living turtles, and a large supply young married men, who are likely to of cooked taro, pudding, fish, and ripe become useful in our work, in a training bananas ; and afterwards his wife brought school; to whom they pay special atten. from him a head of turtle-shell, Feigbtion, in connexion with ten other Local ing three pounds and a half. He has preachers. This is a most effectual way been very thoughtful and kind during of serving the cause of truth, producing

our stay, and sent me several pies, great and ever-accumulating good. The fishes, (one weighing twenty-five pourda! teachers and Local preachers from all fowls, new yams, taro, and bananas, the towns on the island, also come to 3d.-In preaching this morning, I obthe Missionaries on two days a week to served an old man devouring the word, and receive instruction in writing, arithmetic, evidently alive to God in his soul, and I and theology. Having brought with me called upon him to pray. He offered a a book prepared by Mr. Moore for our simple and hearty prayer. He was fornative agents, I met the teachers, and merly an adept at stealing our docks, earnestly directed their attention to it. and boasted of his cleverness and boldIt consists of definitions of the doctrines ness. After that, now many years ago, of the Bible, with Scripture passages. he suffered much, and for a long tine, On Sunday afternoon, I heard Mat.

from simple tetanus ; Mr. Lyth and I thias Thakau preach from Rev. i. 7; paid diligent attention to him. Happily, and I was much pleased with the he had no friends who cared for him so discourse, which was clear, and every much as to take him out of our hands part well confirmed with passages of and put him under Fijian doctors, who Scripture. I well remember him as have to be paid well. He was left es. an active lad, who accompanied and tirely to us, and we persevered. This helped me on my first visit to the

was one of the very few cases of tetanus islands of Vatoa and Ono twenty-four we have cured. Zechariah Konitosteyears ago. He is now teacher in the nitucka is a very good case. He is dois King's town, where he is doing a good a leader; and his countenance shoes work among the people generally, and that he is a really happy man. Such especially among the young men. He

a man does good every day. - Rer. Jens is a spiritual

, cheerful, and energetic Calvert, Lakemba, Fiji, January lán labourer in Christ's cause; and is useful 1864. wherever he resides.

January 1st, 1864.- Last night was From Lakemba I visited the island of uncomfortable from rain during the day. Vanuabalavu, and held the Missionary A goodly number, however, assembled at Meeting at Lomaloma. The people of Lo the beating of the drums. Some brought maloma were joined by those from the lights in a cocoa-nut split in two; others towns subject to them, and from the island in fruit bottles filed in two, after the of Susue. The gathering was large, and Tongan fashion ; and there were several they were well-dressed, and care faz forecastle lamps, which are now much in ward singing, and gave with cheerful

. use. The King's lamp had four branches. ness. They were followed by some bal The people were dressed up: the women, castes, and the wives and children and with gowns and shawls, and some with servants of the white residents. Five large bonnets ; the men, with trousers, hundred and ninety gallons of al mere

contributed, which will realize £70 in element. Dry goods, hardware, drugSydney; and £16. 153. 6d. in cash, in- gists', goldsmiths', and stationers' stores, cluding a nugget of gold, and a twenty. with a number of valuable wharves, have dollar gold piece given by a native all been destroyed. I saw the great chief.

fire in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1843, and I had a good report of the state of the wide-spread ruin caused by a similar our work from the Native Assistant, calamity at Bridgetown, Barbadoes, in Joel Katetha ; whom I was very glad 1860; but neither of these will compare to meet once more, he being one of our either in the extent of the ruin, or the earliest converts at Lakemba twenty amount of property destroyed, with five years ago, whose whole conduct has the catastrophe of yesterday. I witbeen as becometh the Gospel, and who nessed, also, the great fire at London is greatly respected. It was most gra- Bridge, in June, 1861; but this has tifying to worship in the two large and spread over a much wider space. While neat chapels, and to remember that we we sorrow over the fearful scene of deso. have many good places of worship at lation presented to this morning's sun, the various towns on the island. I well we have cause for thankfulness that remember visiting these islands in small neither of our valuable Mission procanoes, in the day of small and feeble perties in this city has been injured or things. On one of these occasions I read endangered. The scene of the fire is the burial service over an American, who nearly midway between the two; and had just been murdered by a native of though several of our people have lost Mua Levu.

Now, after a great fight their dwellings, or places of business, and of persecution, in which the early con. nearly all they possessed in the world, verts nobly suffered, the truth has be the calamity has not, I am glad to say, come triumphant everywhere in these fallen to a large extent upon the poor. parts.-- Rev. James Calvert, Ovalau, All, however, will probably suffer to January 26th, 1864.

some extent, as the destruction of pro. visions and dry goods has been so extensive as to be likely to cause a con.

siderable increase of prices for some WEST INDIES.

time to come. One of the sufferers, a I sit down to write you with mingled file houses which have been consumed,

partner in one of the principal mercan. feelings of sorrow and gratitude. Yester. informed me this morning that the loss day, just as we were closing our forenoon will approach to half a million sterling. services in this city, preparatory to the Several lives have been lost, two or administration of the Lord's-supper, an alarm of fire was given, and both chapels while others were injured by the blow

three falling victims to the flames, - Trinity, where Mr. Gregory was con. ducting service, and Kingston, where I ing up or pulling down of buildings to

arrest the progress of the fire. had preached--were speedily emptied ;

Our Jubilee celebration was arranged and several went home from the Trinity

to take place during the present week, service to find their houses in flames or

but this great calamity renders the postsurrounded with danger. The fire commenced, it is said, (but as yet its origin the rainy season, which we are now ex

ponement of it indispensable until after has not been ascertained with certainty,)

pecting, has passed over. Meanwhile we at a Portuguese cooking-shop; and, the shall hold the Jubilee services in the buildings of the city being almost ex

country Circuits as opportunity serves. clusively of wood, and there being a

Next week they are to be held at Berhigh wind prevailing at the time, it bice, immediately after at Essequibo, spread with terrible rapidity. Unfor and at Mahaica and Golden-Grove Cir. tunately, it commenced in a cluster of cuits as soon as practicable. Local cir. snall houses immediately to windward of several of the largest mercantile estab. cumstances, especially the dry and rainy lishments in the city; and before night

seasons, must be regarded in all these

Bleby, all these, with their valuable stores of George Town, Demerara, April 4th, 1864.

arrangements. – Rev. Henry goods of all descriptions, had fallen a prey to the flames; and an immense area, including the public library and

The amount of Contributions and Rereading-rooms, and the British Guiana mittances announced on the Cover of the Bank, had been swept by the devouring Notices this month is £9,454. 18, 9d.

BAPTISM OF A JEWESS.-An interest- tized, is nineteen or twenty years of age. ing service took place at Liverpool-Road A few years ago she was firmly attached Chapel, Islington, on Sunday, July 17th. to Judaism, and much opposed to ChrisA Jewess, the sister of a well-known tianity. By ber brother's affectionate Missionary to the Jews, was received care she has been taught to know and by the public administration of baptism love the Lord Jesus. She has diligently into the Christian church. Dr. Hoole, read the New Testament in the Spanish who officiated, addressed the congrega- language. She is convinced of the need tion as follows:

of a Saviour, and has found that Saviour “We have to request your Christian in Jesus of Nazareth. Through her sympathy and your earnest prayers on brother acting as interpreter and another behalf of a person now about to be friend, I have conversed with ber and baptized in the name of the Holy am persuaded that she has so far received Trinity. She is of a Jewish family, born the truth, and is in such a state of mind in Tangiers in Northern Africa, now a that she is a suitable candidate for the resident in Oran in Algeria, on the sacrament of baptism. She knows the Mediterranean. She has visited this nature of the ordinance; she enters into country in company with her brother for covenant with God; and she knows that the express purpose of being admitted by the outward and visible sign God into the visible church of Christ by outwardly seals to her the covenant of baptism.

grace. "Her aged father is living, a Christian “She is shortly returning to Africa; in conviction, but still not baptized. and it will be your prayer that she may Two of her brothers are Christian Min. be the means of spreading among bar isters. Mr. Abraham Ben Oliel, who acquaintance the knowledge of that is present, is a Missionary of the Society Gospel she has received. She will have for the Propagation of the Gospel among the sympathies and prayers of the the Jews.

congregation." “Many years ago a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew was left at her RELIGION DENMARK. The father's house in Tangiers by a Mission special correspondent of the “Times," ary to the Jews. This book Abraham writing from Elsinore on July 31st, delighted as a boy to read; but it was gives an interesting sketch of the taken from him by his uncle who found state of religion in Denmark, and par. him reading it, -and by his father; when ticularly of the religious service conin the course of Divine Providence he ducted in the Cloister Church in the visited Gibraltar, he obtained a copy of above-named town. He says, “The the New Testament in the Spanish Marie's Kloister Kirke in Elsinore is language, which was made the means of one of the two great ecclesiastical builddeepening his impressions in favour of ings which tell of the importance of the Christianity. He then made his case town in former times. It is a very old known to the Missionary at Gibraltar, Gothic edifice in the simplest but must the Rev. T. T. N. Hull, and ultimately correct style of the thirteenth century, came to London for further instruction.

now altogether spoilt and defaced by Soon after his arrival I became ac whitewash, by rows of pews, and esped quainted with him, and introduced him ally by large wooden boxes, hanging is to the Society for the Propagation of mid-air, doing duty as private galleries or the Gospel among the Jews. He was tribunes, fitted up with glass windows placed under instruction at Brentford, and curtains for the rise of worshippert when he received much kindness from of the ultra-exclusive class. You go the late Thomas Farmer, Esq., and was down to the church by a flight of steps there baptized by the Rev. George T. as if into a cellar, the outward ground Perks. He has subsequently been em having risen several feet round the ployed under the direction of the Society building with the accumulation of the for the Jews, in Northern Africa and in soil for centuries. Monuments and Asia Minor. Under his influence and tablets, which must have been there, instructions, and in answer to his prayers, have all disappeared, with the exception various members of his family have of a few old tombstones, trodden smooth, received the Gospel of our blessed paving the vestibule. At the back, over Saviour.

the main door, there is a hnge organ, s Rachel, who is now about to be bap. glittering with the gaudy decorations of

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the seventeenth century. That and the priest, stepping down from the altar and pulpit and other ornaments breaking walking across the church, ascended the through the sameness of the plain, white, pulpit, which was at the back of the washed walls, are the work of that edifice, almost close under the organ. Christian IV. to whose unwearied ac He read the Gospel of the day-St. tivity Denmark is indebted for almost Luke xix. 41-48 — all through, then all she can boast of architectural achieve. preached for about half-an-hour, taking ments. Over the main altar—the only the whole of the eight verses as his text. altar-is a picture of the Annunciation, He was a tall, dignified man, with a fresh and modern; and above that Christ lofty brow, hollow cheeks, and high risen from the dead, brandishing the cheek-bones, with deep-sunken eyes, cross in His left hand : from the cross with an earnest, ascetic, commanding there hangs the white and red Danne expression of countenance. He had a brog, the darling heaven-fallen banner fine mellow voice, a calm, impressive of Denmark. The whole is surmounted tone and manner, a simple, yet someby the initial letters of Christian IV. in what grand emphasis, with a frequent a cipher. In the chapels on either side toss of the head and a high and mighty of the main altar there hang several yet not forbidding nor ungraceful gesture. huge pictures with colossal figures, in the He was no bad impersonation of a minstyle of Ludovico Caraccio, probably ister of the God of mercy as well as copies from that artist. There were justice, bland and majestic, chiding and hardly twenty persons present when we pitying, chastising and loving at the entered the house of worship, at a

same time. He addressed his flock quarter to ten, though the service sometimes as "Beloved souls,' occaalmost immediately began.

People sionally as “ Dear brethren,' and 'Fellow kept coming in at various intervals Christians.' The attention, silence, and during the first half-hour, so that by apparent devotion of the assembly were the end of that period the whole con throughout most exemplary. The sermon gregation had assembled, and it made being concluded, the clergyman once altogether a respectable, though not a more crossed the church in all its length, numerous, flock. Full nine-tenths of and took up his former station at the the persons present were women. In foot of the altar. Heagain intoned two the free seats in the middle aisle I short collects or prayers, alternated counted about half a score of Denmark's with psalms sung by the choir, and retappre land-soldater. Most of the male ascended the pulpit only to call down civilians were old men, bald and stout. Heaven's blessings upon his flock and Altogether I should think there were dismiss them. The whole service was about one hundred and fifty persons,

over soon after eleven o'clock. where at least eight hundred or nine "That worthy English divine who dehundred could have been comfortably plored the condition of the Danish people seated. The service was opened by the as wholly destitute of religion might in clerk, a middle-aged man, in plain

so far be borne out in his assertions that clothes

, who, standing in the middle of the Danes are, on the whole, rather inthe aisle, read a short preliminary collect different church-goers. There are, so and the Lord's Prayer. The clergyman far as I know, only two churches in Elsiall the time was kneeling at the main nore,--a town which, only ten years ago, altar, clad in the long, flowing, black numbered 8,000 inhabitants, and is now robes of the Lutheran costume, with the reduced to 5,000. I am not aware that round stiff ruff round his neck, such as these churches open either for afternoon Was worn by the English clergy at the or evening service, nor could I feel quite rise of the Reformation. The priest's sure that the attendance at the other garb and the few remaining decorations and larger church is greater than at the of the church brought us back in imagi. one I was at. I could, however, hardly nation to the times of Edward VI. or go much wrong if I computed all the Elizabeth. The clerk's task being accom- people who set foot within a house of plished, a psalm was sung by a chorus prayer on a Sunday at something like made up of boys only, to the accompani- 1,000, or scarcely one-fifth of the popument of the organ. The clergyman then lation, of which about one-twentieth are stood up and offered, I believe, an ex

So far as my experience goes, the tempore prayer, intoning it precisely frequenters of churches do not go be. after the fashion of the Gregorian chant yond that average either in the rural of Roman Catholic worship:

There districts or in the capital of Denmark. was then another psalm, and another Besides the two old minsters in the prayer, read out of the book, when the town, we have here the chapel in the

men.

Kronborg, where in former times the by fancy or passion, it is difficult to guess Court had introduced worship in the what can engender this predilection for German language, a practice which has polygamy, and I must needs feel inclined been discontinued since the outbreak of to ascribe it to a compassionate feeling the present war. Dissenting denomi. of the men for the desolate lot of spinnations have, I believe, no house of sters; for whom it may be thought that meeting in this place ; nor have the half a loaf is better than no bread.' Roman Catholics. Whenever any one “For the rest, whatever may be the belonging to that confession dies, a priest causes, it cannot be denied that of outis sent for from Copenhagen to perform ward religion there is but little in Denthe last rites upon the dead man's sepul. mark. Such as it is, it is a thing of the ture. On the whole, there are not many Sunday exclusively. On week days every countries, I should think, more utterly place of worship remains jealously shut free from religious squabbles than this up, so jealously, that here, as well as at dear old Denmark. The Reformation Roeskilde and Odensee, I had endless was brought in here with little resist trouble, when I wished to see the catheance-none, I may say-on the part of dral, to get at the man who had run the people, who only remarked that the away with the keys in his pockets. The new faith would not make the herrings churches, even in the towns, have no dearer.' Ever since that time Luther. warming apparatus, and are never heated anism has lain light and easy on the during the long and severe winter, their Danish

race, ,-a comfortable doctrine, icy atmosphere thus supplying an excel. which its ministers draw extremely mild lent pretext to such as prefer to stay for the believer. The only sect, I am away. There is also, properly speaking, told, which makes numerous proselytes hardly any Liturgy; the service is very is that of the Mormons, who, however, short, and the part assigned to the conmust emigrate immediately upon their gregation shorter still; the rites are too conversion, as the peculiar application of plain and unimposing to create and their tenets to practical life would clash keep up the interest of any but the bestwith the civil organization of the State. educated worshippers.” Among a race of men so little swayed

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Mr. Thomas Pre, late of Oscott- lighted in the works of Milton and Villa, Erdington, near Birmingham, was Young; and occasionally, in the social born March 11th, 1789; and died on gathering, he would rehearse passages Sunday morning, July 26th, 1863. He from these poets, to the delight and was converted to God, while in the profit of admiring friends. In the youthful stage of life. Though not domestic relations he was exemplary. favoured with the training of religious Some of the last petitions to which his parents, he has been heard to say that heart and lips gave utterance were he inet in class before he had arrived at offered in behalf of his wife and family, the age of thirteen; and he maintained whom he intensely desired to meet in an unbroken connexion with the people heaven. To the former he said, a few of his choice to the end.

days before his death, “I have been His piety was altogether free from earnestly pleading with God for you and ostentation, but genuine and even. His yours, and did not cease praying till the zeal for the glory of God was a strong Lord gave me the promise of His special principle; active, but not vehement. love and care toward you." He was distinguished by a meek and Many years he sustained the imloving spirit, as well as by frank and portant office of class-leader; in which simple manners; and he held habitual capacity he "served his generation alfellowship with God. Among the cording to the will of God." His last prominent features of his character illness was marked by calm and in were strict integrity, high-souled wavering confidence in the atonement. honour, uniform consistency, and a dis- Shortly before his death he exclaimed, position to prefer others above him with much earnestness,self. Mr. Pye's acquaintance with the truths of God's word was extensive and “My heart is full of Christ, and longs accurate; his reading was various; and Its glorious matter to declare! he possessed, in consequence, no mean

Of Him I make my loftier songs, stores of general knowledge. He de.

I cannot from his praise forbear;

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