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The Bishop of LONDON said, "It is a great religious work that we are engaged in -perhaps, in one sense, the greatest religious work that can be undertaken-certainly the widest in the field of its operations, certainly a work that has endured ever since the books were penned that we are engaged in circulating, and certainly the work that is most likely, under God's providence, to bring the world at last together, when the long probation of the Church ends, and we are called before the presence of our Saviour." The claims of the Society on the Christian public were ably advocated by the noble chairman, the Bishops of LONDON and CARLISLE, the Rev. W. PUNSHON, the Rev. C. KEMBLE, the Rev. OWEN THOMAS, the Rev. Dr. POMEROY, and several other gentlemen.

Clerical Education Aid Fund.-There are, we fear, many who deplore the insidious but rapid progress of that canker-worm, Tractarianism, who do not use the means which God has given them to counteract in some degree its influence. Vapid denunciations avail but little. On the contrary, they too often prove an incentive to increased energy on the part of those against whom they are directed. Every means should be used to bring the object of this Society prominently before the lovers of Gospel truth.

effect 1800 years ago. There was nothing better than that. The London City Mission might not suit the Tractarian or the Neologist,-clergymen of that stamp might cry out against it, and hold that the Church would be hurt by the connexion; but those who agreed with Cranmer, and Ridley, aud Latimer, and Hooper would regard it as their best and truest friend.

The Soldiers' Friend and Army ScriptureReaders' Society.-The first annual meeting of these incorporated Societies was characterized by one feature which deserves special notice the attendance of a very large num ber of officers and soldiers, who appeared to take a lively interest in the proceedings. The Chaplain-general, the Rev. G. R. GLEIG, presided, and made the gratifying statement that, "Little by little the Gospel is spreading amongst our forces, making those noble spirits not only the stoutest troops that ever carried arms, but the most true-hearted Christian men."

The Report, amongst much heart-cheering intelligence, announces that Lord STANLEY has given official authority for a gratuitous transit by the society of all packages of books, tracts, &c., by her Majesty's vessels, to the military stations in India, and also that the Directors of the Oriental and Steam Navigation Company have made a considerable reduction in their charges for the passage of any of the Scripture-readers of the Society to distant parts.

Colonial Church and School Society.-At the annual meeting the Bishop of GRAHAM'STOWN stated that in his diocese he had travelled 140 miles and more between two clergymen, and even in the most favoured part of the colony, fifty miles was a very short distance between two clergy men. The Rev. Dr. FRY, from Tasmania, said that the great need of the colonists was Evangelical preachers. The colonists were ready to receive every-jare now engaged in a sanguinary conflictthing that was truly English and truly Pro- the one as the professed champion of liberty testant; but, great as were their powers of and civilization, and the other of absolutism digestion, they could not digest High and of Papal darkness and bondage-is this, Churchism it was too hard for them. I ask you, my friends, any reason why ProWhat they desired, what they longed for, testant Britain should be staggered in her was the presence of men who would preach faith, or should relax in her endeavours to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. make known the gospel of Christ to every dark region of the earth ?"

The Church Missionary Society.-The Chairman, the Earl of CHICHESTER, said, with reference to the affairs of Europe," If the peace of Europe has been disturbed-if two of the great Roman Catholic despotisms

London City Mission.-The Rev. J. C. RYLE, adverting to the wants of the growing populations of our great cities, said, They wanted the Gospel, the whole Gospel, and nothing but the Gospel. They wanted clear teaching about the great truths of salvation -clear teaching about the atonement-clear teaching about the work for which the Lord came into the world-clear teaching about the sufficiency of the sacrifice offered up at the Cross; they wanted the story of the Cross plainly to be told-that story which did good at Corinth, at Antioch, and at Rome. They wanted that story told now over again, which was told with such good

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In reference to the great rebellion in India, the Duke of MARLBOROUGH said, There are misrepresentations, and I regret much, for one, to see them, and to hear persons who ought to know better assuming that the Government of England is anxious to force the Christian religion upon the nations of India by means of Government authority. We know that that is not the case. We despise these aspersions-for aspersions they areput forward, not by the friends of Christianity, but by the enemies of truth. Those who wish to see the Government of this country taking a Christian part in regard to the affairs. of

India, are only desirous that Christianity should be promoted in that country, in the way that Christianity itself teaches. And if Christianity be promoted by the Government of India, in that way, there will be no what is called proselytism by means of Government influence, no attempt to introduce the power of the Government in order to convince the minds of the natives, but our reliance will be on our faithfulness to the commands of our own God and Saviour, and in the spirit of love abiding, directing, and acting upon His work."

The Bishop of LONDON concluded his long and eloquent speech thus:-"Dark clouds are gathering over the horizon of Europe. We hope that we may be able to keep out of other people's quarrels, especially as we cannot make up our minds which would be the right side to take part with. But, while we are watching these storms, there is one duty that we can and ought to perform, and that is to look carefully to our own laws and our own institutions; and, so far as our influence extends, to endeavour to make them really Christian. Depend upon it that these storms are not gathering for nothing. We know not what openings may be made through this working of God amidst the raging of the nations; and it is the part of Christian England, whatever openings are thus made, to strive to bring a Christian influence to bear, and to show that in our judgment the work for which God has reserved us is a greater one even than the spreading of free institutions, namely, the diffusion of that gospel which gives the best and truest freedom."

Bishop PAYNE, from the west coast of Africa, amongst much interesting information gave the following:- "What have I lived to see on the coast of Africa? In the course | of the last twenty-five years 200 churches have been built on the west coast of Africa, 200 schools have been established there, 16,000 children have been gathered into those schools, 15 dialects have been reduced to writing, a large body of communicants have been gathered into the churches; the gospel is preached to 15,000,000 of human beings through the instrumentality of the missionaries on the west coast of Africa, and the slave-trade is almost entirely suppressed from the Gambia on the north-west, to the months of the Niger on the south-a distance of nearly 2000 miles."

The Bishop of CARLISLE said that he had no confidence in mere excitement, but he had the greatest confidence in earnest and unceasing prayer. The men that were wanted for India were those in whom dwelt the Holy Spirit of God-who were under the influence

of Divine grace-who were large-hearted enough not to be disturbed by questions as to this form or that form-but to grasp the souls that were to be brought to Christ, and who preached nothing but Christ and Him crucified.

The meeting was ably addressed by the Rev. T. R. BIRLUS, the Rev. Mr. FRENCH, a missionary from Agra, the Rev.C. LEUPOLT, a missionary from Benares, and the Rev. Canon CHAMPNEYS.

The Rev. J. VENN read the Report. The total ordinary income raised in this country, from Associations, benefactions, and legacies, amount this year to 122,0887. This is the highest ordinary income which the Society has ever received, excepting that of last year, of which it falls short by 86987. Last year, however, there was the extraordinary donation of 10,0007. There has also been raised during the year, for the special Indian fund, 24,2877. If the local contributions raised and expended upon the operations of the Society in the missions, especially in India, be taken into account-which may be estimated at above 15,000.-they would bring up the general aggregate to 161,9837. There are at present under preparation for going forth fifteen young men in the University of Cambridge, and several others have declared their intention to offer themselves. Two have offered from Trinity College, Dublin. There are also thirty-five other accepted candidates; so that the year has been signalized by the increase of missionary candidates no less than by the largeness of the income.

Lord's Day Observance Society. The twenty-eighth annual meeting was presided over by the Bishop of RIPON. The Report states that the total receipts for the past year, including a balance in hand last audit, of 2817. 2s., was, 14607. 14s., and the expen diture 9177. 18s. 4d., including 400/. invested in Consols, leaving a balance in the hands of the treasurer, in favour of the Society, of 1427. 15s. 8d.

The speakers were the CHAIRMAN, the SECRETARY, the Rev. Dr. COURTENAY, P. CATOR, Esq., Mr. BRYANT, a working man, G. R. CLARKE, Esq., W. J. Maxwell, Esq., and the Rev. D. WILSON.

The Rev. D. WILSON, alluding to the 1st of May last, said—" What a contrast had been presented by the aspect of England and that of the Continent! While the people of this country were publicly returning thanks for restoring tranquillity in India; and while our places of worship were thronged with listening auditors, who bowed the knee before a merciful God, what was doing in Piedmont, Sardinia, and Austria ? That very day seemed to have been selected for the com

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mencement of hostilities the results, the the one prince would have an opportunity of effects, and the duration of which no one verifying more completely the facts recorded could anticipate! The present was indeed a in the Bible, for the very dust under his feet time for anxious thought and fervent prayer.” bore testimony to the truths of christianity.

Protestant Reformation Society.Lord In Rome, the other prince, whilst studying Calthorpe, the Chairman, in his opening the truths of christianity, must necessarily speech said." That little spot—that bright lament their perversion in that city, when he spot Sardinia--there is reason to fear will saw the ruler arrogating to bimself the be the scene of a bloody contest. Many blasphemous title of the Vicar of Christ. valuable lives will be lost, and much misery | There is no part of the known world in will be entailed. But let us hope that God i which immorality prevails so much as in will

, out of evil, bring good, and that the Rome. Colonel STACE, R.A., stated that issue of this contest—when it may end it is when he commanded a Company in Canada, impossible for men to say--but that the his second Captain had a Bible-class among issue will be the greater freedom of thought his men, which proved very useful. among the inhabitants of Europe, and the The Report states that the issue for the unchecked circulation of the Word of God. last year, in Bibles, amounts to 30,874,

The meeting was addressed by Vice being 18,198 copies more than the average Admiral V. HARCOURT, the Rev. W. M. yearly circulation of the Society for ten years MUNGEAM, the Rev. Dr. CUMMING, the Rev. previously. If to this number of Bibles be J. C. GOODHART, and other friends. added 3,464 Testaments, this will amount

Naval and Military Bible Society.-The to 34,338 as the entire issue of Bibles and Chairman, the Marquis of CHOLMONDELEY, Testaments during the past year. in his speech observed, that one of the bright- Ragged School Union. In the course of est spots in our moral atmosphere, at the his speech the Chairman, the Earl of present moment, appeared to him to be the SHAFTESBURY, said, “Do you thick that highly improved state of religious feeling in our work can be done by the Government ? the army. The Rev. G. Ř. GLEIG, the *

God forbid that the Government Chaplain-General, informed the meeting that should attempt it!

I would a high and holy tone was spreading among rather have three-and-twenty-thousand childthe troops, and that there were societies in ren instructed in the truths of Evangelical every regiment for the reading of the Scrip- religion than I would have 100,000 taught tures. The Rev. J. M'CONNELL Hussey, in accordance with the school system, and in advocating the claims of the society, said, with the notions of religious discipline and "Let not unbelieving nations be enabled to belief which might be issued by the Privy point out the wickedness and the sinfulness Council.” of our countrymen, and to say, 'If that is The Rev. JAMES WILSON, of Aberdeen, your christianity, our religion is as good as told the meeting that Her Majesty did not that.'” The Rev. R. W. BROWNE said, that disdain to take part in the work of educating the distribution of the Holy Scriptures was and elevating the poor. She frequently visited neutral ground ; it was an object in which the poor in the vicinity of Balmoral at their all who believed in the Father, the Son, and cottages, and took care that the children read the Holy Ghost might combine. As regarded the Bible, and were properly taught; and the merits of the Bible as a translation, the such was the manner in which she did this, best scholars must allow that there was not a that, if questioned, the little ones seemed to single passage in the authorised version that think of her rather as a mother than as a would lead a man astray for a moment, with sovereign. regard to the way of salvation. Admiral Excellent speeches were delivered at this HARCOURT asked whether the 10,000 sea- meeting by the Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord men now required to man our fleets were to Kinnaird, Joseph Payne, Esq., the Rev. A. be sent afloat in the midst of trial and W. Thorold, Rev. Dr. Spence, Rev. W. J. temptation without the Word of God ? He Tweddle, and several others. had heard that during the Crimean war there Religious Tract Society. At the Annual were several Captains who used to have Meeting Lord KINNAIRD presided. In his prayer with their ships' companies morning opening speech his lordship related the foland evening. Colonel SINCLAIR observed lowing circumstance:-A distinguished officer that the Queen had given her eldest son to in her Majesty's service, who for many years the

army, and the second to the navy. Both scoffed at the circulation of tracts by some of the princes, he was convinced, had studied his near and dear relatives, in taking leave of well their Bible. One had been lately in his nieces, before his departure for a foreigu Rome, the other had gone to Jerusalem. command had a tract-I forget the name of Whilst traversing the ground in Jerusalem, 'it-placed at that moment by one of them in

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his hand. He put it carelessly into his pocket. He had a long voyage out. In the course of the voyage, having much idle time, he put his hand in his pocket and pulled out that tract. He read it: the effect which it produced was such that he became a completely changed being, and he is now one of the most earnest God-fearing men in Her Majesty's service. His Lordship added, “I know that to be a fact; I know that that officer blesses this Society, and is a subscriber to its funds."

The Rev. Dr. MILLER, of Birmingham, said, that although he echoed from the bottom of his heart all that was said in favour of peace, he was not so sure of peace (hear, hear); and of this he felt certain, that no man would hereafter be found in arms less stalworth, or in acts less brave, if this country should be engaged in bloody conflict with France, or with Austria, or with any other country on earth, because he had been a student of the tracts of that Society, any more than because he had been a student of the Word of God.

dressed the meeting in terms expressive of very cordial sympathy with the objects of the Alliance.

The Rev. Dr. POMROY, Secretary of the American Board of Missions, gave some account of the American Revival.

The month has been so rife with noteThe Evangelical Alliance.-The Bishop worthy incidents, that we must content ourof Down and Connor presided at the May selves by simply alluding to them, as indicameeting Soirée-when the Right Rev. Presi- tions of our condition and prospects as a dent took the chair, a hymn was sung. The Christian nation. The speeches of some of Rev. S. Minton then gave a practical exposi- our senators at the election meetings were in tion of Eph. v. 1, 2. Before prayer, Sir their way as cheering as those of our philanCulling Eardley called attention to the peril-thropists at the religious anniversaries. ous position of the Protestants at Turin and Amongst the many incidents of the month, in Sardinia generally, placed, as it were, be- there was one which we must not omit to tween two contending armies numbering to mention, it was this: the hymn sung at the gether some 300,000 men. He suggested Confirmation of the Princess Alice was ori that these brethren should be specially ginally composed by Dr. Doddridge. Surely, remembered in prayer. The Rev. J. H. as a straw may show the direction of the Hinton, in offering prayer, gave effect to this wind, this circumstance may be regarded as suggestion. an indication of " steps in the right direc tion."

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"Lo!" says Christ, "I am with you always."

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Bishop PAYNE (from Liberia) spoke of his deep interest in the tidings given by the preceding speaker with respect to the meetings in America, which seemed to him to realize the time when "they that feared the Lord spake often one to another."

The Rev. THEOPHILE MARZIALS, pastor of the French Protestant Church, St. Martin'sle-Grand, said, that if he had not felt that, notwithstanding natural tastes, and even youthful prejudices, they were all one in the sight of their great Father, he should not have ventured to address the meeting. Some of the speakers had claimed their sympathies for the Protestants in Piedmont and in France. He would claim their sympathies for the whole of France, for the rulers of France, and for every Frenchman.

ENCOURAGEMENT.

Lo! I am with you" to own you. "Lo! I am with you "to counsel and direct you.

"Lo! I am with you" to cheer and comfort you.

"Lo! I am with you" to assist and strengthen you. "Lo! I am with you" to shelter and protect you.

"Lo! I am with you" to work all your works in you and for you.

"Lo! I am with you" to strengthen your graces, and weaken your sins. "Lo! I am with you" to scatter your doubts, and answer your prayers.

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Lo! I am with you" to bless you, and crown you with immortality and eternal glory.-Pierce.

A family without prayer is like a house without a roof, exposed to all the inju ries of weather, and to every storm that blows.-Lion.

INTERPOSING LOVE.

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DEAR SIR, -I cannot comfortably let that promise, and the blessed experience this month pass away without informing I have had of its fulfilment, in so clear you what a blessing your remarks in the a way as I believe the Holy Comforter present and last month's Magazine, upon has enabled you, dear sir, to do. And I Ísa. lvii. ll, And the Lord shall must say that the " Wayside Notes guide thee continually,” &c., have been for this month were very sweet and made, through the blessing of a gracious suitable to me. God, to me in my very trying position, Oh, what reason have I to bless the but in which position I believe the Lord, Lord for the Gospel Magazine, which in His overruling providence, has placed has been the means of conveying, through me, and remarkably directed me into the rich anointing of the blessed Spirit, It pleased the dear Lord, under peculiar so much joy, peace, and consolation circumstances, about five years ago, to my tried and afflicted mind; but I when called to forsake all for His sake, can bless the dear Lord, He has led me to apply the above portion of His by the right way, and I feel satisfied I blessed Word to my mind, and which have not had one trial too many; and He has in a most remarkable manner that goodness and mercy have followed, fulfilled to the comfort, joy, and peace and will follow me all the days of my of my soul to the present time.

life. Oh, blessed confidence! Truly The night before the January Num- the dear Lord does at times enable me ber came to hand I was meditating upon to glory in tribulation : knowing that it the dear Lord's goodness to unworthy "worketh patience; and patience, exme, in so blessedly fulfilling His word perience; and experience, hope; and hope upon which He had caused me to hope, maketh not ashamed ;" for the love of and was struck to find the same words God is shed abroad in my heart by the at the head of the Magazine. And in Holy Ghost which is given unto me. reading the remarks in which my ex- And now may the God of all grace perience was so clearly set forth, I was bless you, dear sir, abundantly with His filled with peace, joy, and consolation, sweet presence, and continue to crown and could not buť bless and praise the your labours in preaching and writing dear Lord for leading you so to describe the with great success, to the conversion of way in which He had led me; and when many precious souls, and to the buildI read the piece at the commencement ing up of the saints upon their most of the present Number, I was melted holy faith, is the sincere prayer of down before the dear Lord, under a feel- Yours in the bond of peace, ing sense of His goodness to me, for I ONE WHO HAS PASSED THROUGH could not have described the way in

THE FIRE, which He has led me since He gave me Loughborough.

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PRESUMPTUOUS SINS.

To sin, in hopes that we shall hereafter times we had never done it; in hopes repent, is to do a thing in hopes that we that we shall be full of horror at the shall one day be mightily ashamed of it, thoughts of what we have done, and that we shall one time or other be shall treasure up so much guilt in our heartily grieved and troubled that we consciences as will make us a terror to have done it. It is to do a thing in ourselves, and be ready to drive us even hopes that we shall afterwards condemn to despair and distraction.-Tillotson. ourselves for it, and wish a thousand

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