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sired, that, in the event of his death, a According to his desire, his remains clerical friend might be requested to do were interred in the compound of his so. Shortly before he expired, being told own house. The Resident, with other that the New Testament was at hand, at friends, attended the funeral. The Resihis desire, the fourth chapter of St. John dent has also ordered a monument to be was read to him; at the conclusion of erected over his grave, and directed an which he said, “Thanks be to God!" A inscription to be prepared for it, both in hymn, which he had composed a short English and Persian. But he has a far time before, was then sung, and of which better monument in those faithful “ lathe following is a paraphrase:
bours" from which he now
rests," and Blest Saviour of the world! who art
those “ works” which “ follow him." Belov'd supremely still by me,
For, “ they that be wise sball shine as Now, in thy ever-loving heart,
the brightness of the firmament, and they Oh let me not forgotten be!
that turn 'many to righteousness as the
stars for ever and ever." Of all that blooms in earthly bower, Or in ethereal field i nat blows,
We will not dwell upon the reflections Of ev'ry sweet and fragrant flower,
which occur to our minds upon the death Thou art the fairest, Sharon's rose ! of this exemplary minister of Christ in Long pass'd away youth's cheerful morn,
reference to Christianity in India. In And age's closing hours come on
him we have seen a complalo refutation
of all the idle surmises ai aibold asserThese grieve me not-my soul is torn By memory of my sins alone.
tions of the opponents of Christian mis
sions in that country. Abdool Messeeh Blest Saviour of the world! who art Belov'd supremely still by me,
was a native and a Mussulman; but he Now, in thy ever-loving heart,
lived for many years, and he died, a faithOh let me not forgotten be!
ful and consistent follower of Christ, and
an able minister of his holy religion. He joined in singing this hymn; and What then, humanly speaking, but the desired that it might be sung a second coldness and insufficiency of exertion on time: but, he could no longer articulate the part of professed Christians, prevents distinctly, and soon became insensible to the faith of the Redeemer being more every thing around him. He lay, seem- widely known and embraced among the ingly in perfect ease, ull the evening; natives of India, till, from the bosom of when he raised his head from the pillow, its own communion shall arise teachers and with his left hand took hold of the sufficient in number, and as equal to the hand of his friend—then gently withdrew arduous office as the humble and excelit--and breathed his last.
lent Abdool Messeeh.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Vicanus; C. D. A. ; ANON; Laicus ALTER, A CONSTANT READER; A. H. H.; and
F.; are under consideration.
marks had been anticipated.
Letters of the venerable Missionary Swartz, written to a family of children and young persons, for whom he cherished a truly pastoral regard, in a spirit of affection, piety, and Christian simplicity, which our respected correspondent justly charac
terises as “ most interesting and affecting.” Epsilon will see by our present Number that we have not been unwilling to admit a
calm discussion of the bearings of unfulfilled prophecy; but we cannot see the propriety of making the sacred Scriptures a mere gazetteer to passing events. Epsilon commences his prophetical remarks with saying, “The battle of Navarino has rendered the approaching dismemberment of the Turkish empire almost an historical fact; the Turks must either submit without war or be forced, &c. &c.” Is it sober thus first to prophecy respecting future events, and then to make these human prophecies a key to the fulfilment of the prophecies of Scripture ?
VOLUME THE TWENTY-SEVENTH,
RELIGIOUS AND PHILANTHROPIC INTELLIGENCE.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. WE shall introduce our abstract them, and reduce them to their ele
of the last Report of this emi- ments; and however they may differ nently useful religious institution, in certain properties, in one they all with the following passage from the agree-they are material, and perish annual sermon preached before its in the using. In an army of rebels members, by the Rev. H. Budd- there is every variety of character ; a passage which powerfully exhibits but there is one prominent and dis.. in its true light the basis on which tinctive—they are rebels all. Thus all missionary exertion should be it is with man: find him where you grounded :
may; modify him as you please ; “ It is to no particular condition shape him as you will, by the square of men, it is not to men of nicer or and plummet of civilization and rebroader distinctions of character, finement; yet no perfection of art that the ambassador of Christ is can make him less than a sinner, no sent. Under what character, then, attainment of science can make him is he to address mankind ?-Siniply less than a rebel to his God. as sinners. This is the universal “ It is to man, the sinner, then, character of fallen humanity. «The that this ambassador is sent-to Scripture hath concluded,' or shut man, dead in trespasses and sins' up together, 'all under sin' (Gal. iii. (Eph. ii. 1); corrupt by sin, impotent 22); • for all have sinned, and come by sin; 'without strength or disshort of the glory of God' (Rom. iii. position to return to God; un23): all have come short of God's godly' (Rom. v. 6); 'without God in glory, or purpose in forming them the world.' (Eph. ii. 12.) all are rebels: all are guilty of foul “ Here then, I apprehend, is the revolt; all are found in open warfare firm foundation of all usefulness in against their God: • There is none the ministry of the Gospel-a deep that doeth good, no, not one.' (Rom. conviction that man is a sinner iii. 12.) It is neither natural, nor against his God; evidenced by all moral, nor' artificial distinction of history, all experience past and precivilized life that makes the differ- sent, the dictates and assumption of ence here: man, all over the world, the whole word of God, the chaat all times, in all places, under all racter of Christ revealed therein as circunstances, is found a sinner the remedy for sin, and, above all, against God. You may collect spe- the experimental conviction of this cimens of earth from either quarter awful truth in the plague of the mi. of the world; you may decompose nister's own heart. No man is fit CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
for a minister of Christ, who does they have continued to experience. not feel that he is a perishing sinner, Notwithstanding the difficulties of sent to perishing sinners with this the country, affecting all classes of embassy, Be ye reconciled to society, there had been a small adGod!'
vance in the funds of the society in We might quote, with much plea- the past year. The society had sure, many passages from Mr. Budd's also received more than 8001. glowing statements, relative to the towards promoting native-female manner in which the ambassador of education in India. To the list Christ is to fulfil his ministry of re- of vice-patrons the committee conciliation; and peculiarly by the had the pleasure to add the name faithful exhibition of that fúnda- of the Right Rev. the Bishop of mental and specific disclosure of the Llandaff, now of Winchester. Ten sacred Scriptures, that “God was new associations had been formed in Christ reconciling the world unto in the course of the year. The himself, not imputing unto men gross receipts of the year amounttheir trespasses*.” But our limits ed, including the contributions to oblige us to pass on to our abstract the institution Islington, to of the Report.
45,9501. The amount of expendiThe committee commence their ture had been 40,4701. Report with expressing their grati- Two of the missions of the sotude to God for the mercies which ciety, the West-African and the
• There is a spirit of piety, of affection, Indian, had suffered, somewhat conof Christian simplicity, and of pastoral siderably, by the return of those unction, in every page of Mr. Budd's dis- who were engaged in them, on aecourse, which makes us unwilling to as- count of ill health, and from other sume the office of the critic in perusing it; otherwise we should be inclined to take
causes, Several missionaries had some exception to certain passages in it; departed for their stations during as, for example:
the year; and the Bishop of London " What is the reason that society in had admitted several of the society's Christian England has not made a greater students to ordination. The total practical advance in the grace of the Gospel ?, Shall I attempt to answer the number of persons who had been question? I would rather answer it by accepted during the year for misasking another - Is the pulpit of the Church sionary employment is twenty-nine. of England a pulpit of precept or of pro- There were in the society's institumise, of exaction or of reconciliation, of the Law or of the Gospel? Which is its tion at Islington thirty-one pupils ; distinctive character ?"
and the committee are increasingly If the respected preacher means simply convinced by experience of the utithat the Christian ministry ought to be pre-eminently an office of promise and lity of such an institution. reconciliation, we quite accord with him;
WEST-AFRICAN MISSION. and we lament that the religion of Christ is We lament to find that in this ever made to wear an unlovely aspect; that important sphere of missionary exthe wrath or the harshness of the frail ertion, the society has not of late posmessenger is ever allowed to interpose between the embassy of mercy and the sin- sessed sufficient strength for the beful being to whom it is addressed; but, at nevolent work in which it is engaged. the same time, is not the Christian pulpit, While new accessions to the colony to employ our author's language, though are continually making, the number we will not use the unkindly word “exaction,” “a pulpit of precept," of scriptural of those who are labouring for its injunction, of exhortation to duty, of re- spiritual benefit is gradually dimimonstrance, and of correction in righte, nishing; and the supply of Cliristian ousness, not less than of what is terned teachers is inadequate to the wants of faith and love with a principle of cheerful of a population of 16,000 souls. obedience in the Gospel of Christ, is pot
The details of the proceedings at duty itself privilege ; and ought not the this station are too miscellaneous for minister of Christ to guard as strongly abridgment, but we select : a few hearer, as against those of the self-righteous specimens. Pharisee?
At Freetown, the usual services had, till Mr. Raban's sickness, been other, and a consistent conduct regularly performed, and an in- There is a reduction in the boys' creased attention had been mani- school, from a new plan of apprenfested by the European part of the ticing the boys of ten or twelve congregation. There was an in- years of age among the people. crease in the number of the attend- At Waterloo, Mr. Wilhelm gives a ants, children and adults, in the melancholy account of the body of schools. The number on the books the people, who have been very conhad been, boys 1310, girls 637, siderably increased by accessions adults 27. Public meetings were from captured slave-vessels. “ The held in support of the Auxiliary men,” he says, “ are in a wretched Bible, Church Missionary, and condition-not fit to be put to laPrayer-book Societies, which were bour; but prepared only to suffer attended by the acting governor. and die! They came from the ves
At Kissey, the people had been sel like so many skeletons. May negligent about spiritual things, few the Lord behold in mercy the low besides the communicants attend- estate of these poor people.” Mr. ing the ministry of the word of God; Wilhelm notices some facilities afbut their attendance had somewhat forded for the introduction of the improved. The number of com- Scriptures and tracts into the inmunicants was forty; and within terior. The Mediterranean press nine months, ten adults and seven- will thus find a new vent for its teen children had been baptized. valuable labours. – From Kent a The native teacher, David Noah, missionary writes : “ There has writes to the secretary: - “ Our arisen among the inhabitants of loss has been very great; and is, this settlement a continued in. indeed, still so: for as fast as the quiry after the way of salvation ; Lord is sending His faithful servants and instead of being annoyed, among us,
so fast He removes as formerly, with settling daily them from us by death. But what palavers, and
and silencing noisy shall we say unto Him? Shall school children at night, I am now not the Judge of all the earth do rejoiced with different prayer ineetright? Yes! He is too wise to err, ings in the town, and by the school and too good to be unkind: there- children singing at night and before fore we must stand still, and see the day-break in the morning. The salvation of the Lord: for the Lord attendants on Divine service have will not cast off tor ever. I read much increased: their average numyour letter both at Kissey and Wel-ber, inclusive of children, is on Sun. lington; and the people were very days from 369 to 419, and on weekattentive, and also glad to hear that days from 229 to 239. Our present the good people in England are still place of worship has become too mindful of us and pray for us. It small to contain so large a number, has been read in most of the villages so that many have to sit outside in of the liberated Africans in the the piazza."-We. lament to learn, colony." --At Wellington the at- that at Regent there is an almost tendance on Divine service on the total unconcern about the things of Sunday morning continues to bear another world; and that not the an encouraging appearance. On fifth part of the population attend Sunday afternoons, and on week. public worship. This lamentable days, there are, on an average, 200 neglect is attributed, partly, to the adults: and they are, at all times, withdrawing of the government raapparently attentive. There are tions, partly to the want of a stated thirty-three_under probation for European ministry, and partly to bapiism. The communicants are the present occupations of the 108 in number ; and they manifest people. Only one school, and that a pleasing cordiality towards each for boys, has recently been kept at this station. It has been increased Italian, which have issued from the by an accession of fifty-five boys press. A large quantity of these from a slave ship. Ofthese the mis- publications was in a course of cirsionary writes: -“I rejoiced when I culation, in the Ionian Islands and beheld them, though toiling, with Greece, at Constantinople and Smyrweary steps and in a sickly con- na, and in Syria and Egypt. dition, up the steep hill leading to It was stated in the last Report, the school-house : because I knew that Mr. Hartley on leaving the that there they would be beyond Ionian Islands, proceeded to Asia the reach of their cruel masters; and Minor. During the first three I trusted that a few days' rest and months after his arrival in Smyrna, the use of wholesome food would he was much occupied in the soon restore them to health and acquisition of languages, and the strength ; but, more especially, that perusal of books connected with now they would be trained up in the his various duties. Of the effect nurture and admonition of the Lord of his labours he thus speaksThe behaviour of the liberated chil- “ Not a few persons have been dren is as good as can reasonably led to disclaim those errors in which be expected, from poor children on they have been educated, and to whose tender minds the first im- join me in religious worship. Of pressions were inade by the errors some I even venture to hope, that and vices of Heathepism. But I it has pleased God to accompany have been much struck by the con- the acquisition of knowledge with a trast between these children, and considerable change in their moral those who were born of liberated character."— He afterwards made parents and have been reared in the an excursion to the country of the town: these last appear more in- Seven Churches. He states the telligent, frank, and happy, and following contrast between the conhave the air of liberty in their whole dition of some of these ancient deportment; while the others ex- churches and that of others. “While hibit, in their downcast, timid, and Ephesus, Laodicea, and Sardis, the suspicious mien, the appearance of three churches which called forth a servile and oppressed race.” the denunciation of displeasure on
MEDITERRANEAN MISSION. the part of our Lord, are now noThe labours of those who are thing more than abandoned ruins, employed in missionary objects, in Philadelphia, together with Smyrna the countries adjoining the Medic and Thyatira (and this is also the terranean, are daily assuming a more case with Pergamos, which I have interesting character; and heighten not yet visited), still contain flourishthe anticipation of that period, when, ing communities of Christians. The by the blessing of God on the prayers pen of a celebrated infidel bears and endeavours of his servants, pure witness to a circumstance which is religion shall be communicated to worthy of notice in regard to Philathe Eastern churches; and, through delphia. . • Philadelphia alone has them, to their Mohammedan and been saved by prophecy or courage Heathen neighbours. The Rev. At a distance from the sea, for. William Jowett has been so much gotten by the emperors, encomburdened with the preparation of passed on all sides by the Turks, publications for the press, which is her valiant citizens defended her becoming an engine of extensive religion and freedom above fourgood, that the committee have sent score years; and, at length, capituhim an associate in his labours, the lated with the proudest of the OttoRev, C. F. Schlienz. The labours mans. Among the Greek colonies of the printing department must be and churches of Asia, Philadelphia very great, from the extensive list of is still crect; a column in a scene publications in Greek, Arabic, and of ruins.'” (Gibbon's Decline and