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my spirit.” His last intelligent important work of becoming reconwords were, · My ransom is paid.'
ciled to God? · Smitten friends,
The death-bed of our departed Are angels sent on errands full of love: friend may
a deeply For us they languish, and for us they die : interesting secret. What gave him And shall they languish ; shall they die in this heroic calmness, and this blesvain?'
sed peace, when death, as it were, No! rather let us enquire what started from his ambush, and message this stroke of God's pro claimed him as his prey ? It was vidence has been commissioned to faith ;-a firm, practical, realizing bear to our own souls. There are faith in the atonement wrought by two particularly striking features a crucified Redeemer, which was in this lamented instance of mor “ the anchor, sure and steadfast," tality: first, it was unexpected, on which his soul reposed;
"" the since neither the age, nor the appa rock," on which his hopes of salrent vigour and activity of the vation were built ; and though individual thus suddenly cut off in
“ the flood” of death arose, and the meridian of life, could have beat vehemently upon that house, warranted any expectation of such yet it could not shake it, “ for it an event. Secondly, even the short was founded upon a rock." period of his illness was scarcely But it is scarcely a point of permitted to be a season of prepa
inferior moment to observe, that ration for eternity ; for the above although our lamented friend did recorded, sweet, and most satisfac not build his hopes of salvation on tory testimonies to his blessed Sa
any works of righteousness which viour's presence with him, in his he had done ; yet such works, passage through “ the dark val (which are the inseparable accomley,” were just the occasional paniments of saving faith) were bright gleams of the Sun of righ- exemplified in his life. Seldom, teousness," shining into his soul, perhaps never, has there been a and dispelling for a moment the stronger testimony borne to the gloom of torpor and feverish deli- religious and moral character of rium, which oppressed his body
any individual, than the universal and his spirit, during the greater suffrage which has been rendered, part of his last days of suffering. since his decease, by persons of all 1. As the tree fell,” therefore, so ranks and all classes, who were in “ to lie.” He was just
any way acquainted with our depermitted to receive the intima parted friend, to the piety, the tion,
“ Behold the bridegroom integrity, the purity, the charity, cometh, go ye forth to meet him," the humility, and the usefulness of and he had just time to reply in his life and character. It was his spirit, “ Even so Lord Jesus, come daily, earnest, diligent endeavour, quickly.” But summoned thus to “ adorn the doctrine of God his suddenly out of life, and amidst Saviour in all things." He sought, this heavy pressure of disease on by the assistance of the Holy the corporeal and mental powers, Spirit of God, to make his life a had the "oil" of heavenly grace commentary on that beautiful pasbeen wanting in the “lamp" of sage of scripture, 2 Peter i. 5–7, faith, there would have been no from which, only six months pretime, or ability for him to “ vious to his decease, he had preachthem that sell, and buy for him- ed, and published two very valuself.” Shall we not do well then able discourses ; “ And beside to learn from the striking example this, giving all diligence, add to before us, what madness it is to your faith virtue ; and to virtue put off to a dying hour, the all- knowledge ; and to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance, most deeply, bow with submission patience; and to patience godli to the Almighty fiat which has ness; and to godliness brotherly
laid him low, and acknowledge, kindness; and to brotherly-kind “ It is the Lord, let him do what ness charity."
seemeth him good.” In the glowWe cannot but feel that the ing words therefore of one of our subject of this brief obituary is a most devotional poets, may we public loss to all those in his neigh- conclude this faithful, though imbourhood, who frequently heard perfect portrait of departed exfrom his lips the glad tidings of
cellence. salvation; to the young gentlemen whom he was bringing up in “ the ‘Go to the grave :-although in manhood's fear of the Lord, which is the
In full activity of zeal, and power ; beginning of wisdom; ” to his
A Christian cannot die before his time, friends, his family, and all who
The Lord's appointment is the servant's were in any way connected with hour. him. But while we may, and
the grave :-no, take thy seat ought to“ lay it to heart,” that “a above, righteous man" has perished from Be thy pure spirit present with the Lord, the earth, still must even those who
Where thou for faith, and hope, hast
perfect love, have cause to mourn this event
And open vision for the written word.
MISCELLANIES. “ THERE is no condemnation to contained in these words, “I will them that are in Christ Jesus.' run the way of thy commandments, Rom. viii. 1. This is a matter when thou shalt enlarge my heart.' of experience as well as of hope ; Psalm cxix. 32. And what is his for though they that are in Christ ground of hope that his petition shall not be condemned, however will be received ? David's trust, dispirited and troubled they may “ the Lord will perfect that which be now, yet such as have not the concerneth me. ” Psalm cxxxviii. 8. heart's consciousness of being in -M. S. Christ, are always liable to the About the beginning of the sevenvoice of the accuser, tormenting teenth century, Peter Jansen, a and perplexing them.-M. S. Dutch merchant, caused a ship to The worst kind of spiritual dis
be built answering in its proporcomfort, is that depression which tions to those of Noah's ark; the • enchains the faculties without length of it being one hundred and destroying them,' and weakens our twenty feet, the breadth of it sense of God's mercies, while it twenty, and the depth of it twelve. renders us more sensitive of his At first this was laughed at as displeasure. Such a case is gene fanatical (Jansen being a Memnonrally bodily and nervous, and per- ite), and while it was building, he haps will not be fully remedied, and his ship were ridiculed, as till we put off the corruptible body. Noah and his ark were formerly. But in the mean time, our most But when it was finished, they appropriate prayer will be this: found that ships of this kind were
Bring my soul out of prison, more commodious in time of peace that I may praise thy name; the for commerce, because they held a righteous shall compass me about, third more, without requiring any for thou shalt deal bountifully with more hands, and were found better me.” Psalm cxlii. 7. What
that had been offering shall we bring unto God made before.-Parker's Bibliotheca for this mercy? The engagement
We are happy to observe, that the various anniversaries of the different
religious societies have this year been numerously attended, and that, notwithstanding the general pecuniary depression, the contributions to their several objects have not materially diminished. The funds of the Church Missionary Society have considerably advanced during the year, and the different Irish Societies have been obviously regarded with increasing interest ; though the perturbed state of that country has produced, in the minds of some, a degree of despondency for which there is no foundation. The cause of true religion is steadily advancing in Ireland ; scriptural schools are in great request in that country; and the impoverished and oppressed clergy are still, in the midst of grievous trials and appalling dangers, testifying of Jesus, and in numerous instances countenancing and encouraging scripture readers to make known, in the darkest parts of the country, the light of everlasting life. Under such circumstances, the friends of religion in general, and of Ireland in particular, may well THANK GOD AND TAKE COURAGE. “ Be not weary in well doing, in due time ye shall reap if ye faint not.”
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Anniversary Meeting of the dertaking. There appears to be Wesleyan Missionary Society, was 33,000 individuals in connexion with held at Exeter Hall, on Monday the society in the West India April 29, when the chair was taken Islands, where we regret to state, by Lord Morpeth, and the Meeting that some of the Missionaries have addressed by several of the Wes- been exposed to grievous perseculeyan Preachers, by J. F. Buxton, tions, their chapels destroyed, their Esq. M. P. Captain Fenton, M. P. lives endangered, and their labours T. Guest, Esq. M.P.J. Hardy, Esq. impeded, or even suspended, by the M. P. H. Pownall, Esq. J. Heald. brutality of white inhabitants, callEsq. Lancelot Haslope, Esq. and ing themselves free men. Such outseveral other interesting speakers. rages must be terminated. If men, The income of the last year was who like the Wesleyan Missionaries stated at £47,715. There are 27,676 are under the protection of laws, children in the whole of the Socie- and able to vindicate their proceedty's schools ; of these 4,571 are the ings before a British public, expechildren of slaves. We are not able to rience such conduct, what cruelties collect the number of Missionaries must those poor Negroes undergo employed by the society ; nor to dis- who have no helper, no advocate, tinguish between those sent among no means of procuring even a hearprofessing Christians, and those la- ing. The outrages of the Jamaica bouring among the heathen. Thus, whites, renders the immediate enactfor instance, the formation of so- ment of a full, final, and decisive cieties in some of the regiments in measure for the emancipation of the garrison at Gibraltar, can scarcely slaves indispensable. be considered as a Missionary un
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY, The Annual Sermon before this In- Hon. Lord Gambier, and of the Rev. stitution was preached at the parish Henry Godfrey, D. D. President of church of St. Andrew's, Hol rn, Queen's College, Cambridge, of on Monday, April 29, by the vener- Thomas Bainbridge, Esq. Charles able Archdeacon Bather; and the Elliott, Esq. and James Stephen, Annual Meeting took place at Ex- Esq.-stated that the receipts of the eter Hall on the following morning, Society in the year ending the 31st when the chair was taken by Sir R. of March last, were £48,600. being H. Inglis, Bart. M. P. The report an increase of £7850. on the receipts --after referring to the death of the of the preceding year. This was for Society's late President, the Right the general purposes of the Society; JUNE 1833,
but if they included the sums re strongest claims to our support, our ceived for special purposes, such as sympathy, and our prayers. contributions to the fund for the In Calcutta and North India, relief of decayed missionaries, the thirty-five natives had gone to comwhole receipts of the year would munion; of these, thirty-two bad amount to £49,300 : that the In been in the open practice of idolatry stitution at Islington contained at only a short time before. At Meerut present only thirteen students. The a chapel had been built by a native total number of missionaries and princess, at an expence of 7000 catechists sent forth during the year rupees, which was attended not only was nine, and the whole number of by Christians but by Hindoos and missionaries and catechists in con Mussulmans. It appeared that a nexion with the Society was 110. missionary had attended one of the
In the West Africa mission, there great fairs, where crowds thronged were, in
a population of 21,000 to his tent from morning to night to liberated negroes, 4000 who con hear bis discourses, and many gladly stantly attended public worship ; accepted his tracts. 3000 children and adults under In Madras and Southern India, the education, and 624 communicants labours of the Society had been atin connexion with the Society. tended with great success.
At TinIn the Mediterranean, particularly nevelly, great numbers had been in Malta, the agents of the Society converted from idolatry. One large had been most actively engaged in body of Hindoos had, as a proof of the printing of tracts in different their sincere conversion, brought languages; of these forty only had forth from their temple the idol been printed in Italian, but there which most of them had worshipped had been 12,368 printed in the from their infancy, and destroyed Arabic, and 23,393 in the Greek. it. This was no small test of their In Smyrna the work had been pros conversion. At Bombay, Ceylon, perous, considering the difficulties and other parts of India, the Sowhich had been raised up by the ciety had made considerable proprevalence of cholera, and of the gress in the course of the year. In plague. The two missionaries from Australasia, they had been equally Egypt had visited the Society this successful, and not less so in North year. It appeared that the greatest America. Speaking of the West hindrance to the progress of mis India mission, the report noticed sionary efforts amongst the Mahom the absurdity of ascribing to relimedans of that country was the fear gious instruction those lamentable of death ; for by law, the man who events which such instruction was changes his religion is put to death. calculated to prevent. The labours of the missionaries In conclusion, the report noticed therefore in that country were chiefly the great liberality of the public in directed to the benighted Christians. the past year, as evinced by the un
In Abyssinia, the missionary of precedented increase in their income the Society had found such favour as compared with former years. That with the chief of that part in which liberality had rescued them from a he resided, that great hopes were serious difficulty. Before the comentertained from it of advantage to mittee knew what might be their future missionary labours. In resources, they were ready to regeneral, the aspect of affairs in the trench-to cut off part of their Levant was favourable to the pro expenditure-at the first post which gress of the Society. A sentiment might convey to them the tidings of toleration had begun to prevail of reduced means: but they went on even in Papal and Turkish coun in confidence, and God had blessed tries, and we might hope soon to their hopes. There was, in all they see the terrors of the triple crown, saw around them connected with as well as those of the Mahommedan the Society and its operations, proof sword, vanish before the progress that God had blessed their labours. of the Word of God. We might It was, indeed, a source of great hope to see the ancient people of comfort to all who took an active God restored to his favour. These part in promoting the objects of the were objects of the Society ; they society, that they were the instruwere objects which gave it the ments of conveying the knowledge
of the truth to thousands whom they tell him they had a greater in had never seen, and that by their their own religion ;--if he spake to
so niany were led from a them of miracles, they would adduce most degrading state of ignorance from the fictitious legends of their and vice, to the knowledge of the religion miracles which they would truth as it is in Christ.
assert went far beyond ours ;-if he The Hon, and Rev. BAPTIST Noel spake to them of the Divinity of a said he was glad to see an improve Saviour, they would at the utmost ment was taking place in our mission class him as one of their 300 milary statements. They were getting to lions of gods ;-if he talked to them be plain and simple narrations of of the purity of our faith, he would facts, as they ought to be. He had raise their strongest objections : :-for long wished to see more of informa it was the purity of our faith which tion as to what was done, than of hope deterred many from embracing it, and conjecture as to what might be and it was the wickedness of their done in such reports. Even if they own-giving a scope, as it did, to were unsuccessful in particular pla the gratification of their passions, ces, those who were interested ought which wedded them to it. But there to be informed of the fact, as it would was another difficulty which the teach them what course to pursue. missionary had to encounter. It Let the meeting consider what was was, that even where he might prothe present extent of missionary la duce conviction on the mind of the bours, or rather of missionary means, Hindoo, the convert was deterred in the whole Christian world. He from an open profession of Chrismeant of course the Protestant mis tianity, as it would take him from sions. The entire number of clergy his family and his friends, and cast men employed in those labours him out on the world. Under such throughout the world did not exceed circumstances, the missionary at 600, and if to these were added 400 Benares would despair if he were laymen they would have an aggre not upheld by confidence in Him in gate of 1000—and these were the whose cause he had embarked. It whole to preach the gospel to the was that alone that could sustain heathen world, comprising six hun him in his task, rather than any apdred millions of souls. That was, peals from the Society at home, there was one missionary to every
strong or affectionate. 600,000 heathens. What would the Were they not then too sanguine in meeting think of one clergyman for their expectations of what could be the entire principality of Wales? or done by individual exertion. But two for the whole metropolis-or suppose the climate should four for Scotland-or only twenty against the missionary, and that for the whole of the Island -- for that after a residence of a few years, was about the proportion. What, he when he had remained long enough would ask, could be expected from to have mastered the difficulties of the exertions of that number of the language, and to have made clergymen spread over so large a acquaintance with many of the sphere of action? Where the means natives, when in fact he was in a were small, buw was it possible to condition to commence his missionexpect great results? We should ary labours, what was to be the rather be thankful that so much was result? He was to be replaced by done with such small means at our another, who would have to go over disposal. Let them suppose the the same ground before he could be missionary at Benares, where there equally efficient as his predecessor. were 300,000 idolaters. After the See what had happened at Benares. missionary had mastered a language Mr. Adlington was there in 1827 ; so very difficult and so widely dif he was succeeded in 1828 by Mr. ferent from his own, what was he Friend; who in 1829 was followed alone to do in a city crowded with by another missionary, who was Brahmins, whose belief in their own soon removed, and there was faith, if it was not one of conviction, missionary till 1831. Now if Mr. was upheld by their interests. If Adlington could have remained for the missionary were to begin by those five years, was it not probable telling any of those
that in that time a little church Divine Atonement, they would would have been collected around