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Rev. Mr. Jackson, and Rev. Mr. Jobson ; the Chairman expressed his regret at the and thanks having been voted to the hon. unavoidable absence of the Lord Mayor, Chairman, the meeting separated.
and the pleasure with which he should always render any service in his power to
such a valuable Institution as that whose BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION 1 joterests they had assembled to promote.
OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS. The Secretary then read an interesting
The annual meeting of this Society, Report of the Society's operations during which we are happy to find is rising in the past year, in the various seaports of favour with the public, was held on Friday England, and in several maritime towns evening, the 27th of April, at Freemasons'. in foreign parts; but we cannot give tbe hall, Lincoln's-inn Fields.
numerous details. The attendance was larger than on any The Treasurer, George Gull, Esq., preformer occasion ; it was highly respectable, sented the cash accounts for the year. The J. D. Paul, Esq.the Treasurer, was called receipts arising from subscriptions, donato the chair. The Rev. James Hamilton. ' tions, collections, &c., amounted to the D.D., implored the Divine blessing on the encouraging sum of 3,5121. 18s. 7d. We proceedings of the evening, and on the were sorry, however, to find that the operations of the Society. The Chairman expenditure of the Society had exceeded made a few introductory remarks, and then that sum by 9241. called on Mr. Yonge, the Secretary, to The cause of this excellent Society was read the Report, which gave an interesting powerfully advocated by the Revs. R. F. and encouraging view of the position and Bailey, John Watson, E. Craig, John Bure prospects of this important Institution. The pet, John Bigwood, Thomas Boaz, Joho Jewish Missionary College, which it has. Adey, and D. W. Wire, Esq. established, promises to lead to the happiest results. At present it contains eight students. Mr. Manning, Mr. Golthiel, and Mr.
WEEKLY TRACT SOCIETY. Stern, the Society's foreign missionaries, The first annual public meeting of this have prosecuted their labours in various Society was held on Wednesday evening, parts with gratifying success. Nine mis- | 25th April, 1849, at the Hall of Commerce, sionaries, a female visitor and a Scripture- Threadneedle-street, D. W. Wire, Esq. in reader, have been engaged in conversing
the chair. The proceedings commenced, with the Jews in London, Manchester, by the chairman calling upon the Rev. W. Bristol, Birmingham, &c.
H. Elliott the Secretary, to implore the The female missionary is surrounded by Divine blessing; after which he read the an interesting class of females, several of Report, containing details of the Society's whom had been baptized during the past operations during the past year. Gratifying year.
instances of usefulness had resulted from From the Treasurer's accounts it ap- i them. Upwards of 70,000 tracts, besides pears that the income of the Society was | band bills, had been published and circu4,5271. 12s. 8d., and the expenditure 4,3221. lated, which would be greatly increased as 15s. 5d.
soon as the funds were augmented by The claims of the poor Jew to the atten. Christian benevolence, for which an earnest tion of the Christian public were effectively appeal was made. The receipts of the urged upon the meeting by the Revs. R. W. | Society for the year 1849, amounted to Dibdin, Dr. Bennett, R. Herschell, George : 2421. 175. 9d., and the expenditure to Smith, W. Arthur, J. A. Baynes, Dr. Scal. 2371 14s. 2d.; leaving a balance in hand of hoff, W. Bunting, and Dr. Stuart.
5l. 38. 7d.
The Chairman then addressed the meet. BRITISH AND FOREIGN SAILORS' SOCIETY.
ing, pointing out the importance and utility
of such agency as this Society presented, The annual meeting of this important for the welfare of the working classes, Society was beld on Friday evening, April and urging the co-operation of the Christhe 27th, at the London Tavern, Bishops- | tian public in its support. gate-street. It was well attended, but not The first resolution was moved by the so well as on the preceding anniversary. Rev. John Bigwood, and seconded by the
The Lord Mayor bad kindly promised Rev. T. W. Jenkyn, D.D. LL.D., and was to take the chair, but an unavoidable en- | to the effect, that the Report should be gagement prevented his attendance. At approved and printed ; and that while the his Lordship's desire, and at the request of meeting rejoiced in the success that bad the meeting, Mr. Alderman Cardon con- | already resulted from the Society, it should sented to preside.
stimulate to more active exertions in ex. The Rev. E. Finch, the Society's mini. , tending its sphere of usefulness, and more ster at Welclose-square Chapel, commenced earnest and persevering prayer for the ibe proceedings with prayer; after which, blessing of God upon its operations
The second resolution was moved by the prised thieves, fallen females, and other Rev. W. Beven, and seconded by the Rev. | outcasts of society ; the second were the Joshua Russell. This stated that the pre- superstitious and disorderly Irish ; and the sent social and spiritual condition of the third were working men, who were very working classes called for direct, combined, poor. About 2,736 persons had been induced and persevering efforts, to disseminate to attend public worship; 18,168 meetings among them the truths of the gospel, and for prayer and exposition had been held, that this Society felt it an imperative duty the average attendance being about twenty to supply this instrumentality, with a view persons. Still it was an ascertained fact to their salvation.
that, by steam boats, railways, &c., as many The last resolution, conveying the thanks persons left London every Sunday as were of the meeting to the Chairman, was moved left behind to worship God. The Committee hy the Rev. W. Woodman, and seconded had obtained one missionary for the Irish by the Rev. W. Tyler. The resolutions in London, who can talk with the people in were unanimously adopted; the addresses their own native language. Various inwere able and encouraging. The benedic stances of success bad attended the efforts tion having been pronounced, the meeting made for the police, for Greenwicb, and other separated.
hospitals and work houses. The Society had lost three missionaries by death, and
in the prime of life. The visits paid by LONDON CITY MISSION.
their agents, were very numerous ; 2,611 THE fourteenth anniversary of this So- | copies of the Scriptures had been districiety was held, May 3rd, at Exeter-hall, buted, with more than a million tracts; and when the great room was filled, in every 512 persons had been received as commucorner, by most eager listeners to its pro nicants in different churches, on the recomceedings. J. P. Plumptre, Esq., M.P., filled mendation of the agents. Many ragged the chair; and we observed a numerous schools had been also opened by them. An body of gentlemen on the platform, among | earnest appeal was made, in conclusion, to whom were the Hon. A, Kinnaird, Sir E. N. country congregations, to afford the means Buxton, Rev. Dr. Cumming, Revs. Bicker of supporting missionaries for particular steth, Smith, Brock, Messrs. Bevan, Farmer, districts in London. Hitchcock, &c., &c.
The Revs. E. Bickersteth, G. Smith, J. After prayer by the Rev. J. Robinson, Tucker, Dr. Cumming, and J. Rattenbury, the worthy Chairman expressed his thanks then addressed the vast assembly, in their to the Committee and to God for the privi- own peculiar and energetic manner, and lege he now enjoyed; and he assured the were briefly followed by Mr. Strachan, meeting of the warm and increasing interest | Revs. W. Brock, and W. Hill. Mr. Bevan he felt in the Society. It was to him a proposed thanks to the Chairman, with loud matter of much thankfulness to God to see applause; and to this motion he briefly such a large assembly of professing Chris expressed his pleasure in presiding at that tians, whose great object was to improve meeting. A hymn was then sung, and the the spiritual and eternal interests of our | very interesting services were terminated. fellow-mortals. The Rev. J. Garwood then read the Report, which stated the great progress that had been made in the Society's
· THE NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE operations. Seven years ago the Society
SOCIETY. had sixty-one missionaries, making known The sixty-ninth anniversary meeting the saving merits of Christ crucified. They of this Society was held at the Hanoverhad dow 214 missionaries engaged in the square Rooms, on Monday, April 30th, the same holy cause. The receipts, seven years Marquis of Cholmondeley in the chair. ago, were 5,538l. 17s. 9d. ; but the increase Prayer having been offered by the Rev. had been steadily progressive, till the last W. Holderness, the Chairman said that be year, when they had amounted to 19,0691., had taken much pleasure in the Society being the largest increase-by 2,9221., -of for many years, and it always gave him any former year. The aid now received pleasure to come forward in its support. from the clergy was equal to that from Major Sotheby, the New Military Secrethe ministers of all other denominations. tary, then read the Report, which stated Thirteen missionaries had been added to that 2,041 copies had been supplied for the Society, supplying the most destitute the use of soldiers, including grants to parts of the town. Various other topics barracks, hospitals, &c.; to her Majesty's of much interest were given in detail, to ships, 1,276 copies; to merchant seamen, which we cannot advert. Their agents had chiefly sold at low prices, 16,276 copies; paid visits to the dying beds of 3,085 poor to boatmen, &c., 2,953, and 1,261 copies at persons during the past year. There were the London Docks, sold on the same scale. three classes to whom the missionaries had The total number of Bibles and Testapaid particular attention; the first com- ' ments, during the year, bad been 23,175,
the largest number ever made by the chapel, the oldest in the county, has been Society in one year,– making a general, closed, except occasionally, when a minister total of 500,093 copies, since its formation. / could be obtained. The want of the necesThe receipis of the past year had been sary funds and supporters being the cause 2,4391. 9s. 5d.; the disbursements, 2,4371. of its declension. 3s, ld. The Revs. C. B. Gribble, E. Craig, About two years ago an effort was made Thelwall, E. Pizey, Conolly, Brian, W. Hol- ' by a few remaining zealous friends to rederness, with Captains Aylmer and Har- establish the cause, which by the blessing court, and General Slater, moved and of the Great Head of the Church has seconded the various resolutions. The 'bern crowned with success. Doxology was then sung, and the meeting On Good Friday, April 6th, 1849, the broke up.
formation of a church, and the ordination
of the Rev. T. S. Watson took place; who LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY.
received a unanimous invitation two years Tae anniversary of this Society was
since to become the stated pastor, through held at the Hanover-square Rooms, on
whose energy and self-denying labours the Thursday, April 26th, the Marquis of
cause has been raised to its present position. Cho!mondeley in the chair. The Rev. Mr. |
The ordination service was commenced by Hughes, the Secretary, having offered prayer,
the Rev. J. Elsom, of Heathfield, giving the Chairman stated that the leading object out appropriate hymns, Scripture reading, of the Society was to promote the great
and prayer. The Rev. W. Davis, of work of Christian education in Ireland ;
Hastings, delivered a most excellent introand he was happy to find that its efforts
ductory discourse; then followed the forma. had not been in vain. The Rev. Secretary
tion of the church and communion,- the read the Report of the Education Society in
Rev. J. N. Goulty, of Brighton, presided Ireland. Though the Society had to en at the table, and received the members. counter many difficulties, it had more than
The usual questions were then asked by · kept its ground. While the instruction
the Rev. W. Davis, and responded to in had been scriptural, the education was i
a very satisfactory manner. The Rev. J. practically an unlimited one: for the child | N. Goulty offered the ordination prayer. dren of the Established Church amounted i with the laying on of hands; the Rev. J. to 58,122; Protestant Dissenters, 15,713; !
B. Talbot, of London, was appointed to give and Roman Catholics, 46,367. The receipts the charge, but was unavoidably detained in for the year in the diocesan and general town ; this part was sustained by the Rev. societies, gave a total of 37,2951. 12s. 104d.; J. N. Goulty, who delivered a solemn and showing a decrease of more than 3,000l. impressive charge to the minister. Singing Various paid officers of the Society had and prayer closed the morning service. increased its efficiency; and the Committee In the evening the Rev. Wm. Tyler, of are about to pursue other measures to in- | London, preached to the people a most in. crease that efficiency.
teresting and luminous discourse on their After Lord Teignmouth had briefly duty to their minister. moved the adoption of the Report, the Bishop of Cashel powerfully advocated the The Rev. John Protheroe, late of Bulcause of scriptural education, and boldly ford, Wilts, having accepted the unanimous censured the measures of Government, by invitation of the church assembling in the Minutes of Council, &c., which gave Emma-place Chapel, Stonehouse, Plymouth, assistance to the Roman Catholic system to become its pastor, commenced his stated of education. The Rev. H. Stowell and labours there on the last sabbath in January W. Rowe, with Lord Bernard, Rev. Mr. last. Beamish, and Dr. French, urged the many claims of the Society on the sympathy and
MANCHESTER- BOWDON DOWNS. liberality of the British public. The motion
THE Rev. Henry Christopherson has reof thanks to the noble Chairman followed, which his Lordship briefly acknowledged,
ceived and accepted an unanimous invitawhen the assembly immediately broke up.
tion to the pastorate of the Congregational church in the above place.
THE Rev. John Reynolds, of this place, ORDINATION AND REVIVAL OF THE INDE- | has received and accepted a cordial and
PENDENT CAUSE IN THE TOWN OF BUR- i affectionate invitation to the pastorate from WASH, SUSSEX.
| the church assembling in the Old IndeThe revival of the cause in this long- | pendent Meeting, and has already entered neglected place, will gladden the hearts of upon his labours. Mr. Reynolds will be all who love to hear of the spread of the 'assisted in the discharge of his duties by a gospel. For nearly twenty years this junior minister.
THE REV. SAMUEL SPINK. The Rev. J. F. Newton having resigned. This able and faithful minister has acbis pastoral charge over the church and cepted the pastoral charge of the church congregation at Charmouth, in consequence | assembling in Russell-street, Dover. May of illness, to the deep regret of his people, the adored Head of the Church go before who held him in high estimation, has been | him, and prosper his ministry! succeeded by the Rev. F. Smith, who, since his pastoral charge at Sidmouth, has been residing some time at Broadwinson, and THE Rev. Wm. Salt having transferred engaged in ministerial labours in different / his pastorate at Hinckley to the Rev. Wm. localities. Mr. Smith having preached at Inman, late of Keyworth, Notts., with much Charmouth for three months, received a satisfaction has yielded to the urgent and most cordial invitation from the church unanimous request of the church and conand congregation ; and enters upon his gregation in the city of Lichfield to resume labours with every prospect of success and his labours there, after an interval of sevencomfort.
in. In his present mission to this country we trust he will be so welcomed by the
churches as to realize his most sanguine THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH OF LYONS.
expectations. The pressures on the colony We have been greatly delighted to wel in which he labours with so much success, come the pastor of this most interesting have rendered it indispensable that he church, the Rev. G. Fisch, to this country. should appeal to British benevolence on beHe has come to plead with British Chris- half of his own place of worship. We doubt tians on behalf of those extensive plans of not that such an honoured servant of Christ, usefulness now carried on by the church | “ whose praise is in all the churches,” will over which he presides. The Committee of meet with that encouragement which he the Evangelization Society supports, besides deserves. His church has contributed “to the Pastor of the church, two Ministers, its ability, yea, and beyond its ability ;" who evangelize each a suburb of the city, and we believe that he has only to lay open
-four Colporteurs, and five Evangelists, – his case to the Congregationalists of London four Chapels in Lyons and its suburbs, and and the Provinces, to secure a hearty retwo in the neighbourhood,--three Schools, sponse, which will gladden his own heart, containing 190 children,-ibree Sunday and stir up to fresh zeal and devotedness schools, for men, women, and children, the people of his charge. Such a mau, one Daily Adult School, in which 350 sol however, needs no letters of commendation diers were admitted in five months,-and from us or any of his brethren ; his “works an Infirmary for sick women, who were praise him in the gate," formerly exposed to serious ill-treatment in the Roman Catholic Hospital. Such are the objects for which Mr. Fisch will appeal
IRELAND during his visit to this country. He is on
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. titled to the warmest and most generous reception the churches can give him.
MY DEAR SIR, I think it is due to your benevolent readers, several of whom have
most generously contributed to the fund for CANADA.
relieving a very large and distressed family, under the title of " A True Picture of Irish
Misery," (which you kindly inserted in THE REV. HENRY WILKES'S CHURCH, MON
your April Magazine,) to express their TREAL, CANADA.
gratitude as well as my own, for the response MR. WILKES is an earnest labourer in thus given to that affecting appeal. Every the Canadian field. Since he entered upon letter we receive from the family is filled his Missionary career he has been honoured with expressions of the greatest thankful. to be extensively useful. Multitudes of ness; in short, their transition from the British emigrants pronounce his name with extreme of misery to comparative comfort respect and gratitude. He has lived to is a wonderful proof of the Divine goodness accomplish a glorious work, which genera and faithfulness in succouring the people tions yet unborn will have cause to rejoice of God, when ready to perish. Should you have room in your valuable publication to and in truth I was never during my stay give insertion to a few lines extracted from in Jerusalem, altogether able to overcome a letter I have just received from the father the prestige of my first impression. And, of the Misses I shall feel much in addition to this, so many things are gratified. I merely add, it is my wish to shown which the traveller cannot possibly crown this work of mercy, to which many believe, and so many things which he does kind friends have contributed, by laying not know whether to believe or not, that a up and securing a little provision for the general feeling of vague and undefined aged parents during the remnant of their doubt is apt to cast its shade upon the mind. days. Yours very truly,
- Ferguson's Pipe of Repose.
THE DEAD SEA.
FROM Bethany we struck into a path a
little to the south of Jericho-road, and “I felt within myself, as if the Lord
leading directly to the head of the lake. would hear and answer prayer, and when i This was. if possible even more dreary on the very verge of all hope (at the mo
than the other on all sides rose peak ment lying on iny bed with a severe attack
above peak, blasted and desolate mountains, of illness. from intensity of cold,) my leach like the crater of an extinct volcano. daughter Anne came into my room, pressed And as I descended into the silent plain of forward, drew the curtain, -Good news,
the Dead Sea, the only living creature in my dear papa; a letter from our friend the !
sight was a long thin snake, like a wbipcord, Doctor.' * • Fall on your knees,' I said to :
that, curling itself away among the stones, her, and let every member of my family seemed quite in character with the scene. do the same, and exclaim in admiration of
| But there was nothing gloomy in the colour the Divine goodness, My Lord and my of the lake itself: on the contrary, it was God!'
a deep and beautiful blue; and if those “Some were so overjoyed, that tears of
naked rocks around were but covered with gratitude were shed, while others leaped
foliage, and those barren sands with verfor joy. What benevolence have the
dure, it would indeed be a lovely and enhumane English shown on our behalf!
chanting scene. And such it was once, They are nothing short of a heavenly race
“even as the garden of the Lord before of people."
the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah." May 4, 1849.
But as I drew nearer to the water's edge,
its character seemed to change, and I perAPPROACH TO JERUSALEM.
ceived how rightly it has received its THE approach by the Gaza road is name. Like the mirror held to the dead perhaps the least favourable for a first man's face, no breath of life dimmed the impression of Jerusalem. When, after polished brightness of its surface - the surmounting one by one the rugged sum gentle breeze played over it unbeeded mits of the surrounding mountains, expect- there it lay, motionless and dumb, with its ing every moment to look down on the blue eye turned up to the naked sun, in a Holy City, a bare wall and a Turkish fort fixed and glassy stare. The first thing I sneaked unimposingly into view before me, did was to take a dip in the water; which I must capdidly own that I did not expe I found extremely agreeable. To a person rience any of those powerful emotions | unacquainted with swimming, the sensation which a first view of Jerusalem might be of being able to lie like cork upon the expected to awaken. Some people seem to surface must feel something akin to the have their feelings in such admirable dis acquisition of a new faculty, the only difficipline, that they have but to say to a culty I experienced was, that I floated so sensation, “ Come," and it comes : but such high out of the water that I had some is not the case with me. Yet to a traveller trouble in keeping myself straight; being approaching by almost any other route, apt, like a little boy's ship that has not its when he looks down upon the city, and keel in the centre, to turn over upon one sees at a glance all the objects which re- side. But in everything there is an art, mind him of her ancient glory and present and by-and-by I found out the art of lying degradation, the sight can scarcely fail to comfortably upon the Dead Sea : thus I call up sensations of the most vivid descrip: loanged on my luxurious water-bed till I tion. But the view that I saw reminded passed into a waking dream ; and thoughts me of nothing more than that Jerusalem is from a far land came stealing upon my a Turkish town of some 15,000 inhabitants. soul, and I forgot that I was lying upon a
The sight of one of the first objects which grave. On coming out, and for some time met my eye on entering the city - the afterwards, I experienced a greasy sensawords - English Magazine,” in large letters tion upon the skin; but did not find any over a shop-was not much calculated to incrustation of salt, as some other travellers restore my mind to a more congenial tone; have done.- Ibid.