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INFLUENCE OF THE MEETING.—A brother, who, some months ago, was converted by seeing the people coming out of the Old South Chapel with smiles upon their countenances, and by their appearance seeming very happy, was present. He said that he had found and enjoyed the same happiness in Christ that he witnessed in others.
Another brother said that he came to this city about a year ago, not to seek religion, but to find amusement and business. He fell into the company of those who were attending the prayermeetings, and he went with them. The Old South Chapel was the place of his birth, and if he should live until the 15th of March he should be one year old.
WHILE HE CALLED, THE ANSWER CAME. — A young man in Detroit requested prayers for a friend in New York city, and that very night remarked that he felt as though somebody was praying for him. This impression led him to pray for himself. It was said of him, as of Saul of Tarsus, “Behold he prayeth !” He was brought to Jesus. It came to pass before they called that God answered, and while they were yet speaking that God heard.
THE BIBLE AMONG CATHOLICS.—A brother from a town in the vicinity stated that a young Catholic had visited him several times, to obtain a knowledge of the way of salvation. He came by night, lest his countrymen should waylay and beat him. He has renounced the superstitions in which he was trained, and is reading the Protestant Bible with a desire to know what God teaches. The same brother also said that in a town in Rhode Island several hundred Bibles had been sold to the Catholics. CONVERSION OF A CATHOLIC PRIEST.-A gentleman from Philadelphia gave a detailed account of a recent conversion of a German Catholic priest. He had officiated as priest in his own country for nine years. His eyes were partially opened to the falsity and wickedness of the Catholic system before he came to Philadelphia, last spring. He was inquiring after the truth, and was directed to a German Baptist minister as an instructor. This minister opened his pulpit for him to expose the falsity of the Catholic religion. This he did with a good deal of ability. His instructor then told him to preach Christ. He selected for his subject the forgiveness of the penitent thief. Up to this time he had been relying upon his own righteousness. He saw that the thief had no good works on which to depend. He was forgiven by faith in Christ. This truth sent an arrow of conviction into his own soul. He now received Christ as the end of the law for his righteousness. He clearly apprehends the way of salvation through the blood of Jesus, that cleanseth from all sin. He is now preaching among his countrymen in Philadelphia the faith that he once destroyed.
No WORK ON THE SABBATH.-Rev. Mr. Hooker said, a young sailor came to his study to ask what he should do to be saved. On a whaling voyage, he had twice come very near losing his life. He formed the resolution that if he ever got home he would devote himself to Christ. This he did, and sailed again as mate of the ship. The last that he heard of him was that he had lost his place because he would not harpoon whales on the Sabbath.
THE RECEIVING SHIP NORTH CAROLINA. — A communication was read from the sailors aboard the United States receiving ship North Carolina, Brooklyn, N. Y., in the following words :
“ January 25, 1859. “On board of the receiving ship North Carolina, three hundred seamen, in a state of anxiety, request the daily prayer-meetings in Boston to remember them at the throne of grace, before which we bow in prayer; that you beg for Christ's sake that they may be converted; that God would glorify the riches of His grace in their salvation. The Lord is pouring out His Spirit in great power upon this ship, and seventy seamen have been converted. Conversions are daily taking place. “In behalf of the ship's company, “ Yours, in the bonds of the Gospel,
"L. G. BINGHAM."
THANKSGIVING.—It has been the custom, for the last few years, to hold the prayer-meeting on Fast and Thanksgiving Days in the Tremont Temple. At the meeting held in that place, November 25, 1858, the following resolutions were presented by Rev. Martin Moore, and adopted :
“Whereas, It has pleased the Great Head of the Church copiously to pour out His Spirit upon this land the past year, and He has by treaty opened the way for the preaching of the Gospel in the Chinese Empire: Therefore,
“Resolved, That we will come into His presence with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise, and bless His holy name for the gift of the Holy Spirit the past year; and we will this day pledge ourselves to work for Him the coming year.
“Resolved, That we recognise the hand of God in disposing the four great Christian powers to insist that, in making their late treaties with the Chinese Emperor, the Christian religion should be freely tolerated. This has opened a door for preaching the Gospel to four hundred millions of the lost race of Adam.
"Resolved, That while the Chinese Empire is white for the harvest, it has pleased the God of all grace to pour out His Spirit upon our seminaries of learning, to prepare labourers to enter into this field.
“ Resolved, That in view of the events of the past year, we will thank God and take courage.”
The following has been sent to the editor for publication in this book :
“ On Wednesday, the 17th of last March, the writer (who had often been to the morning meetings) attended, for the first and only time, the twelve o'clock meeting at the Old South Chapel. The room, as was usual at that season, was crowded, and a deep solemnity pervaded all hearts. Among the requests for prayers was one from a wife, for the conversion of her husband.
“I was impelled to make some remarks, urging upon Christians the duty of speaking to friends and strangers upon the all-important subject of religion; and instanced the practice of Harlan Page in New York, who would sometimes stop strangers in the busy thoroughfares, and, with peculiar tenderness and emotion, often with tears, ask them if they loved the Saviour.
“The meeting closed at the usual time, and in going down stairs I met a gentleman of my acquaint
ance. After expressing my pleasure and surprise at seeing him there (though I had before invited him to come), and his remarking, 'I stopped on my way to the bank,' we separated. I would here remark that I was in the constant habit of meeting him in the cars, and of speaking to him. The next day I missed him in the cars, but, on Friday morning, on stepping on board, he grasped me by the hand, and said, 'I am a happy man now. He then, with much feeling, gave me in substance the following account:
" You saw me at the prayer-meeting, Wednesday; I went there with little other feeling than that of curiosity, but, after that request for prayer, and especially your remarks that followed, I was completely melted. After the meeting I returned to the office, and soon took the cars for home, in great distress of mind. I immediately sent for my minister, and, with a breaking heart, cried, “ What must I do?” He talked with and prayed for me, but still the burden was not removed. After he left, my wife came, and you may imagine her joy and my surprise, after telling her where I had been, to hear her exclaim, “Why, I sent that request to the meeting.” She conversed with me, and prayed with me, but still the load remained; but, after leaving me alone for a few minutes, the thought came like a flash to my mind, “ Your friends, your pastor, and your wife, have conversed with you, have urged you, and prayed, and done all they could for you; surely you have a duty to perform yourself.” I immediately fell upon my knees and prayed for mercy and for acceptance, and when I arose I was the happy man
"I met him
frequently afterwards, and always