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tion by the cross, on the hill and in the The committee are happy to state, that valley, on the shore and in the street, in the Rev. J. Carlile, 3, Helmsley terrace, markets, court-houses, school-rooms, &c., Hackney, has kindly undertaken the office as well as in places regularly set apart for of Honorary Corresponding Secretary in worship. Multitudes of Roman Catholics London to the Congregational Union of Ireand others have thereby heard of Jesus, land, “assuring the committee of his unmany of whom, it is hoped, have received abated interest in the prosperity of an inthe truth in love, and some are now among stitution, in the organization of which he the spirits of just men made perfect. Droop- had the privilege of taking an active and ing churches have been revived, and new prominent part.” Mr. C., in reply to the ones formed. Were means forthcoming, request of the committee, that he would for more labourers would be engaged for spheres the present receive contributions towards the long waiting to receive them.
college department, intimates his willingness The Dublin Independent College is a not only to receive, but even to solicit subnatural, if not necessary associate of the scriptions for that object. Home Mission. It is a “ school of the It is necessary to explain, that the conprophets,” in which young men of ap- nexion formerly agreed to, pursuant to a proved piety, talent, and zeal, are con- conference at Liverpool, in June, 1841, beducted through the various courses of study tween the Congregational Union of Ireland suitable to prepare them for the respecte and the Irish Evangelical Society, has been able and effective discharge of the Chris- dissolved ; so that each institution will now tian ministry. So far as is expedient and again pursue its course, and make its appracticable, they attend the Dublin Uni- peals for public support, independently of versity. The plan of the institution gene- the other, though not in opposition or unrally resembles that in Glasgow, of which christian rivalry. May the Head of the Dr. Wardlaw is Theological Tutor. The church prosperits scriptural efforts to fill number of applicants for admission is far Ireland with the light of life. greater than can be received.
The committee hare been already favourReader - Your contributions and your ed with the following recommendations to prayers are requested in behalf of these the public:objects. A little band of true-hearted Chris.
“ Lirerpool, Sept. 9, 1843. tian men, resident in Ireland, and devoted " It appearing, upon the whole, most de. to her best interests, earnestly invite your sirable that the Irish Congregational Union sympathy and aid. They ask not, will you should henceforth carry on its home mis. come, but will you enable them to go “ to sionary labours independently, I most corthe help of the Lord against the mighty.” dially recommend their appeal for pecuniary The position they occupy, and the work aid to the countenance and support of the they have to do, is critically important to Christian public. Christendom and the world. Ireland's re- (Signed) “ Tuomas RAFFLES." ligious state is vitally affecting that of Bri
" Liverpool, Oct. 4, 1843. tain, America, and other parts. Her eight “MY DEAR SIR,-I regret that the armillions of inhabitants, year after year, are rangement agreed upon at the Liverpool sending forth powerfully-telling influences Conference between the Irish Evangelical in all directions. Appearances warrant the Society and your Union has not been found expectation that Ireland the battle of the to answer. I don't think it is desirable, even Reformation will be fought anew, finally to if possible, to attempt any further connexion decide whether the King of Zion or the between the two societies, now that they Man of Sin shall be supreme. Here, then, have amicably separated. It will still be the let scriptural and spiritual Protestantism duty, as I am sure it is the interest, of both concentrate its powers to make a stand, and to preserve a good understanding; and to win achievements worthy of itself.
occupy fields, and there is abundant room No time is to be lost. The adversaries ---so distinct and separate as to prevent, as of truth are on the alert, by every means far as possible, any fear of future collision. strengthening their cause. Within thirty There will be this advantage in so acting, years, another generation of Erin's people that both societies will have fair play, and will have passed beyond the reach of the gos- the one that succeeds best will in the end pel, and long before that period has elapsed, draw towards it the largest support and you may be no more able to assist them. sympathies of the English churches. Your
The "green isle” is a land of picturesque Union, in my judgment, has strong claims scenery-a land of stirring intellects and on the assistance of our churches, and I generous hearts-a land of poets, warriors, hope you will receive such a measure of statesmen, orators, artists, &c., whose names encouragement as will leave you no room rank high in present fame. It is wished to to complain. I shall be glad to hear of make her, in the best sense, “an island of your success, and shall do what I can to saints."
promote it. May God guide you in all your measures, and succeed all your plans. With bodies, by far the larger proportion belongmuch respect, I remain,
ing to the General Presbyterian Church of “Very sincerely yours,
Ireland. The political agitation which has (Signed) "John KELLY." for some time prevailed has in many cases
“ Glasgow, Oct. 7, 1843. increased the animosity that exists between “ I have ever been, on principle, though the Catholics and Protestants; whilst on I cannot now detail the grounds, favourable the other hand many, having by such agitato the operations and the claims of the Con- tion been taught to think freely on political gregational Union of Ireland. When the subjects, are beginning to exercise the same terms of co-operation between that Institu. freedom of thought on religious topics ; and tion and the Irish Evangelical Society were it may, therefore, be reasonably expected, settled by the meeting of referees at Liver- that if the friends of scriptural truth can be pool, and subsequently acceded to by the induced to make a wise and prudent use of committees of both societies, it was in the circumstances as they arise, much good may full understanding that the measure was a be anticipated. Education has become al. temporary one ; and that the object of ulti. most universal. It was pleasing to see mate desire was, that the evangelization of groups of children of both sexes, clothed in Ireland, so far as the efforts of Congrega. many cases in rags, hastening to school with tionalists for that end were concerned, should their books under their arms, and evidently fall into the hands of the Irish churches taking great delight in their occupation. In themselves. Circumstances having recently a very short time the entire population will led to the dissolution of the agreement just possess the capacity to read ; and it should, referred to, I cannot hesitate, from the views therefore, be an object of great solicitude I have always held, and without entering at with all the frends of truth to supply them all into the canses of the dissolution, to give with suitable books, not perhaps exclusively my recommendation, in the strongest terms, of a religious, but also of a generally into the Irish Congregational Union, without structive and even entertaining nature. If withdrawing it, at the same time, from the but little hope can be entertained of making Irish Evangelical Society; desirous as I am much impression on the adult population, that, since the terms of co-operation have let the rising generation be well instructed, been found unnecessary, each of these In- let them be taught to think, let their minds stitutions should exert itself to the utter- be expanded, let truth be presented to their most, with a free and holy emulation, in the understandings, and we may hope that the spirit of mutual charity and common zeal, happiest results will be realized. The attenfor the one great end which they have both tion of the committee of the Irish Evanin view.
gelical Society has been directed to this sub(Signed) “ RALPH WARDLAW." ject ; and in my intercourse in Ireland, not This work in Ireland requires prompt and only with our own agents, but with intelliberal aid, and it is hoped that a response ligent persons of all denominations, I found worthy of the cause will be given to this the universal feeling to be, that this should appeal.
be the great object at which all who desire Communications for the Congregational Ireland's welfare should direct their strenuUnion of Ireland, may be addressed to ous efforts. It is expected that the comTimothy Turner, Esq., Treasurer, Royal mittee will immediately make a trial in difBank ; and to Rev. W. Urwick, D.D., ferent parts of the country, by engaging Secretary, Rathmines Mall, Dublin.
persons after the manner of the colporteurs in France, to sell at reduced prices books of
an instructive, and especially of a religious IRISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY.
nature. Special donations for this object
will be thankfully received. To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
The state of the country is much altered
since this society commenced its labours, Dear Sir,-Having just returned from a nearly thirty years ago. At that time there visit to the sister country, you will perhaps were but few evangelical preachers in the indulge me with a little space for the pur. Protestant Episcopal Establishment; whilst pose of communicating to your readers some the Presbyterian church was extensively information relative to the religious con- tainted with doctrinal error. A great im. dition of that important and interesting provement in these respects is manifest in portion of the British empire. Ireland both these communions, and being engaged contains eight millions of inhabitants ; of in efforts for the spiritual welfare of the which number seven millions are Papists. community, but little assistance is received, Of the remainder, about one half, it is sup- or can be expected, from either of those posed, are attached to the Protestant Epis- parties, beyond their sympathy and their copal Establishment; wbilst about 500,000 prayers, which it is pleasing to know that to are connected with the various dissenting a considerable extent in many places we enjoy. The revival of the spirit of piety in than a want of adequate funds. Double the these bodies, and the greater zeal they are number of agents could at once be most adnow displaying, have, in some instances,
vantageously employed, had the committee absorbed the good which this society in its the means of sustaining them. Here is an earlier efforts was the honoured instrument integral portion of our empire, within twelve of effecting. But I am happy to be able to hours' sail of our own shores, containing state that many of the stations still occupied millions of our fellow subjects, who, without by the agents of the Irish Evangelical expressing any opinion on the religious Society, continue to be favoured with the
systems that prevail, are really perishing in Divine presence and blessing. The attend
ignorance and sin. Will not our churches ance on their ministrations varies according assist in rolling away this reproach? Will to the character of the surrounding popula- not wealthy Christians render the committee tion. When Popery bears an almost ex- their aid in this time of their necessity ? clusive sway, comparatively few will be If they will intrust the committee with their found in stated attendance. But even then money, from actual inspection and personal our ministers, availing themselves of the observation, I can assure them it will be opportunity which sickness and death afford, profitably spent. are often enabled to preach “ the glorious
I am yours faithfully, Gospel of the blessed God ;" and whenever
ThomAS JAMES. they do, they are listened to with deep at- Woolwich, Sept. 16, 1843. tention, and with many expressions from the people of their interest and their thankful. ness. In other stations our brethren have been favoured with much success. I wit.
From the Rev. Dr. Legge. nessed, in one instance, a considerable congregation collected in a mountainous district, To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. many of the people, apparently thirsting for the water of life, travelling five, six, or DEAR SIR,--In a letter from the son of seven Irish miles, and remaining during the Leang A-fat, “the Chinese Evangelist," interval of worship, that they may have the addressed to Mrs. Morrison, and published in privilege of attending a second service. I your number for June, last year, I observe have much pleasure in being able to state, some statements very much to the discredit that the brethren labouring in connexion of "an old domestic of Dr. Morrison's," with our society are persevering in their named A. Gong. I beg to assure you there work with exemplary diligence. When they is no foundation for the charge which is are sufficiently near to each other, they are there brought against the latter individual. doing this in perfect and delightful harmony Mr. Morrison, whose money, intrusted to with each other; and, with their people, ex- him for the deliverance of bis persecuted press and manifest great affection for the fellow Christians, he is said to have approIrish Evangelical Society, which for so many priated to his own use, wrote of him to me years has assisted to sustain them, and to about two years ago in terms of high comsecure to them the regular administration of mendation, and during an acquaintance with gospel ordinances. But amidst much which him of nearly three years, I have found him the committee feel is of an encouraging na. a consistent and active Christian. ture, it is most grievous to know that many
I am, dear Sir. most important and promising fields of
Yours affectionatly, labour are neglected for no other reason
S.-F. S. A.
"They then bound me to a tree, and. after beating me again, one of them said,'We must know the nature of this religion : although we beat this man, he complains not, nor does a tear fall from his eyes. I said .They that mourn shall hereafter be comforted.'” - Page 570.
INDIA. GEORGE CHRISTIE'S NATIVE TEACHER. We have much pleasure in presenting the subjoined auto-biographical narrative of the Native Evangelist employed in connexion with our Mission at Neyoor, under the name of George Christie, and supported by the christian liberality of William Kay, Esq., Grove House, near Liverpool. Our engraving for the present month is intended to depict an event in the interesting history of George Christie, which shows, in a manner at once affecting and delightful, the stedfastness of his christian character through the abundant grace he has received, and his readiness to pour out even his life, should it be required, on the sacrifice and service of his faith. The account to which attention is now invited has been transmitted by our esteemed Missionary brother, the Rev. John Abbs.
“When I was four years of age, my parents died, and I was nourished by my father's mother till her death. After that, I wandered from place to place, committing much wickedness and enduring many hardships. Both before and after my marriage, I walked for a long time according to my wicked thoughts and desires, and many evil devices were in my heart. After this my wife was taken ill, and I had much sorrow of mind on account of her affliction. At that time I knew not that afflictions come to us because of our sinful nature ; and, being ignorant, I gave money and food to sorcerers to recite incantations and offer sacrifice to the images of evil spirits for my wife's recovery. Although, according to the custom of the heathen, I expended much on these and such vain things, the sickness of my wife diminished not, but increased ; and having been told that it would be good for me to seek an omen from a Polayen fortune-teller, I went to him and asked his assistance. He advised me to sacrifice more fowls : in order to purchase these, I took niy wife's jewels from her neck and sold them; but, while about to make the offering, she became worse and swooned, upon which I thought all our preparations would be useless, and I became very sorry.
“ I wished to make my distress known to the Christian readers, but felt a difficulty, because I had often reproached the Christians, their Missionaries, and Readers, and had blasphemed the name of God. Soon after the spirit of my wife returned ; and, when she gained strength, I sent for the readers, inquired about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, heard their instructions, and united with them
Affliction continued and increased in my family, but Christ gave us much consolation. About two years after this, my wife died, at the age of twenty-two years. Her last words were, *0 Jesus, suffer not my soul to lie in pain, but receive me to dwell with thee.' After her death, I soon obtained strength by trusting in God, and desired to know more of the christian way.
* One Sunday, I was seized by some Soodras, and told to carry a burden to a feast. I said, 'I cannot carry this burden to-day, because it is my Lord's day. They were very angry, beat me, and said, “Who will punish us, if we kill you?' I replied, • You cannot kill my soul ; my body only you can kill. They then bound me to a tree, (page 569,) and after beating me again, one of them said, • We must know the nature of this religion : although we beat this man, he complains not, nor does a tear fall from his eyes.' I said, • They that mourn shall hereafter be comforted.' They exclaimed, “Who is this? Is he a disciple of Devasaghayampilly ?'* and immediately released me.
"I was subsequently appointed a Moopen, and baptized by Mr. Abbs, who allowed me a small sum monthly for my support, and directed me to apply my mind to learning. Although I knew not a letter two years ago, I can now read
• A Roman Catholic of this country who is reported to have suffered martyrdom many years since, with exemplary patience.