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the high road is a school and a convent London alone, or to what extent they of the Sisters of Mercy, we believe; are spread over Protestant countries ? and further on, nearer Fulham, is Habenech quotes their entire number, another.
upon what authority we know not, at In the town ward there are three con 700,000. It is impossible to give their ventual establishments, occupied princi. exact numbers in London, 80 jealously pally in conversion, and the chapel is any information on the subject kept already mentioned. In the north ward from the knowledge of the public; but of the parish is Dr. Manning's cathe in every parish the writer has visited for dral, another chapel, and three convents. the purpose of obtaining information on How these chapels are filled may be the subject, they have invariably exjudged from the fact, that on a certain ceeded the number of Church of Eng. Sunday, a few months back, we re land district visiters; and it should be quested different friends to enter each remembered that the confraternity are one of them at high mass, and all were solely for men, the women on their side found to be even inconveniently filled. acting apart with equal energy, unity, Nor must it be imagined that the parish and discretion.—Christian Work. of Kensington contains the Roman ecclesiastical establishments of the sur EGYPT.-The following letter appears rounding parishes. Paddington has its in “Christian Work" for June --The full complement; Fulham and Hammer reports from Cairo have, of late, been smith, in proportion to their population, of a most interesting character. Just are as well supplied as Kensington; and after I left, there was a bitter persecu. Chelsea and Westminster, especially the tion from the Patriarch and some of his latter, have, at least, four times the people, but it seemed only to drive our number of Roman Catholic establish brethren-both the Missionaries and the ments they had twelve years since. natives—to God in wrestling prayer ;
Let us now inquire by what power and the result was that soon there were this enormous increase of Romanism in
several prayer-meetings in different parts the metropolis has arisen. Romish of the city, and, strange to say, one of priests are not seen preaching in the them in the patriarchate. This seemed parks and highways. No newspapers, to disarm persecution, nay, more, to not even those of their own persuasion, bring down the blessing of God; and trumpet forth their victories over he soon
there was a marked revival, especiretical doctrines. They work, however, ally in the girls' schools. The first of it quietly and assiduously, but with im was that one of the girls, Bamba, the mense success, and, to do them justice, daughter of an Abyssinian woman, went many of the agencies employed by them to Miss Dales to talk about her soul, and are of a description so closely approach. Miss Dales found that she gave evidence ing to our Protestant received notions of a change of heart, and, on visiting her of pure theology and good works, that mother, that for some time she had been it would be difficult, even while dread reading to her and praying with her. ing the result, not to admire. Among The next morning, when Miss Dales the first of these is the good understand went into the school-room, she found the ing and perfect continuity which appear elder girls absent, and, asking for them, to exist between their clergy and their she found them in the infant school-room congregations. Though separated arti upon their knees, weeping and praying. ficially far more distinctly from each This was the beginning of the work, and other than the Protestant clergy and quietly and deeply it seems since to their flocks, a perfect unity of action have progressed. seems to pervade them, and they, in all In Upper Egypt, also, the work seems sincerity, appear to be working for the
Brother Hagg writes : same especial object,—the aggrandize “Matters in the Fayoum are as inte. ment and extension of their faith. resting as ever, and one of us should go Although, in their proselytising exer. there as soon as possible. Osiout, too, tions, the priesthood is their grand mo seems ready for the preached Gospel. tive power, their executive are the Bashvi visited one hundred and one conventual establishments, and the still towns and villages in the Morning Star,' more powerful lay agencies. Of these (the small vessel fitted out last year for last, without any comparison, the con ascending the canals, and thus gaining fraternities of St. Vincent de Paul are access to the villages at a distance from the most energetic and successful. the Nile,) and sold books to the value of
Has the reader any idea of the num. £78. He preached in most of the ber and power of these propagandists in churches, and was welcomed every.
where. Our sales last year have been
Places of a-head of what they were in 1862. In
Roman Catholics 42 ... 134 1862 they were 5,516 volumes; in 1863,
5 6 5,794 volumes." Our Cairo church, though most of
It should here, however, be added, its members are very poor, has shown
that the foregoing table has been very great liberality in contributions for the
considerably modified during the past poor, &c. The number of communicants
two years. is now forty-four.
We shall next exhibit the compara
tive increase of each of the principal VICTORIA.—That part of the census denominations within the ten years of 1861 which relates to the religious from 1851 to 1861:opinions of the people has just been is
Increase sued by the Registrar-General. The total
1851. 1861. per cent. population enumerated was 540,322, and Church of of this number only 14,569 refused to England ... 37,433 212,068 ... 57 comply with the requirements of the Presbyterians 11,608 87,103 ... 7:5 Act. There was also an unenumerated
Methodists 4,988 ... 46,511 ... 9.3 migratory population of 3,361. There
Other Protesremain, therefore, 522,392 souls whose
tants 4,313 ... 36,173 ... 8-2 religious opinions are specified. The
Roman Canumbers under each general head are as tholics .18,014 109,829, 61 follows:
2,903 7:1 Popu- Proportion Mohammedans lation. per cent.
and Pagans 201 ... 26, 412 ... 13-0 Church of England 212,068 39.7 Presbyterians 87,103
From this table it will be seen that the Wesleyan-Methodists 46,511 8.7 Protestant denominations have nearly Other Protestants... 36,173 6.7 all progressed, within the decade, at Roman Catholics 109,829 20.6
rate exceeding that of the Roman Jews
Catholics. The Protestant increase was Mohammedans and
6.5 per cent. on the whole, and the Pagans
26,412 ... 4.9 Nodenomination and
Roman Catholic increase 6'l per cent. no religion 1,393 0.2
on the whole. The comparison between
the two years, 1857 and 1861, however, Total ... 522,392
shows somewhat better for the latter
body. Within these four years, accordThe minor Protestant denominations ing to the returns, the Protestant deare subdivided as under:
nominations increased by 83,934,
per cent.; and the Roman Catholics by Independents
32,478, or 42 per cent. Taken sepsBaptists
rately, the rate of increase was :-in the Lutherans
Church of England body, 21 per cent.; Unitarians
1, 430 Society of Friends
amongst the Presbyterians, 32 per cent.; Calvinists, and Calvinistic
and amongst the Wesleyan-Methodista
650 64 per cent. The above figures will
show that, although the Roman CathoThere are, besides, 239 members of lic body had a temporarily large accesthe Greek Church, 7 Glassites, 5 Hugue. sion of numbers between 1857 and 1861 nots, 5 Spiritualists, 441 Plymouth -owing, no doubt, to certain causes Brethren, *198 Swedenborgians, 108 which are, fortunately, no longer in Mormons, and 395 Christian Israelites. operation, there is not the slightest
The number of clergymen and of real ground for the assertion that has places of Worship belonging to each been made in one of the daily journak, denomination was as follows:
to the effect that this particular de
nomination is gaining upon the others Places of
in a degree that bids fair to place it ere Ministers. Worship. long at the head of the churches in Church of England 82 235 Presbyterians
Victoria. 83 163
As yet it barely numbers Wesleyans
one-half as many adherents as the Independents
48 Church of England, and only 49 per Baptists
28 cent.—or about one twenty-fourth-of Lutherans
15 the population more than the PresbyUnitarians
terians. --Christian Work.
RECEIPTS OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIE
£. TIES FOR 1863-4:
Lord's Day Observance Society 1,171 PRINCIPAL FOREIGN MISSIONARY
Seamen's Christian Friend Society. 940
925 Church Missionary Society
Systematic Beneficence Society
750 151, 247 Wesleyan
BIBLE, BOOK, AND TRACT 80London
British and Foreign Bible Society... 89,897 DOLONIAL, CONTINENTAL,
Religious Tract Society
1,782 Bible Translation Society
1,796 Society for the Propagation of the
Prayer-book and Homily Society 1,305 Gospel in Foreign Parts 87,832 Trinitarian Bible Society
747 London Society for Promoting Chris
Religious Book Society ..
481 tianity among the Jews
32,681 Colonial and Continental Church
RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL SOSociety...
CIETIES. Primitivo Methodist (Home and
British and Foreign School Society 14,938 Foreign) Missions
Wesleyan Education Cominittee 14,150 United Methodist Free Churches
Ragged School Union
11,585 Christian Vernacular Edncation Colonial Missionary Society
5,718 British Society for the Propagation
Church of England Metropolitan of Christianity among the Jews 6,585
4,938 Turkish Missions-Aid Society
2,875 Malta College for Eastern EvangeliForeign-Aid Society
2,500 Evangelical Continental Society 1,983 Congregational Board of Education 2,350
1,754 HOME-MISSIONS, &o.
Church of England Sunday-school
503 Church Pastoral-Aid Society... 44,515 London City. Mission
JEWISH SOCIETIES. Additional Carates Society
26,119 Irish Church Missions to the Roman
London Jews Society
6,585 Wesleyan Hone-Missions 15,000 Operative Jewish Converts
4,331 Charch of England Scripture
SUMMARY Readers' Association ...
11,193 Home Missionary Society (Congre
Principal Foreign Missionary Sogational) 10,181 cieties
403,997 Incorporated Church Building Colonial, Continental, and other Society... 9,832 Missions
193, 487 Army Scripture-Readers' Society... 9, 177 Home Missions, &c.
220,731 Missions to Seamen
6,681 Bible, Book, and Tract Societies ... 106,790 Protestant Reformation Society 4,619 Religious Educational Societies 56, 445 Irigh Evangelical Society 4,015 Jewish Societies
43,597 London Diocesan Home Mission 2,510 Protestant Alliance...
Total £1,025,047 Baptist Home Mission
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. DIED, September 18th, 1860, at account will, it is hoped, still further Mumby-cum-obia pel, in Lincolnshire, serve to perpetuate the good influence Mis. ŠCHANNA SCOTT SMITH, wife of of one whose“ memory is blessed.” Mrs. Mr. Richard Smith, of Cambridge. “En. Smith was the eldest daughter of Mr. deared to her own family by her mani. John Graves, of Wilton-le-Marsh, in fold domestic virtues, to her friends by Lincolnshire, and was born Ápril 5th, an unusual disinterestedness, and to the 1820. She became a subject of deep church of Christ by unceasing efforts to religious impressions in her childhood. do good, in the midst of useful works she Delicate health prevented that buoyancy was suddenly called to her reward.” which generally attends the morning of These words, inscribed upon her tomb. life. A retiring disposition, thus instons, were designed to be a memorial of duced, manifested itself in her preference peculiar excellence; and the following for the company and conversation of
older persons, especially of the pious and dictates of the Spirit and the promptings the good. This was an advantage to her, of her heart. Nevertheless, in the and was one principal cause, probably, of struggle between duty and fear, the that early consecration to God's service spirit and the flesh, she triumphed over which resulted in her exemplary life. every difficulty, rejoicing that God Physical weakness delayed, and repeat- "giveth power to the faint, and to edly interrupted, her education ; but it them that have no might He increaseth was in a boarding-school at Alford, when strength." Intercourse with God she about fifteen years of age, that she first held as her highest privilege. But while fully gave her heart to God and sought she diligently prayed in secret, she availed and found mercy in Christ. In June, herself no less constantly of the help af. 1835, she united herself to the church of forded by social prayer. One circumChrist. Feeling the importance of a con. stance which conduced to this was the sistent deportment, it became her deter- engagement, soon after she entered on mination to live so that others, "seeing the charge of her father's bousehold, of her good works, might glorify her a governess likeminded with herself. heavenly Father." Her great longing They worked together with one heart was that her life should show the power and mind, and it was their daily custom of true religion. To this end she made to retire for reading and prayer. This Christ, and "the mind that was in Him,"
" The seasons we spent her study. “Effort accompanied desire, together at the mercy-seat in our room and while desire returned to its native at Wilton, and in dear old Nanny's source for all needful help,” her holy liv. cottage, will never be forgotten." In ing evinced the genuineness of the grace perfect harmony with this was the prac. which was preparing her for the course tice of taking her children with her 80 soon to open before her. In June, in their earliest years into retirement, 1836, her mother's precarious state of to read to them the word of God, and health compelled her to return home. supplicate the throne of grace for their New anxieties soon met her. In Octo. early conversion. her of the same year it pleased God to In the year 1853, she was appointed deprive her of her beloved parent. a class-leader in the Cambridge Society. Being the eldest, except one, of a family She entered on this office with diffidence of nine children, domestic responsibilities and trembling. To her latest days the fell largely on her. Yet she displayed a discharge of the duties connected with capability beyond her years. Naturally it was a cross to her; but, relying on the amiable and benevolent, and with the prin promise of grace to help, she faithfully ciples of the word of God regulating her laboured on for several years in a service whole being, she evenly pursued her which was rendered precious to many way, making religion the business of her souls. The anxiety and toil, how life. Family cares did not cripple her ever, which she bestowed on this sphere energies as à visiter of the sick, a tract- of labour did not arrest her efforts to distributer, or a Missionary collector: she promote the spiritual interests of those cheerfully relieved herself in her weari. immediately around her. It was not ness by change of work. Being the first unusual for members of her household in the family who was converted to God, to open their troubled hearts to her, and her decision and earnestness were made she gladly afforded them her Christian a blessing to the rest.
To her prayers counsel, and prayed with and for them. and influence they thankfully attribute At favourable opportunities, also, she either the commencement, or the in was accustomed to read, converse, and crease, of their own enjoyment of re pray with her servants. Her enlarged ligion.
heart led her far beyond the pale of her On the 29th of August, 1842, she was home; she “went about doing good." united to Mr. Smith, and removed to No act of self-denial was deemed too Cambridge. During eighteen years of great, could she by any means either married life, amidst an increasing family, temporally or spiritually contribute to enlarging responsibilities, and new op- another's advantage. "Having respect portunities of usefulness, her energies to the recompense of reward," she found unremitting exercise.
laboured that she might finish her course unobtrusive in her character and mode with joy, and was consequently distinof action, but a social disposition gained guished by a uniform exhibition of the her many friends. Humble in her views fruit of the Spirit," and a well-developed of self, to a degree of timidity, and often Christian character. suffering from bodily weakness, it was at In the spring of 1860, providential times no small effort to her to follow the darkness overshadowed her path. To
the care of her family and household was ELIZABETH, the beloved wife of the added much attention to business, owing Rev. John COOPER, was born at Har. to a severe affliction of her husband. She rowden-Mill,
Wellingborough, was his sole attendant for many sleepless October 8th, 1827, and died at Finenights, and her mental and physical don-Lodge, July 14th, 1862. In very powers were taxed to the full. Death early life she was a subject of the suddenly removed a very dear uncle, and gracious workings of the Spirit of God, thus added to her grief. But in her and from childhood manifested filial daily task she still cheered herself and obedience. Her young heart cherished others by her song of “the goodness of a deep regard for hymns and sacred the Lord.” When she could be spared poetry, for the word of God, and for the awhile from the scene of her usual toil, house of God. Religion was seen and it was to drink of the spiritual joys to be felt to be the one thing needful, and found in God's house, to assemble with intercourse with the people of God was two or three gathered together in Christ's sought as a means of deepening and name, or to visit the sick and sorrowful. increasing her gracious feelings. Her
Her busy and benevolent life, how first ticket of membership with the ever, was now soon to come to a close. Methodist Society bears date, SeptemEvidence was given of the exhaustion of ber, 1843, while she was yet a scholar vital energy by the gradual failure of at Biggleswade. She did not, however, her eyesight. This afliction rapidly in. obtain a clear sense of pardoning mercy, creased, and was one of which she said, and of adoption into the family of God, “I have found it hard work to say for two and a half years from this in this matter, “Thy will be done., period. During a gracious revival which Naturally of active habits, with eight took place in connexion with the Society dear children, she could not without a and congregation worshipping in the struggle submit to become useless (as Wesleyan chapel at Finedon, under a she termed it) in her own family. Divine sermon preached by the Rev. Samuel grace, however, enabled her to leave her Wesley, from Mark ii. 10, “The Son of self in this respect, also, in the hands of Man hath power on earth to forgive Him who doeth all things well." Ad. sins," many were awakened to a sense vised by an oculist that quietude and of the sinfulness of and to a desire cessation from all business were needful, for forgiveness. They drew near to the on September the 14th, 1860, she left mercy-seat, sought and availed themCambridge in company with a friend selves of the counsel and the prayers of (since also gone to her reward) to join God's people, “with the heart believed her husband at their marine cottage in unto righteousness, and with the mouth Lincolnshire. There she suddenly finished made confession unto salvation.” Under her course. After a few days of increas. that sermon Mrs. Cooper also obtained an ing suffering and debility, characterized assurance of the Divine favour. Diffiby her wonted diligence in attendance dent and retiring in her disposition, and on the means of grace, and in spiritual in. afraid of presuming too much in refertercourse with her friends, and while con. ence to her acceptance with God, the templating a visit to her relatives in the adversary sometimes gained an advantage neighbourhood, she sank with little or no
Her peace was thus disWarning into the arms of death. But a turbed, but she continued to wait on little while before, she had said, “I hope God; her strength was renewed, and it is not wrong of me, but how I long to she was enabled to walk without faintbe gone : this
poor frame of mine is such ing. Her piety was consistent, yet a clog :
quiet and unobtrusive. “0, what a mighty change
fession of religion there was nothing of Shall Jesu's suff"rers know !
display; but her path was that of the While o'er the happy plains they range,
just, which is “ as the shining light, that Incapable of woe.'
shineth more and more unto the perfect
day.” Few more effectually “served Through life, the impression that her their generation by the will of God.” death might be sudden kept her waiting The Missionary cause found in her a for the coming of our Lord. The abund. zealous collector, and the Sabbathant testimony of those who had the school a willing and efficient teacher, privilege of associating with her was, so long as she had the opportunity to that she had recently been richly ma engage in these departments of Christian tured for a holier clime, and for that service. She ever regarded home as the endless rest into which she has entered.
proper sphere of woman's labour, and to H. H.
that, after her marriage, she gave her
In her pro