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LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
fashioned habit of bringing children to the weekly observation of the church and conhouse of God, hitherto regarded as a virtue, gregation, and what may be the disastrous reand not as an offence. Instead of reaching sults ! the conclusion of our respected friend, that “Let Sunday-school teachers put forth their the process of bringing children, when very full energies in perfecting the sabbath-school young, to the house of God, would tend to system. They have ample field here, without make them listless and inattentive hearers in stepping out of their legitimate province, after life, we should, from a careful observa- Let them not seek to deprive the pastor of tion of the state of fact, be compelled to yield the place which he has hitherto occupied. to the very opposite impression. We have had Let not the great link between him and the opportunities of watching the mental develop- Sunday-school be severed. His influence has ments of two distinct classes of adult hearers, - hitherto been exerted for good, and he will the one class trained to an early and constant only discharge his duty to the Christian church attendance upon our ordinary sabbath services, by resisting the innovation proposed. -the other having scarcely entered the house “Our own course is decided. We shall of God in early life ; both classes, it may be, keep our firm hold of the Sunday-school, and have become equally earnest and devout, but shall do our best, in the future as in the past, in intelligent hearing, powers of reflective- to perpetuate and increase the interest which ness, and wakefulness to the minute lessons young people feel in our ministrations.” of Christian truth, the former class has been immeasurably superior to the latter. The These remarks will not be understood to only exception to this rule that we have met imply objections to occasional separate serwith has been where there has been great vices for children, which may be, if disoriginal power, or superior intellectual culo creetly conducted, highly advantageous ; but ture. With all the drawbacks arising from objections to the withdrawal of children from human infirmity, and bad teaching at home, the usual public worship of the sabbath. we should greatly prefer an audience composed of individuals who from childhood had attended the Christian sanctuary, under a faithful ministry, to one made up of persons who, in their early years had not frequented A public valedictory service was held on the stated and evangelical ministry of the Monday evening, November 20th, at the Poul. word. Indeed we do not believe that good try chapel, on occasion of the departure of preaching is a listless or uninteresting thing the Rev. J. J. Freeman, one of the secreeven to very young children, as is constantly taries of the London Missionary Society, as being proved by every devoted pastor, in the a deputation to South Africa. The objects impressions produced by his ministry on the of bis mission were thus sketched in an adminds and hearts of the beloved children of dress delivered by the Rev. Dr, Leifchild on his friends. We could point to many such the occasion. cases, of children from seven to ten years of “ It is not a tour of pleasure and relaxaage, who are deeply thoughtful hearers of the tion that you have to make. The demands word, and who are able to carry home the upon your time and energies, both of mind general outline and illustrations of most dis- and body, will be incessant. You will have courses to which they listen.
to make yourself acquainted with the cha“Our doctrinal theory is, that the Sunday. racters and labours of the missionaries and school is an appendage of the church, and teachers in different countries, and in different that its attendance on the pastor's instructions parts of the same country ; to investigate is the visible symbol of that relationship. Let facts, to balance evidence. You may have it be withdrawn from his ministry, and from to ascertain the state of missionary instituits present association with the adult portion tions, and to consider whether it may not be of our assemblies, and what palpable link of desirable to substitute, for a general superinconnexion between it and the church will re- tendence, district and financial committees in main ? The Sunday-school institute will then correspondence with the parent society, and become an isolated thing, looking, indeed, to to collect such a body of information upon the church for pecuniary support, but for little these and kindred subjects from all sources, else. We hear teachers constantly pleading, as shall enable the directors in this country and not without reason, that there ought to be to be, in a manner, present with their agents a larger amount of sympathy between the in those distant lands, so as to give them the church and the school. Will the removal of most suitable counsels and directions. Where the school from the public services of the misunderstandings may have arisen, what sanctuary augment or diminish this sympathy? occasion will there be, on your part, for the We apprehend it will most sensibly impair it. exercise of patience, forbearance, impartiality, The school is now a palpable fact, which can calm, deliberate judgment, to mediate so as not be overlooked,-a pleasing spectacle, upon to forfeit the esteem of done, and to obtain which the wise and the good look with an acknowledgment from all of the justice prayerful delight. But remove it from the and propriety of your decisions. This is no
slight and easy task; and, with all your tact | Prince Albert, requesting him to preside
The policy of the fugitive pontiff is, and the conduct of men of the world towards has been, truly pontifical. It is proper that those who have toiled for them, would cast
whoever occupies the Roman see should them off in old age, and forsake them “speak lies in hypocrisy," and this Mastai when their strength faileth. I trust such | Ferretti has done from the beginning. After will never find a justification for their con- his accession, yielding to the necessity of the duct in that of the directors of the London situation, he made a feint of encouraging poMissionary Society. An opportunity, it may litical reform, relaxed the severity of governbe, will be given for being again near to that ment, a severity no longer practicable, gave island which was the early scene of your an amnesty from which formidable criminals, labours. You may find some remembrances and especially all priests, were carefully ex, of your labours there, and of those of your cluded, and, at a very cheap cost, purchased former colleagues. You will seize the occa- the credit of being humane and liberal. A sion, if afforded, of promoting the re-opening spark, gleaming in so dark a place, did look of European intercourse with that island, very brilliant at first. A few trifling police and renewing the work, retarded but not de improvements threw the Italians into raptures, stroyed, for the evangelization of that land. but no one thought of demanding that the Such a prospect, after what you have suffered Roman inquisition should be abolished, and in the disappointment of your former hopes, its dungeons emptied. will cheer no heart like your own. We live
The politics of Italy, in themselves conin times of public embarrassment, and it sidered, are of little importance to us. The behoves all institutions to economise their
new emperor of Austria may settle his quarrel means and expenditure to the utmost of as he can with the new governments of the their power, as this society is doing; but peninsula, while we Englishmen may be coneven that may be overruled for good. It tent in the assurance that the King of nations may lead them to turn their attention more will overrule all things well, but we cannot, earnestly than ever to the raising up of native in conscience, refrain from pointing out the teachers among the heathen, and the putting policy of the bishop of Rome as contemptibly of the congregations formed there upon their dishonest. No sentimental sympathy with own resources."
the frighted priest restrains us from exhibiting
his double-dealing as an exact type of the PRINCE ALBERT.
church which still owns him as her head, and
listens to his voice, according to the Spanish We find the following article in the Chris- Heraldo, as to the voice of the living God, tian Times :
whose infallibility, horribile dictu, has been * In answer to a memorial forwarded confiscated by Roman demagogues. The through Lord Ashley to his royal highness Christian Times.
PRITATIONS OF MINISTERS' FAMILIES.
EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
The fact that some ministers are blessed The Secretary of the Young Men's Miswith ample competency is no reason for sionary Association, in aid of the Baptist overlooking the circumstances of others, to Missionary Society, requests us to say that whom or to whose families the Saviour might the lecture of the Rev. J. Aldis, on the ConBay, as he did to the church in Smyrna, “I nexion of Idolatry with Architecture, which know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty; was to have been delivered in the evening of but thou art rich."
Wednesday, January 17th, is, in consequence In the Baptist Magazine for January, of the meeting of the London Association on 1948, reference was made to the possibility that evening, postponed to Wednesday, Jaof lessening the privations of ministers' nuary 24th. widors, by a plan suggested in that communication; and the writer, being only a narrator A mistake occurs in our Supplement in of what others have done, may, without any reference to the address of a member of seintention of giving a report of proceedings, veral committees, George Stevenson, Esq., state that ten experiments have now proved | which it is desirable to rectify. His present the utility and acceptableness of the plan, residence is at Blackheath, Kent. So that there is scope for bidding God-speed to those who, with limited means, have supplied appropriate articles of clothing to the
The secession of the Hon. and Rev. Baptist wives, widows, or other female relatives of Wriothesley Noel from the Established ministers, while there is good ground for say- Church, which was anticipated in our last, ing to others," Go and do likewise,”
has now taken place. On the first Lord's The writer could, if it were needed, give day in December, he took leave of his conextracts from letter after letter to show that gregation in St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, a kindness thought but little of in the quarter in the presence of crowds who had been atfrom which it emanated, has been welcomed tracted by the circumstances. A principal as if it had been the communication of an
reason, though not the only reason, we beangel from heaven.
lieve, for Mr. Noel's withdrawal from the One female whose case was made known church to which he belonged, is derived from by a home missionary, mentions both her his perception of the unscriptural character surprise and delight in a sentence which she and haneful tendency of the union of that concludes thus," nothing of the kind having church with the state: on this subject he has ever taken place before in this county that been engaged for some time in preparing a ever I heard of.” She then adds, "'Could volume which is now ready. Mr. Noel, as you have heard the remarks of my little girl, many of our readers are aware, is man of who is eleven years of age, you would have acknowledged talent, thoroughly evangelical, been amused. How did the lady know you and an influential speaker both in the pulpit wanted that ? and then, How did she know and on the platform. He is a brother of the that would do for me?" &c.
Earl of Gainsborough, and has been for some Two females also, both wives of ministers time one of her majesty's chaplains. He is in one of our large northern counties, write now in the fiftieth year of his age; and his conjointly, and say, “We cannot reward the connexions and abilities would probably have society for their kindness, but believe that secured him ere now a seat upon the bench they will be recompensed at the resurrection of bishops, had not his ecclesiastical advanceof the just.”
ment been impeded by his conscientious libeThe writer need not mention that when a
rality of opinion. The sacrifice which he has box is furnished, various items, besides cloth made is very great. May he be guided and ing, suggest themselves to the thoughtful; prospered in his future course by that gracious and, in some of the letters, where the
Master whom it is obviously his desire to
appropriation of the particulars is specified, one
honour ! reminded of days of privation in former times when Providence wore somewhat of A new edition of Mr. Hinton's Memoir of the aspect of a miraculous dispensation. Mr. Knibb, whose portrait adorns our present
J. FREEMAN. number, is in the press. It is revised, but Maryland Point, Stratford, Essex, not abridged, though its price will be reduced Dec. 11, 1848.
to six shillings.
DEPARTURE OF THE “DOVE” FOR WESTERN AFRICA.
Our readers will see on the other side a view of the “Dove ” starting from Gravesend for Fernando Po. It was intended that she should leave about the 1st of December, but through an accident in anchoring at Gravesend she was obliged to put back into dock, where she was detained for a week in order to be repaired. The accident was in her rigging and spars only, and the expense will not fall on the Society.
She left Gravesend on Friday, Dec. 8, having on board Captain and Mrs. Milbourne, Mr. and Mrs. Newbegin, Mrs. Saker, and Mr. and Mrs. Yarnold—the latter going out to Fernando Po as teachers. The presence of these brethren will be warınly hailed by the missionaries who are already in the field ; and we trust that the Great Head of the church will give them a speedy and prosperous voyage.
It may interest our friends to know that the “Dove ” takes out a new and valuable printing press for Bimbia—a special gift of friends in Scotland and Norfolk, through Mr. Newbegin. She also takes out a small sugar mill, the gift of Mr. Peto. A large quantity of stores and provisions is also sent out for the use of the mission. Two Fernandians and a native of the Eboe country are among
When our brethren teach the field of their labour the Society will have in Africa, including the wives of missionaries, eleven European agents and eight native preachers and teachers.
Since 1811 the bread fruit tree, the pomegranate, the mango, the avocado pear, and the mammed-productions of great value, and all suitable to the climate, have been introduced by our brethren ; garments sufficient to clothe not less than 20,000 persons have been distributed; many hundreds of the natives—it may be said thousands--have received medical assistance; three principal stations have been established ; and about eighty persons have been baptized. An latroduction to the Fernandian tongue has been written by our friend Mr. Clarke, and, with specimens of translation, has just been published by him at Berwick. The Gospel of Matthew, the book of Genesis, and Scripture Extracts in Isubu have been published by Mr. Merrick at Bimbia ; and Mr. Saker is engaged with the Dewalla at Cameroons.
Judging from these results, and comparing them with the results of the first seven years of labour in India or other fields, we cannot but regard the labours of our brethren in Africa as very encouraging and important.
The expense of the "Dove ” for outfit and stores for the year Amounts to about £600. We trust our young friends, to whom we have hitherto looked for meeting this expense, will make an additional effort this year to raise the whole amount. It will be impossible to meet it through the ordinary income of the Society, which is already taxed to its utmost limit.
Since the above was written, we learn that the "Dove" has been detained for several days in Ramsgate harbour, where our friends have received much kind
The thanks of the Committee are especially due to the church meeting in Cavendish Chapel, and to their pastor, from whom we have received the following note, dated Dec. 16th, and to the Rev. Edward Hoare, incumbent of Christchurch.
I just drop you a line to say the “Dove ” | board, and prayed with them just as she was left our harbour this afternoon between three going out. One of the members of our church, and four o'clock, all well on board. I was on who is a seafaring man, and who thoroughly