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that makes the earth to tremble, but, blessed be His holy name, He also maketh the hearts of His tried people to rejoice : for “the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous.And it was the presence of the Lord in our midst that sanctified the occasion to us all, so that in our “fearfulness and trembling," we were upheld and strengthened; and it was no small mercy to see how God so manifestly took the bitterness of the "curse,” out of the Lazarus-like " evil things" of this grievous malady to my son. It seemed “good” indeed for him to "bear the yoke in his youth ;" and he did bear it, sustained as he was by grace in the strength of Christ, and sufficiency of God. Indeed, this very fact formed the subject of one of our precious bed-room meditations, when we gathered around his couch with the word of God and prayer. The spirit of David (which was the Spirit of Christ) seemed to enter the heart, emboldening it

“ The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing and again, in coming boldly to the throne of grace, and more personally addressing Him who is the “hope of Israel," Thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness."

And so the Lord, in His faithfulness and merciful lovingkindness, did, literally as well as spiritually : for, what from the poor sufferer's restlessness through raging inward fever, and the irritation arising from his many outward sores, the nurse found it impossible to do, the Lord Himself came and did to perfection; so that amidst all the multiplied sorrows and afflictions that had overtaken him, his mind was “kept" in "perfect peace,” being " stayed upon the mighty God of Jacob.” Thus, like as becalmed Peter in chains slept soundly between two soldiers in prison, so our dear bedridden "prisoner of hope" both lay him down in peace and slept, the Lord only making him to dwell in safety. often wish I had anticipated the writing of these things concerning him, then would we have pencilled down some of his sweet and sensible remarks upon the solemn and important events that were now passing in review before

us; but the thought never crossed my mind till after he was removed from us. Well, in taking a review from Pisgah's Mount, I can truly say, how good, how gracious, and how merciful was the Lord God of salvation to my suffering, wasting, dying son Josiah. He in His faithfulness did indeed remember “the word " upon which he had “caused" His youthful servant to "hope"-namely, that He would not plead against him with His great power," but "put strength in him." And I believe it was through being thus strengthened with all might by God's Spirit in the inner man, that he became so passively acquiescent in the decaying of his “outward and earthly; so that while his flesh rested in hope, and his body in peace, in patience he possessed his soul, and in keeping silence, renewed his strength.

How suitable and well-timed are all the Lord's mercies to His people ! Surely the events of this life are like links in a chain ; they all hang and work together, and, as His children's good is best promoted by that which secures to Himself the glory, He always acteth from Himself in wisdom and love, without consulting their wishes, or the feelings of corruptible human nature. Especially in the “way of judgment,” which is the


"path of understanding” to God's people, He taketh counsel and instruction of none. All that God works among the children of men is wrought for His own great name's sake. And thus I believe this sickness of my son was precisely similar to that recorded of Lazarus—"not unto death”—though he, like Lazarus, did die, but “for the glory of God,

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that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." My soul, consider this in all the Lord's dealings with thee, and ever let the prayer of that "righteous Man,” the Man Christ Jesus, be thine, “Father, glorify thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee." It was the knowledge and

. presence of this desire in our hearts, that so quieted the troubled minds of

It set us looking, thinking, hoping, praying. We were intensely anxious to know and see in what way God would glorify His Son in our son; and how he would straightway glorify Himself; also how this sick

“not unto death,” as I hope presently to be able to show. Now, the sick-chamber, and our occasions of spiritual worship therein, were necessarily limited to those of our household; nevertheless, we were privileged to have the prayers of many of the saints scattered abroad, and which, as the heartfelt expression of Christian sympathy and love, we highly prized. Indeed, we incline to the belief that much of our serenity and soul-profit may be attributed to the Lord's gracious answers thereto. For when real prayer is offered up in the Lord's name, and for the Lord's sake, and for the people of God, because they are the Lord's, we are warranted to believe that, as He hath the pre-eminence in the supplications, so, by hearing the petition and granting the desire, He will acknowledge and confirm the honour.

But it was our mercy to be enabled to say of the poor sufferer also, “Behold, he prayeth. For God had sent forth the “Spirit of His Son," into the heart of our Josiah, whereby he cried, “Abba, Father.” And this holy parental name he not only acknowledged in praying for the greater blessings that are spiritual and heavenly, but also for the lesser, even the earthly and temporal.

Thus for the "bread,” the “ fish,” and the "egg," he gave himself unto prayer; and, though he was now so weakened and reduced that he could no longer take any solid food, yet so sensible was he of the goodness of God even in his now daily diminished supplies, that, if only a spoonful of anything was put to his mouth, he would gently press back the hand that presented it, that he might first ask the Lord's blessing upon it. And this was no hurried or formal act with him, but a solemn and important exercise ; indeed, when I have thus waited upon him, and, through pressure of business, been scarcely able to spare the time, my wicked heart has said within me, “ What a while you are, my boy.” But oh, there is a world of importance even in the little things of life; and, if we are wise towards God, we shall not lightly pass them by. One spoonful of food for a meal! is that small quantity worth a long and solemn prayer? Yes, indeed it is, in the prospect of death and eternity; considering also the great and infinite condescension of the Giver, and the utter unworthiness of the receiver. There is nothing small or insignificant in the daily mercies of our God. All things bespeak His Almighty care of us, and His covenant faithfulness and lovingkindness toward us; and what we esteem not much when in health, He may teach us to highly prize in sickness. Our acts of solemn worship, then, will not be done in a hurry.

(To be continued.)

Upright souls are always more humble and prayerful by every falso step they make, and see greater power in Christ, and the glorious operations of His grace in restoring and renewing them.

Passing Ebents.—1 Montbly Note.

The May meetings this year seem to have been very successful, notwithstanding unfavourable weather. At the meeting of the Church Missionary Society, it was stated that the ordinary income of the society for the past year was £155,194, being a larger amount than it has ever received, and £1,197 more than the ordinary income of last year. The expenditure was £152,398, leaving a balance in hand of £2,796 (together with £506, the net surplus of last year). For special objects the society received £2,135. The local funds raised in the missions, and expended there upon the operations of the society, independently of the general fund, are not included in this statement. The committee express much thankfulness to Almighty God for this satisfactory result, as in consequence of several disturbing influences the financial prospects of the society were very gloomy at one period of the year. The annual record of missionary work is also very encouraging; especially in Africa, India, and China considerable success has been granted, converts have been multiplied, the native ministry has been largely increased, and the divine blessing manifestly has accompanied the missionaries' efforts. During the past year, too, the society has been enabled to withdraw from 77 stations, containing 10 native clergy, 4,356 communicants, and 12,866 scholars, leaving them in charge chiefly of the parochial establishments in the West Indies, and of the native church in Sierra Leone.

The Wesleyan Missionary Society reports its home receipts to have been £109,661, and from foreign sources £36,387, making a total of £146,048. The expenditure has been £146,071. The inission work abroad-including China, India, Ceylon, Africa, America, and Australia-has gone on during the year in a most satisfactory manner, while the home mission has been equally satisfactory. The contributions to the Jubilee Fund, now closed, amount to £179,000.

The anniversary of the British and Foreign Bible Society was more than usually interesting, inasmuch as its new building has just been completed. Three years ago the first stone of that building was laid by the Prince of Wales, and now it is finished, and has been opened by an inaugural service in St. Paul's Cathedral, the sermon being preached by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was stated that no loss of life had occurred during the erection of the building, and that the sum of money originally mentioned for it had not been exceeded, a circumstance seldom known in buildings of such magnitude ; also that the cost had been met (with the exception of a debt still remaining of about £500) entirely by extra contributions, no part of the general funds of the society being touched for the purpose. The total receipts were £187,952, being an increase of £8,234 on those of the preceding year. The expenditure was £187,537 ; and the issues for the year were 2,140,620. The report contains many interesting details of the Society's work, particularly with regard to Syria. It states that "in 1855 a large edition of Bibles and Testaments was printed at Madrid; but circulation was afterwards refused, and the only concession which could be obtained was permission to withdraw the books from the country. They were conveyed to Bayonne, where they were kept up to last autumn to be ready for any possible

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opening in the future. As soon as the revolution of last September had occurred, the committee opened a correspondence with friends in Spain, and at once set about replenishing their stock of Scriptures in the Spanish language. A communication was addressed to General Prim, who, while in exile in this country, had often declared that if he ever rose to power in Spain the Bible should be free. His reply was favourable, but difficulties arose which occasioned anxiety. In the meantime Mr. Cury, Chaplain of the Prussian Embassy at Madrid, was appointed chief agent of the society in Spain, and at once entered heartily into the work. He was authorized to take suitable premises in Madrid, and he acted upon the instructions he received with promptitude, energy, and judgment. He traversed the entire Peninsula, visited every chief centre of population, and secured facilities for the development of the work, both in reference to the establishment of permanent depôts and in reference to colportage, which had proved very advantageous. Having been supplied with numerous copies of the Scriptures, he opened a depôt at Madrid, set some colporteurs at work, and provided, as far as possible, for the wants of the numerous depôts scattered over the country. Some Christian correspondents in Spain suggested to the committee that a scheme should be originated for providing one million Gospels at a small price, or for gratuitous circulation. The committee have adopted the suggestion, and appealed to the friends of the society in this kingdom for funds for that special object. The printing operations in which the society is now engaged on account of Spain are very large and costly, but the committee has had no hesitation as to the course of duty. A door had been opened that might be suddenly closed, and they feel bound to seize the opportunity. The editions in progress at Madrid include 200,000 Gospels, and 40,000 other books, 10,000 Bibles of large size 25,000 of smaller size, and 10,000 in duodecimo, and 25,000 copies of the New Testament. Altogether there are 310,000 copies of Scriptures in preparation in the Spanish capital, all the editions being in conformity with the text adopted by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. A portion of the special edition of the Spanish Gospels before referred to is being rapidly dispersed. At Madrid the use of two kiosks has been secured for the sale of the separate Gospels. Depôts are established at Seville, Cadiz, Barcelona, Malaga, Granada, and in about sixty of the principal towns.” An interesting fact was also mentioned at the annual meeting by the Archbishop of York. He said, “The little book which I hold in my hand is a copy of the New Testament, but on the title-page is written · Vol. 1,000. The reason of that is that there is a great publisher in Germany who has printed for the use of English people living abroad, and for the use of the Americans, almost all the English classics, and when he had come to the 999th volume of his great series he said to himself, ‘I will present to the English people, in gratitude for the patronage they have given to me, the present that they love the most: I will give them a copy of the New Testament printed with the utmost care, and sold at a price which cannot remunerate me.' But the point of my story is this, that the book which was published two or three months ago has been so much appreciated on account of one peculiar feature in it, that the English public, instead of receiving it as a present, have paid for it as a matter of busi

The book, instead of selling 8,000 or 10,000, has sold now some 30,000 copies, and the publisher, in spite of himself, has found himself enriched thereby. And what does this mean? Why, it means that there

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is an almost passionate avidity among our people to read and study the Word of God. The peculiar feature in this volume is that besides the actual text of the New Testament there are two or three lines at the foot of the page, which show the variations of the three greatest manuscripts ever discovered. You may perhaps wish that there was no such thing as a variation talked of, but no volume will do more than this will do to confirm our confidence in the text of the New Testament as we have it, because, although there are variations, yet we have, on the one hand, manuscript authority for the New Testament such as exists in no other ancient work whatever, and because, on the other hand, these variations, such as they are, affect no doctrine, but leave the substance of the blessed New Testament to us entirely intact.

The Religious Tract Society has published, during the year, above 200 new tracts and books, together with the five periodicals, comprising, with the reprints of former issues, over 850,000,000 pages. The number of publications issued from the depository during the past year has exceeded 40,000,000. If to these be added the probable issues in foreign countries, the number will exceed 47,000,000 ; and the proximate circulation from the formation of the society will be 1,286,000,000. The society's total receipts, including the balance of last year, were £119,170 0s. 6d., of which £10,488 10s. 11d. were subscriptions, and other free contributions; and £4,818 9s. 9d. were legacies. The total expenditure was £112,611 3s. 2d.; £3,500 have been temporarily invested ; and a balance remains in the treasurer's hands of £3,058 17s. 4d. The report states that in France the opportunity for tract distribution has been greatly facilitated; for whereas some time since it was scarcely possible or lawful to give away a tract, now it is a common occurrence, the police themselves taking them and reading them. The chairman of the meeting (Lord Shaftesbury) said that “the fact that the number of publications issued during the past year had exceeded forty millions spoke volumes; and this would act as a counter-balance to the fearful amount of demoralizing penny literature which was issued from the press week by week. This cheap literature took a very different form to that which it did when he (the noble Earl) was a young man. At that time it was so obscene and so vulgar, that, after looking at it, it was thrown away with disgust; but now Satan had come in the form of an angel of light. The cheap literature of the present day was got up exceedingly well and cheap. The engravings, in some cases, would not do injustice to some of the great masters; three or four of those engravings appeared weekly, and the periodicals circulated by tens of thousands, and even by hundreds of thousands. He would not mention the name of a certain periodical which made heroes of every criminal ; there was not a crime committed in any shape or form but this production took note of it, and made the perpetrators of these deeds of darkness and violence very heroes. The influence of this dreadful state of things might not be felt now, but it would crop up in seven or eight years, and the worst feature in it was that it could not be touched by the law. Not all the wisdom of both Houses of Parliament could devise means to stop it, because it was done in such an insidious manner as to evade all law. But to counteract this the Religious Tract Society had done great things. Hand in hand with the British and Foreign Bible Society, there was nothing superior to counteract the evils of the day.”

The Church Pastoral Aid Society and the Irish Church Mission still pursue their important work, the former with an income of £51,845, em

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