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and satisfaction, as to the various chapels in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The time of your missionary has been devoted principally to domiciliary visitation; and in this work he has been greatly encouraged. It is his duty, not merely to call and to leave a tract, but if possible, to obtain admission to every family in every room of every house; and to tell them of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ; to see that they are supplied with the Scriptures; that their children are sent to schools; and to endeavour to induce the parents to attend upon public worship; besides all the private means employed in their respective houses, of religious conversation, reading the Scriptures, and prayer. During the year your missionary has made 4,456 calls, or visits to the families in his district; some of them of an interesting, and others of a painful nature: 606 of these have been visits to the afflicted or dying.

Your missionary observes, that "Intemperance has been materially checked, and the confirmed drunkard has, in several instances, become sober. The Infidel has been reclaimed, and become obedient to the faith, and, in several instances, convicted and silenced; although not converted, yet his mouth has been stopped. Your missionary never gives temporal relief, although he frequently is the means whereby such relief is communicated to a great extent : therefore his visits are of a spiritual character. This circumstance may appear to retard his operations, but the reverse is the case, The persons visited know that he directs his attention to the soul. It is their eternal interest with which he has to do; and, by patient continuance in this prescribed course, his visits become acceptable. In proof of this, if, by any extra work of any kind connected with the Mission, his visits are for a short time omitted, his return is welcomed as that of a beloved friend. One instance of this may be mentioned. Your missionary had recently to visit six or seven thousand families, chiefly in Hoxton, with the tract, The Way to be Healthy and Happy.' On his return he called at No. 19, The family, especially the parents and two adult children, immediately had their countenances lighted up. 'Ah! Mr. Elliott, how happy are we to see you. We thought we had quite tired you out; that we had been such disobedient children that you would have nothing further to do with us.' It is true (he says) I had long laboured at this house, and was frequently disheartened; but am happy to state that I have not laboured in vain or spent my strength for nought. The eldest son has united himself with the people of God, and the parents are now candidates for Christian fellowship. The eldest daughter is also seriously impressed with the importance of religion.

"The tract entitled The Way to be Healthy and Happy' has produced some pleasing results in reforming the drunkard, leading the sinner to hear the Word of life and salvation, and producing comfort in families almost starving. The members of a family

heretofore exhibiting a sad picture of want, are now all comfortably clothed, and some additions have been made to their furniture. The missionary is welcomed, and a striking and happy change has taken place.

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"While delivering the tracts on Intemperance, several striking proofs of the beneficial labours of your missionary were apparent. He was accosted in his own district by a female residing at No. 33, On presenting her with one of these tracts, she said, 'I am happy to receive it; your visits and tracts have been greatly blessed at this house. Until you visited us we were destitute of religious instruction; but a happy change has taken place, and young B- has died most triumphantly.' This family exhibit a most remarkable improvement in their whole exterior, and I trust ultimately to receive full evidence of the renewed and sanctified state of the heart. He has also proofs of shops being closed on the Lord's-day, and sin being hereby restrained; and access has been obtained, by the closing of the shops, into families hitherto inaccessible.

"Although it is one great object of your missionary to get persons to attend public worship, yet, for certain reasons, many prefer to come to rooms in private houses, and are prevailed on to hear the Scriptures there read and expounded. Persons, therefore, who would never attend elsewhere, are found hearing the missionary read and explain the Word of God. Rooms are opened in various parts of the district to suit the convenience of the inhabitants as to time and place. The fruits of these labours alone have been more than sufficient to repay all the efforts which have been made; and the first-fruits to God, as well as subsequent triumphs of the Gospel, may be traced up by your missionary to the blessing of God, upon his labours in this department. success, which God has so evidently bestowed, has stimulated your missionary to request that rooms for every part of these localities may be obtained for this purpose. Your missionary is connected with ten of these meetings weekly, and has himself during the past year conducted 276 meetings; and he takes this opportunity of gratefully acknowledging the assistance afforded him in this department.



"Several interesting facts as to the circulation of the Scriptures might be adduced. One very poor widow told your missionary recently- My only temporal support for myself and children comes from my daily labours at the washing-tub, and my only earthly possession what few things you see in this little room; and that book (pointing to the Testament) is my only comfort.' person, who had been in very respectable circumstances, said, I owe a debt of gratitude to you for directing my mind to that book through the reading of it, and taking its simple common sense meaning, I have been delivered from a snare in which Satan has entangled my soul for years, so that, while I thought myself


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very wise, I was led to intemperance and vice. I was a Christian, I found out that I was not.' "Temporal relief has been afforded by the Strangers' Friend Society,' and 'Friend in Need' sick societies, and by the beneficence of a gentleman, a friend to the London City Mission.

"Your missionary takes this opportunity of recording his thanks to Mr. Amsden, and other gentlemen of the medical profession, for their kind attention to cases of sickness, where advice and medicines have been given and the poor visited at their own habitations; and to the ladies of the Association, for their active zeal in the cause of the London City Mission.

"The summary of his labours is as follows:-He has spent 1,792 hours in visitation; held 276 meetings-average attendance, 17; paid 4,456 visits or calls, of which 606 were cases of sickness, besides the special distribution of tracts; induced 28 persons to attend public worship; distributed 12 copies of Scriptures, by loan; obtained 82 scholars for schools; 7 persons have been admitted to the Lord's Supper; and distributed 11,479 tracts.

"In conclusion, your missionary would render devout thanks to Almighty God for the prosperity attending his past labours, and would humbly confide in the promised aid of the Holy Spirit that his future labours may be much more successful than the past. He would also earnestly intreat all the help that the disciples of Christ resident in this neighbourhood can render, and trusts that error, and all false doctrine, vice, and all profligacy, may be destroyed, and the light of truth and the blessings of genuine piety universally enjoyed."


THE Missionary in whose district the above atrocious crime has been committed, writes as follows:

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"The first occasion on which I visited Mr. Templeman was on Feb. 26, he then received me with affability, and conversed pretty freely on religious topics. He appeared to me to have read his Bible. I was somewhat startled by an assertion which fell from his lips, that 'We cannot be the descendants of Adam.' I asked him, How so?' Because,' he replied, 'We are told in the Word of God, that Adam had no soul.' As the idea was quite novel to me, I expressed my ignorance of such a sentiment contained in the Bible. Whereupon he requested a female who was present to reach his Bible, and then directed my attention to 2 Edras iii. 5. 'Thou gavest a body unto Adam without soul.' I denied that that was the Word of God, and turned his attention to Gen. ii. 7. He thought the passages were contradictory, and could not both be true; but felt satisfied of the truth of the fact as stated in Genesis. My visit was very well received by him and the female

above alluded to. I found that they were both in the habit of neglecting the public worship of God, but the latter promised to come some evening as soon as the old man got stronger, and accompany him to the house of God; and expressed her firm persuasion, that no true happiness is to be enjoyed apart from religion. I engaged in prayer with them and left. About a week after this I visited him a second time, when I found him alone. He spoke to me freely and feelingly of the many mercies he had received from God and when I alluded to the greatest of all God's mercies, the gift of his Son, and eternal life by him, he expressed his hearty acquiescence. He likewise made reference, in the course of conversation, to the power of conscience as intimating to us the certainty of a future state of rewards and punishments. He was a man of some reading and reflection, and was respected by his neighbours for his kindness and benevolence. May this awful event be sanctified to his ungodly neighbours who survive him, by leading them seriously to reflect on the uncertainty of human life, and the consequent necessity of timely preparation for death and eternity!"

It may be proper to subjoin to the above that, as it was anticipated great crowds of people would resort on the Sabbath-day to the neighbourhood in which this diabolical murder was committed, the four missionaries who labour nearest to the locality were appointed to distribute religious tracts. Accordingly, after meeting for prayer to God for his blessing on their labours, they spent the greater portion of the Lord's-day in this important work. About 10,000 tracts were thus disposed of. So great was the concourse of people, from morning to evening, that double the number might have been distributed with facility. The utmost order and decorum were observed during the day; and the tracts were generally received with eagerness. If it shall please the Father of all mercies to render the circulation of these tracts the means, only in one or two instances of effecting the conversion of the soul to God, this extra effort (in connexion with such a dreadful event) will be remembered with gratitude.

The titles of the tracts distributed were as follows:-"The

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Soul in Danger;" "The World;" "Am I prepared to Die?" "Time is Short;' "How long have I to Live?" "What Fruits am I bringing forth?" &c.


We have received the following letter from a respectable surgeon, who takes a deep interest in the prosperity of the Mission. Its contents will surprise many of our readers, but we are in possession of other facts of the same class equally painful. Females riding in carriages, and living in a style of great splendour, are employed

in the same horrible manner as that of the wretched woman referred to in the letter, and with very painful success. We may probably return to this subject in some future article on this branch of metropolitan iniquity.


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My dear Sir,-Will you forgive me troubling you with a few lines about that summum malum,' the trade of the 'procuress!' This appears to me to be the most awful and disgusting instance of human depravity, and, doubtless, is the foundation of all prostitution. If you be ignorant of the system, may I tell you it is this: Women of middle age are paid by our nobility and moneyed men to waylay and entrap into houses of ill-report the young and unsuspecting maidens whom they may meet in our streets; and often individual youthful maidens are marked by these infamous and brutal monsters for the gratification of their vile lusts. Once in the house, the ruin of the young creature is almost unavoidable. Closed doors, back-rooms, drugged draughts, usually effect their object-if not, violence is not unfrequently employed, and this is, of course, sure of success; and the reason why we so seldom hear of these cases, is, doubtless, the following, viz.: Once degrade the person of a woman, almost invariably despair will induce a compliance with anything and everything. Now, you will wonder what can cause me to write to you on such a subject.


"A lady, an intimate friend and relative of mine, was walking down Oxford-street, a few evenings since, just at dusk, and being a mamma, stayed for a moment to look at some children's hats, &c., at a very respectable shop-window. While there a middle-aged woman in a cloak stepped up and said, Miss, your boa is on the ground, shall I pick it up for you?' On receiving an answer, she said, I want to speak with you particularly.' With me,' said my friend, Yes, very particularly indeed.' Thinking her dress was rather out of order, she obeyed the wish of the old wretch to step out of the glare of the gas-light, when the woman said, A friend of yours, who knows you very well, wants to be introduced to you; he is at No. Somerset-street; come, and I will show you the way, he is very anxious to see you.' Fortunately the lady's presence of mind did not so entirely leave her as to produce any painful consequences by such a proposition from a stranger, and the demon-like glance of the woman told her intentions; she therefore promptly answered, If you do not instantly leave me I will introduce you to a policeman.' On hearing which the wretched woman took to her heels. Somerset-street is an infamous and notorious street, and the woman, without doubt, one of the many employed to entrap the unwary. Do you not think this is as important, if not more so, than endeavouring to put a stop to drunkenness? I confess my mind dwells most painfully on the subject. I think this to be the crying curse of our city and of our

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