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Free Church is £242,819. The report on belong to the ruling party, and are the theothe Sustentation Fund stated, that 694 logical tutors in the two Colleges at Richmond ministers receive support from this source; and Didsbury. Mr. Farrar belongs to the that the sum collected during the past year same party, and is classical tutor in the foramounts to £87,115, a decrease of £1881, mer institution. Mr. Naylor is supposed as compared with the year preceding. The to hold moderate views, and was the candidate Assembly ordered that the stipend payable of the ruling party when it was thought exfrom this fund to each recipient be £122, pedient to have a President who would purexclusive of the rate paid on account of each sue a conciliatory course ; but — 80 it is to the Widows' Fund. From the report of alleged at least—when the appearance of a the College Committee, it appeared that the considerable increase in the Connexion ennumber of students in attendance was on the couraged the ruling party to think of adopting increase, the roll having, during the past year, rigorous measures towards the extreme Ophad twenty-six names more than during the position, they transferred their support, to the year preceding. To aid in building manses, just dissatisfaction of Mr. Naylor, from that grants amounting to £17,600 had been given gentleman to Mr. Jackson, who, though of by the Manse Building Committee. Since mild character, is highly Conservative. The its formation in 1843, as appeared from a Patriot, July 26. statement of its public accounts, the Free Church has, in its denominational capacity,
THE CHOLERA. collected the sum of £1,865,512. We have Numerous inquests continue to be held in great pleasure in recording this noble libe- the metropolis on the bodies of persons dying rality.
by cholera ; but no official returns are published by the Board of Health by which the daily mortality can be known. In the pro
vinces, since the rains that commenced The contest for the chair has been decided Tuesday week, the mortality of the disease in an unexpected manner. It was expected, seems to have much abated. Portsmouth, that the Liberal candidate would run the Plymouth, Salisbury, and Bristol, are the nominee of the ruling party very close, but towns which have suffered most. In some the result has wofully disappointed that too parts of London the inhabitants are taking sanguine calculation. The Rev. Joseph the sanitary question up. On Monday night Fowler had but 29 votes out of 333; and, there was a meeting of the inhabitants of the as he had precisely the same number in the Blackfriars district, for the purpose of taking ballot for Secretary also, it may be taken as into their consideration the rapid and alarmshowing the exact strength of the Liberal ing increase of the prevailing epidemic in their party among those entitled to vote,--a privi- vicinity, and causing instant attention on the lege confined to ministers of at least fourteen part of the authorities to the choked and years' standing. But, as nearly six hundred defective state of the sewers, Dr. Evans in the ministers are present, the real strength of the chair. The bills convening the meeting stated party may be much greater ; it being a fair also that great annoyance was created by the presumption, that the rising ministry have yards of some knackers, bone-boilers, and catmore sympathy in liberal principles. The gut-makers, who carried on their business in Rev. Thomas Jackson was voted into the the vicinity, and offal from whose premises chair by the suffrages of 265 of his brethren, ran into a sewer, without any outlet, and and the Rev. Dr. Hannah was elected Secre- which was in consequence in a very dangerous tary by 206 ; the only other candidates of state. A memorial to the commissioners of mark being, for the Presidentship, the Rev. sewers was adopted. At Lambeth, a sanitary William Naylor, who had 39 votes ; and inspection of the borough is being made. The the Rey. John Farrar, for the Secretary- cholera has also re-appeared at Edinburgh, ship, who had 61. The successful candidates but only slightly.--Nonconformist, July 25.
proposed as the means of a revival; but the To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. writers have not mentioned what appears to
SIR,-Several articles have appeared at me to be the principal cause, at least they different times in the Baptist and Evangelical have not given to it that prominence which I Magazines, on the low state of religion in our think it ought to have. I am of opinion, dissenting churches, which is indeed a la- that the principal cause is the defective style mentable fact.
of preaching among us in the present day. In these articles various causes have been We need a more earnest style, one that aims assigned for this evil, and various remedies at the heart and concience.
I pay an annual visit to most of the cities with which he may be associated, he will not and towns of Great Britian and Ireland, only excite the indifferent or subdue the prewhich gives to me ample opportunities of judice by which he is surrounded, but will knowing what is the style of preaching preva- awaken interest and conciliate regard."* lent among dissenters generally, but especially Who has ever read the life and sermons in our own denomination. I lament to say, of the late Mr. Whitefield-a man whose mithat it is not in my opinion calculated either nistry was more successful than that of any to awaken the careless sinner, or to excite other preacher since the apostolic agethe believer to diligence in his Christian without being convinced that under God bis
Most certa nly there are exceptions great success was to be attributed to his to this statement, but they are comparatively earnest appeals to the hearts and consciences few. I am not speaking of hyper-Calvinists, of his hearers ? Oh! for the spirit of a on whose ministry I never attend, but of Whitefield to descend upon our preachers; those who maintain the true Calvinist doctrine, then might we expect again to hear of the that glorious doctrine which ascribes our work of the Lord among us as in times that salvation to grace alone, and yet leaves are past; but until we have more of that without excuse the sinner who neglects to spirit wo cannot rationally expect a revival seek it. Often have I returned to my inn of religion. from the house of God, wondering how the preacher could deliver a discourse so entirely
Yours respectfully, destitute of earnestness, and perhaps without
A COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER. a single appeal the hearts and consciences of his hearers. I have said to myself, Was the preacher in earnest ? Oh, no, if he had EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. been there would have been a corresponding tone and manner in his preaching, that could
Stepney College will be re-opened, Provinot have been mistaken. How lamentable dence permitting, on Monday the 10th of to think, that many who call themselves September. On that day the students are ministers of Christ, whose office it is to expected to re-assemble, and on Wednesday beseech sinners to be reconciled to God, the 12th of September the session will comdeliver their message with as much in- mence with the usval public services in the difference as a lecturer on natural science. College chapel. Mr. Angus having found Under such lifeless preaching, surely it would that the necessities of the college render it be irrational to expect the conversion of necessary to relinquish the hope of visiting sinners and the edification of believers. If India, intends at that time to enter upon his there be no earnestness in the preacher, how
new vocation. Noarrangement for the occupacan it be expected in the hearer ? As it is tion of the vacant secretaryship at Moorgate in the kingdom of nature so it is in the Street has yet been completed, but Mr. Angus kingdom of grace, suitable means must be continues at present, as heretofore, to perform employed. “Now earnestness is a part of his duties there. that system of means which God has in every age blessed to the conversion of sinners,
The Committee appointed to superintend and the edification of his church; for if it be the arrangements for the departure of our the matter which God blesses to change the friend Mr. Timothy Moore for Australia, in heart, it is also the manner which he blesses accordance with an announcement in the to fix the attention preparatory to this Magazine for April, have engaged a passage change. There is an adaptation as obvious for him and his family in the St. George, in the latter as in the former, consequently which is expected to sail about the 8th of the more earnest a man is, the more likely August. As several donations which have he is to do good as far as means go ; and thus been promised have not yet been received, we find in every period, the most successful they hope that the friends who have engaged preachers have been the most earnest ores.
to aid them will see the propriety of forward“Where is a large congregation, a flourishing their contributions with the utmost ing church to be found: There is an earnest promptitude, either to Mr. William Bowser, man. Where, in what country, or in what 2, Parson's Street, St. George's in the East, denomination, does one such man labour
or to Mr. Richard Freeman, Honduras House, without considerable success? Where do we
Commercial Road. find small congregations, dissatisfied or de. clining churches, and empty chapels ? Cer
The bill brought in to legalize the marriage tainly not where the ministers are as flames of of a widower with the sister or niece of his fire. No matter where, or under what dis- deceased wife has been postponed to next couraging circumstances, such a man who is year, as has been also the bill to which we one of these sacred flames may commence
alluded last month for granting a constitution his labours, he will soon draw around him a
to the Australian colonies. deeply interested and attentive congregation,
# James's Earnest Ministry the Want of the no matter what may be the denomination / Times, pp. 275, 338.
A letter has been received from Mr. Thomas, dated May 2nd, containing information of a highly encouraging nature with reference to several of the stations, and urging the necessity of several missionaries being sent without delay to occupy the places of those who have long laboured in the field now emphatically " white to the harvest.” We trust his appeal will be responded to, and that while men fitted for the work are offering themselves, the Committee will be furnished with the means of sending them forth.
Our brother Makepeace is much encouraged list of places, each one of which calls so at Saugor. It would indeed appear that his loudly for men of God, other places might be going there has been of the Lord, and that added scarcely less urgently demanding help. there is a harvest ready to be gathered in. Are there none in the colleges --none among Thus far appearances are decidedly of a the home missionaries-none in the churches pleasing and encouraging character. of highly favoured England, prepared to offer
A letter has just arrived from Cawnpore, themselves on the altar of God for service in stating that the connexion heretofore existing India ? Surely there must be not a few between the church and its late pastor, Mr. among the rising ministry, or in the bosoms of Symes, has been dissolved, and earnestly the churches, who are desirous of devoting requesting that the station might be supplied. themselves to the work of God in the gospel. I believe Cawnpore is an important and pro. To euch I would say, “If it is work you mising station, and I have heard well of the wish for, come to India; here the field is church. But we want men, men, men; de wide, and the labourers are few. Here you voted men of God. Openings there are in will find room for labour; nor will you be abundance, places calling for help are multi- without excitements and encouragements to plying, but where are the men to go and labour, provided it be for God and souls you occupy them? Agra needs help. At Cawn- wish to labour." pore a church already exists which compre- We shall soon be looking for Mr. Sale, but hends some excellent spirits, who would aid being but one it will be impossible for his in missionary effort if provided with a mis- field of labour to be fixed without causing sionary pastor. Jessore urgently demands at disappointment and sorrow to several who least another missionary. Brother Page at are in want of help. What are we to do? Barisal will not be able long to continue to We look to the Lord of the harvest, and we prosecute alone his exhausting labours. Bro- look to you and to the churches of Britain. ther Robinson at Dacca feels his spirit sink- Shall we look in vain ? ing for want of a fellow labourer ; and to this!
By a letter from Mr. Lewis, dated May 2nd, we are gratified in learning that after severe illness, affecting more particularly Mr. Lewis and his child, his health and that of his child have been mercifully restored, and that Mrs. Lewis enjoys upon the whole a tolerable degree of health. He adds,
Since I last wrote I have made a beginning on heaps of earth in the midst of the water, of street preaching, but I have not been able the people going from place to place in canoes, to carry it out to the extent I proposed. become exposed to robbers, who seize the There are three native preachers at Narsig- opportunity of plying their nightly trade, and darchoke, and I arranged that each of those a general feeling of insecurity prevails; hence should in turn pass eight or nine days with the inability of those men to leave their homes me in Calcutta. Thus my plan was to spend at present. I have some hope that the friends a part of each day in doing what I could to at Counterslip Chapel will undertake to supimprove their knowledge and to promote their port a man for the specific work of preaching efficiency as preachers of the gospel, and as in the streets of Calcutta. There are already often as possible to go with them to preach in three or four native brethren thus employed the highways. One of them accordingly in connexion with our Society, but abundant came, and my plan was acted upon; but in room for fifty. the mean time the country round the village Mr. William Thomas, the assistant mis. became dry, and the houses which were built sionary, spends the greater part of each month
in Narsigdarchoke, and he is a most excellent the reading and correction of proofs of the man. He has done much in instructing our Bengalee scriptures. In addition to what I people, and in presenting to them a consistent have done in this way in aid of Mr. Wenger, Christian example, as well as in preaching to I corrected the sheets of an edition of the the neighbouring heathen. When in Calcutta, Psalms and Proverbs for the Bible Society, where his family live, he seldom fails to at the request of brother Thomas. I have of preach night and morning in the streets or late given some attention to Hindostani, bazars,
and am glad to be able to relieve brother I have continued to spend a considerable Thomas å little by correcting proofs of the portion of time weekly, and almost daily, in gospels in that language.
CHITAURA. Mr. Smith gives the following interesting account of the efforts of a united body of missionaries at a fair.
Visit to Bhuleshwar Mela.
a number of questions, and was so much in
terested that he came afterwards to our tent, Brother Phillips and the Rev. Mr. Wilson and remained with us in conversation as long having joined me at Chitaurah, we started for as we could spare time to stop with him. the mela on Tuesday, 7th November, towards Towards evening the mela began to thicken evening, and arrived by the middle of the fast by the arrival of crowds of men and cattle following day. Having travelled thirty-five of all kinds. Elephants, camels, horses, cows, miles, we were too tired to commence preach- bullocks, and bakris were very numerous, and ing, and consequently employed ourselves in covered some miles of ground. The men, making arrangements for the following day's women, and children, were huddled together operations.
by thousands, wherever a vacant spot could Thursday 9th. After breakfasting and uniting be found. in prayer for a blessing on our labours, we
Heathen superstitions. set out for the place where we had determined to have our principal preaching. It Friday, 10th. We arose early, and mounted was conveniently situated in the midst of the the heights, which nearly surrounded the temples by the river side, where our native mela, and are not unlike some Scotch scenery brethren had taken up their abode, and com-on a sniall scale ; on the sides of the hill we menced distributing books and preaching; found two caves excavated for the residence our force consisted of brother Phillips and his of fakirs, with whom the place abounds. native catechist, Shiva Jitray, Rev. Mr. Wil. After breakfasting, we commenced our labours son of the Presbyterian Mission, Mr. Harris, as usual by the river-side. The bathers were the superintendent of the Agra Missionary much increased, and we found all kinds of Society's operations, with three native preach- plans in operation for making money. Brahers and myself. We together formed one mans, calling themselves Jumna-putras, party, and united in all our operations. On making tilaks of various kinds, according to another side of the mela was the Rev. Mr. the rank and caste of their customers, and Schneider, of the Secundra Mission ; and on giving stamps on the arms similar to those the third side, Mr. Pfander's native catechist obtained by pilgrims at Dwariká. Others had pitched his tent, so that we made an again were selling flowers, vilwa-patras, and attack on this immense fort of iniquity from fruit for offerings. Again there were crowds nearly every side. On arrival at our post the of singers and dancers, and not far distant a first sight that met our eyes was the burning juggler astonishing the ignorant farmers with of a corpse. An old man had come to the his tricks of cunning. By the entrance to mela and died ; they did but scorch his body the principal temple were sitting groups of black, and then in a most indecent manner khakis, or fakirs, covered with rákh, some of took it into the middle of the river and set it them daubed in such a ludicrous manner as afloat, to the great gratification of the by- scarcely to resemble human beings except in standers and bathers. A brahman endea- shape. Amongst them I saw a company with voured to turn the matter to account, by tell- their mahunt, whose reputed sanctity attracted ing the people that if they did not come to his more than usual attention. His feet had just stall and obtain tilaks, the dead man would been washed, and the dirty water was purget upon them (murda tum par charh jáega). chased by numbers at a pice for a small We kept up preaching in our turns most of spoonful, the poor deluded people drinking it the day, not only by the river side, but in up, as a sweet draught, which ihey could not several other places. The people heard with obtain every day. Amongst this motley group the most marked attention; a Punjabi asked / we preached the gospel, declaring that all the
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