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adults to attend the public services of the to be trained to habits of decorum and attensabbath, ought to be regarded as rendering it tion in the house of God without receiving equally obligatory on them to cause their any direct benefit from the ministry, that children to attend. We come together on attendance could not fail to involve the emthat day for the exercises of prayer, praise, ployment of most salutary self-discipline. His and the study of the word of God, because ability to observe rules, to repress for a season we believe it our duty to do so; that duty his animal spirits, and in some degree to being indicated by the nature of our relations fix his attention, would be developed and to God, the injunctions of scripture, and the strengthened, and thus he would become practice of the early Christians. But our possessed of the means of subsequent and children's relations to God are similar to our life-long improvement. But, second, the habit own, and the precepts and practice of inspired of attending divine worship on Lord's days men were intended to influence their habits will thus be originated. Who will not admit no less than our own. When God requires the importance of this habit, and especially his creatures to engage in the performance of on the part of those classes that will be any duty he virtually requires those to whom shortly, to a great extent, composed of the is committed the determination of their pro- children now in our Sunday-schools ? Let it ceedings to facilitate their doing so. For us but be secured, and our country will not fail to adopt measures which shall have the effect to become virtuous, and prosperous, and of necessitating a neglect of such duty, is not happy to an unprecedented extent ; to enonly to fail to co-operate with God, it is to deavour to create it is surely one of the duties place our authority in opposition to his. To of parents and teachers. When can it be this statement of the case I can imagine the formed so easily as during the season of early, following reply: “What God in all cases de pliant childhood? But, third, by this practice mands is intelligent service; from inability to there may be secured the co-operation of understand the language employed in our ministers and teachers in the work of impartordinary sabbath services, the children can ing information, forming virtuous habits, and not render it, and therefore their obligation creating religious impressions. Only let a to attend, and ours to enforce their attend teacher duly appreciate the preaching of the ance, necessarily ceases.” But, Sir, I venture gospel himself, occasionally examine his chilto assert that if it be true that the language dren on what they have heard from the pulpit, of our pulpits is generally unintelligible to and accustom them to ask him for explanathe children in our schools, it must be sadly tions of any part of the sermon in which they wanting in adaptation to the great majority felt some interest, but which they did not of our adult hearers, and that it is high time fully understand, and the preaching would that we should cease thus to "darken counsel undoubtedly become, at the same time, a by words without knowledge.” The utmost vehicle of interesting and important informa"plainness of speech” is compatible with the tion, and an effectual means of education. greatest richness and variety of thought, and often will it fall out that the minister will is essential to the proper and profitable con- relate some circumstance, or make some apduct of our ordinary religious services. Sup- peal peculiarly adapted to the character or posing, then, the allegation to be true, what present circumstances of certain of the chilis needed is not "children's chapels,” but dren, often too will he explain a text or that our ministers, in order to make them- enforce a duty about which the teacher has selves understood alike by children and by been recently conversing with them; then is their hearers generally, should set themselves the time for the intelligent and devoted at once and diligently to the study and prac- teacher by the pressure of the hand, or the tice of the "science of simplicity." Let but significant glance of the eye, to arouse the this be attained, and the institution of sepa- attention and awaken the interest of his rate services would involve an unnecessary, children; such co-operation could not but do and of course, because unnecessary, most un- good. Let me add that I here write of what desirable and injurious multiplication of ma- I have known to be repeatedly done, and in chinery.
many cases with the happiest results. 2. The regular attendance of children on 3. The presence of children in the house our sabbath services is calculated to confer a of God supplies the minister with material on variety of important incidental benefits, none which he may hope to operate more successof which could be so well secured by any fully than on any other; to this reason for other means. As among these I may men- their attendance i attach the utmost possible tion, first, the exercise of early self-discipline. importance; of its existence I imagine no The communication of information is un- doubt can be entertained ; on the compaquestionably of great importance, but of still ratively unsophisticated minds of children the greater is the discipline of the mind; the strong and graphic statements of scripture latter is education, the former can scarcely cannot fail to exert a peculiarly powertul inbe so called. Now, providing it were possible fluence. On their susceptible hearts its for a child to attend regularly our sabbath affecting narratives, and simple, touching ap; Services from four years of age till seven, and peals, cannot but make some impression and
a deeper one than is made on others; “who. EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. soever,” said the Saviour,“ shall not receive Our correspondents are particularly rethe kingdom of God as a little child, shall quested not to address their future communinot enter therein.” Wherever the gospel is cations to the editor at Acton Place, as he preached in simplicity, proofs are not wanting expects to have removed before they receive of the propriety and force of this allusion; this intimation, to 11, Smith Street, Chelsea. wherever so preached, children are among the This will be now the most convenient place first to be impressed by it; they receive it in to which to send letters or other articles the exercise of a simple, unquestioning faith, transmitted by post; though these, as well as and more completely than any others submit | larger parcels, will be duly forwarded to him to its control. of the correctness of this if left at 65, Paternoster Row. statement countless illustrations might be supplied. I have now on my memory the
Intelligence has just been received from case of a little girl who died at the age of Jamaica of the death of Mr. Edward Knibb six years and a half, leaving unequivocal of Falmouth, brother of the late William evidence of sincere piety, whose first impres- Knibb, and an active promoter of the same sions were produced by a sermon from the interests to which he devoted his life. Mr. text, “ Fear not, little flock," &c. The ex
E. Knibb, two of whose children had recently perience of a dear boy also occurs to me, who, died of a fever which had prostrated others at the age of eight described his being first of the family also, was attacked by the made acquainted with the way of salvation disease on the fourth of December, and on under a seimon preached (I think) from the the tenth expired. text, By his stripes ye are healed.” Per
It will afford our readers pleasure, to learn haps I may be pardoned if, in further con. firmation of the above sentiment I adduce thata sketch of the eventful life of the late Rev.
Thomas Burchell of Montego Bay, which the fact, that, during the nine years of my his brother, the Rev. W. 8. Burchell of connexion with the church of which I am Rochdale has long been busily engaged in now pastor, it has been my privilege to re
The ceive into its fellowship no fewer than sixty biographer informs us that he expects that it
writing, is now nearly completed. individuals who, at the time of their admission, will be ready for delivery by the close of were pupils in the Sunday school. Of these March, and that he hopes that the price will some ascribe their conversion, under God, to
not exceed four shillings and sixpence. the instruction of their teachers; many to the public preaching of the gospel; and some to We never felt it so necessary as at the the conjoint efforts of preacher and teacher. present time to invoke the patience of authors That there have not been more cases of de- and publishers in reference to our review linquency among these sixty than would department. In spite of our exertions to probably have occurred among an equal prevent it, arrears have accumulated to a number of persons of maturer years, may distressing extent. Among many books nobe inferred from the fact that, after all de- tice of which has been delayed, are some on ductions arising from removals and death, which we had fully hoped to have reported fifty of them are still in communion with us. in our present number, but which, at the Many of my brethren could, I doubt not, close of the month, we found it necessary to supply much more striking facts illustrative postpone. There is one, which it may be of the truth, that it is to the very young the desirable to mention, of which we have not Holy Spirit most frequently renders the been able as yet to read a single page, and preaching of the gospel effectual. But, Sir, which relates to a subject on which we should I will not detain you longer, only let me say not think it proper to write anything without that there are few things I more deprecate much care and deliberation. We refer to a than the removal of the children of our volume of five hundred and forty pages, to schools and families from that ministerial the preparation of which our friend Mr. influence which has already proved highly Hinton has recently devoted much time and beneficial, and the exercise of which con attention, entitled, “ Athanasia : or Four stitutes one of the best grounds of hope in Books on Immortality.” It consists of "a relation to the virtue and piety of the suc- review of several publications which have ceeding generations. So far as my own issued from the press within the last fifteen congregation is concerned, I would not con- years, so far as they affect and impugn the sent to occupy my place in the pulpit except doctrine of man's natural immortality." The children, as well as adults, were both allowed writers to whom Mr. Hinton replies are, “ A and encouraged to take theirs in the pew.
Clergyman of the Church of England”-the I am, my dear Sir,
Rev, H. H. Dobrey-the Rev. E. WhiteYours very faithfully, the Rev. G. Storts and the author of an
WILLIAM Mall. anonymous tract containing the substance of Dalston, January, 1849.
five lectures delivered at Bristol. Appended is a reprint of Mr. Hinton's recent pamphlet entitled, “Who will Live for Ever ?"
Kandy, a representation of which we have given this month, as most of our readers are aware, is the capital of that which was called till of late “the kingdom of Kandy,” being the portion of the island of Ceylon which was governed by a native king till the year 1815, the rest of the island having been under British rule from 1796. The town of Kandy stands at the head of an extensive valley in the midst of wooded hills and mountains, and is more regularly built than most Indian towns. The palace is a square of great extent, built of a kind of cement perfectly white, with stone gateways. The temples of Bhudda are numerous, and that of Malcgana is the most venerated of any in the country, in consequence of its containing, what is considered a precious relic, as genuine a relic as many which the church of Rome presents to its votaries, " the tooth of Bhudda.”
The missionary station at Kandy in connexion with this Society, was formed in 1841, a printing press forming part of it; and the efforts of the missionaries have been greatly blessed among the Kandians, who are a distinct race from the Singhalese, who form the principal population of the remainder of the island.
The encouraging state of things at the present time our readers will learn from the letter of Mr. Allen in page 121.
A letter has been received from Mr. Thomas, dated the 7th of November, in which, after stating that Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have left for a season, having gone on the river in company with Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, the health of both, but particularly that of Mrs. Lewis, having suffered a great deal, as well as that of Mr. Morgan, he says, “I hope both families will derive much and lasting benefit from the change and relaxation they are now enjoying.
“ You will be pleased to hear that brother Leslie baptized four persons last sabbath day; at the same time two were baptized in the native chapel in Kalinga, and one in Intally. Thus at three places the sacred rite was administered on the first sabbath month. I hope we shall soon have to report other additions to one or other of our churches."
As the name of this place has not occurred lately in the Herald, it may be desirable to inform our readers that it is a military station about eight miles northwest of Calcutta, and ten north-east of Serampore, in which a church was formed at an early period of the mission, which has consisted of soldiers and their wives. Though many have been the subjects of decided conversion, the number of which the church has at any time consisted has not been large, its members being scattered, with their regiments, throughout India, where many of them have borne a pleasing testimony to the truth and power of religion.
Mr. Lewis, under date Calcutta, 6th November, says:
I had the pleasure in July last of baptizing afforded good reason to hope that they were three European soldiers at Dum Dum. They Israelites indeed. They are all now removed from the station, but I trust that wherever ber Dum Dum with affectionate interest as they go they will maintain their profession, the place in which they experienced the reand shine as the lights of the world. The newing grace of God. station at Dum Dum is in many respects an
We are, as a family, in better health than interesting one. Those who are added to the has been afforded to us during the last few church there are seldom permitted to remain months. We are this day going for a little long, but are drafted off in various directions; change of air on the river. We irust that, by and though the church is never
large, I be the blessing of God, we shall come back quite lieve however that many of God's people in strong and well again. the various military stations in India remem
In a letter from Mr. THOMPSON he states :
From the middle of March (not including Europeans, including the members, have et the time of my journey to Hurdwar) to the tended each season of worship, either at the time of my falling ill in the middle of this chapel or at my house; while in the Drummonth, I have daily visited the people in a mers' lines some eight or ten have attended principal street of the city, with the word of once a week. The result of all the labours God, and addressed some 1300 of them, read- has been some five applications to unite with ing out of the scriptures and tracts, one to us on the condition of being supported in idlethree chapters of the former and the same ness. The parties showed no inclination to number of the latter statedly; and have given examine for themselves the evidences of our to applicants single gospels or tracts, and in faith, although three of them were very well very rare cases larger portions of the scrip- able to read, and one man had read our books tures. The Hindu pupils of the Christian for some years. We must wait for those who school have been large applicants for our show an impression of divine truth on their Unda gospels, and on one occasion the Eu- minds, and of a more disinterested character, ropean master applied to me for a dozen of each and till such shall apply for admission we of the gospels for his Urdu class. The Christian must labour in hope. "The tracts distributed services have been attended to by me as usual, amount to about 2628, and the scriptures to excepting since my late indisposition, and about 375. from fifteen to twenty or more, natives and
CHITAURA, NEAR AGRA. Mr. Smith commences his letter by a reference to his last, which was printed in the October Herald, and proceeds with an account of the present state of things at this station,
Since my last every thing has gone on, he could find no rest to his soul until he had tolerably well with us. The two men I returned to the Lord with weeping and supmentioned as having left us, have both re- plication. I believe his repentance is genuturned; one has been re-admitted to church ine, and he now appears to be growing in fellowship, and the otber is very regular in grace and in that knowledge which maketh his attendance on all the means of grace, so wise unto salvation. His wife also, who was that we hope soon to see him reinstated in the the means of taking him away, and threatened church. Their going away was most unex- self-destruction if he did not leave us, has pected, and had a discouraging effect on us come with him, and is now amongst our most all
, as we had never entertained a doubt of regular attenders at the chapel and prayerthe sincerity, especially of one of them. We meetings. The lion has truly become a lamb. bow rejoice in their repentance, and feel en- Who could hope that this violent opponent of couraged in our work; the seed sown is not the truth should ever have become iis admirer? thrown away; although it may produce no present visible effects, it shall accomplish
Two persons baptised. that whereunto it is gent. One of the above On Monday, the 4th August, I had the mentioned individuals tried all means to shake pleasure of baptizing one of our servants, an off Christianity and forget what he had heard, layá, by birth an African. She has, I have no but in vain. The more he strove to obliterate doubt, been admitted to the household of faith. his convictions, the deeper they became, and I have frequently found her in her little hut,