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To be amended by a little cross, It is impossible to be at Rome withafraid of a little sin, and affected with out being forced to see that popery is a little mercy, is a good evidence of not so much a corrupt Christianity as a grace in the soul.—16.

modified paganism. It is in a horrible

state.- Rev. C. Bradley. THOSE who desire spiritual blessings, are blessed in those desires, and shall If any unheard-of affliction hath surbe filled with those blessings.Matthew prised thee cast one eye upon the hand Henry.

that sent it, and the other upon the sin

that brought it. If thou thankfully God's manifestations of himself to receive the message, he that sent it will any soul, always make and keep the discharge the messenger.-F. Quarles. soul humble.16.

To tremble at the sight of sin makes

thy faith the less apt to tremble. The FORCED absence from God's ordinances, and forced presence with wicked

devils believe and tremble, because they

tremble at what they believe; their people, are grievous burdens to a

belief brings trembling. Thy trembling gracious soul.-16.

brings belief.-16.

Take heed of accounting any sin

WOULDST thou know the lawfulness small, lest at last you account not any of an action which thou desirest to sin great.-- Cripplegate Morning Lectures. undertake, let thy devotion recommend

it to the divine blessing. If it be law

ful thou shalt perceive thy heart enOne reason why the world is not re- couraged by thy prayer. If unlawful formed is, because every man would thou shalt find thy prayer discouraged have another make a beginning, and by thy heart. That action is not warnever thinks of himself.- Adam's Pri- rantable which either blushes to try the vate Thoughts.

blessing, or having succeeded dares not

present thanksgiving.16. Those who make the word of God a dull book, will be sure to find it a dark A HOUSE-GOING minister makes a book.—Bridges.

church-going people.-Dr. Chalmers.

THE HEAVENLY STRANGER.

BY SIR EDWARD DENNY, BART.
“ The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”-1 John iii. 1.
FAREWELL, ye fleeting joys of carth!

In Judah's land, the Saviour found
We've seen the Saviour's face,

No shelter but the grave.
Beheld him with the eye of faith,
And know his love and grace.

Then fare thee well, thou faithless world!

Thine evil eye could see
Porth from the Father's loving breast,

No grace in him whose dying love
To bear our sin and shame,

Ilath weaned our hearts from thee.
To face a cold, unfeeling world,

The cross was his ; and oh ! 'tis oure,
The heavenly Stranger came.

Its weight on earth to bear,
This earth to him, the Lord of all,

And glory in the thought that he
No kindly welcome gave ;

Was once a sufferer there.
VOL. XII.-FOURTH SERIES.

x

THE SAPLING.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”—Colossians iii, 2.

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CHRONOLOGICAL PAGE FOR MARCH, 1849.

SUN RISES & SETS.

FAMILY BIBLE READING.

MEMORANDA.

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1 Th 6 47 Gen. xliii. 15—34, xliv. 1-13. Moon rises at midnight.

5 39 Acts iv. 32–37, v. 1-16. Venus splendid in west, after sunset. 2F 6 45 Gen. xliv. 14—34, xlv. 1–15. Moon's first quarter, 57 m. bef. 1, morning. 5 40 Acts v. 17-42.

Jupiter conspicuous in south-east, evening. 3s 6 43 Gen. xlv. 16-28, xlvi. 1–7. Moon sets, 39 m. past 2, morning. 5 42 Acts vi., vii, 1–8.

Moon rises 12 m, before noon. 4 LD 6 41 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 5 43 Psalms.

Johni. 43–51, ii, 1-12, Gen. xxiv. 32-51. 5 M 6 39 Gen. xlvi. 29–34, xlvii. Moon sets, 26 m. past 4, morning. 5 45 Acts vii, 9–43.

Sirius south, 46 m. past 7, evening. 6 Tu 6 37 Genesis xlviii.

Moon sets, 8 m. past 5, morning, 5 47

Acts vii. 44-60, viii. 1--4. Baptist Irish Committee, 6, evening. 7 W6 34 Genesis xlix.

Moon sets, 46 m. past 5, morning. 5 48 Acts viii, 5–25.

Moon rises, 16 m. past 4, afternoon. 8 Th 6 32 Genesis I., Exodus i, 1-14. Moon sets, 14 m. past 6, morning. 5 50 Acts viii. 26--40.

Moon's eclipse, begins 25 m. past 11. 9 F 6 30 Exodus i. 22, and ii.

Full Moon, 2 m. past 1, morning. 5 5] Acts ix, 1-31.

Moon rises, 38 m. past 6. 10 s 6 27 Exodus iii., iv, 1-18. Moon sets, 6- m. past 7, morning. 5 53 Acts ix. 32–43.

Moon rises, 45 m.

past 7, evening. 11 LD 6 25 | Psalms,

Sunday School Union Lessons, 5 55 | Psalms.

John îi. 13-25, Ezra vi. 12 M 6 23 Exodus iv, 27—31, v., vi. 1-9. Moon sets, 54 m. past 7, morning. 5 57 Acts x. 1-23.

Moon rises, 56 m. past 9, evening. 13 | Tu 6 21 Exodus vi. 28-30, vii.

1781, Planet Herschell discovered. 5 59 Acts x, 24-48.

Annual Meeting of Baptist Board at 4. 14 6 19 Exodus vii.

Moon sets, 49 m. past 8, morning. 6 0 Acts xi, 1-21.

Pollux south, 8 m. past 8, afternoon. 15 Th 6 16 Exodus ix.

Mcon rises, 2 m. past 12, morning. 6 2 Acts xi. 22—30, xii. 1-19. Moon sets, 22 m. past 9, morning. 16 F 6 14 Exodus x.

Moon rises, 56 m. past 12, morning. 6 4 Acts xii. 20—25, xiii, 1–13. Moon sets, 59 m. past 9, morning. 17 S 6 12 Exodus xi., xii, 1–20.

Moon's last quarter, 21 m, bef. 1, morning. 6 5 Acts xiii, 14–43.

1840, W.A. Pearce (Calcutta) died, aged 46.

18 LD

18 LD 6 10 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 6 7 Psalms.

John ii. 1-21, Ezekiel xxxvi. 21–38. 19 M 6 7 Exodus xii. 21-51.

Moon rises, 23 m. past 3, morning.
6 Acts xiii. 44-52, xiv, 1-7. Moon sets, at noon.
20 Tu 6 4 Exodus xiii. 17-22, xiv, Moon rises, 2 m. past 4, morning.

6 10
Acts xiv. 8-28.

Baptist Home Mission Committee at 6. 21 W 6 ] Exodus xv.

1556, Cranmer burnt, 611 Galatians i,

Lect. at Mission House, by Rev. F. Tucker, 22 Th 5 59 Exodus xvi.

Moon rises, 7 m. past 5, morning.
6 13
Galatians ii.

Moon sets, 39 m. past 2, afternoon.
23 F
5 57 Exodus xvii,

Moon rises, 36 m. past 5, morning. 6 15 Galatians ji, 1–18.

Sirius south, 35 m. past 6, evening. 24 s 5 55 Exodus xviii.

Moon rises, 6 morning. 6 17 Galatians iii. 19—29, iv. 1-11. New Moon, 6 m. past 2, afternoon. 25 LD 5 53 | Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 6 19 Psalms.

John iii. 22-36, Psalm lxxii. 26 M 5 51 Exd.xix, 1-9,16-25,xx,1—21. Moon rises, 1 m. past 7, morning. 6 20 Galatians iv, 12-31.

Moon sets, 53 m. past 8, evening. 27 Tu 5 49 Exodus xxiv, and xxxi. 1625, James I, died, aged 58. 6 21 Galatians v.

Stepney Committee at 6. 28 W 5 47 | Exodus xxxii, 1-29.

Moon rises, 12 m. past 8, morning. 6 23 Galatians vi.

Moon sets, 24 m. past 11, night. 29 Th 5 45 Exodus xxxii. 30–35, xxxiii. Moon rises, 53 m. past 8, morning, 6 25 Acts xv. 1-31.

1819, Elisha Smith (Blockley) died, aged 64. 30 F 5 43 Exodus xxxiv.

Moon sets, 33 m. past 12, morning. 6 26 Acts xv. 32—41, xvi, 1-7. Moon rises, 44 m. past 9, morning. 31 | s 5 41 Leviticus ix., X.

Moon's first quarter, 58 m. past 6, morning. 6 28 Acts xvi. 8–40.

Moon sets, 35 m. past 1, morning.

REVIEWS,

A Tribute for the Negro: being a Vindica- have added as much to the general ac

tion of the Moral, Intellectual, and Re- ceptableness of the volume as to its conligious Capabilities of the coloured portion clusiveness. The philosophy blended of mankind, wilh particular reference to throughout with the facts would have the African Race. Illustrated by numerous

improved them both. Biographical Sketches, Facts, Anecdotes,

Even to many who have no question fc. and many superior Portraits and Engravings.

on the original equality of the whole By Wilson ARMISTEAD. Manchester : William Irwin, 39, Oldham human family, or of the sin of slavery, Street, London : Charles Gilpin, 1848.

the volume will be of value for the large

number of facts it contains, illustrative This is a work of love; undertaken, not so much of negro virtue as of the appropriately enough, by a Member of power of the gospel in negroes. Finer the Society of Friends. The object of specimens of generosity and disinterestthe writer is sufficiently indicated in the edness are not to be found in any annals title, and both the printer and the com- than may be found here, and even though piler seem to have done their best to get we do not need them to convince us that up a handsome and interesting volume; the black man's heart is the same as the and they have succeeded. In no single white man's, we prize them as showing book that we know on the subject can the power of truth, and as exhibiting there be found so much important bright spots in the picture of our common philosophy, or so many interesting facts; nature, a nature which is degraded by and it is likely to remain, for many influences very different from any that years to come, the richest storehouse can originate in the colour of the skin. of evidence on the question at issue. Viewed in this light, we can hardly con

The author divides his book into two ceive of a more appropriate volume to parts; the first containing, "an inquiry put into the hands of our Sunday school into the claims of the negro race to teachers, and of others who take part in humanity, and the vindication of their the benevolent movements of the day. original equality with the other portions The interest of materials which are of mankind, with a few observations on not wanted for the logical proof of the the unalienable rights of men ;” the author's positions may be gathered from second containing biographical sketches the following story :of Africans or their descendants. This division is perhaps unfortunate, as it his lady were coming in a ship, under convoy,

“During the American war, a gentleman with separates the philosophy from the facts from the East Indies; his wife died whilst on on which it is founded, or rather it gives their passage, and left two infant children, the philosophy and facts together, and then charge of whom fell to a negro boy, seventeen facts alone, the facts in both cases being

years of age. During the voyage the gentle

man on some account left the ship, and went of the nature of proof, quite as much as on board the commodore's vessel, which was of illustration. This consideration may then in company, intending, no doubt, to return seem at first to detract more from the to his children. During this interval they exlogic of the work than from the interest perienced a dreadful storm, which reduced the of it ; the logic and interest, however, are state. A boat was despatched from the com

ship in which the children remained to a sinking alike injured. A different order would modore's to save as many of the passengers and crew as possible. Having almost filled the boat | The colonists complain of the blacks as there was but just room, as the sailor said, for idle. We are not admitting or correctthe two infants, or for the negro boy, but not for the three. The boy did not hesitate a

ing the assertion, but call attention moment, but placing the two children in the simply to the monstrously unnatural exboat, he said, 'Tell massa that Cuffy has done pectation in which it originates. We his duty.' The faithful negro was quickly lost first make the men slaves, identify, as in the storm, whilst the two infants, through his far as possible, degradation and labour, devoted and heroic conduct, were restored to their anxious parent.

teach them that gentlemen at all events “Queen Charlotte, who heard of this extra- never work in the fields, and when we ordinary circumstance, requested Hannah More set them free are struck dumb with asto write a poem upon it, but she begged to be tonishment at their copying the example excused, saying, “That no art could embellish

of their masters, and preferring ease to an act so noble."" p. 496.

the most exhausting physical toil. In a No one needs to be told that the very similar way we have formed an negro is generous, but who would there- estimate of their Christian character. fore exclude such an anecdote from the Nothing can cxceed the generosity, the records of his race ?

fidelity, or the affection of the black ; It is natural to suppose that a work but these qualities are rather impulses written for the specific purpose of de- than principles. Principles, indeed, have fending men of colour, and from a feel- reached among them a noble growth, ing of affectionate regard for them, but they are such chiefly as are fostered should be somewhat one-sided, and per- by oppression and suffering. Men of haps Mr. Armistead is open to this strong character,large-hearted, heavenlycharge. His pictures want shade; his minded, equally fitted to act or suffer, painting is sometimes untrue from defi- are formed only by an intelligent and ciencies. It is too exclusively glowing comprehensive knowledge of divine and warm. It proves that colour is not truth. A year's affliction may indeed vice, but it almost suggests that it is teach more than the study of a lifetime, virtue ; and we hold that it is neither. but it must be affliction sanctifying a The black man and the white man are previous knowledge ; such knowledge both of them men, degraded and fallen, the negro generally has not, and to exyet preserving the same reliques of their peet maturity of character where it has ancient greatness, requiring the same been withheld is to look for a harvest discipline, and to be perfected by the where we have not sown. The groundsame gradual process of enlightenment less expectation is quickly followed by and influence, both human and divine. disappointment, and disappointment by To make either race less is dishonouring reaction. The black man becomes as to God and unjust to man; to make them unjustly depreciated as he was before more is equally so, though on other | unjustly praised. We, in imagination, grounds.

make him more than man, and then reWe are unwilling to say that Mr. Ar- venge ourselves by making him less. mistead has overlooked this fact; but it Whether men are black, or coloured, or has been overlooked, to this extent at white, they have the same nature ; they least, that many have cherished expecta- differ not in the elements of their chations of maturity of character in the racter, but only in the outside materials negro and coloured races, which no pre- that cover them. vious experience of whites will justify, One fact has struck us in reading this and which a little more knowledge of volume. Probably no body has laboured human nature would have corrected. more devotedly for the welfare of

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