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in some cases, almost repelled association | tering brethren with their sufferings meetings from their towns, and difficul- and hard privations ! For months we ties have arisen as to the next place of were haunted with the disclosures of meeting, because a state of things has this kind at an association; the means grown up, without protest, which makes of relief so small the wants pressing these meetings burdensome to the few and so great. Facts of this kind, diswhogenerallyhave to make arrangements closing the struggles of brethren with for them. The "carnal things” have corroding and hopeless poverty, are had too much prominence given to them enough of themselves to compel a spirit and a change in this respect is neces- of seriousness, and the exercise of selfsary in order to more healthful associa- denial at an associated meeting; and tion meetings. At these times something may we not add, that facts such as less than even what gospel law and these should have their practical influconscience allow, would be an error on ence before the association meeting? virtue's side. The well meaning host Will not the reader suffer the word of should not be expected to sanction the exhortation, and willingly be entreated slavery to and the tyranny of, the tobacco- to some act of self-denial, in order to a pipe, nor allowed to press successfully larger contribution to the association the use of the spirit case; nor should the fund? The minister does not like minister or messenger even look upon begging at all; he does not often preach the wine in its redness, even though, on the neglected subject of almsgiving; when at home, enjoying these luxuries. he rarely, perhaps, repeats in your hear

Let not this be thought harsh, nor be ing the apostolic injunction, “ministerrejected as coming from an unreasonable ing to the necessity of the saints," ascetic. It is not so, but the utterance much less does he urge strongly the of careful eharity. Have we not seen claims of the association fund, for it is the rush from the dinner-table and the like pleading the cause of his own order. profitable intercourse which should have Do you, then, consider these things, and followed ? Have we not seen, pipe in out of your abundance communicate mouth and hands in breeches' pocket, a freely, or from your necessities draw good man looking the antipodes of good the luxury of a self-denying contributaste, to say nothing more? Have we tion. not been made to feel that the odour of One word more. If a larger interest ardent spirits does not blend fittingly is to be excited in the subject and opewith the odour of sanctity? Have we ration of associations, the members of not shrunk into ourselves with the idea, each church must be helped to a larger that to those without these things would acquaintance with every other church. have the appearance of evil ? Have we We cannot feel any interest in the not heard of the young and sensitive in affairs of the inhabitants of the moon. households being scandalized, and of Knowledge is essential to sympathy. the satirical mockery of irreligious Moral statistics, or even local facts, are members of pious families ?

really not below the dignity of the pulAnd, then, amidst these too abundant pit, and the very fastidious or the very comforts and indulgences, has come clumsy might remit them to the vestry another painful thought; it is this,—we and a week-night meeting. There are have met to appropriate our too scanty two or three things wbich would do association fund. Ah! what tales are much to make associations real, and add then unfolded! What sorrowful dis- to their power of doing good to the closures are then made! Poor minis- churches, and beyond the churches. Let the association be made the subject, the general mass of the members of any or rather let it give the tone to a grave church. discourse on the Lord's day, and a Further, the "Circular Letter" should popular lecture on the week day, by not be permitted to become a dead letevery minister upon his return from the ter. The fact of its being in print, and meeting. It would be impertinent to the subject of it, might advantageously suggest the topics of a discourse or to be intimated more than once from the hint at illustrations; but of the lecture pulpit; this done, then there might be recommended we may venture to hint readings in it on two week-night meetthat pleasing, and varied, and instruc- ings, its arguments be paraphrased and tíve materials abound. The town where popularized, and the production be subthe meeting has been held-its general | ject to genial and kindly criticism, and features and more marked peculiarities its truths and exhortations then warmly

-historical incidents—trade, population and earnestly enforced. -character of the population-moral These things and others which might and social phenomena — its religious be suggested would tend to give life to aspect—the establishment-character the dead forms of associations; they of parochial teaching, whether "high would give depth, and strength, and and dry," "evangelical," or "anglo- comprehensiveness to Christian sympacatholic.” Nonconformity—its history thy; they would help toward realizing in connexion with the town—its power oneness in our common Lord ; they or its weakness—the associated church, would strengthen us to do his will ; its history, its condition, and prospects they would lead to the joyful utterance, -what the Head of the church has “Behold how good and pleasant a thing done for it, and what it is doing or not it is for brethren to dwell together in doing for the ascended Lord. These unity,” and help us to go on from comtopics, and others which naturally sug- pany to company, drinking of the regest themselves, would furnish matter freshing pools, till the whole associated for a lecture or lectures, which even in Israel appear before God in Zion which weak hands would not fail of being is above. attractive, and, while useful to the

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRINCIPAL MISSIONARY SOCIETIES.

The Moravian Mission has ever been to other noble institutions, is eminent remarkable for a spirit of humility and for the comprehensiveness of its basis, self-denying perseverance amidst diffi- the undecaying strength of its energies, culties and disasters. The Church and the glory of its martyrs. The Missionary Society ranks high for the Baptist Missionary Society is peculiarly dignity of its position, and the extent distinguished for its translations of the of its patronage. The Wesleyan Mis- scriptures into the oriental languagessionary Society is to be honoured for its for the chief part it has borne in the holy zeal and activity; its willingness destruction of slavery in the west and to work, and the skill with which it for the accomplishment of great things raises and employs its resources. The by comparatively insignificant means.London Missionary Society, while com- The Missionary World. bining most of the qualities attributable

EXTRACTS FROM A DEACON'S SCRAP BOOK.

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FLATTER not thyself in thy faith to in the fashion nor too late. Decency is God if thou wantest charity for thy half way between affectation and neneighbour, and think not that thou hast glect; the body is the shell of the soul, charity for thy neighbour if thou want- apparel is the husk of that shell ; est faith to God; wherever they are husk often tells you what the kernel is. not both together, they are both want

--16. ing; they are both dead if once divided. -Quarles.

So often as thou rememberest thy sins without grief, so often thou repeat

est those sing for not grieving. He THE way to subject all things to thy

that will not mourn for the evil which self is to subject thyself to reason. Thou shalt govern many if reason

he hath done gives earnest for the evil

he means to do. Nothing can assuage govern thee. Wouldst thou be crowned the monarch of a little world-com

that fire which sin hath made, but that mand thyself.-Ib.

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When thou seest misery in a brother's

If what thou hast received from God face, let him see mercy in thy eye. The thou sharest with the poor, thou hast more the oil of mercy is poured on him gained a blessing ; if what thou hast by thy pity, the more the oil in thy taken from the poor thou givest to God, cruse shall be increased by thy piety.- thou hast purchased a curse into the

bargain. He that applies to pious uses

what he bath got by impious usury, If thou art rich strive to command robs the spittle to raise a hospital, and thy money, lest she command thee. If the cry of the one will outplead the thou know how to use her she is thy prayer of the other.-Ib. servant, if not thou art her slave.-16.

If thou hide thy treasure upon the WHEN thou prayest for spiritual earth how canst thou expect to find it graces, let thy prayer be absolute; when in heaven? Canst thou hope to be a for temporal blessings, add a clause of sharer where thou hast reposed no God's pleasure ; in both with fear and stock ? What thou givest to God's humiliation. So shalt thou undoubtedly glory and thy soul's health is laid up in receive what thou desirest, or more, or

heaven, and is thine ; that which thou better. Never was prayer rightly made, exchangest or hidest upon earth is lost. unheard; or heard, ungranted.—16.

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REGARD not in thy pilgrimage how HATH any one wronged thee be difficult the passage is, but whither it bravely revenged, slight it, and thy tends; nor how delicate the journey is, work is begun ; forgive it, and it is but where it ends. If it be easy, susfinished. He is below himself that is pect it ; if hard, endure it. He that not above an injury.-16.

cannot excuse a bad way accuses his

own sloth, and he that sticks in a bad In thy apparel avoid singularity, pro- passage can never attain a good journey's fuseness, and gaudiness; be not too early end.-16.

Pride is the ape of charity, in show If thy brother hath privately offended not much unlike, but somewhat fuller thee, reproach him privately; and he of action. In seeking the one take having lost himself in an injury, thou heed that thou light not on the other. shalt find him in thy forgiveness. He They are twin parallels never but asun- that reproves a private fault openly, der. Charity feeds the poor, so does betrays it rather than reproves it.— 16. pride ; charity builds a hospital, so does pride ; but in this they differ, Let me never fancy I have zeal till charity gives the glory to God, pride my heart overflows with love to every takes her glory from man.-16.

man living.--Henry Martyn.

CONCERNING THEM WHO ARE ASLEEP.

1 Thessalonians iv, 13.

BY MARY ELIZA LESLIE.

Calmly they sleep! How soft and sweet their present slumbers are ! They're freed from sin and every earthly care :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
For nothing now disturbs their quiet rest :
Their weary spirits now are fully blest :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep! No troubled dreams their slumbers ever break, And make them with affright start up and wake :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
For every piercing heart felt woe is past,
They have been wounded with the very last :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
Their sad and weary warfare now is o'er ;
Their enemies will never fright them more :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep! Their sweet and peaceful features seem to express, A part of their o'erwhelming happiness :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
Upon their open, cold, and snow-white brow,
Appear no marks of deepest sorrow now:

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
A lovely smile rests on their placid face,
Which even changing death doth not displace :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
They seem like some fair infant laid to rest
Upon its mother's pure and spotless breast :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
As if they soon would wake and speak again,

And charm us with their rich and pleasing strain :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
The weeper's wail will never them awake :
They will not rise for the fond mourner's sake :

Calmly they sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
And will they never, never wake again?
Will they for ever in their sleep remain ?

For ever sleep?

Calmly they sleep! Yes, though no human cry can break their sleep; No mourner's wailing, though most loud and deep,

Can break their sleep!

Calmly they sleep!
Yet they shall be awakened at the last,
At the loud sound of the archangel's blast,

They'll wake from sleep!

They'll wake from sleep!
Transformed into His image they'll arise,
And upwards mount to meet him in the skies :

They'll wake from sleep!

They'll wake from sleep!
And never more shall they in silence lie :
And ever more they'll joy with transport high :

They'll never sleep!

They'll never sleep! But ever will they sing his wondrous grace, Which from the lowest pit their souls did raise :

They'll never sleep!

They'll never sleep! But ever mingle with the angel-choirs, And strike with rapture deep their golden lyres :

They'll never sleep!

They'll never sleep!
But with their Saviour they will ever dwell,
In peace unknown and joy unspeakable :

And never sleep!

CURONOLOGICAL PAGE FOR JUNE, 1849.

SUN RISES & SETS.

PAMILY BIBLE READING.

MEMORANDA.

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1 3 51 Judges xvii.

1842, Jubilee Meeting at Kettering. 8 4 Romans vi.

Jupiter conspicuous in the evening. 2 s 3 51 Judges xviii.

Venus in eastern horizon an hour bef, sunrise. 8 5 Romans vii. 1-20.

1844, Daniel of Ceylon died. 3 | LD 3 50 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 8 6 Psalms,

Matt. v. 13--26, 33-48, Josh xxiv.14–28. 4 M 3 49 Ruth i.

1717, Formation of Particular Baptist Fund. 8 7 Romans vii, 21-25, viii, 1–11. Moon rises, 33 min. past 6, evening. 5 Tu 3 49 Ruth ii.

Baptist Irish Committee, 6, evening. 8 8 Romans viii. 12-39.

Full Moon, 27 min. past 10, night. 6 W 3 48 Ruth iv,

1814, Allied-Sovereigns arrived in London, 8 9 Romans ix,

Moon rises, 27 min. past 8, evening. 7 Th 3 47 1 Samuel i., ii. 1-11. 1770, New Connexion of Gen.Bapt.formed. 8 10 Romans x.

1832, Reform Bill received Royal Assent. F 3 47

1 Samuel ii. 12—17, 27—36, iii. 1376, Edward the Black Prince died. 8 11 Romans xi,

All day or twilight. 9 S 3 46 1 Samuel iv., v. 1-7.

1790, Robert Robinson died, æt. 73. Romans xii.

1834, Dr. Carey died, æt. 73. 10 LD 3 46 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 8 12 Psalms.

Matt. vi. 1-18, 1 Kings xviii. 17-40. 11 M 3 45 1 Samuel vi., vii, 1-12. 1727, George I. died, aged 67. 8 13 Romans xiji,

1833, W. Anderson (Bristol) dicd, æt. 49. 12 Tu' 3 45 1 Samuel vii. 13—17, viii. 1733, Edward Wallin (Maze Pond) died.

8 14 Romans xiv. I

1825, John Liddon(Hemel Hempstead) died. 13 3 45 1 Samuel ix, 1-24.

1793, Thomas & Carey embarked for India. 8 15 Romans xv.

Moon's last quarter, 24 m. past 10, night. 14 Th3 44 1 Samuel ix. 25-27, x. 1820, Joseph Phillips (Java) died. 8 16 Romans xvi.

Moon rises, 32 min. past 12, morning. 15 F 3 44 1 Samuel xi., xii.

1520, Luther excommunicated, 8 16 Acts xx. 2-38.

Clock with Sun. 16 S 3 44 1 Samuel xiii.

1703, John Wesley born. 8 16 Acts xxi, 1–17.

Moon rises, 26 min. past 1, morning. 17 LD 3 44 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 8 17 Psalms.

Matt, vi. 19-34, Genesis xxviii. 18 M 3 44 I Samuel xiv, 14.46.

Moon rises, 30 min. past 2, morning. 8 17 Acts xxi. 18—40.

1815, Battle of Waterloo. 19 Tu 3 14 1 Samuel xv.

1215, Magna Charta signed. 8 17 Acts xxi. 40, xxii, 1–29. Baptist Home Mission Committee at 6. 20 W 3 44 1 Samael xvi.

1837, Queen Victoria's Accession, 8 18 Acts xxii. 30, xxiii.

New Moon, 19 min. past 2, afternoon. 21 Th 3 44 1 Samuel xvii.

1377, Edward III, died. 8 18 Acts xxiv.

Longest Day. 22 F 3:45 1 Samuel xviii.

1714, Matthew Henry died. 8 19 Acts xxv.

1814, Jobn Sutcliff (Olney) died, æt. 72. 23 S 3 45 1 Samuel xix.

Jupiter appears near the moon, evening. 8 19 Acts xxvi.

Moon sets, 24 min. past 10, ovenfog. 24 | LD 3 45 Psalms,

Sunday School Union Lessons, 8 19 Psalms.

Matthew vii., Joshua xxiii. 25 M 3 46 1 Samuel xx.

1483, Edward V. died, aged 12. 8 19 Acts xxvii, 1–38.

Moon sets, 24 min. past 11, night. 26 Tu 3 46 1 Samuel xxii.

1826, George IV. died, aged 68. 8 18 Acts xxvii.39-44,xxviii. l-10. Sun due east, 23 min. past 7. 27 W3 46 1 Samuel xxiji.

Moon's

first quarter, 44 m. past 10, morning 8 18 Acts xxviii, 11-31.

1833, W. Shenston (Alie st.) died, aged 62. 28 Th 3 47 1 Samuel xxiv,

Moon sets, 15 min. past 12, morning. 8 18 Ephesians i.

1838, Queen Victoria's Coronation. 29 F 3 47 I Samuel xxvi.

Moon sets, 37 min. past 12, morning. 8 18 Ephesians ii.

Moon rises, 20 min. past 2, afternoon. 30 s 3 48 1 Samuel xxvii., xxviii. 1663, Conventicle Act passed. 8 18 Ephesians iii.

Day decreased 4 minutes,

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