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good as those who go most to church, in a her child a bit to eat out of her allowworldly point of view you may be ; for all ance, but starved it until it was quite ill?' are miserable sinners in the sight of God; • What do I think of her? Why she's but there is a wide difference between you a cruel, unnatural wretch; and if the and them; they are obeying God's com- squire had done as he ought, she should mands, seeking him in his appointed way; have been praying for forgiveness of their sins past, 'Stop, Mrs. Jarvis : you have behaved and for strength to lead a new life. Now, as a mother to the bodies of your children, are you acting thus? I fear not.'

but what have you done for your sonls ? I do think you are quite mistaken. It God has given you children, and has orsays in the Bible,“ God is no respecter

dered you to nurse them for Him,” of persons ; but in every nation, he that " to train them up in the nurture and feareth and worketh good works is ac. admonition of the Lord., cepted of him ; ” and I should think it "Well, if I hav’nt done all I might-if is much better to worship God quietly and they are to be saved theywill, without that.' privately at home.'

'So I have heard you say before. The ‘But, Miss Roberts, I must ask you devil puts it into the mouths of many, one question. You find the Sabbath a that they may be as wicked and miserable weariness--going to the house of God, as himself.' praising and praying to him a trouble. * Don't you believe (as Mr. says You will not tread his courts below, and your common book tells you at the end) sing his praises here, how do you expect in predestination to life eternal ? ' to enjoy the Sabbath of eternity? If you I do. I believe that God knows when care not to worship here, how dare you I shall die and when you will. I don't pretend to desire the perfect happiness and know whether it will be by starving, as holiness of heaven, whilst you continue Betty's child was doing, or by shipwreck, to act contrary to God's commands ?' as poor Dora's husband died; but if there, A few pages after, we find the

were a scarcity of food, would you not go

and seek for what you could find ? and if writer conversing with a Baptist,

you saw there was storm coming, who dexterously glides away from would you not stay on shore?' some home observations, and takes ' Lawk, ma'am, none but a fool or a refuge in the doctrine of election.

madman would throw away his life in that

fashion.' The author remarks:

“Well, Mrs. Jarvis, I believe you are And if you can't see the good of in- acting in a similar way with reference to fant baptism, can you show me the harm?' life everlasting. God sets before you life

'Why, you see, we don't like it; and and death-a blessing and a curse. If you we never see any good come of it; be- choose life, you will seek it in all the sides that, people as know much better means of grace which God has appointed. than me, say your service is'nt as it ought You will train up your children-not to be.'

merely pay for their schooling, that they 'I always pity those who find fault with may be taught something, you know not any of our beautiful services, as I believe what, but train them, practise them, exthat the more they are compared with the ercise them in the right way, and God word of God, the more pure and faultless will then take care that they do not dewe find them. But what harm can it do?

part from it.' And you must allow, that it is a far more We really think Solomon would reasonable way of acting, to bring them to

not have wished the making of church to be prayed over by the minister, than never to have prayers offered up for

books to have terminated before them. Do you not think so ?'

this appeared ; and we suspect he “Why, I dare say it is : and, I tell you would be disposed to say, Go onas I told Mr. Douglas, that I wish I had

make more observations; write never committed a worse sin than in hav. ing them done. But I shan't have the

more letters, “ cast thy bread upon others christened, they are such bad chil- the waters, it shall be found after dren.'

many days.” At all events, we ‘How can you expect any thing else? without any doubt or hesitation You confess you have never prayed with them nor for them, nor taught them to

strongly recommend the little volpray for themselves. They have not been

ume before us to the attention of brought to God in baptism, nor had the our readers, and would strenuously prayers of the Christian congregation, advise its adoption as a present to that they might become 'members of Christ, children of God, and inheritors of

the young, and a reward book to the kingdom of heaven.'

What do you

the senior classes in Sunday and think of Betty 0, who would not give other schools.

Intelligence,

LAY UNION.

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A Society has recently been formed for defending the rights and promoting the interests of the Church. The following Resolutions and Rules bave been adopted :

'FUNDAMENTAL RESOLUTIONS. * 1. That it is the inalienable right of the people of England to be provided with the means of public worship and religious instruction, through the medium of a national Church.

62. That this right is now invaded by those who are seeking to deprive the Church of England of that which constitutes it a national establishment, and to abstract a part of its resources, whilst it has been abundantly proved tbat those resources are wholly inadequate to the wants of a rapidly increasing people.

* 3. That it is the sacred duty of all persons attached to the national Church, and desirous of maintaining the rights of the people of England, to unite in defence of the Church established in this kingdom.

• 4. That the laity be, therefore, invited to join in the formation of a society for the defence of the Established Church.

RULES. 'l. That annual subscribers of one guinea and upwards, and donors of ten guineas and upwards, assenting to the fundamental resolutions, be members of the society.

• 2. That the operations of the society be conducted by a committee, consisting of a chairman, deputychairman, and 24 other members, all of whom shall be lay members of the Established Church.

• 3. That the operations of the society be strictly confined to measures for defending the rights and promoting the interests of the Established Church; and that it shall at no time entertain any question relating to its doctrines or discipline.'

Donations and subscriptions, in aid of the funds of the Lay Union, are received at the banking-house of Messrs. Herries, Farquhar, and Co., St. James's-street.

All communications on the subject of the society, and from those who may be desirous of enrolling themselves as members, are requested to be addressed, by letter, to Mr. S. Mills, Honorary Secretary, 28, Cockspur-street.

* London, March 27, 1838.'

SPIRITUAL DESTITUTION IN UPPER CANADA.

DURING the last few years vast numbers of our population have left the mother country, and settled in Upper Canada. The consequence bas been an increase of inhabitants far beyond any hitherto known in the history of our Colonies. It could not be expected that the supply of Spiritual Instruction, which barely sufficed in the year 1830, for 200,000 persons, could meet the demands of a population now exceeding 500,000. This great body were generally poor, and could not hold out the inducement of a decent maintenance to Clergymen to settle amongst them. The lack of pastoral instruction has increased to a very fearful extent. The numbers of the clergy of the Church of England have remained nearly stationary since 1830, that is, between fifty and sixty. The emi

grants have sought new settlements, too remote from the spheres in which the clergy were generally located, to admit of their ministering, even occasionally, to the new Colonists. .

It is confidently stated, that of the church population of Upper Canada, there are about 100,000 who have no opportunity, from the beginning to the end of the year, of attending the ordinances of their own communion. The evils are still increasing, and the results must soon be felt; for what can be anticipated from a population living without the public acknowledgment of God, and without the means of instruction for themselves and children in his Word and Gospel.

At the very period when an extension rather than a diminution of assistance was needed, the Parlia

ment of Great Britain deliberately Bishop has been met with a diswithdrew the annual grant of tinct refusal. £15,600 from the “Society for Pro- A deputation from the Bishops pagating the Gospel in Foreign of Montreal and the Archdeacons Parts. This Society was in conse- and Clergy of Upper Canada has in quence obliged entirely to with- consequence visited this country, draw its aid from the Church in and been kindly received by the Upper Canada ; the lands which Archbishops of Canterbury, York, were set apart for the Church by Armagh, Dublin, and Tuam; by the Parliament of 1791 are claimed the Right Rev. the Bishops of Lonby all denominations, and are there- don, Durham, Winchester, Lincoln, fore held in a measure in abeyance Chester, Gloucester and Bristol, till a fresh act be passed to decide Exeter, Bangor, St. Asaph, Ely, on the legitimate owners of the Ripon, Salisbury, Carlisle ; by the grant. Other denominations have Societies for Promoting Christian received and are receiving assist- Knowledge, and Propagating the ance from Government. A Bishop Gospel in Foreign Parts; the of the Church of Rome is paid Vice Chancellors and Universities £1,000 per annum in Lower Canada, of Oxford and Cambridge, and by where popery is established and many of the nobility and clergy, possesses large landed revenues; a who have kindly subscribed to repopish Bishop with £500 per an- lieve the spiritual privations of the num, and Priests at the cost of £1500

poor Canadians. are supported in Upper Canada ; Subscriptions in aid of this imwhile in that province the urgent portant

received at prayer for support for a Protestant Messrs. Herries, Hammersleys, &c.

cause

are

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.

The last number of the Society's that important duty from his twelfth Extracts contains the following year. While he was considering anecdotes :

how to murder the person whom he • Quebec, Upper Canada, thought had injured him, a New · The pressing demands of busi- Testament, from the Quebec Bible ness of various kinds would prompt Society, was handed into the house me to close this communication at where he lived. He took up the once, were it not that I feel inclined New Testament, and turned to 1 to furnish you with the following John iii. 15 : · Whosoever hateth copy of a statement from one of our his brother, is a murderer; and ye country depositaries, of an interest- know that no murderer bath eternal ing anecdote connected with our life abiding in him.' The word took late proceedings, in supplying every hold of his heart, and he relinquishperson able to read, in an adjoining ed his diabolical design. He concounty, with the Scriptures, in the tinues to read the New Testament, course of 1836. The plain narrative lbough he finds much in it which is as follows:

condemns his profession. On being • Some time in the year 1836, there asked what he would do if the priest was a country-wedding in the coun- were to order him to give up his

at which the usual New Testament: 'No, I will not scenes of riot and drunkenness took give it away,' he replied. 'I love place, which ended in a law-suit, it. It has saved two lives already : and cost the bride's father a consi- and what more it may do, I cannot derable sum.

Revenge burned in tell.' his breast, and ended in a fixed resolution to murder the person who A correspondent from Bavaria was the cause of his loss. The

writes : bride's father is from old Ireland, • The Jews here are so anxious to and a Roman Catholic. When a read their Thorah, (the five Books hoy, he bad been taught to read of Moses,) that I am told you can at one of the charitable schools in scarcely enter into a Jewish family Ireland, and could read the Scrip- without finding the inmates assemtures, but had paid no attention to bled around one of your beautiful

ty of

copies. They express their grati- sufficiently proved that there was tude that there are those who, out little danger of the letters being so of affection to them, furnish them flattened as to prevent their feeling the books of their Law at a mode- them. We were so delighted with rate price. Although they are most- our young friends, that I took the ly poor, and obliged to maintain liberty to make each of them a pretheir school and the master out of sent, in your name, of the Gospel of their own private funds, yet not one Luke. I wish you had seen them, of them has solicited a copy gratis,

when told the book was their own. but has cheerfully, and with thanks, The little fellow held it up, to feel paid the price asked. In compli- it weight; turned over to the titleance with the above request, I lost page; read your designation; turned no time in forwarding to the writer it over from place to place, reading a case, containing 75 copies of the aloud. We wished him to desist, Hebrew and German Pentateuch, that we might have some converand as many of the Prophets and sation; but no, he would read Psalms.

on.
We wished to show

the book to some who were present; GOSPELS FOR THE BLIND,

but he would not let go his hold MR. GALL having finished the print- of it. It is now a settled point ing of St. Luke for the blind, on with me, that it is as easy to your account, invited a few friends

teach the blind to read as the seeand myself to hear and see some of ing; and that they would find as his children read it. They had not much pleasure in reading, if they before perused it; and, of course, had books to read. I, at the same were quite unacquainted with the time am convinced they ought to be portion of Scripture on which they

taught when very young, and before were to be examined. We had be

they are put to work, just as other fore us a blind girl of about eleven

children are. When advanced in years of age, and a boy of pine. The

life, they must feel it as irksome to boy had only been eight months at go through the process of learning school; and did not know the let- their letters, &c. as seeing adults ters when he came to Edinburgh do; and perhaps their fingers being from Montrose, eight months ago. hardened by work, and having been I turned up the book at random ; accustomed to learn every thing by and really, they read it off, to the

memory, they may then be less utter astonishment of all present, anxious to learn what gives them a as fast as any of us could bave done. little trouble. They met with many new words they Feb. 1, 1338.-The poor little fel-: had never felt before, but these gave low, to whom I gave a copy of St. them no trouble. In the hurry they Luke, as I foretold, would not give now and then made a mistake; but up reading till he had finished the not more than children of their age book. But, alas ! his poor eyes * and standing, with both eyes, would suffered for it; for, ere he was done, bave done ; and, when challenged, they were blistered ;-but, blisters they immediately corrected them- and all, he finished his book ?-We selves. To prove that their fingers, have a blind Irish harper here at being hardened by working, would present, the tips of whose fingers not incapacitate them for reading, are hard as horns with touching the the boy put on thick cotton gloves strings of his harp, who is taking lined with leather, and read nearly lessons from Mr. Gall in reading, with the same ease as before, where- and getting on amazingly well.we opened the book.

Two So muchin reply to those who mainfolds of silk made scarcely any dif- tain that the working blind cannot ficulty. He read easily, though not read, or be taught to read. They quite so fast, through four and six may be taught just as well as seeing folds. We increased them, even to adults ; but it will always be found twelve folds : still be made it out, an irksome task to teach either. though with some difficulty. This

* His fingers.

ever

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE. At the meeting of this Society, held sons in the Society on whom those on Tuesday, April 3d, it was re- reports bave no influence. Men solved, “ That no person be at often say, Who care's ? and who's liberty to publish, or to supply to afraid ?-When every auditor is any newspaper or other periodical ready to reply, You. work, reports of the discussions But on this point we will not enwhich take place at the meetings of large. The resolution is passed. this board. The numbers for the To suppose, however, that it will resolution were, 150; against it, 68. answer the proposed end is mani

The chief grounds alleged in sup- festly absurd. Already the newsport of the resolution were, that the papers are taking up the question. publication of these reports induced The proceedings of the late meeting many to speak who ought not to

because

appear, or are animadverted on in speak, and many to hold their journals, which have hitherto rarely tongues. who would do good by noticed the Society ; and numerous speaking; that the reports were reporters volunteer their services partial and incorrect; that, in con- wherever information is desired. sequence, a member was in danger The existing members of the society of having a word wbich he might also feel that they cannot be bound speak in haste and immediately by this resolution. Numerous prodesire to recal, published to all tests have already appeared, and the world ; that sharp things were one especially has been published sometimes said which ought to be with the signatures of TWENTY-TWO forgotten, &c.

respectable laymen, who protest These reasons would, of course, against the Resolution,

the apply to parliamentary discussions, Board did not possess the right to and to the proceedings of all other enact such a law; and further bemeetings, where by any possibility cause the noise and interruptions which difference of opinion can exist. Bụt, were created, and kept up by many of after all, they only afford a misera- the supporters of the Resolution deble apology for that fear of man prived its opponents of a fair hearing, which bringeth a snare, that impe- and also deprived the meeting of its tuosity of temper which brooks no claim to be considered a deliberative control, that rashness of speech assembly in which men accustomed to have This is somewhat pungent. The every thing their own way are apt turbulent party may well wish for to indulge. And they all lose sight closed doors. Alas! Is it come to of one important consideration : that this ; that an assembly, assuming when men rise to speak in the pre- to itself the honourable distinction sence of archbishops, bishops, cler- of the Church of England represengy, nobles, and gentry-when one tative, should be thus publicly deor two hundred persons of rank, nounced by two and twenty of its talent, or education assemble toge- lay members in the Record Newsther, the utterance of unguarded paper of April 12, 1838; and shall language or the indulgence of a no notice be taken of such charges ? pettish temper is of itself a grave 0, yes! notice will be taken-claoffence, every way deserving of pub- mour can never supply the place of lic reprehension.

argument; and the short-sighted One very strange argument was actors in such disturbances will on this occasion brought forward. soon find that they have made a A member who had previously ad

grand mistake. vocated the publication of reports The Chairman on the late occanow opposed their continuance on sion appears to have done every the ground that they had not ad- thing in his power to maintain vanced by a line's breadth a change order; but his efforts did not sucin the Society's publications ; that ceed. We cannot but feel deep all the change which had been ac- sympathy for those who preside on complished had been effected by such stormy occasions, and are not persons on whom those reports had surprized at Bishops and Peers no influence. Now we very much gradually withdrawing from scenes doubt whether it can be said in truth which are at once contrary to their that there are any number of per- habits and painful to their feelings.

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