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earnestly hoped that the friends of hope, somewhat better now, yet the Newfoundland and of scriptural statements given in Archdeacon education would exert themselves Wix's Tour clearly evince that the to raise the sums which would be religious privations of this colony required to procure that invaluable are still most melancholy. There blessing for the colony.'
are now only eleven Protestant We believe it is a fact that in some clergy in the island, while the Roparts of Newfoundland the inhabi- manists have a bishop and nineteen tants were all at one period in danger ministers! of being proselyted to Romanism, The Newfoundland School Society and that this evil was only under di- bas forty six schools, and gives invine providence obviated by the struction to 9000 scholars, its exWesleyan methodists performing di- penditure last year was about vine service, and preaching in the £2,900. neglected churches. Things are, we
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The annual sermon before this in- ral missions appear in an encouragstitution was preached on Monday ing state, though in some few inevening, April 30, at St. Bride's, stances trying and discouraging Fleet Street, by the Rev. Francis circumstances bave occurred; yet Goode, Lecturer of Clapham, from even amidst painful events, the Matt. v. 14. “ Ye are the light of missionary cause
appears to be the world,” when a collection was gaining ground. Thus in New Zeamade at the doors amounting to land, where intestine wars have £150.
arisen among the Aborigines, the The anniversary meeting took missionaries are highly esteemed, place at Exeter Hall on Monday their labours are extensively blessMay 1. The chair was taken at ed, the number of children under twelve o'clock by the president the instruction continually increases, Earl of Chichester. The Report and the native converts exbibit a stated that the income of the so- very encouraging degree of holy ciety for the last year amounted to devotion and consistent conduct; £83,447, being £11,720 more than so that the committee in surveying the preceding. The expenditure the different missions, had to rejoice had however amounted to £86,540, and give glory to God for the success the society having sent out TWENTY- with which he had been pleased to FIVE more missionaries. The seve- bless their labours.
MOTIVES TO INCREASED EXERTION. The Bishop of Chester expressed cently sat at the feet of the missionhis gratification at the Report which ary, and listened with approval to had been read. The addition to the gospel of truth; nor could he their income might perhaps enable think it when he considered another the society to send out forty or fifty part of the Report, which stated that additional missionaries, and what two hundred had been added to the effects might they not hope for from church from the darkness of heasuch an increase of their sphere of thenism ; still less was he disposed usefulness; with all their means to think that they had come to the indeed they must depend on the limits of the Divine mercy, while divine blessing, but there was no he heard that in New Zealand, even reason to suppose they had reached amidst scenes of war, and the more the limits of Divine mercy.
. When revolting ones of cannibalism, the he found the children of a heretofore hands of natives had been raised to savage tribe hailed the arrival of bless God for his visitation. No! missionaries with shouts of New When he heard those things, he white man-new missionary-thank would say there was no limits to the God,' he did not think they had yet Divine mercy, to which alone they come to the limits of the Divine must look for the success of their mercy; nor could he think it when efforts. When they measured the he heard that he who two years ago increase for which they had to be was the tyrant Gingaun, bad re- thankful, it struck him that they ought to measure it, not so much by themselves, gathering up the shells the amount that was given, as by and pebbles on the beach, then, inwhat was left after the gift. Let deed, they might be surprised, and them recollect how the charity of their surprise would not be the less the widow was measured in the if they learnt that they were in sight sacred scriptures, — while others of the king of their country, and gave of their abundance, and had that he had sent out a vessel to their still superfluities left, she gave all, relief, that that vessel he had on. and nothing remained behind. He trusted to his only son, and that the was aware that this was a subject son had perished in the struggle, by of delicacy, for he admitted that which they were saved,
;-nor would it was difficult to say where super- their surprise be lessened, when they fluity began, or to draw the exact learnt that the last words of that line where sufficiency ended. If dying son were, • Shew your love to they saw the crew of a shipwrecked me for what I have done by bearvessel, which, by an almost miracu- ing the same tidings of safety and lous blessing, had escaped the fury salvation to your brethren, for it is of the storm and reached in safety not the will of my Father who is in to the shore, they would not be sur- heaven that one of these should prised at observing that the crew perish?' Under such circumstances, were disporting themselves, and he repeated, they would be surmerrily enjoying their almost re- prised if the crew who had escaped newed existence-they would not, should neglect so important a duty, he said, be surprised at that, if all and only think of their own pleaaround them was calm, and that no sure, and care only for their own vestige remained of the recent tem- safety. This, then, was the spirit in pest; but if they saw that the storm which they should act, and while still raged, and that there were they blessed God for their own other vessels in the distance tossed safety, they should do all in their to and fro by the hurricane from power to extend similar blessings which they had so miraculously to their brethren who were stiil escaped ; if, under these circum- tossed about by the storm.' stances, they saw them amusing
CONNEXION OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT WITH MISSIONARY EXERTIONS. The Rev. Mons. Merle D'Aubigne, light had shone forth. In the bosom President of the Theological School of his own Alps and valleys he had of Geneva, observed, that wherever seen the promotion of Missionary the light of the gospel came, there Societies in a peculiar manner ex: came also the light of the church emplified. Many had left their missions. Where there was no light homes to go to the deserts of India, there were no missions ; where there and abandoned their regions of cold was but little light there were but and snow for the burning climate few; but wherever there was much of Africa. He was warmly attached light, there also, in gratifying pro- to the School of Theology at Geneportion, was there an abundance of va, and was deeply interested in the missions. That the prevalence of success of the two societies of Paris Church missions was perfectly in and Geneva. When those estaunison with the principles of Chris- blishments were first founded, they tianity, it was only requisite that he had no idea of missions : but since should bring to their recollection that period great numbers of the that the church of the apostles was itself the first missionary society.
young people of those places, and
many of the students educated at In Germany, in Switzerland, in these schools had gone forth upon France, where light had at last shone missions to different parts of the forth, after a long spiritual death, globe. He might particularly menthe bright sun of the missions had tion one young man, of an ancient made its appearance. The ships patrician family of Berne, in Switwhich kept up a connexion between zerland, who had panted to leave England and the remote islands of his own country as a missionary, New Zealand, bore with them the and had now actually gone out—had light of the word of God. But it abandoned his high station with the was not only in these places that the holy purpose of preaching the gospel of truth to the poor heathen. missionaries had gone out during He had gone to India, and had since the past year. The British Isles, written home to express the delight wbich had ever sent out the most it would give him again to hold in active and eminent missionaries, his arms a beloved brother he had sent them everywhere to preach the left behind him, if he would join gospel of our Lord, and their church him in the same holy cause. He was eminently calculated for such a would mention to them another in- purpose, as it was as much the stance of a man in humbler life than church of the poor as of the rich. the preceding-of one of their col- He had given two remarkable inporteurs, who had gone out to Cana- stances, both of rich and poor perda, and had there found abundance sons of his own country, who had of occupation as a missionary. He gone out as missionaries, and he visited a township near to the bor- hoped such an example would be ders of the United States, and there, followed in England. He could not with the blessing of God, many of help calling to mind, at the present the population-of a Roman Catho- moment, the words of a poor conlic population—had, by his exer- verted Cingalese woman, who, when tions, been united to God. A church somebody asked her how it was that was founded in that village, and, she appeared so happy? replied, during the late revolation there, the while a copy of the Cingalese Bible rebels had come to the members of lay open before her, by placing one that church to tempt them to return hand on her heart, and pointing to the Roman Catholic faith. Rather with the other to heaven, and exthan do this, sixty or seventy of claiming • Christ here; Christ these poor but faithful people had there.' But had they Cbrist in the been obliged to quit their fields and heart, as well as Christ in heaven? cottages and go with this poor mis- If they had Christ in the heart sionary to America, where, however, as well as in heaven, let them they had the good fortune to be well not keep the Saviour for themreceived. They had made a collec- selves alone. Let them contrition for them at Genes
bute to make Him known in other had not stood in need of it, having places, where his name was not yet gone back to their own villages after beard. How could others have the the rebellion was over. They had blessing of the knowledge of Christ, sent another young man as mission- unless he was taught and preached ary to the Mauritius; and the first to them? His prayer was, that God pupil they had had at their school would spread abroad the missionary at Geneva, bad gone thence to the spirit; and that he would diffuse it University of Oxford, and was now liberally among the Universities of in the neighbourbood of Calcutta the land, at Oxford, at Cambridge, preaching the gospel. It had been at Edinburgh, and especially at said that there were not now so Dublin, in order that they might many missionaries in India as there witness the blessing of parents were ten years ago ; but he had bringing up their children with a heard, with the greatest satisfaction, view to their embarking in the holy that no fewer than twenty-five new objects of societies like the present.'
INCREASING EXPENSES OF MISSIONARY SOCIETIES, The Rev. Mr. Cunningham after tendants, and the school no scholars, stating his continued and increased there was at once an end of the exattachment to the Church Mission
pense so applied. But if, on the ary Society, noticed that a very other hand, the church or the school sagacious friend of his had shaken should each succeed and become too his head when that part of the Re- small for the purposes required, they port relative to the expenditure had must then build other churches and been read; there were many misun- schools, and increased demands derstandings and wrong impressions must consequently be made upon abroad on this subject; an increased the society. In such a case, the demand for money was a conse- more they prospered the more quence of the success of the society. money they would undoubtedly reIf they built a church or established quire. The meeting, then, must a school, and the church had no at- learn that they had but little chance
of escape from a liberal subscrip- be accomplished. This was one of tion. If they had given one guinea, those cases in which extremes meet. they would have to give more. And The class of men who most abhor this he was sure they would cheer- enthusiasm, and think the cardinal fully do, as they ought to rejoice vice of the world is fanaticism, were that such success attended the ex- in this sense the greatest fanatics ertions which they made. It was and enthusiasts in the whole world. the custom in China, in former times, If he understood what enthusiasm when an infant was born to wrap it meant, it was at least a branch of it up in tight folds of linen and to do to expect the end without the means; every thing to stop its growth as and he should like to know, if he much as possible. But such were to sit down in his arm-chair principle must not be applied to this and pursue his studies to the greatsociety; but in order to give it in- est extent-most delightful employcreased health and vigour, they must ment would it be-whether it would at once set it free from its swad- not be the height of enthusiasm to dling-clothes, and that they could believe that the great ends of an only do by constant prayer for its all-wise Being, who delights to act success, and by liberally subscribing by means, and who has chosen the to its funds. In many instances sympathies of one man to operate they had proceeded on a mistaken those of another would be economy, and hence the diminished
spontaneously accomplished. God success of their churches in Aus- hath chosen the foolishness of tralasia and some other places, preaching, under the influence of where a want of liberal support tbe Holy Spirit, to accomplish the with regard to this society had been great object of the gospel :-if, then, in some respects injurious. If there he were to sit down and say, 'Let were a principle of more rigid self- the Church alone, let missions alone, denial at home, they would very and be careful of the great meetings soon have much less of complaint once a year, that you do not get into about the expenditure abroad. a state of excitement, and desert the Certain principles had recently sober and unseen path of propriety, established themselves in a part of or if excitement be felt there, take the University of Oxford, which do care that it be felt nowhere else,' he not tend to favour missionary opera- wanted to know if we expected, tions in the world; but with regard without any honest diligence and to the sister University, he assured application of the means, the end the meeting, and no doubt it could would be accomplished, whether he be said of large numbers at Oxford would not be one of the greatest enalso, it presented a spectacle which thusiasts in the world ? That permust make a Christian's heart leap son, then, was the most sober person for joy. He had lately visited Cam- in the assembly who did most for bridge, to preach on behalf of this the missionary cause. He had heard society, and it was enough to make
the Report state what an old man young to see the num- had been doing in North America. bers of young persons thronging in, It was highly satisfactory to know all intent on the advancement of the that they were endeavouring to reglory of God and the salvation of medy what was called civilization. the world. But still he ventured to The history of civilization, or colosay that the missionary spirit was nization, might be collected from not yet awakened to the extent that the annals of past ages. It meant a it ought to be. What an extraor- Christian country going with a botdinary thing it was that a large tle of ardent spirits in one hand and number of persons seemed to gunpowder in the other, seizing the imagine that they had nothing to natives, and if they did not confer do but to leave the missionary on them the mercy of exterminating cause to take its course ! They them, inflicting on them the deeper say, “You may sit down in your injury of driving them from their arm chair and study the fathers, or own fields, and lakes, and mounpursue any other intellectual indul- tains, back into the recesses of the gence, and leave the missionary country, till, as in the case of Ca. cause to stand as it does, and by the nada, the melancholy result was providence of God its object may that only an English or French po
pulation was seen or heard of. He zation had driven thither, and to pour should like to know what had be- forth the flood of gospel light on those come of the Indian population ? benighted and deeply injured indiThey were gone. Who exterminated viduals. The Society was much inthem? Christians in name ; and debted to one of its secretaries (Mr. just as rapidly as civilization ad- Coates) for a book which he had vanced, the native population re- recently published, and which had tired. We had not given them food, had the effect of preventing a repe; or clotbing, or learning, or laws, but tition of the evils to which he had brandy and gunpowder. It was alluded in New Zealand, by the therefore delightful to know that establishment of colonization ander the agents of this Society were tak- the direction of a large body of men ing their stand on the borders of who wished to be their own lawcivilization - for what? To come givers and judges ; in short, to be back and admire the productions of the great dictators of the enterprize. art and the works of nature, to sit Not that the Society objected to down in their arm-chairs, to enjoy civilization : they wished to see the luxuries of the land ? No; but Christianity and civilization conthey made that their starting point jointly employed. Where civilizaand from thence went into the back tion had been carried into heathen settlements among the Red Indians, countries without Christianity, it tracing the course of the lakes, and had proved a curse; but hand in endeavouring to find on their remot- hand with Christianity, it was the est shores the persons whom civili- greatest of all blessings.'
ABYSSINIAN IMMORALITY AND SUPERSTITION, The Rev. Samuel Gobat, Mis
He was the son of a Goversionary from Abyssinia, stated that
He had lived many years in the wants of the Abyssinian people sin, at length his conscience became were great and pressing. They were awakened, and he began to fear the remarkably superstitious. Christians anger of God. His agony and terknew what it was in time of trial to ror increased, but he had no idea of have a God whom they might ad- calling upon the name of the Lord, dress, and friends by whom they having never been taught the way might be assisted and comforted; of salvation by faith in the merits but when any evil befel the natives of Christ. He determined to retire of Abyssinia, they uniformly attri- into the wilderness, which was inbuted it to demons or to witchcraft, habited only by wild beasts, and and hence they shunned those who there he lived many months upon were afflicted, when their help was roots. He found no peace of heart, most needed. Many sunk into eter- seeking it only from his self-deninity under the effect of those super- als, and self-inflicting severities. He stitions and prejudices. But they then determined to stand in water were dreadfully immoral also ; wit- from sun-set to sun-rise in the morness their continued quarrels and ning. He next bound his ancles so wars, their polygamy, their rapacity, fast with a cord, that he was unable their dishonesty. Instances were not to walk without very great pain. wanting of parents waiting in sad And, finally, he inflicted a number of suspence for the return of their chil
stripes every day upon his body, till dren, when they found at length that he was covered with putrefying those children had been stolen from wounds. After all he despaired of them and sold into perpetual slavery finding peace with God, but deterBut he would rather point out some mined, if possible, to secure a good instances tending to prove their name among his fellow-men, and miserable state when their con- for that purpose he went among them sciences were awakened to a sense and told them that they must live of guilt. On one occasion a man better. Mr. Gobat told him that all entered the house with a very self- those self-inflicted severities were righteous air, but apparently very the result of ignorance, and that it ill. Having ordered the people to was not in the power of any such withdraw, he told Mr. Gobat that as expedients to afford relief. He next he was a servant of God, he would repeated to bim some sentences reveal to hin the cause of his ill- from the writings of Paul, and