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tion shall be cut off. The era is rapidly individual shall have his proper place and approaching, when Zion shall arise from province; none interfering with another, the dust, and lay aside her mourning, and In the universal choir, each maintains his put on her beautiful garments, and sit as allotted part: while the whole economy a queen, and see no sorrow. The Branch of that happy commonwealth, is conductof the Lord shall yet be beautiful and glo- ed with the utmost harmony and order. rious, and this world, so long the habita- “ God is not the author of confusion, but tion of cruelty, the principality of Satan, of peace.” the abode of every unclean and every Finally; it seems altogether consistent hateful spirit, the very suburb and coun: with the divine justice and the fitness of terpart of hell, shall realize scenes, which things, that those who have been distin. heaven itself shall contemplate with com- guished by zeal, service, experience, suffplacency.
ering, and faithfulness in the cause of God We insert these extracts the more on earth, shall be raised to stations of disat length, in order to show that tinguished honour and respect in heaven. though our author thus overlooked
Accordingly; we read, that “he shall re
ward every one according to his works ;" in his lecture on the Duty of Be- that in proportion to their diligence in lievers, our great religious Socie- improving the trusts committed to them ties, he is yet alive to the value here, some shall be rulers over few, and and the importance of missionary
some over many things. All indeed shall
enter into the joy of their Lord; all shall exertions.
participate in his pleasures; but while they The Eighth Lecture on Heaven that were wise shall shine as the brightis most consoling and interesting,
ness of the firmament, those that turned but we can only find room for the
many to righteousness, shall shine as
the stars, for ever and ever. And even following extract.
among these, one star shall differ from Though in heaven the joy of all will be another star in glory. An apostle shall full, yet there will likely be degrees of wear a brighter crown than a common glory. For, first, there are degrees of minister ; a martyr than an ordinary misery in hell. Some shall receive greater Christian. The aged saint, too, who bore damnation; be accounted worthy of sorer the burden and heat of the day, shall propunishment than others. That servant bably be accounted worthy of more honwho knew his lord's will, and prepared our, than the child, who died in infancy. not himself, neither did according to his The cups of all will be full, but some shall will, shall be beaten with many stripes. be more capacious than others. Their By analogy, then, we may conclude that, previous stages of sanctity, though not the in heaven, some will be more honoured procuring cause, shall yet be the measure, than others.
of their future felicity. Again, there are degrees of glory in the Rest not satisfied, then, Christian ! church below;
saints excelling with low attainments in grace and knowothers in virtue: therefore we infer, that, ledge. You have no grace whatever, if in the church above, (the same in charac- you do not desire more. He loves not ter, and one kingdom with this,) there Christ at all, who labours not after a per will obtain a similar diversity of degrees. fect conformity to him. If the living In the ark; the type of heaven, there were water be in the heart, it will be ever rising several compartments, and so our Saviour toward its fountain. Evince, then, your affirmed, “ In my Father's house are conversion, by coveting earnestly the best many mansions.” Once more; there are gifts, by spiritual-mindedness. different ranks and orders among the holy affections on things above" " Desire the angels, cherubim, seraphim, thrones, do- sincere milk of the word, that you may minions, principalities, and powers. And grow thereby.” “Blessed are they which we read of one, whose peculiar privilege it do hunger and thirst after righteousness. is to stand in God's immediate presence. for they shall be filled.” Giving all A correspondent gradation shall doubtless diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and subsist among those, who “ shall be as to virtue, knowledge ; and to knowledge, the angels.” Some shall sit on Emma- temperance; and to temperance, patience ; nuel's right hand; others on his left. The and to patience, godliness; and to godlielders shall occupy seats round about the ness, brotherly-kindness; and to bro. throne; while others of the redeemed, therly-kindness, charity. So shall an marshalled in widening circles behind entrance be ministered unto you abunthese, 'orb within orb,' shall render to dantly into the everlasting kingdom of their king their willing homage. Every our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.'
PRAYER BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY.
This valuable institution is silently The friends of true religion will yet steadily carrying on its benevo- rejoice to hear that the leading lent operations; many overlook its truths of Christianity-the princiservices, yet the more they ples of Protestantism-are finding examined the more beneficial they their way into France, through the appear. We have just received its circulation by this Society of the twenty-fifth report, to which an elo- Formularies of the Church of Engquent sermon by the Rev. Hugh land. The harbour of Ramsgate is Stowell is prefixed. The following frequented by French fishing-vesstatements will we doubt not prove sels, and your agent has been acgenerally interesting.
tively employed amongst the crews
of those vessels, as well as those of When the question, Have you
other foreign nations. The progresprayers on board your ship? was sive success he has been favoured put to a captain whose vessel was with illustrates the remark, that an then in the lower Pool, he replied, acquaintance with this Society's Yes, every evening, weather per- operations produces a sense of its mitting. He said that formerly he value, and a desire also for the poshad great difficulties in this respect, session of the Sacred Scriptures. but he had overcome them; that He writes at first tbus: 'Hitherto I some of his men formerly did not have been very unsuccessful among like the Homilies, and the reason the French fishing-vessels: they was, ' because of the plain language, will not buy a Testament of me at which touched them to the quick ;' any price: the First Homily (ó on but now, he added, “the men are the Reading and Knowledge of Holy regular in assembling together for Scripture') might be beneficial to prayers and reading; and they fre- them. Afterwards he says: 'I find quently wait for me in the cabin, your Society a great assistance to the when I am not there in time. Not Naval and Military Bible Society, an oath is heard on board the ship. as, a few days after giving a Selec
When the Society's agent went tion of Homilies, I have been sought on board a ship, the mate remarked, out and asked for a Bible or Testathat he had lost both his Testament ment. The French books are well and Prayer-book in a storm at sea ; received. When I gave one to the that he was one of three sailors who captain of a Calais boat, his crew were washed over-board, two of (fourteen men) surrounded him, and whom were drowned. In speaking asked what it was about. When he of his own marvellous escape from a replied that it was about the church, watery grave, he said, "When I and the Lord Jesus Christ,' they all arose on the surface of the waters, begged for one. Though I could and had recovered my senses, I was not, of course, give to each, I was on the top of a high mountain-wave, much pleased with the request.'and saw my ship many yards distant • As you did not expect great wilfrom me, in the vale of the sea ; but, lingness on the part of the French to by the kind hand of Divine Provi- receive the Homilies, I will relate dence, who ruleth even the waves of to you their observations on my the troubled ocean, as the ship rose giving them. On offering a selecby the continued swelling of the sea, tion to the crew of a vessel, one of and sunk again, the next surge that the men asked, with some contempt broke over her, and again swept her in his manner, . Are they for the decks, conveyed me to the vessel, Catholics?' I answered, “They are casting me into her rigging ; by for all men :'on which the rest of which good providence my life was the crew (eleven men) unanimously spared,
to tell of the wonders of the exclaimed, ' Very good, very good ; grace of God, and to shew forth His for all men.' This has occurred praise. He was truly grateful for twice.'-'I find the Frenchmen the visit paid to his ship, and for a evince great anxiety to possess the fresh supply of books.
'blue book,' as they call that which
eontains part of the Liturgy. When, body (tout le_monde) ask me for on their asking me for books, I give them.' "The French boats visit us them tracts, they receive them every week, and ask for books every thankfully, but expres a wish for voyage, for their friends and famithe blue book.' For the last four lies. I have no more to give them, months I have been endeavouring and only wish it was in my power to sell them Testaments, but without to buy up all your stock. When I success: finding, however, that they give them the blue book, they are fond of reading I have lately often say, “Quel beau livre!") renewed my offer of the book. Yes- The Report then speaks with terday I attempted to sell one at reference to Ireland. six-pence (half the reduced price); The situation of our sister island, I was offered three-pence: I could to which the attention of the Prayernot sell it at that priee. The French- book and Homily Society has been man said, 'Give me a blue book too, so constantly directed, daily beand I will give you the six-pence.' comes more painfully interesting. A little boy offered me two sous for The sufferings of a country so closely the blue book : I said, I had no connected with our own, cannot but
Two or three boys felt my claim our sympathies, and call forth pockets, before they were satisfied.' our energies. Protestant Ireland
Yesterday three boys came to my claims our support, because she house, and asked for the Homilies, bravely resists the attacks of her and Tracts: they said they wanted enemies, who press upon, and hem them for their mothers and sisters in her in on all sides. She demands France: one said his father had our aid, because her cause is our read him one, which I had given cause; she is placed in the forefront him, and there was a very good of the battle waged against all that prayer in it.
The Tract Society is venerable, all that is enlightened, has granted me some French Tracts, all that is holy. The tide of infiwhich I give with the Homilies. delity, popery, and anarchy, sets in The Secretary here tells me they strongly upon that interesting counhave had difficulty in getting the try. Ireland is the break-water that French to receive tracts: from their resists the flood-tide of aggression : anxiety to obtain them now, I sup- . if she be swept away by the storm pose the Homilies have prepared that beats upon her, the wave breaks ibeir minds to receive them. I think next on the shores of England. I had a proof of this to-day: I dis- Ireland stands foremost in the contributed ninety tracts amongst the flict; and desperate is the assault crews of four boats which I had that is made upon her: should she previously supplied with Homilies : be overwhelmed and crushed-for they were received with great eag - driven from her post she cannot be
Another boat, which had -the storm of battle pours its fury lately come into the harbour, and upon England's institutions. Selfwhich had not yet received the interest, then, as well as the feeling Homilies, would accept nothing of sympathy, calls us to her rescue. from me. A captain of a vessel The magnitude of the wants of Iretrading to France asked me for land will be at once perceived by a some tracts, saying that he had a reference to a very few of the appliFrench wife, whose priests were cations which have been received continually attempting to convert during the past year, and to none of him. I gave him some Homilies ; which has your Committee dared, and the next day he said, “They had they felt so disposed, to turn a were the very things he wanted;
deaf ear. they would strengthen him; and A clergyman writes: 'I am very the priests should read them.' I re- anxious to furnish my poor parishplied, “They would throw them into ioners with Prayer-books. Of such the fire.' No, no,' said he ; they sort are many here; quite unable to are books too good for that.' Yes- lay out the smallest sum on any terday I was accosted by a French thing beyond the plainest necessaboy, who asked me for the little ries of life. The great interest and hooks, as they call the Homilies. generosity manifested by the EngI inquired what he did with them? lish nation towards the Irish branch he answered, • At Boulogne every
of the Established Church, both
clergy and laity, encourages me to be given only where payment canhope from your Society a grant of not be made. And if to this rePrayer-books, as ample as your mote region you extend this liberules will admit. You may depend rality, you will greatly advance upon my assurance that they shall the best interests of your church.'
LONDON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONG
We have only recently been favour- that last period. If then their hopes ed with the Twenty-ninth Report of and expectations should not be rethis Institution, wbich intimates alized, they confess that they shall that during the past year, a decided be obliged to give up their hope. advancement has been made towards Yea, their hope and trust in men the great object of promoting and human writings they shall inChristianity among the Jews. The deed be obliged to give up, but not contributions bave amounted to their hope in the real and true £14,530. The copies of the Old and Messiah--the Lord our RighteousNew Testaments together with Pen- ness.' tateuchs, Psalters, &c. which have A regular Hebrew, service combeen issued from the depository menced in February last, at the amount to 13,249. Many of these Jewish chapel, Bethnal Green, and bave been sold among the Jews by also at St. Saviour's chapel, Liverdifferent agents of the Society, and pool ; the appearances on these the complaint from almost every Occasions are of a very encouraging quarter is, that sufficient copies have character. Several Jews have also not been forwarded to meet the ex- been baptized at London, Liveristing demand. The following ex- pool, &c. tracts are deserving of serious at- The communications from the tention :
Foreign missionaries are highly inOf the effects produced on the teresting, and evince a very conJews, Mr. Bergfeldt writes as fol. siderable increase of attention alows :
mong the Jews, though at the same • The real results are of course time, the Rabbis, &c. are using only known to Him who beholds the every means in their power to presecrets of the heart, but I am confi- vent their people from reading the dent tbat I have not laboured in New Testament, Tracts, &c. There vain. Many hundreds heard the appear some difficulties in tbe way gospel way of salvation stated to of the erection of a church at Jeruthem, and not a few for the first time salem, but which it is expected will in their lives. Some seemed amazed before long be obviated. and struck by it, others gladly con- The opening of a Mission House sented to it, and on the whole there in the city of London, appears dewas a readiness to receive, and in serving of especial attention. some cases an eagerness to obtain, The house was opened in Authe New Testament, such as I have gust, and was arranged that Mr. never witnessed before. And even A. Saul, a converted Israelite, who the enmity against the gospel and bas been for years a consistent its ministers which now and then Christian, and has filled the office of manifest itself, is still such as clear- clerk at the chapel, and who has ly to demonstrate that they are not been appointed by your Committee able to overturn his arguments. as a Tract distributor in London, How often have they confessed to should take charge of the depôt of me-> If we go by the scriptures Books and Tracts, and be in attendalone, then you are right; but if ance every day, to distribute Tracts, we take the Talmudical writings in and converse with or read the scripconnexion with them, then we are tures to those Jews who might call, right.' But even these fortifications and that your missionaries, the Rev. begin to totter seriously. According M. S. Alexander, and the Rev. J. to them the ultimate date of the C. Reichardt, should from time to coming of the Messiah is expired time as their other engagements with within three years; and many eyes the Society would permit them, visit and hearts are now directed towards the house to direct the proceedings
there, and enter more fully into con- Edward Davies, an only child, versation with such Jews, as might was born of Jewish parents, in Hambe disposed to inquire into the na- burgh, about the year 1817, and ture and evidences of Christianity. chiefly brought up in that city. He In entering upon this work, it was was apprenticed to a trade, but an hoped, that under the blessing of unsettled disposition induced him God, it might prove a great benefit to leave it, and after his father's to many of the house of Israel, and death he became still more that the convenient situation in the steady, so that his mother and relaheart of the Jews, might be the tives, some of whom are very remeans of bringing a larger number spectable, entertained serious apof them in contact with your agents ; prehensions about him. He was by and your Committee rejoice to be them considered a wild, unreflecting able to say from the experience they youth, and, because he would not have had, that their hopes have been take advice, was left to himself. In fully realized. A large number of the midst of all this the good provitracts in Hebrew, German, and dence of God directed bis steps to English, and some Scriptures, have the Society's Missionaries in Hambeen circulated from the depôt, in burgh, and by them the first good the immediate neighbourhood, and seed was sown in his heart. Afteramong the Jews at a remoter dis- wards, he came over to England, tance. The Old Paths' in par- and having wandered about the ticular have been in great demand, country for some time, seeking a and of them 10,000 copies of single livelihood by trading, he recalled to numbers have been disposed of. bis mind the truths he had heard in The distribution of tracts, and the Hamburgh, and applied for further Hebrew books put in the windows, Christian instruction and admission were a sufficient means to call the into the Operative Jewish Converts' attention of the Jews to the house Institution in London, fully deterin New Street, and from the time it mined from benceforth no longer to was opened, hardly a day has resist the admonitions of his conelapsed without some member of science, but to become altogether a the house of Israel calling for tracts different character. His admission or for conversation on religious sub- into the Institution took place in jects. Sometimes many came at September, 1836, and, from his once, and would listen for hours whole conduct, it soon became eviwhen the doctrines of Christianity dent that he was sincere in bis in. were explained, or evidences from tentions, and that the grace of God Seripture adduced to prove that the was doing its work in his heart. He Messiah is come, and that Jesus of studied bis Bible with all diligence Nazareth is the true Messiab. The and attention, learned his catechism, result of all this has been, that to with some hundred scriptural texts, many the gospel has been preached, carefully by heart, and was very rewho had never heard it before ; that gular in his attendance at the fathe prejudices of some have been mily prayer, and divine service, at removed or checked, as in others the Jews' Chapel. The regular use their infidel notions; that baptized of the means of grace, and the Jews who had for some time been teaching of the Holy Spirit accomlost, again came forth and were panying it, soon produced its natucomforted and strengthened ; and ral effects on his whole life. He bethat some Israelites were led to feel came gentle in his manners, affecconvinced of the truth of Christi- tionate in his intercourse with his anity, and to apply for further in- brethren, devoted and cheerful in struction and baptism. Among the the discharge of his duties, and ferlatter was a young man, who was
vent in his prayers.
When the received into the Operative Jewish regular course of instruction was Converts' Institution, and not only finished, be expressed much anxconfessed the Lord Jesus in baptism, iety to be baptized, and he was but died triumphantly and happy accordingly admitted into the Chrisin the Christian faith.
tian Church, at the Episcopal Jews' The following account of a de- Chapel, on Christmas-day evening, parted Jew will be found interest- by the Rev. J. B. Cartwright, in the ing:
presence of a large congregation,