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such an one, will you not desire to keep self back, lest the view of saving love should be obstructed. Does this seem the time with uplifted eyes and inward satisfaction to exclaim, “I am the means?” Sunday-school teachers must have but two points in view-God, and the soul to be saved !

N. A. N.

OUR DEFICIENCY. DR. W, writing on agriculture, observes, that the successful advancement of the rural art depends on two circumstances: the one, its improvement by discovery or invention ; the other, a more extensive practice of such improvements, when fully demonstrated. The former is effected by the contrivance of more perfect machines and implements of husbandry, which facilitate the progress of labour; the introduction of new articles of profitable culture, and the most advantageous method of treating those which have already been cultivated, though in a defective manner. The latter, namely, the practice, relates not only to future improvements, but likewise to those which, though generally known, have been either wholly neglected, or adopted only in particular places.

It may not be irrelevant to apply the above remarks to the subject of Sundayschool teaching. Although this useful mode of teaching has in thousands of instances been successful in the great object in view—the conversion of the soul-it may be said to be labouring under a twofold disadvantage. That of excellent plans being as yet but half digested; while such as are “generally known and approved,” have been adopted only in particular places.

If the soil of our earth is capable of yielding an increase greater than has ever yet been proved by ingenious and laborious man, may not the painstaking teacher expect that the hearts of their precious charge would, under better culture be found to produce a more abundant harvest than they have ever ventured to hope for. Where are greater returns to be met with than the thirty, sixty, and hundred--fold of the Gospel seed !

LETTER OF A CATECHUMEN TO HER MINISTER. REV. AND DEAR SIR,-I hope that you prehensive views of those doctrines of will excuse the liberty that I have which before I understood so little. I taken in thus addressing you ; but hav- have also become more extensively acing received much benefit from your quainted with the history, biography, labours, I feel it my duty to acknow- geography, and chronology of the Bible. ledge it, hoping that it will yield you * May more abundant success some little encouragement amidst the attend your ministry, and many hunmany formidable trials and difficulties dreds be the crown of your rejoicing in with which you have had to contend. the day of the Lord! and may we at

last meet, Previous to your coming amongst us, my views of Divine truth were very

“Where seraphs gather immortality, circumscribed and limited. I had very

On life's fair tree, fast by the tỊirone indistinct ideas of the leading doctrines

of God!” of our holy religion; but by the blessing

remain, of God on your labours in the public ministry of the word, and also in con

Yours truly in Christ Jesus, nection with the catechumen classes, I have obtained clearer and more com- May 10, 1848.







SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION. error; how often will they need reminding

that the Union has no immense resources, but rather that it is in debt.

The reThis breakfast meeting, gathered together a goodly number;-officers, and com- port, which was thoroughly practical, was

read by the worthy Secretary in thirtymittee, delegates, ministers, superin

five minutes. We cannot speak so highly tendents and teachers were there, and the

of all the speeches. Mr. Prest's was good, opportunity for usefulness was great. If

and would have been very effective but for we say we were disappointed, we shall not its great length, and the unwise referbe misunderstood. We are jealous for the

ence to a topic upon which Sunday-school right use of such occasions, and it is this

teachers have over and over again exfeeling alone that prompts us to ask whe

pressed a strong opinion, ther more could not have been done than

Mr. Bevan, and Mr. Weir, acquitted was accomplished between half-past seven

themselves nobly. Mr. Pottinger's was a and eleven o'clock? Instead of delegates, first appearance, and though a Sundaywho had an express mission, the chair- school teacher, he did not seem quite at man called upon London speakers, who home. He would have done better in were unprepared ;-instead of discussing the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Mr. the practical questions affecting the

Green, ever ready to take up the glove, schools, and eliciting information as to the

ran a side-tilt at Mr. Prest, and won a cheer, state of country Unions, the chief time

while the meeting lost a speech. Mr. was spent in advertising the claims of va. Bateman, the worthy and talented Editor rious Magazines,-a very important mat

of "The Bible-Class Magazine," did his ter in its way—but not the proper sequence best, but could not be heard. We rejoice to the admirable digest of business pre- to know that he has an audience of fifteen sented by Mr. Groser.

thousand persons who listen to him in a We would venture to suggest, that wider sphere of usefulness. The collection another time the breakfast should be

was under £80. Surely the Committee earlier, the meal simpler and shorter, the

would do well at once to appeal to the price lower, and the accommodation

public; they have a strong claim, and larger; that each delegate should be

must be supported by annual Subscripcalled upon by some prepared plan to

tions. speak for a given time, and to confine

THE RAGGED SCHOOL Untox. himself to practical matters. We should then have a fine specimen of the meeting sustained. The speeches were less senti

This meeting was very cheering, and well we desire, and ample time for a real and

mental, and took a higher tone than foruseful Conference.

merly; and the evident feeling of the THE EVENING MEETING,

friends of this institution is growing in As is generally the case, was the best of favour of self-sustaining schools. Let it the month. No cause had so many sup- be ever so little, the poorest Englishman porters, or better advocates; all that was likes to pay, if he can, something; and wanting was more pecuniary help. It is after all, the greatest charity is to help a singular thing that people will live in men to help themselves.



very gently looked upon him, and smelled THIS is the meridian of the seasons.

on him without sign of any further The Anglo-Saxons called this month

hurt." This was the amusement and Sere month, from the dryness of the sport of the British Solomon and his atmosphere ; but more anciently

court. weyd month, “because their beasts 5. Adam Smith born, 1723.-Dr. Sadid then weyd in the meadows, that

cheverell died, 1724. is to say, go to feed there; and hereof

The old law of wager of battle, a meadow is also in the Teutonic in which personal combat was alcalled a weyd, and of weyd we yet

lowed, is abolished, 1819. retain our word wade, which we un-7. The Royal Exchange founded by derstand of going through watery

Sir Thomas Gresham. His crest was places, such as meadows are wont to a grasshopper. be.”

8. The execution of Archbishop Scroop, About this time it is mid-winter in

1405. Henry IV. commanded the La Plata, South America.

Chief Justice Gascoigne to pronounce

upon him the sentence of death, but 1. The rebellion of Jack Cade, who, that inflexible judge refused, on the it will be remembered, in 1450, spoke plea, that the laws gave him no juristhus of education : “ Thou hast diction over the life of the prelate, most traitorously corrupted the youth and that he had a right to be tried of the realm, in erecting a grammar

by his peers. school; and whereas before, our fore- 9. The ninth day of the Jewish month, fathers had no other books but the Thammuz, was an especial fast for score and tally, thou hast caused the taking of Jerusalem, under Neprinting to be used. Away with buchadnezzar, king of Babylon, upon him! he has a familiar under his that day, B.C. 587. The seventy tongue, he speaks not o' God's name.” years of the captivity, according to

Sir Thomas More is tried at the the prediction of Jeremiah, begins, bar of his own court, 1535.

B.C. 606, when the temple was plunIn 1764, the number of slaves im- dered, and Daniel, with his three comported into Jamaica by the French, panions, who escaped from the furwas 10,223. Slavery is now abolished nace, were led away to the Assyrian in the colonies by the Provisional capital. Government.

11. Dugald Stewart died, 1828.-Roger 3. King James visits the Lions' Tower, Bacon died, 1294.

1605. After being forced from their 14. The Roman Republic established. den by burning links, “then there Cicero has preserved the original was two racks of mutton thrown laws of the Comitia, which subverted unto them, which they did presently the tyranny and set up the commoneat; then there was a lusty cock wealth. alive cast unto them, which they 15. Martin Luther is excommunicated presently killed, and sucked his

by a papal bull, 1520. blood. After this the king caused a The famous decree, called the Conlive lamb to be easily let down unto fession of Augsburg, drawn up by them by a rope; and being come to Melancthon, was publicly read the the ground, the lamb lay upon his same day, 1530. knees, and both the lions stood in Anson arrives at Spithead, 1744, their former places, and only beheld after a voyage round the world, of the lamb; but presently the lamb three years and nine months. rose up and went unto the lions, who 21. Bishop Butler died, 1752.

Sabbath Evenings at Wome.

(Continued from page 191.)
B. C. 1451.

Moses would die, and then the people THE NINTH PROMISE OF A

would be left again without any one to SAVIOUR AS A PROPHET.

speak for them. But God is so merciful

to man that he is “ready to give us DEUTERONOMY XVIII. 15-19.

more than either we desire or deserve;" | P.-As the time approached when and now that the time of Moses' death Moses was to be taken away from the draws near, He commands him to tell people of Israel, and they would neces- the people that a prophet shall be prosarily feel the loss of such a leader, he vided for them such as they have dewas commissioned of God to take this sired, one who can plead with God for ! opportunity of comforting the people them, and whose voice they shall rewith a promise, which was not to be joice, and not be afraid to hear.

Who fulfilled completely until a much later was such a prophet? day. This promise is to be found in

C.-Jesus Christ. Deut. xviii. 15-19: read the whole

P.-Yes, he is our Mediator, pleadpassage over, and then ask any ques- ing between us and God, and reconciltion on it you like.

ing us sinners to his Father and our C.-What is a prophet?

Father, by his own precious blood. P.-He is one who makes known the This, then, is a gracious promise of a will of God to man. Sometimes he Saviour from God, and one upon which foretells distant events in this life, the Jews had great reliance, as we see foreshowing what the Providence of frequently alluded to in the gospels. God designs to bring about. Prophets One of the questions asked of John the were frequently sent of God to the Baptist was, “ Art thou that prophet?" people to warn them of their sins, or of and he answered, “No,” John i. 21; his judgments if they did not repent.

again the people said, “ This is of a C. Is not this then a temporal pro- truth, that prophet that should come mise, for the prophet would come in into the world,” John vi. 14; and. this life?

again, “Of a truth this is the prophet," P.-If his office had been limited to John vii. 40. this life, it would have been a temporal promise only, but much more than this is spoken of here; the prophet is pro

B. C. 1451. mised of a different character from that which such persons generally were.

THE TENTH PROMISE OF A For what is the circumstance that

SAVIOUR AS A ROCK. Moses reminds the people of, as having DEUTERONOMY XXXII. 1-4. occurred at Horeb?

C.-They had been so terrified by P.-We have already seen that the voice of God, that they besought Moses had promised the people of Israel him not to speak to them again, lest a Saviour, first as an angel, and, sethey should die, but to let Moses speak condly, as a prophet; we have now to for him.

consider a third type or figure, under P.-- This is in the twentieth chapter which the same promise was repeated of Exodus, and the fifth of Deutero- to them. This you will find in Deut. nomy, and God says that in thus asking xxxii. 1-4, which you may, therefore, they have done well, “they have well read over. said all that they have spoken,” Deut. C.-Whom does Moses mean when v. 28. They, however, had asked only he calls upon the heaven and earth to for Moses to speak with them. Now hear him?

P. - He means all created things, C.- But how is it here promised that whether those that obey his laws in our Saviour was to be our Rock ? heaven, or men who should be his mi- P.-St. Paul in his first epistle to the nisters on earth; and so he calls upon Corinthians, chap. x. ver. 4, tells us that all . his servants, in heaven and on the children of Israel “did all drink the earth, to hearken to what he has to same spiritual drink: for they drank of say.

that spiritual Rock that followed them; C.- And what is meant by his doc- and that Rock was Christ ? ” trine dropping as rain, and his speech C.-Oh! then, that at once tells us as dew?

that the Rock meant Christ? P-Rain and dew, the small rain P.-Certainly it does so; and our and the showers, are the refreshings Saviour himself on one occasion speakwhich God sends in different ways upon ing to his apostles, called himself the the earth we inhabit, and all that grows Rock; for when he had asked them upon it; and Moses means that as by whom they believed him the Son of these the tender herb and the grass man to be, and Peter, speaking for are nourished, so those who will re- them all, said in reply, “Thou art the ceive the doctrine he teaches, shall be Christ, the Son of the living God." He strengthened and refreshed by, the told them that this confession they had truths taught to them. He then begins made was the rock upon which he to praise God, and calls him by a cer- would build his church, so that the tain name; What is that name? gates of hell, that is, the strength of C.-He is the Rock.

hell, should not prevail against it; P.--And to what did Moses refer Matth. xvi. 18. Thus we are enabled when he

said that God was the to understand other passages of the Rock?

Scripture as speaking of our Saviour C.-I do not exactly know, unless in the same way, as in the Psalms, “I it was to the rock from which the water will love thee, O Lord, my strength, came in the desert.

the Lord is my rock and my fortress, P.-That is it. As the rock had on and my deliverer; my God, my strength, that occasion been the means, under in whom I will trust; my buckler, and God, of supplying their extreme neces- the horn of my salvation, and my high sity in the wilderness, so would God be tower,” Ps. xviii. 1, 2. And since all to them on every occasion a rock fruit- these things are spoken of our Saviour ful of help and blessing to them in the and of God, therefore it is evident that time of trouble.

he is God!


BY THE REV. T. WITHEROW, OF MAGHERA, IRELAND. WHERE a ship strikes upon a rock, or duty bound, we will strive to set a buoy the sounding-line tells of shallows, men upon the place, that they who pass may sometimes place a buoy, which floats in future be the better able to avoid it. upon the surface of the water; and A Sabbath-school teacher, whom we when the passing sailor sees the painted know.well, and whose labours in the log rising and falling with every swell great cause have, we believe, been of the tide, he knows that danger is blessed, brought one morning to the near, and he is warned, and keeps off. school a number of catechisms for disWe think we know a spot on which tribution to his class. One or two of more than one or two have received his scholars said they had catechisms, damage, if not shipwreck; and, as in all the others said they had none. Those

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