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12. LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Hon. and Rev. BAPTIST W. Noel.-" To what is it owing, that the Spirit of God has not been more largely poured out, when there have been so many thousands of prayers presented at a throne of grace? Is it not because there is something in our own spirit which belies the prayers we utter, and because we are not making those sacrifices of faith and love which might prove our prayers to be sincere ? We want, as it seems to me, a deep persuasion of the ruined state of our fellow creatures, a thorough consciousness that the mercy of God has saved us from it. We want to feel that we are the favoured inheritors of the kingdom of heaven through the blood of the Redeemer; that God the Spirit has made our humble hearts the temples of His presence ; and then to look down, as the last speaker said, from the heights of truth upon a world lying in wickedness and sorrow, that we may feel our hearts yearning over their miseries and longing to save then). There must be nothing partial, nothing local in our feelings, if we would do our work. It is upon those who are dead in sins at home—those at our own doors that are perishing for want of faith and grace—that we must, if possible, lay our hand, that we may save them, and pluck them as brands from the burning ; it is when our hearts are so animated with Christian feelings that they overflow on all around us, that we may hope to send forth missionaries with success to the nations of the world. It seems to me also, that we want a deep conviction that the Church of God is called to the work of saving men's souls. It should be impressed upon us, that our Master has said, 'Ye are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. It is not any contribution, however liberal, to this great cause, nor the general doubling of the contributions to the Society, which I believe would give it permanent force. It is when each individual man and woman feels that Christ has said to him or to her, ‘Ye are the salt of the earth, the light of the world,'—that, giving themselves to Christ first, they may with real Macedonian liberality afterwards give their money and influence to this great cause. I feel as strongly as my brother felt, that we need not a mere hollow or holiday union, but a thorough union of heart amongst all the people of God. I cannot express to you the sense I have of the importance of this truth. I believe it to be one capital want of our times. I believe it to be the one great necessity of the Church of God at this moment; and if there are others who make it their boast to nail their colours to the mast of their party, we, if with not more of zeal, at least with as much of energy, as it is possible to command—we call on every man to nail his colours to the mast of unity amongst God's people. Now it has often been my part to advocate your mission among my brethren, and tell them what God has wrought by you ; and so it is my office now- -which I discharge with equal pleasure-to ask your brotherly affection, your cordial sympathy, for those pious bishops, those pious ministers of my own Church, which raises £80,000 like yourselves for the progress of the missionary cause among the heathen -who, animated with the very same principle, and manifesting the very same zeal, are operating for the great object which you have in view-the evangelisation of mankind. These pious members of the Church of England have been the companions of my infancy and youth ; I have known their worth intimately; I have seen their humble and arduous labours often ; I rejoice in the proofs of God's work of grace in their various spheres of pastoral exertion; I know the state of the missionary associations they have formed; and on all these grounds I ask you to love them as brethren, and to feel for every one of them, not only in this cause, but in every work of benevolence and mercy. But if there be one topic more important than another, and on which I would desire that my own mind should rest, it is that a Christian man must feel as though the whole work devolved him alone. It is to individualise ourselves, while we thus meet together, and combine to promote the work of God among the heathen. God has ever wrought great effects by means of a few determined minds; and if each of the vast assembly that I have now the honour of addressing, were animated with all that piety, and faith, and devotedness, which the most favoured followers of Christ have ever enjoyed, what a harvest of spiritual blessings might be reaped for this country and for the world! We want to be individually just what those nine humble Madagesian Christians were, who hesitated not to be tied to poles, hands and feet, and rather than deny that Redeemer who saved them by His blood, submitted to the spear being passed
through their backs, and being hurried prematurely into eternity; we want their spirit of self-sacrifice to animate our bosoms. Who called them to make so full a sacrifice for the cause of Christ? They were a source of energy, that would thrill through a nation, and make the whole of this island to rejoice under the blessing of Christ. We want to be whatt hat humble field labourer was, who was referred to in the Report; and like him, to present whatever we have to offer at the feet of the Redeemer, as the tribute of our gratitude to Him, who has bought us with His blood. If that spirit once pervade the mass of those real Christians in the country that can feel as he did, 'God's work must be done, and I shall soon be dead and cannot do it!'-then should we spend the remainder of our lives, with all the powers which God might give us, to promote the happiness of our fellow-men, and increase the prosperity of the church at large.'
Review of Books.
A Book for the SABBATH. By J. B. become a law concerning it to increasing
WATERBURY, Author of “ Advice to numbers. And what could not be ef. a young Christian,” and “The happy fected by the well directed public opinion Christian.” pp. 238.
of all the Christians in this land, if they Religious Tract Society.
were but united to express it? This little Treatise is divided into three parts. The first treats of “the ANN: or the Conflict and Triumph of origin, design and improvement of the Faith. By Thomas SPALDING, SuSabbath;" and in this department we perintendent of the Sabbath School, bave the doctrine of Scripture explained Trafalgar Place, Kentish Town. and enforced, concerning its perpetuity With an Introduction by the Rev. and the change of the day, and its im- HENRY Townley. portance is shown in its bearings en in
Fisher, Son and Co., Newgate Street. tellectual and social improvement. The Having been acquainted with the second part is devoted to “the practical amiable young female, who has furnished improvement of the Sabbath ;” and be the subject of this interesting biograginning with Saturday evening, or the phical sketch, it has afforded us peculiar preparation, and proceeding to the close pleasure in the perusal; but those who of the sacred season, our author points have not enjoyed a similar advantage, out the due mode of hallowing the Sab- will derive from it no common amount bath, and exhibits the sin and evil of of gratification. the various ways of profaning it. The Ann Eliza Richards was born of pious third part consists of " devotional ex- parents, and resided for nine years ercises for the Sabbath,” and embraces at Henley, where she attended the mia series of meditations and prayers, in nistry of the Rev. R. Bolton. She then number answering to the number of removed to Kentish Town; where, on Sabbaths in the year, and intended to the 8th of June, 1834, she was admitted assist the Christian in his closet. We into the admirably conducted Sabbath have already (ante p. 224) made a School, connected with the Independent short extract from this book, which will Chapel. She here became the subject of give the reader some little view of its
very painful struggle between the earuest appeals to the mind and consci- powers of light and darkness ;” in which ence; and we commend it, with the fullest the enemy appears sometimes to have approbation, to all who feel interested in gained so great an advantage as to lead its subject.
And what right-minded her to relinquish prayer altogether; and man does not? It is a happy thought, that which does not appear to have terminatthe open profanation of the day of God ed, when, in 1836, she went to Paris, is becoming more and more protested in the capacity of nursery-governess in against by the Christian community ; a French family. Here she found hersome of its grosser forms may possibly self kindly treated, but in an atmosphere ere long be prohibited by law; and books so uncongenial to her religious feelings, like this, diffuse such views of the sub- that she felt herself compelled to decide ject, as are likely to make public opinion either for the world or for God. She
chose the“better part,” and speedilyrelin- | the contest which is there maintained quished her situation ; entered the Kent between the powers of heaven and of hell; ish Town School, as a teacher ; after- where a mortal dares to lift a feeble arm wards removed to St. John's Wood, to against the Omnipotent; and where, for assist in an infant school; married there a time, the rebellion is allowed to be in the beginning of 1840; and a fort- apparently successful. night afterwards, was laid on
In such a state of things, few volumes of suffering, where she languished for of equal interest with the present could be cight months, and whence she was offered to the sympathising Christian pubcarried to her grave, on the twenty-first lic. After a general sketch of the islandanniversary of her birth-day. Through historical, political and soclal—the authis varied scene the memoir attends her, thors proceed to state the'operations ot the and takes every opportunity of inculcat- London MissionarySociety there, from the ing the profitable lessons which it is commencement of the Mission in 1818, to calculated to afford. The trial of her its suspension in 1835, together with the patience was indeed severe. “Her eventful history of the native converts, disorder was a species of cancer. Her since that time; the martyrdom of some, medical attendant,* who treated her the persecution of all, and the escape of with unremitted kindness, has said to us six, who have found refuge in England.
I never witnessed such sufferings, The portraits of the latter are given in although I have seen a great deal. It the frontispiece ; and the title-page gives depresses myspirits whenever I go there,' a representation of a martyrdom. And as he had never witnessed such suffering, so he frequently said, he had tion of the notions entertained by the in
The following is a striking exemplicanever witnessed such patience.” (p. 49.) habitants withrespect to a future life :Faith, humility and sincerity, were
6. The natives have an idea, that there also admirably exemplified in her conduct; bu for these and other particu: called Ambondromhe, where all the
is a place somewhere in the country lars, we must refer to the work itself, decesaed are assembled, and where all are which is not only able and concise, but is delightfully pervaded by a sympathiz- again exactly what they were before they ing spirit of Christian kindness. The ite employments they followed while language is particularly correct, and living and possess the actual property unusual attention has been paid to that il:-understood land much-neglected de- illustration of this notion took place some
they had previously enjoyed. A curious partment of composition—the punctua: time since. An elderly man, anxious to tion. The two Addresses, with which make sure of the ceremony called manao the work concludes, prompt a wish for afana (which is always made after death) a volume of addresses for Sunday Schools from the same experienced pen.
being performed for him, determined on
seeing it done before his death. Cattle Introdnction, by the Rev. Henry Town
on occasions of this ceremony, ley, is at once characteristic of the au
killed, as a kind of peace-offering and thor and worthy of him.
farewell to the departed; and they are John Snow, 35, Paternoster Row. supposed to go to the departed in AmA NARRATIVE of the Persecution of bondrombe. The old gentleman killed
the Christians in MADAGASCAR; with about thirty head of cattle ; and was Details of the Six Christian Refugees much praised for his sagacity, by those now in England. By J.J. FREEMAN who shared the meat he had so liberally and D. Johns, formerly Missionaries distributed. Another native, who had in the Island.
stood by, and overheard the people lavish It had been thought that the martyr's in their praises, began to question the roll was fully and completely made up; wisdom of the scheme, after all. • You that their sufferings were to be classed have killed the cattle, certainly,' said he ; with other fearful records of by-gone days, and they are gone, you suppose, and that po further accessions to their await you in Ambondrombe; but who “noble army" were to be expected. will take care of them there for you ? But recent events in Madagascar have · Why, as to that,' said he, it did not awakened the Christian world from this occur to me. However, I am on the complacent dream and compel it to look | right side still. Three of my slaves died on, with mingled sorrow and dismay, at lately; and they will know them, and
take charge of them.' 'I question that,' valid Substitution. 8. Summary of Obsaid his incredulous friend; did you jections and Answers. 9. Practical Aptell them what you meant to do, so that plication of the Doctrine. In transferthey might expect them?” “No,' said ring the work from the lecture-room to he, “I had not made up my mind then the press, the author has greatly added on the business. Then,' said his friend, to its interest and value, by appending see what trouble they will be in! Your sixty closely printed pages of notes and cattle arrive ; and, as it is quite a new illustrations ; which speak very favourthing to make the afana before death, ably of the author's learning and research. of which they never heard, they will An index to these notes would be of conclude you also have come. They great service; more especially as their will go wandering about in search of you, subjects are not enumerated in the table all over the place; and, not finding you, of contents. they will conclude you have lost your way; When the author arrives at the “ Pracand, to save themselves trouble, they will tical Application” of his subjeot, he give away your cattle; and you will adorns it with many passages of great never be able to get them again.' The force and beauty. The following is one poor man was aghast ; and could make of them :no reply to the reasoning. Our friend, “How does every thing connected who so puzzled him, had been a believer with this subject cry out to us— Beware, in the Scriptures; and took out his New lest ye fail of the grace of God! If, for Testament, and read to him the resur- the support of His righteous throne, He rection of Lazarus ; explained the Scrip: spared not His Son—if He gave Him up, ture-doctrine of the future state ; and that He might have righteous power left (it is hoped) a favourable impression to save the miserable—what hope of on the minds of many, who had collected escape can there be to those, who, even around them during their conversation.” to the last moment, have slighted mercy (Pages 59 and 60.)
so stupendous? Can justice sleep for The blood-hounds in Madagascar are ever ? Can heaven admit the hardened not yet sated; for, since the
Shall the cluded, several Christians have been torn | pure abodes of angels be tainted with the to pieces, by the "tigress” who reigns despisers of mercy ? Shall the blood of there. When we add that the profits of the covenant to the last betrampled this work are designed to support an ex- under foot,' without uttering a cry which pedition which has been sent out, to de- must enter into the ears of the Almighty? liver other sufferers from her cruel fangs, Vain will then be the appeals of the we mention the most powerful argument recreant! The gates of blessedness, that could be adduced, in aid of its cir- with all their massive bars, must be for culation. We are happy to find, that the ever closed against such a pest. latter has already exceeded five thousand. “But fear not ye, who flee "for re
fuge to the hope set before you ;' fear not The CHRISTIAN A TONEMENT. By the ye, of whom the Judge will be that Jesus, Rev. JOSEPH GILBERT.
now ye see Him not, William Ball, Aldine Chambers, Paternoster Row. yet,'though unseen, ye love.' He that
The third annual series of the “Con- bought you—whose you are-whom, gregational Lecture," was devoted to the amidst whatever depressing infirmities, discussion (by the judicious and talented whatever strife against sin, whatever autbor before us) of that master-doctrine temptations and worldly cares, and inof the Christian scheme-the atonement.terchanges of fear and hope, it is your The Lectures were nine in number ; and fixed endeavour to serve-He will not the following were the subjects :-1, fail to acknowledge you as His own, to Distinctions in Divine Operations and receive you into everlasting habitations, Government. 2. Moral Relation be
to 'wipe away' your tears,' to 'lead' tween God and Man. 3. Preliminary you to fountains' of 'living' joy, and Objections to the doctrine of Moral Substitution. 4. Nature and Ground of temple for ever.
to dwell amongst you in His eternal
To Him, by better Moral Administration. 5. Specific Prin- tongues than ours, be ascribed the ciples connected with Moral Administra- glory, the wisdom, the power, the might, tion. 6. Function and bearing of Sub- and the dominion, which by right are His!” stitution. 7. Qualities essential to a The Congregational Lecture" has
already contributed several volumes, of all the possessions of time, and which, sterling excellence, to the theological by only a thought, can wither and poison literature of the country. The present them all this fear of dying taken away; is one of them; and the subject dis- no condemnation, now to be dreaded ; cussed in the present year—the Chris. God your friend! God your friend ! tianity of the Three First Centuries (a And this is to be in Christ Jesus!' This very seasonable topic)-promises to fur- is religion !"-(Pages 72 and 73.) nish another.
May a blessing from on high rest on
the earnest and affectionate appeals of The CONVALESCENT. Twelve Letters on this little work ; and may the Author
Recovery from Sickness. By Mrs. and many a reader hereafter rejoice to*Gilbert.
gether! Jackson and Walford, 18, St. Paul's Churchyard. ' A New AND COMPLETE CONCORDANCE TO
Teis welcome little volume brings be- The Holy SCRIPTURES. On the basis fore us a friend of our childhood-the
of Cruden's. With a preface by the Ann of “ Hymns for Infant Minds," Rev. David KING, Minister of Greyand " Original Poems." We rejoice in friars' Church, Glasgow: the fact, that this amiable member of a John Symington and Co., Glasgow, gifted family devotes her matured Those who, like ourselves, have frepowers to the best interests of “children quent occasion to consult a Concordance, of a larger growth ;” and the present will know the value of a good one. None volume, which addresses the reader at a of those hitherto published, have exseason at once favourable and perilous, hibited anything like completeness ; for, is calculated to be of great service-in even in the case of Cruden's, we may strengthening the weak, in deciding the sometimes have to consult half-a-dozeu undetermined, and in carrying out, to a places, before we can find the particular full and favourable termination, resolu- passage of which we are in quest. All tions made in sickness, but too frequently this involves a serious loss of time. The broken in health. “ There is no change best concordance would be that which no permanent benefit! • The hail, furnished a reference to every passage, and the rain, and the thunders have under the head of any and every word it ceased ;' but the heart is unbroken, un- contains; but the great objection to this melted, unsubdued !”
arrangement, would be the unwieldy The work consists of twelve letters bulk of the volume. The next best plan in which every form of warning, admo- is to designate every passage by its nition, and affectionate entreaty, is by principal words leaving out those of turns essayed, in a strenuous endeavour minor importance ; and this is the plan
save some.” Procrastination, which adopted in the present volume :Dr. Young has so expressly designated “ Abbreviations have been made, not “the thief of time," is one of the most only by the erasure of superfluous repowerful and persuasive enemies to be ferences, but also by omitting explanacontended with ; and the following is one tions of words (as being more appopriate of the weapons with which he is opposed: to a dictionary than a concordance) ;
" What is it that holds you back ? by contracting quotations, while careful “Taste and see' for yourself, that the not to obscure them; and by wholly exLord is good ;' and that blessed are all cluding the Concordance to the Apothey who put their trust in Ilim.' Did crypha.” you ever try to imagine the happiness The result is a volume very portable resulting from a sense of pardon? There in its dimensions, very distinct in its is within your reach, even yours, that references, and destined (we have no 'peace of God which passeth all under- doubt) to supersede most of those standing;, a sweet composure of the hitherto employed. Under the head of spirit; a hush of tumultuous passsions "seen, passively,” are inserted one or and cares; the enjoyment that flows, two passages like the following; in like Æolian music, from a harmony of which “ seen" is used actively :the affections; love, the spring of ever- “Whom, having not seen, ye love." If lasting delight, insinuating its sweetness grammatical distinctions were to be ininto all the exercises of the soul; the troduced at all, particular care should fear of dying—that constant, depressing have been taken to ensure correctness ; anxiety, which lies (like a shroud) over for a false guide is worse than none.