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available and valid all the way, and is recognised and held in respect at Ljiji. Ujiji belongs to the Arabs, and the Sultan's influence there is considerable and great.

He would doubtless, give his countenance, and we should have the sheltering wing of Great Britain. Ere long, in all probability, a British consul would be appointed to Ujiji. I have no doubt that the Christian Church, in sufficient strength of its members every way, would at once support the mission, and that it would grow and prosper,"

With the special purpose which all these missions have in view, the Directors are in fullest sympathy. They have, therefore, devoted careful attention to the project; they have worked in perfect harmony with their brethren in the Church Missionary Society and the Free Church; they have received from both valuable information ; and after full consideration at a general meeting, specially summoned for the purpose, on Wednesday, March 15th, the Directors unanimously resolved to accept the offer. Aware of many special difficulties involved in the project, they, with a view to obtain very exact information on all points, have despatched the Rev. Roger Price, himself an experienced African missionary, to Zanzibar to make preliminary inquiries. They now warmly commend the proposed mission to the friends of the Society, and ask them to aid the enterprise by their contributions and their prayers. They think it desirable to raise at least an additional five thousand pounds before it is commenced. Both for their native worth and because of the countless wrongs from which they have suffered, these simple and unprotected races in Polynesia and in Central Africa have special claims upon the care and kindness of Christian Englishmen. A multitude of missionaries have gone forth to seize them. The missionaries of cotton and sugar, of coffee and tea, want them for their plantations. The wandering idlers, the waifs and strays of the civilised world, fasten themselves on them, live at their expense, and sink to their level. The missionaries of the slave-market seek for them to cultivate land, to do menial work, and to be servants of servants in distant countries, where people are few. The gun of the Arab, the bait of the Peruvian and the kidnapper seize them by violence or delude them by fraud; and the hold of the slave ship, or the stockaded barracoon, is the destination to which multitudes of bleeding hearts have been consigned. Who shall stand forth to save them? 'Twas English Christianity which crushed the older forms of slavery. It was English Christianity and humanity that summarily stayed the infamous kidnapping in Polynesia. And it is English Christians who must follow up this accursed slave traffic in Africa, not merely through Government influence and the active patrol of armed

cruisers, but by cutering into the heart of the land, and settling down among the races so friendless and ill-used.

No feeble hand, no hesitating faith, no aimless purpose, will suffice for their deliverance. Only the strongest, the noblest, the highest will avail them in their peril. As the highest angels take under their care earth's “ little ones," so in the kingdom of Christ the noblest service is to descend into the deepest sin and misery to save the souls for which He died. Out of Egyptian darkness will we call His sons. We must lead them through the desert; we must patiently “suffer their manners in the wilderness." But He will feed them with the bread of Heaven and give them water from the rock; we shall aid Him to make them men; and when they gather in the promised land, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, as “the ransomed of the Lord” they “shall come to Zion with songs ” of jubilee ; "they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." The Rev, R. Robinson gave out the second hymn :

“Let all men praise the Lord," which was then sung


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“ That the Report, portions of which have now been read, be adopted; and that it be published and circulated among the members of the Society. That the members of the Society would offer their devout thanks to God for the strength and vigour with which He has blessed the Society's missions ; for the earnestness, growth, and strength of the native churches, especially in China, Madagascar, and the South Seas. And they trust that the increased interest taken by Englishmen in India and its people, will secure for that empire a larger number of English missionaries.”

The Rev. G. S. BARRETT, B.A., said :

“Some three or four years ago, sir, that we have listened to this morning, Dr. Halley, I bolievo on this plat- able and interesting as all Dr. Mullens' form, on the ocasion of the anniver. reports are, will have added an addisary of this Missionary Society, made tional coufirmation, if any were needed, this statement- That, in his judg- to that statement of Dr. Halloy. I ment, the work that God had been do not think that even in the Acts of pleased to do by means of the the Apostles wo find recorded greater London Missionary Society during triumphs of the power and love of the seventy or eighty years of its Christ than we have heard recorded existence, was not even surpassed by from time to time in the reports of this the work done in the apostolic age of London Missionary Society, and in the the Church.' I think, sir, the report speeches of missionaries on this plat


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form. But, sir, though I do not under- and is melting away. There can be value the work that has been done by no doubt that our position in regard to this Society, I am not at all certain that Christian missions is very different we are not now entering upon a now from what the position of our fathers and very much more perilous period fifty years ago was. They had to of its history. There are a great defend the preaching of Christ to the many signs in our modern English heathen; we are challenged as to the life which seem to me to threaten Christ we preach. It is no longer a the earnestness and vitality of our question of whether it be right to send Christian work. The absorbing pursuit the Gospel to all nations; it is, Have of wealth, the undermining of the we any Gospel at all to send ? I myspiritual tone of our churches by the self think, however, that the present habits and luxuries of an advanced phase of unbelief will not last very civilisation, the introduction into Eng- long; but the religious atmosphere land of a great many things which of Europe at present reminds mo had far better have been kept across of what some of us have scen in the the channel, and, above all, the pre- morning when we have been in Scotvalence of what threatens to be Eng. land, when the mist has crept up from land's national vice, the love of drink, the valley and very soon all the landare all signs of evil omen in our modern

scape, even the very mountains them English life. But, sir, I refer this selves, have been hidden from view. morning to another danger, when I Something like that mist has been say that Christian missions


be creeping over the landmarks of religientering upon a new and more peril- ous faith to day; and I do not wonder ous period of their history. I refer to that a great many Christian people are the perils to which Christian missions

very seriously concerned about it. and the faith which underlies them Will you permit me just to say this are exposed from the progress of one word by way of consolation ? Do modern unbelief, and that, sir, with not forget that, though the mist may your permission, is the subject on conceal the mountains it cannot remoro which I wish to say a few words this them, and though men do not see for morning. I need not take up your a time the great realities of our faith, time by proving the existence of a though we are told that Christianity vast amount of unbelief in Europe at is melting away-wait a little, wait the present day. The signs of it you till the sun shines again, wait till the see everywhere. Only this month a light of God's truth bursts out upon very distinguished writer has assured this modern unbelief, and then see if us with a confidence which, at least, our Christianity is melting away. proves that dogmatism is not confined Like the mountains, it stands fast for to theologians, that Christianity has ever and over. been touched by the spirit of the age,

DANGERS TO BE Avoiden. But though the great fact of our Christian faith thus stands fast, our allegiance to it may be shaken ; and that is what I am afraid of. l

And it seems to me that there are two ways in which this spirit of the age may affect the loyalty of our allegiance to the great realities of the Christian faith. “First of all, there is a danger that in Europe is one way, there in China we may hold with a slackened grasp, is another way, in India is another in consequence of the discussions of

way; and the result is this at the end, recent times, the great truth which, I that even though some reverence be venture to say, is the foundation of retained for Christ as a religious every missionary society--that there teacher, it is only the reverence given is only one Saviour and Prince of to Him as one amongst many. He has mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ. no more exclusive claim on the homage The way in which this doubt, this and faith of mankind than Confucius or loosening of our faith, begins is very Buddha, we are told: He is only one gradual. It is not denied that Christ out of the many great religious reis a Saviour; it is not denied that formers of the race. Now, sir, what Christ is one of the great religious is very remarkable is this—this kind teachers of the race; but what is of unbelief is very much offended if questioned is this : Is He the only you call it unbelief. I call it unbelief, Saviour ? Is He the only religious and unbelief of the deadliest kind; but teacher of the race ? That is the way it prefers to call itself broad theology. in which the doubt begins, and then One thing at least is certain; it may presently some one comes forward, be broad theology, but it is not the and suddenly parades báfore us the theology of the apostles of Christ. The truth, as if it were a recent discovery men that lived with the Lord Jesus, of the spirit of the age—that God re- who knew most of His mind, did not veals Himself in many ways to man. believe for one moment that religion Why, sir, we had learned that long was like food, simply a question of ago. It lies on the first page of St. taste, for a

They did not John's Gospel-The light is shining believe that truth varied with different in the darkness; but the darkness degrees of longitude. All through comprehendeth it not.' And then their writings, from first to last, you books are written and I am not here can trace this conviction running, this morning to say a single word burning like a fire in their bones. against these books-on the religions Neither is there salvation in any of mankind. They are very learned other, for there is none other name books; they are very charming books given under heaven among men, to read; but they are books con- whereby we may be saved.' They fessedly dealing, not with the facts- may have been in doubt about a great the sad, terrible facts of heathenism, mony things; there was no doubt as our missionaries see them with their here. They may have been left in own eyes every day; but they deal uncertainty about a great many things with the philosophy, the ethical teach- in connection with the revelation of ing of the founders of these faiths ; Christ; there was no uncertainty and let me say, they do not give us all here. The rock on which they built their ethical teaching. They take great everything was this-not a pbilosophy, care to pick out a few grains of gold not an opinion, but a solid, impreg. from amidst a multitude of sand. These nable, historical fact, “We have seen books are written, and doubt begins and do testify that the Father sent the to feel a little more courage, and Son to be the Saviour of the world.' stands up, and commences to quote Other revelations from God to man? Mr. Tennyson; and it says, 'God Why, sir, they never denied it. Their fulfils Himself in many ways.' Here own Judaism was one of the principal



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ones; but no other revelation of God I think you may date from that day no other incarnation, save this—The the beginning of the end of our misWord was made flesh. This the final, sionary enterprise. I do not say that complete utterance of God's will for our missionary. societies won't go on man-God, who at sundry times and for a time. Machinery does not stop in divers manners hath spoken in times all at once when you have shut off past, hath in these latter days spoken the steam; nor do missionary sounto us by His Son.' Now, sir, I do not cieties; but they will stop neverthethis morning, as a comparatively young less.

sure that there is no man in the ministry, pretend to say power, no spiritual force, strong how far this so-called broad theology enough to drive the wheels of the has become the theology of any of mighty work of the evangelisation of our ministers or churches; but I do the world, save that power which acts venture to say this--if it has become from the conviction that as there is the theology of any of our churches, one mathematics, one science, just as do not look to them for any very con

true in China as here in England, 80 stant or considerable help in the mis- there is but one religion, one Saviour, sionary enterprise--and if ever (which one King, who is King of kings and may God forbid !) it should become Lord of lords." the leading theology of our churches,



We have been informed lately that it is quite possible for our missionary societies to go on doing their work, although we may not hope to convert the world to Christianity.

"It is said to us, “You forget that even though they might have disChristianity is more than a religion ; covered the secret of Jesus, saying, it is a civilisation as well.' Well, • We will give up father and mother, now, let your missionaries take their and houses and lands, and printing presses and their books (and writing for the Contemporary Review do not forget to put in a few copies of itself. We will give up all these Matthew Arnold's works), and let them things for the sake of civilisation ? go out to the heathen, content with We will go wherever Dr. Mullens the humbler but not less useful work chooses to send us—to Cannibal Is. of educating and refining and civilis- land, if you like; they may eat us, ing these savage races. Very well, but it won't matter; we do not count sir; but before we turn our missionary our lives dear to us for civilisation's societies into limited companies for the sake.' I never heard the names of promotion of civilisation, I want to any of these self-denying heroes of ask this question, Where are the culture. The fact is civilisation is missionaries to come from? Who is just about as selfish as human nagoing to take the printing-press, the ture is. It objects to be eaten. It books, and these copies of Matthew Ar- prefers (I do not blamo it for prenold's works into the distant and rude ferring, because it is civilisation) the nations of the world? Why, sir, you sweet reasonableness of society at won't find the men. I never yet heard home to being called, as my brother of a band of cultured unbelievers, is, a foreign deyil in Shanghai, or

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