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with the effort to give God's Word to truth of that statement, and informsme the people. I have since heard that that the people were reading them in some few of the Testaments were all parts of the city, especially among burnt by the priests in tho streets. the sailors on the shore, who were Another person, a catholic lady, who sitting in little groups while one read has read the Scriptures, doubts the aloud from the sacred page.
PRIESTLY OPPOSITION. "
Thursday, 17th. --Returned to signatures to a petition to the mayor Albano and preached in the even- to send me away from Albano, but ing. The inspector of the police that others had resolved to confute invited me to his offices, and in- their assertions, viz., that I bribe formed me that the priests were the people, calumniate the priests, and sending round, with a view to gain blaspheme against God and Christ.
EVANGELIZATION. Friday,at Velletri.--Here there are “ Monday, 11 a.m.-Spoke at the many readers of the Bible. At night I United Prayer Meeting, and started prear'ırd in the Town Hall, which the afterwards for Viterbo. We arrived Synduco lent for the purpose. Many at Monte Rosa about half-past eight. respectable persons listened to a dis- This is a small village of 400 or 500 course on the Word of God, and how inhabitants, The malaria covers it. to read it. I had to thank the Lord I could not find a house to stay at in for what at the time occasioned me which the fever was not. At the inn some annoyance. I had arranged for where we were obliged to stay, there the meeting on the previous Monday, were seven or eight cases.
The room but not receiving the letter, I had to in which I slept was under the roof, defer my visit. I found that on the which had been scorched all day by day I should have passed along that the sun, and over a stable where the road, the brigands had been near and heat from the oxen made it like a had carried back with them to the stove, and where a poor man woods two gentlemen, for whose life lying in the manger delirious with they required a ransom of nearly fever. At this inn there was no food £3000.
be had, no window that could be “ Saturday.-Returned to Albano, opened, no servant to be found, no and on the Lord's day went early to matches that would light, and we were Rome. Spoke in the morning at wor- obliged to beg two or three from a poor ship, and evangelized in the evening. man in the road.
SPREAD OF INQUIRY. "Tuesday, 12th.-Started very early, in three or four shops. Though and passing the mountains, arrived at somewhat discouraged, I continued, Viterbo about 4 p.m., a large city fifty
and the Lord opened the way. In miles from Rome.
the fourth and fifth shops I gave to " Wednesday, 6 a.m.--I went to several, who received them gladly, a shop and offered a Testament, which and after this I continued to give was refused ; the same took place without any refusals. Two colporteurs, who were at that time in the city, to listen. After prayer and a short came to see me, and complained that discourse I entered into conversation the distribution would injure the sale. with them. All, without exception, On inquiry I found their sale was declared their desire to become Chrismost limited, and I gave them a proof tians according to the Gospel. Not being that the distribution would rather able to send an evangelist to them, and help than hinder. I had suspended the not expecting to return for some time, work for a few minutes while taking I begged them to read at least a breakfast at the caffé, and forty or fifty chapter every day, and to meet to. persons were standing round the door. gether and read'a Gospel or an Epistle The colporteur said that those outside at least once a week. The master of only wished the book because it was
the house offered the room for the offered without price, and that they purpose, and thus they agreed to meet. would not give a farthing for it. The It seems to me that this is the only way officers of the army and gentlemen
in which the work can be carried on of the city had accepted it with in this province.
We have not the pleasure-such an example always ex- means of sending men, and if the cites the people to obtain it for means were forthcoming, there are not themselves. We therefore opened the the men to send. After commending door and let the people in. I then said them to God and to the Word of His to one, You desire to have the book ?' grace, which is able to build them up,
Yes. Will you give half a franc I went to another room on the other for it?' The man pulled out the side of the city, in which about ono money and took the book. Others
hundred persons, men and women, would have bought, but as very many were gathered to hear and to receive were poor, and I do not sell, I told them the Word. Here I repeated what toak to find a room for a meeting, and come place in the former meeting, and found to hear the Gospel and receive the the same reception, the same warmth, Scriptures without money. A room
the same earnest entreaty for my was soon found, and the hour fixed. quick return. Each person received a At one o'clock I went to a little room, New Testament. Several womon con: where I found about thirty men ready versed freely.
RECEIVING THE SCRIPTURES WITH JOY.
At four p.m., started for Ron- their hands and received the Scriptures ciglione, and gave Scriptures by with great joy. When they went out the way to shepherds able to read, from the inn, the people seeing such a and also to a company of soldiers number, ran to see what might have stationed noar a wood infested by occasioned it, and being informed, brigands. The soldiers being sent desired to have the Scriptures. At there during the summer, were thank- 10 a.m., we started for Rome, and ful to have something to read. We passing Monte Rosa left some few reached Ronciglione at half-past eight, Testaments. Arrived at Rome at halfand arranged for a meeting at the past eight p.m., and finding some inn on the morrow morning. About brethren meeting in Via Babbuino, eighty or ninety were present. When gave them a short account of our the service was ended they all clapped journey.
“During this visit I was struck with Gospel was announced to persons of several results which I have long all classes, desired to see in Italy.
“ 3. Though they feel it hard to be "1. The people did something them- left without a teacher, it seems the selres. Some offered money for crip- Lord's will that the Churches forming tures, some found rooms, some called in this province should begin with the their friends, some offered wine, some study both in public and in private of helped to keep the crowd back, some His Word. asked me to their houses, and others “ 4. In this way a whole province -all-asked me come again.
might be ovangelized in a very short "2. Rooms were found at the shortest
space of time by one evangelist, and at possible notice, and in good situations, a comparatively small expense, which in Italy is very difficult, and the
Tidings from Norway. E continue to receive interesting accounts of the progress of this mission. The four brethren it was resolved to engage last
year, in addition to Mr. Hubert, are now in the field with every appearance of the Divine blessing on their labours. Of the work at Tromsoe, the most northerly town of Europe, under Brother Hansson, Mr. Wiberg bends us the following account from Mr. Larrson's letters.
“I have now to tell you a little of parishes of Karlsoe, Trances, Tromsoo the work of the Lord in this northern Quæfjorden and Arnon. In Qucfregion. The Lord continues still to jorden, I baptized three, of whom two crown our labours with his blessing, have lately been enabled to trust in especially the labours of brother Ola Christ, and one has belonged to the Hansson, here in the town. There old dissenters. Here the field is large, are not long intervals between bap- but the labourers are few, and many tisms, so that we now number ninety gainsayers. Great ignorance is premembers in the church.
I cannot as vailing among the people. Dear brother, I wish thank my dear Jesus that he pray for Norway, salute the brethen at so mercifully sent brother Hansson to Stockholm; and if you write to London, us. The state of the church is now be so kind as to salute the brethren good, as I hope. As to myself, I have there, from a humble pilgrim here in most of my time, been travelling
the far north, who is travelling through around in the country, preaching the this wilderness to the heavenly Zion, Gospel. Sin I ote you last I have hoping to meet them where there will preached sixty-three sermons in the
be fulness of joy."
In Memoriam. WING to the necessity of going early to press last month, we were
friend and colleague the Rev. Dr. Hoby, which took place on the 20th November, 1871, in the 82nd year of his age. With the omission of one year only, Dr. Hoby was a member of the Committee for the long period of fifty-two years. He was elected on the General Committee at the Annual Meeting of the Society, held at Cambridge, on the 7th October, 1819, and was also chosen one of the Central Committee, by which the ordinary business of the Society was transacted. Of the generation immediately succeeding the founders of the Society, among his colleagues may be found the venerated names of F. A. Cox, Gurney, Gutteridge, Robert Hall, Joseph Hughes, Kinghorn, Ryland, Steadman, and Winterbotham. But of them all there remains among us now only one, our aged, but vigorous friend, Mr. James Hobson, of Kettering. Of his other contemporaries on the Committee still living, may be mentioned Mr. John Sheppard, of Frome, who was elected in 1821. From the date of his election, Dr. Hoby took a deep interest and an active share in all the transactions of the Society. He aided it with his counsels during the anxious period of the Serampore controversy, and was among the leaders in the strife that issued in the destruction of slavery in the British Empire. As the friend, and ultimately the biographer of Dr. Yates, and the Rev. W. Pearce, he was in intimate correspondence with the Indian Mission, which enjoyed his deepest sympathy. He entered with intelligence and zeal into the discussion with the British and Foreign Bible Society, and was one of the founders of the Bible Translation Society, the existence of which he regarded as a regretful necessity ; one of his last public appearances was in the chair at its Annual Meeting last year.
The cause that he served with his counsels and prayers, he liberally supported with his purse, and as pastor of the Churches at Mazepond (his first pastorate), Weymouth, Zion Chapel, Birmingham, and Henrietta Street, London, he sought to quicken in the hearts of his people the missionary spirit, and led them, by his example, to take an earnest and abiding interest in the progress of the kingdom of God.
Though firm in the utterance and maintenance of his principles, he had a broad and a loving heart for all who loved his Lord and Master. The Evangelical Alliance enjoyed his confidence, and he became from the first one of the most constant in attendance among the members of its Com.
mittee. By all good men he was held in high esteem and warm affection, for the fervour of his piety, the Christian gentleness of his life, the elevation of his prayers, and the nearness to God in which he daily lived.
We part from our friend with deep regret and sorrow; but we can testify of him that he feared God above many. He has been gathered into the garner of the Lord as a shock of corn fully ripe. He served his day and generation according to the will of God, and has fallen asleep in Jesus. “The memory of the just is blessed."
E. B. U.
Missionary Notes. CALCUTTA.-Our esteemed friend, the Rev. Goolzar Shah, announces his safe arrival in Calcutta, on the 26th of October. He received a hearty welcome from the missionaries and the native church, to whom he had already given some of his experiences in England. He was about to prepare lectures on the subject. He found his son very ill, which in some measure shadowed the joy of his return. He expresses himself as deeply grateful for the kindness of friends in this country.
SERAMPORE.—The Rev. Thomas Martin mentions another candidate for baptism at Johnnugger. He is the son of a native Christian, and his coming forward is an indication of the state of things in the village. Between 50 and 60 persons regularly attend the Sunday afternoon service.
BENARES.—The Rev. W. Etherington writes that he was about to visit the towns and villages between Patna and Benares, to attend a mela, and afterwards proceed on a tour in Central India, for the purpose of preaching the gospel. He has just completed an edition of a grammar in Hindi.
CALCUTTA, INTALLY.—On the first Lord's day in September, the Rev. G. Kerry baptized seven persons ; two were girls from Mrs. Kerry's school, and another had been a day scholar. here were two more awaiting the sacred rite.
JAMAICA.—We are indebted to the Rev. W. Dendy for the following comparison of the churches and ministers in Jamaica. In 1860, there were 77 churches, and 38 ministers; in 1871, there were 97 churches, and 41 ministers; an increase of 20 churches, and only 3 ministers. He adds, “ What is to be done?”
Brown's Town.-The Rev. John Clark reports the baptism of 49 persons, his daughter being one of the number. Mr. Fuller was present, and effectively addressed the people. At the missionary meetings and services on the Sabbath, the chapel was over-crowded to give a hearty reception to Mr. Fuller.
JERICHO.—The Rev. John Clarke reports that he has lately baptized sixteen persons at this place, and nine at Mount Hermon. The inquirers' classes have also received accessions. He mentions that our venerable friend, the Rev.