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to year; and have gladly paid a fair price for the copies of the New Testament, or of the whole volume of the Holy Scriptures ; which, in the translations made by the Missionaries, have been printed in successive editions by the British and Foreign Bible Society.
The mention of financial success reminds us that similar soccess, on a much larger scale, has been witnessed in other parts of the Mission-field. The widely extended Missions in the colonies of Australia have declared themselves independent of the funds of the Parent Society ever since their formation into a distinct affiliated Conference, ten years ago; while, in addition to the support afforded to their own institutions, they have supplied Eight or Ten Thousand Pounds annually toward the expense of carrying on the Missions in Polynesia. A like liberality has been found among the Methodists of Canada, since their formation into a Conference; and the same may be said of the Conference of Eastern British America. The native churches of the colony of Sierra-Leone contribute enough to support their own native ministers. The same may be said of certain villages in South Ceylon. Some Mission-stations in the West Indies also are self-supporting. It may be safely asserted that the West-India Missions, after the emancipation in 1834, would have required little or no further help from the Home-Funds, but for certain authoritative fiscal regulations, and the extension of another ecclesiastical system, which, having the patronage of the Government, diverted the attention of the people from their Missionary pastors, and had the recommendation of being sustained, not by private contributions, but by the public resources of the islands.*
MODERN MISSIONS SUCCESSFUL. From the brief survey now taken it may be assumed, once for all, that modern Missions have not been confined to small communities, as is sometimes asserted. But had the success been that of experiments on a small scale, it would have sufficed to encourage their extension.
A hundred years ago the population of the West Indies was nearly all pagan and idolatrous; it is now all professedly Christian.
The converted Indians of North America are a numerous people.
The Friendly Islanders number perhaps ten thousand. The Christian Fijians are ten times that number.
The mixed people of Sierra-Leone form a large community, all, or nearly so, professing Christianity.
The less mixed population of the Gold-Coast and of the Slave-Coast have received the truth as a leaven which is making itself felt in the far interior of Africa. Even the King of Dahomi has listened to the “ God-palaver" for a whole
But there remains unevangelized the largest portion of the human race.t
The amount of Contributions and Remittances announced on the cover of the Notices this month is £8,842. 58. 8d.
* Report of the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary Society for 1864.
+ Statistics of Protestant Missionary Societies, 1863. Year Book of Missions, 1847.
Letters from a Private of Royal Marine in thinking my lot very hard when cast Light Infantry.
almost alone as a lover of Jesus on board NOTE. - The writer of the following a ship of war; but I feel much happier paragraphs is a young man who enlisted since I received your last letter. I do a few years ago, and is now serving on indeed find it a blessing to be able to based one of H.M. ships. Though a pray to God. I make a point of praying Jea, he paraded as a Wesleyan, and whenever I can, and always feel more attended our services at Chatham. On cheered and strengthened after it. ... obe occasion, when a patient in Melville Cut off from class-meetings, I wish to Hospital, he said he had for some time know whether I cannot continue a mem. wished to speak to me with reference ber of your class while I am at sea, and to religion. He asked, “Can I not be pay my weekly and quarterly contribu. s good Christian, and a Wesleyan, with- tion as before.
* out receiving Jesus, the Prophet of
* Nazareth, as the Messiah of God? I This has been a day of serious thought much enjoy our services at the Lecture and prayer with me. O, how glorious Hall, and should like to attend week- it is to have a Friend to look to in time night meetings; but I do shrink from of trouble! deserting the faith and opinions of my I feel sorry there are so few that emfathers." ....
brace the blessed opportunity to turn to Much conversation followed. He God. O, may He in His mercy rend gladly read books which were lent him, the veil of darkness from their eyes, bearing on the Messiahship of our Lord and show them the dreadful road they and Saviour Jesus Christ, and on the are travelling, and lead them to that Christian dispensation. The Light of life path which ends in a life everlasting in abone on him, and he who had doubted our Lord Jesus Christ! was able to exclaim, “My Lord, and my I was sorry to hear that poor SGod!" He was baptized into the name was ill with rheumatism. I hope the Lord of the Father, and the Son, and the will give him patience under his suffer. Holy Ghost; and has witnessed a good ings. We can endure all earthly suffer. confession before many.-C. H. K. ings with cheerfulness, if we but look to
Reverend Sir,-I am most unex. the Crucified for strength. pectedly called to go on board ship I managed to go to the chapel at to-morrow, and am not allowed to go Gibraltar pretty often; and also to a out of barracks to-night. I deeply regret Mr. there, a very devout Wesleyan. that I am not allowed to do so, as I I feel thankful that the Lord gives us go should very much like to have a personal many opportunities to acknowledge His interview with you before going away, goodness among His people. These I respectfully ask you, Sir, for a few breaks in the voyages are excellent; and papers upon religious subjects, that I places like Gibraltar are made, by may read on the voyage. ....
many, places for renewing spiritual On board H.M.S. - It is with strength. . . . As you requested, I have gladness that I avail myself of the op- visited our minister there, and he portunity to write to you, in answer to received me very kindly. the kind and encouraging letter you We have just heard that H.M.S. sent me, dated June 17th. I would T- is expected here from Bermuda, have written to you sooner, but the ship to take some troops to England. If has been in some commotion ever since that is true, I shall have an opportunity Prince Alfred joined us. We are now of seeing S S which will be cruising about Scotland. Dundee was very pleasant, as you know, Sir, we were the first place we called at. I can both baptized at the same time. I am assure you, Sir, we caused a great sen happy to say, my faith continues strong sation in the town, when it was known in Christ. I have some dark moments; the Prince was on board. Hundreds of and I find many rebuffs in my attempts Visiters, of all classes, came to have a to gain some of my messmates over to Look at him. .... At Inverness there the cause of Christ. were similar proceedings and excitement; I cannot help telling you that I and, when the time for sailing came, we received news from my aunt in Manhad the greatest difficulty to clear the chester, saying she had received a letter ship of visiters.
from my father in America; so that I With reference to better things. I expect soon to correspond with him. think I took a wrong view of my position But, alas ! I do not know how long he
VOL. XI.-FIFTH SERIES.
will continue to write to me when he the kind letters you send me; whenever finds that I am baptized to the cross of I feel downhearted, I read some of them Christ. I will prayerfully ask for help and they cheer me up wonderfully. O from our Saviour, to teach me how to may our heavenly Father make your deport myself toward him.
services and meetings instruments of : I received the Quarterly ticket all great blessing to many benighted souls, right. I am very thankful indeed for for our Redeemer's sake!
HOME-MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE. 1. LONDON.--Great Queen-street, Lin- and immediate good we were quietly coln's-Inn-Fields.-A Home-Missionary warned. The first important suggestion having been appointed by the last Con- made by a minister of extensive obserference, to labour among the masses vation and intelligence, to whom we that crowd around Great Queen-street applied for information, was to the chapel, in the Second London Circuit, effect, that we should make our labour much prayerful consideration was given directly bear upon an improvement of to the peculiar nature and urgency of the congregation in Great Queen-street the work, in preparation for a formal chapel, and should let the people in the commencement. The district in which neighbourhood fully understand our this new service for Christ has been desire and purpose. Another statement, wundertaken is of world-wide notoriety; made by a Missionary whose faithful and has furnished in its name--St. Giles and lengthened services in this locality -a symbol and type of whatsoever is gave authority to what he said, showed wretched and foul in human society. that this Mission-work is a work for a It must be understood, however, that man's life,-a work to be undertaken the novelist who visits St. Giles to with the fullest conviction of its value discover something in human nature and need, and to be continued without whereby to turn her wretchedness into interruption, and with undying zeal. ridicule, and either to lampoon or to These representations, it may be adexcuse her sins and follies, is no true mitted, have, in some respects, helped to witness to real life. There is a depth give character and direction to our of misery, and sorrow, and sin, which movements, and have sustained the Misno caricaturist can comprehend or reach, sionary in his endeavour (as directed by and which the mere surface of poverty the Conference “Regulations ") to "give and rags can never help him to explain. himself wholly to his distinctive and At the same time, it must not be sup- proper work.” We should have been posed that the mass of moral corruption glad, no doubt, to secure some separate that thickens and darkens in this dis building or hall; but, in a neighbour trict is neglected or undisturbed. Social hood where “ragged house-property," philanthropy has looked in at St. Giles occupied by the very poor, is more with practical kindness, and some of the remunerative to its owners than dwell. filthiest places have been whitewashed, ings in the most genteel suburbs of and otherwise, by sanitary schemes, London, this was impracticable. We improved. Besides, in this district have, however, taken possession of two there are not only large theatres, with rooms thrown into one, close at hand to their purlicus of infamy and rottenness, our large chapel, where for three or four
there are numerous Christian com- years a few young men have been enmunities that sustain benevolent agen- gaged in cominendable efforts to relieve cies promotive of temperance, physical the spiritual destitution of the place. relief, and godly instruction. When, The nearness of this “room” to our therefore, we began our Mission, al chapel enables us to work in our Mission though somewhat bewildered at the agency with the more formal and effecmagnitude of the work before us, we tive services of a Christian church. The found ourselves in sight of examples of agency itself is sustained and guarded success, and were able to seek counsel by a self-denying appropriation of its of those who had been for some time strength and time to this "separate engaged in the same service. Expe- district or neighbourhood :” the purpose rience we found both encouraging and being, to avoid distributing the Missionadmonitory. Faithful toil, we ascer power throughout a Circuit embracing tained, had been rewarded ; but against some 300,000 souls, and reaching north a restless and impatient demand of large of our portion of the Thames over more
than a dozen miles of country ; to con- to whom I gave a friendly welcome, centrate attention and sympathy upon assuring them that "half a loaf was aine apot; and to secure, by God's bless better than no bread.” They stood ing, an impassioned care for a people doubting for a moment or two what to sean and known,
do,—that is, how to act. At length The minister set apart for this most they seated themselves, though very important work has had to feel his way awkwardly, (one man carefully holding satiously, and to enter upon new his cap between his knees,) and listened
ond. "Horse-to-house” visitation strangely, but respectfully, till the close Fery intadequately represents one portion of the service. One elderly man, whom
the daily duty performed: most of the I had myself invited from his door-step houses in this "separate district” are and had taken to the room, told me s let, and sub-let, that each floor of that he had lived in the place some the house, and often each room of each twenty years, but had never been in the fact, is occupied by a separate family. room before ; and he promised to come It is no light task, therefore, to work again. faithfully through a single house; and it For manifest and sufficient reasons, it wil sometimes take hours to do so with is not deemed prudent that the Home may effect. But this is in course of being Missionary should, as yet, publish, or dent. The services at the “room” give in detail, cases of success. In a se interesting and encouraging. The neighbourhood abounding with “ city Ragged school is, if anything, too Arabs," who live by means of something
polar; there not being space sufficient worse than their wits, there must be to recommodate the boys and girls who many adults accomplished in the art of crowd into it. The fag of this engage. deception. Caution, therefore, is a duty meat is to a stranger inconceivable; that sometimes sorely taxes our patience; ed the exhibition of fun and folly, on nevertheless, we are forced to its exto part of a large number of the rough ercise. At the same time, speaking in loks who come to the school for a "lark," general terms, we have abundant cause eaallenges no small amount of forbear. to thank God for the good already ance, and is a severe test of seriousness. wrought. The voice of penitence and Mothers' meetings, and other subordi- of faith has been heard in the room Este modes of relieving the poor and on several occasions, creating gladness helpless, are in operation. But the here, and, we doubt not, joy in heaven. chief service-the one most emphatically I am free to add, that my own estimate declarative of our object-is the Sunday of the spiritual result of this new agency evening service in the “room,” when extends far beyond the Mission-room. we presch the Gospel to the poor. We Our Society at Great Queen-street has zake no attempt to compete with some been graciously refreshed, while other charitable visiters in this district who parts of this Circuit have been quickened further their claims to attention by and blessed; souls have been saved; Talnable gifts; and we are not disposed and though it may be considered imto devote much time to a class of social politic in respect to other Circuit questions, relating to the physical con agencies, and in itself too doubtful a dition of the labouring classes, which, thing, to trace this wider good to the however interesting and useful, are to Home-Mission, yet I hesitate not to
with our limited opportunities and affirm that in these services, which claim means, but secondary. We feel specially the sympathy, the prayers, and the called upon to show unto the people the co-operation of a large religious comsay of salvation. A congregation is on munity, I discover the source of revival. most Sunday evenings gathered together, influence and power to the Society itself. consisting chiefly of the poor people The simple endeavour to bless the poor from the adjoining streets. The other around us has, I doubt not, by the good ministers occasionally change with the pleasure of God, brought unexpected Home Missionary, and take an appoint blessings upon ourselves, and directly ment at the room:" our testimony is aided our people to a more effectual uniform and strong in approval of this working out of their own salvation.Mission-service. The evening I was Samuel Romilly Hall. present I was listened to, throughout, by s most attentive and serious congre. 2. PENARTH, CARDIFF. — Prom a gation. It took some time to make up Letter of the Rev. James Shearman.the congregation: when I was half October 28th, 1864.–We are thankful through my sermon, three young men that the beautiful chapel, built here (one, black) entered the room, during the past year, is opened, and is well attended. It has cost £1,850, to Ladies' Committee, to prepare work for ward which £1,200 has been realized. a sale, or bazaar, to be held during the The whole cost will be paid at the end visiting-season, next summer. of five years. In this good work we have been assisted by Miss Morgan, of 5. OLDHAM.- From the Rer. J. M. Barry-Court, who has given £250. It Wamsley. - November 18th, 1864.will be gratefully remembered that this You will be pleased to hear that our lady liberally presented a site, &c., for a Mission in Oldham is progressing most chapel and house at Cadoxton three favourably, as is manifest in enlarged years ago, valued at £750. We are congregations, and in the conversion of also much indebted to Mr. Price, of souls. It has had to contend with Cardiff, who has given liberally and peculiar and varied difficulties, conseworked indefatigably; while our people quent on the distress which has prehave heartily co-operated in the effort. vailed here during the last few years. The chapel will be, doubtless, filled, when Notwithstanding this, the work bas the large new Docks are opened, as we been successful. Methodism is taking expect them to be early in the coming a prominent and influential position year. Our congregations, meanwhile, among a large and increasing populagradually and steadily improve. Three tion; and, when the existing depression years since, Methodism had scarcely shall have passed away, this will be any footing here ; whilst prize-fighting, more fully apparent in the increased gambling, cock-fighting, and other evils income of our Local and Connexional abounded ; evils which have now almost funds. We have just had a series of passed away.
services at the Mission-chapel, con.
ducted by all the ministers of the Cir. 3. LIVERPOOL.- From the Rev. Henry cuit. Much zealous effort was put forth Dodds.--November 24th, 1864.-I am in distributing tracts, and in inviting glad to say that our Mission-room con- persons to come and hear. The attendtinues to be well attended, and our ance was large, including many who people are anxious to have a suitable had habitually neglected public worplace of worship erected. Our Tract ship, some of whom were made subSociety is vigorously worked, and we jects of the converting grace of have established some cottage-services, God. on a regular plan. We have set Blake's Missionary' collecting system on foot 6. PORTESSIE.-Prom the Rev. Thomas in our Sunday-schools, and the proceeds Major.-November 25th, 1864.—I am of this Juvenile Home and Foreign Mis. thankful to be able to report progress since sionary Association will be divided be. my arrival three months ago. Most of our tween the two objects.
members and their families were away
at the herring-fishery when I entered 4. LLANDUDNO.- Prom the Rev. P. upon my work. After they returned, I Payne.--November 22d, 1864.-I am took the first opportunity to explain the prosecuting my work, which is truly nature of class-meeting, stating that the Missionary, as, on my arrival, I had no next Sabbath I would take down the house for myself and family, and no names of those who were willing to obchapel (proper) in what is called my serve our rules. On that day about Circuit. My house I have had almost forty persons voluntarily gave in their to build, and altogether to furnish, names for membership. On the next which I have, at length, accomplished, Sabbath there was an addition, and so and have started (I hope, in the right on the Sabbath following ; until more way) for the erection of a chapel here, than fifty persons had united themselves and of another at Rhyl. This work in church-fellowship. My next difficulty will be a difficult one. I am having was respecting classes and class-leaders. drawings, &c., prepared for a good erec. By the blessing of God, however, this is tion here, and have just purchased a now surmounted. Yesterday, I finished most eligible site, twenty-five yards by the division of the Society into classes, thirty-five yards, for a chapel at Rhyl. of which we have two at Portessie ; one The deposit is paid, and the agreement at Findochty, (a village about two miles signed. The ground is freehold, and is distant,) one at Portgordon, about three at the corner of a street, securing two miles distant ; and a fifth in Buckie, a fronts. Please send three-dozen Juvenile village or town about a mile distant. Home and Foreign Missionary Col. To each of these I have appointed a . lecting Books. I will do all I can to leader. My plan is to visit each class use them efficiently. I have formed a twice or thrice in the quarter; and to