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LIGHT IS BREAKING. As promised in our last, we continue the extracts from Mr. Dallas's letter; though they must be few, as the acknowledgments of contributions to the Relief Fund are so numerous this month. It will be seen however that these extracts confirm the sentiment placed, as a motto, at the head of this paper. A right sense of the fact thus confirmed, will supply additional motives to our friends to put the Committee in possession of the means to supply both the temporal and the spiritual wants of the people.
Referring to the causes which have tended to produce the decided change wlich he noticed, Mr. Dallas observes :
“The first of these which I would mention is the imperceptible effect of the proximity of the true light. This effect must find its way, even through the deepest darkness, after a long continuance of enlightenment around. The system of Romanism tends to keep up a separateness between the Roman Catholics and the converts to truth who have left them ; but the fact that a great number in various parts have come out from Popery has called attention in a decided inanner. Many judicious efforts seem also to have been made, by various means, to break down the wall of partition behind which Romanism would fain imprison its victims; and from what I have gathered in some parts of Ireland these efforts appear to have been blessed from on high, to the furtherance of that freedom of thought which has made very many Irishinen bold enough to withstand the power of the priest himself, or to evade its requirements when it is put forth in connection with their religious habits and feelings.
In connection with this he mentions the labours of the Irish Society, who employ teachers of the native Irish tongue, as eminently useful :
“In my recent visit to Ireland I was anxious to gather evidence of the real amount of good done by this society; and I may truly say that in reading the reports of its progress 'the half was not told me.' I examined several collections of readers and teachers belonging to the society, and conversed with many individually; and the amount of scriptural knowledge, as well as the tone of feeling manifested, was entirely satisfactory and far beyond my expectation. The indirect result was also evident amongst those who were not connected with the society in any way. I found a readiness to bear with a plain speaking out of truth concerning Romanism where I least expected it: and more especially, I found amongst a large proportion of those with whom I conversed, a feeling that the book of God ought to be read-a strong sense that the priests were wrong in preventing the people from being taught to read it. Hardly anything seemed to be more frequently referred to as a grievance than the cursing for reading the bible in Irish."
The influence of the calamity which has fallen on the country is naturally adverted to by this gentleman. It was not so extensively felt in October last, when he wrote, as now. If at that time the moral effect of it was obvious, surely at this time it must have become tenfold more deep and extensive.
Mr. Dallas, in the following remarks confirms the statements which we have repeatedly made, on the authority of the reiterated assertions of our agents, to the same effect:
“While the mind of the Irish Romanists is in this condition, it has pleased God to visit the land with the severe scourge now hanging over the people. The fearful state of distress resulting from the entire destruction of the potatoes can scarcely be exaggerated; and those only who are acquainted with the habitual destitution of the Irish can form anything like an estimate of the sufferings they will have to undergo. The feeling is very strong amongst them that the famine is the judgment of God for the sins of priests and people, as they commonly express it; while the notion entertained of the share which belongs to the priests makes it much larger than that ascribed to the people. Some very boldly say that the conduct of the priests is of itself enough to call God's wrath down upon them. Whatever may be the degree to which they are thus influenced, it is very
apparent that a great crisis is at this moment passing upon the minds of the people of Ireland, on the result of which their future condition greatly depends. . They are in a transition state-all the bonds that have long bound them are loosened — and the agony of instant distress sets them free to turn to any call that points them to a rest in the agitating confusion which distracts them. While our rulers and the efforts of private benevolence are combining to supply the food that their bodies require ; surely it becomes Christians to remember that Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.""
For the present we leave this remarkable letter. More yet remains to which we can return at some future time. Meanwhile we implore our friends to continue their prayers and support. Amidst the destitution, now so dreadful, opportunities for doing good, in every way, abound yet more and more. Ye who love the Saviour, and pity dying men, help us to take advantage of the present crisis, to spread the gospel through Ireland. Surely now you may become co-workers with God.
ENCOURAGING TOKENS OF SUCCESS.
PROGRESS OF WANT.
Mr. Bates, who has accepted the call | ciples, which are generally found among the of the newly formed church at Banbridge friends of liberty, and which tend to invigorate to become their pastor, in his recent the mental faculties, and foster independence communications describes his labours and enterprise. and success in his new sphere.
The attendance still keeps up. Considerable Mr. HAMILTON, in writing from Ballina, opposition was made at first, but now we December 14th, after a missionary tour have a perfect calm. Our opponents find it through his very extensive district, states to be to their advantage to be silent. You how he was cheered by will be pleased to hear that I baptized three persons the other day at one of my country stations.
I preached at Tullyglin, Mountain River,
Cartharn, and Easky. In each of those I know that the south and west are very places I observed weeping and praying, of far worse than this as regards hunger. But whom previously there seemed to be no hope. even here the loss of food is severely felt. I then on the 1st visited and inspected the “ Come in, sir,” they have said, “and see school at Crossmolina, where I also preached. my misery;" and truly their misery is great. The next day at Scurmore, and the day I have seen their pale looks, and heard their following at Mullifary. In most places the children cry for bread. In some cases there attendance was encouraging. On the 9th I was not a spark of fire on the hearth. My preached at Coolaney ; and I trust the walls heart bleeds for those in the west, for I know of Zion are about being built up there. what they must suffer ! WORTH ATTENTIOX.
SEED THOUGH LONG BURIED IS NOT LOST. I have been through every county in About a fortnight ago, Ambrose Pugh, Ireland except two or three, and can there who has been teaching one of our schools for fore form a tolerably correct opinion of the nearly thirty years, was baptised and added state of the people. The north is different to the church here. I asked him one day, from every other part in regard to intelligence, how it was that he had been so long acquainted trade, and enterprise. No one who resides with the truth and the Lord's people, and here can know the temporal and spiritual never joined himself to them. He replied, condition of the people in the west. To get “ The fact is I had no real religion until a correct notions of it, he must live among severe illness came upon me about there them, visit them in their cabins, and some years ago, when the Lord brought me to feel times sleep there. Still even there the people my need of salvation, and led me to look to Are improving. They are wonderfully changed Jesus." He is an amiable old man, and since I knew them first, about thirteen years repeats scripture with great accuracy. ago.
THE NATURAL EFFECTS OF POPERY.
There is more of independence of mind in
Our excellent and indefatigable brother the north. Generally speaking they help at Conlig, whom God has so greatly themselves here as long as they can. In the blessed in turning sinners from darkness south and west, many will put the worst face to light, is still going on successfully. in front. A Romanist population seem
The church under his care is peaceful always to be socially and morally degraded. and prosperous, and, as the following They are destitute of these ennobling prin- will show it is,
Á CHURCH INCREASING.
indicate the course which the feelings of On Lord's day, January 3, I baptized two the peasantry are' taking. They confirin persons at Conlig, who were both added to the views of Mr. Dallas, and they show the church. One of them is from Donagh- most strikingly the duty of all the adee, and for many years he was a highly churches helping to spread the gospel in esteemed member of a presbyterian church, Ireland. and active in Sunday-schools. I regret that be resides so far from us, but there is reason to hope his efforts in the town where he is
In the church of Rome here, there are two well known and esteemed will be blessed. opposite principles striving for the mastery-The other person is a young woman, who, infidelity and real religion. That the priests though brought up in connexion with the have lost much of their personal influence established church, was never in fellowship amongst large masses of the people is clear with any religious community.
from these facts. The priest of this parish, Mr. HAMILTON is at present on a mis- who is reported to be a wealthy man, was gonary tour, which takes in Aughavoy, repeatedly robbed on the highway within the Tubbermore, Coleraine, and Carrickfergus, last few weeks. In the pocket of a man from which we expect him home in a few lately arrested, the police found a document days.
which showed that a party intended to murder
the priest of a neighbouring parish. These WILLIAM HAYDEN, the reader at Kil- outrages are greatly to be deplored; but they cooley Hills, in the Clonmel district, and and a denial to the people of the word of God.
are the natural result of priestly tyranny, where there has been a church recently
On the other hand, those who are inquiring formed, which now consists of fourteen after, or are influenced by religion, seem members, in writing to his superintendent determined not to be hindered as formerly, Mr. Wilson, describes the nature and from holding religious intercourse with Chrisresult of some
tians of other denominations. I might adduce many instances; but for the present let one
example suffice. A family living here, lately There has been great inquiry at C left the church of Rome. After the husband about Christian baptism, which caused the had avowed his change, the wife continued to rector to deliver a discourse on the subject. attend the Romanist chapel. The priest Some who heard his reverence laughed us to called upon her, and addressed her as follows, scorn. But they heard your lectures; their as nearly as I can ascertain :-“I hear that Foices are changed, and now they are searching you have also left the true church, and why the scriptures to see whether these things have you done so ?” She replied, — " In comare so. Notwithstanding the strongest oppo- paring my husband's conduct, with what it sition from this quarter, I have constant was, I observed a great improvement. Foropportunities of conversing with the people ; merly he was careless about his children and and many doors of usefulness among my family; no prayers at home. But since he benighted fellow countrymen, who have been became a protestant he has tried to bring up bound by forms of will-worship after the his children in the fear of the Lord, and commandments of men.
now we have family worship night and morning. This seemed to me to be very good ;
and what is good is from the Lord. It led We beg to recommend to very par me to consider too ; and I don't regret the ticular attention the following extracts steps I have taken." The priest said, “ Yes, from Mr. MULLARKY's last report. The what is good is from the Lord ;" and left facts are startling, and they strongly without any further observation.
STRONG BUT FOOLISH OPPOSITION,
POSTSCRIPT. We point to the list of contributions to the Relief Fund, which now excecds EIGHTEEN HUNDRED POUNDS, with unmingled satisfaction. The amount has surprised us; and we think it will surprise our readers too. Then it has come in so freely. The gift has been spontaneous. There seems to have been a general recognition of the apostolic precept, Freely ye have received, freely give. The agents can now give to those who are perishing without regard sect or creed. A great burden has been thus removed from their minds. Their situation has been a most trying one indeed. It is less so now that they can relieve to a much greater extent, than when we last wrote. Every care is taken to distribute the money economically, for the calamity spreads wider every day, and will increase for the next three months. We therefore urge continued collections. Mr. M'Carthy has relieved families
consisting of one hundred persons for a month or more with ten pounds! When Mr. Berry gave an order for a stone of meal to a child, who came to ask for a spoonful of flour to mix with water and a few onions, he says, “She looked up in my face, for there were no words, and oh that look was worth fifty pounds !" Mr. Hardcastle is engaged on a Relief Committee from 6 a. M. to 10 P. M. Surely then those who have given must rejoice, and those who have not will put their hand to this good work.
CONTRIBUTIONS SINCE OUR LAST.
RELIEF FUND. £ 8. d.
f . d. London--Thomas Ridgeway, Esq 50 0 Ingham--by Rev. J. Vennimore..
35 7 6 Dr. Davies, Stepney 1 0 0 Wokingham, J. H.
2 10 0 Mrs. Shaw, by Rev. R. Overbury
5 0 0
6 0 0 Islington Green - by Rev. J. Brown,2d. 14 1 0
8 10 0 Bow-Collection. 2 7 Kenninghall-Rev. J. Humphreys
0 6 0 Mr. Retlass
1 0 0 Wincanton-Mr. Day's pupils and friends 0 18 0 Mr. Allingham 2 0 0 Tottlebank-additional
0 8 0 Trinity Street-Collection
17 0 0 Northchurch-collected by Mr. Morris...... 3 0 0 Park Street-by Mr. Gale
10 0 0
Broughton Hose and vicinity-by Mrs.
2 2 0
5 8 0 Mr. Clawtson, by Rev. S. Green..... 1 1 0 Bury St. Edmund's-collection and contrib. 7 16 6 Luton-Union Chapel, part of collection
Chepstow-by Rev. T. Jones ........
2 0 11 by Mr. Johnson 3 2 0 Leek-Miss Gill, 2d don.....
3 0 0 Abingdon-Friends of Mr. Hardcastle...... 7 10 0 Kington--- by Rev. T. Blackemore..
6 0 0 Newport Pagnell-J. W. W.
0 5 0 Greenwich-collection by Rev. J. Russell . 7 10 0 Coseley-Providence Chapel, by Rev. T.
Newtown-Mr. Edward Morgan
5 0 0 Maurice
21 0 0 Hereford--contributions and collections by Leighton Buzzard - Lord's table, by Mr.
4 7 10 Cooper
1 10 0 Ashby-de-la-Zouche - by Rev. T. Yates 1 R. B. S..... 20 0 0 Boston-by Rev. T. Matthews
6 4 0 Huddersfield - Mr. Willett 5 0 0 Friend
5 0 0 Scarborough-per Rev. B. Evans 15 00 Cheltenham - Mrs. H. Jones
0 Norwich - Rev. J. Lord, £1, T. Bignold,
Wells-contributions by Mr. J. Masun 3 11 0 Esq. 13 4 0 0 Wilburton-by Mr. Camps
2 0 0 Collection at Rev. W. Brock's
50 0 0 Battersea--collection by Rev. J. Soule...... 8 0 0 W. B... 3 3 0 J. Tritton, Esq
5 0 New Brentford-Friend 1 10 0 Wisbeach--by Mr. Wherry
15 5 0 Hawick-Mr. Turnbull 3 0 0 Manchester-Mrs. Culverwell.
010 0 Canterbury-King St. by Mr. Flint ........ 13 96 By T. Bickham, Esq.
70 0 0 Hitcoin--Mrs. Palmer, family and friends.
Ripon-collected by Rev. J. Cooper
15 19 7
0 0 Windsor -- Rev. S. Lillycrop, 2d.....
0 10 0 Upton-on-Severn-by Mr. Barnard ......... 5 11 0 Bugbrook-- Mrs. James Daniell.
1 0 0
Bristol-collection by Rev. T. Crisp ......... 54 0 0 Wattisham-Lord's Table, by Mr. Mathews, 1 11 Hammersmith-collection by Mr. Page 8 2 6 Kettering---collection by J. D. Gotch, Esq. 10 0 0 Sutton on Trent-by Mr. Edge
1 0 0 Pontypool-do. by Rev. C. Davies .... 3 5 0 West Haddon-Friends by Miss Darker... 0 10 0 Coventry-Lord's Table and friends, by
Horningeea-by Mr. W. Saunders..
5 0 0 Mr. Franklin
7 1 0 Leeds-on account, by J. Town, Esq. 33 0 0 Devizes-by G W. Anstie, Esq. 2d. 2 0 0
Oxford - New Road, per W. P. Bartlett, Esq. 20 6 by Mrs. P. Anstie, 2d........
0 0 6 5 0 Exeter-Miss Adams
2 10 0 Tenterden-Lord's Table, by Mr. Boarner 117 6 Ashburon-T. A. Gardener
0 5 0 Necton-additional 0 6 0 Nottingham-N. B.....
0 5 0 Leicester-C. B. Robinson, Esq. 2d... 20 0 0 Tipton-Zion Chapel, per Mr. Stent 20 0
0 Collection, by Rev. J. P. Mursell....... 33 6 8 Walsall-Friend and family, per Rev. J. Harlington-Lord's Supper.......
5 0 0
8 0 1 a 0 Greenwich - Mr. Giles .................
2 2 0 Sheepwash-Mrs. Guest 0 0 D. M...
1 0 0 Westbury--by John Wilkins, Esq.......... 3 96
Hastings-- Mise B. Thatcher
1 0 0 St. Peter's, Mr. Smeed and friends, by do. 2 1 0 Bath-coll. by Rev. D. Wassell..
9 10 0 Rochdale-H. Keksall, Esq 2d. ...
20 0 0 Bishops Stortford-do. by Rev. B. Hodgkins 2 11 0 Pershore-contributionby Rev. F. Overbury 14 0 0 A. Z...
5 00 Steventon, do.... 1 18 G. P. D...
55 18 4 Ipswich-Stoke Green, by Rev. J. Webb.. 12 10 6 Andover-Lord's Table, by Rev.J. Goodman 2 5 7 Carinarthen-Mr. Roberts. 1 0 0 Ramsgate--Rev. B. Farrington
1 1 Sutton in Craven-the Church... 4 0 0
Romsey-collection by J. George, Esq...... 4 0 0 Sabbath School.........
2 15 4
Worcester-contributions byJ. Horne, Esq. 12 0 0
6 15 4 Want of space com pels us to omit a great number of contributions, which will appear in our next. Seeing the list is so large, we hope those whose gifts are not now acknowledged will accept the reasor.
Hearty thanks for parcels of clothing from ladies at Stoke Newington by Rev. J. Cox, from Canterbury by Mrs. Flint, from Worcester by Mrs. Horne, from Spratton by Rev. T. Clements, from Leeds by H. Gresham, Esq., from Sandgate by the Misses Purday, from Northampton by Mrs. Brown, and from Rev. J. H, Hinton, London.
R. S. ......
Subscriptions and Donations thankfully received by the Treasurer, EDWARD Smith, Esq. 60, Old Broad Street; Rev. J. Angus, and by the Secretary, Mr. Fred. TRESTRAIL, at the Mission House, Moorgate Street, London: and by the pastors of the churches throughout the Kingdom
MEMOIR OF THE LATE RET. CHRISTMAS EVANS.
ABRIDGED FROM A PUBLICATION BY THE REV. DAVID RHYS STEPHEN.
Continued from page 75.
During Mr. Evans’s residence in Angle- excitably nervous temperan ent, as well Bea, much of his cares referred to chapel as to all the inconveniences of a most debts. An entrance was effected for the capricious appetite; add to this, that he preaching of the gospel-hearers crowded was at all times incapable of taking any together whenever a preacher visited the efficient care of himself in dress, in neighbourhood. A site was obtained for health, or in travelling arrangements; a meeting-house ; Christmas Evans's and it will be easily discerned that in name, and that of some other friend, every long journey—say of six weeks' or readily procured the loan of money; and two months' duration-he endured two in two or three years, either the pay- | or three martyrdoms. The accommodament of the interest pressed, or the tion in four-sixths of the places would, money was called in. In this case, of necessity, be of the coarsest kind. what was to be done? Christmas Evans Nor was that his greatest difficulty; but must go to the richer churches and when the friends got him genteel congregations of South Wales, and ask lodgings,” there he found for his supper for assistance.
delicious meats and rich confectioneries, For many years he went to South instead of the “flummery and milk” in Wales twice a-year-once to the asso- which he delighted. ciations, and once in the winter with a The people every where welcomed his chapel case. To him this winter-journey presence. At the close of the sermon was a most laborious one, and involved he stated his case ; then he went to the the most painful sacrifices. It must be door, hat in hand, and received the conremembered that he always travelled on tributions of the friends. This he did horseback ; that his constitution was for many years, until, having been again one of the most unhappily formed-ex- and again seriously indisposed in conposing him to all the horrors of a most sequence, he latterly asked some friend
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