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Memoir of the Rev. Thomas 8. M Kean, M.A., | A Brand plucked out of the Fire; or, An
Missionary at Tahiti, who was killed by a Account of Elizabeth Kenning. musket-shot during an engagement between A Covenant with the Eyes. the French and the Natives, on the 30th of The Weeping Woman. By the late Charlotte June, 1844. By the Rev. Joseph A. MILLER, Elizabeth, of New Court Chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields. Sally of the Green. With an Introduction by the Rev. A. T'idman, Foreign Secretary of the London The first five tracts of a new series by the Missionary Society. London : Snow. 16mo. Religious Tract Society, adapted to the inmates Pp. xxiv, 208.
of female penitentiaries, and to those who are
in danger of needing such places of refuge. Mr. M‘Kean was born in the year 1807. At the age of twenty-seven he entered the Glasgow Theological Academy, and in 1838 he was settled as pastor of the independent church
RECENT PUBLICATIONS at Kirkwall, in the Orkneys. Having laboured there zealously and successfully for three years,
Approved. be offered himself as a missionary to the directors
Nelson's Large Type Comprehensive Edition of of the London Missionary Society. He landed Matthew Henry's Commentary, (Unabridged). With in Tahiti in the beginning of 1842,' and having illustrative Engravings. The following new and acquired the native language, he had entered important features in this Work, distinguishing on his active missionary work, when in conse
it above all existing editions, will render it at quence of well-known atrocities committed by
once a Complete Cyclopædia of Bible Comment,
Reference, Historical Knowledge, and Scripture the French authorities, he was accidentally killed
Illustration. 1. A valuable and copious collection in his own house by a musket shot during a of Scripture References. 2. Various Readings skirmish between the French and the native from the Translations of the Scriptures by Wickliffe, troops. The narrative presents us with the Tyndale, Coverdale, &c. 3. Notes on the Manners portraiture of a minister and missionary dis and Customs of the East, &c. 4. Notes on the tinguished for decision and energy of character,
Natural History of the Bible, &c. &c. Part VI. eminent and active piety, and a strong feeling London : folio. pp. 63. Price 1s. of the individual responsibility of the Christian. Interspersed with it are important remarks on A Discourse of the Qualities and Worth of Thomas the ministerial office and the Tahitian mission, Chalmers, D.D., LL.D., &c. &c. &c. Late Principal and the book cannot be read without interest and Primarius Professor of Theology in the New by any who delight in tracing the features of College, Edinburgh, of which the substance was the Christian character or the progress of the
read in Argyle Square Chapel, Edinburgh, on Sunday,
the 13th of June, 1847. By WILLIAM LINDSAY Christian cause. The profits arising from its
ALEXANDER, D.D. Edinburgh : 8vo. pp.50. Price 1s. sale will be placed in the hands of the treasurer of the London Missionary Society, for the benefit of the widow and orphans.
The Assurance of Faith ; or, the Believer making
his Calling and Election Sure. A Sermon preached Letters to a Romish Bishop on the Character,
at the Baptist Chapel, Sandhurst, Kent, January 24,
1847. By DANIEL JENNINGS. London: Arthur Tendency, and Influence of the Papacy; Hall. 12mo. pp. 30. By KIRWAN. With an Introduction, and an affectionate Address to Roman Catholics. By Octavius Winslow, M.A, Edinburgh: A Plain Sermon on Peevishness. By the Rev. Kennedy. 16mo. pp. 66.
JAMES KENDALL. Third Edition, enlarged. London:
Aylott and Jones. 18mo. pp. 53. An admirable little book, which may be placed advantageously in the bands of any
Anecdotes of the Roman Catholic Church in the person who is beginning to think favourably of Romanism.
nineteenth century, derived from the Notices of Travellers in Europe, and other Authentic Sources :
including particulars of A Society of Roman CaThe Millennium in its Three Hundredth Cen-tholic Ladies, and remarks on The Present Posture
tury. Written in the Year 1847 of the of the Papacy. London: 18mo. pp. 80. Price 1s. 6d. Satanic State of the Fallen World. By OMICRON, Author of " Elements of Truth,' “ Paulus,” “ Pride and Prejudice,” gc. &c.
The English Child's Introduction to Geography. London: Houghton, 8vo. pp. xv. 51.
By a Mother.
London: Benjamin Lepard Green.
18mo. pp. 88. If the author's poetry were as much superior to what it is as the poetry of the millennium
British Anti-State-Church Association for the will be superior to that of the year 1847, it Liberation of Religion from all State Interference. would yet be intolerable if printed in the same Proceedings of the First Triennial Conference, held style as the poetry and prose of the present in Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate Street, London, May volume. In the fifteen lines which constitute 4, 5, and 0, 1847. London: 18mo. pp. 52. Price 4d. the first paragragh of the preface, there are eight words in capitals, eighteen in small
The Eclectic Review. July, 1847.
London : capitals, and five in italics; and this proportion
Ward and Co. 8vo. pp. 128. is pretty equally preserved throughout the book. Misery and Mercy, exemplified in the History of The Herald of Peace. July, 1847.
London : several Unfortunate Females,
Ward and Co. 8vo. pp. 16.
part of the picture. The present number of
AMERICAN BAPTIST MISSIONARY UNION.
The twelfth Triennial Meeting of the supporters of this institution was held in the AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSIONART middle of May at Cincinnati.
The finances of the union are reported to The number of agents and missionaries sho be in better condition than they have been have acted under the commission of the Sofor several years. The amount of receipts ciety during the past year, is 140 ; being from donations, legacies, and magazine, for thirty-four more than the previous year
, and the year closing 1st of April, 1847, is eighteen more than were ever appointed in 85,487 dollars, 24 cents :-of expenditure, one year. 84,339 dollars, 71 cents. The total debt The whole number of states and territories 34,835 dollars, 90 cents, April 1st, 1846. The occupied, was twenty-one, including the prosame, April 1st, 1847, 33,687 dollars, 56 vince of Canada, cents. Stock of the permanent fund, 20,000 The missionaries have statedly occupied dollars ; Bank and other stocks, 2,600 dollars. 505 stations and out-stations, and the aggre
The number of missionaries and assistants gate amount of time bestowed by them is in the employ of the Union, is 101, of whom equal to that of one man for more than thirty-six are ministers of the gospel engaged eighty-three years. in preaching ; 12 are preachers and teachers; They report the baptism of 490 persons, five printers, typesetters, &c., and forty-eight the organization of twenty-nine churches and female assistants. There are sixteen missions; the ordination of twenty-five ministers. Ten fifty mission stations ; ninety-three out-sta- houses of worship have been completed
, and tions; 108 churches ; 10,000 church mem- twenty-six commenced by the churches under bers ; 1,783 baptized within the year ; three their care; and four churches, heretofore aided theological and forty-five common schools. by the society, have undertaken to support
The gross receipts for the year, including their ministers without that aid. appropriations from the American and The churches assisted have contributed to Foreign Bible Society, American Tract So- various objects of benevolence 1,515 dollars, ciety, and the United States government, | 13 cents, or 600 dollars more than were lo amount to 95,487 dollars, 34 cents. The ported last year, besides 10,903 dollars, 13 gross expenditure during the same period, cents, for the support of the gospel at home, 94,339 dollars, 71 cents. The debt has been and not less than 20,000 dollars for the diminished, 1,147 dollars, 53 cents. The building of houses of worship. receipts exceed those of every other year, A comparison of the donations, labours
, than one, by at least 14,000 dollars.
and results of the year, with those of the The report presented in bright colours the previous one, shows the following differences : encouraging circumstances of the present thirty-four missionaries employed, thirty-three day as relating to the operations of this stations supplied, twelve years of labour
, ten organization among the heathen. In the ordinations, and 2,678 dollars, 50 cents, in early history of the enterprise, for eight long donations more than in 1846. years the waiting missionary toiled, and his
502 baptisms, four churches organized, and Christian brethren encouraged him, before four churches rendered able to support the the first Burman convert stood before brother gospel less than that year, Judson. “It seems almost too much to believe," he exclaimed, " that God has begun to manifest his grace to the Burmans; but this day I could not resist the delightful con
EUROPE. viction that this is really the case. Praise and glory be to his name for evermore."
With this was delightfully contrasted the Our brethren in this city have had some subsequent history of several of the missions, pleasant meetings occasioned by the opening especially the Shawanoe, the German, thé of a new and commodious place of worship Assamese, the Burman, and the Karen. for their use, the first services in which were The annual additions to the Karen churches held on Lord's day, the 11th July
. A friend for several years last past, made a conspicuous from England, who ras present, has furnished
MICH. DER .
us with details which we lay before our church, but in tacit compliance with German readers in his own words :
usage. I was happy to meet the hearty
greeting of our brother Lehmann, whom I “It is remarkable, that in the very same had known in England. He had arrived late CE
street in which it stands- the Böhmken on the preceding evening from Berlin, with Strasse--and within twenty doors, is the house his two sons, to be present on this joyful ocin which the church held its meetings for casion. I was seated next to brother Steinabout four years, from 1836 to 1840, when hoff, who had walked a great part of the
they were expelled by the police, and brother way from Eimbeck, above two hundred miles mit 2 Oncken thrown into prison. So wonderfully off, and had been up two nights, in order to 3022. has the Disposer of all events interfered on arrive in time. The place was thoroughly
their behalf, that within sight that house filled, and the singing was, in point of sim
whence, seven years ago, they were driven plicity, power, and harmony, most effective, We out, amid the hootings of the rabble, are our —the whole congregation uniting, as the voice
dear brethren now permitted to have a house and heart of one man.
brother Oncken, who also first addressed the
a co-pastor, and brother Lehmann, from BerHERR . GEHOLFEN. 1727.
lin. After these addresses, of which, through
the kindness of the three brethren, we shall be ** Thus far hath the Lord helped me.'
able to give brief abstracts, brother Schauffler " The building, now so happily appropri- prayed. A few more lines were then sung, ated to the worship of God, stands on the and brother Oncken closed the service with western side of the entire property, having a the usual benediction. garden in front, eastward, upon which three
“At five o'clock there was an evening serlarge and lofty windows look out,
vice, conducted by brother Köbner, who substantial, having been recently built for an preached from 2 Samuel vii. 20—29. iron warehouse. It is light, lofty, and airy ; seventy-three feet long, twenty-one wide, and
Brother Oncken's Address. twenty-two high. At the south end, nearest the street, are the vestries, occupying about
“ Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all twelve feet northward, and opening by two that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless doors into the meeting-house, about twelve the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his feet of which, next the vestries, forms a plat- benefits.' In such effusions of the heart form, elevated two feet and a half, on which does the gratitude of the redeemed frequently stands the pulpit, between the vestry doors. break forth, and it is a striking feature in the In front of it is the chair for the reader, character of the people of God-of all those the communion table, and, on either hand, who in truth belong to the redeemed--that three benches fronting each other, principally they possess and cultivate these grateful feelappropriated to the singers. Under this plat- ings. What ardent love and gratitude must form is the baptistery, and from the centre of fill our hearts, dear brethren and sisters, it, three steps descend into the aisle, which and especially mine, when I look back to the passes along the centre of the place, between past, and remember how, nearly a quarter of benches which abut upon either wall, and à century ago, I gave my first testimony of extends nearly to the north end, under the Christ and his grace, in a little assembly of gallery.
seven people in this town, and how I soon " There are two entrances; the first lead- after was obliged to flee from one place to ing to the foot of the platform, the other to another, to escape the persecution ; when I within about the same distance of the oppo- remember how many powerful voices were site end, and containing the gallery staircase. raised against the gospel, and especially The benches have all back rails, and are, like against us, and how every effort was made by the rest of the wood-work, painted light wain- hell beneath, and by the enemies of God on
earth, to stay the progress of the gospel ; but " The first thing which struck us, on enter-how, in spite of all, many hundred thousands ing the place, was to find the congregation far and near, have heard the gospel, and how, arranged like the Friends in England, -aren from amongst them, in this place alone, beon one side, women on the other,-and this, tween six to seven hundred precious souls I fnd, not under any regulation of the I have been converted to Christ and saved to
It is very
all eternity! and above all, that through the great secret of vital godliness is Christ in us, gracious leadings of God, a church has been the hope of glory. By this personal presence formed here, which is not seeking its existence of Christ with us, that we have been prein the restitution of antiquated human forms, served amidst trial and persecution, and enbut in taking fast hold, by faith, on the Lord abled to go on in spite of all the efforts of our Jesus Christ ; a church from which the word enemies to crush us, and so stay the progress of life has been proclaimed in all directions of the gospel of Christ. This is also the mainby a living, verbal testimony, and by which spring of all vital exertions for the spread of about fifty sister churches have been called the gospel. into being; and when I then cast a look at And let me remind you, thirdly, of the this temple of stone with which our gracious only human instrumentality employed Lord presents us to-day, and in which we in the achievement of the victories which hope to “ build up one another in our most we have witnessed. It is the gospel holy faith,” from one Lord's day to another, preached by saved sinners. God has decreed in undisturbed peace,
“ under our own vine, that sinners are to be saved through sinners. and our own fig-tree, none daring to make us No human wisdom, learning, influence, or afraid," until faith be changed to vision; oh, power has been employed, but simply the then, must a review of the feeble commence- gospel. And God has proved this to be efment of the glorious progress, and of what ficient, having made it the power of God stands to-day before our eyes — this living to the salvation of sinners. Our future house of God, and this earthly temple, which prosperity must proceed from the same source we receive to-day as a present from the hand -the sovereign power and presence of Christ; of our God-tune our hearts with the most and by the same instrumentality—the preachunbounded gratitude towards our good and ing of the gospel. Here, in this new temple, gracious Lord; and in such a frame, I should may the gospel still be faithfully preached, have preferred to sit to-day in holy admira- the whole counsel of God be declared, sintion at the feet of my God and my Saviour, ners be shown their lost condition and pointed and weep over the sin and weakness which to Christ, and believers be taught to "walk has been connected with my share of labour; in all the commandments and ordinances of but still more to praise from the bottom of the Lord blameless." Then we shall see glomy heart the riches of grace and the wonders rious things, Christ will be exalted, and many, of mercy, which our eyes have seen and our many sinners brought to him. This is not an hearts experienced. But as you expect an uncertainty. We know that if we thus faithaddress, I must give up my own wish, though fully preach the gospel of the Son of God, he my feelings are such that I dare not trust my- to whom “all power in heaven and on earth" self to make any lengthened address. Let belongs, will be with us “alway, even unto me, then, beloved brethren, direct your at the end of the world." Amen. tention to Matt. xxviii. 18-20; from which I would remind you, through whom, and by
Brother Köbner's Address. what human instrumentality, all these glorious results have been accomplished in the Every gift of God is consecrated by the past, and upon whom our success must de word of God and prayer, and that which you depend for the future. Our Lord says, “All have this day received, oh, church of the power is given unto me in heaven and on Lord, has been thus consecrated. The sound earth.” Not some power, nor much power, of holy truth has already filled this room, but all power. His power is not confined to and the breathings of devout believing hearts earth,,he has all power in heaven, all power have already risen from it to heaven. We over the treasures of grace, over everything are far from calling these walls of brick and we need from the band of our heavenly Father; mortar a sanctuary, or a house of God ; for we all power to give us the strength we need, know no other house of God upon earth than the wisdom we need, the faith we need, and the that living house of living stones-the church. love we need; all power to enable us to over. Nevertheless, this house is a precious gift of come our spiritual enemies. He has also all God, and calls for the warmest thankfulness, power on earth, all power over the hearts of especially when we consider how large a sum men, and over everything that transpires in has been paid for this resting place for saved the world. This power has been constantly sinners. “ The foxes have holes, and the in operation for us; has defended us, and birds of the air have nests ; but the Son of overruled all things for the furtherance of his man hath not where to lay his head.” That cause, and to this we owe all our success. we might have a place, he must go without;
Secondly.- Let me remind you of the that we might obtain rest, he must be withsweet and incomparable promise which stands out rest upon the earth. Our abundance to in connexion with this declaration. “ Lo, day is obtained by the poverty of the Son of I am with you alway, even unto the end of God. Now he hath entered into the glory the world.” Wherever the power of Christ which he had before the world was ; now he is exercised for his people, it brings them into has gone to the place where he can lay his close union and communion with him. The head on the bosom of the Father, and has re
ceived “all power in heaven and on earth;" now as of old, in the unchanging love of his heart, he has done for us more than we can “ask or “and in the evening (says Mark) he cometh think,” and prepared for us the joy which we with the twelve." We can also say, “it is this day experience.
good for us to be here :" for we have whereA few months ago, the gift which is our on to lay our heads—on the breast of our portion to day, was wholly unknown to us. Lord. His coming to his own is always the We only felt our pressing want of it. We greatest event in their eyes. May his coming turned to the Lord, and said, “Lord, where to-day be a great event in the history of this shall we go?" Just as his disciples once church. Once, as Solomon's temple was finwent to him, and said, (Mark xiv. 12, ished, he came and filled it so that the priests “ Where wilt thou that we go and pre-could not stand for the cloud. Tremblings pare, that thou mayest eat the passover ?" of the deepest awe, before Jehovah, filled Still his disciples wish to wait upon him, still their hearts, and repelled them from the they have a strong desire to prepare for him holy place. But it was not so when the and themselves sweet communion in the pro-Paschal Lamb awaited him, and he came with clamation of his name, and the spread of his the twelve; for then there was nothing terrible kingdom. But the world seems no place for | in his person. He who had taken our nature that. The world hated the Lord and cruci- upon him, looked upon them, with an eye fied him. It hates the word of Life and the which said, I will refresh you ; and they sat cross of Christ ; therefore those who spread down around him with confidence, though his gospel, cry,-" Where shall we go? they were still very weak in faith, and ignohow shall we scale the wall with which our rant. But he came again, after his ascension, enemies surround us?" And the Lord and filled with his spirit the whole house answers from heaven, not by feeble words, where they were sitting. And now did they but by powerful-deeds, of which this day is feel for the first time, both the power and a witness. And the Lord answered his dis | the goodness of God. The deepest, holiest ciples with the charge, “ Go ye into the city," awe, and the highest joy pervaded them. ver. 13, 14, 15. He had already prepared a With great power and joy they stood up place for them ; and he also knew before the whilst the Holy Spirit flowed into the hearts foundation of the world, the place he had of three thousand. So may the Lord have prepared for us in this city. He has made come to us to-day. May we never be able all things, and he upholds them by the word to stand in this place with our own thoughts of his power. His eye watches the sparrows and words. May self be banished, and may on the roof, and he counts the hairs on the we be enabled to witness, with great power heads of his elect. All the hearts and and blessedness, to the death and resurrechouses of men are in his hand. Whatever tion of the Lord Jesus. To such witness is he sees necessary, he arranges and does. At this place henceforth consecrated, and also in his command storms and waves must cease that respect has a resemblance with the furfrom their fierce agitation. At his command nished room of which we have spoken. The the fish must rise from the bottom of the sea, most glorious event that occurred in that with the money of which his disciples had room, was the institution of the Lord's supneed to pay the tribute. He provided the per. Here was the Lord's death for the first furnished room, and he has now prepared time remembered, and the broken body rethis room at the hour when he sees it neces- presented and partaken of, as the bread of sary.
eternal life. So may it be also ever henceThe disciples relied upon their master, went forth here ; and when we open our mouth, out at his command, came into the town, as may Jesus' death, and the fruit of Jesus' he had said unto them, ver. 16. And is not death, be our only theme, and “ Christ, and his word still always a firm ground for every him crucified” be our only knowledge. We hope which rests upon it? Do we require will preach the power of the blood of Christ any other surety for the future than the pro- to our stubborn hearts ; and then, knowing mise of the Lord? Do we require any other in whom we believe, show to the world, death, wisdom than an implicit, child-like obedience curses, and blessings, hell and heaven, that to the commands of the Lord ?—whoever the Spirit of God may choose here the good now, and to the end of time, does what part, for dead, lost sinners, and reveal to them he has commanded, will not he, like those the Saviour. disciples and this happy church, find it all as May the Lord fulfil this to the praise of he has said in his word? Can he who trusts bis eternal grace. Amen. in the Lord and relies upon his word, ever become a disgrace ? May that be always an
Brother Lehmann's Address. swered in thy heart, my brother, who hast to-day removed to this place with joy and Quite unprepared as I am, I shall not dehappiness—that is, with Jesus,-and already tain you long, at this late hour. Yesterday, hast had in this place, blissful communion at about this time, I had no idea of being with him.
here, and now, thanks to the wonderful proYes, the Lord has entered with us to-day, gress of inventions and industry, I am amongst VOL. X.--FOURTH SERIES.