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of his preparedness for dissolution, his | British and Foreign Bible Society at cost grieving friends require for their consolation price, and sold in six months 5000 copies, and encouragement no other evidence than chiefly to servants in the squares and mews; the uniform testimony of his holy life and the Hon. Dowager Lady Grey being treasurer. blameless conversation. His regular use of She observes that Lord Robert Grosvenor religious means, and constant observance of has said there are more than 100,000 sacred ordinances; his zeal for the interests female servants in London, and more than of the church and the edifying character of 1,000,000 in England and Wales ; that anhis public devotions ; his unaffected attach-other gentleman, who is an able statist, says ment to his pastors, his manifest love of the the female servants in the metropolis are brethren, and the unstudied courtesy which 108,000, of this number 14,000 to 16,000 marked his intercourse with fellow officers ; are daily changing places; and that there are the punctuality, fidelity, and efficiency with five societies in London for the spiritual which he performed his official duties as benefit of its overgrown poor populationtreasurer of the church, and above all, the the District Visiting Society, the Pastoral unbending integrity and obvious transparency Aid Society, the Christian Instruction Society, of his whole character and conduct, impressed the London City Mission, and the Scripture every observer with the deep conviction that he Readers' Association. She adds,
“ There was a true and faithful follower of Christ. To are agents to visit and instruct Lascars, these higher qualificationsforthe deacon's office, Italians, Germans, cabmen, and policemen, he added those of a mind well instructed, a and it is right and proper these should be ready and an agreeable utterance, and con- looked after, but why should domestic servciliatory manners. The loss of his bright ants be overlooked ?" example and able services is keenly felt, and the memory of his great worth will long be cherished. To few men has the language of
RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT. the Psalmist been more applicable: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright ; for worthy efforts we adverted in our number
The friends at this place to whose praise the end of that man is peace.”
for August, inform us that agreeable to the advice of several worthy friends visiting the
island in the past season, and under the sancMISCELLANEA.
tion and recommendation of the ministers in the neighbourhood, they are endeavouring to
obtain a comfortable chapel, in a public part The executive committee, in accordance of the town, at a distance from the present with the resolution adopted by the triennial place of worship, and a minister whose heart conference in May last, have appointed Mr.
is filled with love to God and souls, and John Carvell Williams to the office of secre
whose mind is stored with divine knowledge; tary to the Association. The office hitherto but that to accomplish the undertaking, held by the honorary secretaries being super the aid of the county association, and the
the charitable aid of Christian friends, and seded by this appointment, the committee request that all future communications may Baptist Home Missionary Society is needful. be addressed to “ The secretary of the British In their comfortless room they have Anti-State-Church Association, 12, Warwick- congregation of about forty persons ; but very square, Paternoster-row, London;" except
few of them are capable of rendering much ing money orders, which are to be made pecuniary assistance. payable to Dr. Thomas Price, the treasurer, as heretofore.
BRITISH ANTI-STATE-CHURCH ASSOCIATION.
LONDON POST OFFICE.
A public meeting of this association was held in the London Tavern, Bishopsgate As it is well known in the provincial towns Street, on Thursday evening, October 21st. that there is no delivery of letters in London The large room was crowded, and the pro on Sunday, the number contained in the bags ceedings were very animated. Energetic from the ports is very small, so that ordimeasures are to be adopted immediately to narily, six clerks and a few messengers debring the object of the society before the spatch all the business before divine service ; public, by means of lectures and deputations, and this work is chiefly to accommodate the in different parts of the country.
foreign ambassadors, all government despatches arrive by special messengers.
The projected despatch of the mails on
Sunday evening, as hinted at in the Times of A lady informs us, that a few ladies last year September 24, (vide Mr. Hill's evidence formed themselves into a society to employ a before the Postage Committee), is a specious colporteur to sell to servants the books of the pretence to hide what is really contemplated,
viz., the arrival, delivery, and despatch of religious societies are employed in the Postcorrespondence on Sunday as on other days. office.
To show that the mere despatch of letters It was observed in a morning paper a few which arrive by the present Sunday bags for days since, that if a delivery of letters took forward towns would be extremely unbusiness place on Sunday, the feelings of the publie like, it need only be mentioned, that for this need not be offended by a scarlet livery and purpose all the post office bags must be the blue coat tipt with red, but that the letter“ made up" on Sunday evening, in number carrier might appear in plain clothes. But about 896, which work would require nearly has this writer who is so cautious of hurting the full force of the office, as every division the feelings of the general public, no commust be provided with its officers, whether punctious visitings for those of 600 carriers, there be many or few letters ; and all the who have souls to save, and minds needing official accounts must be sent to the posi, spiritual instruction on the Lord's day? masters.
Would clerks, sorters, or letter-carriers be It requires no great amount of foresight to able or inclined to attend public worship in perceive, that of necessity the above number the morning, after rising to go to Post-office of bags must also eventually arrive in London | labour at five a.m. Would they be more on Sunday mornings, in order that no one ready in the afternoon, when their labours town should be favoured above another; and would again commence at five o'clock, and thus, having once inserted the thin end of not terminate till eight? . Mr. Hill's wedge, the Post-office would soon It is now necessary to be up and to be drive it home. London would demand the doing, as the announcement of sabbath work delivery of letters which might arrive on at the Post-office, and its being carried into Sunday morning, and 600 letter-carriers, in- operation, will be simultaneous ; and the cluding the General and London district force, voice of the public can alone prevent the would be turned into the streets at half-past threatened evil by earnest and energetic proseven a.m., and it would occupy longer time test, in the shape of public meetings and in delivering on Sunday, as houses of business petitions to the legislature.-Record. would not be opened, and private houses would not quickly answer the postman's knock. 300 of these letter carriers would
DR, PUSEY'S RULE OP FAITH. have to return in the evening to officiate as In the preface to a series of Roman sorters and messengers, so that they would Catholic devotional works, "adapted to the enjoy no sabbath either for their bodies or use of the English Church," as quoted in The their souls,
English Churchman, Dr. Pusey gives the As soon as the Sunday delivery shall have following account of his own mental history, commenced, hundreds of merchants' clerks tracing his errors, we believe, to their true will have to attend at the counting-houses to source--the teaching of the Church of Eng. receive their employers' letters, and to post off land :-"Directed," he says, " to Christian to their suburban residences ; and it would antiquity by the church in which he was be folly to suppose that the answers which admitted to minister, in her was his soul fed would be written to those letters could not as in a large pasture, in her was at rest. To be sent away on Sunday, when the evening her, as having the pure tradition of apostolic mails were being despatched, as only a little teaching, and, in her consentient witness, more sorting would devolve upon the officials. apostolic authority, he yielded his full faith. Back again, then, would these clerks have to In her he was as in his home. Hers was to go to London to post the replies.
him his native language. In her he sought The clerks, sorters, and letter-carriers, at all he wished to know, and in her found it. present commence work at five a.m., and Her thoughts, her exposition of Holy Scrip finish their labours at eight p. m. ; so that ture, her faith, are his. Nothing jarred there. Sunday is absolutely required for their re What she said, he wished in his measure to laxation and repose from toil.
say; what she rejected, he rejected; where The mere receipt and despatch of the mails she was doubtful, he was content to be on Sunday would eni ploy 124 clerks ; and if doubtful with her; what she knew not as there were also one delivery in the morning, part of the faith, he could not receive as bis ; 200 would be needed, including the London where she was silent, he had no wish to pry. district clerks, as the suburbs would also And when these troubled times came, in her, expect a delivery.
in another way, was his rest. Taught, Such a measure would inflict most serious himself, by the Church of England, and by her injury on the clerks, sorters, and letter-carriers directed to Christian antiquity, and finding in of the Post-office, who exceed 1,500 in her what he had been taught, (only, it is no number. Many of these are actively em- disparagement to say, more deeply than has ployed in Sunday-schools and Christian in- been common among us,) he could not think struction, and hail the Lord's day as a high that they whom the church acknowledged as privilege. Indeed, it is well known that fathers, would disown as children those who some of the most active and useful men in so revered them."
FROM OXFORD TO ROME.
ated, we felt that to decline had been to The Tablet, a Roman catholic paper, has transgress, and to sacrifice millions to units. published a note from the author of the work The weighty words of Mordecai sounded in entitled, " From Oxford to Rome,” which we
our ears, and were decisive : ' If thou altoreviewed recently, avowing another change of gether hold thy peace at this time, then shall sentiment, — expressing “ deep regret for enlargement and deliverance arise from anhaving given publicity to unauthorized state. other quarter ; but thou and thy father's ments, or false impressions, concerning the house shall be destroyed : and who knoweth church of Rome and its members, in this and whether thou art come to the kingdom for other instances.” The writer adds, “I la- such a time as this?'” The object is stated ment the publication of my work, and would thus :-“ Ours, in this new project, is emphagladly recall it if it were under my control.” tically a mission of instruction on all great We are informed on authority on which we subjects appertaining to both worlds. rely, that this work is the production of a earth and time, our ambition is, on Christian daughter of an independent minister in principles, thoroughly to educate the British Berkshire, and that she joined the Romish elector-to form a model citizen. With this church about two years ago.
view we humbly offer our best services primarily to all who require them among the electoral bodies, comprising 800,000 men,
and secondarily to the millions of British Mr. Burns, bookseller, of Portman Square, young men, who are ultimately to be clothed London, has joined the Romish church, with with the franchise, and to incur the high several members of his family. We do not responsibilities which stand connected with wonder at it. He has been a wholesale dealer that distinguished honour. We base all in Pusevism for many years ; the most out public on private virtue, and seek the welfare rageously Puseyite' books' being issued of the nations through the medium of their under his name.
When persons get as far households.” Details are then given respectas the half-way house on the road to Rome, ing the contents of the paper, and support they will just stop a while for refreshment, is invoked in the following terms :-" The and then finish the journey, - Montreal limits of sobriety are by no means exceeded Register.
when we deliberately affirm that the weekly circulation of · The British Banner' ought, at the very lowest computation, to be 100,000.
The statistics of the London press show one A prospectus has been issued by Dr. Sunday paper, which, although its letterCampbell, of the Tabernacle, announcing a press is only about three-fourths of that of new weekly journal of Literature, Liberty, The British Banner,' and its price one-half Humanity, and Religion, to be entitled, more, has a weekly circulation of more than “ The British Banner.” The size of this 60,000! And there are two others to which journal will be the largest allowed by law, the same remarks, as to price and size, apply, comprising sixteen pages, bearing sixty-four with, each, a circulation of more than 20,000 ! columns, with new and beautiful type. The But this, as has been shown, is only a fragprice will be fourpence, while the amount of ment of the London Sunday press. Is it so, matter will be more than double that con- then, that the whole world of protestant distained in the bulk of the fivepenny papers.” senters filling Great Britain, Ireland, and the The prospectus, which consists of fifteen colonies, will suffer themselves to be surpassed closely-printed octavo pages, commences with by such a fragment? Will they rest satisfied copious extracts from a pamphlet entitled, without at least one journal far outstripping “ The Power of the Press," illustrating the the foremost of them by a circulation of not immense influence of the cheap deleterious less than 100,000? The hour for a great expublications with which London, and through periment on the Christian spirit and patriotism it the provinces of our native land are inun- of our country has arrived, and we do hope dated. It gives a letter from the committee the issue will be to its honour and glory. of management for the Patriot, requesting The establishment of a journal, of such a Dr. Campbell to undertake to conduct a character, with such a circulation, would be weekly paper, with the view of counteracting an era in the history of our world. Such a this evil; and it describes the anxious work- journal, with such an issue would, for the inings of his mind on the subject, issuing in a terests of literature, liberty, humanity, and conviction that it was his duty to comply religion, in its own line, be the greatest event with the invitation. “ We deemed it pos- of the present century, -an event equivalent sible," he says, “without any extensive or to trebling the moral power of the entire repermanent injury to the interests of our ligious and nonconformist press of these pastoral charge, to step aside a few months realms ! It would be tantamount to aug. to build and set in motion a machine the menting, some twelve or thirteen times over, beneficial operations of which may extend to the present circulation of the whole religious all lands and live through all time. So situ-weekly press of Britain !"
NEW DISSENTING NEWSPAPER,
VOL. X. - FOCRTH SERIES,
ing at Helston, her friends sent for some holy Cheap editions of translations of French water, telling her that a child was to be bapnovels being now freely circulated, especially tized next day. The young lady expressed
a wish to be present at the ceremony. When by hawking booksellers at the railway stations, it is desirable that it should be universally friend's bed-room, who there spoke to her on
the next day came, she was sent for to her known that they are reputed to be in general the subject of religion, urging her to join the of extremely immoral tendency. The Record catholic church, and at once to see the priest, says,-“The present state of the French press who was then in the house. This she rein this department, is sufficient to throw suspicion on whatever comes from it. We need fused to do ; but her friend left the room, no further evidence of this than the words of the apartment, put certain questions, which,
and immediately afterwards the priest entered the French attorney-general in the recent trial for perjury arising out of a fatal duel between in her agitation, she scarcely knew how she two men of letters in Paris. We hope,' he not sprinkling, the holy water in her face.
answered, and finished by actually throwing, said, 'that the present condition of men of It was, to use the words of the narrative, an letters is momentary; that these men will resume the dignity of the character they have assault, and not a baptism. As a baptism, lost, and that they may be listened to without regard it'; and, thinking that she was now
however, the young lady was persuaded to danger.'”
committed, she attended confession and par. took of the mass for about a month, when, as I said, she, disgusted by a further acquaint
ance with the catholic religion, resolved to The London correspondent of the Edin- abandon it, and return to the faith of her burgh Witness says, “A very singular cir- fathers. Such is the girl's story. That of cumstance has recently occurred in the the priest, who has published a letter in the county of Cornwall, which illustrates, in a Cornish newspapers upon the subject, is somestriking degree, the means now adopted by what different. He positively denies the asRoman catholic priests to make converts to sault, and the compulsion, and the intimitheir religion. I shall give it shortly, only dation. He states, that the girl calmly premising, that it is not, as many of your listened to him, and intelligibly answered readers might at first sight believe, a stupid him, and that he baptized her with her own hoax, but a grave narrative, attested, in its free consent. But he does not deny that the main facts, by the priest, who is the chief whole took place in a private room, without actor in it. Some time ago, a young lady, a single witness, not even the ladies who had the eldest daughter of a respectable family in been so zealous for her conversion ; he does Falmouth, became acquainted with a catholic not deny that he had had no previous conserfamily, who had recently come to the same sation with her on the subject, having only town. The intimacy was permitted by her heard of her good disposition from others. parents, on condition that they should not In what he does deny, it is to be observed, attempt to lead her over to their faith. This there is merely assertion against assertion, for was, for some time, observed ; but religion no one was present but the girl and the priest. generally was a prominent topic of discourse; Your readers will judge, whether that is the and the catholics lent the young lady a usual way of celebrating the baptism of a number of Puseyite books, which was keep- willing convert in the Romish church; and, ing the letter of their promise, though they further, it must be remembered, that the had the designed effect of gradually under- priest has a much greater interest in denying mining her attachment to the English church. the story than the girl had in inventing it. Soon after, the catholic family removed from Falmouth to Helston, in the same county;
Not the least strange part of the story reand, on parting, they gave the young lady a
mains to be told: the parish clergyman whom sacred medal, which, it appears, they ex the young lady attended, was made aware of pected to work as a charm upon her in her wavering attachment to Protestantismleading her to conversion ; but to her they she even herself sought counsel and advice represented it as a simple keepsake. More from him, which he repulsed with harshness recently, the young lady received permission and contumely; when she wished to return from her parents to visit her friends at into the bosom of the church, he refused to Helston,
While there, she joined the ca- receive her unless she would submit to a tholics-- remained in their communion for public confession of her fault ; and, finally, about a month ; after which she again re- when she was received by another clergyman turned to the Protestant faith. I need say of the same church, he published a volume nothing of the levity of temper displayed by of letters professed to be written to her as the girl in these repeated changes. What i dissuasives from popery, the whole of which wish to fix attention upon is, the manner in the young lady has since declared she nerer which the first of them was brought about. received nor heard of till she saw them in The girl's own statement is, that while resid- their published form.”
ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE BAPTIST UNION OF
After our usual prayer-meeting at ten
o'clock, we proceeded to business, and during To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
the successive days this was attended to,
the greatest harmony and good feeling preDEAR SIR,-Knowing the deep interest vailed, there was not a jarring note in the you take in the proceedings of the baptist whole. Each one seemed to vie with his denomination generally, I venture to present brother in endeavouring to advance the cause you with a brief notice of the annual meet- of God, and to diffuse a spirit of love and ings of the Baptist Union of Ireland, held in union throughout the whole body. Dublin on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of August. All our sei vices were found refreshing, but
For several weeks previously to the time I must not trespass on your pages by entering appointed for our meetings they were looked into a minute detail. The public meeting forward to, both by the brethren in the on the last evening was well attended by country and the friends in this city, with Christians of various denominations, and we feelings of anticipated pleasure, and I rejoice were honoured with the presence and valuable to say their expectations were fully realized. assistance of our respected friends the Rev. The universally expressed opinion is, that W. B. Kirkpatrick, the highly esteemed they were decidedly the best attended, the minister of the Scotch Church, Mary's Abmost interesting, and the most cheering ever bey, and the Rev. Dr. Urwick, well known held in connexion with the baptist churches to most of your readers as the beloved pastor in this country. When the ministers first of the independent church assembling in met together on the morning of the 24th, York Street in this city. I must not attempt with their beloved friend the secretary of the a sketch of the speeches delivered on this Baptist Irish Society at their head, in the occasion, but to me it was one of the most vestry of the baptist chapel, Lower Abbey interesting and agreeable public meetings I Street, they reminded one of a faithful and have ever been privileged to attend, and united band of soldiers after a hot engage- I should be delighted to witness such a meetment with an enemy. One of their most ing in your metropolis on behalf of the ardently attached and universally beloved Baptist Irish Society. The valuable secreofficers had fallen in the deadly struggle. tary of that society said to me afterwards, True his name was on the roll, but it was “ I wish I had every one of the committee referred to only to deplore his loss, to call here to-night, that they might see for themforth the sorrowful sigh, and to embalm his selves.” Before concluding this brief account precious memory with the tear of brotherly I would just add that to many of us the affection and heartfelt sympathy. After this most deeply interesting and encourag.ng natural and sympathizing pause, the silence meeting was the one at which the letters was broken with expressions of grateful from the churches were read. In almost acknowledgment for the preservation of each every locality good had been accomplished. other to Him to whom the “shields of the The internal state of the churches was more earth belong." They had been all less or cheering, and considerable numbers had been more exposed to peril; they had been asso- added to the Lord. ciated with scenes of famine and pestilential In my opinion Ireland is white already to disease, the arrows of death had been falling harvest. Never were there such openings for around them, while they reposed safely missionary enterprise in this benighted land. under the “shadow of the Almighty.” As Were it not for encroaching on your pages I they thought on the scenes through which could furnish abundant proof of this assertion they had been called to pass, and felt that from the unquestionable statements of the they were permitted once more to assemble agents of the Congregational Union of Iretogether as the living to praise God, their land, from the interesting facts brought happy and grateful countenances presented a forward by one of the Wesleyan itinerant striking contrast to the sorrowful appearance missionaries at their last annual meeting held exhibited by some of them a few months in this city, as well as from personal knowbefore. Then they were under the dark and ledge. Prejudice has been subdued by lowering cloud; now the sun had emerged British benevolence; would to God that the from under it, and chased its terrors away, same benevolence would send us a few rightand the heavens had once more regained hearted preachers of the gospel. God has their wonted cheerful aspect. Our brethren honoured our brethren in England in prein coming up from their various localities to paring the soil for the reception of the the metropolis had passed through “ pastures heavenly seed; may he honour them still clothed with flocks and valleys covered with more highly in sending forth sowers to cast corn.” It seemed to them as if Jehovah that seed into the ground. himself had opened the windows of heaven I remain, dear Sir, very respectfully yours, and poured out a blessing.