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SELECT OBSERVATIONS. True religion has God for its au- remove all doubtful cases from the thor, Christ for its basis, angels and court of his conscience, by an appeal good men for its admirers, the belie- to the throne of grace. ver's heart for its residence, love to The weak saint should take comGod and man for its evidence, the fort, that Christ Jesus is a perfect devil, bad men and sin for its enemies, master of languages; he can translate and heaven for its end.
the sighs, and groans, and tears of Some of heaven's best family his disconsolate ones into that lanpictures in this world are humble guage which his heavenly Father saints under affliction ; for then they will delight in, and to which he will are most like the original, who was speedily attend. a man of sorrows and acquainted with Either God must cease to be righgrief.
teous or the sinner cease from unGrace turns bad men into good righteousness, else God and the men, and keeps good men from turn- sinner can never meet in heaven. ing bad again.
H. WATTS. The believer should endeavour to July 17, 1852.
HOT SUMMERS.--The great heat which has prevailed this season gives some interest to the following account of remarkably hot summers :“In 1132 the earth opened, and the rivers and springs disappeared, in Alsace. The Rhine was dried up. In 1152 the heat was so great that eggs were cooked in the sand. In 1160, at the battle of Bela, a great number of soldiers died from the heat. In 1276 and 1277, in France, an absolute failure of the crops of grass and oats occurred. In 1303 and 1304, the Seine, the Loire, the Rhine, and the Danube were passed over dry-footed. In 1393 and 1394 great numbers of animals fell dead, and the crops were scorched up. In 1440 the heat was excessive. In 1538, 1539, 1540, 1541, the rivers were almost entirely dried up. In 1556 there was a great drought over all Europe. In 1615 and 1616 the heat was overwhelming in France, Italy, and the Netherlands. In 1646 there were 58 consecutive days of excessive heat. In 1678 excessive heat The same was the case in the first three years of the eighteenth century. In 1718 it did not rain once from the month of April to the month of October. The crops were burnt up, the rivers were dried up, and the theatres were closed by decree of the Lieutenant of Police. The thermometer marked 36 degrees Reaumur (113 of Fahren. heit). In gardens which were
watered, fruit-trees flowered twice. In 1723 and 1724 the heat was extreme. In 1746, summer very hot and very dry, which absolutely calcined the crops. During several months no rain fell. In 1748, 1754, 1760, 1767, 1778, and 1788 the heat was excessive. In 1811, the year of the celebrated comet, the summer was very warm and the wine delicious, even at Susènes. In 1818 the theatres remained closed for nearly a month, owing to the heat. The maximum heat was 35 degrees (110.75 Fahrenheit). In 1830, while fighting was going on on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of July, the thermometer marked 36 degrees centigrade (97.75 Fahrenheit) In 1832, in the insurrection of the 5th and 6th of June, the thermometer marked 35 degrees centigrade. In 1835 the Seine was almost dried up. In 1850, in the month of June, on the second appearance of the cholera, the thermometer marked 31 degrees centigrade. The highest temperature which man can support for a certain time, varies from 40 to 45 degrees (104 to 113 of Fahrenheit). Frequent accidents, however, occur at a less elevated temperature.” -Galignani's Messenger.
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own character. The beauty Les fra den enes, cia boliness which is enshrined Titis & reise tie nde so in the four brief biographies of the Lare several cikese S e i C2 of Nazareth has done more, and out to us is in armientasis dio more, to regenerate the world bracctes eller led the crass Tasapi bring in an everlasting righteousdead, the seriam sine, Is Dess, than all the other agencies put all before it is free and get together. It has done more to spread Each tree stenu to istom a circle his region in the world than all that amord it, br te arrearance pre- has erer been preached or written snied by tie dood and are gis on the evidences of Christianity:Trer were all a ke is this rese Chers. and the trees 2? of the ne arrear. Ox LISTENING TO Evil REPORT.auce ani caracter. Ocasiner, The longer I live, the more I feel the the skuli of a dead more or other importance of adhering to the rules animal were to be i nud lring either which I bare laid down for myself directir under the tree, or acer br, in re ition to the following subjects: indicating the treets of its deady -1. To hear as little as possible what poison. Ansicas as tre felt to pro is to the prejudice of others. 2. To cure a branch, and bring it to tuis bure nothing of the kind till I am city, that its finds might be suo. absolutely forced to it. 3. Never to jected to a chemical anarsis, te drink into the spirit of one who cirwere deterned by the threatening ar- calates an ill report. 4. Always to pearance ther presented. We hare moderate, as far as I can, the unkindno doubt at all but that Lion mane ness which is expressed toward to his death in the manner described others. 5. Alwars to believe that, Nor do we entertain a doubt as to if the other side were heard, a very the nature of the tree being as poi different account would be giren of sonous as the deadly tpas of the the matter. I consider lore as wealth; Vile.–Panama Huraul."
and as I would resist a man who A HOLY LIFE.-The beauty of a should come to rob my house, so holy life constitutes the most elo- would I a man who would weaken quent and efftctire persuasire to re- mr regard for any human being. I ligion which on: human being can consider, too that persons are cast address to another. We hare many into different moulds; and that to ways of doing good to our fellow ask myself, What should I do in that creatures: but none so efficacious as person's situation ? is not a just mode leading a virtuous, upright, and well. of judging. I must not expect a man ordered life. There is an energy of that is naturally cold and reserved to moral suasion in a good man's life, act as one that is naturally warm and passing the highest efforts of the affectionate ; and I think it a great orator's genius. The scen but silent evil that people do not make more beauty of holiness speaks more elo allowances for each other in this parquently of God and duty than the ticular. I think religious people are tongues of men and angels. Let too little attentive to these consideraparents remember this. The best in- tions.-Simeon. heritance a parent can bequeath to THE FEMALE CAPACITY.-Women, a child is a virtuous example, a in their course of action, describe a legacy of ballowed remembrance and smaller circle than men; but the associations. The beauty of holiness perfection of a circle consists not in beaming through the life of lored its dimensions, but in its correctness. relative or friend is more effectual to "There may be here and there a soarstrengthen such as do stand in ing female who looks down with dis.
dain on the paltry affairs of “this dim speck called earth;" who despises order and regularity as indications of a grovelling spirit; but a sound miud judges directly contrary. The larger the capacity, the wider is the space of duties it takes in. Proportion and propriety are among the hest secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity and judgment than a well-proportioned expenditure.—More.
SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS.-"A common mode of teaching a child the letters of the alphabet has been to point them all out in succession, until they were remembered by the child in their consecutive order. This is & slow and unsatisfactory method. The impression of each letter on the mind is erased by that which is shown next. A better way is to call the child's attention to only one or two letters at a lesson, give their sounds very distinctly, speak about their appearance, and let him look at them uutil he can distinguish them, and call their sounds or names. The following plan will be found to be quite original, and its results will afford the greatest satisfaction. Cut out the large letters from this book, and, putting them at a little distance off,
ask him to fetch A, or N, or W, as you may determine.
THE REFORMATION.–Wien I call to mind how the bright and blissful Reformation, by divine power, shook through the black and sottled night of ignorance and anti-Christian tyranny, after so many dark ages, wherein the huge, overshadowing train of error had almost swept all the stars out of the firmament of the Church, me. thinks sovereign and reviving joy must needs rush upon the bosom of him that reads or lears, and the sweet odour of the returning gospel imbathe his soul with the fragrancy of heaven. Then was the sacred Bible sought out of the dusty corners, where profane falsehood and neglect had thrown it; the schools opened, Divine and human learning was raked out of the embers of forgotten tongues, the prince and cities came trooping apace to the newly-erected banner of salvation; the martyrs, with the unresistible might of weakness, shaking the powers of darkness and scorning the fiery rage of the old red dragon.-Milton.
The smallest hair casts a shadow; the most trifling act has its consequences, if not here, at least here. after.
Who dwells in tents of clay,
That waves may wash away.
Or to the thankless thorn, Nor cast it on the frozen waste
Of falsehood and of scorn;
Insatiate still for more,
Or swell a stranger's store;
His fleeting life is lent, In whatsoever state he is,
Therewith to be content.
To Thee confide his care;
And seek a mansion there,
vier, II cu fries is hieorce to see as we can now them - car hois and beat Ini Loche-in this respect the first fruit of car Home Mie so. It is worthy
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We wish, if it were possible, to place the chapel ont of debt, that the income inay be devoted to the ministry, and Bolon beerne self-supporting. This is the point to which we n'ist turn our attention; for the less burden we have pressing upon ng here the better for the Mission Fund, and the sooner this station becomney self-supporting. Our friends must remember, that by helping tis at the opening they are doing good to the Mission Fund, and preparing our way as a commanity for entering upon other spheres of labour. Who can think of the towns and cities of this country in which we have no interest without feelings of regret? If we are to be known we must unfurl our banners: not wait for the people to come to us, we must go to them. It is time we took a bolder stand against sin and the various forms of error with which we are sur. rounded. Alas! what infidelity, what scepticism, what Sabbath-breaking, what
setos attention ciete :23 petis. Men freely discuss this sobiect 1.result in the end vir be the spread of sound scriptural enlightenei vievs. Bat,
iss! whilst the forks of Church goTernment are calling forth the attention of red, That pregess sre re making spiritcally? Are soo's being converted to Goi?-are the rurks of Israel sweiling with brare, boiy and generous hearts, going forth with the daring of spiritual heroes to meet the foe. It is possible that there may be mcre contention for forms of Church government than for the salvation of the perishing opes. If this be so, it is substitating the lesser for the greater. Both are necessary, but the one is infinitely important. Whilst, as a community, we are satisfied with our rales, with the relation of the ministers and people in the government of our Churches, and feel we are on the rock of truth, let us remember it is not this that will convert the world, but that glorious consummation must be brought about by the spread of pure evangelical DOCTRIXES taught by us. It is by the publication of those that we are to make our way among the people. It is by preaching Christ we are to become numerous and great. Here lies our strength, our future hope. The kingdom of darkness is gaining ground upon us; we are not
worship the sum of nineteen guineas; and ou June 3rd, Mr. W. Parker, one of the executors, wrote a polite note to the Rev. J. Poxon, stating the fact, and informing Mr. Poxon that he was at once prepared to hand the sum to the trustees of the chapel. Gratitude is felt for the benefaction itself, and for the kind and prompt manner in which the wishes of the deceased are carried out.
advancing as rapidly as the people are increasing. Oh, what inquiry this should create, what searchings of heart, what half-agonizing prayer, should prevail among us!
Our Home Mission, if vigorously carried out, is likely to be of great service to the Connexion and the cause of God. We wish it were possible to call forth all the energies of the Connexion. There is a mighty conflict before us. The great battle between truth and error, holiness and sin, Christianity and infidelity, spi. rituality and worldliness, must be fought by the Church. Let us take our stand on some well-chosen spot in the battle. field, and fight for God till we die. This is a holy strife. We feel assured the time is come that we must do more for our large cities and towns. The progress of the Connexion will, to a great extent, depend on this. We cannot give up our stations in Ireland and Canada; these ought and must be rigorously carried on. If, then, we are to extend our borders at home, our friends must increase, their missionary zeal must be roused, we must make a fresh dedication of all we have to God. Oh! what should we not be wil. ling to give if God's glory may but be promoted, and poor wandering, sin stricker, perishing souls saved! Ourselves, our all should be given for this purpose. We want more feeling in the Church of God, an intense desire for the advancement of truth. Worldly interests, temporal ease should give way to the allimportant object, the glory of God. Something must be done to save the world. God has given us the honour of being instruments in doing it. The work must be done, and God's Church must do it. If we are not seeking to accomplish this we grieve the Holy Spirit, and our Churches will droop and languish. We are healthy and prosperous in proportion as we labour for God. Let, then, the opening of our first Home Mission Chapel call the tribes of our Israel together, and let it be seen that we are interested in the Mission work, that we may soon have to look out for other fields of labour. May the God of Missions bless us, and send us teeming showers of blessings, that the influence of our Connexion may be felt all over the land.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR. MR. EDITOR, -I have just read with great pleasure and profit your excellent sermon on the Holy Spirit.” Accept my sincere thanks for it, and allow.me to urge our friends to buy it, read it, and pray over it. If they do so, the best results, I am persuaded, will follow, both in their own experience and in the state of our Churches. Its publication is most opportune. A spirit is abroail in society subversive of belief in the direct agency of God amidst the affairs of our world. Everything is attributed to second causes, and the hand of ilien Great First Cause is neither seen Lor acknowledged. This spirit has entered the Church, inducing reliance on the visible action of man, and distrust of the unseen influence of God. Your discourse is suited to check this spirit, and to encourage faith in Him who is invisible. A number of individuals, in various sections of the Church, discoulraged by the slow progress of religion in our land, and the general neglect by the people of the things which make for their peace, are looking, till their eyes fail them, for their vain hope of the advent of Christ, to reign in person on the earth. This mental delusion is kept up and extended by the eloquent imaginings of such writers as Giltillan, Croly, &c. Pity that talent so lofty should be employed to sustain a fancy so baseless. We need something to dispel this Jewish prejudice, this carnal notion, and to awaken spiritual views and expectations, to dissuade Christians from desiring the conversion of the world by miraculous interference, and to incite them to seek its evangelization by prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Your scrip. tural and comprehensive sermon is cal. culated to do this. As a community we are called upon, by express resolutions of Conference, to give ourselves to prayer for the baptism of the Holy Ghost. On this point we need " line upon line, precept upon precept," argument, encouragement, and stimulus without ceasing. You have, therefore, done wisely and
BEQUEST OF NINETEEN GUINEAS TO MALIN-BRIDGE CHAPEL, SHEFFIELD (NORTH).--The late John Spears, Esq., of Woodville, lest to the above place of