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grateful acknowledgments of both parents missions. But while the benefits of the and pupils to the same effect. From mis. School have extended so far—and in that exsionaries, especially in China and India, in tension we rejoice, especially in the good serPolynesia and the Western Indies, they have vice thus rendered to the families of Chrishad repeated assurances of the value which tian missionaries—as yet our Committee have they attach to this Institution, and of the con derived a very small amount of pecuniary aid fidence they feel in placing their beloved from the churches and congregations of our children under its protection and care. The order that lie without the two counties of number of missionaries' sons who have re York and Lancaster. Yorkshire alone, and ceived, and are now receiving, their education from the first, has generally furnished about here is about forty.
three-fourths of the whole benevolent income, The Committee can point to nearly twenty and Lancashire the larger portion of the reof their former pupils who are already en- maining part. gaged in the Christian ministry, or preparing It might reasonably be expected that conas students in different colleges for the sacred gregations, whose ministers participate in the office; of whom several appear with honour benefits of our Institute, would feel called in the Calendar of the London University, or upon and disposed to join in its support. of other universities. They have also marked, And so, probably, they would, if a deacon of with unfeigned satisfaction, the useful and the church, or some influential friend of the honourable career of many who, in various pastor, would make the appeal on its behalf: professions, and in places of great trust and the minister himself regarding the matter responsibility, are acquitting themselves with as personal, shrinks from it, as too delicate much credit and success. Not a few, it is for his interference. Yet, surely, the obligabelieved, have become members of Christian tion lies somewhere, if we knew how to reach churches, and some, called to an early death, and turn it to account. Even a small conhave left pleasing evidence that they were tribution from such quarters, where the abiprepared to serve and shine in a higher lity to do more may be wanting, would be sphere.
welcome as a grateful recognition. The usual number of pupils is about forty; Upon the friends of missions and missionsometimes under, but generally above. These aries, our Committee feel they have a strong are boarded and educated from year to year and interesting claim; and to their kind and at an expense to their parents of fifteen generous hearts they make an earnest and conpounds; and, in many instances, the sons of fident appeal. In that separation from their deceased ministers, whose families were left families which in some situations is almost in. in necessitous circumstances, have been evitable, and which, for many important reacharged only ten pounds per annum. These sons, is most desirable, the missionaries often terms, it is obvious, must be very inadequate, tell us, in their letters, that it is “ a special and leave a large amount to be provided by relief and solace that they have in England the Committee, to meet all payments of rent, such a School as Silcoates for their sons, and taxes, salaries, &c., in addition to the house as Walthamstow for their daughters — and hold expenses of a family of fifty persons. that they view it as a cause of devout thanksThis, indeed, is our main difficulty. Often giving to God." have we been afraid that our doors must be In our Report, a copy of which I forclosed, and the Institution abandoned, for warded to you some weeks ago, it will be want of funds. We have had two or three seen that to our excellent Treasurer, Robert crises of this painful kind; but when our ex Milligan, Esq., we owed £290 188. at our last istence was perilled, generous friends have anniversary; and also, that our annual income appeared, and special efforts have been made falls much below our expenditure. to avert so serious a calamity; and, through anxious that this balance should be paid off, the goodness of God, we still have“ a local and that our ordinary income and expendihabitation and a name.”
ture should be equalised; and I have deterThe word Northern, in the designation of mined, so far as God shall enable me, that no our School, serves to distinguish it from the efforts shall be wanting on my part to acvaluable Institution at Lewisham; but, while complish these objects. established on a different basis, it is just as I have still another desire and aim in reopen and accessible as that is to pupils from ference to this Institution. We want a build. all parts of the kingdom ; and at least thirty ing of our own, adapted to the purposes of a out of the forty counties of England have public school-not ornamental and costly, but availed themselves of the privilege. At the plain and commodious; which shall be at present time, of the forty boys in the school, once a guarantee for its permanence, and a eleven are from Yorkshire, seven from Lan- means of transmitting its benefits to the gecashire, thirteen from the other counties, and nerations following. I have long cherished nine from various parts of the field of foreign this hope, and I now feel increasingly anxious
that it may be realised, and to see at least traordinary success is in my opinion justly the auspicious commencement of a work so attributable to the intrinsic merits of the truly important, and on many accounts so work itself; but its respected author (whose much to be desired. Our day has been dis- valuable acquaintance I have since made) tinguished by many noble acts of Christian kindly assures me, and insists on it too, that liberality. We have men, and women too, of my poor paper and your columns have, under large and generous hearts, who have given God's blessing, had something to do in the freely, as God has blessed them. Our chapels, case. our colleges, and our schools will be lasting Sir, you may remember I stated in my memorials of their piety and public spirit. paper that I was deeply affected by that Happy indeed should I feel in the prospect, memoir, and rose from its perusal with a that “ The Northern Congregational School resolution to do something. An opportunity would have its own modest and appropriate soon presented itself. An enlightened Spanish edifice, sacred to religion and education, gentleman addressed me from Cadiz, to say standing in the midst of them, to receive to he was then engaged in writing a history its privileges the sons of future pastors, and of “The Spanish Protestants, and their Perto retain for its successful maintenance the secution by Philip II.,” and that he had been sympathies, and charities, and prayers of the informed I was partial to Spanish literature, Evangelical Churches of our land!
and would probably undertake an English In conclusion, permit me to state, that the translation of the sheets of his history, singly, office held so long and so honourably by Dr. as they issued from the Spanish press, and Munro, is now filled by his brother, Mr. publish it in London, simultaneously with Daniel Munro, A.M., & scholar of distin the publication of the original at Cadiz; for guished merit, and an able and successful there was some apprehension that the latter teacher in other schools previously to his ap- might be seized and suppressed, and conpointment here.
sequently lost. In reference to this proposal, Commending our School, its Tutors, and a letter or two passed between us, as to the Pupils, and all its interests, to the blessing of religious views of each, and motives for the the Most High, and to the kind sympathies undertaking. The result being satisfactory, and prayers of all who may bestow their at we proceeded, and have each of us finished tention upon this appeal, I subscribe myself, our labours. The fruits of mine, sir, are now Mr. Editor,
beyond the power of Spanish intolerance ; Yours, with sincere esteem,
and I cannot do less than present you with THOMAS SCALES.
one of the first copies that have issued from the English press.
How the original may Silcoales House, Wakefield,
fare in the Peninsula, remains yet to be Feb. 14, 1851.
I believe Senor de Castro is the first [We earnestly commend the preceding appeal to the friends of Christian Pastors ană Spaniard who has thus nobly dared to write Missionaries. We can speak with confidence
and publish an impartial work of this kind, of the Institution from personal knowledge been collecting materials from the most
and for which, it would appear, he had long of the manner in which it is conducted. —
authentic sources; and although, to EnglishEDITOR.]
men, the details given of many of the Spanish
Protestants may appear scanty, yet all DE CASTRO'S SPANISH PROTESTANTS.
Spaniards are aw re of the great difficulty 25, Spring Gardens, Jan. 29, 1851.
there is in getting any information at all in (To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) Spain relating to such matters.
SIR,—When I addressed to you the short It is worthy of remark, as showing the paper you were good enough to insert in your designs of Providence, that when we began Magazine for September, 1849, relative to our labours, little could either of us suppose the memoir of the late Mrs. Sherman, I had the Roman Pontiff would, as we drew to a no idea that any humble effort of mine to conclusion, lend us a helping band, by the draw public attention to so pleasing and in- steps he has adopted, to render the season of -structive a narrative of Christian experience publication peculiarly favourable, by creating and female excellence, even through the a relish for such books, and an almost unimediumn of your widely circulated columns, versal spirit of inquiry on such topics, among would be attended with anything like signal people of all sects and classes. The impression of that memoir
Your constant reader, now reached the eighth thousand. This ex
Anniversary Services in May, 1851. The Directors are gratified in announcing to the Friends and Members of the
Society, that they have made the following arrangements for the ensuing Anniversary :
MONDAY EVENING, MAY 12.
SCOTCH CHURCH, REGENT SQUARE.
To commence at Seren o'clock.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14.
THURSDAY, MAY 15.
FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 16.
LORD'S DAY, MAY 18. SERMONS will be preached on behalf of the Society, at various Places of Worship in London and its Vicinity.
MONDAY, MAY 19. EVENING.–The SACRAMENT of the LORD'S SUPPER will be administered at the usual Places of Worship in and around London.
Further particulars in a future Number.
TO THE AUXILIARY SOCIETIES IN LONDON AND THE COUNTRY. The Officers and Committees of Auxiliary Missionary Societies, in London and its vicinity, are respectfully requested to pay in their amounts at the Mission-House, on or before Monday, the 31st instant, the day appointed for closing the Accounts. The Lists of Contributions should be forwarded to the Mission House, on or before that day, in order that they may be inserted in the Society's Annual Report for 1851.
The Officers of the Auxiliary Societies throughout the country are respectfully requested to transmit their Contributions, so that they may be received at the Mission House on or before Monday, the 31st instant; together with correct Lists of Subscribers of Ten Shillings and upwards, alphabetically arranged, for insertion in the Annual Report; also distinct statements of the sums collected from Congregations, from Branch Associations, and by Deputations sent from London.
RETURN OF REV. J. J. FREEMAN.
A most interesting meeting was held on Tuesday evening, the 4th ult., at the Poultry Chapel, in order to welcome the Rev. Joseph John Freeman, on his return from a visit to the Cape and the Mauritius, as a Deputation to the Society's Missions in those regions.
The number of ministers and gentlemen present was very large, including the bulk of the country Directors and most of the leading ministers and laymen in the metropolis.
After the usual devotional services, which were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Poore, of Manchester,
The Rev. Dr. Leifchild rose and spoke as follows :--We are assembled on a very gratifying and interesting occasion, to welcome back to his native shores our friend and brother, the Rev. J. J. Freeman, after an absence of more than two years, and to receive from him a brief account of the important mission which he had undertaken. He was requested by the London Missionary Society to visit its stations in South Africa and communicate with the brethren there-to observe the state of affairs—to see what alterations were needed, what differences might be adjusted, and what encouraging aspects presented themselves to notice. It is very appropriate that, in this place, where we commended him to God in the presence of so many who are now with us, and where, in answer to bis earnest solicitations, we promised him a frequent remembrance in our prayers, we should meet together as we now do, publicly to acknowledge the faithfulness of God to his promises to those that trust in Him, and his gracious condescension in an. swering the petitions which were then presented. We had full confidence in his qualifications, physically, morally, and spiritually, for the somewhat delicate and difficult task which he had undertaken ; and we have no doubt, from what we have already heard, that the result has justified our confidence, and proved that God was with us in his appointment to that work. I doubt not, my dear brother, that when you left these shores you frequently adverted to the interesting service of that evening, and when on the mighty deep you felt you were followed with the prayers and solicitudes of your friends and brethren in this land; and as your distance from us increased, you were cheered by the thought, that no distance could remove you out of the reach of His gracious eye and His allsustaining hand, so constantly invoked on your behalf. You looked up to him in your mind, and were enlightened; you found his grace to be sufficient for you. How numerous the scenes and objects which have presented themselves to your view during your absence from us, some of them fraught with the deepest interest, and the most tender and touching associations! You have seen our venerable friend and brother, Dr. Philip, at the Cape, whose last sands are running out upace. How must he have been refreshed by your presence, as the representative of many friends and brethren in this country to whom he is so justly endeared ; and you have brought us, as the result of personal intercourse with him,-his matured and long-extended views and observations on the cause of Missions in that part of the world. You have seen Moffat-the enterprising, persevering Moffat--who has communicated intelligence to a most besotted tribe, and you found him giving into them the Word of God in their own tongue. You have traversed those solitary regions, and visited the different and distant Missionary Siations, and rivers
unknown to song. You have been delighted by the Christian societies you have met wit: there, to the number each of 400 or 500 individuals, which were to you, I doubt not, like so many Oäses in the desert. You have been at the Mauritius, near to the scene of your own personal labours in Madagascar—that is!and so celebrated in the annals of Missions of these times, for a tiend-like persecution in many instances on the one hand, and a godlike heroism and fortitude on the other. Many other and interesting portions of the world you have also seen while parted from us; aud, knowing as I do your powers of observation and of describing natural scenery, and your ability to appreciate the different appearances of the heavens above us in different latitudes, and your shrewd judgment of human character, and your impartiality in forming it; and, above all, your integrity and truthfulness in stating what you have seen and heard, I, in common with others, anticipate with pleasure the future account which you shall give us of your recent tour. On returning to our country and learning the state of our affairs, when you heard of the unsettledness of several religious bodies, and of the spirit of fatuity and judicial blindness which has been shed on so many who profess to be Christian teachers and leaders, but coucerning whom it may be said, " The leaders of my people have caused them to err," and the inroads of the Papacy in consequence-your mind has, no doubt, reverted for relief to the work of God which is going on in distant lands. This is the course we pursue for ourselves. It is only while we narrow our view to one country, where affairs are very unsettled, that we can entertain fears as to the progress of the cause of God; but when we enlarge it, and take in the whole field of missionary operations, we see enough to relieve our minds from all fears of that nature. We see Christianity multiplying her records, emissaries, and efforts, for the evangelization of all the tribes of mankind, and some evident tokens of the blessing of God resting upon these efforts. Whole countries are emerging out of superstition, and barbarism, and infidelity. Nations are throwing off the yoke of despotism, and infidelity is ploughing up the roots of false religions and of the corruptions of Christianity, to leave the ground open for the good seed of the kingdom which others are preparing to cast into it. We see everywhere abroad those symptoms which confirm our conviction of the actual advancement of the kingdom of Christ in these times, and of its ultimate and not very distant triumph. Yes! He shall come whose are the kingdoms, and whose right it is to reign. He will overturn, overturn, overturn, till all obstacles are removed out of the way of his peaceful reign. Yet once more he has said, And I shake not the earth only, but the heavens also, and this once more signifies the removal of the things which are shaken (carpal institutions), as of things which are made (made by men), that things which cannot be shaken (Gospel institutions and ordinances) may remain. But I see the audience is impatient to hear your voice, and I would not have trespassed so long but for my desire to express my heartfelt gratitude to God for the preservation you have experienced, and the joy I feel at seeing you once more. At the request of yourself and of the Directors, it was my privilege more than two years ago to say a few words to you when about to leave us. I shall never forget that meeting! I never expected to see you again; and I bless God on your account, whom I have known for so many years, and in so many situations, all of them positions of great influence-I thank God on your behalt'; and, in the name of this large and devout assembly, I bid you welcome to your native shores, or, as they say in Ireland, and in the expressive language of that country, "a thousand welcomes,” and glorify God on your behalf.