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prayer. Mr. Robertson, of Liverpool, Dr. Massie, to Mr. Robertson and Mr. read an able paper, showing that any Miall, for their elaborate essays on the system of education based on general all-engrossing subject of the meeting. or local taxation, would lead to com The Conference, on the 27th, was munism, and was in every way injuri- more select, but in most respects an in

Mr. Miall, with whom we do not teresting meeting. The attendance of always agree, read a paper of consider- Ministers and Laymen was respectable able power and excellence, which we and encouraging. The Rev. H. Townhope soon to notice, when it issues from ley opened the Meeting with prayer.

Charles Robertson, Esq., of Liverpool, Mr. Baines, in rising to propose the presided, and delivered an animated first resolution, delivered one of his and enlightened opening address. The forcible appeals, on the principle of chief speakers were 8. Morley, Esq.; Voluntary Religious Education, which W. Tice, Esq., (who read a paper, on he has always advocated; and carried " the Interests of the Churches and the feelings of the meeting strongly Sunday-schools intimately related to the with him. We cannot but think that Maintenance and vigorous Extension he fairly stated the effect of the plans of a Voluntary System of Popular adopted by the Government in their Education ;') the Rev. Geo. Smith, of Minutes of Council. They had pro- Poplar; Dr. Leifchild; Edward Baines, posed to aid the voluntary principle, Esq. ; the Rev. Henry Townley ; Dr. and the effect had been to supersede it. Morton Brown, of Cheltenham ; Mr. The plan “had this radical and essen Unwin ; the Rev. G. W. Conder, of tial vice,-that the position then taken Leeds ; Dr. Massie ; Lawrence Hey. by the Government was,-as it had worth, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. W. Glensince proved itself to be,-an untenable denning ; the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, position; inasmuch as, that the moment of Christchurch ; Mr. Charles Reed; the Government undertook obviously Mr. Palmer ; John Crossley, Esq., of and avowedly to do all for the people in Halifax; the Rev. J. Hayden, of High the way of education, and to do this by Wycombe ; Henry Childs, Esq.; and a system of compulsory grants, the the Rev. Mr. Reynolds, of Leeds. natural tendency of that system was to

We feel that the time has come when demand more and more power, until Nonconformists must combine among they got the whole authority of sup- themselves, and carry out their Educaporting education into their own hands. tional plans with vigour. This will be Now, he appealed to facts of the present the best security against any vicious day, to show that what he had then an. system of Government Education with ticipated had not been carried out." | which we may be threatened. This will L. Heyworth, Esq., M.P., seconded Mr. be the only sure method of defeating the Baines's motion.

various doubtful opponents in the field. Mr. Alexander Campbell moved an We must merge our own minor differamendment, that the word “

voluntary ” ences to enable us to vanquish those be left out of the resolution, mainly on who would disturb all our present the ground that what our representa arrangements, and tax us for a comtives in Parliament did was voluntary- paratively worthless thing. With the a somewhat new doctrine. Mr. Alfred impulse Education has received, during Elliott seconded his amendment; but the last twenty years, we feel peronly three hands were held up for it. suaded that the Legislature had better

Thanks were then proposed by Dr. let it alone. It will only mar its proBrown, of Cheltenham, and seconded by gress by ineffectual plans.

A VILLAGE PREACHER.

me.

This excellent man was first intro. if his sleep go from him; nothing can duced to my notice on a Monday bring peace to that soul but an applicamorning. His wife came to me in great tion of the precious blood of Christ. I distress, saying, Will you please to knew this, and so proceeded with my speak to my husband ? Your hug. questions. What followed when he band! What is his name? What his would not eat his supper?—Why, he occupation? Where do you live? To went to bed, and I thought, I'll stay up these questions she replied. Does he until he falls asleep; perhaps a good get drunk?—No, sir, he has left off that. night's rest will restore him; but when Does he swear?—No, not now. Does I went up stairs he was wide awake! I he bring home his wages?-0, yes,

he did not speak to him. I went to bed is a good husband in that respect. and fell asleep, and about midnight he Then, what do you wish me to speak to awoke me with his groans.

Oh, this him about? At that she wept, and was dreadful! but I did not speak to replied, 0, sir, he is going out of his him. I fell asleep again, and again ho mind. Then you should call in Doctor awoke me with his groans. I then said,

-0, no, she added, if he is to be My dear husband, what is the matter? cured, you must do it.

Oh, said he, I believe the devil will have Then, pray tell me, what signs has What am I to do? Do! I replied, he given of going out of his mind? do this, never cross him; if he asks you Why, he was out the preaching three to pray with him, kneel down in a times yesterday; and in the evening he moment; if he asks you to go with would take our little boy with him, and him to the preaching, go; and I will the boy ought to have been in bed. venture to say you will soon be well Any other sign ?-Yes, sir; he would again; but don't cross him. make me kueel down last night, while I soon had an interview with him. he prayed with me. 0, and you were He was glad to find one who could frightened, I suppose?-Yes, sir, I was. enter into his feelings, and sympathise Then your husband never prayed with with him. He was in deep distress : you before, did he?—No, sir, never. the Spirit of God had convinced him of Well, my good woman, I do not see bis sin and danger. The weight of his anything alarming in all this. Is there guilt pressed him down; he was brokenany other sign ?-Yes, sir, he is losing hearted; yet his views of Christ, as an his appetite. He would not take his atoning Saviour, were very cloudy. supper. He said he could not. Bless Sometimes the law thundered its curses you, sir, he is

very
far gone!

Has it at him, and he knew not what to do. I long been so ? — I have observed it directed and encouraged him, pointing coming on for more than a month. 0, out particularly that verse—“ It is a what shall I do, sir ? Our house and bit faithful saying, and worthy of all acof land will be sold. He will go to the ceptation, that Christ Jesus came into asylum, and I and my children will be the world to save sinners, of whom I ai destitute! I said, Don't be alarmed: 1 chief.” I think I can cure him. I thought I Much of his time was now spent in understood his case. He was not the weeping and praying; and the prayerfirst man I had met with who had lost hearing God gave him such a sight of his appetite and his sleep too. O, when Jesus, as filled him with joy and peace. the Almighty fastens his arrows in a After some months he joined us at the sinner's guilty conscience, no wonder Lord's table, and for several years I

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have rejoiced in his progress as a Chris- / great and powerful awakening in a contian pilgrim travelling towards Zion. It gregation, where many are converted to was delightful to mark his constant at- God, it will often happen that a wife is tendance at the house of God, to see him converted, and the husband is not, or turning over the leaves of his new the husband is converted, and the wife Bible, and to witness the oft-falling is not. This may cause great alarm. tear. I remember on one occasion to The unconverted person cannot be eshave been greatly moved by his humble, pected to understand the subject. It is fervent prayer. Often I had felt in a new thing in the family. A man clined to ask him about the strong lan-praying, who had never prayed before ! guage which he had used to his wife This followed with loss of sleep, loss of on that night when he woke her with his appetite, and accompanied with sighs groans, and said to him, Did you actu- and tears and groans! No wonder if ally say to your wife, that you thought there is distress! Sympathy cannot be the devil would have you ?-Yes, he expected, and yet there may

be

pure replied, I said so, and I thought so too. I love and deep anguish. “0, I shall lose I had been a very passionate man, and my house and bit of land; my husband often gave loose to my feelings, and will go to the asylum, while I and my swore and cursed most horribly; and children will be destitute.” These were when God opened my eyes to see my the fears and feelings of this man's wife; guilt and ruin, I thought it impossible but she has lived to see the blessed there could be love enough in the heart effects of the Word of God upon her of God to save me: but it is not so husband's heart. Movements in our

NOW.

O no! blessed be God, I see congregations of this kind are greatly to Christ as "mighty to save,” yes, to save be desired, and to be sought by prayer even me!

and effort. Anything is better than And now this trophy of the grace of death. “Because thou art lukewarm, God stands up at times to proclaim sal- and neither cold nor hot, I will spew vation through the blood of the Lamb; thee out of my mouth." and I am told that such is the unction The state of this family, before the which attends his ministry, that his husband's conversion, is just a picture hearers are often in tears.

of the fearful state of things which exReader! does not this short history ists all over England. There are happy afford encouragement to preachers ? exceptions—but suppose that next Sun

What a mighty instrument they wield. day night, ten thousand of the now There are often in their congregations drinking, swearing, Sabbath-breaking, men and women too, of violent pas. God-forgetting husbands, were to say to sions, of proud hearts, of rebellious their wives, I can live no longer withwills, who are all fighting against God, out prayer in my house ; come wife, kneel and ruining their own souls. But the down and I will pray with you,would glorious gospel meets their case. It is not the wives take the alarm and be intended for sinners. Preachers ought to afraid that their husbands were going cherish the hope that erery sermon will out of their mind ? It was the first cause joy in the presence of the angels time your husband ever prayed with of God over ono sinner that repenteth. you, was it not? I inquired. Alas! how Preachers have the fire, the arrows, the can families lire so? How can people hammer, the sword! Shame on us who expect a blessing, who shut God out of preach the gospel, if we do not expect their houses? How can parents expect great conversions, and many of them. the love of their children, when they

This subject is full of instruction also slight their Father in Heaven? O ye to husbands and wives. In a time of parents, and masters, who never pray

with your families, consider your ways, warm-hearted and faithful brethren, and take warning in time, lest that who are able and willing to direct their come upon you which is mentioned in fellow creatures to Christ Jesus the the Bible—Pour out thy fury upon | Lord! Many of the parishes intested the heathen, and upon the families that with Puseyism would be almost desticall not upon thy name."

tute of the knowledge of the way of The increase of our population shows salvation, were it not for the labours of us how many parts of our country such devoted men. Some of our memneed good, zealous, village preaching. bers have experienced deep distress of A reading people is growing up. Good soul, agonizing views of guilt, and books are plentiful, and easily obtained. grand views of Christ as their Saviour. But if every man could read, and These are the men who, by their deep every man had a Bible, still, a word experimental acquaintance with the from the Eternal Throne would sound gospel, can melt a congregation to tears, in our ears, “Go ye into all the world, and, through God, “turn the world and preach the gospel to every crea- upside down." Such men ought to be ture.” This is God's great ordinance. sent forth. God honours them, and The living voice is God's chosen instru. God will honour them. I have lived ment for converting the world. We among them, and have witnessed the ought to have good schools, we ought fruits of their labours. Othat all the to have good books, but we must have Lord's people were prophets ! and great good preaching, or the people will perish. the company of those who publish sal

Lastly. How highly favoured are vation! Amen. those congregations which have a few

THE POPE'S NEW CATHEDRAL IN LONDON. So it appears we are to have a Romish nimous country. Will the promoters Cathedral in the heart of the Metropo- of this Popish scheme, who talk loudly lis, with ceremonies, and services, and of religious liberty when it suits their functionaries all purely Italian. Dr. purpose, accept the challenge of Dr. Wiseman, under à title which Great Cumming and Mr. Burgess, and aid by Britain disavows, and pronounces to be their contributions and influence at unlawful, is to be the presiding genius head-quarters, the erection of a Proover this new movement for the con testant Church within the walls of the version of apostate and unhappy Eng. city of Rome? Here is a fine opporland.

tunity for Roman Catholics who have We suspect the poor beleaguered spoken so energetically on the subject Pope has little to do with this impudent of religious liberty in the House of affair ; though he may be a willing in- Commons, to come forward en masse, strument in the hands of his Irish ad- and petition the Pope and his Cardinals visers at the court of Rome, and of the to give their sanction to the proposed misnamed Archbishop of Westminster. measure. If they allow the opportunity In the circumstances, and considering to pass without improvement, we shall the excitement created by the late Papal regard all their homilies about religious rescript, we cannot but regard this pet liberty as nothing better than pure selfItalian Church as an insult to the Bri- isliness,-a plea only for that liberty tish nation, intended to tax the patience for themselves which they would deny and forbearance of this free and magna- to all others.

Let not our readers forget that we dowment is withdrawn from Papists, in owe all this Popish insolence to latitu- our colonies and at home,—and till divarian Statesmen, and Romanizing every Romanizing teacher is expelled clergymen. The former class have con from the Established Church. The founded liberty with compromise ; and Puseyites are the enemies in the camp the latter, by their love of priestcraft to be watched and counteracted. They and spiritual domination, have tempted have made Rome bold;—and we have Rome to cherish the vain hope that she no doubt whatever that they have counwill recover Great Britain to her ghostly selled many of her late measures. An dominion.

Italian church built in London by the We have more to fear from Popish proceeds of an indulgence, may save endowments, and Popish Protestantism, some of them a long and expensive than from the whole power of the Vati- journey to the seven-hilled city. can. Let us never rest till every en

poetry.

BANOTIFIED AFFLICTION.

Extract from The Wells of Baca," by the

Author of The Faithful Promiser."*
“ Mine be the Cross, however hard to bear!

Oh! shall I not be willing to endure
Whate'er my God sees meet? How many

plants
Before emitting fragrance must be bruised!
So must the soul. Endure I rather would
The sharpest cuttings of the pruning-

knife,
Be stripp'd of all I have, than 'left alone'-
Abandon'd cumberer! Yes! rather far
Encounter fiercest hurricanes, than have
The bark which bears immortal destinies,
Lulld in the treacherous calm, and sufier'd

there
To sleep upon its shadows,—fearful prelude
To an eternal tempest!

Welcome storm
Which sends the Christian pilot to his

knees,
And, in a midnight of tempestuous gloom,
Directs the eye of faith, with longing gaze,
Upon the Star of Bethlehem! 'Twas not
Until the wind roused in tumultuous wrath
Gennesaret, the faithless mariners
Importunate awoke their sleeping Lord,
And forth the fiat of Omnipotence
Lull'd every angry wave. Oh! blessed end
Of sanctified affliction; brought to call
Upon our heavenly Pilot, and to listen
To the almighty mandate, 'Peace, be
still !'"

• See our Review.

TIIE CHILD AND FLOWERS. “ Work while it is day,for the night cometh,

when no man can work." ONE sumrner's morn a little girl

Had plucked some lovely flowers,
With which she played as passed along

Her happy childhood's hours.
But when the evening time came on,

The flowers looked worn and dead;
So down she to the sea-shore ran,

And with a sigh thus said:-
“I'll leave them here, that when the tide

Comes from the mighty main,
Its waves, perhaps, will freshen them,

And make them live again."
Next morn with eager steps she came

Her flowrets dear to track;
The tide had borne them all away,

But had not brought them back!
Our season here for doing good

Will soon have passed away;
The tide of time is rolling on

To vast eternity!
Our days of opportunity

Will soon be past and o'er;
The tide which carries them away,

Will bring them back no more !
Work while 't is day—the night comes on,

The scene will soon be dark :
Nou is the time for energy,
And now the time for work!

W. FIELD.

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