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when Britain shall forget that, however good and peaceable subjects Roman Catholics may oftentimes be, she has no deadlier foe than that colossal power, to whose authority and to whose interests hers are ever subordinated in every true Papist's heart! Let the hour come when that power shall resume its ancient sway over Britain, and her liberties will be scattered to the wind, to be repurchased only by years of toil, and at the expense of conflicts and agonies which will furnish matter for a second "Book of Martyrs." Her true policy is to keep, with dignity and firmness, her supremacy while she has it-placing none of her subjects under civil or social disabilities because of their religion, but at the same time vigilantly marking the movements, and vigorously repressing the advances, of that insidious power, which, under the name of religion, seeks a supremacy fatal alike to national independency, to civil freedom, and to religious privilege.-British Quarterly for November, p. 543.
NEW ASYLUM FOR ORPHANS.
THE New Asylum for Infant Orphans was instituted in May, 1844, on liberal principles, for the purpose of relieving fatherless children under eight years of age, without respect to sex, place, or party. Its fundamental law is:
"That it being the design of this charity to receive and bless the fatherless infant, without distinction of sex, place, or religious connexion, it shall be a rule absolute, beyond the control of any future general meeting or any act of incorporation, that, while the education of the infant family shall be strictly religious and scriptural, no denominational catechism whatever shall be introduced, and that no particular forms whatever shall be imposed on any child contrary to the religious convictions of the surviving parent or guardian of such child."
In the short space of seven years it has received one hundred and sixty-eight children, and there are now ninety-nine in the house. The Board are making strenuous efforts towards the erection of a building, which will relieve the charity of its present heavy expense of £220 per annum for rent, and enable them to carry out arrangements for the comfort and welfare of the infant family, which they could not be justified in making on property in which they have no permanent interest. Upwards of £2000 has already been raised for this object, including a donation of 250 guineas from her Majesty the Queen on behalfof his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Treasurer - The Baron Lionel De Rothschild, M.P.
Sub-Treasurer-Rev. A. Reed, D.D.
all communications, subscriptions, and postoffice orders are to be addressed, at the Office, 32, Poultry.
ROBERT-STREET CHAPEL, GROSVENORSQUARE, LONDON.
THE Rev. C. R. Howell having been for some months laid wholly aside from pastoral duties, by an attack of congestion of the brain, which continues still to incapacitate him for all ministerial labour, has resigned his charge over the church and congregation meeting for worship in the above chapel.
ON November 4th, an interesting service was held in the Stoneway Chapel, Bridgenorth, in connexion with the settlement of the Rev. Samuel Clarkson (late of Sheffield), as minister of the above chapel.
After tea had been handed round to a numerous company, at six o'clock the religious services of the evening were commenced. Rev. J. Sutcliffe, of Ashton-underLyne, having offered prayer, the opening address was delivered by the newly chosen pastor, in reference to his purposes and views on entering upon the duties of his new sphere; then followed addresses by Rev. W. Thorp, of Shrewsbury, on "the Promise of the Spirit;" Rev. F. W. Briggs (Wesleyan), of Bridgenorth, on "Persevering Prayer;" Rev. J. Sutcliffe, of Ashton, on "Christian Unity and Co-operation;" Rev. J. Burrell, of Broseley, on "Family Religion;" Rev. E. Hill, of Shrewsbury, to "the Unconverted;" and Rev. A. Tilly (Baptist), of Bridgenorth, on “Voluntaryism." The chapel was well filled, and although the service did not close until halfpast nine, the earnest attention of the congregation was fully sustained throughout.
WEST CLAYTON-STREET CONGREGATIONAL
CHAPEL, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. THIS handsome and commodious chapel, erected by Richard Grainger, Esq., the eminent builder, for the congregation previously worshipping in the Postern Chapel (disposed of to the York, Newcastle, and Berwick Railway Company), was opened for public worship on Wednesday, the 4th of June last, when eloquent and impressive sermons were preached to overflowing congregations,—in the morning by the Rev. Thomas Binney, of London, and in the evening by the Rev. Dr. Raffles, of Liverpool.
In the afternoon, a numerous company of ladies and gentlemen dined together in the School-room, the Rev. Alexander Reid, the pastor, presiding. After dinner, addresses were delivered by the Chairman, the Revs. Thomas Binney, Rogers, Pringle (United | Presbyterian), Bell (United Presbyterian)
Hoy (Free Church), Green (Baptist), Pottenger (Baptist), Mr. James Wilson (Treasurer of the Building Fund), &c. Sermons were also preached on the following Lord's-day by Mr. Binney, when hundreds of persons were unable to obtain admission; and on Lord'sday, the 15th, by the Rev. Dr. Alexander, of Edinburgh. The collections amounted to £127.
The chapel is 70 feet by 51 feet, and is calculated to seat 800 persons. In addition to vestries and class-rooms, there is a large School or Lecture-room underneath the chapel, 55 feet by 46 feet, fitted up with suitable convenience for public meetings, tea parties, &c. A powerful organ (which is considered a remarkably fine-toned instrument), has been built expressly for the chapel by Mr. Nicholson, organ builder, of that town, and was played at the opening service by Mr. Ions, organist of St. Nicholas's Church. The entire cost will be about £4200, of which £3400 has been already raised (inclusive of £1900 received for the sale of the old chapel), leaving a debt of £800 on the building.
After tea, a public meeting was held in the new place of worship, when Mr. Joseph Brown, one of the deacons, was called to the chair.
Mr. Brown, in his opening speech, drew a happy contrast between the condition of the church during the reign of the later Stuarts and the present tine. He spoke of the effect of the Five Mile and Conventicle Acts on the then pastor and people, and the moral heroism which they manifested, and the calls which the favourable circumstances of the present times made upon those present for gratitude to the great Head of the church, in crowning with success the efforts of their forefathers to secure for the nation the blessings of civil and religious liberty.
The Rev. P. H. Davison, the active and laborious minister of the church, then read a summary of the church's history, derived principally from the original church-book, bearing date, at its commencement, 2nd October, 1651.
It is interesting to state, that this record, which contains rather ample notices of some of the leading events of those times, is (for the first fifty years) in the hand-writing of George Larkham, the first minister of the place; and, perhaps, there are few church records in the kingdom possessing greater interest to the Christian antiquary.
The meeting was also addressed by the Rev. W. Brewis, of Penrith; the Rev. M. Harvey (Presbyterian), Maryport; W. Gordon (Presbyterian), Workington; and the Rev. D. Smith, LL.B., of Whitehaven.
Between the addresses anthems were sung by a select choir, and a handsome sum was realized towards the trust-funds.
These services will be long and gratefully remembered by those who were permitted to be present.
MR. ROBERT BOYLE'S ILLUSTRATED SIONARY LECTURES ON THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS.
THE design of these Lectures is to exhibit the triumphs of the Missionary cause; and it
seems to us that they are admirably fitted to do so. That which is seen by the eye makes a deeper impression upon the mind than that which is heard by the ear; and, according to this principle, Mr. Boyle endeavours, by the
power of art, to render us spectators of many of the most interesting scenes that have occurred in the history of the South Sea Missions.
The scenes chosen are well selected and beautifully executed; and the effect upon the mind of the spectator is both instructive and pleasing. Mr. Boyle accompanies the exhibition with explanations, descriptive of the scenes shown, and of the events that have taken place in the Mission, so that the spectator is prepared to appreciate the picture before him. Various groups of islands in the South Seas are visited; the horrid rites of the natives in their heathen state displayed; and then the same persons, converted by the gospel, are presented, decently clothed and assembled in their neat churches, engaged either in worshipping God, or in holding missionary meetings. We are satisfied that these pictorial representations, so happily executed, are the best substitute that can be given for the actual view of the scenes described. The beauty and distinctness of the figures, the splendour of the tropical scenery, and the interest attaching to the events, all of which really took place-are calculated to instruct both old and young, and to deepen the interest which is now so happily taken in the work of missions. We very cordially recommend these Lectures to congregations and Sabbath-schools,-welcome Mr. Boyle as an efficient and most deserving fellow-labourer, who is turning to good account, in the best of all causes, the gifts with which the Lord has endowed him, and are happy to learn that he has been explaining his South Sea Mission scenes to large and admiring audiences in Glasgow, in Edinburgh, and in various towns in the west of Scotland.-Editor of the Missionary Record of the United Presbyterian Church.
A VIEW OF THE FUTURE.
(To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) REV. AND DEAR DOCTOR,-In reading the life of that venerable man, the Rev. John Carter, of Belsted, in Suffolk, I was struck with the following passage, and as it may interest some of your readers, I shall be glad to see it in your excellent miscellany:
greatest persecutions.'" pp. 13, 14. Duod.
When he was pressed by some แ to tell them his judgment concerning the future state of the church, saying to him, that he had travelled much in the Revelation, and they were persuaded God had revealed something more than ordinary to him,' What do you think, shall we have Popery once again, or no?' He answered, You shall not need to fear fire and faggot any more; but such dreadful divisions will be amongst God's people, and professors, as will equalise the
Mr. Carter died Feb. 21, 1634, æt. 80. I remain, &c.,
A CONSTANT READER.
COLONIAL MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Or all the Institutions which aim at the evangelization of the world, and which are the glory of our age and country, the Colonial Missionary Society ranks among the most important. The redundant population of the United Kingdom is flowing like a mighty tide to the distant regions of the earth, and laying broad and deep the foundations of future empires. The rapidity with which infant settlements have become powerful colonies, has outstripped the calculations of the most sanguine. The district of Port Philip, for instance, now erected into the Colony of Victoria, comprising the southern coast of New South Wales, was, in 1836, untrodden by the foot of civilized man. It now contains 60,000 inhabitants, whose wealth in their flocks and herds is estimated at three millions sterling! Melbourne, the capital, in 1839, contained but 400 souls; it is supposed now to contain no fewer than 25,000. Its streets, shops, and public buildings may vie with those of our own metropolis. New South Wales, first settled in 1787, now contains a population of 180,000, of whom 50,000 are in Sydney. If we turn from the southern to the northern hemisphere, we discover equal cause for wonder at the mighty increase of the British people, seeking and finding a resting-place amidst the eternal forests of Canada, hitherto the haunts of the antelope and the bear. If, then, our countrymen are thus rapidly "replenishing the earth," the Committee of the Colonial Missionary Society feel it of unspeakable importance that they should carry with them the literature, the morality, and the religion of their native land.
The colonists earnestly desire the aid the Almost every wind that blows wafts to us the cry, “ Come over and help us!" "Send us," they say,
Society is designed to afford.
men of piety and zeal, of talent and enterprise, and the whole colony would be ours." Shall we not regard their imploring attitude and listen to their earnest entreaties? Many of them are our acquaintances, our relatives, and were once our fellow-worshippers," walking with us to the house of God." Their voices mingled with ours in the solemn services of the sanctuary, and not a few sat by our side when we partook of the memorials of a Saviour's dying love. Great, therefore, would be our sin did we neglect and forsake them now that, in the providence of God, they have to struggle with the hardships and difficulties of Colonial life.
An additional argument for increased effort | may be derived from the untiring zeal of the emissaries of Popery. By grants of money from the local or Imperial Government, and by large sums from the Propaganda priests of Rome, the "man of sin" has acquired a power with which it is difficult to contend. In the year 1822 there were but two Popish priests in the whole of Australasia. There are now two hundred, with eight bishops and an archbishop! They are indefatigable in their efforts, striving to insinuate themselves, and to diffuse the poison of their dogmas through all the ramifications of society. Against this flood of error, the Protestant Episcopal Church forms but a feeble barrier, being, in many respects, too much assimilated, in her ceremonial observances and precise rituals, to her rival hierarchy. The only hope, therefore, of preserving the "simplicity that is in Christ," and of promoting the cause of " pure and undefiled religion," is found in the evangelical efforts of those who are contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints." Amongst the foremost of these are to be found the agents of the Colonial Missionary Society. To increase their number, until all the Colonies of the British crown are furnished with an able, zealous, and successful ministry, is the object to accomplish which the Society exists and labours. Will not the British churches with their pastors aid the Committee in their efforts to effect this? Let every one who reads these statements, ask himself, have I done all that I could, all that I ought, to help onward a cause that so commends itself to my principles, my conscience, my heart? Can I not encourage the Committee in their arduous, anxious work, by my sympathies, my prayers, and my contributions? To these inquiries it may be answered, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, for there is neither work nor knowledge nor device in the grave whither thou hastenest."
BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS.
THE friends of this Society have been frequently reminded of the devoted and useful services of Mr. BEN OLIEL, their Jewish
Missionary on the northern coast of Africa. In answer to prayer, the bitter enmity manifested by his family on his having avowed himself a believer in Jesus, has been subdued-a father's and a mother's blessing has succeeded to the malediction once uttered. But there was no evidence in any of them of a change of heart. At length a younger brother has been won to Christ. The parents were induced to commit him to the care and tutelage of our missionary, and it has been his joy to behold the once bigoted rabbinist sitting at the feet of Jesus, and joining with the little band of disciples at Gibraltar to commemorate His dying love. The missionary, on departing for a tour on the coast of Africa, left him under the care Mr. Lowitz, another of our missionaries, and also under the instruction of the Wesleyan ministers, the Rev. Messrs. Alton and Cheeseborough. He has preached the gospel which once he despised, fully and freely to Papists and to Jews, and walks holily and unblameably before the church and the world. One of the above ministers thus writes of him: "To me it has been a spiritual treat to listen to his religious experience from week to week, and to trace the gradual clearing of his views and deepening of his feelings on religious subjects. He is thoroughly in earnest, but, from his natural diffidence, he rejoices with trembling; yet I think you would be surprised to hear the humble but strong confidence with which he expresses himself when speaking of the peace and joy he feels through believing in Christ, whom he has embraced, and now magnifies as his Messiah, his Saviour, and his all. His general deportment is truly admirable. His talents are good, and he is very meditative." The other respected minister says: "I believe that the Lord is preparing him for an ambassador of the cross, and should this be the case, it will be very desirable that an effort should be made to place him in some college, for a year or two, in England."
The record of this instance will, it is hoped, awaken prayer for our young brother, and call forth some aid for the Society, whose resources are far below the demands made upon them.