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quiry, and expressing a hope that the decree With no narrow, sectarian prejudices, obwould be revoked; but hitherto no reply scuring Him who is light and life from the has been obtained, and the meetings for view of the faithful, with an enlightened worship are suspended. M. C-, the victim discipline, regulated only by the word of of this arbitrary conduct, although by birth God, and just adapted to maintain the flock & Swiss, is of French ancestry, being de- | in a Christian course-placed in a city, from scended from French refugees, who fled to its institutions, the most Romish in France, Switzerland to escape the dragoonades. One and in which Popish error has dug the of this family suffered martyrdom at Rouen deepest channels for bigotry and infidelity, for having circulated religious tracts! M. the Evangelical Church of Lyons has a gloC- has lived for twelve years in France, rious career in prospect. The signal blesshas obtained most honourable testimonials, | ings with which it bas been so abundantly has married a French woman, and is now favoured by the Lord are a pledge of still the father of a family.
greater blessings. Doubtless, it has its The Archives du Christianisme declares troubles and its seasons of lukewarmness. that this is the most outrageous violation of Where is the church that has them not? religious liberty that the Government has Yet it would be difficult, I believe, to find bitherto undertaken the responsibility of, in France a community in which the Holy in order to propitiate the Romish clergy. Spirit has operated and operates still in so The meetings offended the bishop; therefore visible a manner. The Evangelical Church they were suppressed, and M.C- banished of Lyons is composed of upwards of 300 one month before the elections ! Sixty-nine communicants, (almost all of whom hare of the principal inhabitants request an in- / been rescued from the Church of Rome,) quiry, and the Minister remains silent. and is constantly increasing. The auditors * This is a foretaste," says the Archives, are from 1,400 to 1,500, and the number " of the régime with which we are threat. would be still greater were not many preened." -- Continental Echo.
vented from attending by distance."-Continental Echo.
EVANGELICAL CHURCH OF LYONS.
SENS. We mentioned in our last that M. Des- |
The following account of the remarkable combez, one of the seceding pastors at Vaud, 1 movement in the city of Sens and its vi. had entered into official connection with the
cinity (department of Yonne) is contained Evangelical Church of Lyons. We have in a letter from the French correspondent of now lying before us extracts from this the Presbyterian, who is one of the most gentleman's journals for July and August. distinguished Protestant ministers in France. From those of his remarks, which we sub- | How loudly do such facts as it contains call join, it will be seen that the church of on all who read them to aid with all their Lyons continues to advance in spiritual might in the cood so
might in the good work. We will only add prosperity, and to hold forth the word of that Sens is a large city, an archiepiscopal
that Sens is a large city, an a life amid surrounding darkness :
see. It is on the road from Paris to Lyons, " After a connection of about six weeks and less than one hundred miles from the with the Evangelical Church of Lyons, I former. M. de Pressense is the General can only bless and magnify the Lord. Shall Agent for France of the British and Foreign I arow it? More than once during a mi. | Bible Society. nistry of twenty-five years as a national Some months since, a young man, weakly pastor in the Canton de Vaud, I had formed | in appearance, and of timid deportment, an ideal of a Christian church- an ideal called on M. de Pressense, and begged him which I was indeed far from seeing realized to admit him into the number of his colporin my native land; a church released from trurs. Our brother represented to him the the bonds and fetters of the State, truly difficulties, the mortifications, the fatigues united in all its parts, and cordially extend to which this work would expose him, and ing the hand of fellowship to Christians of which appeared too great for bis feebleness. all denominations - a missionary church. "I have weigbed all that," replied he, animated by that expansive and loving spirit ! " but it has not moved me. The Lord will which so eminently characterized the church strengthen me. I must labour for bis sake.'' of the first ages-a church of which each At last, seeing that he was, at once, very member should be adequately impressed decided and very calm, M. de P. yielded, with his vocation as a Christian, and labour fearing to go contrary to the will of God, each in his sphere to bring souls to Christ and promised to employ him. It remained - this was the ideal I longed to behold, and to determine on the field of operation. M. this I hare, I believe, to a great extent re- de P. proposed to send him into a field al. alized in the Evangelical Church of Lyons. ready occupied by others, in order that he
might profit by their directions, and only make any objections to the execution of this have to enter into their labours. “I ask project. This magistrate showed the most nothing better than to be placed under the favourable disposition, and of his own acdirection of a brother of greater experience cord, indicated to M. Audebez several lo. than myself," said the young man, “but' calities in the city, which might be thought my heart would lead me to Sens. I cannot of, as proper for holding meetings. One of hinder myself from thinking that there is i these only appeared to be suitable; but M. something to be effected in that city." " To A. observed to the mayor, that it presented Sens, my friend? You do not consider. but one inconvenience, namely, that it was Nothing, as yet, has been done in that city. 'so wedged in between the archbishop's It is peopled only with Roman Catholics. ' palace and the houses inhabited by the It would be to commence with the greatest priests, that, in choosing it, there might be difficulties." " That is true, sir; but I an appearance of purposing a defiance of have a notion that many of the inhabitants the Roman clergy, which M. A. was very of Sens are sighing after something better, far from intending. “But, sir," replied and that they will inquire after the word of the mayor, "you do not choose it. You God," &c. At last the young man still in. take it, because you have no other place ; sisted so much on this point, that M. de P. and it would be placing too much stress on yielded again from the same motive as be: a scruple, to abstain from
holding your worfore, but with little confidence. However, ship there on that account," M. A. then he committed to him a hundred and fifty opened the place for worship without delay. New Testaments, and despatched him to The place, which is capable of containing Sens.
several hundred persons, was more than A week had passed away since the arrival / full. The people were squeezed together ; of the new colporteur at Sens, when M. de the passages, stairs, every Pressense received a letter from him. He crowded. The mayor gave M. A. two had sold the one hundred and fifty New agents of the police to preserve order. One Testaments, and requested immediately, and of these agents received good impressions by the quickest way, an additional supply of from the word of God, and under the pretwo hundred. M. de Pressense asked him. text of maintaining order, he employed himself what this could mean, but yet forwarded self at the following meetings, in showing to him the two hundred Testaments. An- those who came in to seats; discharging other week passed, and the colporteur wrote: the functions of a sexton rather than those “I have sold the two hundred Testaments' of a police-agent; his heart was evidently also. Please forward to me, without delay, interested. The place having become wholly three hundred copies more." This time M. insufficient, the mayor placed at the disde Pressense hesitated. He was so much posal of our friend, a room in the townastonished at so rapid a sale, that he sus-, hall, capable of containing, easily, five hunpected some trap bad been laid for the in- 'dred persons, and more, by crowding close experienced colporteur ; perhaps the priests together. The prefect, however, obliged had caused the books to be purchased, in the mayor to withdraw the grant of this order to burn them, &c. Some days again public room to M. A. had passed, when another letter from the In consequence of this, M. Audebez hired colporteur had arrived. At this time, he another room ; but it proved altogether inno longer asked for books merely, but for a sufficient. He then took it into his head to minister of the gospel. He wrote, that he build a chapel. But for this, twenty five was not sufficient to satisfy the numerous thousand francs were necessary; fifteen inquiries which were addressed to him, that thousand for a building lot, and ten thoua lively attention was awakened, and that it sand for the edifice; and the society, at was absolutely necessary that a minister that momeut, was already about eighteen should come, to meet the felt need of spirit. thousand francs in debt. In the meanual nourishment. M. de P. convoked the while, M. E-, a Genevese, well known for committee, and read this letter to them. his wealth, his liberality, and also his piety, The rev. pastor Audebez, who was present arrived at Sens. He saw what was passing at the meeting, arose and said: "I am there, and was delighted with it. He said ready to go to Sens. I will set out this to M. Audebez, “ You must build a church." evening, or to-morrow;" and he kept his “Yes; but the money." "I will give fifteen word.
I thousand francs towards it,” With this When he arrived at Sens, he found that generous donation, M. Audebez commenced all the colporteur had written was accurately immediately to build ; being persuaded that true. He had sold eight hundred New the Lord would send him, with the same Testaments in three weeks, and many per- faithfulness, the balance of the sum which sons were desirous of having a meeting he needed. The zeal with which his hearers opened for evangelical worship. He repaired attended his instructions was well calculated to the mayor's, and inquired.if he would to encourage him. One day, while holding
a meeting, he was interrupted by a man say. , yet how powerful a movement does this iming suddenly, “ It is a pity!" without add. pression itself suppose! One of my friends, ing anything more. At the end of the a minister, who has just visited that part of service, M. Audebez asked him wbat he the west, where a like movement is going meant by this exclamation. “Ah, sir, I forward, (Haut Vienne and Lower Charente,) meant that it is a great pity that you cannot received, while there, similar impressions. always remain with us, to tell us things so He is of opinion that entire Roman Catho. profitable." This saying, so simply inge. | lic populations would be brought over to nuous (naif,) reminds me of one which fell the Protestant communion, if we only had from some of M. Roussel's hearers in
labourers to send into tbe field which is so Upper Vienne. They were accustomed, in | unexpectedly open for us. the winter evenings, to meet in stables, to converse about Divine things, because i twas warm there. One time, M. Roussel, who
MADEIRA. had been hurrying hither and thither all day, preaching the gospel, was overcome in the evening with fatigue. “My friends," (From the Free Church Magazine.) said be, “ sleep is getting the better of me; / The news from Madeira is somewhat I must retire." "Very well, reverend pas. startling. Tbey present us with Popery in tor," these good peasants replied, “ we can
its true colours--the same hater of the wait; sleep awhile, and you will begin and Bible, the same persecutor of truth as of talk to us again." But to return to M. old. The outrages are no longer confined Audebez; I will give you an instance here, to the poor Portuguese converts; they have wbich will show you with what ardour his extended to the British residents and instructions are sought after. A Christian visitors. The Misses Rutherford,—three friend, skilful in sacred music, happened to young ladies, the daughters of Mr. Oliver visit him at Sens. They agreed to organize Rutherford, of Edgerston, one of them a a meeting for singing on the same evening. very great invalid, living alone and unproThey notified to a few persons that they in tected, -were the first sufferers. And of what tended to have singing exercises; and offence had they been guilty? Simply the scarcely more than these twenty or thirty allowing a few of the poor hunted Portu. persons were expected at the meeting. Two guese to meet in their house for the purpose hundred and fifty came! and when the sing. of reading the Scriptures together, and ening was closed, and they were about to
gaging in devotional exercises. For this, separate, some of them said to M. Audebez, their windows were smashed in, and their “ Reverend pastor, we must not separate door burst open at midnight, their house until you have prayed."
ransacked by a savage mob, instigated by a This is not all. M. Audebez has received Romish priest, and themselves at length deputations from several other important forced to take refuge on board a vessel in towns in the department of Yonne; they the harbour. Tois took place on Sabbath, requested him to establish Protestant wor. the 2nd of August. Then, on the following ship at Joigny, Villeneuve, and Auxerre, Sabbath, we have an attempt on the life of the capital of the department. Beholding all | Dr. Kalley, and the sacking of his house. this movement, M. Audebez repaired to This was done with all deliberation and preParis, to consult the committee of the monition ; so that when the Popish assailsociety; and there, with tears in his eyes, ants arrived at the scene of their intended he said to his colleagues, “Give me pastors operations, they were met by the governor immediately; strip other posts, if it must of the island, the chief of the police, and be so, but give me pastors." He declared the British consul. In the presence of these that if they could put at his disposal forty functionaries, they broke into Dr. Kalley's ministers, he would, on the spot, place house, searched every corner of it for their them in the department of Yonne; and he victim, tumbled out his books and papers did not doubt, that in a short time he would on the street, and made a bonfire of them, have places ready for the settlement of a and set up yells of triumph as they tore hundred there. He added, that if they the Bibles and cast them into the flames. could actively meet the demands of the Meanwhile Dr. Kalley, disguised in a female Roman Catholic population, he would not dress, had made his escape on board the be surprised if, out of four hundred thou. | British West Indian steamer, which had sand souls, of which the population of this just arrived in the Bay, and being joined by department consists, three-fourths should Mrs. Kalley, they sailed with the steamer come over to Protestantisin. Admitting that evening, leaving his property in Madeira that this impression may be exaggerated, .in the hands of the mob.
AMOY. STATE OF THE INHABITANTS AND PROSPECTS OF THE MISSION. Our readers, who are desirous of enlarging their knowledge of the moral condition of the Chinese—their customs, vices, and superstitions—the progress of the Gospel amongst them -and the means best adapted for its wider diffusion ; will find in the succeeding passages, from the recent correspondence of our Missionary brethren at Amoy, a large amount of interesting information. An attentive consideration of the facts and observations included in this statement will not fail to produce a deeper spiritual concern on behalf of the human myriads who crowd this dark land ; combined with a more powerful and solemn impression of the importance of the Missionary Enterprise in that country, and of the obligations of the churches of Christ to employ with a more liberal hand their abundant resources for its extension and triumph :
(From Messrs. J. Stronach and W. Young, Amoy, June 29, 1846.)
The power of grace in saving the aged. It will afford you pleasure to hear that Mr. Pohlman, of the American Board, has had the gratification of introducing into the Christian Church, by baptism, two aged Chinese Converts. They began to attend the preaching of the word soon after Dr. A beel commenced service at Amoy, and have continued to do so ever since. In spite of much opposition, they have given up their idols, and displayed an amount of Christian knowledge and a state of heart and conduct which inspire the hope that they have been “born from above." They are both about seventy years of age, and their renunciation of idolatry and reception of Christianity have excited much bitterness and enmity on the part of their nearest relatives; but they have counted the cost, and been enabled to persevere. We each bore a share in the baptismal and communion services; and, in common with the other brethren, felt it was an interesting season. At our monthly communions these old men sit down regularly with us: the service is conducted partly in Chinese and partly in English ; a number of Chinese attending as spectators. Thus a beginning has been made-a small one, it is true, but still a beginning; and we trust that God will yet add to his church in this place many of the saved.
Extensive diffusion of divine truth. During the last three or four months, we have made excursions to upwards of twenty towns and villages in the neighbourhood ; some of them situated on the island of Amoy, and others on the neighbouring continent. As usual, we found the inhabitants very friendly and disposed to listen to our addresses and receive our books. In this way the attention of multitudes is directed, temporarily at least, to the only true revelation, and a considerable amount of saving truth is communicated. Large market towns and villages have been thus visited, some of them containing as many as 10,000 inhabitants; and the communication, between them and Amoy, is so close and constant, that, were an interest in Christianity excited in the minds of any thus instructed, they could have no difficulty in obtaining more abundant information.
Defective education of the people. In the course of these excursions, we have opportunities of becoming acquainted with interesting facts regarding the mental and moral condition of this teeming population. In regard to the former, we have ascertained that the educational acquirements of the vast majority are very small. There are great numbers who do not know one character from another. There are many who can give the names of the characters