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course of his observations forcibly remarked, to address, while Sir Culling himself held an that from very respectable congregations umbrella over him. He mentioned this as they must not expect much pecuniary sup- illustrative of the pleasure he must feel at port; for he feared that, in such congrega. seeing a town which needed such services a tions, the people generally gave so much to few years ago, provided with so convenient themselves that they had very little left to a chapel as that which had been opened this give to God. He hoped that the debt which morning. at present existed would be liquidated by At five o'clock tea was provided in the the day's proceedings. The motto on which British School-room, when about 100 per. they should meet and on which they should sons assembled, and at six o'clock the new part that day, was-death to the debt. chapel was again crowded by a respectable (Laughter and cheers.)
congregation, and the evening service was The Rev. W. Ellis then proposed that commenced by the Rev. I. Anthony, of Hertthe thanks of the meeting be given to the ford, reading a part of the third chapter of ministers present, and especially to those St. John's gospel, and afterwards engaging who had assisted in the services of the day. in prayer.
The Rev. Mr. Blackburn acknowledged The Rev. James Sherman then preached the compliment, remarking that he had a very eloquent, impressive, and affecting once been in the town, as a missionary. Sir sermon, from Colossians i. 18. “ That ia Culling Eardley Eardley had sent him in his all things He might have the pre-eminence." carriage on one rainy day to preach in the The collections after the sermons wereopen air, and the weather was so unfavourable morning, 441. 168. 2d. ; evening, 25l. 48. that he could only get about a dozen persons
AN APPEAL FOR CHINA.-TO CHRISTIAN tion when we presented our petitions. Little MOTHERS.
did we think how forcibly we should be reA few years have passed since I bade
minded that we are "straitened in ourselves farewell to the missionary Smith, when
and not in God." If our hearts are right about to return to his labours in the field of with God, we cannot but be deeply moved India,—which, alas! he was never fated to by the statement that the agents in China reach. To me "he being dead yet speak.
of all the various Protestant Missionary eth ;" for often do his last words, “Mrs.
Societies of Great Britain and the United remember India,” recur to my mind, and
States amounted in the past year only to often have they excited in my soul a spirit about forty. Forty labourers amidst more of prayer for that dark and interesting than three hundred and sixty millions of country. And now Dr. Legge has spoken
heathen. The statement is indeed almost to my heart, and prompted me to remember overpowering ; but we must not be paraChina. The March Number of the Evan. lyzed by it. Oh, no! The strong claims gelical Magazine contained a stirring appeal of China forbid ; the glory of God and of from him on behalf of that populous empire.
Christ forbids ; and may the principle of Let me take this opportunity of calling the grace in our hearts, weak as it may be, also attention of those whose thoughts may be
forbid that we should yield to a spirit of arrested by these observations to the claims discouragement, of China as there set forth.
It is your privilege and mine, dear Dear Christian mothers, have not you
friends, to be helpers in missionary work. and I, in some of our best moments, before True, our position is that of “keepers at the throne of grace, earnestly invited the home;" but there it is, in the family circle Lord to open a way for the spread of the and in the privacy of the closet, that we gospel, through the length and breadth of are called upon to exercise our influence. China, and have we not been surprised and
Let us but think seriously of the condition delighted that so gracious an answer has of China, shut out as it has been for so long been vouchsafed? But, how do we feel from gospel privileges : let us be rightly now, when the painful fact is brought be affected by the fact, that adequate means for fore us, that means are wanting for the effecting its evangelization are as yet far from Chinese mission, both as it respects money being provided, and we cannot fail to exert and ayents ?
an increased measure of effort for the spiLittle did we anticipate such a destitu
ritual and eternal welfare of that important nation. One strong chain by which China | lief also that it shall be our distinguishing has been kept in bondage has been broken, honour to see some, at least, of that off, and evidently by the Omnipotent hand of a spring called and qualified for missionary prayer-hearing God. Another chain yet labour. It ought surely to rejoice our remains to be broken; only let prayer be hearts that those who are “bone of our made “ without ceasing of the church unto bone, and flesh of our flesh,” should go God, 'n and we shall see that not it respect to a dieta mit ihandsproclaiming to dark and it cannot hear, nor His arm shortened that And if at Ningpo one of the feebler sex can, it cannot save.
unshielded by the arm of man, but protected With reference to missionary agency, is by the “everlasting arms,” prosecute her it not truly painful that we see so very few honoured toil with safety and success, why of the sons of Christian parents giving may we not indulge the hope that to themselves up to the service of the gospel daughters as well as sons may be assigned, among the heathen? Many, indeed, want in the providence of God, a sphere of misthe due amount of physical ability, and of sionary work, in the faithful discharge of other needful qualifications ; but if our which angels shall rejoice, and God be glori. hearts had been properly alive to the Divine fied ? glory, we should not now be mourning over With a view to hasten on the blessed the great destitution of such able labourers; period, when the kingdoms of this world we should not now see so many promising shall become the kingdoms of Christ for youths choosing a life of comparative ease ever, allow me to suggest, at home, or embarking in military enter. That we fix upon a stated hour weekly prise, in preference to enlisting under the for special prayer in reference to the mis. banner of the Cross, and showing voluntary sionary cause ; and, consecration to missionary work. Have we That we make a greater effort to interest not failed in our efforts to promote the the young in missionary work. early conversion of our children, and in And then as it respects our petitions besolicitude to interest their minds in this fore the mercy-seat : great cause ? Let us seek to be more faith. 1st. Let us entreat God to give to his ful to the eternal welfare of our beloved church a more missionary spirit. offspring, to the claims of a perishing world, 2nd. Entreat him to give his church a and to the glory of the blessed Redeemer. far more self-denying spirit, in order to That we may become so, let us prayerfully carry out his great designs in reference to seek an enlarged measure of the Holy Spirit. tbe heathen.
We must, dear Christian mothers, in Di. 3rd. Let us entreat him to call out from vine dependence, pledge ourselves to more the families of the faithful many of the dear special effort and prayer on behalf of the youth for missionary labour. heathen, and especially the heathen in China. 4th. Let us entreat him to endow misWe have much encouragement to pray, and sionary enterprise, in all its various operato pray in faith, seeing that God has not tions, with the life.giving power of the Holy withbeld from the Chinese mission indubit. Spirit. able proof of his blessing. Just forty years That God may bless this feeble effort to ago the devoted, self-denying Morison en- promote his glory, is the sincere wish of a tered upon that field. He has entered into friend to missions. rest, and others who succeeded him "sleep [We have much pleasure in giving pub. in Jesus ;" but in the forty labourers above licity to the preceding judicious and earnest referred to, we see living testimony of the observations. The writer will be glad to providence of God; for these, like the altars know, that the Directors of the London erected by the patriarchs of old, exhibit to Missionary Society have been able to add our minds a beautiful and faith-strengthen- considerably to the number of "the mes. ing evidence of the faithfulness of Jehovah. sengers of the churches” appointed to labour May the claims which God has upon our in China. But still the claims of that in. gratitude and praise ever prove an irresist- teresting country and most promising field ible incentive to believing prayer; and if, as of labour are far from being adequately met. we would trust, the promise should soon be If Christian mothers will but lay those verified to us and ours, “I will pour my claims to heart, we may bope the Directors Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon will soon be enabled to do for China what thy offspring,” may we not cherish the be- they have it in their heart to do.-ED.]
SAMOA..-MISSIONARY OFFERINGS OF THE YOUNG.
The advantages connected with the possession of a Ship entirely devoted to Missionary Service were sensibly realised, and strongly appreciated, by our brethren of the South Sea Mission, during the recent voyages of the John Williams among the Islands of the South Pacific. The Juvenile Collectors and Contributors for the purchase of the vessel are reaping abundantly the rewards of their generous and self-denying efforts in the inestimable services which their good Ship is rendering to the interests of the Gospel in Polynesia ; and they will rejoice to learn that their Missionary zeal has touched a responsive chord in many youthful hearts in those distant lands. An instance of this is related in the following communication, under date of September last, from the Rev. W. Mills, of the Samoan Mission ; the perusal of which, we are assured, will awaken feelings of thankfulness and delight in the minds of our young friends :
“ The John Williams sailed from Apia Harbour on the 2nd of this month, and is now on her concluding voyage to the Westward, before leaving for England. She has on board sixteen Native Teachers, some of whom are married. Messrs. Pritchard and Williams, myself, and some of the brethren, accompanied the Ship outside the reef. The Sainoan Teachers seemed to feel much on parting with their friends. One of the most interesting sights connected with the effects of the Gospel is the simple devotion of many of these men to the cause of Christ, With none of the excitement which often attends such parting scenes in England, they embark with their small and simple store ; and, with eyes full of tears, look, probably, for the last time, on the green mountains of their native land.
“My brethren will doubtless have informed you of the liberality of the Samoan Children on this occasion. It was at first proposed that the Children of each district should subscribe a Canoe, for the use of the Native Teachers at the various Islands to the Westward. The proposal was met with a readiness I never could have anticipated. Our meeting was held on the 20th of June, under a grove of bread-fruit trees. I do not know that I have enjoyed a more interesting meeting during my residence in Samoa. The children came from the farthest village of my district, Mr. Pritchard was present, and gave them an interesting address.
“ The Children of each district then successively came forward with their offerings. There were upwards of 400 yards of English Cloth ; 87 fine mats, many of which would employ three or four months in making ; 369 pieces of native cloth ; eight axes; twelve pairs of scissors ; three razors ; five knives; and many other things : in all upwards of 700 articles, with fifty-seven dollars in money. Twenty-nine Canoes were bought, and what remained of the property was sent down to the Westward. The whole amount collected for this one object, in the different districts, could not be less than 3001. or 4001.
"Such is the advantage of having a Ship of our own, and a Captain MORGAN who is ever ready to do his utmost to advance the cause of Christ. Would it not have gladdened many young hearts in England, could they but have looked on the John Williams leaving our port, (p. 441,) laden with so many little Missionary Vessels : these will prove of great use to the Teachers, in enabling them to extend their labours round the shores of these distant Islands.
" The Missionary Ship has received on board upwards of forty tons of oil, besides a large quantity of arrow-root. Nearly twenty tons more, now being collected, will be shipped when she arrives. Add to this about twenty-four tons sold, for want of casks to contain it, since March 1845 ; and you will see that something has been done for the support of the Gospel among us. There has also been collected in money, at our May and Jubilee Meetings, since May, 1844, the sum of 1131. ; and besides all this, there is the large amount of property sent to the Teachers to Westward, and the many valuable offerings to the John Williams, in the shape of pigs, fowls, yams, and other native supplies."
Our engraving represents the John Williams, on the eve of departure from Apia Harbour, Island of Upolu, receiving the offerings of the Samoan Children, for the service of the Infant-Missions in the New Hebrides and other groups of Islands lying in the same direction.
SANDWICH ISLAND.-ENCOURAGING PROGRESS OF THE
MISSION. In the preceding article, we are informed of the preparations made for the voyage of the John Williams to the islands of Western Polynesia ; and, since that communication came to hand, we have received from Messrs. W. Gill and Nisbet, who sailed in the Ship on that occasion, a deeply interesting account of the voyage itself, and of their proceedings at the several Islands they visited. The first on which they landed was Fatè, or Sandwich Island, belonging to the Group of the New Hebrides. In a former number of the Missionary Magazine, we informed our readers of the commencement of a Mission there under very promising circumstances; and the subsequent progress of the work, with its present encouragements, wants, and claims, is stated in the appended extract from the narrative of our brethren :
We left Samoa on the 2nd of September, only given them favour among the people, having on board sixteen Teachers, fifteen of but had, to all appearance, blessed their whom were intended to reinforce the sta- labours to a degree fully equal to our extions already occupied, and one-a native of pectations. Savage Island—who goes for the purpose Four Teachers were originally left here. of introducing the Gospel among his be- Two were located in the neighbourhood of nighted countrymen, should the providence the harbour, and two at a village a little of God open the way for him.
way distant. These we found in the enOn leaving Samoa, we purposed to call joyment of excellent health; but the wife first at Anatom, but the wind not permit- of one of them was evidently drawing near ting, we sighted Erromanga on Sabbath, the the end of her course in this world. 13th of September; and, passing it, were off They had been treated with uniform Fatè (Sandwich Island) the next morning. kindness by the Chiefs and people among We lay-to off the district where the Teachers whom they dwell. At each place they had had been located by Messrs. Murray and been assisted in building a plastered house, Turner last voyage. After a short time we and in different ways had manifested their were cheered by seeing two of them come friendly feeling. At each of the stations off to us. Having ascertained that the in- the Chief and his family professed from the habitants were friendly, we cast anchor in first to join themselves to the Teachers for the Bay, and were soon surrounded by instruction, and the worship of God. Their great numbers of natives, all of whom mani- example was soon followed by others, and fested a high degree of friendly feeling. At the numbers kept gradually increasing, supset they were requested to leave for the till at last almost the whole population night, and in a short time all was quiet. professed to have renounced heathenism, During
the evening we received the report and joined the worship of the true God. of the Teachers respecting their work; and The Teachers then began to extend their were gratified to hear that God had not operations, and soon gained a footing at