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earnestly exhorting the reader to a prayerful and diligent perusal of the Bible, and a regular attendance on the ordinances which God has appointed. Let no day pass without reading and meditating on some portion of it. It is not sufficient to possess merely a head knowledge of the truth, but the heart should be right with God. Let Sabbath school teachers also impress upon the attention of their young charge the necessity of making the Bible their daily study, and should the evils of Popery or the hideousness of Socialism assault them, the word of truth hid in their hearts and treasured in their memories will, with the divine blessing, be a shield to guard and protect them from the face of their enemies, and at last make them come off more than conquerors through him that hath loved us, and given himself for us. M.


THE CHURCH MISSIONARY DEPUTATION. (Continued from page 263.)

Leaving our head-quarters in the lovely villagetown of M-k,-(for we now enjoyed the refreshment of being lodged at the house of one of the oldest and dearest of our friends in the Ministry, from whom having been long separated by distance,-in face though not in heart,-we did rejoice to feel again that neither time nor distance, joys nor sorrows, can impair that bond of union which neither did the world create, nor can the world destroy) we proceeded to Y-1, where, with a delightful assemblage of

Clergy, and the excellent Vicar in the chair, we addressed a numerous meeting.-Beyond all doubt a Missionary spirit is one of the characteristics of a true Church, as it is of a true Christian. As in the mind of the Christian, so in the mind of a true Church, the same process may be observed and expected. First a care for our own salvation; 2ndly. for the salvation of those near and dear to us; 3rdly. for the salvation of the world. The Church of England, blessed be God, has this characteristic; and the three Societies, supported more or less by every order of her Ministry and her people, are the proof of it. It is delightful to hear, Mr. Chairman, of a town like this, so weighty in charge, so overwhelming in interest, that the important aid of district visiting is called into operation, and working well amongst you; and it may not be amiss to call the attention of the meeting to the fact, that in heathen lands the same valuable machinery is at work, and by the testimony of the Missionary not without the same success. 'Having felt long ago,' writes the Rev. J. H. Graf, from Sierra Leone, the necessity of some means for rendering the labours of Europeans more extended, and at the same time more energetic, in this populous place, where one or two Europeans are utterly unable to visit all the houses of the Natives, I began this year with the appointment of thirteen men and four women, chosen from the most consistent members of the Church, as District Visitors; to whom separate districts of St. Thomas's Parish were assigned, for the purpose of inducing their respective inhabitants, by frequent visits, and by such means as they might find best suited to their countrymen, to avail them

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selves of the public means of grace. From time to time I meet these Visitors, when they give me some account of what they have done, and of the success or disappointments with which they have met. Time will show the expediency or inexpediency of this plan; but I am happy to say, that, during the past quarter, it has proved greatly beneficial in bringing many under the sound of the Gospel who hitherto wanted to be stirred up, rather than persuaded to it by argument.

Jan. 16, 1839-I met the district Visitors for the first time, and gathered from them a good deal of information. The following are some of their remarks: 1. The people generally promise to come to Church by and bye-not unlike Felix of old. 2. Some promised to attend on the means of grace with the opening of the new Church; to which the Visitors replied, that it might then be too late for them. 3. Others wanted some time to make up their minds whether they should go to Church or not. 4. One man said that he was far too old now: it was not worth while for him to begin to go to Church now. 5. Some said that they had often made up their minds to go to Church, but Satan had always prevented them from going. 6. A notorious drunkard said it was of no use for him to go to Church, because nobody gave him any thing to drink there. 7. One man, a superstitious idolater, related that he had, one Lord's day, been on his way to Church; but having met the favourite snake which he is accustomed to worship and to call to his house by charms, he had taken it as a bad omen, and returned home. 8. A man was asked why and answered, because

he had not his child baptized?

he had heard that children who were baptized died sooner than others. I was highly pleased with the seasonable and just answers which the Visitors had given to those whom they had visited.'

Of our Missions in Southern India the Bishop of Madras makes the following interesting remarks,— That the great Head of the Church may be pleased to bless and prosper the humble labours of all his servants in all the diocese of Madras is my fervent prayer; and among these servants the Clergymen sent out by the Church Missionary Society are, I am thankful to say, conspicuous for diligence and devotedness. Of the girls school at Madras the Rev. T. H. Gray writes, "There is one pleasing feature which appears in all the schools-the breaking down of prejudice in regard to female education. Twelve months ago there was scarcely a school in which a girl was seen, and now very many flock to the schools, and some have become proficients in learning.' And again at Tinnevelly (where, through the blessing of God, that unity of the Spirit and bond of peace, so long interrupted by circumstances in which the attachment of the directors of the Church Missionary Society to the principles of the Church of England was not more severely tested than unquestionably demonstrated) the Missionaries report, 'The Kadatchapooram Girls' School has been established about two years, nearly thirty of the fifty who attend are able to read the Scriptures; some of these very fluently. They have learnt Catechisms and many hymns. One of the girls who knew not a letter when the school commenced has acquired such a knowledge of reading as to qualify her to act as a monitor; her conduct is most satisfactory.'

Of the difficulties and nature of our labours in Western India, the Rev. C. F. Warth informs us, that considering that a tour into the country would both be of advantage to his own health (after an attack of fever) and also serve the cause of his Mission: having procured from four to five thousand tracts and portions of Scripture, he set out in the direction of Pundhurpore, to which multitudes of the poor heathen were flocking at that time to worship the idol Krishna. He says, Nov. 2,- All night it has been exceedingly noisy; the banks of the river being crowded with people, all shouting, 'Great is the Vitoba (Krishna) of the Pundhurporians! Early this morning some pilgrims who were going home asked for Tracts. I rose and gave them, and spoke to them who assembled before my abode. I then went to the river; and, under the shade of a tree, and surrounded by vast multitudes, read a portion of St. Luke's Gospel, and explained to them the way of salvation. When I referred them to their own experience, and asked them what, after all their expense, trouble, and fatigue, they had got at Pundhurpore, they all agreed that they had got nothing; that they had not got rid of their sins; and that their religion could not save them. For a long time the people were remarkably quiet and attentive; but on my commencing to distribute tracts, peace was at an end. The pressure and tumult was such, that several persons were hurt, and others robbed of their turbans; for thieves are always at hand, on such occasions. On my return I was told, that after my departure from Kantarr, the Hindoos and Mussulmans quarrelled with each other, the one asserting that Vishnu, and the other that Allah, was the true

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