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Perhaps, dear children, you are sur- , to keep the book which had been such prised that Johnny's mother did not a treasure to her son. She longed to weep to hear her boy was dead. Do have it to keep as a remembrance of you wonder how it was that she should him, that she might look at places be so happy when the sailor told her | worn by his hands, and so find out big she would never see him again in this | favourite chapters. world ? I am not surprised that it But this the poor fellow would not should seem strange to you; but just consent to. “No, madam," he said, think how very anxious she had been “ he gave it me with his dying hand for so many years that her child should and he bade me read it, and I've turn from his wicked ways and be- | always kept it since, and, please God come a child of God; how she had | I'll never part with it as long as I prayed for him; think of this, and live." think, too, how she had often fancied She could not urge him, and so ha that God did not hear her prayer; and kept it, and was soon far away again then I think you will understand how tossing on the sea ; but wherever Le delighted she must have been to find | went the Testament went with him.. that all the while she had been doubt and I think I may say that it was ing, God had been watching over, made, by God's blessing, the means ci caring for, and leading her boy, and saving two precious souls. that now he was safe-safe for ever. Dear children, this has been a sad
I have no doubt she wept for him story, but there are two things we can afterwards, but at first she could do learn from it: first, that if we neglect nothing but praise God for His great the wishes and advice of those who mercies ; she felt as if she could say love us, sorrow and suffering will most with the good old man in the Bible, likely be our lot. And, besides this, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy servant it shows us that God does hear and depart in peace, for mine eyes have answer prayer. Perhaps He will not seen thy salvation."
answer at once; but if He keeps us I do not know whether she told the waiting, it is only to make us ask sailor of the discovery she had made, again and again, and if we do so, the and the pleasure it gave her, but she answer will be sure to come at last. entreated him earnestly to allow her |
Gems from Golden Mines.
THE EFFECT OF GRACE. | They were born such. The grach ,
God changes no more the natura WHILE the grace of God changes features of the mind than it does thos all who are brought in conversion of the body-as the negro said, it gat under its influence, it does not impart him a white heart, but it left him stall any new power or passion, but works to use the language of another, th by giving to those we already have a image of God carved in ebony. Beth holy bent, by impressing on them | meal into which that woman hides th a heavenly character. For example, leaven, meal of wheat or meal of barley grace did not make David a poet, or it will come from her hands, from i Paul an orator, or John a man of process of leavening, from the ter warm affections, or Peter a man of oven, cakes of the same grain. For? strong impulses and ardent zeal.' is not the substance but the characte of the meal that is changed. Even so | Drooping and faint the reapers hasten with the effect of grace. It did not home, give John his warm affections; but it | Each laden with his sheaves. fixed them on his beloved Master- | Last of the labourers, Thy feet I gain, sanctifying his love. It did not inspire
Lord of the harvest ! and my spirit Vehemiah with the love of country;
grieves but it made him a holy patriot. It
That I am burdened, not so much with did not give Dorcas her woman's heart,
grain her tender sympathy with suffering;
As with a heaviness of heart and but it associated charity with piety, brain; and made her a holy philanthropist.
Master, behold my sheaves ! It did not give Paul his genius, his resistless logic, and noble oratory;
Few, light, and worthless-yet their but it consecrated them to the cause
trifling weight of Christ; touching his lips as with a
Through all my frame a weary aching live coal from the altar, it made him
leaves; such a master of holy eloquence that
For long I struggled with my hapless he stayed the multitudo at his will,
fate, humbled the pride of kings, and com
And stayed and toiled till it was dark pelled his very judges to tremble. It
and latedid not give David a poet's fire and a
Yet these are all my sheaves ! poet's lyre; but it strung his harp Full well I know I have more tares with chords from heaven, and tuned than wheat; all its strings to the service of religion | Brambles and flowers, dry stalks and and the high praises of God. So grace withered leaves; ever works! It assimilates a man to Wherefore I blush and weep, as at Thy the character of God. It does not feet change the metal, but stamps it with I kneel down reverently and repeat,, the Divine image ; and so assimilates “Master, behold my sheaves !" all who have received Christ to the I know these blossoms clustering nature of Christ, that unless we have
heavily the same mind, more or less de- ! With a
With evening dew upon their folded Feloped, in us that was in Him, the
leaves Bible declares that we are none of Can claim no value nor utilityHis. - Dr. Guthrie,
Therefore shall fragrance and beauty
The glory of my sheaves. "BRINGING OUR SHEAVES | So do I gather strength and hope anew; WITH US."
For well I know Thy patient love The time for toil has past, and night perceives has come,
Not what I did, but what I strove to The last and saddest of the harvest
And though the full ripe ears be sadly Worn out with labour, long and weari
Thou wilt accept my sheaves.
THE MISSION IN DELHI. | ample of the converts dwelling in their For many years the Baptist Missionary midst. Among the Hindus controversy Society has had a station in the Im has almost ceased. The Mussulmans, perial city of the Great Mogul. Thirty indeed, exhibit more opposition than years did Mr. Thompson labour within usual, but even that is of a much and without its lofty walls, apparently milder kind than of yore. Night after with little success, but, as the result | night do they meet the missionaries in shows, leaving behind him a seed the bazaar with their old threadbare which the Lord has blessed. The two objections, and sometimes the discusshort years which intervened between sions continue till long after dark. his death and the outbreak of the great But a great change has taken place in Sepoy war of 1857, were filled up by the manner of their opposition. Inthe labours of Wabayah Ali and Mr. stead of the insults they once une Mackay, both of whom fell a prey to scrupulously heaped on the missionary the ferocity of the sepoys, and died as and his assistants, they now carry on martyrs, testifying their faith in the controversy with as much moderation Lord Jesus.
and respect as is customary among conThe work thus painfully inter troversialists in England. rupted, was resumed by the Rev. Jas. The missionaries have acted with Smith, in 1859, and has subsequently great wisdom in keeping their conbeen carried on by the Rey. Thomas verts among the heathen. On becomEvans and the Rev. Josiah Parsons. ing Christians, they are not suffered to Mr. Smith, after a visit of a year or remove from their old residences to be two to Australia, again returned to near the missionaries. They continue Delhi, in 1864, and is now labouring to follow their own occupations, and to in conjunction with Mr. Parsons. The reside in their old localities. The relong night of toil which preceded the mark of Dr. Livingstone has been mutiny has given way to a bright borne in mind:-“ Natives associated dawn, and there is much in the aspect together in a mission station form a of missionary work in Delhi to gladden Christian family. Heathen practices the Church of God. No one can are forbidden, and, as far as possible, attempt to deny, with truth, that the world, the flesh, and the devil, are mighty changes have been effected. excluded. But the members are all Before the mutiny no native Christian | exotic plants, and however well they could live among heathen neighbours. may conduct themselves when under Caste barred the way to all social and the eye of their spiritual teachers, no religious reform. Prejudice resisted sooner are they exposed to the temp.every attempt to acquaint the people, tations of the outer world than they fall especially the Mohammedan portion into sin." By dwelling among thar of the community, with the truths of heathen fellow countrymen, the con. Christianity. Now we have native verts acquire both strength of faith and Christians living in almost every part | are an example of the power of the of Delhi. Caste has so far lost its gospel to sanctify and save. power, that multitudes hold it in pub The work of the missionaries is very lic contempt; and whilst thousands various. The large number of Eng. have become acquainted with the lish soldiers in Delhi has led to the Gospel, and do not hesitate publicly to | establishment of English services in the declare their belief in it, hundreds are chapel, and many attend. Eight were daily benefiting by thọ Christian ex | baptized last year. But the attention
of the missionaries is chiefly directed | sixty-eight members, of whom nineteen to bazaar preaching, and to the com- | were baptized during last year. Conmunication of the gospel to the Hindus nected with these churches are about and Mohammedans dwelling both in- five hundred nominal Christians, that Ede and outside the city. Fourteen is, persons who have broken caste, or preaching-stands are frequently dur-| left the teaching of Islam for instrucing the week occupied in the streets, tion in the Christian faith. The and six more in the neighbouring number of candidates for baptism is out-stations. The hearers vary from fifty-seven. The missionaries conduct fifty to three hundred and fifty four native schools, in which one in number, and their attention hundred and fifty-five children are is both marked and encouraging. | daily taught. A small girls' school In some of the localities idolatry is has been commenced by Mrs. Parsons, manifestly on the wane. One old and for the last six months there has woman, at the close of a prayer meet been established a Bible class for ing, one day, said, “Before you began women. In the city a room has been to come amongst us we were all super- furnished and kept well supplied with stitious; and when there were Melas Scriptures and religious books and or sacred fairs) we went to them, tracts, which is open for inquirers four taking our children to worship Seeta, hours every day. Bhowani, and Kali. I was one of In addition to these manifold labours, the worst of them, but now I care the missionaries undertook last year ten Dothing about these gods. I worship missionary tours, and they hope during the one God, and look to Him alone this year to accomplish still more in for protection from sickness.” At this direction both in the immediate another city station a man who had vicinity of Delhi and in the region possessed himself of a Hindi Testament | beyond. sud, “I can remember the time when | Thus in the very heart of Hindu and Fou could not find a family here that Mussulman superstition, the banner Tas not under the slavish influence of of the Gospel has successfully been of idolatry. Now you can find whole planted, and with grateful praise to toms of houses occupied by families the Lord of all we hail these converts Dok one of which is idolatrois."
as the first fruits of the great harvest five churches have now been which He has promised to faithful med, containing one hundred and l toilers in the great harvest field.
can show; but both the financial and general BRPORE the publication of our last number, state of the Mission was considered satisfactory; Par too late to be available for notice then, and on the subject of Jamaica, which was of be Anenal Meetings of our Society were held course again and again referred to, there was a London. It would be useless to attempt in not only harmony, there was enthusiasm. wab space at our disposal, to give any detailed Evidently, the confidence of the Baptist Misont of those meetings; but it is gratifying sionary Society in its agents has not been be able to state that the meetings were shaken by the charges of Governor Eyre.
considered very successful, the reports Respecting affairs in Jamaica themselves, sparaging and gratifying, and that a spirit more will soon be known. The commissioners tuty and harmony pervaded the gathering,
have returned to England. the publication of BIZA was in itself a promise of success. At their Report, with the Evidence, is expected
Members' Meeting of the Baptist Mis daily. Governor Eyre is on his way home. We salary Society some questions were discussed are sorry to add that Colonel Hobbs, who was til regard to which there was difference of one of the most conspicuous agents in the
. Whether the decisions respecting atrocities inflicted upon the negroes, has comtermos questions were the right ones, time alone | mitted suicide while in a state of insanity.
Political affairs are for the moment quieter than they were when we last wrote. As is already known, the Government carried by a small majority the second reading of the Representation Bill; they have since introduced, and obtained a second reading for, their Redistribution of Seats Bill; we believe it is generally expected that both measures will be carried. Mr. Gladstone has also introduced his Bill for the Abolition of Compulsory Church Rates, which it is believed will satisfy moderate men on both sides, and so end the long conflict on this subject.
Meantime, War is looked for on the Continent. Austria, Prussia, and Italy have all gathered their armies, and a terrible and sanguinary conflict is apparently inevitable. What will be the issue ? One alone knows.
DOMESTIC. KENT-STREET, PORTSEA.-On Tuesday evening, May 8, a public tea meeting was held in this place to present the Rev. Joseph Davis with a testimonial of respect on the occasion of his resigning the pastorate of Kent-street Chapel. The Rev. Í. H. Cooke (of St. Paul'ssquare Chapel) presided ; and in opening the after-tea proceedings he referred to Mr. Davis as a sincere, earnest minister of Christ- & man with a highly cultivated mind, posses8ing a good knowledge of the topics of the day, of a remarkably genial disposition ; and a man withal of true piety, faith, and prayer. The Rev. E. G. Gange (of Lake-road Chapel), the Rev. H. G. Hastings (of Buckland), and the Rev. A. Jones also spoke kindly of Mr. Davis, and expressed regret at the parting. Mr. Tilly presented the rev. gentleman, in the name of the church and congregation, with a handsomely-worked purse containing 80 sovereigns; Mr. Bigwood, in the name of theladies, presented Mrs. Davis with & silver tea service, of the value of 35 guineas ; Mr. Levett, the superintendent of the Sunday schools, presented a gold pen and pencil-case on behalf of the school children; and the Rev. H. Kitching (of Herbert School Chapel), in the name of the ministers of the town, presented a handsome carte de visit album, containing the likenesses of all the Nonconformist ministers and their wives in Portsmouth. Mr. Davis, who was warmly and enthusiastically received, returned thanks in an appropriate and earnest manner. The Rev. J. Knapp (incumbent of St. John's, Portsea), the Rev. J. W. Banks (chaplain of the Portsmouth convict prison), the Rev. J. B. Burt (of Beaulieu, secretary to the Home Mission), and the Rev. B. Evans, D.D. (of Scarborough), also addressed the meeting, other ministers also occupying seats on the platform. Mr. Davis, who has been the pastor of Kent-street Chapel for twelve years, leaves Portsmouth with the good wishes
of a large circle of friends to take charge church at Romford in Essex.
SHEFFIELD.-The church and congreg meeting at Portmahon Chapel met the evening at a public soirée for the purp taking leave of their late pastor, the R P. Campbell. The rev. gentleman ba cepted an invitation from a Baptist chu Cambridge, and his departure from Sh has given rise to a gratifying demons of the esteem and respect with which h congregation regard him. He has minister of Portinahon Chapel for nea! years, and, in addition to his pastoral he has taken an active part in many p thropic and social movements. The meeting was held in the chapel, the Charles Larom presiding. There a numerous attendance. The cha called upon Mr. J. H. Rawson, one! deacons of the church, who read an ad conveying the expression of the churc gret that circumstances have arisent solve the union which has subsisted be their minister and themselves. £65 wau presented to Mr. Campbell. A timepiec presented to Mrs. Campbell by the D Society, and the Young Ladies' Sewin ciety. The Rev. J. P. Campbell thanke friends, and earnestly exhorted his hear continue steadfast in the path which the hitherto, as a church, pursued with such factory results. The Rev. J. Bark Lockwood, Rev. J. Calvert, of Atte Rev. Mr. Arnold, of Rotherham, Rt Flather, and others subsequently address meeting.
OAKHAM, RUTLAND.-On Tuesday, 10, services were held in connection wi recognition of the Rev. W. Cope, of Re park College, as pastor of the Baptist Cl High-street, Oakham. The afternoon ! was opened with prayer by the Rev. Bendall, of Stamford.' The Rev. E. pastor of the Independent Church, Os then read a portion of Scripture, and prayer; after which the Rev. Jesse H of Salters' Hall, London, the late pastor Rev. W. Cope, delivered a discourse en Constitution of a Christian Church." ugual questions were asked by the R Gough, of Clipstone, Secretary Northamptonshiro Association, to whi pastor replied in a clear and satisfactory ner, and the Rev. T. Gough then offer recognition prayer. In the evening the ductory part of the service was conduc the Rev. J. Twidale, of Melton. The to the minister was delivered by the Re Angus, President of Regent's-park C and the Rev. J. T. Brown, of Northai who was formerly pastor of the a preached an impressive sermon to the founded on Heb. xiii. 22. The Ne