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witness for the truth. But, chiefly on his opportunity for baptism, and that we all brother's account, he made up his mind to see med agreed in judging him to be indeed go and to take with him his family. a believer, I resolved to baptize him. A
few Hakkas were present at his baptism,
and of one or two of these we are not It so happened that on the day I was to unhopeful. leave Kway T’ham for Swatow he came in A-Long has probably ere now left for with the express purpose of seeking bap- Kwang-si. May the good Shepherd, whose tism, saying that he earnestly desired this eye is upon every member of his fold, and before leaving for Kwang-si, and profess. who is present to teach and help where al} ing his faith in the Lord Jesus, and his other help is wanting, keep and guide him, determination to follow him. Previous to and make him both a “light” and a his making this request I had been in con- “ leaven" in the distaot place to which he siderable doubt as to whether it was not is going. Let me ask the prayers of the my duty to baptize him; his own earnest Church at home on his behalf; and also on desire, and the opivion of the native behalf of the mission work throughout all brethren with me, confirmed the feeling I Tie Chin. had that it would be wrong to deny him
Dr. Gauld is at present in Hong Kong. the ordinance appointed by the Lord for We hope in a few weeks to have the pleaad ission to his Church of as many as sure of welcoming him back to Swatow, believe. Though our acquaintance with accompanied by Mis. Gauld. With kind him was but short, and though in ordinary regards, circumstance: a longer probation as a can
I remair, di late 'or beprism would have been proper,
Ever yours very truly, yet, cousidering that now was his only
II. L. MACKENZIE.
We give the following extract from the Fourth Indian Report of the Rajshai Mission, prepared for subscribers in India by our missionary, Behari Lal Singh. He continues to labour single-handed, but pleads in almost every letter that a missionary may be sent out to join him from this country. The Committee would gladly do so could they meet with the
Vernacular preaching at and around Ram- miasmata are but feeble emblems of the pore Bauleah has been regularly carried on putrid moral exhalations which ruin the by our preachers and Scripture-readers ; souls of millions. but their labours have bitherto consisted in 81) wing the seed, and thus preparing the soil for more systematic operations. The The need of doing something for the elertaping time is yet to come. Meanwhile it vation of the masses from their mental and is satisfactory to learn that error has been moral debasement, renders the Mission exposed, and truth propounded and en- schools very important. forced, alike on the understanding and the They are the commencement of an inroad conscience of these present such on the dense ignorance, superstition, and occasions.
misery of the localities in which they are Through the liberality of our valued established. friend, Mr. D. MacNiel, we were enabled to An examination of these schools was held undertake several missionary and Bible and last year under the presidency of Mr. tract d stributing tours, and to sow and Humphrey, the Joint Magietrate. The Acat'er the seeds of life und saving health, number of scholars present was upwards in districts where the jungle and its marsh | of 150.
They underwent a searelug end minu e purpose of making known the Gospel to examination in all the use fal branches of her benighted sisters, by means of private education. The acquaintance manifested conversation, or any other mode wbich the by them with the various topics was cre- circumstances of the case may suggest. In ditable to them and to their teachers. At the prostration of mind now visible in the conclusion of the examination, the these remote districts, the religious immagistrate distributed the prizes, consist- provement of the females should be as streing of books and clothes purchased from nuously sought after as that of the male a fund (Rs. 20) generously placed at our population. This is a sime qua non without disposal by Mr. R. B. Chapman, of the which the civilization and evangelization of Sudder Board of Revenue.
the whole body of native population can be Here we have a little oasis in the midst but half and incomplete. of (as far as Christian education is con- The Bible woman has been maintained cerned) a desert country. May it long by Mrs. Lowis, of Furreedporo, who has continue to flourish and increase under the always takon a warm interest in our work. fostering care of the English Presbyterian This is an example well worthy of Church.
imitation. A Bible woman bas been engaged for the
ORDINATION OF A MISSIONARY FOR CHINA.
WB take the following report of the ange) might be the Son of God himself, ordination of the Rev. D. Masion from and they might be made to glory in their The Weekly Review :
triale. Dr. Hamilton, in g owing language, “The Presbytery of London of the also pointed out how well fitted the conEnglish Presbyterian Church met on Wed sideration of such a passage as he had nesday, June 20th, in Hampstead Pres- selected for the text was for an occasion byterian Church, the purpose of ord sin like that ; as it conveyed to them the glad. ing the Rev. David Masson as a missionary some and refreshing thought that if to China. The Rev. Mr. Edmonds, Christ is gone into Heaven, and if all moderator, presided. There was a large power is given unto him, then nothing attendance both of members of Presbytery could go wrong with his kingdom on and of the general public, the area of the earth. No doubt days of darkness came church being well filled.
down on the Church- days of desperate “The oper ing devotional exercises were difficulty ; and there were those, perhaps conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, who not the least to be sympathized with, preached from 1 Peter iii. 21_Jesus tremblers for the ark of God, who were Cbrist, who is gone into Heaven.' In this apt to get daunted and dismayed; but they discourse the rev. doctor, in eloquent and had the assurance that their confidence did touching terms, showed that the Divine not rest so much on particular predictions, Saviour by his sojourn on earth had on isolated passages, precious as there acquired a peculiar experience of suffering were, as upon the whole scheme of reand of death, which marvellously fitted demption from first to last ; and there him for the exercise of his mejiatorial was no other poseible outgoing for the office, and made him a High Priest who Incarnation, and for the work finished on could enter into the varied feelings of Calvary, than that the Lord Jesus Christ humanity and minister to all our wants. s'ould see of the travail of his soul, and The believer knew by joyful experience should see of it till he was satisfied. that it
no adamantine Lord who They might expect that when a great reigned on high, or a far off impassive accomplishment was awaiting the Church beneficence, but a gracious loving Saviour. of Chrst, the Prince of the power of the He knew that the government of Christ's air should raise special storms and kingdom, of all power and empire, was hindrancee, 80 as if possible to frighten out in the hands of a sympathizing and com- of faith the very elect of God; but even passii nate Saviour, and that his people now there were streaks of dawning that could, therefore, come boldly to the throne made it easy to say that the darkest hour of grace. Wben called upon to make some preceded the dawn ; for they thought that paroxysmal effort, or when exceedingly the darkest hour was passed ; and more. sorrowful unto death, their strengthening over they knew that God had said, 'I will
give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, missionaries of the Englialı Presbyterian and the uttermost parts of the errth for a Church in China had always been remarkpossession. In his closing remarks the able for the care they exercised in this rev. doctor made a practical enforcement respect, knowing well that every true of the lessons which the text was so well convert was a real acquisition, while every fitted to teach, both to missionaries on the other was a source of weakness. He also field of labour and Christians at home. showed the special importance of this in
“The Rev. John Matheson then pro- an empire like China, as it was to a native ce ded to put the usual questions to Mr. agency that they must ultimately look for Masson ; but before doing so offered a few the diffusion of the Gospel in such an exremarks explanatory of the circumstances tensive region. He also dwelt upon the by which the latter had been led to offer encouragement which the friends of himself as a missionary to China. He missions and their own Church in parstated that some time ago Mr. Masson, ticular had to cultivate the missionary work then a student at Aberdeen, was led to in China, from the success with which the think of the claims of the foreign field, and Lord had been pleased to bless the exertions to reflect upon the frwness of those who which had already been put forth, and offered to go abroad as missionaries as from the fact that China was open to the cumpared with the number looking preaching of the Gospel throughout its forward to the ministry at hoine. Wilo wi te borders. The times too were proin this frame of min t' he heard a lecture pitiour. China was no doubt an ancient in Aberdeen on China and China Missions. àod decaying empire; and if it was to be This led his thoughts directly to China ; renovated and revigorated, it could only be and afterwards an address was given by the by the diffusion of tie Gospel of the Rev. Mr. Carstairs Douglas, himself a grace of God, which was the elixir of life Chinese missionary. Subsequently, in the to a nation. In conclusion he urged his Free Church Missionary Record he read a young friend and brother to cherish the letter from the pen of Dr. Hamilton, as encouraging reflection that his course convener of the China Mission of the would be watched with interest by symEnglish Presbyterian Church, urging the patrizing friends at home and by those claims of China, and telling of the dewr friends with whom he would have spiritual destitution of that rast empire, fellowship in the arduous labuurs of a misand of the need of their missionaries being sionary of the Cross amid the countless strengthened; and in the same Record thousands of a heathen land. there was a statistical statement comparing « The Rev. W. Dinwiddie then addressed the number of ministers in the Free the friends who had assembled to witness Church of Scotland at home, and those the proceedings. He said that by their labouring in the foreign mission field. presence there they recognised their duty These considerations ultimately decided to send forth labourers and ministers to Mr. Masson to offer himself as a mis- the Christloss Ohinese. Mr. Masson went as sionary to China in connection with the their representative and servant, carrying English Presbyterian Church. They had with him the Gospel messaze of life and been praying that the Lord would send peace. The tie which had been formed them med, -they had bern looking here between them that evening was a solemn and there, and they had found in Mr. and deeply interesting one; and did it not Masson an answer to their prayers. Mr. call upon them to make a more adequate Masson was now licensed to preach the provision for the clamant wants of the Gospel by the Free Church Presbitery of spiritually destitute Chinese, and remind A bo deen, and was there that evening to be them of the strong claims which Mr. ordained as a minister and missionary of Masson and his missionary brethren had Christ in the far distant Chinese field. upon their prayers, their sympatby, and After putting the questions to Mr. Masson their active and entire co-operation, so far from the formula, that gentleman was as it could be given at this distance from solemnly set apart for the office which he the scene of their labours ? Christians bad undertaken, and afterwards might be separated by continents and seas, suitably addressed by Mr. Matheson on but there was a spiritual unity subsisting his solemn and responsible duties, besides between them. Mr. Masson would be offering to him, in the name of the Pres- separated from them as much as it was bytery, a few words of_brotherly counsel possible on this earth; but they might and encouragement. Iu doing 80 he meet at the same throne of grace, they might referred to the importance of missionaries feel the emotions of the same Spirit, and being more careful about the quality than they might share in the same so rows and the quantity of the acquisitions which joss, and in this way might encourage each they might be instrumental in making to other more than they were wont to do. the mission cause; and said that the Mr. Dinwiddie then made some observa
tions on the subject of missions in general, | largest and most difficult missionary field dividing them under the two heads of the in all the world ; but it was, in a sense, astonishing progress which missions had still more singular that that effort should made in the world, and the happy effects have been crowned with such signal and which they had had on the Church at sich wondrous success. Their own little home. There were, he said, many people mission enterprise now numbered its conyet living who remembered the time when veris by bundreds. It occupied a large and Christian missions were unknown, and growing field, had planted many thriving when the Church irself frowned on the stations, and they saw wide and new doors very idea as a presumptuous intermeddling and effectual opening up, that they might with divine methods and processes. There enter in and possess the land. They, as was, however, now hardly a nation to members of this favoured little Churchwhich the light of the Gospel had not for God was ble:sing their Church-should penetrated, and there was ardly a human realize the honour which God was language in which the Word of God was ferring upon them, and should understand not printed. When he thought of all that the vastness of that responsibility which Christianity had achieved in connection must accompany the possession of such a with the missionary cause in so short a high and distinguished privilege; and in period, and with such slender support, and this conviction he was anxious that somewhen he considered the opposition it had thing practical should issue from this most to incur, the number and character of its interesting meeting. Mr. Dinwiddie then xgents and converts, the permanent footing suggested that there should be a more exwhich it had acquired in many heathen tensive circulation of the English Pres. lands, and the way in whieh its power was byterian Messenger, which was published recognised in all lands, he must confess monthly, and contained letters from their that he was filled with astonishment at the missionaries in China. They should endeaprogress which had been made, and could vour to become acquuinted with the names nnt but feel that the greatest miracle of of the districts in which the missionaries modern times was not to be found in the laboured, with the hab ts of the people, departments of science and art, or in the and with the nature of the work carried inventions of human genius, but in the on; and thus, he said, would be laid a triumphs of the Gospel of Jesus through foundation upon which a glorious superthe instrumentality of their brehren the structure might be raised. He also stated missionaries. As to the effects of the that the missionaries extremely working of missions on the Churches at desirous that they should be remembered hore, they had only to cast their thoughts in the prayers of the Church and of its back half-a-century, and see how cald, members at home, and further that Chrisd-8d, worldly, and corrupt, and indolent, tians should contribute to the missionary and sceptical they were then, but so soon cause as God had prospered them. The as they entered on the work of the Church was not yet alive to its duty in the evangelisation of the world a great and latter respect, but he was sure that the ble-sed revival was awakened; and from work which they were carrying on in China that time to this that revivař had continued would yet have a reviving effect on all their and extended. So marked was this, that congregations at home, and that then no he could not but recognise these two facts difficulty would be felt by their Foreign as associated together-missionary enter- Mission Committee either as to men or as prise ahro d and religious life at home. If to money. the missionary cause had done nothing “ Mr. Masson then delivered a brief adelse than the widening and deepening of dress, requesting those whom he was advital godlines in this and other Christian dressing to take a more prayerful interest lands, they had abundant reason to be in the missionaries and in their work. If thankful and t) rejoice. They, as a their mission was to be successful they Church, should congratulate themselves must pray for its success. that tod had a lowed them to take part in “At the close of the proceedings, Mr. this work. It was singular that they, the Masson shook hands with the audience as least, he might say, of all the Churches, they retired.” should bave been allowed to enter into the
PRESBYTERY OF LONDON.—The monthly Rev. Dr. Fisher, the Rev. Dr. Lorimer, and meeting of this Presbytery was held on Tues- other members, it was agreed to l ave the day, 12th ult., in the Queen-square House, the matter in the hands of the Presbytery's Rev. Mr. Edmonds, Moderator. The Rev. Church Extension Committee. The Rev. Mr. Wright, Southampton, urged the im- Mr. M‘Laren, of Brighton, requested the portance of immediate steps being taken by consent of the Presbytery to borrow £ 100 the Presby tery to carry out the Church ex- upon their church to enable the Deacons' tension movement within the bounds; and Court to make necessary alterations and said that this was the more n cessary if repairs on one of the school-louses. He they, as a Presbytery, were to receive any also stated that they had now raised within share of the funds which were coming in £300 of the sum requisite for the purchase from the collection which had been made of the church, the estimated cost of which in Scotland. The Rev. John Matheson, of was £2,063. The Presbytery, on the motion Hampstead, said the Presbytery's Church of the Rev. Mr. Wright, seconded by Mr. Extension Committee were alive to the im- D. Maclagan, remitted t e application to the portance of the subject which had just been Church Extension Committee, with instrucbrought under their notice; but what they tions to the Moderator and Clerk to sign the had to contend with was the want of funds necessary documents in the event of the to overtake the work. They had got a sum Committee giving their sanction. The amounting to upwards of £400 a-year from Presbytery then, on the notion of the Rev. wealthy and liberal friends of the Church to Mr. Ballantyne, agreed to appoint the whom they had made a pe sonal appeal, but ordination of Mr. D. Masson, a licentiate of they had not succeeded in obtaining any- the Free Presbytery of Aberdeen, to take thing from the congregations except in the place at Hampstead on Wednesday, the ease of one or t*0. The committee had, 20th, at 6.30 p m. Mr. Masson is about to however, not been idle, for they had made a proceed to Swatow as one of the missionaries survey of different parts of London in order of the English Presbyterian Church. It was to ascertain where suita: le sites could be also resolved that the Rev. Mr. Saphir obtained. The Rev. Mr. Dinwiddie, after should preach the sermon on the occasion referring to some of the difficulties which of the ordination, that the Rev. Dr. Hamilton the committee had to encounter, said it was should put the usual questions and offer the exceedingly desirable that monthly reports prayer, that the Rev. Mr. Matheson should should be given in by the Church Extension give the charge to Mr. Masson, and that the Committee. Mr. J. E. Mathieson depre- Rev. Mr. Dinwiddie should address the concated any precipitate action at that meeting gregation on the subject of Foreign Misof Presbytery in fixing upon sites for sions. The Presbytery then adjour, ed. stations, especially considering that the THE PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE. -Presbytery's committee earnestly This Presbytery met at Liverpool on feeling their way towards securing proper Tuesday, June 12th ; Rev. J. M. Ross, places for planting stations. It was much Moderator. The Rev. David Henderson be!ter that they shjuld proceed with caution requested, in name of the Session, the Presin this matter than that they should plant bytery to moderate in a call at Chester on an stations which, like Jonah's gourd, were to early day. An adequate stipend will be grow up and perish in a night. The Rev. guaranteed, and there was the reasonable Dr. Hamilton entirely agreed with the prospect, not oniy that the existing debt remark that had just fal'en from Mr. James will be liquidated, but that school-rooms and Mathieson. Whatever might come to the a more ecclesiastical-looking front than the Home Mission Committee from the great present would be built. The Presbytery Scotch collection, it would be a mere trifle agreed to meet at Chester on the 20. h inst., compared with the sum which they would Rev. R. H. Lundie to preach and preside. require to get from the wealthier members We understand it is Mr. Lewis, of Dudley, of their own communion. The Rev. Mr. who is to be called. The Rev. W. R. Chalmers took the same view, and further Moore reported on behalf of the comsaid that he did not think it right that where mittee appointed to examine Mr. William there was a mere handful of people unable Elliot, student in divinity, that they had, to give anything like a suitable stipend to aby written questions and answers, examined minister, that they should be put in the him in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Logic, Moral position of calling a minister. After some Philosophy, Divinity, and Church History. remarks from the Rev. Mr. Alexander, the He had the papers in his hands, and, if the