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an amount sufficiently large to send out at least three or four Missionaries. You have only to make up your minds to do the work, and I am sure that you will have the satisfaction of presenting to the Missionary Committee, the sum I am about to propose to you. The sum is one thousand pounds. You say this is a very large amount, for boys and girls to get in so short a time. I agree with you it is, but let us see how many Sunday-school children there are in the Connexion ? I find from the Minutes of the last Annual Assembly that there are nearly forty-five thousand. We will only say forty thousand. Let each child of the forty thousand collect sixpence, and the thousand pounds are got. So you see your task will not be a hard one. I don't think any little boy or girl will say I can't get sixpence. The plan i propose for your adoption is as follows:
I I. Select your Minister or Superintendent to provide cards for you, with not more than twelve squares in, and let the cards state the object of your work.
II. I would suggest that the canvas be made between the 15th and 22nd of February.
III. When you have accomplished your undertaking, the Superintendent or Minister shall make known to you the result of your labours, and as soon as the various sums are paid over to the Missionary Committee, the sum total shall be noticed in your little Monthly Periodical.
All that I ask you to do is that you try to do your best, and if you should not succeed in your undertaking, I shall be most happy to point out another plan which I think would be very successful. Believe me, very affectionately,
THE THREE BOYS.
This story is to teach submission, as related by a parent who had taught his children this important lesson.
My son of four years, says, “Father, may I ride with you to-day?"
“No, my child, you must not go to-day.” He turns away without strife, but disappointed, and melts into tears. From the moment he heard his father call for the carriage he had set his heart upon the ride, and he could not cheerfully give it up. He has yet something to learn of submission. Perfect submission sheds no tears.
My three boys are fond of going to church. Sometimes they can all go together ; at other times, one or two must stay at home; and the question often is, which shall go. On a bright Sabbath morning, they will all spring up from the breakfast-table, and, hanging upon their father, say, · Papa, may
go to church to-day ?” “ Only one of you can go to-day.” All three at once,“ Then, papa, let me go." " Which wants most to go!
?" “I," " I,” “I.” " Which is most willing to stop at home ?" No reply.
6. Which of you will stay most willingly, if your father requires it ?"
No reply. And the two youngest, who are oftenest denied, look very sad.
“Now, my dear boys,” says the father, "you might all go, if your father thought best; but does either of you wish to go against your father's will ?”
All reply, "No."
“Who, then, will stay at home most cheerfully, if your father requires it?"
“T,” “1," "I.”
The eldest may go, and the two younger ones may remain at home.”
So, Edward quietly goes to prepare for church, and Alfred and George as quietly seat themselves with their hymn-book and Catechism ; and the father is happy to see them so cheerfully yield their wish to his.
ANOTHER LITTLE BOY.
A father of my acquaintance relates the following:
"I placed my little boy, at eight months' old, upon my knees, took his rattle from him and laid it on the table directly before him, and within his reach. When he placed out his hand to take it, I drew back his hand, and spoke sharply to him. He looked up in my face, halffrightened, half-grieved, gave a deep sigh, and again reached out his hand for the rattle. I spoke sternly again, and agaiu drew back his hand, He burst into crying with grief and anger ; and after a violent struggle of ten minutes, ceased crying, and again reached after the rattle. I then let him take hold of it, but held his arm extended, continued to speak sternly, and snapped his fingers lightly with my pen, till he let go the rattle. He cried long and bitterly before he let it drop ; and several times, at short intervals, took it up again. But I bore with inflexible though gentle authority upon him, till be perfectly understood my intent, and submitted ; and then, after a few moments diversion of his thoughts to quiet his sobbing, he turned, with the tear standing in his eye, and fell to patting and rubbing his hand on the table, without touching the rattle, though it lay all the time within his reach. After a few moments, I held the rattle before him. He directed in my face a fixed look of solemo inquiry, which I met with an inviting smile, still holding the toy before him, till he took it and turned to bis play. The next day I took him again upon my knee, and in a mild but firm tone, bade him lay it on the table. He looked deeply serious for a moment, sighed, and obeyed.
“My boy is now eigut years old ; and I do not remember to have seen him since that time shed a tear in any conflict of his feelings against his parents' will." Little boys do you do likewise.
IMMENSITY. A scientific writer says :—" To obtain some idea of the immensity of the Creator's works, let us look a moment through Lord Rosse's telescope, and we'll discover a star in the depths of space whose light is 20,000,000 years in travelling to our earth, moving at the velocity of twelve millions of miles in the minute. And behold, God was there."
Few men have put their time upon earth to better use than John Wesley. A lady once said to him : “Supposing that you were to die at twelve o'clock tomorrow night, how would you spend the intervening time ?"
“How, madam ?” he replied ; "why, just as I intend to spend it now. I should preach this evening at Gloucester, and again to-morrow morning. After that, I should ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the Societies in the evening. I should then repair to friend Martin's house, who expects to entertain me, converse and pray with the family as usual, retire to my room at ten o'clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory."
Patience is a soul at rest,-a soul daily at rest in God. Wives gone, substance gone, house plundered, Ziklag burned, all mourning, many murinuring, ready to stoning and killing of David,--and yet he makes up all in God, and is at rest; this is patience. Patience is Jacob sleeping beartily upon a stone ; a heart at rest in hardships. It is a poor widow cheerfully giving and obeying a prophet, though but a little meal in the barrel, and but a little oil in the cruse ; it is one going to eat her last provision and die, one quietly going up to take a view of Canaan, and die at the door, making death, life,-Christ, Canaan. It is one going to sacrifice an only son with this, “ God will provide.” Patience can speak no worse divinity in the greatest strait. It is one breathing out a soul at rest, in the face of the cruellest misery, “ Not my will, but thine be done.” If this cup may not pass,
pass, if this cause cannot live except I die, let me die.
SONGS IN SUFFERING,
The world cannot but misjudge the state of suffering Christians. It sees their crosses, but not their anointings.
Was not Stephen, think you, in a hard posture in his enemies' hands ? But was he afraid of the shower of stones coming about his ears, who saw the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. So little, indeed, was he troubled with their stoning of him, that in the very midst of it, he fell asleep.- Barnard,
GRACE AND PEACE.
There is a throne of grace erected for us to come to, a Mediator of grace appointed in whose name to come, the Spirit of grace given to help our infirmities, and an answer of peace promised to every prayer of faith ; and all this that we might fetch in not only sanctifying but comforting grace in every time of need.- Henry.
DAVID AND HIS PSALMS.
God and his heart met together as soon as he was awake, and kept together all the day after. We may more steadily go about our worldly callings, if we carry God in our hearts, as one foot of the compass will more regularly move round the circumference when the other remains firm in the centre. We should look at things unseen, as men do at a mark they would shoot at. Meditate on your own interest therein. Draw spiritual inferences from occasional objects. He whose eyes are open can never want an instructor, unless he wants a heart. A view of spiritual truths in sensible objects would clear our knowledge in many thiugs.
As God turns his thoughts of us into promises, so let us turn our thoughts of him into prayers—if his regards are darted in beams of love on us, let them be reflected back again in gratitude.— Charnock.
NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS. A man may serve twenty masters, if they all command the same things, or things subordinate to each other; but he cannot serve two masters if their commands clash and interfere with each other. And such are the commands of Christ and the flesh in a suffering hour. Christ says, “ Be