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the work of God among the heathen shall not languish for want of the means of support.
Yet we must not forget that a very large portion of the gifts bestowed to meet this emergency have been special. We may not depend on a similar effort next year. If the income of the Society does not receive a permanent increase of contributions, it yet may become necessary to withdraw missionaries from the field. We are, therefore, gkd to know that in numerous cases the regular subscriptions have been doubled, and in many more augmented, while arrangements are made for a thorough canvass of the congregations for new and continuous contributions during the coming year.
It will gratify our readers to know that their efforts are warmly responded to in the Mission field itself. The Rev. R. Smith, of Caceroons, gives us the following interesting narrative of the effect produced by stating the difficulties of the Society to our African native brethren:—
"Lest Monday evening," he says, "we iada deeply interesting missionary meeting. After Mr. Fuller and I had addressed the people, several of the members spoke of the blessings the Gospel had brought them, >nd their desire to contribute something. Towards the close of the meeting an aged African woman came up to the table and placed a shilling thereon, saying, ' I don't know about my food to-morrow; but my heart say I must give this to God.' She W scarcely spoken when a number left the chapel to bring something. Several poor men who do not earn more than a shilling a day came with smiling faces and said, placing two shillings and a threepennypMedown, 'Dis for me, dis for my wife, wd dis for my child.' One very poor woman said, * Me, I no get money; I go g"e two bunches of plantain.' Just as we were leaving the chapel a young man (an inquirer) came running in with a shilling *d a bar of soap, saying, 'Take this for jussionary.' Since the meeting others have brought starch, fowls, and mattocks. The 'Wit of the meeting is as follows :— Cash, £2 Os. 2d.; goods, 10s. 9d.; total, «10s. lid. We may expect other donations. Some who gave so liberally, once
refused even a cup of cold water to the missionaries."
A very interesting letter has also been received from Ceylon, of which the following is an extract. It is the Rev. H. Pigott who writes, under date of February 15 :—
"I have appointed meetings in all the native stations (eleven in number) in February. They have a special reference to finance. To-day I go to Makawitte. On Tuesday, the 9th, at ameeting at Weilgama, I found the people all willing to help, but very poor. Their annual subscription has been about 16s.; they are to contribute £3 this year. At Hanwelle they will increase their subscription from 15s. to £7 10s. 0d., and hope to send me names for 30s. or 40s. more. The Colombo meeting is to be held in March. I thought the people here would like to know what the natives were willing to do before asking them to help. The members of the Pettah church are anxious to assist. At a church meeting, held February 4th, the following brethren subscribed :—[We need not here print the names and amounts; but the total sum given by thirteen members was £121 5s. Od. It must be remembered that the Pettah ohurch consists of Burghers and Europeans. Mr. Pigott thus concludes] :— We expect more from members, and perhaps £100 more from the public. I find the spiritual prospects in the stations at Weilgama, &c, very encouraging."
The missionaries in India are also pressing the subject on the attention of the native converts there, and we trust not without encouraging results.
These are very cheering facts, and show how strong is the tie which binds the churches at homewith the converts abroad— how rapidly the chords of sympathy vibrate at the touch of a common need. Thus the Church throughout the world finds its meeting-place in Christ, and can rejoice together on such an occasion to exhibit their love to their common Lord. May the year on which we now enter cement that union by yet firmer bonds, and the whole Church, in heathen and in Christian lands, go forward with ever-increaBing success, to bear witness of the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thi war in Denmark, to which we referred in °tt last Number, still continues and extends. At
present there appears little hope of ft speedy settlement of the difficulty, for though a conference of European Powers is about to be held on the matters in dispute, it appears very donbtfnl whether an arrangement will be made which all parties will accept. Meantime, the conduct of our Government appears to have been singularly wise and moderate. They have done all they could in the interest of peace. Still, the fear is by no means dispelled, that we may yet be plunged iuto a European war.
Parliament has adjourned for the Easter holidays. The history of the session so far has been almost wholly unsatisfactory. Personal disputes have taken the place of calm discussions of political questions. Two events only, during the last month, we can contemplate with pleasure: one, the introduction, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer—who ia rapidly becoming one of England's foremost men—of a Bill for providing life assurances for the poor, through the agency of the Post Office; the other, the carrying of the second reading of a Bill, introduced by Mr. Dodson, for abolishing many of the "tests" which are still applied in the University of Oxford.
The Royal " christening" took place on Thursday, the 10th nit., with all State ceremony, at Buckingham Palace. Among the illustrious personages present was the King of the Belgians, who acted as one of the sponsors. The infant orince was named Albert Victor Christian Edward. These are near and dear family names. The first was that of the young prince's late grandfather, "Albert the Good;'' the second is the masculine form of the name of our own gracious Sovereign; the third the name of the King of Denmark, the 'father of the Prmcess of Wales; and the last the name of the Prince of Wales, the father of the infant prince. The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the service, and the names of the prince were given by the Queen in answer to the usual inquiry from his grace. Our only regret at this State ceremonial is that it was regarded as a religious rite.
Another of those great calamities whose shock pervades the whole nation, occurred at Sheffield on theday after the "christening." A great Teservoir of water, covering an area of not less than twenty.six acres, burst at midnight; and the escaped waters carried devastation and death wherever they went. Nearly two hundred and ■fifty lives were lost. A vast amount of property was destroyed or carried away. It is needless to say that the greatest sympathy has been felt for the sufferers all over the country, and already a large sum has been raised for their relief.
During the past month Cardinal Wiseman has published in a bound volume a paper which he read at the Roman Catholic Congress at Malines last year, on the religious and social position of his fellow-religionists in England. He tells his hearers and readers that Catholicism in England is in a prosperous state. Everybody in England seems to acknowledge that Catholicism is daily gaining ground upon Protestantism. In 1830 there were only 434 priests for the whole of England; there are now 1,242. The number of chapels, which was then 410, now amounts to 872. From 16 convents, which they possessed in 1830, they lave risen in 1863, to 162. Lastly, while in 1833 no "house of religious men" existed there, in 1850 there were 11, and their present number is 53, The Cardinal proceeds to say that "conversions to the faith" are now made noiselessly; the clergy were always opposed to publishing them. "Do not suppose, therefore, gentlemen, that because you hear less than you formerly did of conversions, the current of proselytism is stopped. On the contrary, conversions are gradually in
creasing: they embrace persons of every position, extending, as formerly, even to the highest in the social scale." The Catholics, he says, are becoming strong in England. At the last election, "a candidate in a considerable town came before the electors on Liberal principles, and was surprised to find himself rejected by the preponderance of Catholic votes, which turned the scale. He was informed that the motive for this conduct was his having exceeded even the liberty accorded to Mi advocate in a cause which he had pleaded against a Roman Catholic bishop, in order to excite the religious prejudice of a jury. He was told thathe would meet with the same determined and organized opposition in another place where he intended to try his chance. This was the ease. So, having to stand for the very place where that bishop lived, he called upon him, and nude his peace." The Cardinal adds, that with Boman Catholics in England, "one claim must be made at a time, that it may be calmly and leisure:* enforced; and then another must Bucoeed,tillal shall have been favourably exhausted." All this may be very satisfactory to Catholics; to Protestants it ought to serve as a warning.
In our last issne we announced the retirement of our honoured friend, Mr. J. H. Allen, f» account of declining health, from the treason* ship of the Baptist Building Fund. We ha" now, we regret to say, to make the announcement of his decease. For some time Mr. Allen's health has been seriously impaired, and he has been obliged to relinquish all active duties; butitwij hoped that by care and rest, with the blesaing « God on the means used, his life might still be prolonged. About a month before his death be went on a visit to Kettering, and within a fortnight it became evident that his death was approach^ He died on Saturday, Feb. 27th. «With a caht trust in Jesus," we are informed, "he met ft* great change; so peacefully, that it was good to be there." Mr. Allen's name will long be remsnbered as that of one of the most honoured and useful members of the Baptist denomination. By the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society of which he had long been a member, and by the Committee of the Building Fund, his losswiflbfl especially felt.
Sottthamtoh-.—The members of the church aid congregation worshipping in Portland Chapel Southampton, invited their late pastor, the Be*M. Hudson, to a farewell tea on Thursday evening, Feb. 25th, in the school-room connected with that place of worship. The opportunity was embraced to present Mr. Hudson with a valuable gold watch, as a parting token of affection from those who ha« sat under his ministry during his residence in the town. After the tea a meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. W. B. Randall, J.P., a deacon of the church. Mr. H. Rimer, at the call of the chairman, stated the result of the effort that m recently been made to liquidate the debt due by the building committee for the reconstruction and enlargement of the chapel, which showed that not only had the debt been paid off, but a balance of some pounds added to the funds of the chspajThe chairman addressed the meeting in a speech full of good counsel and sound advice, and expressed the great satisfaction he had ever felt "J working with Mr. Hudson, in connection with Portland Chapel. Mr. Rose, one of the deacons, in the name and in behalf of the members of the church and congregation, presented to Mr.Hudaou Biggleswade; G. Short, B.A., Hitchin; W. Griffith, Hitchin (Independent). After the service, the friends took tea together in an adjoining barn, where in the evening a publio meeting waa held, presided over by Mr. Dodwell, the treasurer of the building fund. The following friends addressed the meeting:—Rev. Dr. Macfarlane, Rev. G. Short, B.A., Mr. Lloyd. Mr. Purser (student of Regent's Park College), Rev. P. Griffiths, Rev. J. C. Fairfax, Shillington (Independent), and the Rev. W. T. Whitmarsh. A vote of thanks to the chairman for his valuable services in connection with the erection of this building was carried with enthusiasm. The Rev. W. T. Whitmarsh closed the meeting with prayer and the benediction. The day's collections were very good.
3 memento of the esteem and affection in which lie Sad been held during the period he had sustained the pastoral office as minister of Portland Chapel. Mr. fiose, in presenting the testimonial—a valuable gold watch—conveyed the feeling of unanimous regard which one and all entertained towards Mr. Hudson, and urged all connected with the chapel to be zealous in the future, Bo as to ensure a blessing upon their efforts to ■carry on the work in d«9 to come. Mr. Hudson responded in a mo3t leeiing address, full of generous sentiment as to the past, and trustful anticipation of the future. The Rev. J. Walters, Messrs. Rogers, Northover, K-iag, F. Elliston, Ritchie, Bowers, and Capon, alao addressed the meeting.
Buston.—A large and very interesting teaa^tms was held in the Baptist Chapel, Bilston, :a Tuesday, Feb. 16th. Stephen Thompson, Esq., pwided. The Rev. W. Jackson (pastor), on opening the proceedings, stated that sixty-three tables had been given for the purpose of raising money to defray the expense of repairing that part of the minister's residence called the "study," which had been demolished by the fall of a large -ananey during the violent gale on the morning <h the 3rd December last. He said he could sing ^imercy and of judgment while looking back upon
V y^ Ci^araity'' because though the desk at which he had been accustomed to write and the enw on which ho had been used to sit had been broken to pieces, and many other things had been auca injured, far less damage had been done than *as tt first feared, and above all, his own life had Own spared to his family and flock. Eloquent Mdres3es were then delivered by the Revs. G. Vmofk and J. W. Bain, Bilston; W. L. Giles, ^°- T. ffess, one of Mr. Spurgeon's students, of Bumineham; D.Evans, and A. Major, cf Dudley; B.C. Young, and F. Perkins, M.A., of Coseley; 3QdT. Hsnson, of West Bromwich. The proceeds °t the meeting were nearly £30.
GaoiriFOB Street, Stepitet.—The church and Tm^jfj*oti worshipping in Gmsvenor Street ^ Tp*.'^**F>Q9y»gave a congratulatory tea-meeting lp tiieir paetor, the Rev. J. Harrison, on Tuesday, °- 23rd, to commemorate his third anniversary, "a the second of his pastorate. The tea was provided in the Wesleyan Seamen's Chapel, the rooms of which not being sufficiently large, the meeting took place in the adjoining chapel, where wout 500 of the friends assembled. Mr. Harrison 5 *n2rin* ^d*6836*1 a fow words to the friends. A v CW"' MeBara- Wickers, Decosta, Clemoes, Eitj6'- eonBrattdated him on his success since ■ had ministered to them as a church at Gros•n»r Street aad Beaumont Institution, and on the yroipect of soon commencing their new chapel on ^epney Green. They then presented him with a B" « gold, and three volumes of Dr. W. ^tn 8 Dictionary of the Bible ; the contributors 2?a,- Wies who gave the tea, and the friends ao kindly responded to their applications for TM*TM«u. Mr. Harrison, in an affeotionate and WWpriate Bpeech, thanked the friends for the |*en of respect given, and prayed that he might g be spared to preach the truth as it is in
Stoitdox, Bedfordshire.—The new chapel in ■m S&ge* erected m Pl«e of »° old barn, whidh ,,! ^en ^ed for years as a preaching station of ^church at Shefford, was opened on Thursday, ££■ lath, when the Rev. Dr. Macfarlane (late of 2"H^") preached to an overflowing congregation. „?■?"• "■ T. Whitmarsh, of Shefford, offered
^introductory prayer, and the following ministers "« Part in the service:—the Revs. P. Griffiths,
Scarborough.—The rapid enlargement of this town, and the necessity of providing additional accommodation for visitors during the season, combined with a conviction of the duty of welcoming all Christians as such to the Lord's table, have induced a few members of the Baptist persuasion to engage the hall of the Mechanics' Institution for the celebration of Divine worship the first day of the week, and a prayer-meeting Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Opening services were conducted in it on Sunday, Feb. 6th, by Dr. Acworth, now residing in Scarborough. Notwithstanding the unfavourableness of the weather, the attendance both morning and evening was very encouraging. At the close of the evening service, the Lord s 8upper was administered to a goodly number of Christian professors, wholly irrespective of their distinctive peculiarities—a practice which it w intended to observe on all similar occasions in future. For the present ministerial assistance will be sought mainly from Rawdon College; but it is hoped that as the season advances the pulpit will be occupied by well-known pastors of the denomination, Beeking in this beautiful watering-place a temporary relaxation from the more stated duties of office.
Yore.—On Sunday, Feb. 2Sth, the second anniversary services in connection with the Baptist cause in this old city was held in the Lecture Hall, the usual place of worship for the present, when two appropriate and impressive sermons were
? reached by the Rev. J. P. Chown, of Bradford, he services were well attended, and the pecuniary aid rendered satisfactory. On the following Tuesday evening the first public tea-meeting took place, the hall being neatly and tastefully decorated for the occasion, when upwards of 160 friends of this and other denominations partook of tea. After tea, Thomas Aked, Esq., of Harrogate, took the chair, but which he was obliged to vacate at an early period of the meeting, when his place was efficiently supplied by Mr. Cole, of Bradford, one of Mr. Chown's deacons. Addresses were given by the RevB. J. Barker, of Loekwood; S. G. Green, B.A., of Rawdon College; J. P. Chown; and Messrs. Newell and Whitwell, of York. The prospects of this little church are quite hopeful, and very shortly four friends will be baptized, on a' profession of their faith in Christ, and admitted to its fellowship.
Fenknap, Westbubt.—On Tuesday evening, March 8th. nearly 300 persons took tea together in the spacious school-rooms connected with this chapel, and at seven o'clock a large congregation had assembled for the purpose of taking a farewell of their beloved pastor and friend, the Rev. J. Hurlstone. The proceedings were of a solemn and interesting character. After prayer, the Rev. J. Preece made a few pointed remarks, and was followed by Mr. Eyers, one of the deacons, who. on behalf of the church and congregation, presented Mr. Knrlstone with a beautiful silver inkstand and gold penholder, suitably inscribed, as a small token of affectionate love for his faithful labours amongst them for eight years and a half. Mr. Hurlstone's address produced a deep impression. Appropriate addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Jones, of Warminster; J. Sprigg, T. Gilbert, and T. Hind; expressive of their esteem and regard for the retiring pastor, with earnest desires for the success of bis ministry in the new sphere to which he has been appointed. Mr. Hurlstone preached bis farewell sermon on the previous Sunday evening.
Stow-ow-the-wold.—On Monday, Feb. 22ud, a public meeting was held in the Baptist Chapel, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, to recognise the Kev. Samuel Hodges as pastor of the church. William Bliss, E^q., Mayor of Chipping Norton, occupied the chair, and opened the meeting with a short speech. The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. W. Cherry, Milton, and the Rev. W. R. Warburton (Wesleyan), Stow. Three addresses were delivered; by the Rev. John Christien (Independent), Moreton, on "The Principles of Nonconformity;" by the Rev. J. Wassail, Blockley, on " Relative Duties of Pastor and People; " and by the Rev. H. J. Lambert, on "The Theme of the Christian Ministry." The Rev. A. W. Heritage was to have followed, but from the lateness of the hour, his address was postponed until the Tuesday week, when he was to lecture on the "Life and Times of Andrew Puller," and make a collection in aid of the funds of the Baptist Foreign Mission,
"" Oakham, Rutlandshire.—On Thursday, Feb. 26th, a social tea-meeting was held in the schoolroom of the Baptist Chapel, Oakham, on the occasion of the Rev. J. Jenkinson's resignation of the pastorate, which he has held for nearly fifteen years. After tea a public meeting was held in the chapel. Addresses were delivered by the
Jastor, Mr. Cave, sen. (one of the deacons), Mr. . Cave, Mr. Nash, and the Revs. J. Twidale, G. Fowler, and J. Devine. Mr. Twidale, on behalf of himself and tbe other past and present members of the Rutland Association of Ministers, presented Mr. Jenkinson with a copy of the Life and Works of the celebrated John Howe, in seven volumes; Mr. Jenkinson having been secretary to the Association for the past eight years. On the following Lord's day he preached farewell Bermons at Langham and Oakham to large congregations.
Canning-Town, Essex.—On Tuesday, Feb. 16th, the recognition of the Rev. W. H. Bonner, as pastor of the newly-formed Union Church meeting in the Public Rooms, Barking Road, took place. The hall was crowded in every part. The Rev. J. H. Hintm, M.A., presided- Aftersinging, the Rev. D. Taylor implored the Divine blessing. The Rev. W. H. Bonner explained the circumstances which led to his choosing this sphere of labour, and gave a very lucid exposition of the doctrines ho intended to enforce, after which the chairman offered a prayer in behalf of the pastor and his flock. The church and congregation were severally addressed by the Revs. D. Katterns, J. Cuiwen, 0. W. Coombs, E. Schnadhorst, G. W. Fishbourne, and J. Smith.
Brighton.— A social tea-meeting took place at the Windsor Street Rooms on Thursday evening, Feb. 26th, consisting of the church and congrega
tion of the Rev. G. Isaac, who have worshipped in the large upper room of the Town Hall for thelMt ten months. Upwards of a hundred persons took tea, after which a very pleasant meeting was held. The chair was taken by D. Friend, Esq. Among those present were the Rev. Messrs. Sharpe, Stafford, Haynes, Murden, Ac, all of whom, with others, addressed the meeting. A purse of gold was presented to the pastor by Messrs. CutJach, of East Street, and Tate, of Bartholomew's, being the third given to their pastor on behalf of tlie people in about thirteen months.
Beoughton, Hants.—On Thursday, March 3rd, the friends of the cause here had a social tea, and afterwards a public meeting, on the occasion of the settlement of Mr. J. F. Smith, formerly of Regent's Park College, London, late of Gottingen University, as pastor over them. H. M. Bumpoi, Esq., M.A., LL.B., presided over the meeting, and addresses were delivered by Messrs. Dw (deacon of the church), Smith (pastor), Paraoiu, of Abbott's Ann, and Millard, of Andover.
Ministbbial Changes.—We are requested to state that the Rev. E. Merriman has not resigned the pastorate of the church at Dorchester, at erroneously stated in our last Number.—The **• Matthew Hudson has resigned the pastorate« the church meeting at Portland Chapel, Son*ampton, having accepted the cordial invitation of the Baptist church, Folkestone, Kent, and commenced his labours there on the first Sabbath 0 March.—The Rev. Robert White,late of Walgra", Northamptonshire, has accepted an invitation from the Baptist church at Roade, in the sun* county.—Mr. William Evans, student of ChiI«U College, has accepted the cordial and unanimoai invitation of the first Baptist church at Staled bridge, Lancashire.—The Rev. J. B. Pike, late of Bourne, has accepted a very hearty and uDanimoffl invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist chuffi, Lewes, and commenced Lis stated ministrati** there on the first Sabbath in March.—Mr. D»TM Bees, of the Baptist College, Pontypool, »J» accepted a cordial and unanimous invitation totae pastorate of the Baptist church, Letteratone, Pembrokeshire.—The Rev. W. B. Birtt hu resigned the pastoral charge of the Bapta* chnrch, Chowbent, Lancashire.—Mr. T. J. Ewing vacated the pulpit at Waterbeacb, Camus, on tho last Sunday in March.—Mr. John Birtt has resigned the pastorate at Bardwell, Suffolk-Mr. John Barrett has again accepted hi' former charge.—The Rev. J. Pearce has resigned the pastorate of the chnrch at Maldon, SarrflTi and is open to engagements.—The Rev. J- *• Gale, having resigned the pastorate of the Bapti" church, Diii-wen, Lancashire, has accepted a unanimous invitation to the ministry of Union Church, Putney, London, and commenced his labours there on the 20th ult.—The Rev. John Price W announoed that his ministry at Amersham W1terminate on the 1st of May.—The Rev. Geof^ Towler, of Barrowden, has accepted an invitation from tbe General Baptist church, Whittlesea, to become their pastor.—The Rev. — Roberts (frofl near Newport, Monmouthshire) has accepted the unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist church, Newtown, Montgomeryshire.—Mr. T. A. Pryce, student of the Baptist College, Haverfordwest, has received a cordial and nnsflimous invitaiion to become the pastor of the Baptist churches assembling at Manorbier and Cold Inn, Pembrokeshire, and purposes coni" mencing his labours there the last Sabbath » April,
"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone."
THE PEliPETUAL THANKSGIVING OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE.
BY THE LATE BET. E. 1. HULL, B.A.* 'Inner/thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."—1 Then. T. 18.
You may observe that these words form the last of a series of precepts which t is apparently impossible to obey; for Paul, in closing this epistle, points the fhessalonian Christian to a life of perpetual rejoicing—a life of perpetual prayer; and then in our text he unites the joy and the prayer as he speaks of a We of perpetual thanksgiving. Hence the question instantly arises, Is it possible, within the limits of our earthly existence, and under the influence of our spiritual infirmities, ever to reach a state of such lofty spiritual gladness P Are not these words simply pictures of a high spirituality after which we are to "spire, rather than precepts we are to obey P
Now, it is unquestionably true that such precepts are not meant to be fulfilled in their most literal sense. They do refer rather to a state of heart than to outward actions of the life. For in saying, "Sejoice evermore," Paul toes not mean that we are to live always in bounding joy, but that there is to >e the secret peace of God ever hidden in the heart, so that while sorrowful we tan be always rejoicing. In saying, "Pray without ceasing," he does not mean that we can always assume the attitude of praying, but that, under the conviction of God's perpetual presence, there may always be a ceaseless aspiration fhica would render our life one constant prayer. And so in our text, ne does jTM mean that outwardly and formally we are to thank God for everything, but hat there may be an inward spirit of trust which would transform our life into ""perpetual hymn.
And yet, accepting the injunction in that spiritual light, it has not lost one TMrsbreadth of its real difficulty. For when Paul says that in all things we W feel thankful, he meant " all things " to be read in its broad and obvious leaning. He meant, therefore, that everything God sends us is to be accepted iankfully; that toil or rest, success or failure, the events that cheer, or those tot overshadow us with gloom, are to be received, not merely in submission, M with absolute thanks, as the best and wisest things that could occur. He »eant more—that in the pain aud depression of sickness—in the awful solitude "broken friendship and expiring hope—that even in those tremendous sorrows 'wch shatter the temple of the heart, and leave us homeless and forlorn—a **& may not only bow in reverence to the awful will of God, but may thank waaraid that sickness, that solitude, that unutterable woe. And looking thus "weinjunction, we are driven to ask in amazement, How can that precept be "wjedP and then tempted to cry in despair, Such a life can never be attained!
t on sermon is tali en from a volume of sermons published last year. We inserted one of the I J';TM,,"?0" alter ">e book appeared. At the desire of a number of readers, we give another extract. a. *i K,°a° wkich, the more we read it, causes us the more to mourn the loss of the preacher. We ■ JMgs from what he did, what he Wokm have done, had his life been spared.—Ed,