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“ That a Select Committee be now appointed for the above purposes.
“That the Synod vote by orders on this occasion."
His Honour Sir Charles Cooper seconded the motion.
In the course of the long debate that followed, some of the most noticeable features were, -The assumption throughout, on the part of all sorts of Churchmen, of the inextinguishable advantage that apostolical succession gave them over other bodies; the assumed fact that other Christians had no creed, and no orderly mode of admission to the ministry; and some plainly affirmed that Dissenters were living in à state of schism and therefore of sin; and though they would not "affirm that dissent destroyed more souls than it saved, yet if souls were saved by them, they were saved in an irregular manner !” Others admitted if it were not for the activity and zeal of other Christians, the colony would have been in an awful condition. The question of pulpit exchanges between the ministers of episcopal and non-episcopal bodies was repudiated altogether ; yet this, in fact, was the gist of the whole matter, for “alliance in good works" can and does exist to a considerable degree already. The event was, that the question was negatived by a small majority. So we have only to look for the future development of the good seed sown in many hearts by Mr. Binney's presence among us.
pended in building purposes, but upwards of £130 had been subscribed, or promised, for its liquidation, the balance being hoped for as the result of the sale of tickets and collections connected with the anniversary services. The meeting was then suitably addressed by the Revs. H. Thomas, B.A., R. Fletcher, W. R. Lewis, A. Scales, W. Jarrett, T. Odell (the pastor), and H. Langlands, Esq., M.L.A.
CHURCH UNION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.— The correspondent of the Patriot, in a letter from Adelaide, of June 15, says: The result, or, at least, a result of Mr. Binney's visit to this country has just been seen in the proceedings of the Diocesan Synod recently held in this city. As all was quietly subsiding again, there was a whisper that something was to be attempted, and that his Excellency would not let the matter sleep. The Synod met with open doors. There was a large gathering of Synod men, clerical and lay, and a good sprinkling of on-lookers, to see this perhaps unparalleled discussion. After the introductory proceedings, the Governor rose, and in a speech of considerable length stated the case, which may be summed up thus :-“He did not mean to attack the Church of England ; but there were large numbers of persons in the colony holding the same essential religious doctrines as themselves—why could they not be allied for common religious purposes, and recognise their Ministers as de facto Ministers of actually existing bodies ? Its necessity was shown by statistics, from which it appeared that the Church of England had only oneeighth of the people, the Congregationalist one-tenth, and the Wesleyan one-half. They could not ignore their existence, and it was folly to unchurch them. He trusted the policy he proposed would rid the church of some of her fetters, and place her in a position that would win the favour of her evangelical brethren. He reminded them that the eyes of the church and public were on them, and, what was more important, of a Being greater than church or public.”
The resolutions were as follows: “1. That in the opinion of this Synod the time has arrived for promoting Christ and the spread of evangelical truth in South Australia, by a closer alliance between the branch of Christ's church which this Synod represents, and the other Protestant evangelical communions in this colony.
“ 2. That the most expedient course for usefully effecting such alliance appears to be a prompt and hearty recognition on terms of equality of our Protestant Christian evangelical brethren, whether originally sprung from the Anglican church or not, as being all members of the General Reformed church of Christwith whom, therefore, we may safely and usefully ally ourselves in all good works.
“That as certain difficulties, whether of law or ecclesiastical discipline, may be found to intervene between the members of the church and the adoption of practical steps desirable for effecting such alliance, a Select Committee be appointed to consider and report:1st. As to the best means of establishing such alliance. 2nd. As to the existence and nature of any impediments thereto. And 3rd. To suggest the most immediate steps for removal of all such impediments.
FOREIGN RECORD. AUSTRIAN CONFESSION OF ROME's InMORALITY.-A curious book has just appeared on the Continent, which shows that the Cabinet of Vienna has been perfectly informed regarding the misgovernment, the duplicity, and immorality of the Roman court. A few extracts will set forth the spirit of the work.
“In a spiritual point of view Rome is a focus of immorality; in a temporal point of view a focus of anarchy. The inhabitants are more inclined to superstition than to religion. Government contracts inspire no confidence, for, if there is any advantage in repudiating them, they are forthwith dissolved by a Papal decree, or the conditions are altered to the great prejudice of the contractors. The finances are in a worse than deplorable condition; the roguery of the Ministers, not less than their incompetency, drains the public purse. Throughout the Papal States justice is openly sold.”
* * * *“ With the exception of legions of priests, lay brothers, and fanatics, the population are not only annoyed, but irritated, and indignant against the present régime. Continual satire and an irreverent attitude against the Sovereign show the feelings of the people. What are the causes of such a state of things ? Merely these: new laws that reduce to the narrowest limits individual freedom and the intercourse of every-day life; the omnipotence and activity of the Inquisition, which has boundless authority throughout the country; the implicit reliance on the police, who have power to arrest people on the merest suspicion; the onerous character of the taxes; the system of the administration, which has a tendency to
turn men into monks, not into citizens. These i tion, there are now in Turkey 10,897 schools are the causes of popular disgust." * * * for Mussulmans, which are frequented by
* Really, this city should be called Babylon, 230,545 boys, and 121,259 girls, and superinRot Rome. The clerical body consists of two tended by 11,226 teachers. There are also thirds of hypocrites and Simonians; the 2,249 schools for Christians, receiving 105,361 preachers are either indifferent or atheists."
boys, and 7,806 girls, with 2,259 teachers. The most curious quotation is beyond doubt
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN LOMBARDY.the following extract from a letter, addressed
The Univers resumes its lamentations on the in 1850, by the late Prince von Schwarzen
subject of the additional field afforded to Proburgh, to the archbishops and bishops of Lombardo-Venetia :
testant propagandists by the annexation of “ Under the hypocritical pretext of recon
Lombardy to Piedmont, and denounces the
Ratazzi Cabinet for the liberty conceded to ciling liberty with the church, both the church and the clergy have been dragged into the
the agents of heresy. Their professed respect mire. It is high time that the clergy, blush
for liberty of conscience, it says, ought to have ing for its past errors, and the scandalous
taught them to afford protection to consciences
against those who, by seductions and falseeccentricities with which so many of its members have polluted themselves, should confine
hoods, spread the poison of error. Already, itself to its sacred duties, and should cease to
it declares, letters from Geneva announce that
the sects of England and Switzerland are be the most abject tool of social demoralization.”
opening the campaign ; that the Evangelical THE SAMOAN ISLANDS.- We have been
Society of Geneva has just sent off to Lomfavoured with No. 20 of the Samoan Reporter,
bardy a legion of missionaries and hawkers ;
and that the British and Foreign Bible So** Printed and published for circulation among the friends of the missionaries, by Samuel
ciety has despatched several thousand falsified Ella, at the London Missionary Society's
Bibles and New Testaments to Milan, to be Press, Leulumoega, Upolu, Samoa, South
thence spread by agents through the proPacific.” It is very well got up and accu
vinces of Lombardy. rately printed: indeed, it would be a creditable THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE production for an English press. It contains, NATIVE CHRISTIANS.- While the professed first, a description of the Samoan mode of policy of the Government in religious matbuilding houses; the fourteenth Annual Re ters remains what it was, its conduct towards port of the Samoan Mission Seminary; a native Christians has undergone a happy detailed account of the thirteenth voyage of change. I do not think they have at present the “ John Williams ” to Western Polynesia; any reason to complain. Considering their and an article on missionary ships, describing numbers, I believe there are more of them the “Morning Star,” a schooner of about 150 in the various departments of the public sertons, recently purchased by the children of the vice than any other class in the community. United States, for the service of the American At present there are, I believe, above 500 naBoard for Foreign Missions and the Sandwich tive Christians at Allahabad, the new capital Islands Missionary Society. Her centre of of the North-West Provinces ; and of these, operation is the Sandwich Islands, and her I suppose, three-fourths, if not four-fifths of visits are made to the islands of Micronesia, the heads of families are in the public service. widely scattered in the western half of the Some of the old officials are as opposed as North Pacific, and to that hitherto dark spot ever to the employment of native Christians, on the eastern border of the South Pacific-the but others are disposed to give them a fair Marquesas Islands. There is also some infor trial. The Government, I believe, gives no mation as to Micronesia, meteorological obser orders on the subject, but leaves its servants vations, &c., &c.
to act as they deem best.-Letter from the EDUCATION IN TURKEY.-According to a Rev. J. Kennedy, of Benares, in the News of report made to the Minister of Public Instruc- , the Churches.
THE HOUSE OF PRAYER. Gon needs not in the House of Prayer
The heavens cannot the Lord contain Idle displays of pomp and pride;
Who loves the truth, not pomp or art. 'Tis contrite hearts are wanted there,
Processions in the sacred place With these the Saviour will abide.
And gorgeous vestments are a snare; No altar decked in fiery red
If God in anger hide His face, Should pagan-Romish rites recall;
Vain are all genuflexions there. The sacrifice once perfected
Only let Christ be all in all, On Calvary's mount was once for all.
Your Maker, Saviour, and your King, Crosses, and monograms, and flowers,
And whensoe'er on Him you call, Can never give poor sinners peace;
Death and the grave shall lose their sting. When grace descends in heavenly showers
Hear this, ye low as well as high, Their wanderings and their griefs shall cease.
Hear this, ye aged, and ye youth, Pictures and images are vain,
God is a Spirit, ever nigh, They cannot purify the heart,
Serve Him in holiness and truth.
MAY BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.
J. UNWIN, GRESHAM STEAM PRESS, BUCKLERSBURY, LONDON.
Rebibal of Religion.
The Lay Preachers' Corner.
Page Progress of the Work
..... 433 Preachers and Preaching .. Theology.
Correspondence. The Hebrew Mother
President Dwight, Jonathan Edwards The Living Sinners
and David Brainerd ............... Alone with Jesus
Church Liberality ......................... Biblical Yllustration.
Life Assurance .............................. Mount Ararat.
The Diaconate Washing the Feet ......
Answers to Correspondents Locusts................
451 Tribe of Asher ........
The Christian Witness. Grapes of Eshcol............
451 Plains of Moab .....................
Religious Awakening in Ireland Mount Lebanon
Irish Evangelical Society..... Cedars of Lebanon ........
Colonial Missionary Society ........ The Wine of Lebanon
The Congregational Union. The Childhood and Youth of Helena
Autumnal Meetings Louisa, Duchess of Orleans ............. 452
First Meeting of Conference...... Rev. T. W. Gittens.
Second Meeting of Conference ...............
Third Day's Conference...........
459 “ My Life has been a Failure”............ 459
Sermons ... The Rambling Hearer ..........
Constable's Educational Series.... Dr. Guthrie on American Slavery 459
The Atonement ............ Mortifying Sin ........
The Life and Character of Elijah the
460 Surety ............
460 | Revival Hymns .............
a neeungs ..........
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highly interesting cases to the Edition. By GEORGE THOMAS CONGREVE, Coombe Lodge, Peckham,
CASE OF A YOUNG MAN AT CARLTON, BEDS. On the 8th of June in the present year I was consulted by Mr. Charles Rudd, of Car relative to his son, a young man about 18 years of age. His symptoms were violent co night and morning, pains in the chest, difficulty of breathing, night-perspirations, los appetite, and, for a long time, loss of strength. He commenced with my medicine, strictly followed my advice; with what result will appear from his father's last letter, d September 13th:
& DEAR SIR,-I write to say that your valuable medicines have now quite restored son to health. From the time he began to take them he began to mend. It was wonde to see how he changed in appearance, and also how he gained strength. He can now v all day.”
OBSERVE: In future, until further notice, Mr. CONGREVE will be at home on TUESI THURSDAY, and SATURDAY mornings only, until 12 o'clock; or he may be consulte any other time by appointment.
JONES' £4 4s. SILVER LEVER WATCH are selling at the Manufactory, 338, STRAND, opposite Some House. They are very elegant in appearance, and are warranted to vary more than half a minute per week. They are jewelled in 1 holes, and have all the modern improvements. ONE SHILLING ab the price of the Watch being sent, in Post-office order, payable JOHN JONES, one will be sent free to any part of the Kingdom. F JONES' SKETCH of WATCH-WORK, sent free for a Twope
PROGRESS OF THE WORK. Our readers will, doubtless, be looking for some report of progress in the great work, which, for some months past, has been going forward both in Ireland and in Great Britain. The questions which have naturally occurred to them are such as these: Is it really genuine ? Is it spreading, or stationary? Is it remaining pure, or becoming mixed by fanaticism ? How is it viewed by the various denominations of the faithful throughout Ireland ? Is there any probability that the Divine baptism will cross the Channel, and extend to Great Britain, and countries in Europe ? These and other questions are natural, and we shall endeavour briefly to answer them.
All good men, and competent judges are substantially of one mind on the point of genuineness. It is fully sustained by sacred Scripture. Divine power alone serves to account for the mighty changes, which are being everywhere wrought on multitudes. The souls of men, women, and children, of all ranks and conditions, are enlightened, convinced, and converted. Great numbers are clearly the “ epistles of Christ, known and read of all men." There are, indeed, those who affect to question the Divine character of the movement, and chief among them is Archdeacon Stopford, who seems to aim at the “bad eminence” of Lavington in the last century. With respect to this gentleman we have pleasure in setting forth the following letter addressed to the editor of the Daily News :
SIR, Having read a very able and interesting article in the Daily News of August 31, on the Revival in Ireland, containing also extracts from, and observations upon, Archdeacon Stopford's pamphlet on Hysteria, I cannot but feel, in conjunction with the great majority of those who, like myself, have personally witnessed and shared in the movement, that Archdeacon Stopford's pamphlet is calculated to leave a wrong impression on the public mind. It is quite incorrect to say that sensitive women are the only subjects of the change, for there are a great number of strong men affected in every locality, and sometimes more violently affected than the women. It is also unjust to give the impression that all the cases of conversion can be reduced to Hysteria. By far the greater number of cases are either without Hysteria, or soon lose the symptoms, and the genuineness of their religion is proved by its fruits. I need not weary you with further details, but merely submit to you a statement, which, though not written at first with special reference to the Archdeacon's pamphlet, is at least a plain statement of facts from one residing and labouring in the midst of this most hopeful and genuine work. The writer has also drawn some, I trust, fair and sober inferences from those facts, and endeavoured, in the conclusion, to meet the current objections which are advanced against the real scriptural character of the movement • As you have laid before the public in such an able manner Archdeacon Stopford's side of the question, I trust you will in justice allow the other side also to be heard.—I am, &c.,
GEORGE V. CHICHESTER,
Curate of Portrush, Ireland. 24, Duke-street, Edinburgh, Monday, Sept. 12th.
STATEMENT. As much interest and excitement seem to prevail on this side of the Channel concerning the religious movement now spreading in the north of Ireland, and as various opinions have been expressed in the public journals, some of them adverse to the character of that movement, the insertion of a few remarks may possibly prove not unseasonable at the present crisis. Living in the midst of those scenes, and daily witnessing and participating in them for some months past, I may, perhaps, be permitted to add my humble testimony to that of many others, for VOL. XVI.