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to the church in Dundee, for such expressions placed in similar circumstances to ourselves, of kindness towards us.
that, as disciples of Christ, we have agreed JAMES ARUTHNOT. when celebrating the death and resurrection Howden, March 1.--I write to inform you
of the Lord, on the first day of the week, to
lay aside somewhat for the special purpose of the labors of our Brother W. McDougale, in this place. He has proclaimed the gospel Messiah's kingdom; that our fellow-men
of supporting these evangelists in advancing three Lord's days, and we have every reason
may be loosed from sectarian bondage, and to believe that good has been done. We
introduced into the privileges of original have had one immersion, and expect that Christ
at | Christianity. Our number is but six, and more will shortly put on the Lord Jesus. | we are all poor in this world's goods; but The attendance in the Temperance-hall was
s we know the charity of our Lord Jesus, that good.
though he was rich, yet for our sakes became Huddersfield, March 18th.-I have the poor, that we through his poverty might be pleasure to inform you, that the church of inade rich. Now as it is an item. of eternal Christ here is both happy and prosperous. truth, that he who sows sparingly shall reap Since our removal to a new place of meeting, sparingly, and that God loves a cheerful giver, which is comfortable and commodious, we our brethren should remember these things, bave obtained an attendance considerably and by adopting the plan proposed, they would greater than formerly. The brethren them- | be ready, when the time came, to devote their selves are regular and orderly, and I think free-will offerings to aid the triumphs of the I may say that peace, union, and love cha- | Redeemer. As every subject of his kingdom racterize all their social meetings. We have | desires the salvation of his fellow-men, being had a few conversions lately. A few weeks themselves favored with this great blessing, ago two young persons confessed the Lord | I should think they will immediately adopt Jesus, and were baptized. Last week ano- such a plan. We take 6 Harbingers, one of ther friend put on Christ in the same way; them heing the property of the church, each and on the first day of this week four others member having a number of readers for it also. Thus, seven persons have been added every month. If other brethren would try to the saved within a few weeks. Our hopes this plan, it would assist in circulating the are good for further increase. I am happy truth. Brethren, pray for us. J. E. to say that the labors of our beloved Brother Greenwell are instructive and edifying to the
| Nottingham.-Four members of the church churches which he statedly visits; they are here, and one from the church in Loughboalso useful to the unconverted, as the first rough, destitute of employment, have emifruits of his labors in this part are some grated during the last month, three to the of those who have recently been added to our United States, and two to the Cape of Good number.
E. JENKINS. Hope. One has been added to the church
here during the same period. J. W. Park (Wales) March 6.-About 9 years ago, sixteen of the members of the Scotch Lewisham.—We are requested to state Baptist church at Ramoth (where the late that one has been added to the church here John R. Jones labored as minister for thirty- during the last month, and that the brethren four years) were expelled, as they say, for are more active and happy than formerly. denying " the work of the Holy Spirit;" also because they contended for a baptism OBITUARY.—Banff, February 28.-It is for the remission of sins.” Fourteen have with deep sorrow that I have to inform you been added by immersion during the nine of the death of our beloved Brother Ingles, years. We lost two by death, six went back who was seized with influenza on the 19th to the world, and five to the Mormonites. instant, and cut off by it and inflammation Our most sincere love to all the churches of on the 24th, much regretted by all who knew Christ in England, Scotland, Ireland, and him, and especially by the brethren. He America. Yours in hope of eternal life, was a tried, zealous, and devoted Christian ;
R. REES. he was my constant companion and co-operaWigan, March 17th.-_Since I wrote last | tor in the work of the Lord for the last seven we have three added to our number by bap- |
years. At his expense we went to Edinburgh tism, making five this month, all of them
to meet Brother Campbell; and he was prefrom the world, none having been before con
pared to do anything that he considered to be nected with any religious body.
in accordance with the will of his God. On T. Coop. reflecting upon the ways of God, we are con
strained to say it is the doing of the Lord. Dornock, March.--Having seen your | Our deceased brother was the youngest of all note in the Harbinger, in which you inform the brethren in the north, being only 26 us that Brother Campbell is negociating for years of age, but, in Christian attainment he one or two evangelists to visit this country was older than many who are double his age. during the ensuing summer, I wish to state, We have had no additions of late, but we for the information of brethren who may be 'live in good hope. The work is the Lord's, and it will not fall to the ground. May we ther Campbell in England, and what sucbe found faithful: we are only here for a cess ? Send all particulars. Give my love short time, but that short time fixes our ever- to Brothers Gray and Thomson; I wish they lasting destiny.
A. CAMERON. would write to me. Remember me to all the [We had the pleasure of seeing our young churches. We still meet on the first day of Brother Ingles in Edinburgh, in August | the week to keep the commandments. Yours last, with Brother Campbell. On the 14th in truth and love,
T. JACKSON. of January we received from him a Christian letter of inquiry respecting other evangelists
PASSING EVENTS. being called into the field of labor. In five REVOLUTION IN FRANCE.-We record in our weeks afterwards he is numbered with the pages, as matters of fact, that within the last sixty dead High as the heaven is above the earth years, there have been three revolutions in France.
The first took place in 1793, and continued three so are our Father's thoughts and ways above
weeks before the people accomplished their wishes: ours; still he doeth all things well.-J.W. but which, in consequence of the interference of other
nations, caused a sanguinary war on the continent Foreign.
of Europe that lasted twenty years, terminating with
the celebrated Battle of Waterloo, on the 18th June, Adelaide, South Australia, August 10th, 1815. The second Revolution took pla e in June, 1847.-Beloved Brother Wallis : May favor, I 1830, occupying only three days, with the loss of some mercy, and peace from God our Father and
five hundred lives. On this occasion the potentates
of Europe, sileni though trembling spectators, abthe Lord Jesus Christ be with you. In a
stained from taking part against the Revolution, as letter from an entire stranger, some expla the wise .t and most convenient policy. The third nations seem necessary. I was received some
revolution which occurred, in February, 1848, may
be said to hare continued three hours, when the King time ago into the church in New Zealand by
abdicated the throne, leaving the government of the naimmersion for the remission of sins, having tion in the hands of the people, some of the deputies of been in this colony nearly two years. I am
whom nominated a Provisional Government, which in connection with a congregation professing
immediatety proclaimed a Republic. This event is
one of the most sudden, rapid, effectual, and yet New Testament principles, led, in part, by
comparatively bloodless, recorded in history, or means of your valuable Messenger to discard known to the memory of man. Not even the ensectarian names and connections, taking the
trance of Cyrus into the ancient city of Babylon was New Testament alone as their standard and
more unexpected to the inhabitants of that city than
the late Revolution has been surprising to the whole guide. For a time, baptism for the remission civilized world. It is the theme of universal conof sins was the stumbling block, it being ad versation-and of admiration with many, though mitted only in a limited formal sense. A free
not with the cri wned heads and their dependents,
who have been made to trenable as if the time of discussion has been conducted in the most
their departure was also at hand. The brethren and brotherly manner. Brother Campbell's Essay all our readers will do well to remember, that a wise on the Remission of Sins, sent by you to this
and omnipotent, though unseen hand, controls all
these events, which, according to the Prophets, and country, has been received, and produced its
the testimony of John the Apostle, in his apocalyptic usual effects. A fortnight ago one was im vision, shall érentuate in the overthrow of the kingdom mersed, a presage, we hope, of a rich and of darkness, the elevation of man, and the glory of abundant harvest. Verily the harvest is
God. And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea
and on the earth (does not this include all the nations ? great, but the laborers are few and illiterate.
Ed.) lifted his hand towards heaven, and store by Him We shall pray to the Lord to send more and that liveth for ever and ever, who created the heavens well instructed laborers into this field. Two and those things which are in it, and the sea and those young females have since been added to our
things which are in it, that there should be no longer
delay; but in the days of the voice of the serenth ungel, number.
T. MAJANY. uchen he shall begin to sound, then the secret of God,
as he revealed its glad tidings to his servants the ProAuckland Government House (New Zea.
phets, should be fulfilled (Rev, x. 5, 7.) And the na. land) September, 1847.-It is now some time tions were wroth; and thy wruth came, and the time since I last wrote you; I have, therefore, of the dead, (the nations, dead and withered, yielding
no fruit to God) when they should be judged, and a concluded to write a few lines by the Thomas
reward given to thy servants, and to the suints, and to King. I have seen your last letter to Bro
those that fear thy name, small and great, and when ther Taylor, and think you were very low thou shouldest destroy those who destroy the earth. And spirited, perhaps out of health when you wrote
the temple (or church) of God was opened in heaven, it.
and the ark (or authority) of the covenant appeared in I hope the Lord will help you in every this temple; and there were lightnings, (political and hour of trial; I shall pray for you as a bro- ecclesiastical) and voices, und thundering, and an ther in Christ, and exhort you to put your earthquake, and great hail. Rev. xi. 11, 19.-J. W. trust in the Lord, and to let his word dwell ITALY.-The various states of Italy are more or in you richly in all wisdom. Paul the Apostle less agitated by revolutionary movementr, the bear
ing of the population being intensely hostile toward knew what it was to be afflicted both in body
those governments which have made no concessions. and mind, and yet he says, “ Doubtless Í Messina, in Sicily, has been bombarded repeatedly count all things but dross and dung, for the by the troops of the King of Naples: they demand a excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
constitution similar to that of England. The popu
lation of Italy is as follows:- Two Sicilies 8,566,900; my Lord.” (This is a very excellent exhor
Piedmont and Sardinia, 4.879,000; Roman States, tacion. J.W.) I am afraid of some of the 2,877,000; Tuscany, 1,704,700; Monaca, 7,580; St. brethren not standing true to the Lord Jesus
Marino, 7.950: Modena, 482,000; Parma and Pla
centia, 477,000: Venetian Lombardy, 4,749,900; in this colony ; others appear steadfast.
Italian Tyrol, 522,601 : Istria, 485,000 : grand total, Please write me soon. Have you had Bro. ' 24,567,238.
A MAN.-The man whom I call deserving the
- HAPPINESS. na ne, is one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than himself; whose high purposes are
WHERE shall we seek thee-happiness? oh say! adopted on just principles, aud never abandoned
Dost thou abide on earth ? If so, with whom ? while heaven and earth aff,rd means of accomplish.
Will riches, power, or rank command thy stay ? ing it. He is one who will neither seek an indirect
Will beauty, fame, or wealth procure the boon ? advantage by a specious road, nor take an evil path
Thus have I often questioned, till methought to secure a real good purpose.
An unseen spirit answered in this strain:
* Mortal! think not that happiness is bought FEMALE EDUCATION.- It was a judicious reso.
With aught so earthly, or with aught so vain. lution of a father, as well as a most pleasing coin
" Think not to find it pore or unalloyed, plimeit to his wife, when, on being asked what he intended to do with his girls, he replied, " I intend
Whilst thou dost Jinger mid the scenes of life; to apprentice them all to their excellent mother, that
'Tis only in the realms of heaven enjoyed, they may learn the art of improving time, and be
There we shall know no care, no woe, no strise, fitted to become, like her, wives, mothers, heads of " Seek it above-not in a world like this, families, and useful meinbers of society." Eqnally | 'Tis only there that we may hope to find just, but bitterly painful, was the remark of the nn Ever enduring wells of lasting bliss, happy husband of a vain, thonghtless, Cressy slat Balm to the wounded heart and troubled mind." tern: “ It is hard to say it, but if my girls are to have any chance of growing up good for anything,
THE ORPHAN BOY. they must be sent out of the way of their mother's example."
(The following lines, descriptive ot sact, were sent WEAR A SMILE.-Which will you do, smile and
to the children of the Sunday School at St. Thomas's make others happy. or be crabbed and make every
church, in this city, by Dr. Hawkes, the Rector.one around you miserable ? You can live among
New York Inquirer.) beautiful flowers and singing birds, or in the inire
I knew a widow very poor, surrounded with logs and frogs. The amount of
Who four small children had : happiness vou can produce is incalculable it yon show
The oldest was but six years olda smiling face, a kind heart, and speak pleasant
A gentle modest lad. words. On the other hand, by your sour looks, cross words, and fretful disposition, you make scores and
And very hard this widow toil'd hundreds wretched almost beyond endurance, Which
To feed her children four; will you do? Wear a pleasant countenance : let joy
Av honest pride the woman felt, beam in your eyes, and love grow on your forehead.
Though she was very poor. There is no joy so great as that which springs from
To labor she would leave her home, a kind act or a pleasant deed ; and you may feel it For children must be fed, at night when you rest, at morning when yon rise,
And glad was she when she could buy and through all the day when about your business.
A shilling's worth of bread. BODILY EXERCISE IN EARLY LIFE.-To fetter
And this was all the children had the active motions of children, as soon as they have
On any day to eat ; acquired the use of their limbs, is barbarous opposi
They drank their water, ate their bread, tion to nature; and to do so under a pretence of inn
But never tasted meat. proving their minds and manners, is an insult to One day, when snow was falling fast, common sense. It may, indeed, be the way to train
And piercing was the air, up elevated puppets for short-lived prodigies of learn
I thought that I would go and see ing, but never to forin healthy, well informed, and
How these pour children were. accomplished men and women. Every feeling indi Ere long I reached their cheerless homevidual must behold, with much heartfelt concern,
'Twas searched by even v breezepoor, little puny creatures of eight, or ten, or twelve When, going in, the eldest child years of age, exhibited by their silly parents as pro.
I saw upon his knees. ficients in learning, or as distinguished for their
I paus'd to listen to the boy : early proficiency in language, elocution, music, or
"He never rais'd his head : even some frivolous acquirement. The strength of
But still went on and said, “ Give us the mind, as well as of the body, is exhausted, and
This day our daily bread.” the natural growth of both is checked by such un
I waited till the child had done, timely exertions.
Still listening as he prayed; EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG.–Children should
And when he rose I asked him why be early taught to look up and find their standard
The Lord's prayer he had said. of liffar above the common throng. They should not be taught to rest contented in inactivity, or that
" Why, sir," said he, “ this morning when Providence woul. ' have them satisfied with any
My mother went away, small attainment so long as higher attainments are
She wept because she said she had within the reach of their utmost efforts. Providence
No bread for us to-day. calls no child to sit down in the dust and amuse it.
“ She said we children now must starve, self with such playthings as glow-worms and snail.
Our father being dead: shells. They are called to higher spheres-- to soar
And then I told her not to cry, among the stars, to roam o'er mountain tops, to
For I could get some bread. penetrate the depths, and to commune with angels. "Our Father, sir, the prayer begins, They are called upon to rise higher and still higher
Which makes me think that he, -never resting satistied until they have placed their As we have no kind father here, feet above all former foot-prints, and carved their
Would our kind father be. names above all other names. "Excelsior!” shonld
“ And then you know the prayer, sir, too, ever be the motto. He who looks upon the children
A ks God for bread each day : in our streets, fast growing, many of them. to be
So in the corner, sir, I went, vagabonds and pests in society, and is satisfied,
And that's what made me pray." either is deaf to the voice of duty and of God, or he is gilty of basely disregarding that voice. He only
I qnickly left that wretched room, who is willing to labor for the elevation of the rising
And went with fleeting feet;
And very soon was back again race: to guide them into spheres of improvement
With food enough to eat. and usefulness, and to foster within them a disposition to run the race for honorable and meritorious “ I thought God heard me," said the boy : distinction, is a true patriot. He only is true to his
I answered with a nodnature, true to posterity, true to his country, true to I could not speak; but much I thought his God.
of that boy's faith in God.
I tol ng deadow mo
evil effects and tendencies of creeds REFORMATION.—No. IV. I were so obvious and numerous as to
The rejection of human creeds by furnish abundant motives to opposithe originators and promoters of the tion. Some of these we have already present reformation, was mainly due particularized, as, the impediment to a deep reverence for the Divine they offer to progress in divine knowScriptures, and a just regard for the ledge; the obstacle they interpose supremacy of the Lord Messiah. It between the human and the divine was esteemed a desecration of the mind; the unlawful power which Sacred Oracles to bring them down they throw into the hands of the to the level of human opinions, or to clergy; and the discredit which they make them the vehicle through which bring upon the fundamental principle the dogmas and speculations of men of Protestantism—the right of private were to be imposed upon the con- / or individual judgment in respect to science; and it was regarded a pre- the meaning of scripture. Another sumptuous usurpation that uninspired reason for the opposition to creeds, and fallible teachers should, in solemn and one which was at least first in conclave, venture to change the laws action, if not in influence, was their of Christ's kingdom, and establish influence in producing and perpetunew regulations for the government ating religious dissensions. This is of his people. Hence originated the the point which we wish now to strong opposition that has been made consider. to clerical assumption, and the urgent It may be asserted, we presume, as appeal to the Word of God itself as a truth at length established by the the only tribunal to be admitted or world's experience, that the various acknowledged in the decision of reli- parties or divisions which constitute gious questions.
Christendom can agree only in the There were various other reasons, general truths and facts of Christianity. however, which co-operated with this To these there has always been a veneration for divine authority. The very marked and obvious assent. But
when we descend to particularize ; to this, would be to disnonor the human the minutiæ which may be descried mind, and Christianity itself. It by minds of microscopic intelligence; would be to propose a union in doubt, to the nice distinctions which may be rather than a union in faith. We drawn by the acumen of metaphysi-regard Christianity as a system, inficians, we find as marked and striking nite, indeed, in its details and applia contradiction. The history of cations, yet so complete in itself, so Christianity, indeed, from its very harmonious in all its parts, that it origin until now, might surely suffice may be comprehended almost in a to show how utterly vain and hopeless single thought, and be clearly defined is the attempt to induce the world to by the simplest terms. And we would adopt any particular set of opinions propose such a view of it as would or systems of doctrines which can be permit a union upon the religion devised by human skill. Yet this is itself, without involving controversies a lesson which men have been slow about its minutiæ or its appendages ; to learn. This is a discovery which and such as would present a clear the religious world at large appears understanding of its nature, claims, to have only just now made, if we and objects, without any scholastic may take the Evangelical Alliance dogmatism upon particular tenets ; as an index to its present convictions. and, least of all, upon those remote It is, however, one of the leading points, those mysteries inscrutable truths urged upon the community from their very nature, which are from the very commencement of the declared, but not explained ; and present effort at reformation.
fully within the grasp of Faith, Were we, indeed, asked to define though beyond the power of Intheoretically, in terms the most brief tellect. and impressive, the reformation which It is true, indeed, that we earnestly we urge, we should denominate it, plead for the adoption of the Bible A generalization of Christianity . It alone, and that we concur with the is in this character that it presents a whole Protestant world in admiring basis of Christian union. It is in the celebrated saying of Chillingthis point of view that it lays aside worth, that “the Bible is the religion the differences, the peculiarities, the of Protestants." Yet we are not distinctions, which disunite and mark guilty of such inexactness, and such out sects; and retains the agreements, a want of discrimination, as to prothe universalities, the identities which pose the Bible as the Christian's secure harmony and peace. It pro- creed. The whole Bible is certainly poses the macrocosm of Deity as a to be believed ; the Bible alone is substitute for the microcosm of man. to be received as the standard and It regards Christianity as a boon fountain of divine truth; but it is designed for all, and fitted to secure not to be forgotten that the Bible the happiness of the entire family of contains much more than Christianity, man, and prefers to see its blissful and much more even of Christianity influence, like the sun's blest radiance, itself, than is necessary to the object diffused throughout the whole com- now before us—Christian union and munity, rather than to have only a co-operation. To say that the Bible few of its rays concentrated here and is our religion, is true, in the sense there by the burning-glass of Sec- that the Bible contains our religion. tarianism.
But Judaism is as much a religion of We by no means propose, however, the Bible as Christianity; and, if we as a basis of Christian union, such a make no just distinctions, circumcision generalization as would render Chris- is as scriptural as baptism, and flesh tianity vague and indefinite. To do 'as orthodox as faith. There needs