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and to flee to the cross of Christ, as the only persevering effort of principle. With him, refuge for perishing, sinners; and hence there was considerable ability to labour, arose an abiding conviction in his mind, from strength of constitution; and that that the preaching of Christ crucified was ability did not remain unexercised. I have that which God would own and bless to his often been surprised at the fatigue he has people. You yourselves can bear testimony gone through : and though exertion someto the clear and convincing manner with
times exhausted him, as was the case last which he unfolded before you the secret, Sunday after his three services, which led lurkings of sin, with which he urged upon him to say—“O these frail bodies !" Yet you the necessity of repentance; with which his strength was renewed day by day, and he pointed you to a crucified Saviour; with with it his efforts for bis people. They which he alternately persuaded, by the al- were, indeed, ever near his heart; bis interlurements of the Gospel, and alarmed by est was their interest, his good their good. the threatenings of the Law; and with this Even in the late important step he took in clear exhibition of Scripture doctrine, there his marriage, to have a help meet for him in was the greatest caution in inseparably con- his work, formed no small point of consinecting with it the inculcation of Scripture deration. practice. No importance whatever did he But he is now gone; his wife is left a attach to a professed reception of divine widow, and has changed her bridal for her truth, unless it were borne out by corre- mourning attire. Their mutual plans are sponding holiness of heart and life.“ By left unfulfilled : bis projected and pretheir fruits ye shall know them," was the paring habitation will never be occupied by test to which he wished himself to be him; and his distressed people can only brought, and to which he led you, as the look back upon the testimony he bore people entrusted to his care.
amongst them, without a hope of farther indeed, a bappy union of faithfulness and hearing his invitations, or sharing in his caution in the exercise of his public mi-' kindness. In less than one short week, nistry.
we have seen him in full health, been rent Immediately connected with this faithful- by the sad tidings of bis death, followed ness and caution in explaining and enforc- him to the grave, and are now assembled ing the word of God, was intrepidity in re- to mourn over his memory, and to call proring sin, and persevering effort in re- upon each other to subunission to the divine straining it, at least within the haunts of will under this mysterious providence.secrecy. Such have been the effects of bis The Rev. SAMUEL WALTER, A. M. Perexertion, that the improved state of your petual Curate of Slaithwaite, near Hudparishes have called forth the astonishment dersfield, who died June 7th, 1823, was even of the passing traveller. Indeed, not born at Wellington, Shropshire, May 12th, only hare you felt the beneğit of his firm- 1764, educated by the Rev Dr. Robins at ness, but, as it respects the particular sin Bristol, and afterwards of St. Edmund's of drunkenness, the county at large is at Hall, Oxford, where he took his degree of this time possessing to a degree the benefit A. B. was ordained Deacon to the Curacy of his efforts, by the kind interposition of of Churchill, Somersetshire, 1785, where magisterial authority. Even his enemies he remained four years, and then removed were compelled to acknowledge, that what to South Petherton; and from thence to he did was not for himself, but for them: Madeley, Stiropshire, where he laboured they could not but see the goodness of the with indefatigable zeal twenty-three years, intention, howerer they night disapprove under a kind Vicar, and with a friendly. of the action itself. But this intrepidity people. June 24th, 1816, he came to did not blunt the kindlier feelings of the Slaithwaite, as assistant-curate to the Rev., heart. The tale of woe was never made Charles Chew, upon whose resignation, in known to him in vain; and often has he January, 1818, he was appointed by the gone almost beyond his power, to relieve Rer. John Coates, Vicar of Huddersfield, the wants of the afflicted; acting, as he' to the chapelry. Whilst health and strength himself used to observe, on the faith of the were vouchsafed him, he laboured diligently, promise-—" He that giveth to the poor in the cause of God. He was a zealous lendeth to the Lord."--" When the ear promoter of the Bible, Missionary, and heard him, it blessed him: when the eye Tract Societies in Huddersfield and its Visaw him, it gare witness to him; because cinity; and his last nioments were occupied he delivered the poor that cried, and the fa- in giving directions respecting a sermon to, therless, and him that had none to help be preached in bis chapel, for the Church him. The blessing of him that was ready Missionary Society. He was a kind father, to perish came upon him : and he caused a diligent pastor, and a sincere friend. the widow's heart to sing for joy." In Humble and unassuming in bis mappers, these works of faith, and labours of love, he gained the estimation of all who knew he did not grow weary: they were not the him; and his memory will be long revered, occasional excitement of impulse, but the by Christians of every denomination. DEC. 1893.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL IN FOREIGN PARTS.
The Abstract of the Proceedings of this apostolical regimen, of which they are Society, recently published, contains, most carefuliy tenacious, they bad preamong other very interesting matter, a served uniformly unimpaired the fundaletter from the Rev. Mr. Mill, Principal mental articles of the Christian faith; but of the Mission College at Calcutta, of the unhappy disputes respecting the person which the following are extracts. After and natures of our Lord, which, beginning referring to the lamented death of Bishop with verbal questions, ended with dividMiddleton, Mr. Mill reports the attention ing the oriental churches into two opposite wbich bimself and Mr. Alt, his colleague, erroneous confessions, have extended their had paid to the Hindustanee, Bengalee, evil influence to the church in Malabar. It Sanscrit, Arabic, and Persian, which he is evident, from the accounts that La Croze terms the five necessary languages; and has detailed, with bis usual candour and then proceeds to describe a journey under- sagacity, that at the time when the Portutaken, by the approbation of the late Bi- guese were forcing the Romish usurpation, shop, to the coast of Poonab and Malabar. with all its novelties, upon them; they
“I embarked at the end of October were, like the see of Babylon to which they last year, and arrived at the former port adhered, Nestorian. And it is evident, in November, with the intention of visit- also, that those bishops and priests from
the Christians of St. Thomas, as they Syria, by whose assistance, half a century have been very generally called, in the after, they were enabled, for the greater interior.
part, to throw off that usurpation, and re“ I trust I shall not barely be excused, cover their ancient ecclesiastical independbut considered as performing a duty to the ence, were from the see of Antioch, the Society, in enlarging a little on the subject most opposed to that heresy being Jacoof that singular communion. For a church bites. And this is accordingly the creed of all subsisting like theirs, if not from the the independent part of the Syro-Malabaric apostolical age (a tradition justly suspected), Church at this day, who are under a metroat ieast from the ages immediately suc- politan bishop of their own nation. These ceeding, whose members have been re- correspond with the church in Antioch: cognised as a distinct and respected class of like them have the anti-catbolic expression the community, in the very heart of Hin- (to say the least) in nse, of the two naduism, for more than fifteen centuries, is a tures forming one nature, and unanimously phenomenon which cannot but claim the at- hold the Nestorian duality of persons in tentiou of every one engaged in the propa- the utmost detestation. The other great gation of the Gospel in this country, and is division of this church, who remain under itself a most satisfactory answer to the many that forced subjection to the see of Rome, who contend, that its permanent reception though they have still priests of their own by any class of respectable patires is vation, and their liturgy in Syriac, printed an impossibility. The Christians of St. at Rome for their use ; have all their suThomas, though evidently Indian them- perior governors sent to them from Euselves in origin, as in complexion and rope, and are in a singular state of schism : language (which is the Malagaliin), have the Portuguese Archbishop of Cranganore, received their orders, with their liturgies' a suffragan of Goa, still claiming them -as and ecclesiastical traditions, from the more his charge; while this right is denied by the ancient parent church in Syria. Accord- Propaganda Society at Rome, who bare ingly (notwithstanding the inaccurate later
constantly sent out Italian vicars apostolic, rumours concerning them, which seem with and now latterly an Irish bishop, residing at many to have superseded the excellent and Verapoli, to rule them. These unfortulaborious accounts of their former history, nate churches, still sufficiently proud of given by Dr. Michael Geddes, and by La their ancient character to feel their present Croze), they resemble, in their form of degradation, yet uuder the terror of the government, every other ancient church exclusive pretensions to catbolicism and inof which we have any knowledge, by fallibility, submit partly to the one, partly whích Christianity has been planted in the to the other, of these opposite claimants. midst of idolaters : neither in the three “ It is the former and happier division of orders (to which they have superadded this singular 'people, to whom we look with many of confessedly inferior authority) do the greatest interest and hope ; as those they differ from the Western Church, ex- whose recovery and rise to their early pricept that the deacons exercise fewer of the mitive character, will, as we may confiproper functions of the Catanas or pres- dently expect, bring with it the emancipabyters, than custom has allowed them tion of the rest. From their venerable amung yg It were bappy if, with this metropolitan, Mat Dionysius, who is exerting himself in various ways for the im- " approval, leaves it to the gradual influence provement of his clergy and people, I had of the knowledge now disseminating itself the happiness of hearing very warm ex- to undermine, and at length, by regular pressions of respect and attachment to the authority, to remove them. For the latter, Church of England, and our late regretted which involves the more immediate, and Bishop, whose interviews with himself, far more sacred, duty of the two, though and mutual presents, he evidently remem- no opportunity for the display of this has bered with great satisfaction. I received, yet existed in this native government, withboth from him and several of his clergy, out the company's territory, and the limits copies of the New Testament, and other of the operation of our Indian Church esworks, in Syriac, which I hope, at no dis- tablishment hitherto, yet I believe they tant time, to deposit in our college library. fully acknowledge that episcopal relation The readings of these copies (of which I and jurisdiction, to which they, equally collated many more at different churches with myself, or with any chaplain of the for seren of the more remarkable passages) company, are spiritually subject. Whatadd but little to the information published ever suspicion may arise on this head, from by Professor Adler on this subject ; tliey the avowed ecclesiastical principles of too are chiefly remarkable for a gross interpo many who support their respected $olation in some Nestorian copies, in Heb. ciety (the Church Missionary Society) in ii. 9; and a careful expunction of this, England*, I cannot, if I may be allowed with an omission equally unauthorized, the expression of my own judgment in this though not so impious in meaning, by the way, extend the same suspicion to them. opposite party: and they curiously exem- For it appears plainly impossible, that men plify the effect of contrary beresies in pre- of piety and integrity (such as I am perserving, as well as indirectly confirming, suaded these are) should thus support and the general integrity of the sacred text. act upon the ancient principles of unity The want of 1 John, v. 9 (except in one copy and order in another church, without at interpolated by the Romanists), and of the least equally regarding them in their own." history of the beginning of John, viii. is -Pp. 184-190. common to all. The persons to whom I After giving an account of some classes was chiefly indebted for my intercourse both of Roman Catholic Christians, frequently with the priests and laity of this extraor- confounded, through ignorance or å worse dinary people (of whose Indian language I motive, with the Syrian Christians, Mr. M. was wholly ignorant), were three clergy- gives the following particulars concerning men of the Church of England, resident Goa: at Cottayam in Travancore, and actively “ The city of Goa now presents a most employed in superintending the college remarkable spectacle. Its splendid cathieand the parochial schools: the former of dral, churches, convents, &c. now stand which, by the grant of the Heathen go- insulated as in the country, no remnant exvernment of that country, the latter, byisting of that popalous city with wbich they the desire and contribution of these Chris
once surrounded. The new city, tians themselves, have been recently es- Panjam, is a comparatively mean place : the tablished in their community. Singular as inquisition, too well known for its atrocisuch a superintendance may appear, and ties in the cases of F. Ephraim Neves, M. almost unprecedented, there is notbing in Dellon, &c. is now mouldering to ruins, it, as exercised by these clergymen, which without the least prospect of recovery. It opposes the order, either of that Episcopal is said, that all the European Portugueze, Church they visit, or, as far as I am ca- who refuse to take the oaths to the new pable of judging, of that to which they government, which is a government of themselves belong. For the former, they half castes, will be banished the country; certainly do nothing but by the express
and in this number the Archbishop Prisanction of the Metropolitan consulting mate is included. and employing them: their use of the “ From Goa I proceeded by sea to BomAnglican service for themselves and fami- bay, and thence to Poona. At this latter lies at one of his chapels, is agreeable to place, which was the principal object of the catbolic practice of these Christians my journey, I had the happiness of assist(who allowed the same, two hundred and ing at the commencement of a work, which fifty years ago, to the Portuguese priests, forms the principal official intelligence I as to persons rightly and canonically or- have now to communicate to the Society, I dained, even while they were resisting their mean the Persian version of the Old Testam usurpations), and is totally unconnected ment, undertaken under their auspices, by with any purpose of obtruding even that my friend, the chaplain of that station. liturgy upon the Syrian Churchi; while
* We do not exactly understand this their conduct, with respect to those parts remark :we apprehend that it is founded of the Syrian ritual and practice, which all
in some misconception of the learned ProProtestants must condemn, is that of
fessor, or is the result of some erroneons silence, which, without the appearance of information.
Mr. Robinson is *, I believe, already fa- called by themselves and their fellowvourably known to the Society, from bis soldiers, Israeli; and all these men, howBombay Visitation Sermon, lately pub- ever ignorant in other respects, can read lished, on the difficulties and the prospects the Hebrew letters. of the clergy in India, and bis qualifications “ Another reason, though not strictly as a Persian scholar are generally acknow- belonging to the purpose for which I am ledged in this country. He engaged in sent hither, por contemplated by myself bethis undertaking with the approbation and forehand, will not be heard with indiffeencouragement of Archdeacon Barnes; rence by that Society which I have the hoand one of th last acts of our late excel
nour of addressing; it is, the miserable delent diocesan’s life was the formal accept- fect of ecclesiastical institutions of every ance of his labours; subject to all the sta- kind in this central region, rendering even tutes of the college respecting translations, the casual, hasty passage of an unknown its committees of revision, &c. This work, clergyman, of more importance than can in conjunction with the New Testament of readily be conceived in Europe. The multhe late excellent Mr. Martyn (which may titudes who, within a few hours, applied also be properly made a subject for the re- to me for baptism, &c. in the cantonments vision of the college), will, it is hoped, be of Nusseiraban and Nemuch, were enough the means of supplying the Mahometan na- to mark what must be the want in the tives of India, as of other parts, with a other stations (equally abounding in Euroclassical faithful version of the Scriptures in pean troops) of Mbow, Asseirgurh, Saujor, their favourite language, and
Husseinabad, Nagpore, &c. &c., all five every view a most desirable opening of the hundred miles or more distant from the labours of our college in this department. nearest place where there is a chaplain, in
“ From Surat, the last place in the either of the three surrounding presidenWestern Coast which I visited, my inten- cies. The commander at the first-mention had been to return to Bengal by sea; tioned military station, who had applied but the accounts I received of the uncer- twice in vain for a remedy of this evil, had tain length of a passage at this season, to- passed, as he told me, sixteen years of his gether with an invitation from the Resident life without seeing a clergyman,- -Was at Pertabgurh, to accompany him to bis obliged to perform several properly clerical station in Central India, determined me to offices himself, and this in some of the prefer returning overland. Before leaving most populous of our stations in India. this interesting coast, I trust I shall be ex- All the officers to whom I have spoken upon cused in remarking to the Society, on the this subject have appeared even astonished peculiar want of Protestant missionaries at a neglect, from which the Dutch, the here, compared with the opposite side of Portuguese, the French, and Danes in the Peninsula; and the peculiar necessity India, are so markedly free, and which I here, considering the persons with whom believe to be without parallel in the colothey would have to do, that these should nial bistory of any Christian nation. The be of the United Church of England and prejudices of the natives bave been strangeIreland, or else of one of her sister episco- ly alleged at home in excuse for tbis; when pal communions in Anierica or Scotland. it is known to all who have most conversed A remark of a very different nature, but with them (as may be said without fear of curious as relating to the history of religion contradiction), that in proportion to their in this country, should not be omitted. I fear of interference with their own modes of allude to the existence of black Jews in the religion, is their disposition to condemn Concana, or low tract of country between and even despise those who have no reliBombay and Malwan on this coast, in gious institutions themselves. Their esteem equal or even superior numbers to those in for the British nation seems to have inthe far southern neighbourhood of Cochin, creased from the happy and decided, but yet who have for more than a century engaged very partial, approaches to a better state the attention of the Christian public in that have taken place already. from the Europe. "They have, like the others, Rab- public opinion, which is now even loud bies from that division of Jews in Europe upon the subject, we should be happy to called Saphardim, or Spaniards. They augur more." Pp. 192–198. have printed service-books also from them; Mr. M. then notices the strong desire for circumstances which, with their possession information existing among the natires, the of all the Old Testament, are sufficiently various writings arising from among themdestructive of the imagination hastily en- selves against their own superstitious, and tertained by some that they are of the ten some other particulars; which we contemtribes. Many of the Sepoys in the service plate, however painful in some respects, of the Company at Bombay, are of this with the utmost satisfaction, as most unesingularly interesting nation. They are quivocal symptoms of the tottering state of
the bloody and licentious superstition under * Son of the late Rer. Thomas Robin- which India has so long groaned. son, Vicar of St. Mary's, Leicester,
IRELAND. Address of the Rev. G. Bushe to his Roman the doctrines you maintain. You yourselves Catholic Parishioners.
are most intimately interested in this disMY DEAR ROMAN CATHOLIC BRETHREN, cussion Your salvation is at stake; for
I TRUST, that by my assistants in the if the grounds upon which you build that ministry of this parish, as also by myself, salvation are false, the hope which you all our intercourse with you, on every oe- entertain must be ruinous. If you consider casion wherein we have come in contact in yourselves right in your views, you cannot the discharge of our professional duty, has fear a comparison of them with that which been carried on in the spirit of Christian must be allowed by us all to be the standard love. I feel, that with the higher and and test of all truth-" the Oracles of middle classes among you, our communi- God” and, therefore, on every account, cation has never been otherwise than a we may expect your serious attention. mutual interchange of kindness; and I would expect you to “ consider the things can safely say, that the poorer sort among that belong unto your peace, before they you have not “ been neglected in our daily are for ever hidden from your eyes.” We ministration,” but that the objects assisted would beseech you, not to " forsake your by the contributions over which we have own mercies." had any controul, havo ever been relieved We trust that you will find the controwithout any other difference than a melan- versy carried on upon that principle, and choly, superiority in the scale of poverty. with that spirit, which should ever characBut we feel that this is but a small part of terize the Christian ministry; and that we the love we bear you, or the duty we owe shall be found “ speaking the truth in you. “ Bring affectionately desirous of love." We shall have no reference to poyou, we are willing to impart unto you litical circumstances, to individual characthe Gospel of God." For this reason, we ters, or to the private or public conduct of invite your attendance at St. George's any of your communion of past or present Church on stated evenings ;
when we time. The question of our controversy is shall discuss the doctrines of your com- only a question of souls; and our only munion, and try their truth by the infal- quarrel, a quarrel with those doctrines lible word of God. If we are sincere in which we believe “ to war against the the profession we make, of believing those soul.” The doors of the Sanctuary shall doctrines to be true, which we preach as he thrown open to you, and we earnestly the tenets of our Church, it follows of entreat your attendance and attention. course that we cannot admit those to be Try our arguments, investigate our printrue also, which you maintain, when in ciples, weigh our doctrines; but in order many points they so vitally differ—and fol- to do so, fairly and fully, come and bear lowing the revealed word of God for our them, that you yourselves may from yourguide, we must proclaim many of those selves judge of them. We invite you in doctrines which you hold, to be pregnant the spirit of love; and may the Lord Jewitb error.
We wish, therefore, to break hovah manifest his power and glory in the through that awful and melancholy silence Sanctuary! May He, “ in whom are hid which we have too long maintained : and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” endeavour, under the Divine assistance, to be present in our assemblies, and may his disabuse you of errors,
which we cannot Holy Spirit “ guide us into all truth." 'but consider fatal; as being subversive of the hope of salvation, as that hope is pre- My dear Roman Catholic Brethren, sented to us in the “ Scriptures of truth."
Yours, with truth and affection, These are our reasons (and you cannot
William Bushe, but allow them just and anxious reasons,)
Rector of St. George's Parish. why we intend publicly to preach against
Spotices and Acknowledgments. Clericus-Novitia–J. B. and the Bishop of Limerick's Sermon on the Death of the Rev. D. Hoare, will be inserted.
Qidos-M. L.-H. B.-J. P. L. and R. A. are under consideration.
If our Correspondent, who complains of the title we prefixed, and the signature we added to his communication, had transmitted either title or signature, we should most probably have acquiesced in his own choice; but, as the case stands, we do not conceive he has any right to be displeased. He would have thought us very unreasonable had we rejected his paper for want of a signature, and most persons would bave been of the same opinion. It would save us much trouble, if some of our Correspondents would themselves describe the subject of their communications.