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yet come?” Verily, if the events to which we have referred you could be vocal, they would speak in a voice, louder than many waters, “ THE TIME IS COME!"
Oh, then, awake and rouse yourselves! Shake off the fetters of sloth and prejudice. And, if despair of Ireland's regeneration hath crept over you, look on the things which it is our privilege and joy, from time to time, to record; take courage, for surely the day is breaking; the darkness and mists are fleeing away; the Sun of righteousness is mounting upwards, and there is healing for the people beneath his wings. Unite-unite-unite—in prayer, in hope, in effort, in liberality, and in faith!
Mr. BATES writes to Mr. Green :- to him very kindly; but when he saw I was
firm to my purpose he quietly retired. Ballina, Feb. 26, 1844.
The following day, just before the service, MY DEAR BROTHER, -I have not been when the house door was opened, a party of very well this month, and my labours have five or six persons rushed into the hall, and been principally confined to this town, with before I knew what they were about, we were the exception of going to Mullifarry. About all in an uproar. At length, however, the three miles from this, one of our active mem- candidate was rescued from them, and after a bers teaches a female school, which is princi- short time they quietly withdrew. In the pally sustained by a pious lady living in Dublin. mean time the priest was pouring out his For some time past, several of the Roman curses upon us all. He said that he would catholic children have been in the habit of make a baulsumpler of any child that would coming to our Sunday School, and remaining come to us, that is, a cripple, or marked exduring our worship. At length two of them, ample. The teacher, or patron of the school, both females, both Roman catholics, and was denounced as a cheranaugh, that is, the both under twenty years of age, proposed mother of the devil. The mother of the joining the church. I conversed with them candidate was also treated in a rough way. about the gospel, and after being brought The priest refused to hear her confession, or before the church, in order to tell us what give her the sacrament, saying that “she had God had done for their souls, they were both sold her daughter to the devil,” and that “if accepted. The priest had occasionally cursed death was in her mouth, he would not come to them for coming to our school, but their anoint her.” Christians may smile at such friends did not say much, though they told language, but it makes poor, ignorant Roman them of their intention to be baptized. The catholics tremble. In the mean time the chilfirst sabbath of this month was fixed upon as dren dare not come to her, and the school in the the day for the administration of the ordi- country is nearly empty. I called to see the
But now commenced a real war. priest, thinking that an interview with him The candidates came to my house, on the might not be amiss, as he had proceeded to previous Saturday, to be ready for the follow- such great lengths this time; but he was not ing day. About nine o'clock in the evening, at home. the mother of one of the candidates, with The young woman has been baptized-she some other persons, came here, and very wished it, and I felt bound to comply. She quietly wished her daughter to go home, remained here some time, for protection; her saying that her father was at the point of death friends had full liberty to come and see her, --three men were gone for the priest, to and I have had a great deal of talk with them. come and anoint him—and promised that she Their ignorance and superstition, however, is should return in the morning. The night almost incredible. They applied, I believe, was very wet, but she went home. These to one or two Roman catholic magistrates, to were all falsehoods, and the mother had been see if she could not be taken home by force; speaking lies in hypocrisy. The daughter and finding that she could not, they let her was severely beaten, dragged to the priest the alone. She is now gone to one of our memnext day, and then sent to some place at a bers in the country, as her friends will not distance, in the country. I have not seen receive her ; indeed she is afraid to go home, her since,
and I do not wonder, for I have no doubt The same Saturday evening one of the but that they would forcibly take her to magistrates of the town called to see me. He some nunnery. remained nearly an hour. His object was to Such is popery. It is unchanged and unshow me the danger to which I should expose changeable. If we seem to labour in vain, myself if I proceeded to baptize the other they will laugh at our operations, and remain female. He said, “ It will not be safe for you quiet; but if sinners are converted, and wish to remain in the country, as the Roman to leave them, they would instantly tear us catholics will be so much excited.” I spoke asunder, if we were not protected by British
law. The difference between popery increased sympathy and effort, to do what they England and popery in Spain, is no more can, on behalf of Ireland's millions who are than there is between the tiger in the cage still perishing for lack of knowledge ! and the tiger in the lair. Truth, however, is spreading, and pouring forth a flood of light into the kingdom of darkness, so that this
Mr. MULHERN further writes to Mr. accursed system must come to an end, while the gospel will march onward with unwasting Green, under date, Newtownards, Feb. splendour. This empire of darkness and des 28, 1844:potism has already received a stroke which
MY DEAR SIR,-In my last, I gave you has loosened its very foundation, and ensures
some account of the delightful progress of the its fall; and, like the ivy-mantled tower, will carry all along with it to destruction that gospel here. I mentioned that I had recling to its ruins.
cently baptized two hopeful converts, and others of an interesting character were coming forward. Since then, four of these have also
been baptized and added to the church. This Mr. Mulhern also writes under date, is six I have had the pleasure to baptize on a February 16, 1844:
solemn profession of faith, within the present
month; and it is hoped that others will soon MY DEAR Sır, --Since my last, things here
see it to be their duty and privilege to follow have been going on much as usual; our pros- their example, and publicly profess him who pects, blessed be God, are still encouraging. died on Calvary to deliver them from the I preach five or six times a week at four dif
wrath to come, Is not this truly encouragferent stations, at each of which the attend
ing ? Notwithstanding much determined opance, all things considered, is encouraging. I position from the world, and from professing trust the Lord is blessing our labours. I bap- Christians, the Lord, blessed be his holy tized, two persons last week, who have since
name! is giving us many tokens for good. been added to our church; but I am sorry to
We are beginning to reap the first-fruits of a say that we are likely to soon lose them, as
more plentiful harvest. There are at present they are about to remove to Edinburgh; but in this locality, many openings for usefulness they will not be lost to the church of Christ. of a very encouraging nature, which I regret Others are anxiously inquiring, and it is
to say I am unable to occupy.-Were it not hoped, will soon be enabled to give them that our means of occupying these openings selves unto the Lord. Our day school and
are so limited- as I have not even a scripture sabbath schools go on well, and promise to reader on the whole district-- much, very be very useful. I opened a new station since much good might be expected, by the blessing my last, at Crawfords-burn, where is the of God, speedily to result. If we had such residence of the worthy Mr. Sharman Crawford, assistance as the Home Mission in your who kindly gave us the liberal sum of £5 country attord from time to time to their last year, when we were building our chapel, stations, we might expect a glorious revival. This station is pretty well attended, and I never preached so frequently in my life as would be much better attended if we had any I do at present:- I have appointments for one to go occasionally among the people, to preaching eight times this week; three times converse with them, &c., and invite them out
on Lord's-day, and every other day in the to preaching. I can do but comparatively week except Saturday. The greatest drawlittle in this way myself, after preaching five
our church is occasioned by the or six times a week, as I have lately some
removals from time to time of our members times done. We feel the want very much of to Scotland or England, for want of employan active, zealous scripture reader; such an
ment here. During this month three of our agent would be of great importance here. number have left us, two for Scotland and Our unhappy country is now in a state of one for England. I trust they will be useful lamentable confusion ;-convulsed and agi- in the cause of Christ wherever the providence tated from end to end! Ireland is undoubt- of God may cast their lot; but we need their edly rapidly approaching to an important assistance more here. crisis. I trust that all will be over-ruled for the furtherance of the gospel. English politicians could do much for our unhappy country, by extending to her political justice, Mr. Eccles, in a letter dated Feb. 25, last, which we think they have in many cases long gives a pleasing account of the state of things withheld; but let it not be forgotten that at Coleraine and its neighbourhood. Three English Christians can do much more for her, had been added to the church under his care by sending her the gospel of Christ. This, since he last wrote. And Mr. Suarman, early after all, is the great remedy for Ireland's in March, gave an account of the reception of woes! May He, who bled and died for Irish six members into the church under his care at men as well as others, stir them up to in- | Clonmel, four of them by baptism, two of
these having been converted from catholicism. sing. A young man also seemed to be powMr. BERRY at Abbeyliex also steadily pro- erfully struck with what he heard read. He gresses, and is much encouraged by the pre- said, “ What a fine thing it would be if the sent aspects of usefulness of which his labours priest would read such a book for us! I have through God's blessing are productive. often been at mass,” said he, “and I never
got so much instruction before in all my life
time." At my departure, the man of the An Irish reader writes under date of house followed me, telling me to visit them Feb. 13:
often, that I might read a part of my fine The Lord has been pleased to afford me Irish book for them. I read the word of life many blessed opportunities for the last month for several other families that day, and all of reading and expounding the gospel to many seemed delighted, in particular one old wowho heretofore were strangers to its glorious man wept for her transgressions, exclaiming, contents. On the 4ih instant, read in the “What shall I do? Lord have mercy on my house of W- M of D the 10th soul!" I strove to point her to the Lord and 11th of Hebrews. The house was almost Jesus, telling her to believe on him, and trust thronged. They heard with the greatest at- in him alone for the salvation of her soul. tention. I believe it was a blessed opportu- May she and many others be brought to love nity. I heard people talk since of the com- the Saviour, through the instrumentality of fort they enjoyed at that meeting ; I saw his own word! A few days ago, I was intears flow from several persons. I believe vited to read my Irish Testament in the house the Lord was there, and that he sent his word of a Roman catholic, not far from my own to their hearts in the demonstration of the house, and where I never had access before, Spirit and with power. They appeared cut in consequence of their ignorance and superand wounded to the heart. The hun ble stition; they thought it a breach of the priests statement of a convinced sinner's search after commands to allow me to read the scripture Jesus appeared to be sent home to their in their house. It happened that a young very souls. Two Roman catholics who were man of the family heard me read, a few present, visited me twice since, and requested nights ago, and being so powerfully struck a few tracts from me; which I gave them with what he heard, that he determined to with pleasure. They requested me to visit allow me to read, for the family. On my their families, and read for them that blessed arrival, he asked me several questions relative book which delighted them so much. Oh, to the doctrines of the church of Rome. I may it be unto them the power of God to spent the whole day, and a good part of the the salvation of their souls !
night, striving to turn his attention from the On the 6th instant, as I was reading to a absurd view he had of these doctrines ; and I large family, all Roman catholics, the woman trust my labour has not been in vain, for the of the house stood paying the greatest atten- whole family requested me to come again, as tion. I perceived her shedding tears, and often as I could, and said they were well looking up to God, fervently praying that he pleased with the explanations I gave on the might have mercy on her, and pardon her different subjects.
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MEMOIR OF THE REV. C. B. TALBOT, OF
“The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”—Psa. cxii. 6.
THE Rev. C. B. Talbot was born at When I did any thing I ought not to Mildenhall, in Suffolk, October 29th, have done, I was always very sorry 1806. The given names of his pa- for it; though, as I remember, I did rents are unknown to the writer; nor not then view any thing of that kind does he possess any information con- as sinful. My sorrow generally rose cerning them beyond what he has from the fear of being found out and gathered from the allusions of Mr. corrected. When I had acquired T. in his diary. These allusions more knowledge, and become more evince the warmest filial affection, and thoughtful, I supposed that, as I had breathe the deepest and most prayer- been accustomed to attend a place of ful solicitude for the salvation of his worship on the Sabbath, and had not parents. I should judge they were been guilty of any grossly immoral not dissenters, but attendants at the conduct, all was well, and I had Established Church. Of the early nothing to fear. I always felt an years of Mr. T. I know nothing fur- attachment to the ways of religion, ther than what I find in his diary. and often thought, when I was hearThere he says, at the commencement, ing a sermon, that I should like to "I was baptized (according to the be a preacher of the Gospel. I conmode of administering the ordinance tinued attending on the means within the Church of England) on the out feeling any real consciousness of 16th of December, 1807. From my my state as a sinner till the beginning childhood I was accustomed to attend of the year 1827; at which time I the public means of grace, and had was residing in the parish of Isleham, never any great relish for the plea- in the county of Cambridge. About sures and amusements of the world. the time referred to, I heard Mr. VOL. 6.-N.S.
Compton, the General Baptist minis- was baptized by Mr. Compton, in a ter of the above mentioned place, river near Isleham ferry. Referring preach from the words, “Seek ye
the to this occasion, he says, “My mind Lord while he may be found, and call was comfortable. May the Lord upon him while he is near.' I felt enable me to live to his glory, and to much under this discourse, and being honor my profession by an upright taken ill about this time, Mr. C. walk and conversation.” visited me, and brought me Dod. It is uniformly the experience of all dridge's Rise and Progress, and also who are truly converted themselves some hymns, to read. From both I to desire the conversion of others, received benefit, but more particularly and it will be their aim to seek the from the former; and reading about salvation of others. There is no subthe same time in a certain author ject of saving grace that wishes to respecting sins of omission and sins go to heaven alone. A great part of of commission, my transgressions were the christian's happiness consists in placed in array before me. I saw helping others to heaven, and meethow negligent
, I had been in regard ing them there at last. The worthy to the important concerns of my soul, subject of this rarrative felt the noble and a preparation for the eternal risings of this generous, this christian world, and that my sins threatened spirit. He longed to be useful in the to plunge me into everlasting misery. Redeemer's cause. So deep was his I was at this time confined to my compassion for the perishing state of bed, and after earnestly supplicating his fellow-men, that he had at this for mercy through a crucified Re- time serious thoughts of leaving his deemer, I felt my mind considerably native shores to publish among the relieved, and shortly afterwards fell heathen the glorious Gospel. About asleep. I awoke weeping; but it was this time he began to make converts weeping for joy. The sense I then had to religion in a house in Isleham, and of the pardon of my sins, and the love afterwards in a mill which was near of God shed abroad in my heart, were the house. more than I could well bear. I gave In the autumn of 1830 Mr. T. utterance to my feelings in praise and applied for admission into the General thanksgivings. Then it was I felt Baptist Academy, Wisbech. The peace and joy in believing; then it committee having considered his apwas I trust I experienced that inward plication, they unanimously resolved change without which no man can that he should be admitted to the see the kingdom of God.” He goes advantages of the institution. He on to say,
Many changes I have entered the Academy Feb. 5th, 1831. experienced since then ; seasons of Referring to this, he says, “ Little did darkness and sorrow, and seasons of I think, a short time since, that I light and joy. Often have I inquired, should be thus privileged. Many Where is the blessedness I knew?' petitions have I offered up that I &c. But, having obtained the help might be thus favored, and the Lord of God, I continue to this day.” has answered my requests. May I
Very soon after our worthy brother be enabled to improve the means found peace and joy in believing, he with which I am now privileged. felt desirous of following his Redeemer The Lord make me a faithful and in the ordinance of baptism, and with useful preacher of the Gospel of his his people to commemorate his dying grace.” Mr. T. enjoyed the advanlove at his table. He accordingly tages of the Academy three years ; applied for fellowship, and his appli- but of his academical studies little is cation being received, on the 10th of known by the writer. His conduct May, 1827, he, with eight others, while there was very exemplary, and