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forward, and in a short speech presented to Mr. Robert Wallwork a Bible, beautifully bound in purple Morocco, with the inscription - Presented to Mr. Robert Wallwork, by the Teachers of the Hollingshead Street Sabbath School, Chorley, as a token of respect for his long and valued services as superintendent of their School.' Three of the female singers, dressed in white, then sang ‘Holy Bible, book divine,' &c The next presentation was that of a Hymn Book corresponding with the Bible : this was made by Mr. R. Stuart, in the name of the Scholars, accompanied by a warm eulogy on Mr. Wallwork, as being the chief means of erecting the School Room. Other presentations followed: the first was a silver snuff-box lined with gold, to Mr. J. L. Gibbs, from the church and congregation, for his voluntary and talented services as organist; this was made by Mr. Richmond, one of the deacons, in a striking address on matter, mind, and music. The last presentation was three Hymn Books, embossed, gilt, to three of the female singers. One of the Bible class boys then moved a vote of thanks to the chairman; and another, a vote of thanks to the teachers, promising in future, in the name of the whole, to give more earnest heed to the things spoken in the school. Thus closed the most interesting and exciting meeting ever held in that place.

Derby.-SABBATH School TESTIMONIAL.—A very interesting meeting of Sabbath School Teachers was held in the Congregational Chapel, Chester Place, Derby, on Good Friday, April 14th, 1843. About two hundred teachers and friends of Sabbath schools sat down to tea,-the chair was occupied by the Rev. John Corbin. The object of the meeting was to present Baxter's oil-coloured portraits of Moffat and Williams, in gold frames, to Mr. William Milliken, as a token of respect for his highly valuable services as superintendent of the above Sabbath school. The beautiful portraits, which then hung over the pulpit, were the gift of the teachers and friends of Chester Place and Victoria Street Sabbath schools, and were affectionately presented by the chairman, after the large and respectable assembly had taken tea. The portraits were accompanied with the following suitable address :--Dear sir, We, the undersigned, teachers and friends of Chester Place and Victoria Street Sabbath schools, having heard with regret of your intended removal from Derby, cannot allow you to leave us without assuring you of the sense we entertain of the important services you have rendered the school in which

you have been superintendent for the last three years, and as an expression of our respect and esteem for you, we beg your acceptance of the accompanying portraits of the two great missionaries of the age. That the blessing of our covenant-keeping God may go with you, that you may more and more excel in all the graces that adorn the Christian character; and that you may be eminently useful and happy in

2 your future life, is the sincere desire and prayer of your affectionate friends and fellow labourers.' Then followed a list of signatures. Mr. Milliken thankfully accepted the gift, and addressed the meeting in a very appropriate and feeling man

Messrs. Morrith, Whitaker, Bryen, Frost, Crawford, and others also addressed the assembly, and the meeting broke up about nine o'clock, highly gratified.

Hull Sunday School Union.-The twenty-fourth anniversary was held on Monday, April 17th, when the teachers and scholars of twenty-one of the town schools were addressed in Waltham Street, Fish Street, and Osborne Street Chapels, by the Revds. Jas. Sibree, Robt. Thompson, and Wm. Sanderson. The annual meeting was held in the evening in Albion Chapel, Jas. Henwood, Esq., treasurer, in the chair. The Report was read by the Rev. Jas, Sibree. It ap

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truths, the same place, and the same people : where, then, was the difference ? doubtless in the mighty power of God, and the effectual presence of his Holy Spirit. Mere excitement of feeling, could not possibly have endured the trial they have undergone. One who has not been a witness of it, can scarcely conceive what a “fight of afflictions” they have passed through, from the humbling work of the Spirit within, the bitter persecutions of the world without, and the fearful and harassing temptations of Satan,-enough, truly, during the space of from two to six months that they endured it, to have cooled their excitement, even if it had been most intense. Nor is there in the demeanour of the people any appearance of excitement, neither have there been any displays of extravagance or enthusiasm among them: on the contrary, there is for the most part a seriousness of mind and quietness of spirit about them, the children no less than the adults, which savours much less of excitement than subduedness.

Reader! what think you of this narrative? Have you experienced any thing similar in your spiritual history ? If you indeed have, is it your desire and daily prayer that the spirit may come down on the souls of those around you, " to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me?”' If not, "now it is high time to awake out of sleep. Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."--Rom. xiii. 11. Ephes. v. 14.

Sabbath School children, and other young persons who are receiving instruction in the precious truths of the gospel, what think you of this? Is your state that of the Charlinch school before the 19th of December, or has a change taken place like that of which you have read? Has God opened your eyes? What is the condition of

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school? Is there any spiritual life in it-any concern about the soul? Do you pray.

for one another ? Do you speak to one another about the things of eternity ? Or are you dead and indifferent about these subjects-glad when the lessons and school are over, and wishing that there was no death—no judgment -no heaven-no hell—perhaps wishing that there was no God. “Turn you at my reproof; behold I will out my spirit upon you.”—Proverbs i. 23.

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with the dews of the Spirit ; or is it all dry ? And are you satisfied that it continue dry without making one effort ? Will it suffice that the head be filled with the knowledge of divine things, while the heart continues untouched? Ye may have been labouring perhaps many years, without one single token for good. Yet be not discouraged. Continue steadfast. Stability is essential to success. Learn from the history of the blessing which was at length poured out upon his labours, to be more solemn, more in earnest, as one who has an account to give. Seek great things for the lambs of the flock under your care. Why is there so much indifference, so much coldness in our Sabbath Schools; and so little spiritual life, so little self-denial, so little joy? Is it not that there is little prayer? Little, very little, of that believing, earnest, persevering, expecting supplication, without which we cannot look for a blessing to crown our labours ? Let each teacher test the matter, and see whether it be not his own fault, that his scholars have not received the quickening spirit, but continue dead and insensible to their danger ? When you consider the weakness of your faith and feebleness of your prayers, may not the Lord address to

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