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Sir." “ To worship idols ?”

“ No.” of the boys of the first class was present “ To omit the worship of Christ ?" -came of his own accord : it is he of “ No.” “Do you feel it wrong now ?” whom I have hope. “ Yes, sometimes." “ You who saw not, 25th.—Before breakfast I read

Act up to your conviction, or Amothay, “ God was in Christ, reconyou will cease to feel.” The boy has ciling the world unto Himself,” &c, and been unusually serious for some days. applied it. She said, “My sufferings Ramanoogum, of the first class came in

show my many sins. I mean to give up afterwards, and said, “ My friends tell sin; but it comes. I pray for forgiveme not to come to school : I said, I ness, but never look whether I hare will go, if I die for it!'” I visited received." I preached in the morning Nullathumby ; sick in hospital ;-enjoys on, “ Bless them that persecute;" in the peace, but assurance not clear-fears he evening, “ Believe, and thou shalt be will fall after recovery—is prepared to

saved."

Santhappen could not say after die. In the evening I preached at service that he believed and found peace. Bridge-street, on,

“ Dost thou believe ? Davaoagargum's mother pleaded it Hearers many, but unsteady. I was not impossible to seek salvation while she direct enough ;-always feel fettered, had the trouble to take care of the body. unless matter is new. At class, one of I applied, and pressed home, “ Seek first the servants showed some desire to work the kingdom.” I invited Black Royapout his salvation. Schoolmistress pub- pen to class. He said he would come. licly acknowledged the fault she com I refused Balavendram's wife a cloth mitted.

because she would not come to church 22d.--With the boys I had an exceed- without it. Had a good time while I ing good hour, talking on, “ The sheep spoke to Mr. Shunker's family, three hear My voice, and they follow me.” members, on, · Believe," &c ; directly They could not say it was their wont to exhorting them to make sure of the prepray to God, “I am Thine, do with me sent earnest of the future inheritance. as seemeth Thee good.” Felt I had 26th.--I spoke to the boys on the love hold of their consciences. Heathenism of Christ,—“ The Good Shepherd giveth here, at least, is without a defender. His life," &c. Joel preached in the evenInfluence of my words on the boys, ing, and I followed. One scoffer spoiled solemn. Joel preached in the evening the service. On my return home, I called

“salvation by faith." Service at Thayereum in. He cannot believe to the tended favourably. One said, “ Ilow saving of his soul yet. I showed him the can I believe and pray when at work ?” unbeliever is double-minded. He said “Just as you can think of a friend when his mind was intent upon the blessing of at work.

God is able to read your pardon ; promised to seek till he received thoughts.” Class-meeting, a service of it. rich blessing : the gardener cannot 27th._I preached to the Heathen on venture yet upon the mercy of God. the Philippian jailer, direct with exhortaSchoolmistress said that one of her girls tion, holding forth present salvation from was to marry a Heathen.-Remarked on

sins, guilt, and hell. the event, to stir her and myself to greater 29th._I visited the Government Indiligence in labour, exhortation, and spector of Schools, with whom I spent prayer. This class a great blessing; it two hours. He promised to try and makes my heart rejoice.

secure me assistance, if I could establish 23d.-A season of grace in the boys' village-schools. He examined my school class, as I recommended the grace of God for three hours. Joel preached to a small

They shall go in and out, and congregation of thirteen or fourteen. On find pasture. My heart was moved to my return home, I buried an infant; and tenderness for the boys, and they could exhorted the mother to seek the earnest see my grief at their unbelief. I pro- of the future resurrection, in the present mised nothing present, all future, if they resurrection from sin to righteousness. promise anything at all. They acknow Rev. James Hobday, East Indian Minisledged. “ Jesus,” said I,“ promises just ter, Manaargoody, April 30th, 1858. now pardon, peace, holiness, sonship, fellowship with God; and I have proved

MADRAS. Him true.” “We desire these things," ACCORDING to a previous arrangesaid they : yet they receive Him not. I ment, we set out early on the morning of preached to a good assembly on,“ Neither April 2d from Madras, with the intention were thankful.” The word went home. of travelling as far as the Seven Pagodas, I preached direct, with reproof and ex taking with us a large supply of tracts hortation ; and myself was blessed. One and Scripture-portions, to distribute

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amongst the people, and to read and that she should get them read to her by preach to them on our way thither and her son : with tears in her eyes she on our return. We soon passed through pressed the books to her bosom, and, the suburbs of the city of Madras, and after thanking us warmly, retired. When were in the open country. Travelling we had finished our work of distribution, on, we came to Papah-chuthrum, which we returned to the bungalow, and stayed was to be our first station; but, it being there during the night. Thus ended the rather early, and finding scarcely any first day of our journey : the Lord was people there, we determined to proceed certainly with us, and blessed us in our at once to the next station. Our road, work. not being far from the sea, lay through 3d.-We left Vaniam early this morndeep sand and topes of palm-trees. We ing for Therooparoor, tifteen miles further, therefore proceeded somewhat slowly, and and reached there about eleven o'clock. about eleven o'clock arrived at Moota- This is a famous place of resort among karra-chuthrum, fifteen miles distant from the Hindus. It is filled with temples, Madras. After refreshing ourselves with tanks, and chuthrums ; and on a neighbreakfast, we walked to the village with bouring hill is built a large temple,-a tracts and books, but were sadly disap- strong citadel of Satan. Nothing could pointed, the village being merely a collec be heard in this place all day long but tion of four or five houses, with a few the sacred music of the drum, cymbal, women in them, the men being at work and trumpet from the large temple of in the fields. We could do nothing, Soobramonyum, in the centre of the viltherefore, but return. No sooner had we lage. After breakfast, I had an interview returned to the chuthrum, than the village of some length with the T'assildar of this Kurnum (or Accountant) and the Moon- place, who is a Brahmin ; but when I shee (or Master) came to us for books. offered to give him a New Testament, he We gave each of them two tracts, and a refused accepting it. How averse is the copy of St. John's Gospel. At our re huinan heart to Christ! We can talk of quest the Moonshee read aloud a portion anything but Him and His religion. of the third chapter, and, a crowd having How productive of fear and superstition collected around at this time, we entered is idolatry! How debasing is its influinto conversation with him on the new ence upon society! How does Hinduism birth, so that all might hear; and after crush independent thinking in the minds wards urged upon him and all the neces of its votaries, and reduce religion to a sity of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ few dogmatic and absurd notions, a few for salvation, and on being born again. prescribed forms of prayer and works of The people listened to us with great penance ! How does it cause advanceattention, but offered no questions nor ment in morals and civilization to stagarguments to be answered. Their last nate! It sets caste like a fence between request was, that we should establish a the Hindu and other men ; and yet, by vernacular school there; the Moonshee its own sub-divisions, set its believers promising to bring forty or fifty boys. every man against his brother.

We left this place about two o'clock But, to return from this digression : P. M. for the next station, ten miles fur. As soon as I returned from the Tassildar, ther. We still had to plod through fields Mr. Gloria asked me to read Matthew of sand, and reached Vaniam-chuthrum xviii. to the people who had gathered at about six o'clock. Immediately on round us in the chuthrum. I read a part, our arrival at the bungalow, we sallied until I thought we had a good congregaforth with tracts and Gospels to the ba tion; and then Mr. Gloria, taking the zaars and streets ; and, standing between eleventh verse for his text, “ The Son of two toddy-shops, I read aloud, to Moham- Man came,” &c., preached to the people. medans and Heathens, the third chapter They crowded about us, and listened with of St. John, Occasionally two or three great interest; but here, as in the other would come forward, hear, and then place, we met with no opposition. After quietly retire. When the reading of the preaching, we commenced the work of chapter was concluded, finding no audi- distribution, And during the remaining tors, we commenced distributing tracts. portion of that day, from noon till sunset, That the people received these with great we could see nothing before us but the joy and satisfaction was evident, not only whole population, in one stream of white from their looks, but also from the eager- cloths, flowing to the chuthrum. Several ness with which they flocked to us from of the boys, to whom we were reluctant their houses. The instance of one old to give books, purchased them from us woman might be mentioned in particular. for a trifle ; and therefore, we hope, value We gave her the books on the condition them more than they would have done if

on our account.

they had received them from us gratis. we were followed to the bungalow by This, then, was our second day's work. crowds of people. We soon reached the Our success, no doubt, is attributable to place, and were engaged till night in the many prayers that have been offered distributing the bread of life to these

We could not, however, hungry souls. May the balm of Gilead but reflect, while in that village, on God's prove a savour of life to many of them ! goodness to us, in blessing us with privi 5th.-We on this day left Chingleput leges which millions do neither possess, for Madras. On our way we fell in with nor have the slightest idea of. And our a few small villages, but could not visit prayer was, that the Lord of the harvest them, as we had no time to stay, and as would send forth more labourers into the they were at some distance from the road. harvest, and that it would please Him to We rested at Cuddupary-chuthnım, and hasten the time when the kingdoms of then started again. In the evening we this world shall become the kingdoms of came to the village of Meenam-bawkun. our God and of His Christ.

We distributed some books in the bazaars, Sunday, 4th.—Instead of proceeding and in the village Somo and I addressed from this place to the Seven Pagodas, as the people. After having some discuswe had intended doing, we left Theroo sion with them, we travelled on, and paroor for Chingleput; knowing that, had arrived in Madras the same night. we followed our previous plan, we should Thus have we travelled a distance of not have been able to return to Madras about ninety miles. The Lord was with on Monday night, as our Superintendent us, and blessed us, and made our way had particularly requested us to do. prosperous. We lament our own weakAbout eleven o'clock we crossed the ness, and unworthiness to work for the Eastern Ghauts, and about two hours Lord; but it is God's law to effect great after were in the Chingleput bungalow. results by small means. The seed has We remained in till the evening, and been sown; but what good has been done, then set out, with tracts and books, for who can tell ? It shall be known in that the fort and bazaars. At the fort we dis- day when the secrets of men's hearts shall tributed a few books, and then proceeded be revealed, and hidden things of darkto the bazaars, the streets of which were ness brought to light. On the whole, crowded with men, women, and children. our tour has been encouraging ; and we Somosoondrum read to the people a tract hope, by God's blessing, should we on sin. Multitudes thronged about us. ever set forth on another, to be more Mr. Gloria spoke at some length on the diligent and earnest in discharging our evidences of Christianity, and calmly and duty; to make ourselves servants of whom mildly exposed the inconsistencies and our Lord shall not be ashamed at His wickedness of Hinduism. The people coming.-Journal of Josiah Evers, Ca:egave great heed to the things spoken, but chist, Madras, April, 1858. manifested no desire to argue. We then gave them books; and so great was their eagerness to obtain them, that they rushed The amount of contributions and re. on one another, and on us. The stock we mittances announced on the (over of the carried with us was soon exhausted, and Notices this month is £4,908, 12s. 4d.

OBITUARY-RECENT DEATHS.

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Died, at Studley, near Trowbridge, sanctuary, she was seldom absent from February 11th, 1857, SARAH PORTER, any of the appointed means. Her conaged eighty-five years. During a long duct in this respect was truly exempilgrimage she had been seeking“ plary, until age and its attendant infinnibetter country, that is, a heavenly ;' ties rendered her a reluctant domestic moving forward unobtrusively through prisoner. In the fellowship of saints her the low vale of humble love. It was words were few; and the estimate she hers to exemplify the sincerity of her formed of her spiritual attainments was love to Christ, especially by a constant low. She did not usually speak with the attendance on His ordinances, and a assured confidence with which it is given blameless walk in all His command to some to testify of the grace of God ments : for, although living at the dis- which is in them. But, as in her descent tance of more than a mile from the to death she drew near the horizon which

separates the present from the everlasting as to secure their highest esteem and future, the clouds which had hitherto love. partially concealed the brightness of the In 1832 the death of several relatives Divine life broke away, and the light was the means of arousing him from his that was in her shone forth with unusual worldly dreams; and, under the ministry lustre. The tongue was loosed to speak and conversation of the Rev. William of Jesus and His preciousness; which Lord, he was led to seek the true riches, she continued to do, with ceaseless inter in the salvation of his soul through our est and delight, until her voice was lost Lord Jesus Christ. Joining the Wesin death.

leyan Methodists, he was willing to take On her children especially she enforced, his full share in all the services which with all her remaining strength, the su the common good required; and his preme claims of religion; remarking how sound judgment, large and liberal views, powerless, in her afflicted condition, she and deep sense of the responsibilities of would find herself to seek the indispens- the Christian profession, made him a able change. These last addresses of the valuable member, To himself, union dying parent were felt to be peculiarly with the Lord's people was of the utmost affecting, and are not likely to be forgot- importance : it was a constant restraint, ten. May they not only live in the a constant remembrancer that he was a memory, but also reign in the life, that covenant-servant of Christ, an l a means thus the fond wish of the departed one of keeping alive his religious feelings and may be realized in a happy meeting, aspirations. where the bonds which unite parents to About tive years ago he was visited by children shall no more be severed !

severe affliction. At that time he received Through the whole of her last afflic a fuller and clearer manifestation of the tion, her confidence in God through Divine love than at any former period, Christ was unwavering, and she was filled and he never lost it again. He deeply with strong consolation. Her excellent lamented the want of heart-devotedness Class-Leader, who visited her from time to God which had marked some portions to time during this period, was much of his course, and had deprived him of encouraged by the grace of God mani- that power for good which he esteemed fested in one over whom he had watched as the high honour of the Christian. for years. She was also favoured with Never, perhaps, was affliction more visifrequent visits from the Minister of the bly sanctified than in his case ; and, parish, the last of these being paid only a during two years' confinement to the sick day or two previous to her departure; chamber, he manifested all possible zeal when, in reply to some searching ques for God, and endeavoured by kind, inteltions respecting her spiritual safety, she ligent, and able counsel, as well as by bore an unfaltering and most satisfactory Christian liberality, to promote the adtestimony of her interest in the blood vancement of God's cause. When he which cleanseth from all sin. Her mind could no longer do the will of his heavenly thus filled with light and love, her death Father, he meekly and humbly suffered was like settling down into a peaceful it; fully acquiescing in the dispensations slumber. She slept in Jesus.

of an all-wise and benevolent Providence. JAMES HUGHES. As the last scene drew near, he seemed

afresh to take refuge in God. The body DIED, at Rotherham, February 17th, suffered, but the spirit rested on Christ; 1857, NR. W:LLIAM WIGFIELD, and when in languor and feebleness aged fifty. He was blessed in youth extreme the outward man decayed, his with the instruction and example of soul breathed, “ O my God! my God!" paternal piety; and when called to enter and found solace and quiet there. God upon the cares of life at the age of was “the strength of his heart;" and is eighteen, in consequence of the death of now his “pcrtion for ever. his beloved father, he cheerfully devoted

W. H. S. himself to the assistance of his widowed mother, in managing the business, and providing for a large family. Determined to excel as a mercantile man, he spared

JAN. 6th, 1858.-At Polruan, in the Liskeard no pains to amass knowledge on every

Circuit, Ann, widow of Mr. Thomas Roberts, subject connected with commerce, and

aged seventy-four. Her inother was one of the

first Methodists in Polruan ; and Ann was input forth all his powers in using that

duced, after four years of deep religious convicknowledge wisely. He was successful; tion, to unite, at the age of twenty-two, with the and promoted the temporal interests of same church. Her firm reliance on the sacrificial his family so kindly and considerately death of Clirist was accompanied by a beautiful

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consistency of deportment; leaving no doubt as found "labour and sorrow" to be inseparable to the genuineness of her conversion, and the from extended age. But“ patience liad ber perreality of her daily communion with the Father fect work," and he became * perfect and entire, of lights. She won the esteem and filial affection wanting nothing." His trust in Christ was that of each of her children. Her yearning anxiety of an humble but redeemed sinner, and it was for their salvation often manifested itself in tears, firm and steadfast to the last.

S. M. expostulations, and prayers. Upwards of half a century she maintained an unbroken connexion June 12th.-At Great Marlow, in the Ilizhwith the people of her choice. She delighted in Wycombe Circuit, suddenly, of disease of the attending the various ordinances, and was never heart, Mr. Robert llarman, aged sixty-seven; willingly absent from her much-loved class formerly of Manor. Farm, Bradenham. He had meeting. During her last affliction, she fre been a member of the Wesleyan Society twentyquently expressed her confident trust in the eight years; was at the time of his death a Class. atonement of Christ,-"on which," she said, Leader; and had well filled various offices in the “ for fifty years I have been endeavouring to churcli. He was bighly respected in his life, and build." Her favourite portion of Scripture was is deeply lamented in his death. John xiv. She delighted to repeat some of those

J. W. c. hymns which she had sung ofttimes in the sanctuary; especially the one beginning,

June 24th.-At Sharnford, in the Hinckley 0, what shall I do my Saviour to praise ?" &c.

Circuit, Mrs. Clarke, relict of Mr. Josi

Clarke. In the year 1826 this village was faWhen drawing near to death, she exclaimed, voured with a special visitation of Divine grace, “Glory shall end "-but was unable to finish the and many were led to inquire what they must do sentence. Her daughter added—“ what grace

to be saved. Of this number was the late Mrs. begun.”

B. B. Clarke; who, altlıough she had been distin

guished by upright conduct, and devout attend. Jan. 29th.--At Prescot, Mrg. Margaret ance upon ordinances, felt she was not prepared Houghton, aged fifty-six. When sixteen years to meet her Judge. Her heart, like Lydia's, of age she was convinced of sin under a sermon was opened to attend to the things spoken by the preached in Oldbam-street chapel, Manchester, servants of the Lord. Her affections were by the late Rev. George Marsden. She imme sweetly drawn from earthly to heavenly things: diately joined the Methodists, and from that but Satan often assaulted her with the suggestime continued a consistent rnember. A few tion, that her convictions had not been suffidays before her death she was deprived of speech ciently deep. She advanced, however, in her by paralysis ; but, having lived the life of the Christian course; and felt that her salvation, righteous, she gave unmistakable signs of from first to last, was of the Lord. She often dying the death of the righteous.

spoke of her secret and family devotions, and of W. B. T. the reading and hearing of God's word, as wells

of salvation to her soul. From the commenceApril 10th.-At Westminster, aged twenty ment of her last affliction, which was a protracted seven, Mary, the beloved wife of the Rev.

one, she had a presentiment of her coming William Gibson. About nine years ago she change. Her enjoyments were not rapturous. became decided to live for God; and from that She calmly waited her dismissal, and at length time religion was the all-absorbing thing with peacefully fell asleep in Jesus, her only Hope her. She was a diligent student of God's word, and Refuge, in the fifty-seventh year of her age. a laborious Sabbath-school Teacher, and a con

E. T. stant Visiter of the sick and poor. Consistent in her conduct, cheerful and amiable in her dispo August 19th.—The Rev. William Dawson, sition, and ever breathing around her the fra Holmfirth, in the fifty-first year of his age, and grance of the Christian character, she won for the twenty-eighth of his ministry. He was born herself the esteem and affection of all who knew at Acaster, near York, and was nephew of the her. Her end was sudden, but peaceful. She celebrated William Dawson, with whom lie re“ fell asleep " in Jesus.

G. sided for several years. In early life he became

decidedly pious, and when twenty-three years May 23d. -At Wortley, in the Bramley Cir. old devoted himself to the Christian ministry. cuit, Mr. Thomas Benn, in the eighty-fourth He attended the Conference just euded in Hull; year of his age. When a young man he was on the 13th be returned home in his usual converted to God, and forth with endeavoured to health ; on Sunday, the 15th, he preached threc be useful in the cause of his Divine Master. His times and walked several miles; and on the folearnest desire for the improvement of the rising lowing Wednesday he was seized with applesy, generation led him to favour the project of a which terminated in death on Thursday. His Sunday-school in Wortley; and he was among godliness was real and influential: both in public the first to labour in that department. He was and private life he was a consistent Christian. sincerely attached to the Missionary cause, and In his closing hours, though he could say but contributed to support this and other kindred little, he gave satisfactory proof that he was objects with cordial liberality. His latter years ready to die ; and he departed trusting in the were tried by long and severe affliction; and he mcrits of the Saviour.

A. L.

LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.

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