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ledged in due course.
Received from S. Ray, Esq., Treasurer to the Suffolk So-
Omitted in last Chronicle :-
MEETINGS FOR SPECIAL PRAYER. We again invite the members of the Society, and the Friends of Christian Missions in general, on Monday the 5th instant, to unite their earnest supplications, with their Protestant brethren on the continent, to the God of all grace :
"1. To deliver our brethren in the South Sea Islands, and the whole Church, from the attempts of the Papacy.
"2. To pour his Holy Spirit from on high on all the Evangelical Churches, and to unite them by a living faith.
“3. To endow all Christians, and particularly Pastors and Evangelists, with decision and courage to resist Rome, and to advance the glorious reign of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God.
“4. To speedily consume by the Spirit of his mouth' (2 Thess. Ü. 8) the deadly errors of the Papacy ; to break the yoke which she has imposed upon the necks of so many people ; and to lead by his counsel the souls whom she would estrange from Christ, and who ought to be dear unto us, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
DEATH OF MRS. BIRT, IN SOUTH AFRICA. The friends of the Society will participate in the extreme distress and sorrow which the Directors have felt on receiving intelligence, within the last few days, of the death of Mrs. Birt, in Caffreland, in consequence of an accident which occurred while travelling in company with her husband, from the sea-side to the station at Umxelo. The full particulars have not been yet received ; but, in all probability, we shall be enabled to communicate them in our next number.
Contributions in aid of the Society will be thankfully received by Thomas Wilson, Esq., Treasurer, au
Rev. John Arundel, Home Secretary, at the Mission House, Blomfield-street, Finsbury, London, by 6. Yule, Esq., Broughton Hall, Edinburgh; J. Risk, Esq., Cochran-street, Glasgou; and by Rev. Jos Hands, Society House, 7, Lower Abbey-street, Dublin.
Tyler & Reed, Printers, 5, Bolt-court, London,
FOR JULY, 1843.
THE LATE REV. JOHN BREESE, MINISTER OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, AT CARMARTHEN. The biography of a righteous 'man is present the outline of a biography, the richest treasure that an age can be which gives but an inadequate idea of queath to posterity. There the great its subject. The late Rev. John principles of the gospel are seen in Breese, of Carmarthen, who still lives their glorious effects, and living power. in the affections of thousands in the The apparent unconnected incidents principality, was born at Llanbrynmair, become one harmonious movement of Montgomeryshire, in September, 1789. an unerring Providence. The influence The care of his infancy devolved on an which breathes from the silent page, uncle and aunt, who brought him up reaches the heart. The still voice as one of their own children. “ During thrills through the depths of the the period of his boyhood," (writes the soul. It is irresistible in its power. Rev. S. Roberts, the whole of whose The importance of this principle be interesting letter our limits will not comes still more evident when we con- allow us to insert,) “under Mr. Charles sider who hath said, “ Mark the per- of Bala, whose exertions for the religi. fect, and behold the upright." The ous instruction of youth, have endeared character which is embalmed in the his memory to all that knew him, John affections of those who appreciated its Breese became one of his best catechuworth while living, is too valuable to mens in this part. What rich reward be consigned to oblivion; when the ministers Inight reap of their labours hearts which are its only depositories with the sabbath-school! Many, beare crumbled into dust. “The memory sides Mr. Breese, of our most effective of the just is blessed;" O then, let it ministers, received their first religious be transmitted to the rising generation, training in a sabbath-school. Were pure, unsullied, and uninjured. In the our churches generally, more deeply absence of ampler details than can be imbued with a sense of the importance inserted in the pages of a magazine, all of such a training, they would soon that the writer can attempt, is just to have to occupy a position of influence VOL. XXI.
far higher and nobler than that which mind of the preacher, and make the they have attained to." From his minister not unwilling to live to please, childhood till he was 21 years of age, Some of the sermons, which Mr. Breese his time was spent amidst circumstances preached when a student, produced which were not conducive to the de- deep and abiding impressions. The velopement of those moral and intellec- melting tenderness that accompanied tual energies, which afterwards in- one from Phil, i. 23, which he preached fluenced and blessed souls. At this on a calm summer's sabbath evening to time, he entered into the family of a a vast assembly in a shady court before pious farmer, and there he became a the chamber window of a pious Chrisdecided character and joined the Con- tian, then on her dying bed, ripe for gregational Church, under the pastoral heaven, was wonderful and ever to be care of the late Rev. J. Roberts, of remembered. I have the account of Llanbrynmair. His judicious and kind many other similar instances, but must friend the farmer, was not an insensible forbear to insert them. Before the observer of the deep-toned piety which regular time had expired, he was perpervaded his devotional exercises, when suaded to leave college, and accept an conducting the family worship. The invitation from a small congregation, fervency, simplicity and comprehensive- which then worshipped at Edmondness of his prayers, his fondness for the street, Liverpool. This church conBible, the purity of his conversation, sisted of about 60 members, and the his love for meditation and retirement, number of hearers proportionally small. soon commended him to the notice of He was ordained the pastor of that the church. He was encouraged to church in the year 1817. This church prepare short addresses on given sub- having removed to the Tabernacle, in jects which gave full satisfaction to all Great Hall-street, so rapidly increased who heard them and were considered that that spacious building in the as germs of future eminence. Subse- course of a few years became too small quent to his entering the North Wales to contain the crowded audience which Academy he had, for some time, the attended his ministry. Another chapel advantage of the able instruction of was built in Greenland-street, and in Mr. (now Professor) Lee. He was the year 1832, the Rev, T. Pierce about 24 years of age when he entered accepted a call to become his co-pastor, that institution, then under the care of who still labours there with much sucDr. G. Lewis. He distinguished him- cess. Thus he saw that prophecy fulself there for his unremitting attention filled, “A little one shall become a to college duties, and was considered a thousand, and a small one a strong hard student. His occasional labours nation; and the Lord will hasten it in when at college were wonderfully his time." The Welsh population of blessed. It is a general rule, and has Liverpool were greatly blessed, in haron record but few exceptions, that the ing a man who laboured so indefatigably minister will be, what the student is to promote among them the cause of The piety which triumphs over the sins benevolence and religious instruction. which continually beset a student, the He did not confine his exertions to his devotion which glows in a heart assailed own immediate sphere. He directed by so many temptations, are likely to his attention to his countrymen at Manshine with increased lustre in the chester, who were without the privilege character of the pastor. On the other of having the Gospel preached to them hand, the student who envies the use in their own language. He paid for a fulness of others, but has no resolute room to preach in, and to keep a Sonmind to labour, who neglects the culti- day-school. Often, of a Monday mornvation of public spirit, self-denial, pious ing, he would spend his last shilling zeal, and is weary to walk with God, on purposes of charity there, and thus contracts such habits as will fetter the reduce himself to the hard necessity of