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SPECIAL MEETING ON BEHALF OF THE CHINESE MISSION. The Committee of the Bristol Auxiliary hive promptly made arrangements for a meeting, in aid of the efforts now in progress for strengthening and extending the Society's Missions, to be holden in the city of Bristol, on Thursday evening, February 9, at which the Rev. A. Tidman, Foreign Secretary, and the Rev. A. F. Lacroix, from Calcutta, will attend, as a Deputation from the Parent Society.
ARRIVAL OF MRS. LESSEL FROM INDIA. It is with peculiar thankfulness we announce the safe arrival, from Liverpool, of Mrs. Lessel and her family, after experiencing a most merciful and extraordinary deliverance from shipwreck, off the coast of Cornwall, during that fearful and destructive storm which occurred in the course of last month. Mrs. Lessel was returning to her native country for the benefit of her health, in the Jessie Logan, bound for Liverpool, and had nearly reached the termination of her voyage in safety, when this disastrous and terrific visitation occurred. Intelligence speedily reached London, that the Jessie Logan had been cast away at Bos. castle, near Launceston, after being abandoned by the crew and passengers, of whose escape it seemed impossible, from the tremendous violence of the storin, to entertain the slightest hope. So entire was the conviction that our friend and sister, Mrs. Lessel, with her chil. dren and attendants, had perished in common with their fellow-voyagers, that the Directors felt it their duty to communicate the melancholy tidings to the friends of Mrs. L. in Scotland, and to present, at the same time, those expressions of Christian condolence which an occasion so sorrowful demanded. Scarcely, however, had they performed this painful task, when, to their unspeakable relief and joy, accounts were received from Ireland that the passengers and crew of the Jessie Logan had, with the exception of one man, been all saved. When the vessel was nearly full of water, and expected every moment to sink, they were most providentially delivered from their awful situation by the ship Lynx, bound from the Mediterranean to the port of Cork, whither they were taken. Mrs. Lessel left Cork with her family by the earliest suitable conveyance, and on the 22nd ult., reached the port of Liverpool. She has since proceeded to Scotland, and the Directors cannot but oifer their heartfelt congratulations to herself and her friends on the gracious and timely interposition by which she and her children were rescued from the awful calamity to which they had so nearly fallen victims. The Directors also gladly take this opportunity of acknowledging the kindness which Mrs. Lessel received under her distressing circumstances from friends of the Society and others both at Cork and Liverpool.
Contributions in aid of the Society will be thankfully received by Thomas IV'ilson, Esq., Treasurer, and
Rev. John Arundel, Home Secretary, at the Mission House, Blomfield-street, Finsbury, London; by G. Yule, Esq., Broughton Hall, Edinburgh ; J. Risk, Esq., Cochran-street, Glasgow; and at 7, Lower Abbeystreet, Dublin.
Tyler & Reed, Priniers, 5, Bolt-court, London.
PASTOR OF THE CHURCH ASSEMBLING IN NEW BROAD-STREET MEETING-HOUSE.
We are happy to be able to lay be- Newport Pagnel, under the judicious fore our readers the very interesting care of the Rev. J. P. Bull. After the account of the late Rev. N. M. Harry, termination of his academic course, he given by the Rev, Caleb Morris, to became pastor successively of the Conthe bereaved flock of the deceased, in gregational churches at Banbury and a funeral discourse, distinguished by · New Broad-street. In the latter sphere all those qualities of mind and heart he terminated his brief, but useful cawhich so eminently characterize the reer, having died, after a short illness, efforts of our esteemed friend and bro. October 22nd, 1842. His funeral took ther. We beg, however, distinctly to place on the 31st of the same month, state, that the whole sermon is now at the cemetery, Abney Park, when Dr. before the public, and that, irrespec- Morison, Dr. Smith, and Messrs. Claytive of the charitable design of apply. ton, Berry, and Binney, officiated in the ing the profits arising from its sale to house, in the chapel, and at the grave. the benefit of Mr. Harry's widow and After some very just remarks upon orphan children, it is eminently de- the formation of Mr. Harry's intellecserving of a wide circulation, as a coin- tual character, Mr. Morris proceeds in position rich in all those appeals the following manner :which tend to meliorate the heart, and It was active, observant, and singu. to make Christians more fit for the larly accumulative. It presented a better country beyond the grave.
rich and useful combination of native The Rev. N. M. Harry was a native and substantial virtues. Entirely free of South Wales, and was born in the from any natural or acquired deformity, parish of Lampeter, Pembrokeshire. it possessed a symmetry, agility of acIo early life he became the subject of tion, and effectiveness, rarely to be Divine grace ; and in a few years after found. It was certainly endowed with entered upon a course of study prepa- elements of greatness ; and these were ratory to the Christian ministry, at becoming, every successive year, more
operative and discernible. The growth found. With its letter, as well as its of his intellectual faculties during the spirit, he was fully conversant. It is latter years of his life was uncommonly well known that my friend possessed rapid, and was equalled only by the a singularly capacious and retentive increase of his usefulness as a pastor, memory. That meinory was filled with and his popularity as a preacher. How the truths of the Bible. The entire delightful to think that his soul has contents of the Holy Writings seemed already ascended to a sphere where its to have been, in their natural order advancement will be lasting and illim- and form, indelibly written on its itable !
broad tablets. To any particular pasI need not tell you, that the mind at sage he could instantly point. Its whose natural character we have just location as to book, chapter, and verse glanced was a holy mind. And that, -its exact phraseology-its parallels after all, is the chief glory. Through in sound and sentiment-its various grace, it was freely and fully dedicated connexions,—all these he would give to God. God's will was the law that with a readiness that often excited my presided over all its affections and ac- astonishment and admiration. Nor was tions ; God's love was its sanctuary of his knowledge of the Scriptures merely repose ; and God's words its habitual verbal-far from it. The substitution study and delight. Of his consecra- of a technical acquaintance with the tion to God, the departed gave a very dead signs and symbols of the Bible, interesting account on the day of his and of a mechanical recollection of its ordination ; from which, in his own phrases, for a clear perception of its handwriting, I extract this statement : living realities, was a thing which he al
“ On Oct. 19, 1817, a day ever to be ways condemned in others, and of which remembered by me, according to the he himself was never guilty. With custom of our churches in the Princi- the evidences and discoveries of Revepality, I professed my faith in Christ by lation he was thoroughly acquainted. publicly uniting myself with the church Its doctrinal and ethical truths he deunder the pastoral care of the Rev. J. lighted to investigate. Its biographiLloyd. Since then, I have been sub- cal histories he had made of late bis ject to various feelings-have had many special study. As a proof of this, need occasions to mourn over the corrup- I remind you of the course of lectures tions of my heart. But though my on“ Scriptural Characters," which he religious experience has often been of was delivering ? That course God a painful character, yet I feel thankful hath broken. that it has not been so always. What- Of dogmatical and polemical theoever has been the state of my mind, I logy he was lately less fond than he have never felt one single desire to re- had been ; and I am not ignorant of turn back to the world. I feel it a the cause. Being fully aware that imsource of ineffable pleasure to spend plicit faith in systems, and addictedand be spent in the service of the ness to controversy, had done immense Saviour, who died to save my wretched mischief in the world, by cramping the soul. And although I have never energy, prostrating the independence, been the subject of any rapturous quenching the charities, and destroyfeelings, I have long felt, and do now ing the visible union of Christians, he feel, determined to die at the foot of seemed determined to put in practice the cross. In reviewing my life, I what all Protestants profess-to make have much reason to say—
the Bible the only standard of his Oh to grace how great a debtor
theology, and the only rule of his reliDaily I'm constrain'd to be!'". gion. Never did he, notwithstanding, Our friend made the Bible the guide affect to despise books of divinity, nor of his mind and life. His knowledge presume to transfer the infallibility of of it was at once accurate and pro- the Bible to his own interpretations of