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Bishop Hall's Contemplations. mands of sovereign authority make the sovereign authority make the slightest slightest duties weighty. If his journey duties weighty; if the journey be harmless, was harmless, yet his disobedience was far yet not the disobedience. It is not for subotherwise. It is not for subjects to poise jects to poise the prince's charge in the the prince's charge in the scale of their scale of their weak construction, but they weak constructions. But besides the com- must suppose it ever to be of such immand, here was a mutual adjuration. portance as is pretended by the comShimei swore that he would not go. Solo- mander.] Besides the precept here was mon swore his death if he went. If Shimei a mutual adjuration. Shimei swore not to was false in offending, Solomon will be just go; Solomon swore his death if he went: in punishing. Now, therefore, the tongue (the one oath must be revenged, the that cursed the Lord's anointed receives other must be kept :] if Shimei were false its requital. Vengeance against rebels may in offending, Solomon will be just in sleep, but it cannot die: a sure, if late, judg- punishing. Now, therefore, (that which ment attends those who dare lift up the Abishai the son of Zeruiah, &c. &c. This hand, or tongue, against the sacred per- intermediate sentence omitted, ) the tongue sons of God's vicegerents. How much less that cursed the Lord's anointed hath paid will the God of heaven suffer unrevenged the head to boot. Vengeance against rebels the insolences and blasphemies against his may sleep, it cannot die; a sure, though own sacred majesty!”

Bishop Mant and Dr. D'Oyley.

late, judgment attends those that dare lift up either their hand or tongue, against the sacred person of God's vicegerents. How much less will the God of heaven suffer unrevenged the insolences and blas

phemies against his own divine majesty!' “ It was no discomfort to Solomon that “ It was no discomfort to Solomon that he awaked and found it a dream : for he he awaked and found it a dream ; for he knew this dream was divine and oracular; knew this dream was divine and oracular; and he already found, on his first waking, and he already found, in his first waking, the real performance of what was promised the real performance of what was promised to him sleeping: such inward illumina- him sleeping : such illumination did he tion did he sensibly find in his soul. No sensibly find in all the rooms of his heart, as wonder that, on returning from the taber- if God had now ywven him a new soul. No nacle to the ark, he testified his joy and marvel, if Solomon, now returning from the thankfulness by burnt-offerings and public tabernacle to the ark, testified his joy and feastings."

thankfulness by burnt-offerings and peace

offerings, and public feastings. “ What is there now to lead the judge, “ What is there now to lead the judge, since there is nothing either in the aet, or since there is nothing either in the act, or circumstances, or evidence, wbich can sway circumstances, or persons, or plea, or evithe sentence. Solomon well saw that, when dence, that might sway, the sentence. all outward proofs failed, there was an in- Solomon well saw that, when all outward ward affection, which, if it could be proofs failed, there was an inward affection, brought out, would certainly betray the which, if it could be fetched out would real mother. He knew that sorrow could certainly bewray the true mother: he be more easily dissembled than natural knew sorrow might more easily be dislove. Both sorrowed for their own. Both sembled than natural love: both sorrowed could not love one as their own. To draw for their own; both could not love one as forth, therefore, this true proof of mother- their's. To draw forth, then, this true hood, Solomon calls for a sword. Doubt- proof of motherhood, Solomon calls for less, some of the wiser hearers smiled up- à sword. Doubtless, some of the wiser on each other, and thought in themselves, hearers smiled upon each other, and What, will the young king smite at hazard thought in themselves, what will the young without conviction? The actions of wise king cut these knotty causes in prieces ? kings are riddles to vulgar constructions. will he divide justice with edge-tools? will Neither is it for the shallow capacities of he] smite at hazard before conviction ? the multitude to fathom the deep projects The actions of wise princes are riddles to of sovereign authority. That sword, which vulgar constructions: neither is it for the had served for execution, will now serve shallow capacities of the multitude to for trial. Divide the living child in two, fathom the deep projects of sovereign auand give half to the one, and half to the thority; that sword, which had served for other ! O divine oracle of justice, com- execution, shall now serve for trial. • Dimanding that which it would not have vide ye the living child in twain, and give done, that it might find out that which the one half to the one, and the other half could not be discovered!"

to the other.' Ob, divine oracle of justice, commanding that which it would not have done, that it might find out that which could not be discovered!"

TO THE

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER,

VOLUME THE TWENTY-SIXTH,

FOR 1826.

RELIGIOUS AND PHILANTHROPIC INTELLIGENCE..

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. THE 'HE Church Missionary Society giving an increase on the receipts

commence their Report of the of the year of upwards of 1000l. proceedings of the twenty-sixth The net income, deducting exyear with acknowledging the con- penses and the amount received on tinued goodness of God. For more account of the institution building than a quarter of a century, the fund, available for the general pursociety has made a gradual pro- poses of the society, has exceeded gress; and, in the opportunities 42,5001.; being an increase, on which have, from time to time, what is more appropriately the inopened for its exertions--in the come of the society, of more than number of persons who have gone, 20001. The expenditure of the and are going forth, under its direc- year has amounted to 41,0001. tion, into the missionary field-in It has pleased God again to call the increasing funds which have the society to a severe trial of faith been entrusted to its management and patience, by the decease of and in the steady advance which it missionaries. Since the last anniis making in the affections of Chris- versary, the committee have retians, they recognise the hand of ceived the mournful intelligence of Him“ from whom all holy desires, the deaths of no less than ten of its all good counsels, and all just works European labourers ; besides the do proceed;" and thankfully adore retirement of several from the rehis condescension in employing spective scenes of their labours, them as the instruments of ac- chiefly through sickness. complishing his merciful purposes. In the course of the year, sixtyNotwithstanding the distress which eight individuals have proposed has so generally prevailed throughout themselves to the committee for the country, they have still to an- missionary employment. Twentynounce an increase in the funds; five of this number have been deand during the year various new clined, three have withdrawn their associations have been formed. applications, twenty-one remain Among the legacies during the year, under consideration: the remaining

he committee report one of 5001. nineteen have been received, be. from the late Bishop of Durham. sides four on whose admission the The gross receipts of the twenty. committee had not decided at the sixth year have amounted, including period of the last anniversary. The the contributions to the institution whole number of persons, therefore, at Islington, to more than 46,000.; whose offers of service have been Christ. OBSERV. APP.

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accepted, is twenty-three. Some of for the relief of their urgent wants. these are already gone forth to their The number of valuable lives which work among the heathen ; but the have been lost in this mission, inmajority are either under proba- duced the committee to seek for tionary studies, or in preparation such information as might enable for actual service, in the society's them to adopt precautionary mea. institution at Islington.

sures for the future; and it is to be In the course of the year, thirty- hoped, that, by the blessing of God seven individuals have resided in accompanying a wise adherence to the institution; and there have been the suggestions which have been five non-resident students, who at- offered by the medical gentlemen tended with the others for instruc- who have investigated the subject, tion. The number of persons who the society's labourers in Western have quitted the institution in the Africa will be, in a great measure, year is twenty-three, of whom six. preserved from the diseases which , teen are gone to their respective have hitherto so lamentably prestations in the heathen world. The vailed amongst them. committee have increasingly felt the The Report before us does not value of the institution; and are present any general summary of the about to enlarge the buildings, so society's proceedings throughout as to provide for the reception of the colony; and the miscellaneous fifty students, as originally contem- details, from the several towns and plated.

villages, do not well admit of The India Female Education abridgment. But the Appendix Fund continues to claim the liberal contains a special report from the support of the society. About 4001. missionaries themselves on the subhave been contributed, in aid of ject, the substance of which we this object, during the year, includ- propose to lay before our readers in ing various sums raised by sales of a subsequent Number; contenting ladies' useful and ornamental work. ourselves, for the present, with a few Having premised these general cursory notices from some of the notices, we proceed to abridge the towns and villages. most material details relative to the From Freetown Mr. Raban writes, society's several missions.

that the congregation exceeds 200 WEST-AFRICAN MISSION. persons. Of Gibraltar town he says; In the colony of Sierra Leone, the -“ I must not pass over in silence past year has been one of consider those circumstances of an encouragable trial. The arrival of seven la- ing nature which have tended to bourers was noticed in the last Re- administer comfort under our trials. port; and the committee have the A young African has been received painful duty of stating, that an equal as a communicant at the Lord's number has been removed by death, table, of whose spiritual state there while the society has been deprived, is reason to judge favourably; and for a time, of the services of three three adults, also of the Negro poothers, who have returned home. pulation, have been baptized, with From the losses which this mission the pleasing hope that they were has sustained, the want of labourers desirous of giving up themselves to has increased, instead of diminished. God in that holy ordinance.” In The committee regret that no offers the girls' school the average atof service, for a limited period, have tendance appears to have been from been made within the last year ; but fifty to eighty, and in the boy's 131. they would still entertain the hope, At Kissey, the average number of that some of those, who are inte- persons attending Divine service, is rested in the spiritual welfare of our on Sundays 380, and 190 on week fellow-subjects in Western Africa, days: the number of communicants will be induced to come forward is 30. At Wellington the total

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number of males under instruction places. He collected them to. is 96. The parents are anxious to gether, and found them exceedhave their children instructed; there ingly backward, and immediately appears a general desire after the commenced a judicious plan of eduword of God; and the communi- cation. cants are regular in coming to the MEDITERRANEAN MISSION. Lord's table. At Kent, the boys' Five Lutheran clergymen from school has increased in numbers; the Basle seminary, with a German that of the girls has diminished. printer, have been sent to Malta. Their progress is, on the whole, Of these, Messrs. Gobat and Kugler stated to be encouraging. Mr. are designed to undertake a journey Beckley reports favourably of the into Abyssinia, for the purposes of attention evinced by the people to investigation and research, as soon the ministry of the word of God, as they have obtained a competent and of the disposition of the chil- knowledge of the language of that dren to receive instruction. He country. Mr. Krusé and Mr. Lieder also bears testimony to the consis- will occupy such stations in the tent conduct of those who profess Levant as may be deemed most to be Christians. A spirit of in- eligible with reference to a connecdustry is increasing among the tion with Abyssinia. Mr. Muller people. At York, Mr. Gerber has may probably remain with Mr. been greatly encouraged in his la- Jowett at Malta. Mr. Koelner's bours, by the desire which the people services will be most acceptable evince for the means of grace. in the printing department. Many adults have applied for bap- Arabic, the missionaries have printtism; of whom, three women have ed 2000 copies of a small primer, been admitted, and three others re- and 2000 copies of the Ten Comceived on trial.

mandments, and the Sermon on the Since the spring of 1823, Regent Mount. Of these, they have sent town has, with very little intermis- a large number to the American sion, been destitute of the stated missionaries at the foot of Mount labours of a resident minister ;-a Lebanon, who appear to have been fact, independently of other causes, blessed with some success in the sufficient to account for the dimi- schools which they are setting up. nution in the attendance on Divine In Greek, they have printed 1500 worship which has taken place since of a Brief History of the Progress Mr. Johnson's death. Of a popu- of the Gospel, and the Persecution lation of 1100, 250 usually attend which it met with in the first three Divine service. Those who attend Centuries. In Italian, 500 have been on week-days do not exceed printed of a similar work, extended seventy-six.

The communicants, to the sixth century: also, the Conabout 160 in number, seem desirous version of St. Augustine, extracted to walk worthy of their Christian from his Confessions; and his “ City profession. There is a readiness on of God,” as abridged by Milner, the part of the parents to send their 100 copies. They are now printing children to be instructed, and a the Life of the Missionary Swartz, corresponding disposition in the 1000 copies. children to receive instruction. In Mr. Jowett has engaged a Greek the boys' school, there were ninety- priest, named Ysa Petros, to assist eight resident, and about forty more him in the Arabic department of who daily attended. In the girls' the press. Mr. Jowett had engaged school there were only eight. On Ysa Petros to translate some tracts Mr. Brooks's arrival at Regent, into Arabic, and to make a version the Christian Institution was quite of the New Testament directly from deserted; and the youths who had the original into vernacular Arabic. resided in it, scattered in different While Mr. Jowett has been employed in preparing tracts, Mr. Hart- At Calcutta there were 36 female ley has been occupied in circulating schools, containing 600 girls. Lady them among the inhabitants of the Amberst had continued to manifest Greek islands. They were sought great interest in the object. The after with great avidity. Mr. Hart- total number of publications issued ley thus expresses his sentiments from the press is 55,200. At Burd“ The more observation I make of wan the encouraging prospects, both the Greek Church, the more I am with regard to the male and female convinced that faithful and perse- schools, still continue. Of an exvering labour for the good of its amination of the female school, Mr. members is likely to be crowned Perowne says: “ Out of 323 girls, with abundant success. I sincerely in eleven schools, 292 came together. thank God that I am called to this Thirty-four had read seven chapters field of labour; and I am truly happy of St. Matthew's Gospel : about in my duties.” The committee close twenty children had got through their review of this mission with only one book, Watts's Catechism; expressing a hope, that, among the the next class was formed of those students of our own universities, who had read another book besides some may be willing to follow the the catechism : these amounted to example and to share the labours of about thirty. At the desire of a Mr. Jowett and Mr. Hartley. lady, the first class read and explainCALCUTTA AND NORTH-INDIA ed the fifth chapter of St. Matthew, MISSION.

and acquitted themselves extremely The late lamented Bishop of Cal- well, both in reading and spelling. cutta, accompanied, during part of Their explanation of what they read, the journey, by Archdeacon Corrie, and their answers to the questions had been actively employed in visit- proposed, were such as to astonish ing his diocese. He left Calcutta even those who were best acquainted about the middle of the year 1824, with what they could do.” At Buxar and proceeded through the upper the Bishop saw Kurrum Messeeh's provinces as far as Agra; taking, in congregation, consisting of about his way, most of the stations occupied thirty women, young and old. He by the society. From Agra he took heard them read in the Hindoostanee a south-western course, and reached Testament, and questioned them in Bombay in April 1825, having been their catechism. His lordship exthen about ten months absent from pressed his entire satisfaction with the home. During the journey, he had proficiency which they manifested. preached above fifty times, had held The accounts from Benares are of a confirmations, and consecrated new gratifying nature. Mr. Morris conchurches. He left Bombay about tinues to preach in Hindoostanee; and the middle of August, for Ceylon; has conciliated the esteem and regard, and, after having passed a month in not only of his congregation, but of that island, returned to Calcutta. his heathen neighbours. Mr. Morris, Archdeacon Corrie has transmitted accompanied by Mr. Adlington, is many valuable suggestions made by in the habit of attending the melas the Bishop, relative to the Society's or fairs within reach of Benares, for operations in North-India—sugges- the purpose of distributing the Gotions which, the committee doubt spels and tracts among the people not, will greatly assist their friends who are there assembled. The Biat Calcutta in the adoption and re- shop passed Sunday, the 5th of gulation of their future measures. September 1824, at this station. On After the Bishop's return to Calcutta, this occasion, fourteen native Christhe aged Abdool Messeeh and Mr. tians were confirmed, and were adBowley, and two of the Society's mitted to the Lord's table: the Missionaries, had received Episcopal Bishop officiating, as respected them, ordination.

in Hindoostanee. The classes ex

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