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Minister of the Presbyterian Church,
This Sermon bears the stamp of its author's warm and vigorous mind. It is lively and various, affectionate and earnest, and full of instruction even to those who do not need conviction.
A Warning to the Rulers of the Land: especially addressed to the Right Hon. Sir Robert Peel, with Reference to the proposed Endowment of Popery. By the Rev. W. NICOLSON.-London. A solemn and faithful remonstrance; but, like many others, as it now appears, tendered in vain. Like Mr. Wilson, its able and devoted author is a recent acquisition to the cause of Presbyterianism in London; and we trust that under his fully-furnished ministrations, the Church of Robert Fleming and Henry Hunter may renew the days of its youth.
THE JEWS IN ENGLAND.
(From the Report of the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews.) THE Society's simple object is the spiritual welfare of the Jews, and this it seeks to promote by the co-operation of all who, loving the Lord Jesus, also long for the salvation of Israel. Its primary field is England. Situated as we are, we feel that the command to preach the Gospel to the Jews, requires us to begin at London; and when, by the blessing of God, we have gone over the towns of England, we hope to extend our labours to the Continent and remoter regions.
In London, where there are resident probably about 20,000 Jews, four missionaries are constantly employed, and another is about to enter on the work. In addition to these, the Committee are now enabled to avail themselves of an eminently-qualified individual, whose office it is to receive and converse with serious Jewish inquirers, and to give instruction in Jewish literature and modes of argument to those employed as missionaries. Three of these fulfil their mission in districts almost entirely inhabited by Israelites; of which districts some idea may be formed from the following descriptions given by the mis
One of them says: "In endeavouring to present as condensed a view as possible of monthly visitations, it is difficult to avoid repetition; the Scriptures read and arguments used being in substance the same. Still, however, it is gratifying to be able to say, that those blessed truths which make wise unto salvation, have again been listened to, and the Gospel simply and plainly set forth; and that those who have been induced to hear it on former occasions, continue to hear with increased interest and attention. With these feelings I cannot but express gratitude to God, that I have been enabled to show, that the plan of salvation, as stated in the New Testament, is in the fullest accordance with the Old.
"The only knowledge of religion that is common among the Jews in this district, is, that they are the people of God'-that they must keep the law, observing the Sabbaths and holy days, and do as well as they can.
The district contains about 750 Jewish families, of whom about 400 have been visited. Others would not receive me, and many have been visited, as occasion required, who live
He thus describes the present scene of his occupation: "I commenced my stated operations here about three months ago, and I believe that, already, the Lord is doing great things. I have formed an acquaintance with the most part of the Jews resident here; they are in number about 1,500. They have no prejudice against me; if any offend me, he presently asks pardon; and if some are vexed by the impression made by Divine truth on others, they do not fall out with me. average, I meet and converse with from ten to fifteen per day. I have carefully given away all your tracts, and several Bibles and New Testaments."
beyond the boundaries of the district, besides | bonds of the Gospel of our Jesus, you will those who from time to time call at my house, bear me in mind and heart at the throne of and with whom I spend several hours every grace, to render praises and thanksgivings for week. In the midst, however, of the many many mercies vouchsafed unto me your humabounds, it is comforting to sec even a slight my mission." discouragements with which this barren soil ble servant during this last memorable year of indication of good; this, I am happy to say, has been the case in many instances during the past month, and, though I have had more opposition than usual to encounter, yet, upon the whole, my reception has been tolerably good. May He who caused light to shine out of darkness, shine upon the word of Divine truth, and into the hearts of those who have heard it, giving them to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!" Another writes: "The district which is the scene of my labours, contains 583 families, 500 of whom are Jews; every room is occupied, on an average, with one family, with from three to five children each, amounting in all to about 2,000 individuals. The occupations of the Jews are, in this district, various. Being poor, and having little knowledge of mechanical labour, they devote themselves to anything by which they can with honesty procure a scanty subsistence. Out of the number of 500 families occupying 483 rooms, being the number of apartments in 227 houses, 415 are under actual visitation, and to the others I have given some tracts with a hint on the all-important concerns of their souls." Our other friend is enabled to gain access to families residing in various parts of London, superior to these in temporal circumstances. By many of them his visits are thankfully received, and his expositions of Divine truth listened to with seriousness.
The Committee refer also with peculiar thankfulness to the labours of a valued missionary who having been long engaged, with many decided tokens of usefulness, in Bristol, where he had gained the confidence of Christians and of his Jewish brethren, has spent some weeks most beneficially among the Jews at Birmingham, and is now pursuing the same course with unwearied zeal under the direction of the Committee of the Auxiliary Society lately formed in Manchester. thus reviews the first year of his labours: "On looking back with devout reflection, mine eyes run down with tears of joy and thankfulness, that I have been allowed to offer salvation to my perishing felllow-sinners, but especially to the long-neglected sheep of the house of Israel. You will perhaps be surprised when I tell you that the Lord has enabled me, in his good providence, to meet, during the past year, with upwards of 1,500 individuals, and not one of them has escaped my notice without my telling them that Jesus the Crucified is the true Messiah. With regard to the living testimonies afforded to the Word of God, I can thankfully put you in mind of two who are I believe under the care of a faithful minister; of another who is by all appearence a sincere and devoted believer; and of one who has lately received the ordinance of baptism, in connexion with another society; besides many individuals who went from me to seek assistance elsewhere. I feel assured, my dear Sirs, that you will not despise the day of small things; and who can tell the joy which these little and feeble ones have caused among the angels in heaven, yea, and to Christ himself, who has thus seen of the travail of his soul and been satisfied, while the poor efforts of his servants are proved not to be in vain? Then again, the valuable tracts which you have committed to my trust I have carefully distributed, and they have, in many cases, proved effectual. Thus, O my dear fathers and friends in the
He mentions two cases of apparent conversion, and others of much spiritual promise. The number of travelling Jews he describes as about 1,500 annually.
The Committee have much pleasure in referring to the cases of two individuals, with regard to whom reserve appears unnecessary.
One of them was a wanderer in our land, when some pious females met with him-first made known to him the doctrine of the Messiah, and introduced him to a minister of the Gospel, at whose hands he received a copy of the New Testament, of the real worth of which he was at the time utterly regardless. But he read, and as he read, the Spirit of God breathed upon the sacred page, and life entered into the soul of the young Israelite. As an inquirer, and almost with the language of the Greeks of old upon his lips, "Sir, I would see Jesus," our missionary found him. Himself of the seed of Abraham, he welcomed him at his humble home, read with him the Scriptures day by day, and saw in him the promise fulfilled, "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord." The " "young man " became "strong" in his love to the Saviour, and in compassion for the souls of his brethren. The Committee placed him under the care and instruction of an able and faithful minister of the Gospel, who, when satisfied of his piety, administered to him the rite of baptism. He is now engaged as a faithful, persevering, and judicious missionary among his brethren, where first he found Him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write. His journals attest the meekness yet fervour of his spirit-the simplicity of his faith and his aptness for teaching. They prove, too, that his heavenly Father is gladdening the morning of his new day with many tokens of his approval. minister, who has had him under instruction, thus speaks of him :-" He has my confidence fully, so far as I have been able to see him. His conduct seems every way consistent and devoted. With a good deal of disinterested generosity, I believe he pinches himself to assist a poor but serious inquirer. And he has now the additional burden of a young brother, destitute of every means of support. He is his brother, and he cannot turn him away. Often and long has he prayed for his conversion."
The other individual referred to has been long known to members of the Committee, and highly esteemed by them. He, too, when travelling in this country, first received some knowledge of the truth from a pious family, who, in the spirit of unsuspecting Christian benevolence, received him to their house-for weeks sheltered and tended him when his health had failed-led his steps for the first
time to the house of God, and opened to him the Scriptures. After frequent intercourse with the missionary, his enmity to truth was subdued, and he came to London, where, under the faithful preaching of the Rev. Ridley Herschell and another minister, and by the prayerful instructions of private Christians, he was led to know the way of the Lord more perfectly--became a constant attendant on the services of the sanctuary; and having given satisfactory evidence of a work of grace on his heart, has been recently baptized. His connexions on the Continent are most respectable. The affection subsisting between him and the members of his family, is of the tenderest character. Severely has his spirit been tried by the most persuasive and powerful inducements to return home. He remains stedfast, preferring a very laborious occupation, with small wages, in the house of a Christian, loved and honoured by him for his piety and kindness, to all the comforts and endearments of home. Baptism severs the last tie that binds an inquiring Jew to his father's house; and now these two brethren, in their anguish as disowned of those they love, and in their faith as Christians, cast themselves on your sympathy and prayers, who love and follow their Saviour. The last-mentioned young man forms one of many converted Israelites in London, who sit beneath the faithful preaching of the Gospel, meet at the table of a crucified Saviour, and in teaching the young, and in other Christian efforts, testify of the grace they have received. Several of them attend the Society's prayer-meetings, and occasionally lead the devotions.
OUR readers must all have heard of the signal success which has attended the labours of Dr. Kalley, in Madeira, and of the persecution which he and his converts have in consequence undergone. We shall return to this subject in our next number, as the whole narrative is fitted to set in a very striking light both the intolerant spirit of the Church of Rome, and the very altered tone in regard to Protestantism which the Government of this country is disposed to assume. Meanwhile it will interest our readers to be made acquainted with some details in the history of Francisco Pirez Soarez, one of the first fruits of Dr. Kalley's labours. They have been furnished to us by a gentleman who has recently returned from Madeira; and under whose care the Portuguese convert in question, having escaped the fangs of his persecutors in Madeira, has come to this country.
Francisco was originally a most bigotted Roman Catholic. During the struggle in Portugal betwixt the Miguelites and Pedroites, he joined the former party, not from any political motive, but simply because it was the party supported by the priests, and was consequently connected in his mind with the cause of religion. It is extraordinary how such an individual should ever have come in contact with Dr. Kalley, but Providence prepared the way by afflicting him with some complaint in the region of his heart. He was induced to consult the Doctor, and derived such benefit from his advice, that he resolved to attend also to his spiritual instructions. If
after proceeding so violently against the other, would of course have cast some suspicion on the motives of the authorities. Accordingly, the old process was revived against him also; and no fewer that eighteen men were despatched with six mandates of imprisonment to apprehend him. They proceeded straight to his fazenda, or cultivated ground, but whilst they were entering it on one side, without being aware of their ap proach, he went out on the other for the purpose of seeing Dr. Kalley. Whilst in the Doctor's house, he was informed of his narrow escape; and so signal an interposition of Providence was at once received as an intimation, that he should return to his place of concealment. After continuing in hidings this second time for seven or eight months, his friends began to see that it was necessary to remove him from the island; and while they were consulting where they should send him, and how they could provide for him, a letter arrived from the Rev. Mr. Fraser, minister of the Free Church in Bombay, requesting that some Portuguese convert might be sent to that place to act as catechist among the Portuguese Roman Catholics residing in it. As Francisco was the fittest person for this purpose whom Dr. Kalley knew, it was regarded as a providential indication of what should be done with him. It was resolved, therefore, to send him to Bombay; and when the matter was proposed to him, his eye brightened immediately, and he expressed himself ready to go to the extremity of the world, should the Lord so appoint it. He was consequently conveyed with the utmost secrecy on board a vessel, which was on the point of leaving, and he arrived in England on the 3d of May,
he was not the very first, he was at least
able that they would have subjected him to much harsher treatment in gaol than that which these murderers experience, as indeed has already happened in the case of Maria Joachina.
Of all his converts, Dr. Kalley appears to place the greatest confidence in Francisco, esteeming him very highly for his intelligence, spirituality, and stedfastness.
May the Lord carry him in safety and comfort to the place of his destination, and make him a blessing to his fellow-Portuguese in Bombay!
Nicolau, to whom allusion has been made above, our readers will be glad to learn, has also escaped from his persecutors, and is now in Demerara, usefully employed, and we trust, adorning the doctrine of the Gospel. Dr. Kalley, there is some reason to believe, may ere long be expected in this country.
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Graham Speirs, Esq., Sheriff of the County of Edinburgh, was unanimously called to the The following Report was then read :"REPORT by the Directors of the Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Society to the Annual General Meeting held on 6th of May. The directors are happy to announce the continued prosperity of the Society. During the year ending 1st March last, the number of Policies issued was 502, the amount of sums Assured 293,1807., and the Premiums and Entrymoney 11,1561. 8s. 4d. This exceeds the sum Assured last year by about 100,0007., and is a greater amount of business than in any former year, excepting the year 1835-6.
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As was to be expected from the increased age and influx of Members, the claims on the Society arising from death have exceeded those of previous years; but notwithstanding the amount falls greatly short of the calculation by the Northampton Table. The Policies which have fallen by death are forty in number, and amount to 30,2007., besides 4,0661. of additions. After providing for these sums, the Surplus Fund which has arisen during last year amounts to 14,8877., which, added to 34,9327. reserved at last year's division, makes the Surplus Fund or Rest 49,8197. After deducting lapsed and surrendered Policies the amount remaining Assured at 1st March was 2,134,3817., and the Annual Revenue was upwards of 76,0007. The Accumulated Fund now amounts to 295,1977.
The Directors having considered it expedient to obtain an extension of their powers, they, in terms of the Deed of Constitution, submitted the proposed alterations to a Quarterly Court of Directors held on 12th September; and to a General Court of the Society held on the 17th October last, by all which Courts the alterations were unanimously approved, and if sanctioned by the present Court, they will become laws of the Society. They are the following
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The CHAIRMAN said, I observe from the programme which has been laid before me, that the business of the Meeting is now concluded; but there is a small addition which says that the Chairman may make such observations as occur to him. I do not know that I have many observations to trouble you with after the excellent
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF SYNOD.
THE School Committee beg to remind all the ministers and other office-bearers of the Church, that Sabbath, the 10th of August, is the day appointed by the Synod for a public collection to be made in all our churches in aid of the School
unless a prompt and vigorous effort is
the education of poor children in such a way as to entice away the young of our flocks, giving them in fact the preference to the young of their own charge. And instances, too, are not wanting, in which recourse is had even to threats and intimidation in order to deter Presbyterian parents from sending their children to our schools, which all their principles and attachments would lead them to prefer. The objects of this scheme are two-teries of Northumberland, Newcastle, The Committee are in possession of dofold:-First, To grant pecuniary assist- and Berwick; and while a few of these cuments which abundantly justify all these ance to such day schools as already exist are returned as being in a flourishing statements, and they would readily proor may hereafter be erected, in connexion condition, all the rest are reported to duce extracts from them, if the limits to with the church, where such assistance is be labouring under great difficulties, which they are obliged to restrict themneeded, and would be beneficial; and, arising from the powerful and persevering selves would allow them. From these secondly, to aid in the erection of Day- opposition of the Established Church. causes our schools in the north of Engschools in localities which are as yet It would appear from the statements of land have already suffered severely, and unprovided with them. The former the brethren in that quarter, and also in will certainly suffer still more, unless somebranch of the business of this Committee the county of Cumberland, that the thing is done immediately to strengthen may be appropriately called "School- Established clergy in these districts, the hands of the brethren in that quarter, Sustentation;" the latter, "School- are actuated by a more than ordinary and to enable them to maintain so unBuilding." To accomplish the first of hostility to the Presbyterian Church. equal a struggle. The Committee rethese objects, a fund will be raised by This is no doubt owing to the fact that joice to testify that there is no lack of annual congregational collections, and Presbyterianism is there the most power-zeal and spirit among our Northumberalso by such subscriptions and donations ful, or rather, the only powerful form land ministers; they are all most anxious as may be offered for this purpose; and of Protestant Nonconformity-a fact to maintain the conflict, but they lack reto attain the second object, or the erec- which may well stimulate and encourage sources. If these were furnished to them, tion of schools where required, it is pro- the whole Synod to come to the help of there would be no fear for the issue. The posed to raise a distinct fund upon the plan our ministers and people, in a region remedy is a simple and efficacious one. of Mr. M'Donald, of Blairgowrie, and upon which is on this account invested with Let these schools be aided with a small such a scale of magnitude as will suffice peculiar interest. And one of the ways annual grant or endowment. This would to give material aid in the erection of in which this help can best be given is by enable their managers to reduce the fees 100 schools. It will therefore be dis- extending our aid to their sorely-be- to at least an equality with those of the tinctly understood that the collection leaguered schools, for it is against these that episcopal schools, without injury and even which is appointed to be made on the their opponents direct their most strenuous with positive benefit to the teachers; and second Sabbath of August is not to be and successful attempts, with the view of in cases where no such reduction might appropriated to the object of School- drawing off the children of our Presby- be necessary, it would enable them to add building, but is to be confined to that of terian families, and attaching them to their to the emoluments of the teachers, and School-sustentation. own schools and churches. The superior thus to secure the continuance of their wealth of the Established clergy enables services, and a superior order of qualifithem to practise this kind of proselytizing cations. From an arrangement of this warfare with too much success, among a kind many benefits would result. The population who are generally poor, and not young of our congregations would be so firm as could be wished in adhering preserved to us: those who are at preto their principles. Sometimes the plan sent enticed away would be recovered; which they adopt is to reduce the fees of schools now languishing would be retheir schools lower than our Presbyterian vived, and saved from extinction; pateachers can afford to do, if they are to rents, teachers, and ministers would all earn the barest subsistence. At other be greatly encouraged; and the attachtimes, they administer the endowments ment of the people generally to the Synod which have been entrusted to them for would be greatly enhanced by this sea
From Educational Returns lately obtained by the Committee, (and of which an abstract will be found in another part of this number,) it appears that there are at present upwards of twenty dayschools connected more or less exclusively with the congregations belonging to the Synod. This is a very small number, and proves how much need we have for a School-building scheme. But even of these few, the greater part are maintained and carried on with the greatest