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purpose of visiting the Welsh cottager, and of From Mr. W. P. Tiddy.

preaching wherever they find it practicable. Brussels, Oct. 29, 1851.

A school has been opened near the college, Our sales in Holland mark a falling off, scholars are occasionally supplied with “ soup"

and it is reported that the parents of the compared with those of the same period 1850; from the college. It is only right that the but the work still continues as interesting as The bad state of the crops prevents themselves acquainted with the doings and

Protestants of this kingdom should make many persons from buying. I take the following facts as proof of the interest which fore-armed. I hope my Welsh brethren will

tactics of Rome. To be forewarned is to be continues, extracted from the Colporteurs' not lose sight of Tremeirchion. If diligent weekly reports

and faithful, as I doubt not they will be, the “ Can you visit me again?" asked a woman whom I met in the street. “I am the wife Spirit of God will bless their endeavours to of the carpenter whom you called on about prevent their fellow-countrymen from emtwo years ago." Colporteur: “ Yes; where bracing the delusions of the Man of Sin.

And here I would mention, with approval, do you live?” When I reached the house in

the exertions of one family I had the pleasure the evening, I easily recognized it as one in which I had been before; but how everything of the Scriptures, they are distributing widely

of visiting. Besides aiding in the circulation was changed, and what a friendly reception!

such excellent little books as " How everything is changed!” said the man, Protestantism brought to the test of God's

Popery and warmly pressing my hand. “What an alteration since you were last here! The Lord Holy Word, in the form of a Catechism for

the use of Schools and Families ;" and "Pohas opened my eyes and my heart. When you last visited me I purchased a Bible. Be- held, and its Circulation opposed by the

pery and the Bible: the Word of God withfore that time I seldom read the Scriptures; Church of Rome." I hope others will copy but since then I have regularly done so for this good example, and "go and do likewise." myself and for my family. The Lord has

I do not know how far the Scripture Readers blessed me in it. He has shown me how necessary Christ is to my soul. The Lord is Society could assist, but I hope its directors

will forgive me if I venture to tell them, that indeed good."

an agency similar to that which they employ, migbt, under the blessing of God, do

great good in Wales. If only twelve ScripSIR,-I have just returned home from a ture readers could be sent there-converted, journey into North Wales, and during my intelligent, earnest men, who understood the short sojourn there, I collected a little infor- Welsh language to go from town to town, mation with regard to the efforts and zeal of and from village to village, visiting the people the Church of Rome in that part of the Prin at their own houses, reading the Word of God cipality, and, with your permission, I will to them, and praying with them, they might give it to the readers of the EVANGELICAL prevent the spread of Popery, and be the MAGAZINE.

means of saving some from the error of their The Roman Catholics have been diligently ways, and of hiding a multitude of sins. and systematically employed in North Wales We must be prepared to meet Rome. She for some time past. They have worked is at work, and so ought we to be. Our cause is without much noise, and almost without ob- better than hers; it is the cause of truth, and servation.

we are certain of nltimate success. The At length, however, they have built a col. clouds may be blackening, the storm may lege in the parish of Tremeirchion, a short be gathering—by and by the tempest may distance from St. Asaph, capable of accom break forth, and sweep away Popish abomimodating, it is believed, three hundred students. nations which have been gathering for ages, I am informed that the requisite funds have and Christianity, (pure, scriptural, voluntary been supplied chiefly by France, and that an Christianity,) will come forth from amid the eminent ecclesiastic from Italy came over to crash, and from amid the ruin, adorned with superintend the building. That gentleman, beauty, and full of power. I hear, has obtained an introduction to most

I am, dear Sir, of the influential families in that neighbour

Yours faithfully, hood, and it is said, that his intercourse with

JAMES READING. Lord and Lady Feilding paved the way for St. Albans, Jan. 12, 1852. their secession from the Church of England.

The students in the college at Tremeirchion are instructed in the Welsh language.

INDIA: I am told that already ten have been ordained and sent forth, two and two, through the [In the Calcutta Review for Oct. 1851, country, upon & missionary errand, for the there is an able article entitled “ THE RE

PROGRESS OF POPERY IN NORTH WALES.

THE CLAIM OF ITS CHRISTIAN MISSIONS.

SULTS OF MISSIONARY LABOUR IN INDIA,” | country, be mainly instrumental in bringing which has been reprinted in this country, and those and other countries under the power of from which we select the following powerful the gospel. We may appeal to the Proviappeal, greatly calculated to awaken the zeal dence of God, which has made the whole of the churches:-)

country accessible in the fullest degree to misHave Indian missions then been a failure? sionary labour, under the security and proIrreligion and fear prophesied in former days tection afforded by the English Government: that they would be. They prophesied that - a fact which, contrasted with the position the Hindus would never be converted, and of China, Madagascar, Persia, Tahiti, and that the attempt to Christianize them would even Kaffirland, must show the immeasurable lead to rebellion. Such notions have long superiority of the advantages we possess. been exploded. Looking at the number of we may appeal to the debt which England actual converts, and the still larger number owes to India, for the commerce it has originunder regular Christian instruction; looking ated, the support it gives to thousands of our to the character of many, who have died in countrymen, and the profits of its merchanthe faith of the gospel; looking to the vast dise; to an annual gain reckoned at eight amount of efficient agency now at work; millions sterling in value; and to the political looking to the deep and wide impression made consequence attached to the Indian empire. upon the native mind at large; looking to the We may appeal to the many and powerful reimprovement in European society; looking ligious systems of the country; to its Ainto the removal of several of the most striking duism, Muhammadanism and Buddhism; to evils once prevalent in the land; looking to its ancient Shastras and powerful priesthood; the large and valuable experience acquired by its system of caste, and the degradation of past labours, and to the preparation made by its women. We may appeal to the labour those labours for future success;-we must already spent, and to the success with which allow that missions have accomplished MUCH, it has been followed. Some of these motives during the short period in which they have exist only in India. What other country has been efficiently carried on. “ The Lord bath them all combined ? Separately they are done great things for us, whereof we are unanswerable: united, who can resist them? glad." The camp has been planted, and the But one Macedonian called upon Paul to bring position of the Christian army made good. the gospel across the Hellespont. Millions of The battle has begun; and the various bodies men appeal to our sympathies, and with far of troops have had their several positions as. greater earnestness, and with far deeper reasigued tbem. The translators, with their son, cry, “Come over and help us." heavy batteries of Bible truth; the tract The present missionary force in India is writers, with their light field guns; the active utterly insufficient for the completion of the cavalry of itinerators; the preaching battalions grand object in our view. New efforts, thereof foot; and the little band of Christian fore, in Europe and America; new efforts in sepoys, are all engaged in subduing this vast England, Scotland, and Ireland; new sacricontinent to "the obedience of Christ.” If fices, new gifts, new self-denial, alone will the work be carried on, what must be the avail to secure the men and the money end? “ The Lord gave the word; great is which our agency requires.

It is true that the company of the preachers." Shall not missionaries in India are many in one sense “kings of armies flee apace; while they that They constitute nearly one-third of the entire tarry at home, divide the spoil” and share the missionary body throughout the heathen joy of victory?

world. They are many, as compared with Everything calls upon the churches of none: but as regards sufficiency, their pumChrist, both in Europe and America, to com- bers are quite inadequate. Neither are they plete what they have begun. The claims of many, as regards the proportion of labourers India upon their sympathies, efforts, and pray- to the people to be evangelized. The Sanders, are becoming stronger every day: and wich Islands, with 80,000 inhabitants, have the more they are appreciated, the more will thirty-one missionaries. The Navigators' our great missionary work be prosecuted with Islands, with a population of 160,000, have earnestness and vigour. In support of those fifteen missionaries to instruct them. New claims, we may appeal to the vast population Zealand, with 100,000, has forty. The populawhich India contains, reckoned as at least one tion of the South Sea Islands under instruction hundred and thirty millions, and by some, as is 800,000 and is taught by 120 missionaries. two hundred millions. We may appeal to In the West Indies, there are not less than the vast extent of this great continent, its three hundred and fifty missionaries to instruct many nations, and its resources for promoting a population of two millions and a half. human comfort. We may appeal to its great | More than seventy missionaries are crowded influence in Asia in general; and to the fact, into the “Five ports” of China and the that as it spread its Buddhism over China, Island of Hong-Kong. But in India, for 130 Thibet and Burmah, it must, as a Christian (or as some say 200) millions of people, we

have but four hundred and three missionaries. | eyes hither. And that attention, excited by Whole provinces, and large towns, with strange catastrophes and striking occurrences, thousands of inhabitants, are wholly unin- has been retained. Within ten years, two structed. In Bengal and Behar it has been lines of steamers have been established reckoned that eighteen millions never hear through the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, the gospel. Within fifty miles of Calcutta, and have maintained a rapid and constant there are towns and villages with 30,000, intercourse between England and India: & 20,000, and 10,000 inhabitants, that never new line, it is confidently hoped, will ere saw a missionary till the present year; and long be added, and the present means of inwere so unknown that no map accurately tercourse be increased and improved. Comdescribed their position and size. Delhi, with munication is improving also within the con150,000 people, much more populous than tinent itself. Numerous steamers now ply New Zealand, has no missionary at all. along the Ganges, and have begun to navigate Midnapore, with 70,000, has none. Azim- the Indus. Our railroad is fairly coinghur, Bareilly, Purnea, Mymensing, and menced; our postage rules are about to be handreds of other important towns and dis. moditied; an im nense nuinber of native tricts, have none at all. Excepting two mis- newspapers have been called into existence; sionaries at Lahore and one in Sindh, the and the English language has made a giant Panjab, Sindh, the Bhawalpore states, all stride among the young, in the province of Rajputana, all Oudh, Bundelkhund, the Bengal. Within the last year, a regular in. Nerbadda valley, and the great state of Hy tercourse has been opened with China by derabad, have no missionaries whatever. monthly steamers. California and its cities Even Agra, the chief seat of the North-west have created new wants and new commerce; Provinces, has but eight missionaries, of whom and numerous ships have found their way one is absent; and Benares, the "holy city," hither from that newly settled territory. with a permanent population of 300,000, has New ties are connecting India with the Aus. but eleven. The two towns of Saugor and tralian colonies. The Great Exhibition has Dacca alone, contain a population equal to shown, upon a large scale, what India couthat of all the Malay-peopled Islands of the tains, and what its nations can produce. In South Seas put together. In those islands the east and west, its voice is being heard. one hundred and twenty missionaries are It is claiming an important position in the labouring; while in the former two cities, public eye, and men are beginning to acthere are but four! In the whole Presidency knowledge the justice of our appeals in its of Agra, containing numerous large towns, behalf. It is no time, then, for the church and peopled with the finest races in India, of Christ to forget it; to forget that it is open there are only as many missionaries (57) as to the gospel; to forget that the contest beare engaged in the small Negro settlements on tween truth and error can be carried on the West coast of Africa. These things are upon fair terms; or to forget that the hand seen in India; in India, under an English of God has directed his people hither. As Government; in India, opened to the gospel; if to compel a greater attention on the parts in India, white to the harvest. His the of religious men, that Providence which has church given to it its proper share of agency? opened the way to India has been closing up Grand efforts are made to open doors that are other fields. Within ten years, missionaries closed; while doors wide open are neglected! have been driven from Siberia; the MadagasOhl for more of the spirit of Him, who car missions have been broken up; Tahiti " had compassion upon the multitudes, when has bee left a wreck; the Sandwich Islands He saw them as sheep without a shepherd.” have been threatened; cholera has decimated

This is not the time for the church to the West Indies; and the Kaffir missions withdraw from its appointed duty in evan have been twice destroyed. Have these gelizing this great land. During the past things no meaning? Has that Almighty ten years, the providence of God has in a Spirit, who “suffered not” his servant to remarkable way been calling the attention of go into Bithynia, and "forbade him to the whole world to its interests

, and to strange preach the word in Asia," no object, in thus events of which it has been the scene. closing some doors of usefulness, while the During the past ten years, the Chinese war largest of all remains wide open? We has opened a way to the gospel in the Celes trust that these indications of His purtial Empire: and to the success of that war pose will be met by the hearty response of a Indian troops and Indian steamers contributed willing church. We trust that, with the innot a little. Within ten years, the awful crease of communication with Europe, the Affghan war, with its massacres, and cap- churches of both Europe and America will tivity, and deeds of prowess; the war with put forth new exertions, and devise new Gwalior; the conquest of Sindh; the two schemes for extending missions in our Indian wars in the Punjab, with their murderous Empire. May He be with them, who said to battles and final conquest, have directed all his people in ancient days: "I will send

mine angel before you, and he shall drive But in what spirit and in what manner out the Hittite and Amorite from the land." shall such appeals be met ? Will our EngMay He fulfil His promise speedily: “The lish friends, especially, meet them on the old gods, which have not made the heavens and cold plan, in which all alike, rich and poor the earth, even they shall perish from the together, too idle to discriminate, and unacearth and from under these heavens." We customed to self-denial even in the best of conclude this brief review in the words of causes, gave, as their sole contribution to the Bishop of Calcutta :

missions—gave to each Society, the great and " What can exceed the inviting prospect small alike—the formal fee of one guinea ! which India presents ? The fields white for If we appreciate at all as we should the tranthe harvest and awaiting the hand of the scendent importance and grandeur of the reaper ! Nations bursting the intellectual missionary enterprise ; if we value as we sleep of thirty centuries ! Superstitions no should that gospel, which is " the power of longer in the giant strength of youth, but God unto salvation to every one that bedoting to their fall! Britain placed at the lieveth,” we shall not be content to do little, head of the most extensive empire ever con or to spare ourselves in this service. We signed to a western sceptre : that is, the only shall think of the misery that sin now entails great power of Europe, professing the Pro. upon the earth; of the value of the souls that testant faith, intrusted with the thronging missions may be appointed to save ; and of nations of Asia, whom she alone could teach! the glorious future for which missions are A paternal government, employing every year preparing;-even that coming time wlien the of tranquillity in elevating and blessing the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing people unexpectedly thrown upon its pro- in His beams on every land where the prince tection. No devastating plague, as in Egypt; of this world now reigns. If, thus, all who no intestine wars; no despotic heathen or profess and call themselves CHRISTIANS realMuhammadan dominion prowling for its prey. ize their duties, there will be no lack of But legislation going forth with her laws; labourers, and no lack of means. We shall science lighting her lamp; education scatter no longer have to beg for more liberal sucing the seeds of knowledge; comunerce widen- cour—and to beg in vain. No longer shall ing her means of intercourse ; the British we appeal to those whose zeal, piety, and power ever ready to throw her ægis around talent fit them for labour in the Lord's vinethe pious and discreet missionary.

yard, and be met with fancies and with fears. “Oh! where are the first propagators and All then will act as men who “ count them. professors of Christianity? Where are our selves alive from the dead, and their memmartyrs and reformers ? Where are the in-bers as instruments of righteousness unto genuous, devoted, pious sons of our Univer God." All then will remember the test : sities? Where are

our younger devoted “ His servants ye are, to whom ye OBEY." clergy ? Are they studying their ease ? The days of timid, faint-hearted service will Are they resolved on a ministry, tame, or be over. The fruitless sympathy of sentidinary, agreeable to the flesh ? Are they mentality at home will give place to holy drivelling after minute literature, poetry, and devoted men in every land where the fame? Do they shrink from that toil and Lord, by his providence, calls his servants to labour which, as Augustine says, OUR COM- | labour. Then, the love of Christ constrainMANDER, Noster Imperator, accounts most ing them, his ministers will offer themselves, blessed ? .... Let us unite in removing saying: “Here am I, send ME;" and no longer misconceptions; let us join in appealing to will the soldier of the cross, to obtain the Societies ; let us write to particular friends crown which fadeth not away, fear to follow and public bodies; let us afford correct, intel the merchant who seeks in a foreign land for ligible information. Let us send specific and things which " perish in the using." And individual invitations; and let us pray the thus labouring in His service, “God, even LORD of the HARVEST, that He would SEND our own God, shall BLESS Us, and ALL THE FORTH MORE LABOURERS INTO HIS HAR ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL FEAR HIM." VEST."

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