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which had been spent. It was announced | SHERBRO COUNTRY, WESTERN AFRICA. that it is in contemplation, during the
BOMPEY. . summer, to hold a Bazaar, in aid of the Building Fund, which is proceeding very
Our missionary at this station reports :
“There are 19 children in the school satisfactorily.
are still improving. Two can
read in the Bible, and nine in the spelling Sierra Leoar,
book. Those who learn arithmetic are in
the first four rules. They are going on TRAINING INSTITUTION. well in geography. They have finished This Institution which was established the map of Africa. They are going on
the outlines of the globe, and are now in in Freetown two years ago, is capable, well also in English grammar.” under the divine blessing, of promoting the kingdom of Christ among the African
This is a very encouraging report, people. We hope, at no distant period, especially if it be remembered that the to be enabled by the kind aid of the children have to learn from books in the friends of education in this country to English language, which until lately was render the Institution more extensively
to them a strange tongue, no school books useful. The efforts already put forth having, as yet, been published in the have not been in vain, and it will be seen
Sherbro language. by the following extracts from the letters
BANDASUMER. of two of the Students addressed to the The native preacher states :-"On Rev.G. Fowler that they are not insensible Sunday, September 16th, I visited Banof the obligation they owe to their dasumer, the residence of King Canray christian friends in England, and that Bah, in order to conduct divine service. they desire to make satisfactory progress The people being collected together I in their various studies.
commenced by singing and prayer. I “Rev. and dear Sir, I feel thankful to then read the lessons, and preached from you for the instruction I received since 1 Kings xx. 28. We had a delightful the establishment of the school. Since time. The spirit of God appeared to be I send in my last letter there were many present with us. I spoke with great troubles attending me. I have been freedom, and the people listened very deprived of my earthly father by death, attentively. The king who was present and am left alone to provide for my little appeared to feel interested in the service. family, but in all I am thankful to One man expressed his assent to what I Almighty God that I still feel a willing said by bowing his head, and answering mind to pursue my studies. May you “yes” in his native tongue, while others not be weary in well doing, nor be dis- fixed their eyes upon me during the couraged, for it is better to meet the whole time. After the service was bitter before the sweet, inasmuch that concluded the king shook my hand, and when the sweet comes it will make the thanked me for my visit.” What a gratisweet the sweeter."
fying scene this must have been to have The other expresses himself in these witnessed—a powerful African king, surwords: “Thanks be to God for the benefits rounded by many of his subjects, sitting he has bestowed upon me since my last to hear the humble native missionary report was sent to you. I have been preach the gospel of Christ. Yes, and endeavouring to the utmost of my ability the time shall come when all the people to improve in my lessons. I am sorry to of “ Ethiopia shall stretch out their hands say that I have been in bed through unto God," and when “all kings shall bodily indisposition for a month. I beg fall down before Christ, and shall serve that you may not be discouraged and say him.” that I do not appreciate your kindness,
MA BANG. It has ever been my delight, sir, to attend The missionary at Ma Bang complains my school and not neglect it. Oh! my of the ignorance, and superstitious dear father, may you not think that I am practices of the people living in that part negligent in this duty: I am trying to do of benighted Africa, but although often the best I can in my lessons, though not discouraged, he expresses his hope to be so rapidly as I ought. I believe, through in God. His report is concluded in these the power of the Almighty, you will in words :future be satisfied with some of us, "I thank him for all that is past though it may be long."
And trust him for all that's to come."
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JOHN LANGRIDGE.
This laborious and useful minister of ing the College at rather an advanced our Lord was born at Maidstone; in age, and being much engaged in his which town he spent the first six years of favourite object of preaching the gospel his life. He theu resided with his uncle, to the poor, he could not, though diligent, (well known and esteemed by many of make any great progress in academic our ministers,) Mr. Daniel Dickenson, of learning; but his warm and simple heart, Pembury, near Tonbridge Wells. From united with strong good sense and conthis dear relative, with his beloved aunt, sistent deportment, secured him the he received great kindness, and many esteem and affection both of his tutors advantages ; and, to the day of his death, and fellow-students. he cherished for them a filial affection, During the last year of his residence attributing his first serious impressions, at Cheshunt, he occasionally assisted the under God, to the pious instruction and late Rev. W. F. Platt, át Holywellprayers of his uncle.
mount Chapel, London, with much When about thirteen years of age, acceptance, and the Rev. J. Sherman, however, he was removed to London, then at Reading. When at the latter where, while acquiring a knowledge of place, on one occasion, having forgotten business, he, alas, mixed in many of the his notes, he commenced his sermon with follies of his age. He was not allowed much fear and trembling; and yet the by the God of all grace to remain long in early part of that very discourse was the these frivolities, as he was when young means by which the Spirit of God brought united to the Church, and an active an individual from a neighbouring vilteacher in the Sabbath schools at Hoxton lage to a knowledge of salvation; and in Chapel. These schools he superintended this way not only was a family benefited, for several years, towards the latter part but the village favoured with one of those of which time he often gave public ad- useful chapels which encircle the chief dresses to the children, as well as to town of Berkshire, small congregations in different parts of When about to leave the College, two the neighbourhood.
places were presented to his notice, KidWe are not acquainted with the parti- derminster and Tildesley, in Lancashire. culars of the way in which he was first He gave, for a time, the preference to the led to the Lord, and then to devote him- former place, but, by various events was self to the christian ministry; but the led to commence his labours at the latter, statements he made at his entrance into where he continued to preach and live Cheshunt College, in the year 1823, we the gospel till the day of his death. This have heard, were highly satisfactory ; decision was much approved by his and indeed it was impossible to be long tutors, and especially by one of them who in his presence without perceiving that had long taken an interest in the cause he was a man of a very rich christian ex at Tildesley, and knew both the congreperience, “taught of the Lord.” Enter- gation and the minister who was to be
come their pastor. He begun his public seemed not to consider his end so near as labours there with the year 1828, by it was. His addresses were peculiarly preaching from Num. x. 29, and Acts solemn and impressive. He suffered xx. 24.
much after the efforts of the Sabbath. Here, for more than thirteen years, his In March, he visited his kind friend course was run with great life and ener and relative, Mr. Winkworth of Ardwick, gy, indeed ; yet in a way evenly good, at whose residence, in addition to affectiand consequently without remarkable onate attention, he had the advice of Dr. incident. The pulpit, the school, the Johns. He returned home improved in sick chamber, the poor, the neighbouring health. In a few days after his return, villages, the meetings of his brethren for however, he visited two families afflicted religious and social purposes, with his with typhus fever, took the infection, and private studies and prayers, and domestic the result was fatal. duties, filled up the fleeting hours of the Change of air had been recommended, present week, as they had those of the and, by the kindness of his brethren in past. If, however, the stream ran uni- the neighbourhood, arrangements had formly, it was never sluggish : nor did it been made for him to visit his uncle in flow onward without blessing the places Kent. It was, alas, too late to plan through which it passed.
schemes for restoration-he died ! Mr. Langridge's mind was rather strong that very day his thoughts perished.” than graceful ; well informed on subjects Different opinions have been formed on connected with his profession, rather the propriety of a minister in his state of than general and comprehensive; and health entering the abodes of fever, his preaching was the outward image of There can, however, be only one judghis mind. His warm and affectionate ment respecting his zeal and deep interest heart, his sense of the worth of souls, in his flock. He never regarded himself and of the Saviour, prompted him to do when he thought he could do good to the all he could in the work of the gospel, souls of the perishing. and to do it with all his might. He When he foresaw his end, the state of sought out forcible expressions, and de- his mind, to use his own words, was that livered his sermons with an energy which of“ a sweet resting on Christ. might offend the fastidious, while it of his hearers he said, “I have no ecstaproved his earnest sincerity, and heed- cies, but I do enjoy a confident hope of a lessness of his own health. His holy full and free salvation through the merits faithfulness would not allow him to spare of Jesus Christ alone. All my preaching, sin; his ardent zeal, to spare himself. prayers, and other performances, appear
For some years it was evident his frame more imperfect and sinful than they ever was sinking under the pressure of his did before; and, were it not for the zeal. At a meeting of ministers held at righteousness of Jesus Christ, I should Hindley, five miles from Tildesley, in now have nothing to rest upon in the Nov. 1841, he attempted to speak, and prospect of entering another world; but, failed, so as to alarm his brethren for his had I a thousand souls, I durst rest them health ; and they gave the best proof of all upon him.” their affectionate sympathy, by offering The last three days, with brief interto supply his pulpit free of expense, on
vals of reason,
were spent under a condition that he would give himself a delirium, Yet, even amidst these little rest. He would not, however, at wanderings, his friends had a melancholy this time, be persuaded to retire from his pleasure in hearing him preach, and pray, beloved work. Thus, till the end of the and sing, and give directions to the year, he continued with declining strength clerk; then talk to the young people, to preach even three times on the Lord's play with his children, prepare for his day, besides performing all his other journey into Kent, endeavour to comfort duties in attending the sick, spending his wife in the prospect of his absence, two evenings in the week at the school, &c. A few hours before his death he week evening public meetings, &c.; and appeared to suffer greatly. On opening when, at the beginning of the year, he his eyes, and looking earnestly at his beceased to deliver a sermon in the after- loved partner, she said, “It is a hard noon service, by giving an address he conflict, I think, my dear." He replied, allowed himself hardly any relief. with a smile never to be forgotten, “O Through having no pain, he would not no, my love." She continued, “I hope acknowledge that he was worse, and a sense of Christ's presence makes it
CHRISTIAN CO-OPERATION—THOUGHTS AND FACTS.
easy." His last audible words were, | ings, bitterness, and separations of the “YES, THAT IS IT !” He departed this old country? God forbid! It is not, life, April 21, 1842, aged 44 years cannot be necessary-it is contrary to
He has finished his work and is gone reason, love, and christianity. to rest; but his name remains dear to his “But further, it is seldom that men brethren in the ministry who knew him, carry away all the bitterness and excluboth in the Connexion and out of it, to sive feelings of the fatherland, as they the congregation bereft of their faithful mix with persons of the other classes, and affectionate pastor, and to his widow they gradually become softened, asperities and children.
are rubbed down, and each soon begins to think more kindly of the other, how
ever far separated at home; in fact, old CHRISTIAN CO-OPERATION.
ocean washes away many of the fancies THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MOST CORDIAL
of former days before he lands them on UNION AND SUPER-DENOMINATIONAL CO
| the shores of their newly adopted counOPERATION IN ALL CHRISTIAN MISSIONS.
try. Hence, abroad, the churchman and
the dissenter condescend to meet; the The Church Missionary Intelligencer, stiff presbyterian and the episcopalian for March, 1856, in a most christian and are good friends. All find the real able article on “ Conference of Mission difference between them to be much less aries at Calcutta," composed of forty-two than they once thought-their mountains missionaries, belonging to the following turn into molehills, and it becomes societies :-Baptist, Cathedral, Church, evident that the difficulties in the way of Free Church, Kirk of Scotland, and union are not so many and insurmountLondon, presents this valuable extract | able as they once thought them to be." from Taylor's “New Zealand and its What momentous questions are here Inhabitants," which expresses the con- suggested for every christian patriot and victions of an experienced missionary. friend of missions! With what holy,
“The church in the colonies (meaning peaceful jealousy ought all who love the christians generally,] it must be re souls of the heathen to watch the reunion membered and acknowledged, does not of men, whether from the colonial office exclusively belong to the church of Eng or from the chambers of any of the land. Men of all denominations and professed evangelical societies, whether creeds flock to those newly formed com- | termed bishops,or ministers, or catechists, munities; colonial society, therefore, is and see if they have hearts large enough formed of every shade of religion. for this labour of love. Hyperism of
“It becomes then a deeply important both church and non-conformity must enquiry,-Shall all the differences of the not only carry with it corn mixed with old country be perpetuated in these new poisonous grain, but also sow what it ones? Shall these rising communities exports in the colonial fields, and, as be split into all those religious factions future ages witness the impure crops, which separate the church at home? | cause them to cry and say “ An enemy Is it desirable? Is it consistant with hath done this." christian love and unity? Is it calculated to promote the spread of our common faith, and the establishment of the church universal? It cannot be. Why, then,
THOUGHTS AND FACTS FOR attempt it? In doing so we only trans
YOUNG AND OLD. port to the colonies the worst part of our
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HARBINGER. faith: we destroy the kernel-love and unity-which alone possesses the germ Dear Sir, I have lately been reading of vitality, and content ourselves with a little work, by Hollis Read, A.M., encarrying off the worthless husks of our titled “ The Hand of God in History," christianity-our divisions and hatreds and it has occured to me that a series of to their own adopted homes. How can anecdotes (from History) illustrative of we expect that such will flourish ?
the care with which God has watched "But is it necessary! Shall we of the over his servants and his church in past church of England be satisfied with being ages, would be very interesting to the only one of the many petty sects; and readers of the Harbinger. We read in shall they of those sects be content to magazines sometimes of “A Page for the transport all the animosities, heart-burn- | Young,” but such a subject would form
"a page for the young and for the old ; for and already our Gallic neighbours and the believer and for the worldling, for allies are loud in their demonstrations of the godly and for the profane." It would joy at the expected event. All Europe interest the believer, as showing him that is looking on: anxious for Peace! All the eye of God is ever upon him for good, the powers of the pit too-Satan and his and that His care is ever over him; un- angels,--are looking on: anxious for der the Spirit's teaching, it would lead Peace! for why should Satan cast out the wavering to become decided for Satan? Why should his votaries destroy Christ, and the worldling to forget his one another? Angels and archangels too covetousness, and it would, under the are looking on : from their seats in same mighty influence, teach the perse- heaven they look upon our sinful world, cutor (and him who only requires the and ask, Can there be Peace ? FRANCE, power to become one) that God ruleth in infidel and popish France ! can she have the armies of heaven and among the in- Peace? Russia, clothing her people habitants of the earth," and that it is in with superstition, throwing a darkened vain that “the heathen rage," " in vain veil over the minds of her children, shutthat the kings of the earth and the rulers ting up from them the word of life, and take counsel against the Lord and against persecuting the ancient Israel of God; his anointed.
can she have Peace ? AUSTRIA, popish, Allow me, then, to introduce the sub- besotted Austria, giving her power and ject to the notice of your readers, and I strength unto the beast, defiling herself trust that others will follow up the sub more and more with the scarlet whore of ject; in our Connexion there are many Babylon, can she have Peace? What, well read in history, and can they do Austria, Russia, France, Italy, at Peace better than employ their talents in pro- whilst the whoredoms of Jezebel and her moting the welfare of the Harbinger, -of witchcrafts are so many? “ There is no the Connexion-and in so doing, of the peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Church of the Redeemer ?
And England ! Is there Peace for her ? Your obedient Servant, The land of bibles,-of gospel light and Avebury.
J. F. P. liberty, where God is known and the
Saviour honoured, where vice is restrain
ed, and where the Parliament has almost Let the facts of History then encourage unanimously proclaimed that the Sabbath believers every where, to cast all their day shall be a day of rest, holy unto the care upon God, and let our motto be
Lord! Can there be peace for England: “HE CARETH FOR YOU." England, the richest of the nations, the
· favoured of heaven and therefore the Yes, believers, he careth for you, and hated of Antichrist and Satan, can there for yours--for your homes and for your be peace for England ? FELLOW CHRIShearths, for your queen and for your Tians, the day is coming, and you know country; for the protection of your bodies not how soon, when the popish nations and for the salvation of your souls : and of the earth shall combine against Eng. he saith, “No weapon that is formed land, to overthrow the foundations of her against thee shall prosper.” Let us not constitution and her faith, but they shall then be afraid of enemies without, or of not be able to prevail: England shall be enemies within, for the Lord is our refuge purified, but she shall not be destroyed. and the Holy One of Israel is our shield The thing has been tried before, but as and our defence. We have been engaged
“the stars in their courses fought against in a cruel and sanguinary war ; Protest- Sisera,” so the elements have fought in ant England has been leagued with favour of our land. Let us look back on Popish and infidel France in defence the of the territories of a Mussulman Prince ; and, I say not that England has done INVINCIBLE ARMADA, wrong in doing as she has done; neither do I say that she has done right; but the project of King Philip of Spain, the this I say, that the behests of Jehovah husband of Queen Mary, and brother-inwill be accomplished, and whatever be law of our good Queen Bess. And what the result of the quarrel as regards nati was that project ? The overthrow of ons and individuals, the kingdom of God Protestantism, the reduction of England shall be magnified and increased. to the dominion of Rome, and the re
But a treaty of Peace is in progress, l establishment of Popery throughout all