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unto me, and forbid them not, for of such
And never, never sin,
happy shall we all be when we once get
sionary, "why do you lie here?" At first he received no answer; but stooping down to feel the boy's pulse, Copaul became aware that some one was near him, though he knew not who it was. At first, he thought it was his grandmother, and said, with a weak voice, "Oh, mother, mother, let me die! I do not like to stay in this dark place; I will go where there is light. I know the words are true, that God sent his Son to die for the sins of the world." Hereupon the poor boy began to repeat one verse after another which he had learnt at school. One text especially pleased him above all others, for it seemed to suit his blind and dark condition. It was, "I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon earth, and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another." Several times he repeated the words; but at last he could get no farther than the first two words, "I know." He was too weak to go on, and I sank back, quite overcome, on his miserable pillow.
When the poor child gave over speaking, the missionary went down on his knees at the bedside, and praised God for this unexpected jewel, that, through his grace, he had gathered from the dust of India to set in the crown of the Redeemer. Four-andtwenty hours afterwards, the weak voice of his converted boy was silent for ever on earth, to commence its singing in heaven. Would you like to hear some of the last words he uttered? They were these :-"I see!-Now I have light!-I see Him in his beauty!-Tell the missionary that the blind sees!-I glory in Christ!-I glory!" As he said this he slept in Jesus, and angels bore his happy spirit to that place where he should behold what no eye hath seen, nor ear heard.-Juv. Miss. Mag.
PACKING UP FOR HEAVEN. A LITTLE child was playing with its mother, and they were talking about heaven. The mother had been telling the child of the joys and glories of that happy world, the beauty and glory of the angels with their shining wings, the streets of gold, the gates of pearl, the golden crowns, and the harps, and the white robes, and the song of redemption. There is no sickness there, no pain, nor death, nor sorrow, nor sighing, for God shall wipe away all the tears from every eye, and there is no sin, which makes all the trouble here, but perfect holiness. All will be holy, just as the Lord Jesus is holy, and all will be perfectly happy in Him. All good children will be there; and He himself has said, "Suffer little children to come
"Oh! dear mother," said the little child, jumping up at the thought of such a bright, happy place, and such happy company, "Let us all go now, let us start now! I long to be there. Let us go right away tonight."
Oh, but we can't get ready to-night; we must wait a little; and besides, God is not ready for us to come yet, but when we must come, He will let us know."
"But why can't we get ready now? Oh! should like to go now, right up to heaven. Dear mother, let us go to-morrow."
"But, my dear child, we are not ready when He is ready, He will send for us." yet, and we must wait God's time, and
"Well, dear mother, let us begin to pack up now, at any rate."
Reader, are you making ready for heaven?
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THE PILGRIM FUND.
Ditto, Master W. Campbell and
Half proceeds of Missionary Box
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£1 6 0
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he is able,
Deuteronomy xvi. 17.
Alexina D. Black, Dalmuir House
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ACCOUNTS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN ENGLAND, For the Year ending 31st December, 1853.
Presbytery of Berwick.
Alex. Murdoch, clerk
. Thomas Robinson.
James Stewart, M.A.
N. SUNDERLAND. Donald Munro
Presbytery of Birmingham.
£. s. d.
8 7 3
1 12 3
12 14 6
5 12 0
1 17 6
J. M. Martyn
. James Speers, clerk
WOLVERHAMPTON John Bryson, LL.D.
SMETHWICK (Cape Missionary Station)
Presbytery of Lancashire.
38 0 0 566 290
63 2 4
Examined and found correct.-Balance in Treasurer's hands, £493. 9s. 3d.
TREASURER'S REPORT OF THE HOME MISSION AND
THE following is a condensed statement of the Receipts and Disbursements of the Treasurer during the past year:
Expenses, Deputation in 1852
10 0 0
6 14 8
16 14 9
£745 3 6
The Receipts of 1853, as compared with those of 1852, show an increase of £164. 88. 5d.
Congregational Associations show an increase of two, and of £51. 158. 6d. in the amount contributed through them.
Donations show an increase of £221. 9s. 2d.
Juvenile Missionary Associations exhibit a decrease of £6. 9s. 1d., while the number in operation remains the same as the previous year.
The increase on the whole is owing mainly to the special appeal made to Members of our Church for donations, followed by a liberal response, showing the above increase from that source of £221. 9s. 2d., the legacy of £90 bequeathed in 1852 being deducted from which, and the differences of results through the other channels being taken into account, show the increase of £164. 8s. 5d.
The Payments, compared with those of 1852, show a decrease of £98. 138. 6d., arising chiefly from a number of Congregations being vacant in 1852, and costing extra sums for supplies; these having during 1853 had ministers settled over them.
Grants have also been discontinued to two or three Congregations which the Committee considered should be self-supporting.
Sheffield and Appleby are the only new stations that have entailed an additional expense on the funds during the past year.
The Treasurer is gratified to observe the receipt of £42. 158. 5d. from the lately formed Association connected with Canning Street Church, Liverpool; and also cannot but record with pleasure the receipt of £103. 178. 3d. from the Associations in connection with Regent Square Church, London; showing what might be done were such machinery in general operation throughout the Church.
ROBERT BARBOUR, Treasurer.
Manchester, 1st March, 1854.