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respiration. Whenever the question shall and, like the polypus, it is ever trying to arise as to what it will be our duty to do for reproduce itself in a multitude of new forms. the sustentation of our Missionaries abroad, But we have no fear for our cause, and no we should all be ready to say, “ Beloved and fear for the noble men to whom its agency honoured brethren, reckon upon us; our has been committed. They have piloted hearts are with you. When we forget you, us safely through many a dark and troubled let our right hand forget its cunning; let our sea. Our noble vessel may, indeed, have tongue cleave to the roof of our mouth, if been rocked by the water surging around we do not prefer Jerusalem above our chief it; but the winds, which have lashed the joy."

water into billows, are providing for us a I feel that it is sometimes extremely diffi- serene and more rapid passage. We becult to assign its proper character to the lieve, as we anticipate the day of Christ's age in which we live ; but if there be one dignity and glory, that amongst those who duty more strongly binding than another shall be ready to partake of his triumph, on Christians at the present time, it is the there will be one Society began in faith duty, amidst these turbulent elements, of and prayer; one Society characterized in standing close by the ark of God. That its early days by eminent simplicity and was a significant representation made in the sincerity; one Society which has been often Jewish Dispensation, when all the tribes- tried and often triumphant; one Society distinct as was their position--great as which has been “persecuted but not forwere their numbers-were found encamping saken, cast down but not destroyed;" one round about the Ark of Testimony. I be- Society which, bending before the Eternal lieve that is still the point at which the Throne, shall cast at the feet of the ReChurch of God must assume its proper rela- deemer one of the many crowns which the tionship. I feel that the duty of Christians Church has to give ; and that Society will now is to be looking forward, not hy the be our own--the London Missionary Society. calculation of circumstances, but with the The Rev. J. RATTENBURY rose and said: eye of faith, to its great results; and, as the I could not help thinking, during the propilot does not look on the waves which may gress of this meeting, and while hearing surge round about him, but to the headland the various speeches introduced, how beanfull in his view, so the Christian is to look, tiful is goodness, how powerful is truth, from amongst the circumstances surround- how mighty is love! I did forget, while ing him, to the great point at which he is hearing the eloquent and holy men that aiming--the glory of Christ in the salva- have preceded me, that there was such a tion of the world. I feel deeply convinced thing as Dissent. I did forget that there that, amidst all these convulsions of public was such a thing as Wesleyan Methodism. opinion, if there is one thing embarked in I felt that we were raised into a higher atthem, the interests of which are likely to mosphere—that we were one in a purer be endangered by them, it is the great cause spirit than mere sectarianism of any form or of Missions. We can look, indeed, upon name could produce—that truth, love, goodtimes that are past--and those times are full ness, gave a tone and spirit, a union and of pathos and interest-while, as some pre- power, beyond all names and sects and parceding Speakers have observed, the labours ties—and that here Christ was all in all. I of the London Missionary Society were rejoice in having this opportunity of testify. confined to a few Islands in the South Seas, ing, as a Member of another Church, labourand the operations of the Gospel there. ing in the kingdom and patience of the But when we look at things now, their same Redeemer, that you have had your whole aspect is changed. Now we are trials and your conflicts; and that you have standing, not before a few insignificant por- had, in your ministrations and in your trials, tions of the earth, but before great and as well as in your successes, signal and remighty empires at which men might well markable evidence of your being part of the turn pale. All that philosophy, all that true Church of Christ. You have had your sophistry, can do, is now exerted against conflicts; but, wherever you have had them us. We go forth to this conflict, but not you have had your triumphs, because of your alone. The very vessel which carries our conflicts; and it stands as one of the marks, Protestant Missionaries to their destination, perhaps one of the first marks, of the true carries to the same fields others as well as Church of the Redeemer,that the providence them-men with whom the very fierceness of God has overruled, hallowed, controlled of the couflict is to be waged.

painful providential circumstances for the From the whole history of the Church, it prosperity and ultimate establishment of the would seem that when that vampire Popery Church of the Redeemer. Where do you had once fixed itself on the vitals of the stand as most prominent --- where you Church, it could never again be made to let have had peaceful triumphs, bloodless vicgo its hold. We have curtailed it of its extre- tories ? Oh, no! Where do you appear mities ; but it still adheres, and still draws; the most noble—where you have crowded

assemblies, wealth, talent, beauty, numbers, logy. Let us help the French to confess all on your side? Oh, no! You were their sins, not as so many in that land do most beautiful in the trials of Madagascar- confess them-in the ear of the Priest-but the suffering of the Missionary Spirit in the to God; and let every Englishman do the conflicts of Tahiti-in the evidence that is same. It was not so much owing to the furnished in these different places, that your power of French pride, as it was owing to profession was something more than a name, the power of the Jesnits, that the events so that it was based upon a principle by which much to be deplored occurred in Tahiti; you can live and die.

and let me say that the Jesuits are not I honour this Society for its numbers, French, any more than the French, as a its sanctified spirit, its high moral posi- nation, are Jesuits. The nation at large do tion, in this great nation ; but I honour it not know the facts, and those facts have been most for its sorrows, its patience, its conver- most adroitly misrepresented for the purpose sion of the heathen, and for the evidences of enlisting French sympathies on behalf of that are thus furnished that God is with her, the National Flag. I know very well that it and that God will be to her a place of broad would be a great deal inore difficult to enlist rivers and streams. I feel, deeply feel, the those sympathies on behalf of the Romish weight and importance of the sentiments flag. There are liberal men in our country introduced by Mr. James. Perhaps in all - men who wonld be very sorry to know churches the great want at this day is a that their influence was used for the furthermore abundant diffusion of the Holy Ghost. ance of Popery ; but when they are told that Pray, Christian people! Pray, and you their influence is desirable for the sake of will take hold of the strength of God. the national glory, and of the French Arms; Pray, and you will secure upon your own and when their support is solicited for the souls an effusion of heavenly, transforming, Flag which has so often been hailed abroad, sanctifying influence. Pray, and you will and which is so dear to them as connected bring succour in the time of trial, guidance with many victories; then they do make in the day of perplexity, and power to it a point of national pride: but it is under guide you through the chequered scenes of mistaken notions; and the moment they life. Pray, and your enemies shall be at begin to understand that they have been peace with you; and these wars, and rumours deceived by the Jesuits, however great may of wars, shall turn out for the furtherance be their pride, there is not one amongst of the Gospel. I am quite of opinion that those liberal-minded men who would be persecution, or rather oppression, like that found advocating the cause of the Jesuits. which has been endured in Tahiti; the Your Missionary cause presents its claims massacres which have taken place at Mada- to our minds under a light which has not gascar; and the trials which several Mission- been pointed out to this meeting by any of ary Churches are suffering in the southern the speakers, and to which I would ask atislands of New Zealand, as well as in South tention. I refer to the evidences it affords Africa, are giving us a far more clear and of the truth and divinity of our Religion. distinct view, and a far better understand- You cannot conceive how much it tries the ing, of the errors of Popery. The tendency infidel, or the mere philosopher, to read of the English mind in this day is certainly about the results of the operations of this rather to connive at Popery, to apologize and other Missionary Societies. These men for her oppressions, and to give the right may quarrel in argument, they may have hand of fellowship to that system of which a great deal of subtlety, and be able to it was publicly declared, not long ago in the oppose reasoning to reasoning—but what House of Commons, that it would not rest can they oppose to matter of fact? Take till Protestantism was destroyed. It is a conscientious and honest infidel, and speak well known that Tahitian oppression has to him to the following effect: “Sir, how done more to unite Christian Churches can you account for the zeal displayed on the great question of opposition to in the Missionary cause? How can you Popery, than anything which has occurred account for our men, both at home and within the last twenty years. Now, Sir, if abroad—those who remain on land and this be the result-if all the churches of those who embark in ships--giving all this land are benefitted by your sorrow- their power and all their heart to such a you will rejoice, and we will rejoice with work as this? If ever there was a cause of yon.

pare, disinterested love, it is the Missionary The Rev. Mr. BOUCHER, a French Pastor, cause." Perhaps he will answer : “ The and Editor of a publication in Paris, called Church of Rome has its Missions.” “ Yes, the New Voice, then came forward to sup- but here is the glory of Truth and Protestport the Resolution. He said: In the first antism. The Popish system is a double part of this meeting there was certainly system—it is (as it was called in this hall a something calculated to try my feelings. Í few days ago) a conspiracy against the civil am not here either for confession or apo- as well as the religious liberties of the

nation. I can understand the zeal of these men, who aim all the while at political and civil power. I can account for the zcal of these men, who want to get the whole earth at the feet of the Priests, because the Priests will then have power, and influence, and money. But how can you account for the efforts of the Protestant Missionary Societies? You cannot accuse us of wishing for temporal influence. You cannot accuse us of aiming at political or civil power over nations; and, therefore, our conduct remains to be accounted for only on the ground of pure, disinterested love."

Infidels cannot believe in love; they cannot believe because they have had no experiments, no facts to prove, that a man may love his neighbour for his neighbour's sake, and not on account of his own personal interests; which latter is a disguised love, and in reality nothing more than selfishness. Infidels cannot find anything like the love of which I speak in the whole range of their history, and of their infidel philosophy. They are perfectly aware that they could never have amongst them men who would think and feel for the benighted heathen, and that there never was, in fact, such a thing as a Philosophical Missionary Society or an Infidel Missionary Society. Therefore, when they read the Reports of your meetings, and especially that most touching and convincing argument to the man of the world, whose god is gold, that you give your money to support Missions, they are indeed struck with astonishment; and if there be any demonstration of the power of truth which comes home to their consciences, it is when they see, from the conduct of Christian men and Christian women, that love is a blessed reality; and when they find, from our preaching and our speeches, that that love is shed abroad in all lands by the Holy Spirit.

My dear Christian friends, I would put one idea more before the meeting. When you are desired to pray for your friends, perhaps the feelings of your heart naturally run to the Missionary, and it is well; to the Directors of the Institution, and it is well; to those to whom the Gospel is carried, and it is well. But, my dear friends, think of your foes, and pray for them; think of your enemies—the enemies of your workand exercise faith in praying for them. Pray even for the Jesuits! After all, we believe that they have hearts. They are men; and it is not beyond the reach of Divine grace and power to convert and save them. We, who come from France, bring good news with regard to this part of the question. Roman Catholic Priests are awakened; yea, more thanawakened-many of them, are at the present hour converted; and in those places where they taught false

hood and lies, and superstition and frand, they preach the pure undefiled Religion of our Lord Jesus Christ and submission to the Word of God. Pray, then, for your persecutors; pray for your enemies; and a day will come when we shall all, Frenchmen and Englishmen, combine to hail the return of the prosperity of Tahiti; and while we sing together, the last note of praise will be heard, perhaps, from Frenchmen, in relation to the prosperity of that island.

The Rev. M. GRANDPIERRE (of Paris) also supported the Resolution. He said: The relations of the London Missionary Society with the Evangelical Paris Missionary Society, of which I am the Representative, are not of yesterday. Twenty years ago Dr. Philip came on a visit to Paris; and, on his return to Southern Africa, he took with him three French Missionaries

- the first pupils and first fruits of our Missionary Institution. He conducted them to Cape Town; he established them in Southern Africa ; and he bore to them the relation of a father, a brother, and a councillor. During the twenty years which have since elapsed, the French Missionary Society has established in Southern Africa thirteen stations; there are twenty Missionaries at them all, and the number of communicants is at least 1000. The influence of the la. bours of the Missionaries extends far beyond the limits of their stations. You see, then, that if you have, in some respects, to complain of the French, it is not on account of the Evangelical Missionary Society; and that, if you are at war with us, we are not at war with you. I believe there does not exist a single evangelical Christian in France who has not wept over the sad events of Tahiti, and prayed for the unfortunate Queen Pomare and her poor people. And further, I believe there is not a single evangelical Chris. tian in France who will cease to pray that the change which you anticipate may take place. I bless God that I am here; that I feel myself united in the bond of the Spirit and the love of Christ with you all; and that I find myself to be in a society of fel. low-labourers in the vineyard of the Lord.

The Resolution being put and carried,

The Rev. Dr. HALLEY (of Manchester) said : Not a word of comment on my part is necessary to commend to your attention the Resolution which I have to move, for its object is the re-appointment of your Secretaries, your Treasurer, and your Directors. If the meeting do not pass this Resolution spontaneously, it should not pass it at all. If it be not your cordial feeling and fervent desire-founded not on the words of the Speaker, but on the deeds of the Officersthat this Resolution should be carried, look out this day for other Directors and other Secretaries; but if you are satisfied that

their acts speak for them, and declare that retire, and that the Directors have power to fill they have done well in all that they have

up vacancies.

Also, that the Trustees of the So

ciety be, ex officio, Members of the Board of Didone in the past year, then carry the Reso

rection." lution by acclamation. On that subject not

I trust that the vote upon this question will another word from me. I will speak for

be such that, let what will come, not another one moment of the feeling in Lancashire,

word of controversy from the Directors will having had an opportunity of learning it both in its Eastern and its Western Auxiliary.

be thought needful. I cannot refrain from

proposing, as an addition to the Resolution : As to the re-appointment of the Secreta

" That the cordial thanks of this Meeting be preries, such is our confidence in them, such

sented to the Treasurer, Secretaries, and Direcour satisfaction with their conduct, that I tors, for the manner in which they have conhope we shall show by deeds how cordially

ducted the affairs of the Society during the past we appreciate their exertions. I trust I

year." may go down to the Provinces and say, that

The Rev. T. ADKINS (of Southampton) the pulsations of the extremity are in ac

said : I believe I shall have an echo from cordance with the vibrations at the heart; every bosom in this vast assembly, when I and that your acclamations this day will

declare that this cause, always great--this confirm, in the best manner, all that I can

Society, which has increased in strength say on the subject. There has been a little and in the development of its character as feeling among some friends on the platform years have rolled on-never appeared so that I ought to give something like a re

truly magnificent as it does on the day on sponse, on behalf of the Metropolitan Col

which we are assembled. For my part, inlege with which I was once connected, to a

stead of offering the terms of condolence remark of our dear and beloved friend, Mr. to the Secretaries, Officers, and ConstituJames. He spoke of Spring-bill. Now, ency, I would offer them terms of unfeigned Sir, within the last few moments it was whis- congratulation. There would never have pered in my ear-and what a flood of re

been that concentrated-sball I say that collections rushed on my mind at the mo- inicroscopic-attention to the claims of this ment it was whispered to me by your late

Society, which has elicited such good reForeign Secretary, that the Institution at sults, had it not been called to pass through Hackney had, entirely at its own expense,

temporarily adverse circumstances. It has educated and sentout Ten Missionaries. The passed an ordeal-that ordeal has been a thought which struck me chiefly had re

fiery one ; but the Society has come forth ference to that honoured man, the Presi. Jike gold purified seven times from the furdent of the Institution—that last ray of the

nace; and never has it appeared so truly glory of the period when this Society was

excellent as on the day on which we are formed. One tear over his grave-one

convened. If you were to paint the moral word of respect for his memory! May his

portraiture of this Society, the temporarily Students all cultivate his spirit, and all of them discouraging circumstances through which soon be one, without any jarring discord, in

it has passed would serve only as a dark backtheir love to this Society, and, at the same ground, upon which would be painted with time, in their love to one another. He has clear discrimination-and stand with bold passed from us within the last few months.

relief—the lovely features of uncomproHis place is vacant, but many of his Stu- mising firmness, unimpeachable fidelity, and dents are present ; and we may rest assured

ardeat attachment to truth. that, imbued with his spirit, they will follow

The Resolution was then put and carried, his example. May that Institution with

the entire Meeting standing to express their which he was connected never want a Tutor approval. having the same spirit of loveliness which Sir C. E. EARDLEY, in proposing a vote characterized George Collison ! Nor could

of thanks to the Chairman, said : That 1-while casting my eye around this plat

valuable as were the services of the reform, and remembering how, with my be- spected and honoured father of the Chairloved friend and colleague, Dr. Henderson,

man, they must all rejoice to feel that the some years ago, we recommended to you

Chairman had that day been discharging a Dr. Legge-help wishing that Highbury

duty equally great; and, whilst they thanked might send you another Dr. Legge; and I

God for the liberation by the father of the trust that another is even now training

bodies of the Negroes of the West Indies, there to gladden the hearts of us all. The they could also thank God that the son Resolution which I have to move is this:

loved to contribute to the liberation of hu

man souls from the worse domination of "That Sir Culling Eardley Eardley, Bart., be the

sin. He moved :Treasurer, the Rev. A. Tidman the Foreign Secretary, and the Rev. J. J. Freeman the Home "That the respectful and cordial thanks of this Secretary, of the Society for the year ensuing :- Meeting be presented to Sir Edward North Bux that the Directors who are eligible be re-appointed; ton, Bart., for his kindness in presiding on the --that the gentlemen, whose names will be read, present occasion, and for his valuable services in be chosen to fill up the vacancies of those who the Chair."

The Rev. G. CLAYTON, in seconding the Resolution, said : We have had a halcyon day. Few such days are recorded in my recollection as we have had the bliss of spending on this occasion. Some may have entered the room with fear and trembling; but, as in many cases, our fears have been put to the blush, and I trust that our faith in God will have been strengthened by what we have witnessed this day. As regards the Resolution, it is an encouragement to know that that promise of Divine reve. lation is in course of fulfilment before our eyes: “Instead of the fathers, it shall be the children whom thou shalt make princes in all the earth.” Sir, it is a princely position which you have occupied to-day-a position which the kings and rulers of the earth, if they were wise, would regard with envy. Allow me to conclude with four recommendations: Think much of the Society-pray much for the Society-speak much for the Society-and, above all, give much to augment its resources.

Sir C. E. EARDLEY then put the motion, which was carried by acclamation, the Meeting standing to express their concurrence.

The CHAIRMAN: I will say but one word, my friends, in concluding this meeting. I can assure you it has given me great satisfaction to fill the honourable post which I have occupied this day. I have listened to the proceedings with the deepest interest, and I hope that my interest, not in this Society only, but in the great cause of Missions generally, will have been increased by my presence here to-day. I trust that prosperity will continue to attend this Society. While you have good reason to continue your confidence to those gentlemen to whom you have entrusted the management of your affairs, my own opinion is, that this Institution and others of a kindred nature will probably have great difficulties to contend with during the ensuing year; and you cannot retire with a better resolution than to follow constantly the injunction of Mr. James, of Birmingham, to commend it to God continually in your prayers. I feel much indebted for the kindness with which I have been received this day.

The Rev. John BLACKBURN pronounced the Benediction, and the Meeting then separated.

ADJOURNED MEETING. THE Adjourned Meeting was held at FINSBURY CHAPEL, and was very numerously attended. The Rev. Dr. LEIFCHILD having taken the chair, the Proceedings were commenced by singing a hymn, and the Rev. Mr. JUKES, of Bedford, engaged in prayer.

The CHAIRMAN then rose and said, that a day would come when their importance the Meeting would be glad to learn that would be seen. The honour of the nineone of the most numerous and deeply in- teenth century would be, that it matured a teresting meetings ever held in connection work whose design was to convey the meswith the London Missionary Society had sage of heaven's mercy, and to complete taken place that morning. His antici the triumph of the Saviour's cause. He was pations regarding it had been more than sure he spoke the sentiments of the Conrealized. Now that the whole state of stituents of the Society when he said that the Society had been laid bare, and the he honoured and confided in the Directors labours of its Secretaries disclosed, his who were placed at the helm of affairs. mind was not only satisfied, but cheered. There were many blessings connected with He approved of the mode in which the this Institution which never appeared in affairs of the Society had been conducted the Report. The meetings held in conwith reference both to China and Tahiti, nection with it had been accompanied by and he rejoiced in the manner in which its the conversion of some of those attending Funds had been managed. It was aston- them. The Resolution had reference to ishing, that, daring the past year, consider- young men. Were there none present ing the circumstances of the times, the who would consecrate themselves to the Funds had not been greatly diminished. Missionary cause? Let not bashfulness or That was a proof that God was with them, timidity keep them back. If they might and giving a right direction to their minds. not be deemed suitable for foreign labour,

The Rev. D. E. FORD rose to move : important spheres of usefulness might open " That the enlarged facilities afforded by the provi before them at home.

dence of God, for the wider extension of the Go's The Rev. Mr. CAMPBELL (of Edinburgh) pel in heathen countries, present the most power

in seconding the Resolution, said, that want ful inducements to young men of tried Christian character and suitable qualifications to devote

of money might be remedied, but the want themselves to this sacred and glorious enter of men of ability, education, and piety,

should deeply impress itself on the The world could not sympathize (he churches, and lead them often to make it said) with the Christian in his efforts, but a subject of conversation and prayer. In


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