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'I have just read the first number of The Banner of Faith, and I must say that I am very pleased with it. I have placed it upon my list of publications, and shall do all in my power to make it known. I must say that I have for a long time felt sorrowful that so small an amount of actual aggressive work is going forward, especially among the lower classes; for while the infidel and the political Dissenter never were so active as they are at present, we, as Churchmen, have for a long time been too quiet-content with merely occupying our own position.

'I have felt this, in a very painful degree, in connection with the work of colportage. The 130 colporteurs sent out by the two Societies are nearly all Dissenters, and they make their influence felt as they travel about the country. I have been for the last two years trying to do what I could to remedy this state of things. The men employed by me are all members of the Church of England, and go forth as such, and I think their work will be found well worthy of attention. 'East London and Eastern Counties

Colportage Association,

'51 Victoria Street, West Ham Lane, E.'

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A Missionary, writing from Prince Edward's Island, says :-'I serve two churches, and am surrounded on all sides by Presbyterians, Romanists, Methodists, and other Dissenters. We have, between the two churches, only one antiquated Communion Service-silver plated and much tarnished by age. The chalice is so weak, from wear, that I have frequently had to take it to the tinsmith's to get the bowl refastened on to the stand. For one of our altars we have no covering of any kind; for the other a friend gave us a crimson cloth. We have but two surplices in the Mission. One has been darned till it will stand darning no longer, and the other is fast tending the same way. We have no altar-linen of any kind except one white cloth. . . . Having given you a list of our deficiencies, I do not desire to beg from you on the score of the great poverty of my people, for there are,

doubtless, others poorer; but everything which has been got to add to the decency and beauty of our services I have had to get myself. I desire to do all that I can for GOD's glory; but I am straitened by the fact that I have a wife and ten children to provide for, and only 130l. a year wherewith to make that provision. Should you have anything at your disposal which may help us to make our services-in dignity and beautymore worthy of the Great Being to whom they are offered, I shall feel very deeply obliged. Our wants are very numerous. you have any good tracts to impress upon the minds of people not much addicted to thinking, the plain teaching of the Church, I should very much like to obtain them. 'I am, yours, &c.,

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The Rev. F. K. Murray, of Heart's Content, Newfoundland, desires to tender his most grateful thanks to all the kind friends who have so generously forwarded him papers and periodicals during a sojourn of almost nine years in Newfoundland, and to those also who have contributed in any way towards the erection of the new church at Heart's Content. For this funds are still required, and will be gratefully accepted by the Rev. C. E. Smith, of S. Augustine's College, who is the new rector.

The Rev. F. K. Murray having accepted the Rectorship of S. Luke's Cathedral Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, would be glad to have papers, &c., forwarded to him there.

The papers, &c., for the Guild Readingroom, St. John's, will now be received by the Rev. A. Heygate, M.A., the Senior Curate of the Cathedral.

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it. The small flask was made by my housekeeper, and is good; the other bottle was made by a coolie, and is not nearly so hot. The guavas were picked in the bush, by some of my school-children, and the jelly was made by two of the communicants of my chief church-S. Paul's, Zealandia. The gift is intended for the delectation of the orphans, and we shall be disappointed if they do not enjoy the jelly.'

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Here is a letter from a Nova Scotian Missionary I am exceedingly obliged for the bound copy of Our Work, which reached us by yesterday's mail, and is now being read with great interest by my own family. So soon as it can be spared, I will lend it to some careful members of my congregation, for I know of nothing so likely to stir up within them a zeal for self-sacrificing work. for CHRIST, as this Magazine. I have already been lending the numbers which reach me monthly, and they have produced a very good effect. The work for the poor, the orphans, and the navvies therein depicted deeply interests our people—the more so because I tell them I visited the Sisterhood, the Orphanage, S. Augustine's Church, and the other centres of Church work in Kilburn, and have related to them many additional particulars of the work going on there, which the good Sisters have not mentioned. When they read the appeal in Our Work last winter for fruit, &c., for the Orphanage, several expressed much regret that the distance, risk, and cost of transit prevented their sendingas they greatly desired to do-apples and other fruit and materials for the Christmas treats for the orphans and the poor in Kilburn. The finest apples perhaps in the world can be had in abundance here, in the autumn, for four, six, and eight shillings sterling per barrel. If, as we expect, an opportunity of sending direct, by steamship, from the neighbouring town of Annapolis to London should offer next autumn, we will not forget the orphans. GOD bless and prosper all your good works! On reading the accounts in Our Work of the destitution

around you, our people, as well as myself, greatly wonder at the generosity of the Church Extension Society's grants to poor parishes abroad. For this reason I forbear to tell of the wants-in the way of Sundayschool books, &c.-of a chapelry eight miles from this in a Mission now unable to keep a clergyman. The chapel nearest to my parish has been given to my care by the Bishop, but the other two farther off are closed. I had a pathetic appeal from a Church family in one of these neighbourhoods (twenty miles from this) last week, and have managed to secure for them the services of a lay-reader -a Divinity student of our College-during the summer vacation of three months. But perhaps you will kindly interest some good gentleman or lady to send a few Sunday-school books, such as the Catechisms quoted in Our Work, and library books, to my address, for the Sunday-schools at Rossway, in the Mission of Digby Neck. H. B. Higginson, Esq., 19 Sweeting Street, Castle Street, Liverpool, England, will kindly forward any parcel to me. Prayer-books, or Hymns Ancient and Modern, would be very acceptable; but books for day-schools are of no service, as those used in our public schools are prescribed by law. I do not ask for new books; those partly worn, if not too dilapidated, will suit my purpose.'

The same correspondent writes: "If the Orphanage, instead of being three thousand miles away, were anywhere within fifty or even a hundred miles of us, many a contribution of fruit, or jam, or wild berries would be sent to gladden the hearts of the little ones and the invalids.

'Money is scarce indeed with us, whilst the fruits of the earth are plentiful in their season. Last year hundreds of baskets of cherries were left to fall off the trees, so bountiful was the crop of this delicious fruit.'

Very shortly-when spring is fairly in—we hope to begin the building of our Convalescent Home at Broadstairs. With this beginning we must expect difficulties and anxieties, in which all the help and sympathy

our friends can give us will be needed. On their ready help and warm sympathyjndging from past experience-we may confidently reckon; so now, in our proposal to hold a sale of work this summer in one of the large halls of a fashionable part of London, we beg and hope for their kindly co-operation.

Hitherto our sales have been held in our own schoolrooms at Kilburn. This arrangement has had many advantages, but it has also had disadvantages. Many do not care to come so far, and the novelty, which at first impelled some to overcome the inconvenience, is now past.

In our scheme we earnestly beg the assistance of all, and especially of our London members. Who will consent to take a stall? We hope many will give early notice of this intention. The hall in which the sale is to be held, is not yet decided on, and we shall be glad of advice and suggestions as to locality and arrangements. We think this will be a good time for our members to obtain help from their friends. We know that many, during Lent, are willing to give some part of their time to work for charity; and the crying need of a Convalescent Home for children is so well recognised, its aims touch so many hearts, that we hope for a large band of helpers.

Willingness to help us being taken for granted, perhaps our friends may ask, What can we make? What will sell best? Wellof clothing for the poor we can never have too much; we have a little of this, but absolutely nothing else. We think prettily-made children's clothing would find a ready sale; also good fancy articles, paintings on china in oils or water-colours, wood-carvings, jewellery, and the many useful and ornamental articles which are now found at such sales.

Our February Magazine was scarcely in the hands of the public before one of the two hundred pounds required to make up our hoped-for thousand was sent to us. There remains but one hundred wanting; perhaps next month we may be able to report that

the last hundred has come. If hope were prophetic, our warm and earnest hopes would soon draw in, not only that one hundred, but many following ones.

Dotices.

LADY having presented two handsome lecterns, and being much interested in the beautiful old church at Rye, is desirous of making a collection for a reredos. Could anyone see how much it was needed, many lovers of GOD's House would help towards this object. The parish is a very poor one, and the Vicar is doing all he can to collect for the restoration of the church. Subscriptions will be thankfully received by Mrs. Gutch, Porteus House, Paddington.

THE CO-OPERATIVE NEEDLE-
WOMEN'S SOCIETY.

Thanks to the steady, kindly interest of friends, the Society now enters upon an advanced stage of its life. It has gained a habitation of its own. Large and admirablyfitted work-rooms have been secured at 34 and 35 Brooke Street, Holborn (top floor), where, for the future, all business will be carried on.

It will give real pleasure if old friends and all who are interested in our venture would visit us there.

Our list (which includes all materials) has, in the light of our now considerable experience, been carefully revised. It must be borne in mind, that, with some small exceptions, handwork is supposed throughout. Also that all payments must be strictly cash. It is hard for those who are not conversant with the details of a business with small capital to realise the sore straits which result from delayed payments.

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Addresses of the Members in charge of the various Branches of the Work.

Hon. Secretary.-Miss A. M. Thomas, 27 Kilburn Park Road, N.W.

Hon. Librarian. -Miss Walker, Eton House, Albert Road, Horley, Surrey.

Church Embroidery.—Miss Lynes, Richmond Bank, Chester.

Altar Linen. -Miss Halsted, 7 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W.

Fancy Work and Children's Clothing.-Mrs. Hobson, Hawley, Farnborough.
Photographs.-Miss E. Daniell, Little Berkhampstead, Hertford.

Coloured Pictures, Sacred and Secular.-Miss C. Lance, Buckland S. Mary, Chard, Somersetshire.
English Embroidery.-Miss Macdonald, Prestbury, Cheltenham.
Surplices.-Miss H. Wiseman, Coddenham, Needham Market.
Alphabets.-Mrs. Hodgson, Swepston Rectory, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Illuminations.-Miss Erskine, 105 Clifton Hill, Kilburn, N.W.

Church Sunday-school Union.-The Manager, 6 Paternoster Row, E.C.

"Our Work at Home and Abroad."-The Editor, 27 Kilburn Park Road.

Letters to be answered, and Parcels requiring acknowledgment in the forthcoming Number, ought to le sent not later than the 15th inst.

OUR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD

CAN BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.

Subscriptions-single copy, post free, per annum, 2s. 6d. (now due)-should be remitted at once to the office of Our Work, 27 Kilburn Park Road, N.W.; and 6 Paternoster Row, E.C.

As application by post necessitates a very large expenditure in stamps, &c., it is hoped that subscribers will kindly remit without further notice.

Post Office orders should be made payable to A. Mitchell, and drawn on the General Post Office, E.C.

VOLUME IV.

Now ready, containing the Numbers for 1881, handsomely bound in cloth, 3s. 6d.; postage 6d. extra.

The Volumes for 1879 and 1880 may also be had for 2s. 6d. and 3s. 6d. Cloth cases for binding any volume of Our Work can be had on applying at the Office of Our Work, 27 Kilburn Park Road, N.W., or at 6 Paternoster Row, E.C.

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The insertion of Advertisements cannot be guaranteed if received later than the 20th inst.
All communications regarding Advertisements to be addressed to A. P. WATT, 34 Paternoster Row, E.C.
Post-office Orders should be made payable at the General Post Office, and cheques for Advertisements
crossed Central Bank.

OUR WORK →

No. 4.-VOL. V.

At Home and Abroad.

PRICE 2d.

APRIL 1, 1882.

Annual Report of Conbalescent Home.*

E have brought the needs of this Home so urgently and so frequently before our subscribers of late that the position in which it stands must be pretty well known to most of them, and we need do little more in this Report than state briefly what has been elsewhere detailed.

It has been a matter of great regret that we have been unable to make the present small Home available for many convalescents during the past year.

We have felt it incumbent on us to make room, as far as possible, for the poor workhouse orphans who, especially on their first arrival at the Orphanage, often need all the bracing influence of sea air, no less than good food, to restore them. For weakness of constitution is often their heritage, and this has been aggravated by neglect and want of proper nourishment, so that many months, or even years, of careful treatment are needful to counteract previous unhealthy influences.

Nor is this the only drawback to our receiving as many patients as otherwise we

Balance-sheet of accounts of this and other branches of the Society will be inserted in next month's number.

might have done. Our house is not only very small, but it is wanting in all appliances needful for a Convalescent Home. It has neither bath-rooms, nor lavatories, nor kitchen accommodation for a large household. It is, moreover, greatly in need of repairs of all kinds, for which we cannot afford the outlay when our tenure is such a temporary one. So that to crowd a number of delicate, sickly children in such a cramped dwelling would be likely to neutralise all the good effects of a seaside visit.

We cannot hope to see our new Hospital built and ready for use during the present year. Urged, therefore, by the consideration of the extreme disappointment unwillingly caused last year by the want of room, we have temporarily hired the house adjoining our present one. This can be fitted with twenty additional beds. The rent of the house will be fifty pounds, and the furnishing cannot be less than fifty more.

At the present moment, when we are making every exertion to raise the necessary funds for the new building, it is especially needful that we should incur no further expenses that can possibly be avoided. We trust, therefore, that our friends and subscribers will kindly help us in this matter, and come forward to meet the cost of this Temporary Seaside Home. Any who have not yet sent in their annual subscription are earnestly requested to do so at once. Contributions of furniture, bedding, &c., for the

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