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his name, for the use of the church, which | found, indeed, food in everything,—whether in was speedily filled to overflowing. The poring over the Bible, for which his love, alchurch increased rapidly, till at one time it ways great, was now stronger than ever, or in numbered seventy members. A flourishing regaling himself, during his occasional drives, Sabbath-school was established, and various with the beauties of nature, of which he had useful societies formed. Mr. Pryce's labours been always an ardent admirer. “ They seem were meanwhile incessant. His visits among to bloom more fully, and smell more frathe people occupied most of his daily hours, grantly,” would he say of the flowers in his and various classes and meetings his even garden, “just for my enjoyment; they are ings during the week, while his stated Sab- | but an emblem of the flowers that never bath services increased from two to three fade!” each day.
He had always enjoyed remarkably clear For a year and a half, he continued his ex and simple views of the way of salvation, ertions with the most untiring zeal, and with through the righteousness of Christ. This various success. Occupying, as he did, so had been the constant theme of his preachnovel and trying a position, it will hardly be ing, and it was now the source of his aboundwondered at, that he had to encounter many ing peace. More than once he said, “ My difficulties, which, by one of his naturally salvation is sealed in oaths, and promises, and keen sensibilities, were all the more acute blood.” And he would express his confidence ly felt; or if he were found to commit in the beautiful lines:some mistakes, which none more deeply la
" Lord, I believe thou hast prepared, mented than himself. But under all his
Unworthy though I betrials—and they were sometimes severe—he For me a blood-bought, free reward, was sustained by the consciousness of being
A golden harp for me." animated by a supreme regard to the glory of It would be interesting to know with what God and the good of man, and consoled with feelings he now looked back, from the bed of the assurance that he had not been left to death, upon his course in Berwick, and the labour altogether in vain. How far the ex trials he had met with. Referring once to pectations raised by the first flush of prosperity the past, he said, "Well, I am at peace with were realized, or how far they were blasted all who have mistaken me, and been unkind by subsequent occurrences, it is no part of at any time through my life, and especially our present purpose to relate. Borne down at during my Christian course. Now, in the length by the weight of grief and exertion, near view of eternity, I can still say, my added to the pressure of disease, Mr. Pryce's motives were good ; and when giving offence labours, when just on the point of obtaining to my fellow-creatures, I was aiming at the regular ordination to the pastoral office, were glory of God. I am bound to believe the finally arrested by an illness from which he same of them. I am at peace with all. was destined never to recover.
May the Lord teach me to forget!" To one of Mr. Pryce's ardent temperament, Feeling himself sinking fast, he desired it might seem no small trial to be called to that a few lines might be written to one of undergo a lingering and lengthened illness. his valued Christian friends in Manchester, But, by the strength of Divine grace, the vir- just to say, "he would soon be before thé tues of meekness and resignation now rivalled, throne, free from sin, pain, and sorrow;" and with their milder lustre, those bolder qualities entreating lier prayers for patience to endure which had marked his active life; or, what unto the end, he requested her to convey the ever signs of impatience he might occasion message to other friends, as his last. ally betray in the earlier stages of his suffer He was not left without the solace of some ings, were, long before the close, subdued to tried and valued friends nearer home. To the most tender acquiescence.
one of these, who asked if his mind was in a happier," writes one who had the best reason comfortable state, he said, “ It is peace withto know, “ under his two years of unspeak. | in, peace without. I am all peace.”
To able suffering, than I had known him for a another, who had expressed his sorrow to see length of time." His ruling passion was still him so reduced, he replied, " It is all in love. strong, and he would say, “ How kind to lay My Saviour does not lay upon me more than me aside without depriving me of the desire he enables me to bear. Oh! it is all love ! to work! I never tired of it. Should He I would not be without one stroke He sees I give me strength, I would travel the length need." He was particularly soothed by the and breadth of the land to proclaim the love visits of his venerable friend, Mr. Kirkwood, of Jesus." Though his sufferings throughout the Baptist minister; and so highly did he were very great, he never lost either his value them, that, on being told Mr. Kirkcheerfulness or his thankfulness, often repeat- wood had called while he was asleep, he said ing a verse or two of Watts's most lively with energy, “Oh, always rouse me when he hymns, and expressing his gratitude for the
I would rather never sleep again meanest comfort. His spirit of devotion than lose one of his prayers. I can hardly
“ He was
pray for myself now. What should I have kindness broke forth in many expressions. done had this been put off till a dying bed ! “ This,” said he once,“ is another proof that Oh! could I depend upon death-bed repent my Heavenly Father unites me with his ance ? How sweet to have a found Saviour
people-unworthy!-unworthy!” But that to rest upon! I need it all !” Over the de friend had come to witness and soothe his voted attentions of a more tender watcher
end. On the evening of Monday, 16th Nowe must draw a veil. “One evening," writes vember, 1846, as his afflicted wife and Mr. that watcher, “ shortly before his end, he sat Thomson were standing at his bedside, he up longer than usual, but in silence. Fear
looked at each with peculiar animation, and ful of disturbing him, I sat mute also, watch shutting his eyes, as if to avoid the expression ing the glowing expression of his countenance, of grief their countenances too legibly wore, till at length he exclaimed, as if involun he made an effort to speak. She bent her tarily, “How happy I am! In all my en head to catch the words—the lips closed joyment, I never felt anything like this.' upon them—without a sigh the spirit took He was asked the cause of his happiness. its flight. So gently did the king of terrors "Oh, nothing new,' he said ; it's Christ, and come to him, as to seem an angel sent on the Christ alone! I see nothing now but Christ. most benignant errand. He literally “fell I see his arms open to receive me. I could asleep in Jesus !” depart this moment in triumph. Oh, what love!'"
“ Life's duty done,-as sinks the clay, He had not long to stay ; but a few days
Light from its load the spirit flies:
While heaven and earth combine to say, before his departure, God crowned his earthly
How blest the righteous when he dies!” wishes, by the visit, from a distance, of his dear and tried friend, Mr. Thomson, of Hay
W. K. mount. His gratitude for this unexpected Berwick-upon-Treed.
NEW ASYLUM FOR INFANT ORPHANS. pleasure he felt in presiding on that occasion, A SPECIAL general meeting of the sub- and stated in a very appropriate manner, the scribers to this Charity was held at the Lon- great importance he attached to erecting don Tavern, on Monday, January 19th, the suitable places of worship in the great metroRight Hon. the Lord Mayor presiding. polis. The Rev. T. Davies, one of the Secre
After a little discussion, an alteration was taries, read the Report, which began with made in one of the rules of the Institution, announcing sincere regret at the retirement which will have the effect of providing for the from office of the late valued Secretary, the orphans, after the period of childhood, with Rev. J. G. Gallaway, M.A., and then proout forcing them to seek the aid of a second ceeded to give a very interesting account of asylum. It was accordingly resolved that the Society's operations during the year. the future name of the Society should be The meeting was efficiently addressed by “ The New Asylum for Fatherless Children." the Rev. Dr. Leifchild, D. W. Wire, Esq. It was proposed by the Rev. G. Smith, se- (Alderman), Rev. G. Smith, S. Morley, Esq., conded by the Rev. Dr. Campbell, and re Rev. J. Stoughton, and Rev. J. G. Gallaway solved unanimously, to admit at once two M.A. orphan children of men who perished in the After a cordial vote of thanks to the Chairill-fated Amazon. An election of ten children man, the proceedings of the evening were took place. After suitable addresses had concluded with singing and prayer. been delivered by several gentlemen, and a vote of thanks presented to the Chairman, WARDOUR CHAPEL, LONDON. the proceedings of the day terminated.
THE Rev. John Eyre Ashby, formerly
pastor of the Independent church at Arundel, LONDON CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL and afterwards lecturer on Mathematics, BUILDING SOCIETY.
Natural Philosophy, and Chemistry, at the THE Annual Meeting of this important Brighton school, received in November last Society was held on Wednesday evening, a unanimous invitation to become the pastor January 14th, in the Poultry Chapel. The of the Independent church worshipping at chair was taken by the Right Hon. the Lord Wardour chapel, Oxford-street, London, which Mayor. After a hymn had been sung, and he accepted, and entered upon his pastoral prayer offered, the Chairman expressed the engagements on the 14th of December. He
has removed to 12, Mornington-road, Regent's town on any occasion before, to upwards of Park.
£6000. The Chairman of the Huddersfield
meeting, John Brook, Esq., headed the subThe Rev. Edward Bewlay, of Cirencester, scription by a donation of £500. having received a unanimous call to the So awful is the loss of property, and the pastorate of Bethel chapel, has accepted it, consequent destitution produced by this and entered upon his stated labours there the melancholy event, that it would be a disfirst Sunday in January last, with cheering grace to our country if it were not made a prospects of comfort and usefulness.
national question. The beautiful Valley of
the Holme, with its busy mills, and its verThe Rev. James Roberts, late of Truro, dant, populous glades, is now a fearful desolahas accepted the unanimous invitation of the tion. We are happy to find that the earnest church and congregation at Potten, Beds, to Christian men of Yorkshire are now, as they take the oversight of them in the Lord, and ought to be, the foremost advocates of the entered on his pastoral and ministerial duties, claims of humanity. with pleasing prospects, on the 8th February, 1852.
SCOTLAND. On Wednesday evening, the 28th of Ja MISSIONARY ORDINATION AT MILLSEAT, nuary, the Rev. W. Williams, Caledfryn,
ABERDEENSHIRE. delivered an excellent lecture on the “ Signs On Wednesday, the 28th January, a very of the Times,” in the Calvinistic chapel. The interesting service was held at the Rev. Rev. M. Lewis, of Holywell, was in the chair. Joseph Morison's chapel, Millseat, AberdeenThe chapel was filled by hearers. The pro- shire, when the Rev. John Chalmers, A.M., duce of this lecture is towards erecting a of King's College, Aberdeen, and of Cheshunt new Independent chapel in this populous College, was ordained as one of the London town, because the old one is too small to hold Missionary Society's agents to China, in the congregation at present.
connexion with Dr. Legge. The chapel was
crowded to excess, and a deep impression AWFUL CATASTROPHE AND LOSS OF HUMAN seemed to be made upon the minds of all preLIFE AT HOLMFIRTH, YORKSHIRE.
sent. The Rev. Mr. Lind, of Whitehill, of No accident, in modern times, has been the United Presbyterian church, in his own more fatal in its consequences than that which kind and catholic spirit, opened the service, has taken place recently in the Valley of the by reading suitable portions of Scripture, and Holme, by the bursting of the Bilberry Re- offering solemn prayer to God. The Rev. J. servoir. More than eighty human beings Kennedy, from Benares, delivered a very have perished by the tremendous inundation; powerful discourse on the claims of Christian while property of all descriptions has been Missions, which will long be remembered. swept away, and, in many instances, utterly His text was: “ Ye are my witnesses, saith the destroyed. By this dire and unexpected Lord.” It was quite a masterpiece, as all calamity not a few wealthy and respectable present would testify. He went into the families have lost their all, the poor have grounds of Missionary labour under all disbeen reduced to beggary, and multitudes of pensations, with great ability, and was listened the industrial classes have been thrown out of to, for more than an hour, with breathless employment. Nothing can exceed the sensa silence. The usual questions at the ordination of alarm and distress which has been tion of a Missionary were proposed to Mr. created.
Chalmers, by the Rev. J. Murker, of Banff, In such painful circumstances, it has been and were answered briefly, but very satisfacgratifying to perceive to what a happy ex torily, by the young Missionary. The orditent the public sympathy of Yorkshire has nation prayer was presented to God by the been roused and called into action, on behalf Rev. Mr. Forbes, of Fraserburgh, and partook of the bereaved and destitute sufferers. This of his usual comprehensiveness and affecis the glory of our country, that, when any tionate earnestness. The charge was de. great catastrophe occurs, there are livered by the Rev. Joseph Morison, to the wanting those who are ready to take the lead young Missionary, then about to be united in some great struggle for the relief of suffer- in marriage to his second daughter, and was ing humanity. At Holmfirth, Huddersfield, founded on Rev. ii. 10. It was full of pathos, Leeds, and other places, large meetings have and was followed by a concluding prayer, been held, and munificent subscriptions raised. breathing much of the spirit of affection and At the time this is written, the Holmfirth faith. May the Lord smile on the Mission of subscription amounts to £1050 10s., and the this youthful Missionary and his beloved Huddersfield, the largest ever raised in that wife!
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. EXPULSION OF FREE CHURCH MISSIONARIES
testant Alliance, and the Scottish Reformation Society, waited upon Earl Granville, at the
Foreign Office. The Earl of Shaftesbury, in SINCE 1841, when a mission to the Jews introducing the deputation to his Lordship, was commenced, in Pesth, by the Church of said, that although several of the gentlemen Scotland, the Rev. Messrs. Wingate and Smith were not members of the Free Church of have laboured peaceably, inoffensively, and Scotland, yet they all sympathized with the successfully in that place. “ Their mission, object of the deputation, and were anxious to from the first, having embraced the supply of bring before his Lordship the particulars of religious ordinances to British residents, they this act of persecution, seeing that, if such have preached every Lord's-day to those re- things were allowed to go on unnoticed, the sidents, numbering, at the commencement, effects would be injurious to the interests and about four hundred souls, though now progress of vital Christianity. The Rev. A. greatly reduced by causes known to the Bri- Moody Stewart then read a memorial to his tish Government;- but by the recent pro- Lordship, from which the preceding facts ceedings of the Austrian Government, tbis, have been extracted. which was the only Divine service in the Lord Granville received the deputation English language, in Hungary, has been sup- courteously, expressed his attachment to the pressed. They have also preached in Ger- principles of religious liberty, and intimated man to the converts from Judaism, who have, that he had communicated with Lord Westhowever, formed no new church, but have moreland, on the subject of their application. been received as members of the sanctioned We fear, however, there will be no redress, Protestant communities. They have distri- unless it may be in the matter of property. buted Bibles and other religious books in We shall heartily rejoice if the new Foreign Hebrew and other languages; but in so doing Secretary should show himself resolute in the have adapted their proceedings to all existing maintenance of the liberties of British sublaws, and under their care a large school has jects in Hungary. But who can venture to sprung up, superintended by a Jewish con- hope that Popery and despotism will not prevert, and attended by three hundred and fifty vail? Then we do fear that Statesmen will children, about three hundred of whom are trouble themselves but very little with the Jews, the rest Protestants, and no Roman liberties of Christian missionaries. Let the case Catholics.
of Tahiti be accepted as proof of this. Much “In these circumstances, after ten years will depend upon the view of our Scottish peaceable residence, which, by the law of the brother's position taken by Lord Westmorecountry, entitles a stranger to be treated as land. Nothing would gratify us more than a citizen, Messrs. Wingate and Smith were, to see our country a little more respected. on the 15th of January, summarily, and The spirit of liberty and Protestantism can without cause assigned, dismissed from Pesth alone produce this. God forbid that we and the Austrian dominions, after six days' should go back upon the dial by a temporisdefinite notice; it having been intimated to ing statesmanship! them, that if they did not depart on the prescribed day, they would be forcibly expelled. They are both married, have children of ten- Extracts of Letters from Mr. Manning, Agent der age, and both presented medical certifi- at Beyrout for the British Society for the cates, attesting that a journey over so great a Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews. breadth of country in the depth of winter, Communications may be forwarded to the and in the sickly state of several members of Secretary of the Society, 1, Crescent-place, their families, would be attended with danger Blackfriars. to health and life. This brief warning
Beyrout, December, 1851. amounted to a virtual confiscation of a great I am thankful to say that I am happy in portion of their property; but this loss they my work, and in excellent health. On my regarded as trifling, when compared with the travels, I gave you an account of the success risk incurred by their families, for whose sake that appeared to be attending our blessed even a short respite would have been wel- cause, and since my return I have had great comed as an inestimable boon, but that was reason for thankfulness in the increasing num. cruelly denied to them.”
bers both of Jewish and Gentile inquirers, To represent the facts of this tyrannical ex- and also of the young people in the schools, pulsion, the fruit of priestcraft and despotism, thus encouraging the hope that the word of à deputation, consisting of representatives salvation is spreading. If my labours resulted from the Free Church of Scotland, the Pro- in nothing more than the conversion of the
THE JEWS IN BEYROUT.
young man, Joseph, whom I have before | Lord ; and which, though it may appear mentioned, it would be an abundant reward strange to you that such should be the case, for my toil. Like most young converts, he there are, I assure you, many in this country is very anxious to impart it to others, and who bear the Christian name, and even labours both in seison and out of season. bishops and priests, who are entirely ignorant His concern, especially for his own deluded of it. Afterwards we read the Acts of the family, knows no bound. Immediately on Apostles, and some of the Epistles, and the our return, and without saying anything to Revelation, and subsequently soine of the me, he commenced an evening school, at the Prophets - as Daniel, for instance house of a friend outside the town, near his paring it with the latter book of the New father's, for the purpose, as he has since told Testament; and it was delightful to see how me, of getting his two younger brothers to wonderfully the light seemed to break forth. come and read the Scriptures. And he has Thus we continued, having various discusthe satisfaction of seeing a great deal of pre- sions on this subject and others, until I took judice, on the part of his parents, removed, my journey, for which he was very sorry, and his brothers committed to his care, and and expressed his regret that his occupation allowed to come every day to the school. prevented him accompanying me. But he Who can tell but that we may be made the frequently found means while I was away to instruments of the salvation of the whole communicate, either by word or letter, with family! But I must tell you our troubles as my companion, the schoolmaster, and the well as our joys. In consequence of the failure young man, Joseph, whom I have menof the periodical rains, occasioning great dis- tioned before, entreating them to persuade me tress, water in the town is very scarce, very
to hasten my return. At length, when I dear, and of very bad quality; which was, I came back, he immediately came to me with believe, the cause of our late sickness. This a rejoicing heart, as the cheerfulness of his week a silk factory, belonging to an English countenance indicated, and he told me had man, employing nearly one hundred hands, blessed be God !-passed under a surprising has been stopped, to allow the water to pass change since I had been gone. That, in his on for the use of the town. Should the loneliness, and feeling deeply my absence, he drought continue, it will be dreadful; and had pursued the course I advised, viz., to read you must not be surprised should you hear the Scriptures with diligence and earnest that I am gone down to Egypt; for the prayer for illumination, believing the promise Father of the Faithful, and his son, and his of the Saviour, that whatever we should ask grandson, were not able to abide the terror the Father in his name “He would do it." of a famine and its attendant evils. But I He said he clearly saw now the whole plan hope things will not proceed to this extremity. of redemption ; how that God could maintain
Beyrout, January 1st, 1852. his character for justice and holiness, and yet About eight months ago, I was called upon pardon the sinner, however great, on account by a very interesting young man, apparently of the infinito sacrifice that he himself had under depression of mind, by the name of provided; and he also said that he hoped that Abraham, who said that he had heard of my he had experienced something of that change kindness in giving instruction in the doctrines which our Lord assured Nicodemus was inof Christianity, and expressed a desire to be dispensable for every one that would enter admitted with those whom he knew attended the kingdom of heaven, that is, if the hating me for that purpose. He said he was ashamed of the things which he once loved, and a of the liberty he took, as he understood I desire to give himself, and all he had, to Him took nothing for my trouble, but if I would who had ransomed him with such a price accept anything, he was most willing to pay was an evidence; and indeed his conduct me, for he was in circumstances to enable bears striking testimony to the sincerity of him to do so. But I told him I was not in his profession; for, being engaged as a superneed of anything; that all my necessary intendent in a large factory in the neighbourwants were supplied by the liberality of hood, where there are about one hundred others, who would rejoice with me in the young men employed, all belonging to the opportunity of doing him good, and which several denominations of the so-called Chriswould be a sufficient reward for us both. tian churches in these parts, and they are Accordingly, he attended, embracing other confined to the premises during the working opportunities, besides the appointed periods days of the week, that is, from Monday for our meetings, and he very soon evinced a morning till Saturday night, and this opporspirit of inquiry, which left it beyond a doubt tunity my young friend avails himself of to that he was sincere. Our course of reading labour for their conversion, and the evenings was, I remember, first one of the gospels, he especially devotes to reading the Scripwhich I am always desirous that all should tures and tracts to them, and teaching such read at the beginning, that they may be made of them as are disposed to learn to read ; and acquainted with the history of our blessed this, as may well be supposed, has brought