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PTIESIATYRIA.) 'll - '- ANTNEIt & ADVOCATE.
Presbyterian lissmor. Vol. VI/110.37.
Presbyterian Advoliate. Vol. Mt, 310. 32.1
nkVID MeKINNEY, Editor and Proprietor.
I Pray for Thee.
ADDRESSED TO A FRIEND
" I pray for thee at night•fall."
When twilight shadows creep,
Like sentinels from heaven sent
To guard a world asleep :
I pray that God's almighty care
May guide and guard thee everywhere.
" I pray for thee at night-fall,"
When stars look down in love;
Like messengers of meroy,
On errands from above:
I pray that light and love Divine,
May ever on thy spirit shine.
44 I pray for thee at night.fall,"
When gentle dews distill,
Like sacred drops of mercy,
From Zion's holy hill :
I pray that heaven may freely shed
Its choicest blessings on. thy head.
41 I pray for thee at night-fall,b
And at the early dawn ;
I ask that game and mercy
May wait thy steps upon,
And all their holy influence lend,
To lead thee to the" Sinner's Friend."
I pray for thee at early dawn,
When light breaks o'er the earth;
Fit emblem of the joy that fills
The soul at the new birth ;
I pray thy soul may feel within,
The pesos and joy of pardoned sin.
Slate Lick, HO 18th, 1858.
Narrative of the State of Religion,
Adopted by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church in the United States at New Orleans,
May, 1858, and addressed to the Churches under
The General Assembly of the Presbyte
rian Church in the United States, met in
the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is once
more permitted, with the most profound and
grateful acknowledgments to God for his
mercies,, to greet all under its care and su
pervieimi, with another Annual Narrative of
the State of Religion.
One hundred and seventeen Presbyteries
have sent up reports on the work of the
Lord within their bounds during the past
year; and, from a careful examination of
these, we are enabled now to send back to
the churches, for their information and en
couragement, the following condensed state
ment of what the Lord, in his infinite and
amazing grace, has done for us and for our
people, since the meeting of the last Assem
It is manifest, on the very face of these
reports, that it has been a• memorable year
in Zion—a year of the right hand of the_
Most High. It has been .e year. of 'great
awakening in our churches ; ,a year
freshing influences from the presence of the
Lord. The Lord bath visited and redeemed
hie people. The . Lord .hath done great
things for us, whereof we,are
.glad. It has
been a year marked by unusual peace, con
cord, unanimity, oo•operation and brotherly
kindness among our churches; unusual
encouragement, fidelity, zeal, and success in
all the labors of our ministry. It has been
a year in which all the great_ oharities and
enterprises of the Church have moved stead
ily and successfully forward, as under the
guidance of an unseen, but irresistible hand,
to the accomplishment of these great ob
jects for which the Church herself was or
dained of God. And notwithstanding the
commercial reverses which; at one time, vis
ited our country, and the sad disasters which
fell upon a portion of our foreign field, still
of our Zion it may be said, that we have
had g 4 peace within her walls, and prosperi
ty in all her palaces." The great majority
of reports, coming up to us from all parts of
our vast domain—the North, the South, the
East, the West—open with ascriptions of
humble, yet adoring love and thanksgiving
to the Great Head of the Church, for this
wonderful manifestation of his presence and
In so wide a field as that covered by these
reports, and with so vast an array of facts as
they bring to view, it is not easy to present,
in so brief a statement as this must be, all
the information they give us. But some
definite and comprehensive view may, per
haps, be communicated by classifying them
under the three following divisions :
1. A small number of our Presbyteries,
very small as compared with the whole, per
haps not exceeding a dozen, have no glad
tidings to report. The cloud of gracious
visitation which has overshadowed our land,
seems not as yet to have reached them.
They speak of coldness and discouragement
within, of prevailing worldliness aid iniqui
ty without. With them the waysi(.of Zion
still mourn and few come to her solemn
feast. Intemperance, Sabbath desecration,
neglect of ordinances, fashionable amuse
ments, covetousness, and love of worldly
pleasure, still abound. And yet all these
reports come to us breathing the spirit of
prayer; burthened with the most earnest
longings for a better state of things; full of
expressions of faith and hope in God, and
of strong determination to cry aloud and
spare not—holding forth the word of life
until the Lord shall appear for their help.
2. The second, and a much larger division
of these reports, embraces all those Presby
teries in which there has been a gradual and
most marked increase of activity in the
Church ddring the year, and especially the
latter portion of it. They speak of the
more than ordinary willingness of the peo
ple everywhere to hear the Gospel preached,
of growing attendance on all the stated
means of grace, of new life and zeal in the
eldership, and of constant accessions to the
membership of the churches; but yet with
out such marked manifestations of the
Spirit's power, as usually , attend revivals.
In all these Presbyteries the work of the
Lord, in the conversion of sinners, the edi
fication of saints, and the training of the
lambs of the flock, seems to have gone
steadily forward, widening and deepening
in interest to the very close of our year, 50
as in some cases to leave God's people cheer
ed with the prospect of an immediate out
pouring of his Spirit upon them. 'They
tell us with grateful, rejoicing hearts, how
the Gospel has been preached, in season and
out of season, as with a new unction froni
on high poured upon the ministry; how the
beloved children and youth of their charges
have been cared for and instructed in Cate
chetical and Bible classes; how the colored
people at l i the South are receiving, every
where, the fostering care of our ministers
and churches; how the Sabbath School
MUM has been sustained and extended • how
feeble churches have been strengthened,
pastoral relations cemented, backsliders re
claimed; how systematic benevolence, church
extension, and all the Boards of the Assem
bly have been steadily growing in favor with
the people; and how, just in proportion, as
these good things have prevailed, intemper
ance, Sabbath breaking, and all these evils
mentioned in the former class of reports,
though still existing, have been gradually
and greatly abated.
3. But another, and by far the largest
class of these reports, embracing in fact
about seventy Presbyteries, or nearly. two
thirds of the whole number reported, bring
us the blessed and glorious tidings of deep
and powerful revivals. They record the
signal and mighty operations of the Spirit
of God poured out almost simultaneously
upon a vast multitude of our churches, cov
ering an area almost as wide as our whole
domain. The greater part of them refer to
the latter portion of our year, or the closing
months of Winter and the opening months
of Spring, as the beginning of these pre
cious seasons of revival; some tracing them
to the day of prayer for colleges, some to the
general prayer-meeting at Pittsburgh, and
some to other things, as the starting point;
but all, without exception, to the unmerited
grace and the infinite power of God as the
only efficient cause.
Over and above all these indications of
good which we have mentioned as character
izing the second class of reports, and which,
to a great extent, characterized these also,
especially in the first part of the year, it is
manifest that these seventy Presbyteries,
scattered in all parts of our land, have been
blessed with displays of the presence, power,
and grace of the Holy. Ghost, to a degree
which must render the latter portion of the
year forever memorable in our annals, as the
era of a general and wide-spread awakening
of the public mind of our country to the
great things of salvation.
It would be tedious to mention all the
churches, or even all the Presbyteries, that
have shared, more or less in this great work.
The list of churches would swell to many
hundreds. The number of churches thus vis
ited varies in these Presbyteries from two or
three in a single Presbytery, to as many as
all the churches of a Presbytery, except two
or three. The number of converts reported
by these Presbyteries, leaving out a few
smaller accessions, varies from fifty to as
high as six hundred. Several of them men
tion about five hundred. These converts
are spoken of as including all ages and all
classes of the people, the rich, the poor, the
bond, the free, the young, the old; from the
old man of three-score and_ten, to the child_
of tivelve`; from the hardone - d skep
tic, the veteran moralist, and the poor out
cast prodigal, to the beloved sons and.daugh
ters of God's covenant. But the great body
of them have been gathered in from the
ranks of the young, from the Sabbath School
and the Bible class; from the baptized chil
dren that adorn our family altars, and grow
up under the droppings of our public sanc
In some of these reports, this great work
is described as exceeding in power, and in
all its blessed influences, any thing that the
most aged servants of God had ever witnessed
before. It is invariably and universally rep
resented, as deep, solemn, and silent; unat
tended by any extravagances, excitements,
or extraordinary measures; coming not by
human might or power, but as by the still,
small voice of God's Spirit, coming as a di
rect answer to the prayers of his people, and
in the regular, faithful use of all the ap
pointed means of grace, but chiefly the
preaching of the Word and prayer. Many
of the Presbyteries were enjoying these sea
sons of refreshing at the vary date of their
reports, and some of them, where the inter
est had long existed, speak of it as continu
ing with unabated power.
As Showing how wide has been this great
awakening in our churches, it will be suffi
cient to mention only a part of these sev
enty Presbyteries, selecting those which, so
far as we have been able to judge, have
shared most largely in the blessings. These
are New York, Hudson, Nassau, North River,
Troy, Mohawk, Londonderry, Long Island,
Connecticut, Donegal, New Brunswick, Eliz
abethtown, Passaic, West Jersey, Newton,
First and Second of Philadelphia, Baltimore,
Susquehanna, Huntingdon, Erie, Washing
ton, Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Schuyler,
Clarion, Rock River, Chicago, Madison,
Findlay, Columbus, Maumee, Dubuque, Ce
dar, Orange, Luzerne, Allegheny City, Ohio,
Zanesville, Peoria, Kaskaskia, St. Claim—
vile, Cincinnati, Crawfordsville, Indianapo
lis, Ebenezer, Louisville, Greenbrier, Charles
ton, South Carolina, East Alabama, South
Alabama, North Mississippi, Memphis, St.
Louis, and Upper Missouri.
This list, though it seems long, is far from
being complete. But these are named, as
indicating the wide extent of the Spirit's
operation in our land. Many other Presby
teries not named, have shared in the great
Among •the pleasing results recorded in
these reports, we must not fail to mention,
that the Lord has poured out his Spirit, upon
several of our Colleges, Schools, and Presby
terial Academies, and many of our beloved
youth, both male and female, have been led
to seek and find an interest in the Saviour.
This has been the case, especially in David
son College, North Carolina; in Oglethorpe
University, Georgia; in Hanover College,
Indiana; in Washington and Jefferson Col
leges, Pennsylvania; in Miami University,
Ohio; and in Richmond College; Missouri.
One of the most remarkable features of
this great awakening has been the disposition
on the part of the people of God everywhere,
to gather together around the throne of
grace in the social prayer-meeeting. Chris
tians have loved to meet their fellow-
Christians of all Evangelical Churches ' in the
House of Prayer ; to lift up the voice of song,
of thanksgiving, and of supplication together,
at morning, noon, and night, around one com
mon mercy-seat; whilst men unused to
prayer, have quit the business of the world,
saying, Come and let us go up to the house
of the Lord.
And still another remarkable feature, fre
uently referred to in these rrts, is the
f ; n ew zeal and aotivity manifested
on the part
"ONE THING IS NEEDFUL:" "ONE THING HAVE I DESIRED OF THE LORD:" "THIS ONE THING I DO."
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FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1555.
of the elders and deacbns of the churches, en
abling them to uphold the hands of the
ministry, not only by their prayers, but by
their own efficient co-operation and vsist
ance, in meetings for prayer and inquiry, in
Bible classes, and especially in personal vis
itation from house to house.
But time would fail us to tell the whole
story of this great and wonderful work of the
Lord, Eternity alone can adequately disclose
all its great and blessed results, when that
uncounted multitude of souls that have been
born in Zion during the past year shall stand
amongst the redeemed before the throne of
And now, brethren beloved in the Lord,
ministers, elders, and people of our great
charge, on an occasion so extraordinary as
this, and after such a review of the unspeak
able mercies of God, vouchsafed to us as a
Church, weibhould fail to discharge our high
and solemn obligations, to the chief judica
tory of the whole Church, if we did not seek
to impress upon your minds, however briefly,
some of those great practical lessons, which ,
have been so deeply impressed upon our owns
by the Lord's dealings with us.
1.. The first relates to the manner in which
this visitation has come; showing that the
Head of the Church is the God that governs
the world, and that he-is working all things
for her good. At the opening of the year
there was a tide of worldly prosperity in our
land that threatened to engnlph all serious
thought of God and eternity. God laid his
hand upon us, and then there was a cry of
alarm and distress in all, the walks of industry
and labor which caused men's hearts to fail,
and turned their thoughts directly to God
and another world. But as if this was not
enough, our Zion was called to listen to a
tale of horror, coming across the;waters from
the graves of her martyred missionaries,
which filled all eyes with tears, all hearts
with dismay. What was the Murat to do
at such a time ? Her substance and her
sons destroyed abroad, and the arm of her
power so crippled at home, that she seemed
utterly unable to fill up the vacuum. She
could only do what she has ever done in the
hour of calamity—arise and call mightily
upon God. This, by grace, she was ena
bled to do, and this great revival of her
vital spirit is the result. Through the fires
of affliction and disaster she was led to hu
miliation and repentance, and stronger trust
in God; and by these to the blessings of his
- 2. The next great lesson is derived from
considering the means which have been used
in all this season of revival. They have been
those, and those only, whiCh he has author
ized in the Scriptures—earnest, importunate
prayer, the faithful preaching of Gospel
truth, the instruction of the young, pastoral
visitation from house to house, and steady
perseverance in every work and labor of love.
Never in the annals of- our Church has her
ministry appeared more agreed and deter
mined to know nothing but Christ an.
crncifiid=to leave all human_ devices and
inventions, and preach boldly and solely the
grand doctrines of salvation as expounded in
our Calvanistic . Standards, whether , men will
hear or forbear to hear, than during the past
year. And lo ! what has God done ! how
has he rolled away our reproach ; put honor
upon the preaching of the Cross, and all the
means of grace; and made us feel, as by a
public demonstration from heaven, even by
the descent of that same Spirit which was
poured upon the disciples on the day of Pen
tecost, that this Gospel is the power of God
and the wisdom of God unto salvation to all
3. Once more:.what a lesson of encour
agement for all the future does this record of
the past read to us. Is there any argument
for Christianity more powerful, any evidence
of piety more pleasing, any motion to exer
tion more blessed and glorious than to feel
that the Lord God has been with us; has suc
cored us in distress; has heard our poor
prayers; has answered and blessed our un
worthy labors ! But hundreds of our minis
ters, thousands of our people, have had this
testimony from God during the past year.
And we all have it to-day, as we- send forth
this annual Narrative. Let us, then, with
renewed zeal, gird on the whole armor of
the Gospel for the conflicts and the labors of
another year, feeling that no faithful labor
shall be lost, and no praying breath spent in
vain. In due season we shall reap if we
faint not. With the most profound grati
tude to-God, we would record the fact, that
this year, which closes a century since the
great re-union of 1758, has been marked as
a year of revivals; and now, as we enter the
labors of a new century, we would humbly
commit, ourselves and all our people to God.
Grace, mercy and peace -be multiplied to all,
from the Father, and the Son, and the Holy
Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Of the Twentieth Annual Report of the Board of
Publication, presented to the General Assembly at
New Orleans, May, 1858.
Notwithstanding the: extraordinary com
mercial embarrassments and depressions of
the whole community during the past year, '
the Board of Publication is enabled by Di
vine favor, to report results which compare
favorably with those of any former year.
This will appear from the following summary:
I. In the department of PRODUCTION. The
Publishing Agent reports that 55 new works
have been issued, of which 45 are new vol
umes. Of these new volumes there have
been printed 85,750 copies. In addition to
these, 24,000 copies of nine -new Tracts
have been issued, and 30,000 copies of the
Presbyterian Almatiac,"making in all 139,750
copies of new publications. Besides these,
there have been published 324,000 copies
of works before upon the Board's Catalogue.
The total number of copies issued during
the year has been 463,750 copies.
The total number of copies issued since
the organization of the Board to March 1,
1858, has been 6,817,188.
The Report gives special notice to the
publication, by the Board, of " The Pres
byterian Social Psalmodist."
The Confession of Faith has been pub
lished,in German, and other German pub
lications are now passing through the press.
Attention is called to " The Sailor's,
Companion," as a new work admirably
adapted to do good among the brave and
hardy sons of the deep.
Dr. Jacobus' "Notes on the Gospels,"
with the accompanying questions, are now
issued'by the Board, and afford valuable aid
to Sabbath Schools and Bible. Classes.
A considerable nuMber of choice volumes
have, during the year, been added to the
Board's Sabbath School Library, which is
increasingly popular and meal The Riard
aims to furni,h, hs moon a. I puszible, all need
ful facilities for Bible Class and Sabbath
School instruction. A god beginning has
already been made by fa jibing .a variety
of catechisms, question•be ha, and commen
Periodicals. The circulation of the Home
and Foreign Record has! declined during
the past year from 19,000 to 17,500 'copies.
The circulation of the Sabbath, School
Visitor is now 54,000, an. increase of 9,000
copies since the last report.
11. In the department of DISTRIBUTION.
The publieations of -the Board reach the
hands of the people ehielly through three
1. The regular, trade- salea„at the Publish
ing-housi hive been during'the yea,r191,993
volumes a decrease(of 1583' volumes on the
sales .oi , the' , prededing year. , Comparing
these results of , thelyeariwich these4if other
publishing homes during**. recent severe
commercial embarrassment! , of the, country,
theyafford cause for proionnd 'gratitude.
The ttalei' of 'Tracts at the 'Publishing:
house have amounted to 706,963 pages, an
increase of 229;522 pages on. those of the
2. The Executive Committee have granted
in response to appeals mail to it, to Sab , :
bath. Schools feeble churches, humane in
stitutions, and to individual for gratuitous
distribution, 3,724 volume's', and 246,395
pages of Tracts.
3. By oolportage, a most important amount
of Divine truth has' been put in Circulation,
and the results of the year, considering all
things, have 'been in the highest degree fa
The number of colporteurs in commission
during the year has been 263, being an in
crease of nine, notwithstanding the recent
curtailments found to be necessary. `These
have been distributed into twenty-nine States
and Territories, besides gall the British
Provinces of the North. Increased quanti
ties of books and tracts hale been Sent to
California, Oregon, Washington Territory,
and all the frontier and more: destitute re
gions of our wide land.
The number of volumes sold by col
portenrs has been 123,924, being a deerease
of 655 volumes.
The pages of Tracts distributed by them
have been 1,555,469.
The number of volumes gratuitously dis
tributed this year has been 16,965, an in
crease of 876 volumes on the `number last
The number of families visited has been
110,685, an increase .of 5,503 over that-of
The total distribution of the year has
been as follows
By sales at Publishing-house, 191993 vols.
" " by Oolporteurs, ---- 428,924 u`
.4.2-o<r3egllgUTS; -1 7,905 gc
Granted by Exeeut'e Cottetee,
Total of volumes 337,546
being an increase on volumes,
year of 636.
Pages of tracts
Sold at Publishing-house, 706,963
Distributed by Colporteurs, ' 1,555,469
Grantedby Executive Committee, 246,395
being a decrease, for reasons- explained in
the report, of 271,575 pages.
Besides the above, matter, the Board has
issued a large number of pamphlets and pe
111. 1n the department of SIISTENTATION,
The Treasurer's .Report shows an aggregate
of receipts for the year of $126,960.28,
which is an increase of $7,639.25 over the
receipts of the preceding year. The total
of expenditures has been-$106,801.68, leav
ing a balance in the Treasurer's hands of
$20,158.60. This, however,
will rapidly be
called for by the renewed,and enlarged
operations of the publishing department.
The amount received from sales of books,
tracts, and Sabbath School Visitors has been
$80,842.86, being a decrease of $6,581.22,
on the sales of the previous year.
The Coiportage Fund. The amount re
ceived from this Fund has been $21,369.76,
a decrease of $3,453.86. This decrease, it is
pleasant to observe, arises not from' decreased
church contributions, but from diminished
receipts from legacies and- miscellaneous
sources. The sum received from the
churches has been $17,150.91, an increase
from this source of $1,761.67. The re
ceipts from legacies and miscellaneous
sources have this year been only. $4,218.80,
while last year they were $9,434.37.
The balance in which the Colportage
Fund was overdrawn, March 15t,1858, was
$8,788 46. It is hoped that the -churches
will help to make up this mop soon, so that
the Board may proceed to extend its Col
portage operations to many new, .important,,
and inviting fields.
Agencies.—During the past year, no` paid
collecting agents have been employed. The
results are such as to greatly encourage the
Board to hOpe that no general recurrence to
such agencies will become necessary.
From our London Correspondent.
Revival in Trade and Commerce—lncome and Ez
penditure French Prodigality, and " What
Nextr—Nems from India--Jhansi and Eotah
Captured—Lucknow, and Hard, Work before Sir
Colin—Hot Weather in India—Waste of War in
India—Sir Colin- a - Peer—Petition of Religious
Societies to India--AEattle to be Fought-r—The
May Meetings—The Wesleyan—Lord Pan
mure and Doctor Guthrie—The Blind Veteran—
Doctor Bunting, his Eulogist, and his Free
Church Sympathies—The Church Missionary Sta.
ti:stice;—Speakers—Preacher and Annual Sernion
—The "Morning Poet"—The Bishop of Calcut
ta—The Church and Tithes—British and Foreign
.Bible Society—Lord Shaftsbury—Pacts and Fig
ura—A Leaf of the Bible, and the Female Cap
tives at Lucknow—Postscript.
_LONDON, May 7th, 1858.
TRADE AND COMMERCE are beginning to
revive considerably. American orders are
coming into the various markets, and I trust
that, ere long, the United States will, as of
yore, be our best customers, to the mutual
benefit of both countries. Besides these,
orders from India, and frain the Mediterra
nean, are telling on the English markets.
It will, however, require months to see'a de
cided -improvement. Meantime, we, are to
have no fresh taxation, save on Irish Whis
ky and Bank Cheeks, on each of which a
penny stamp must be affixed. The paying off
of the debt incurred by the Russian war is,
however, suspended, the income tax has
sunk to sd. on the pound, and in two years
more it will, unless fresh - wars arise, come
• legally to an end. Bat at our present rate
of expenditure, the income will thus be c•m
siderably more than our cap-tudifure. Our
resources, however, are great, and our prod.
igality is not equal to that of France, which,
for a series of years, has been getting deeper
into debt, to an average extent of eleven
millions sterling per annum. The 'lmperial
Dynasty is a costly one. The Army is im=
mense, and the Navy is being enormously
increased, notwithataniling the denials of the
Moniteur. "What next, and next ?" we
a9k; but Providence lifts not the curtain to
mortals before his own' time.
FRONI INDIA, comes news of the capture
of Kotah and Jhansi, by; the Central India
columns of our army. Both places were very
strong. A .great, tattle was also fought
with an immense body of rebels advancing
to relieve Jhansi,, who were ny l erthro. i smud
Seatiera'' "`ltelltEez ace siks" the scene
'gra' nine& awful piassacre, last' year, udder
the sanctiori.of the Begum, or native Prin
cess. It was there that- true Christian
man, Tucker, the British Commissioner, de
fended himself so bravely, shooting down
one after another of his foes,. till he was
finally killed; and there also, it was, that a
brave officer, acting a similar part, his wife
handing up the loaded guns, in succession;
was driven to the dreadful extremity, (first
folding her to his heart,) of shooting her,
and then himself, rather than allow her to
fall into' the hands of - bridal foes. 'At Kt,-
tab, one part of the town was held against
the rebels in the other, by a native Majah,,
who was faithful to the British. When our,
troops approached, he crossed, the river, and
in the eostacy of his joy, embraced Lawrence,
the Commissioner. •
A large garrison occupies Lucknow. The
landholders, and - Oude people ,generally,
seem, to hold out, and much trouble and
difficulty will present themselves ere the:
country is pacified.
Strong injunctions have' . been sent out
from this country, as to the necessity of a
wise, just, and merciful policy being adopted
toward the Oude people, and to the inhab
itants of the 'hitherto disaffected provincei
generally. But the country is'far from be-
ing tranquil, and as long as Nena, Sahib, on
whose head fifty.thousand ru.ppes, ($5,000,)
is set, is alive, and the Mohammedan ele
ment of fanaticism operates among its Mimi
vies and - Chiefs, there will be v. continuous
and harassing struggle. The hot weather
had set in early this year. On the .26th• of
March, at Lucknow, the thermometer was
at 99°. A young friend writes me, from
the Bombay Presidency, on 4th of April,
that 'the thermometer, in the shade, was
95°, and. that it was likely to rise to 320°.
Officers in cantonments manage, by placing
grass mats in front of their doors and latticed
windows, which are kept constantly wet
with water, to Make the 'chambers inside
comfortable, and thus (( imprison coolness."
But *hat must it be for the-trOops'in
tentpa nr flvincr enin 2.f!ett!r
. ay, looking out for their foes, and o
conflict with them I .
The rebels have had climate on their side
all along, to say nothing of arms aid disai r '
pline furnished by ourselves, - as well
also. But in spite, of all; they
never could stand before our =troops in fair
fight, and our superior Generalship has
always over-mastered thed, even behind
the strong defences of Delhi, Lucknow,
Jhansi, and Kotah. Sir Colin •Oampbell,
that fine old veteran, has himself taken- the
field, instead of remaining in Lucknow.
The work before him is still arduous, al
though no doubt is entertained of his ulti
mate success. The announcement has just
been made; that the Queen is about to'raise
this great General to the Peerage. .This
will gratify the whole country.
A PETITION TO PARLIAMENT, embodying
the, sentiments as to future policy with re
gard to Christianity in India, has just been
presented. It presents, in a series of propo
sitions, the calm, deliberate convictions of
the great mass of Evangelical Christians in
this country. It is signed by the officers of
our great religious Societies. It disclaims and
deprecates the idea of coercion; it asks only
for a fair field for the Gospel. It praises the
Cmnpany for what has been effected in the ab
olition Of Suttee, in the permission' given to
widows to re-marry, and other matters.. Bat
it protests against the exclusion of the Bible
froin the 'Government Schools, and patron
age, direct or indirect, being giVan to Mo
hammedanism, or heathen• festivals, temples,
and worship. On this last point, aliattle,'
stern and severe, must .be fought... The
Company tell us that the support formerly
given to the temple of Juggernaut, has been.
withdrawn. But the real truth is,that in
stead . of ministOringits revenues `directly by
its own officers," it has -made to the priests
and votaries -of the idol, lands and- property
in perpetuity, to the annual value of £7,000
The Times, animadverting on the peti
tion, praises its calm tone, and agrees, in the
main, with its principles, but expressei its
fear, •from the furore now prevalent at
this season of the religious Anniversaries,
with regard to India, that zeal may outran,
discretion, and that shoals of missionaries
may go out full of the-idea 'or British power
backing them, and so be regarded as apes- .
ties of the sword by the natives. I have no
such fears. The truth is, the whole band
of missionaries in India ' one year, two, aye,
ten years hence, will be but a "feeble folk,"
and the locations of the representatives of
the different churches, will be few and far'
Much will be done in comparison with
the past, no. doubt. The WesleyanEi, for
example, are now about to commence a
mission in , lndia. Strange it is, but true,
that having had agents in almost every part
of the world; doing a great work, hitherto.
they have done nothing for India, where
there are whole provinces who have never
yet heard the sound of the Gospel.
The WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY
held its Anniversary this week, and beingni -
Monday, it took the lead of the other great
Societies, in point of time. _I was present
at the greater part of the proceedings,
which were very interesting: There was an
immense assembly in Exeter Hall. Lor
d late Secretary at War, was in they Chair, making a very excellent and compre
hensive introductory address. At his left
hand sat Dr. Guthrie, of Edinburgh, who
had, on the Friday and the 'Sabbath previ- i
ous, preached two ROble BerillOnl3 for the So
ciety. Dr. G. not Speak' at any'lengthl
at the meeting, as his health ~i s delieste.L
Hi has for some time been threatened with.
an affection of the heart, and requires to be
caorkua He always goesout of Edinburgh
at the time of the Frie Church General
Assembly, in order to avoid excitement:
This is the result of his long and arduous
toils in the Free Church movement at its
outset, and especially in his magnificent la
bors, continued for a whole year, :by whioh
he secured a Manse Fund for the whole of
the Disruption ministers. • Still••he , 'looks
strong, his voice being as. strongi,and his
eloquence as striking as ever.
On the right hand of the chairman sat a
venerable minister of the Yiresleyan i bbdY,
Dr. Dixon. His appearance is touchfeg; OS,
in addition to his hoary hairs, .hevis 'totally
blind. He was received with affectionate
sympathy and enthusiasm, ,and his address
wail telling. His blindness was brought 'oh
by`' hereavermente 'Of ri'peci d karly
tem. , • :
.The venerable.. Bunting-Dr. Enntin was absent,
fro 4 delicate health. Dr. Guthrie diScribed
an interview whiCli he had" with him, since
he cache to London, and hOWtheyhattprayed
together. Bunting hasAdeii ciaivof ex=
traordinary vigor,• and ,he,:and his friends
stood by ,the Non-intrusion party before...the
Disruption, and welcomed them , to.Engl ? anii,
with extraordinary and noble fidelity afMr
it, 'while the Episcopal .Reb'i.d ant the'Eiig.
lish Evangelicals fought shy of'thenilthes.
moment.they left the Scottish -Establish=
meat, Upon; Dr. 13anting, - Guthrie', pro.
Corniced a fervent
,eulogiuytt, and ,declareif,
his belief that whenever he would Pass aWay;'
it would be the decease"of - one,-than'Whoth
none` nobler or greateroVitli the exception of
Chalmers, had,gone to Merest •and.reward.
The revenue of the Wesleyan ,Foreign ;
Missions amounts, this year, - to the large sum
The CatritOß 11[ISSIONARir SootiTir
its Anniversary on Tuesday last. It.lwas,'
as usual, an immense gathering. -The, total
ordinary income amounted.to .E 130,765, ex
clusive of Upwards of £24;717 raked_ as a
special - fund for India. `The - Meal unds'
raised by mission stations and congregations
abroad 19 about -410,000, so that the Inroad
total reaches the magnificent sum of 460,-
090, or $830,000. The number of the So-,
ciety's stations is 138; ..Of olergynen, 'Eng
fish, 128 ; foreigners, 50; natives and East
Indians, 47; total, 225 . .. Europeanlayliteil, ,
schoolmasters,' agents, printers, , 42L;i
European , female teachers, (exclusive of ;
missionaries' wives,) ' l3 ; native and country,
born catechists and teachers of all clasies,
2,007." Among the speaker's were • y the .
Bishop of London, - Dr.' Cotton,. and itlid)
Bishop Designate of Calcutta.,:: Ikispleasant
to see the last mentioned identifyinwhim,
self thoroughly with the Evangelical party, :
Who, to a man, support ,this noble' Institu
tion, the Church Missionary Society.
India -was naturally the 'great'wtheuie'-
this meeting.. The id , Post
ure - ti,paper, came out on t e same .inera,
ing With an article declaring first that the,
Church of Englainfalone was inalifed and`
competent 'to ',Christianize - India ;
secondly, ;that there were - -two' Societies - in
connexion, with the Church , of England ; ,-the)
Propagation of the Gospel Society ; and the
Church Missionary 'Society;
,but, that the
latter was unfit for its work 1- Such is the
malevolence .as of old, of formalism' against'
living Evangelism. Such . attack's', however,
are as weak and powerless as they are spite,
ful. Not all the Propagation clergy are
High Church, but the ,Chureh Missionary
Society takes care that not -one 'Shall go
forth under-its banners iiithrint avowed
, herence to the doctrine's of:Pauli , and-Cal‘',
vin,,and . Crammer. , .
- Dr. Millar, of Birmingham, preached the
annual sermon this year for , ' this. expellent,
Society; and his sermon win worihy - - of L ihe'
carnal He' was cathode-to-a ',legivelitt his
spirit and statements ; and, among -:ether
matters, preferred with strong. eulogy,to,vthe
Shorter Catechism, asking,. What , would not
eucli n an instrument he in the instruction of
converts from heathenisin, in the hands of a
Duff? -Dr. , M. also' 'severely abintadverted"
on the Negative. Theology, as far , ,it
veiled among ,the ; Dissenters, or, in ,', - the
Church, and, on the whole, . delivered a no-,
ble testimony for God and his truth.
The increase Of 'Cishops in India AS be*
and is a pet scheme with High dburcliftibie
The; ,Ohurch Missionary Society
very littler countenance, Doctor tl; cotton'A
diocese for the present is to remain as, GA T ,
tensive as was that of Bishop Wilson.Ect
clesiastical law hi India, - and' he Occlesias
deal- -relationship of :missionaries , tia -their
bishops, need to be placed 'on a, safo.footingi
before te Evangelicals 'will consent
change.' ' `Besides, if the Derby, Cabinet
made a series of Indian appoinimentii,
to be - feared that they Would - Send tint 'Men
of High Church, on-Broad
thiee t who,would rather,,pbstruot , than for : ,
Ward real, simple, • Evangelical" inissionary t ,
Work. How coltly, at the best, and'ineffi.
cietkalio,' is this PrelieY I Each English
Bishop has £5,000 a year, as large a salarY
as a Cabinet Minister, while hundreds of
the clergy of the diocese are almost starving,
and hundredi of thousands in the land have,
little or no spiritual Oversight. The Tinies
comae out strongly' for the - inhaitary print
ciple, instead of " leaning on thelandi air
is wont. The, clergy. should get rid of their;
dreams of endowments from, "livingsp4and,
seek to improve their position by the offer
ings of a gratefUlW
'A 'and' loVing '
The 'BRITIe ND Fotiva - nw BIBLE ` No='
ouvrris - the,pother of-all enr great 'lnstil.'
tutions. It was ;founded in 1804.4. , Lord
Shaf4buty, as, usual, occupied the l chair
this occasion, as President. Howindefati-.
gable" is this eicellenk man I How
hearted and-how. humble"`clot working
man in:all London' toils' hardir ill 'the jinni,'
round than he -does: He daTresidenkut
the .Protestance Alliances- the London
Society for promoting Christianity. auippg,,
the Jews, of the and Foreign Jble.
Society, and'' of Many other' IniititiftionS,'
besides giving his presence and aid toinriu=
merable objects of philanthropic, missionary;
and educational importance. After sitting,
five hours in the • chair of the Bible Society
deliVering at the beginning ix most vigorous
spiech;' I found-him a"Ragied u S4iiia
Anniversary ,in..the • aty, •4'-'o ll Ciiicik,' `at=
which -I assisted; where , he wee..ipresent)
three, hours more.
~ • .
The Societies at PresPlit, oopnexiclif
With 'the Bible , Society are
In Great Britain, • p,556
Irrithe , Ooloniesiao.?.:i` . 694' ful
w • • r.
Philadelphia, 111 South: Tenth -Street, below Chestnut
By Kan, or at the 0. 1 lie;$1.150 'pet Tear.llllll' PROSPICOTWIs
Delivered in the City, 115. . 11 "
WHOLE NO. 297
Ireland has, . . .
-Foreign Sooietiea with branches,
Making a total of, . . 'IA9I
:When the Society was first eitifokehe
thmtranshitions of the Bible, in whole,or. in
part, may have been about fifty; sinod then,
therelialbeen a great increase:
.. There rare
tiCiV"cl'a hurt :area anct fifty-six lditglialeit,
or:Cla l eck- in whi ch
motad the distribution , ptintilig, or transla
tion of the Seripttires : din:laity:lff 106 'lan
guages Or - dialects; indirectlyin 50-156.
The number ,uf 4 velsions , (obliging, these
printed in different:characters only,) is 186.
Of these, 136 are translations. never before
The 'atrail:Mon' of; the' Bibfe also shows a
'great thereand :
During ;helot four years ,
Lag, year alone, at-home
and abroad . .
The,.total from the corn
rneneernent . . 33,983;946 it
Aisistanee'has been given' i other Boeie
`ties,liiithe upwards of'twen
-tylfive iiiillionistiore ; so thit nireilition
by means ;cif, these 'combined-'Societies,
eteeentahgligwarcks of, fiftY•Ci9A t . nailiou of
eopiei.pf the. Holy Seriptars,.4x.whole•or la
part: The detailfrof the 'Airtirtoaii "Bible
Soeisty,are y not but there is
little 'doubt thit the RioOrds of rotpired
about ‘ef ithe
ti These statemeptf;' say the Committee,
(in a papst just issued, entitled " knots and
Fig:rei t ") a aregived, the - spirit of
,to that griteibus . Rejig irho lits=erineesollini
;ed LAO ..lernßiny.the. Society &ride: hislitork
and 4.11reigt.t9,4959 1 414 8 1 11 ,4e purposes ."
keeflipts and PEPe I 44 I qP) the
tails are interesting. `
RECEIPTS for last year : `d.
For general purpisies t
For Bibles atgl.Pffitinitiriltr,u''' 70,267.10.11
A* 2 f7D.T.',/ 11 4.ff),. • - 15 , 3 1XT 7 r°4-90
kiepfalditurit f rom coix!.
Engagements;: . . ',83',818;17:62
AwtheßeforV it Wai'l 'that' the
port of Odessat , mial stiil.olosed against the
Bible,-as Oftring.t.he warYdtil Kass* This
16,64, and is to be attributed no doubt , to
the bigkitly the Greek and pri = est:
hood. 13tit'ajiiitig `Rnssiirn " gentlei ion has
this week informed - we - that the Czar is about
in. Russ, ,offthi ) )A:lieti
tNkto fiVeff?et presented 4114 R, by
the .hvang - eliaal Alliance p and
10*i likel3 , to bear' fruit. In coaiiiia'ion
'aidering;tilsd, -the .•fedrfuhstriesidt Hof %tug
rerkee - prerdent • unsung the mossekin4 the
dominions ~,of the 04, F , they Ouctrfosiefo k ,
tion of Scri ptures in the j4iguage_ of
the masses, - would;" 'under " GOA, Ve
ution. , ••. , lCorsturelmikdre !that Ihuigtopitort•
Alexander , l. sanctioned the, transhstion And
circulation of the Bible in Itiuss . ,,and that in
1825 the Ow Nicjitgas.,,s_dpgressid it.
That was a great ! pripteurely, as well as,
Po4PioanY, sle?•VLtig, s gTeat• blunder. . , The
yensig, 'Czsr Siniable and beiidvo
, lent. , • • s•*,, • • ,t
Itt is pleasant , to heart that-in 4Ba
the Greek churches f •theculgrespel.,for the
Day" read in the language , of. the
Country,. not es of old, in the:Gmslf Mega,
In That region, the Atnerioan . MiSsioni are
likely smitilo'bfiintrinto operation,' let
us topw With Igielt Success. Reserving no
tices of okherArent MaY Meeting -for next
,tonolude*OL ktiellel*kg jai*
dent which c omes out in counexionwith the
captivity Of Miediriad IWisd' Jackstia,:` at
LimimOw. illatrates beautifully"' - the
preciousness of the.Mfordefitied,-as Alcor*.
forter. These ladies, s wore fewinonths shat
up, andiiere night and': dity_utider" Witch*
brutal guardKwhirolitilged;their feelings
continnally;tb) l l44ina g oftinitgaw. No
beak, whateverilwis siidied them.'"
ofqMrs:c,Ors and-:the,fwas. mbther itn-
Pkteti for sit. A Aative.
&Atm:scut a powder for t h e whose
wrapper ins a leaf torn, out of an ,~Englrsh
Bale. 'lt was from the (progigeleiiiiiii;
it was'as cold watei to adthirstriciti;ymi, as
life . . from tho •dead i rwhew-the, pining , cap 6
tives t aenkthese words : - ,
64 1, even
_l, am he that, ppmforteth il you;
Who'art that 'shoa t Id be 'afiiio
of &ma a , Witt V'the son 61
mani.whosshall be anadw as'agrass';tut- ft*.
ge4eat - the Lord =thy... Maker . , . that bath
stretched f orth thotAteavent , and laid, the
&illations:et the"enrih; andfsarsie
conthnuatly`every day because of the faii
di !the olipieSitof,
destroyiaaiiikavberolis the fifty of thei er
presaor ? The captive ervaerhaeteneth that
he may be loosed,smt that he should not die
in th lam e p
p th m\ th t
yor , & - at hit bread pshoti)ol
Phentheselsai eWeredisbd ver ifiratio
sirkative 1 4 , t, g111d0/Nin . laligklSOW, I 'I IOI, 4 IIMA
completely 403 RP, -and' where Choy were
in erieptal i esked
by an iiitiartcAlle' '4:r - hagfish ladreefr
&0., they were at first so
speak: ; The exrdtstion.tof maw bravtSoffieess
and troppo l ctir,Oriheir,,mafety, was es lit m
it' was J.W.
For the Presbyterian Bonner and 4drocate.
8 4111 CiiS o3 l A l f* CP , b'
ME: . * ZU; 1858.
p i tt e . , -a oit i ti4o ,
friends, I would, throug' Vii?
millteq.knoirsothe raffadirt union gab
bath School. The Superintendent, lisOthe
206 h, of October-last"prqMidil/to the reehool
that ,each ofAkin thatqwntddliborairdt •ind
recite to'tlWrlseverat itetinkeinathe **kited
number of veraispivionidlleilireSeated *it&
a And telothe,tem' dry liffloiSopy
tie fcrl4olringli DAV . * Atepeoromed 16
cyesil l ;'4,ooo verses,- Itebeetoa„gdthurkfieuth,
knit .18'Vaiii, 6 2;222,terieS
; ib[dndson~ 'aged 12 years, 2,Q17 veinea
WEiii is the!oeitifildi account their teas
era,' 4 1 4410.1141reffi.prsenteddinwidue„iii.
' 3 ' ) f 4 o l4 ltlf9lf D'RlPT!er.Pfifienol4. l l9itell.
'Years in fOiti;
BE ta. 'lll.z.s.iiinr, Superintendent,