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having refused to supply them, in con his mercy, and to bless the labours of his sequence, as they alleged, of the Society's servants. Alternations of prosperity and prosecutions.
adversity are a part of the usual trial The committee of management of the under which he places institutions of Society deem it necessary to state that its this nature. It was at the moment of the method of proceeding for preventing the greatest dejection in the South-Sea misprofanation of the Sabbath is changed, sion of another society that suddenly the inasmuch as it is now confined to cases vast Pacific Ocean began to be illuminated in which parishes themselves may be de- with the matin beams of the Sun of sirous of resorting to the Society for aid Righteousness; and it was just when the and advice. The costs of such inter- blight upon the promising and perhaps too ference the parishes are required to pay, much boasted, blossoms of Western Africa in order that the Society's funds may be
had chilled the hearts of some of the exclusively applied to putting down the zealous servants of Christ in the Church trade in licentious and blasphemous pub- Missionary Society, that it pleased Him lications. The number of the Society's who is infinitely wise, to reveal his arm in summary, prosecutions against this class Southern India. Let us then rejoice, yet of offenders bas amounted to upwards of with trembling; giving to Him the glory of two thousand, and in numerous instances
what he has wrought, and expecting a rethey were undertaken at the request of verse the moment we look to au arm of magistrates and ministers of parishes. flesh, and begin to boast of the Babylon
which we have built. CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY:
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL TINNEVELLY MISSION.
UNION. With devout thanksgiving to God we
The number of pupils connected with record the success with which it has
the Union is estimated at 400,000, and pleased Him to prosper the Church Mis
of teachers at 55,000. Including those sionary Society's labours at Tinnevelly, in
not connected, the whole number in the South India. The gratifying particulars are thus stated by the Missionaries Rhenius and 75,000 teachers.
is estimated at 550,000 scholars country
The Union has and Schmid:
published works which would fill 200 “When we came hither, we had no
small volumes. It has also undertaken congregation, except the people of our
to establish Sunday schools throughhouseholds, with a few persons of the Tan
out the valley of the Mississippi, within jore mission; and no Christian schools, but or 7 Heathen schools, which th
two years. One gentleman had already
offered 4000 dollars to aid in this projeci. philanthropic exertions of the former chaplain had left for our superintendance.
CHURCH OF GENEVA: Now, we have 214 villages, in each of
M. GAUSSEN. which there is a number of Christian We continue to look with much interest families, formed into 64. catechists' sta. at the discussions in the Church of Getions ; containing, in all, more than 2000 neva, relative to M. Gaussen, because we families, consisting of more than 7500 perceive in them, as we trust, the germ of souls, instructed by 64 native catechist- important benefits, beyond the immediate teachers or catechists 62 Christian occasion of the controversy. Already has schools; of which 38 are taught by se much attention been excited to the points parate masters, and 24 by the catechists, in agitation; the question is every where in which 1300 children (including 112 asked, “ Are the doctrines which M. girls) are instructed — 36 native youths Gaussen preaches, such as the fallen and form a seminary, from which a number helpless condition of mankind, the Divihave, in the course of the last six years, nity and atonement of Christ, and the inbeen employed in the congregations and fluences of the Holy Spirit, the doctrines schools. There are in these 244 villages at of Scripture ? ” Meetings for spiritual edileast 150 churches or prayer-houses, many fication have been established in Geneva, of which are old Heathen temples. We and many persons who never before serihave said only 150 churches, but nearly ously reflected upon religion, are begin. every one of the 244 villages has a separate ning to take an earnest interest in the building for prayer and instruction. subject. M. Gaussen bas not been be.
The operations of the Church Mission- trayed either into those doctrinal errors ary and similar Societies rest upon the which impeded M. Malan's usefulness, or direct command and promise of God; upon
to a secession from his church, which cur. duty, and not upon success ; for in the tailed his influence. “ I cannot,” he says, darkest night of disappointment, the obli “ comprehend why I am to quit my gaation to preach the Gospel to the Heathen church, and cease to proclaim in its comis as sacred as in those glowing periods munion those truths which were preached when the work of God seems most to pros in her briglit days, just because the maper in our hands. But not the less should jority of her pastors have thrown them off. we thank God, and take fresh courage, Ought I, as a point of honour, to leave my when it pleases him thus signally to display parish, where I preach salvation by the Curist. OBSERV. No. 352.
blood of Christ, because as I conceive we doubt not that by the blessing of God,
DE VAUD. and embrace it to the last."
We lament to learn that the absurd and M. Gaussen has thrown much light upon senseless, as well as unchristian, persecuthe insidious process by which the ortho tions in the Canton de Vaud still continue. dox catechism was silently and gradually In vain have both reason and Scripture set aside, and the present exceptionable spoken ; in vain has all European and formulary substituted in its place. Some American Protestantism remonstrated ; forty or fifty years ago Ostervald's Cate
the persecutions still continue. The chief cbism was introduced, but constant alter officer of the council of state of the canutions for the worse were made in rapidly ton has recently issued a decision of the succeeding editions : as, for example, one council for the banishment of a mother edition has this advertisment : “ The best and her two daughters-the former a veneworks may be improved; so it is here ; rable woman of seventy-five years of age, some skiliul hands at Lausanne have a native of the canton, married to a Getouched it up.” Again, in another im
nevese; having lived in the parish where pression : “Several truths have been more she now resides for more than a third of clearly handled in this edition;" a speci a century; and labouring under great weakmen of which touching up and clear hand ness, infirmity, and affliction, under which ling appears, for instance, in the section
religion is her only consolation--for the entitled, “ On the divine and human na sole crime of their being righteous overture of Jesus Christ,” which is altered to
much, enthusiasts, or whatever else may “On the person of Jesus Christ.” By be implied in the oflicial charge of " l'état and bye we read, “ This catechism has d'exaltation religieuse où s'est jetée cette been modelled upon that of Ostervald;" famille.” Thus every person who labours but in the modelling was lost the doctrine under the atrocious crime of having more of the fall of man, and the Divinity of exaltation religieuse " than his neighChrist. This under-ground process is most bours, is to be banished from his country; dishonourable to those who planned and and this without distinction of age or sex: conducted it. The greatest possible pub the widow and the orphan who pray to licity ought to be given to the re-modelling God when they have no earthly comforter, of ecclesiastical documents; and the dis are especially likely to be included; and ingenuous secrecy of the business proves this without any overt act, any illegal that the pastors were conscious they were
conventicling, any unlawful assembling at contravening the doctrines of their church.
family prayers. We rejoice, however, to If any new proof were wanted of the learn that poor Frances Maria Dominique fearful state of things in the Church of and her daughters are not yet deported, Geneva, it will be found in the fact, that and we trust are not likely to be so, as, M. Cheneviere, one of the most celebrated
in consequence of the revolution in the of its pastors and professors, has just pub Canton de Vaud last December, the muchlished a treatise “ On the Theological abused power of the autocracy of the System of the Trinity,” in which he boldly council of state is broken; and a petition asserts as his reasons for obtruding his has been sent in to the constituent assembook on his countrymen and the world, bly of the canton, from the friends of that the blessed doctrine of the Divinity of religious liberty assembled at Lausanne, Christ disfigures religion, impedes the pro strongly urging that the new constitution gress of the Reformation, multiplies scep should guarantee the free exercise of retics, and is a most deplorable error. How ligion and religious worhip, without any many months, or weeks, or days, would a distinction of sect. We fear, however, clergyman in the Church of England, or a that the result of the spirit of bigotry professor in our universities, be permitted which has been displayed by the council to retain his offices after such a declara and clergy, may ultimately cause such a tion; and yet, while M. Gaussen is per re-action as will deprive the canton of secuted, no ecclesiastical censure has the momentous benefits of a national been passed upon M. Cheneviere. Will church-establishment. The periodical not God visit for these things? Has he
press has found its way to these retired not indeed already visited by the fearful glens; and a warm controversy is in prospiritual lethargy which has fallen upon gress, which, beginning with the question this corrupted church? Yet we rejoice to of the right of every man to worship God see symptoms of hope ; many are begin according to the dictates of his conscience, ning to awaken from their slumbers; and has swerved into the quite different ques
tion of a national church-establishment; other men, and leads him to live for ano-
the Cross. Christians have been at work
RELIGION IN FRANCE. devotedness; they begin to reap much
The following is the plan they
means to get near the parents. This
small to contain the crowd who come to
“ I fear also that many exaggerate much are just as hostile to the Gospel. The
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
We pass overthe Foreign Intelligence of the hope that nothing is wanting but a re-
ment of the Reform Bill by Government,
who are most interested in poposing the prepare the way for the confiscation of its
spiritual, and more useful. It may come
not their direct claim; exception it is!) what springs from the professional decency of character might temper of the times, whatever may be the usually be requisite, for the sake of public system of Government or Parliament; opinion, but beyond that nothing was and from the effect of those abuses in the required : it was not asked whether the Church which have alienated many of the individual was really a man of God; one who people, and rendered them open to the arts had determined to know nothing among of political declaimers and interested men but Jesus Christ and him crucified, impugners of tithes. But this danger and to spend and be spent for the souls of would be increased, not lessened, by a his people. Pluralities and non-residence, continuance, instead of a correction, of the also, have been nourished by the cor existing evils; and, to speak the plain suptions of Parliament; for a legislature truth, we should less dread open ophonestly anxious for the public welfare position than the interested support (even supposing its members not religious) which views religion only as an instruwould not have allowed, for the sake of ment of temporal advantage. If you do cumulating preferments, that wretched away with the Borough-intluence system, system, which degrades and disgraces the it is said, and give large bodies of Church. But the venal interest that made the public a voice, you will ruin the and kept Parliament corrupt found one Church; for it stands by private influof its richest returns in Church patron ence. Its clerical and impropriated tithes age; for it was hard indeed if a man who being bound up together, the efforts of could oblige Government could not provide those who hold the latter are exerted in for a clerical friend beyond the worth of favour of the former; and the better paya single benefice incumbered with re ment the Church can offer by sinecures sidence. These abuses have well-nigh and cumulation for the exertion of political ruined the Church in popular estimation; power, the more sure is it to retain that and one such instance as that which has power in its favour. In all this not one been retailed for the last few weeks of the word is said of religion; of the unbought rapacity of the Bishop of Ely (we see not affections of the public; of that power why we should not allude to the name, as
which the Church ought to possess, as a it has been before Parliament), does more spiritual blessing to the country; and this to injure the Church in the public feeling is, in our view, a far stronger safeguard as an engine of spiritual utility, and to than that interested support which thinks