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to us, not only in showing us all man- 'the case so far as it has gone, and ner of hospitality in their own homes, promise to restrain their inferiors in but in bringing us in contact with future. Chinese promises are not very many of the missionaries here ;, we much worth: but, certainly, our poor were, I trust, mutually refreshed by friend has recovered his pack of cloth, meeting with each other. Mr. and and the adversaries have in some Mrs. Swanson, and Mr. Grant, are liv. measure lost their prestige. ing at Mr. Edkins's, and I at Mr. But at Anhai no redress has been Covie's; the latter is one of my old obtained : on the contrary the wor. school and college friends and towns- shippers of God are sorely pressed. men ; so you may suppose it was a Several who seemed hopeful now hold very pleasant thing for me to meet back. They can no longer meet in with him and enjoy his society on my Alat's house: it is close to a very large first arrival in this strange land. We ancestral hall, the good luck of which expect to leave for Amoy to-day or to- would have been endangered, as the morrow, in the Peterborough, Captain neighbours thought. Our friends have Orchard. She is a fine new ship, and thus been compelled to meet in the has excellent accommodation, and her house of one of their number in that captain we like much, so far as we have part of the town where the opposition seen him. She is chartered by China- is strongest. On weekdays but few men, and there are about 150 of them meet together. On the last two on board. This does not add, I sup- Sabbaths, eleven or twelve assembled. pose, to our comfort, but we shall have When they attempt to sing, stones are some opportunity of studying Chinese thrown at the house. One of the character and language.

assistants has been to visit Anhai; he I remain, my dear Mr. Matheson, stayed only two days, as his presence Yours, very sincerely,

there much increased the opposition.

The mandarins seem not inclined to H. L. MACKENZIE.

do anything towards restraining the

people ; and there are rumours that From the following extract of a let- they even intend to arrest the God. ter from Mr. Douglas-dated Amoy, worshippers, and to complain of my 1st of June, it appears that the faith visiting the place. In the latter case of the Christians at Anbai is being consul may not permit me to visit it.

there is considerable danger that the tried as with fire. May it be found to I believe that, at all events, he will not the praise of the Lord Jesus.

give me any further assistance till he

receives instructions on the subject The little church at Pechuia is now from the ambassador. We are thus enjoying a little quiet, in answer to all the more thrown on the promises of many prayers.

the word and the strength of the The cloth-pedlar who was robbed Lord. And we are encouraged by the had made a complaint to the Haiteng help we have had from above in other mandarin, who had shown a disposition places, to hope that here also, through to examine into the matter and to do the effectual fervent prayers of God's some justice. The head men of the people, his strength shall be made village became alarmed, and made a perfect in our weakness. compromise ; they pay the expenses of

CARSTAIRS DOUGLAS.

Correspondence.

THE VAUDOIS CHURCH.' carry the greetings of our Synod to that

of the Vaudois Church, which met last To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger.

May in the valleys of Piedmont. Already Blackheath, 19th Aug., 1860.

your readers have been favoured with a Dear Sir,- It was my lot, along with very interesting and correct vidimus of our esteemed elder, Mr. Matheson, to the business transacted by that Alpine

Was

assembly, in a letter written immediately he felt constrained by conscience to after its close by Mr. Matheson. It may make, though he had little hope that it ! not be superfluous, however, in me to would be seconded, and fully expected it give a short statement of the impressions to be met by a smile. He thought that made upon my own mind by the pro- the time had already arrived when the ceedings, especially as I feel that there college should be removed from La Tour

on the occasion every token that to Florence; he supported this view by could be desired by a faithful Church, of several strong arguments, and sat down the presence and blessing of her King again, apologising for his boldness in and Head. I was late in reaching the stating these views, and expressing his valleys, and already the deputations had belief that they would be coldly received. been heard, and some of the foreign visi- Mr. Meille, Italian minister at Turin, fol. tors, among others my excellent colleague, lowed, reminding the court that last year had taken their departure. But I was he had proposed the removal to Turin, allowed to appear on a future occasion. and that his motion fell unseconded to I was peculiarly privileged in being pre- the ground, He was happy to find that sent at an animated debate on the Con. he had now one brother to sustain his stitution of their Missionary Board or general principle, and that he was now Commission, and next day at the dis- ready to second the removal to Florence. cussion and decision of the question as Mr. Pilatte then rose and vehemently to the removal of the college from La supported the same idea, concluding by Tour to Florence. The former subject an appeal to Mr. Revel, who has long had been one of much solicitude, and it been the Nestor of the Synod, and who, was considered by some of the most ex- as a professor, had a personal interest in perienced of the members a rather un. the question. Mr. Revel, with a sagafortunate resolution which the Synod cious smile, professed his readiness to go adopted. But on the rising of the Synod wherever the Synod ordered him, though all parties were more than reconciled to it were to Rome itself, and approved of the decision ; this arose from the vote the idea that Florence was peculiarly which was afterwards taken on the se- suitable as a locality for their institute. cond of these questions. From the But he saw a formidable difficulty in the earliest times a theological seminary has financial poverty of the valleys, which existed in the valleys, though its precise could not support the great additional locality has often been disputed. For expenditure involved in the undertaking many past years, however, La Tour has proposed; here was his great and at been the spot dedicated to academic pur- present insuperable objection. Mr. Appia, suits, and here there are at present three Mr. Meille, and Mr. Pilatte, rose again theological professors, besides teachers successively, and declared their convicof various branches of secular learning. tion that a removal to Florence would With the advent of religious liberty and be so popular in England and other the power of preaching in Italy, God has Protestant countries, that any sum of awakened a missionary spirit which has money necessary to carry it out would been duly fostered by the yearly deputa- be liberally poured into their treasury: tions from other churches, and especially while the last of their brethren offered by those from the Free Church of Scot. personally to guarantee all that was land. The removal of the college is part likely to be needed for the enterprise, of the missionary movement, and the Then speaker followed speaker, till, the circumstances under which the resolu- conversation being exhausted, a vote was tion was taken deserve to be recorded as called for, when, in answer to the chair. seeming to indicate that God was spe- man's summons, the whole Synod rose cially directing and guiding this ancient to their feet, in token of a unanimous Christian Church in her counsels, and resolution that the removal should take making her understand her duty, and place. The members for a moment enter on her work in a way for which looked at one another as if doubting the she had been but imperfectly prepared. evidence of their senses. That morning

Till the Synod met on the morning of there had been but one man bold enough the last day of its sittings, it never oc- to moot the question. Was it possible curred to any member that this great that already the whole Synod were as change was to be thought of. Mr. Appia, one in affirming it? No sooner did the a faithful minister, rose with diffidence, truth of the case appear indisputable, and apologised for a suggestion which than with one consent a murmur of

satisfaction, culminating in a hearty sniff, may avail themselves ;-and 4thly. The

and something not unlike a cheer, rose position of this seminary, if it be weli i from the whole assembly, while one of maintained, is likely to attract the favour.

the Scottish deputation gave vent to his able notice of the Italian community, satisfaction by tossing his hat to the and so give a character and importance ceiling of the church !

to the Church to which otherwise it If there was anything approaching to might not attain. the indecorous in such demonstrations, Let us hail this step with our hearty it may be taken as a proof of the unex- sympathy, and let us join our brethren pected nature of the result. The Synod in various parts of England in aiding it had done what no member of it had pre- by our liberal contributions. viously contemplated, and the universal Yours faithfully, feeling afterwards expressed was, that

Geo. J. C. DUNCAN, | God had led them to a decision from

which they had been ready to shrink as too boid, but which their faith ought to have prepared them to take. I have

SABBATH SCHOOL STATISTICS. been a member of very many Church To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger. courts, and have frequently seen the Dear Sir,--In your notice in this month's wondrous loving-kindness of God in ob- “Messenger," of a conference of ministers, viating threatened evils, and guiding his elders, and teachers, held in London on the servants through perplexities. But never 12th June last on Sabbath-schools, you did I witness a result like this, so un- have pilloried the St. Andrew's, Manchester, premeditated, so unexpected, and attained and Etal congregations for refusing to sup

with such perfect unanimity. I had ply information. Would it not have been | breakfasted the same morning in com

more courteous to have followed the exain1 pany with ten or twelve of the chief ple of the secretary of the Conference in his speakers in the Synod, and though the Report, and appended the reasons given for conversation had embraced almost every If you think so, please mend the matter by

not filling up the schedules of queries sent ? topic of immediate interest, I had noticed that this one was not even mooted. Yet publishing these reasons in your next issue,

and oblige here, as if by some overruling but in

Yours faithfully, visible influence, all these brethren had

The Session CLERK OF ST. ANDREW's. enthusiastically voted for a measure involving the most extensive and important Manchester, 24th July, 1860. results. I confess I was afraid that re

The reasons given by our Session were, flection might lead to grave doubts of that they “ having already answered questhe wisdom of the measure. But it was tions of a similar kind issued by the com

Residing in the valleys for mittee appointed by the Synod, deem it about a week after the rising of the inexpedient to answer any queries put by Synod, and holding friendly intercourse irresponsible parties.” with many of the pastors, there seemed to be no misgiving on the subject. The tion in the August number. We are not

[This letter reached us too late for insercase was one in which the application of

aware that any committee has of late years our barrier act might have been very been appointed by the Synod to obtain staproperly employed, but in the absence tistics of our Sabbath-schools. Why is it of any such safeguard against rash legis- that almost all other Presbyterian Churches, lation, all seemed satisfied that the deci- both on this and on the other side of the sion to which they had come was right, Atlantic, can obtain statistics of their consafe, and faithful, as well as pregnant gregations and Sabbath-schools, and we canwith the best results.

not? Even the Synod has tried and failed. Some of them are obvious :- Ist. The -Ed.] students of the valleys transported to

Florence will learn a pure Italian, the I want of which has been a bar to their usefulness. 2ndly. Other students will

To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger. be much more readily gathered at Florence Dear Sir,–In my report on our Sabthan at La Tour. *3rdly. There will be bath-schools I omitted any return from a field in Florence and the neighbouring Smethwick, near Birmingham, because towns and villages for missionary labours, the schedule was returned to me through of which both professors and students the post-office unfilled up, from which

not so.

I concluded that the school was discon- Missionaries, and about 10 as teachers tinued. It now seems this was a mis- of Week-day-schools. take, as it is still in operation.

Amended by these returns, our total I had no return from Ramsbottom, figures show 1,487 teachers and 14,597 and estimated it below its actual con- scholars in our Sabbath-schools. dition. The publication of the Report It is with great pleasure I publish has produced returns from both of these these additions, and I have only further places, which I have great pleasure to express regret that all our Sabbathin now making public through your schools did not see their way to give us pages.

correct returns of their numbers, as it is Smethwick has 90 scholars and 15 evident that the Church has never yet, teachers, 6 of whom were once scholars even through its school committee (which, -one scholar has become a member of by the way, deals formally only with the the Church. Its library contains 200 Week-day-schools, and takes account of volumes, and the scholars collected the Sabbath-schools as a mere adjunct 188. 6d. during last year towards the to its proper functions), obtained correct building of a new school.

and complete statistics of the Sabbath. Ramsbottom has 32 teachers and 425 schools within its bounds. scholars. It has sent out 8 young men

I remain, yours truly, as ministers to the Church, 4 as City

WM. FERGUSON.

Jotices of Books.

;

Old Truths and Modern Speculations. By latter class of books belongs the one at the

JAMES ROBERTSON, D.D. Edinburgh: head of this notice. The work is divided William Oliphant & Co. London : into three books. The first treats of God; Hamilton, Adams, & Co. Second the second of Sin and the Plan of Saloa. Edition,

tion; and the third of the Church. These The present age has been remarkable for its books are again subdivided, and the sub

jects treated under their natural heads. speculations of all kinds. Atheists and

The first book, for instance, treats of AtheFreethinkers have seized upon some shred ism, Pantheisin, the True God, and Unbeof philosophy or pseudo-science, and have lief. The others are similarly treated. The endeavoured, at one grand sweep, to prove style is clear, and the arguments are lucidly the falsity of the Bible. Even Christians themselves have deemed it necessary, in

given. many cases, to appeal to philosophy and Blind Bartimeus and his Great Physician. reasoning, in order to explain some of the

By PROFESSOR W. J. HODGE. Edinplain facts of the Bible which geology and other sciences have seemed to impugn. This

burgh: Strachan. London: Hamilton

& Co. is, in a great measure, attributable to the rapid strides that all the sciences have lat. A very valuable importation from America. terly made. New discoveries have come We have no hesitation in pronouncing it upon us often suddenly and unexpectedly, one of the most charming and useful little and have changed many of our preconceived volumes we have read for many a day. Such notions; and as the teachers of the fifteenth faithful preaching as this must do good. and sixteenth centuries thought it necessary The man must have a dull head and a duller to warn their followers against the teachings heart who can read or hear such sermons of Copernicus and Galileo, so many wise unmoved or unblest. men of our time have thought it necessary to "explain” some passages in the Bible Secret Prayer. By the Rev. CHARLES which do not appear to coincide with the

STANFORD. Jackson & Walford. new discoveries in science. Others, on the This beautiful little treatise is founded upon contrary, have deemed it wiser and better to the well-known text, “But thou when thou take their stand by the Bible in its original prayest enter into thy closet,”. &c. Mr. simplicity, and to confound sceptics by a Stanford says, " The object of this appeal simple appeal to its solid truths. To the is to summon attention to our Lord's law

a

cessors.

respecting secret prayer.

To feel his Lectures delivered before the Young Men's words in all their freshness and loving force Christian Association, in Exeter Hall, you must feel that he is speaking now, and from November, 1859, to February, 1860. speaking, not to a congregation, but to you, Nisbet & Co. his individual disciple. With glorious love, Tais forms the thirteenth volume of the yet with startling directness, he looks you Young Men's Lectures, and it certainly in the face, takes you by the hand, 'calls comes in no way behind its goodly predeyou by name, and leads you out,' tható he,

No better book, the Bible exalone, may speak to you alone.'Thus sweetly he discourses to us on this cepted, could be put into the hands of a

Foung man just entering upon the duties important theine, shutting the world out, and trials of life. and drawing us into the holy of holies.

The British and Foreign Evangelical

Review. No. XXXIII. Nisbet & Co. The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ Jesus our Lord; being the Fourth Series This is an excellent number of the “ British of Lectures preached at the request of the and Foreign Evangelical.” The first article, Edinburgh Association for Promoting the on the“ Book of Genesis,” is full of sterling Study of Prophecy. By the Rev. James thought; and if the reader finds it someKelly, M.A. Fourth Edition, revised what too heavy and too long, he will find and enlarged. James Nisbet & Co. relief in the second article, taken from the

Southern Presbyterian Reriew, on “The We very cordially welcome this new edition American Board and the Choctaw Mission.” of these able lectures, which indicates, we In the writer of this article the (Christian) trust, a growing interest in the study of the slaveholders of the South have a bold and great subjects of which they treat. Many shameless advocate. We are ashamed to will not agree with the author in some of see a man, calling himself Presbyterian, the views advanced in his lectures, but many having the effroutery to lecture his brethren will concur in thinking that "the thoughts on “The Christian Doctrines of Slavery; and ways of God need to be quietly pon- | namely, that slavery is government, and, as dered;" and that to the student of Prophecy such, is good, and is sanctioned of God!" Mr. Kelly has rendered important service by The third article, on "The First and Se. the publication of this volume.

cond Adam," from the Princeton Review,

is worthy of its parentage. The remaining Prophetical Landmarks ; containing data articles are, “ Edwards on the Atonement,

for helping to determine the question “ Presbyterian Church Governinent," " The of Christ's Pre-Millennial Advent. By Missionary Conference,” and “John CalHoratius Bonar, D.D. Third Edition. vin.” Nisbet & Co.

Abner the Leper. By WM. ANDERSOX. This work of Dr. Bonar's is so well and

Author of " Bethlehem and its Kings," widely known that we deem it unnecessary. This little penny book is another effusion

&c. Partridge & Co., Paternoster Row. to say more than simply announce the appearance of this new edition. In a brief from the pen of our literary elder. It is a preface the author says, that each year well-told story for children, conveying a seems to add fresh confirmation to his vivid impression of the leprosy of the body views, and bring out more fully the decp and of the still deadlier leprosy of the soul

. Scriptural foundations on which they rest.

There are few men better qualified to

minister to children than Mr. Anderson, T'he Quarterly Journal of Prophecy. No.

and we would be glad to hear of superin. XLVIII. James Nisbet & Co.

tendents encouraging him in his efforts by

purchasing his little books for distribution We have a very high respect and affection in their schools. for this journal, however widely we may The Year of Grace; a History of the differ from some of the views which it en- Ulster Revival of 1859. By the Rev. forces. It cannot be read without instruc- William Gibson, Professor of Ethics, tion and profit. The number opens with and Moderator of the General Assembly an article or letter on “ The New Heavens of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. and Earth,” which is followed by a second Edinburgh: Elliott. London: Hamilton article, which every reader will welcome, & Co, called " Readings in First Chronicles.” “The Tuose to whom Professor Gibson is already Kingdom of Christ, and Nature of the Age known as an author will readily agree with foC me," forms a third article on this sub. us in thinking that it would be difficult to ject

, and, we think, occupies more space find one better qualified for writing a his. than it is justly entitled to.

We have pe tory of the Ulster Revival of 1859. A cool, rused the nuinber with very deep interest.

clear head was needed to deal faithfully with

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