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home to God.

and the window whence the Cardinal, Not long sball we their loss deplore, for soon the with malignant eye, looked down on the When we with those we loved, shall meet, safe in funereal pile of not only the martyr's our Father's home; person, but, in him, as it might seem, of Then let the remnant of our days be to his service his Master's cause. And Rutherford! Who hid these idols from our sight, lost wo should one word yet with our German historian

fail of heaven. over the grave of that hallowed name-Not willingly the Lord afflicts, nor grioves the song of the man who could indite, as from Christ's palace, his letters from prison

'Tis but to wean our souls from earth, and break

the power of sin; those letters at which fancy itself may He saw us wandering from his paths, and sent the sit down, as at a feast; but at which de. chastening rod, votion kindles to heavenly ardour, as it To turn our feet from error's way, and bring us pursues the utterances of a soul so full of the love of Christ-50 versant in the Shall we defeat his wise design, and waste our days fellowship of the Spirit. Let these writ. Ungrateful for the numerous gifts that Heaven in ings which, scarcely less than the works mercy spares ? of a Boston and a Ġuthrie, have moulded Let faith and hope be cherished still, and brighter the Scottish mind, be witness of the And plants of peace shall spring anew from seed possible alliance of a strictly Calvanistic

in sorrows sown. creed with the purest and loftiest sentiment-jea, with the gushings forth into heavenly channels of the deepest fountains of the heart !- Extracted from an CHRIST SEEKING HOLINESS. address by Professor Willis, of Toronto, on the Theology of the Reformation.

“ Follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."--Hleb, xii. 14.

When Jesus, that morning when he !

left Bethany (Matthew xxi. 18), felt BEREAVEMENT & CONSOLATION. amid the profusion of leaves on the fig

hungry, and sought for at least one fig It is not in the parting hour, when those we fondly tree, he was far more occupied, in his

mind, with the thoughts about the fruit Have breathed to as their last farewell, and winged unto holiness, which Israel should have

their way above; Nor yet, when in the darksome grave we lay them brought forth to God. He was intensely The sharpest paug of sorrow rends the stricken anxious for that fruit; and it was in the mourner's breast.

bitter disappointment which his soul felt 'Tis when we geek our lonely home, and meet no

at finding none of this holiness, that he

uttered the awful curse on the fig-tree, as Which could the darkest cloud dispel, and every an emblem of the Jewish people. He had

care beguile; And when we meet around the board, or at the indicated this previously, when he said,

in Luke xiii. 7, “Behold! these three "Tis then the heart most feels its loss--the loved years do I come seeking fruit on this figones are not there.

tree.” And so, also, in Matt. xxi. 34, And thus while days and months steal on, as " The fruits of the vineyard,” which the

memory brings to view The vision of departed joys, our grief is stirred householder sought by messenger after Though faith may own a Father's hand, yet nature messenger, were the fruits of holy living

and true service of God. For truly Jesus And feel how hard it is to say, “He hath done all seeks in all his own a life of holiness; things well."

they must be a holy people, a people 0! mournful memories of the past, ye wear our zealous of good works. He pardoned Ye haunt us in our dreams by night, and through them and clothed them in righteousness, each weary day;

without anything of theirs being needed The bome which laté, like Eden's bower, with

as a price; and thus they have got the blooming beauty smiled, Yo make a barren wilderness,' a desert waste and first matter settled, viz., acceptance with wild.

God, and have leisure, therefore, to bend Bat why thus yield to fruitless grief? Are they not their full attention to all that is meant The sainted oues for whom we mourn, than we who holiness in their words, holiness in their

by sanctification-holiness in their hearts, Our hearts should glow with grateful love, to him deeds. Saw dangers gathering round their path, and called Rev. i.) how holy he is seen to be !

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has the purity of the “ Ancient of days had not defiled their garments,” (Rev. (Dan. vii. 9), “white as snow; like the iii. 4.) These believers had acted in accordpure wool," and his feet cannot touch ance with their profession ; had not imdefilement, they are " as if they burnt itated the laxity of others ; had not given in a furnace " We at once discover that in to the low standard of holy living ; bad this Priest is he who on earth was “holy, not yielded to others who saw po harm in harmless, undefiled, separate from sin- occasional gaiety, in a little fashionable ners ” (Heb. vii. 26.) And why does he conformity to the ways of the world ; hau walk amidst the seven golden candle- not spent their leisure in useless amusesticks? It is in order to make them give ment, while souls were perishing around more light, and in order to wipe off from them; had not accommodated their maxthem everything like a spot or blemish. ims in business to the morality current in

In Revelation ii. 2, 3, he looks well- the town; but had truly sought to walk in pleased on the holy deeds and purposes the footsteps of Christ, “ boly, harmless, of his people at Ephesus. He delights undefiled, separate from sinners." in their “works," their “ labour," their Those who walked so holily shall (says “patience," and in their steady refusal Jesus) walk with me.” They shall to tolerate evil, whatever it might cost have“ white" robes like my transfigurathem. But then they are not studying tion-robes. “Worthy," is what he calls holiness in one of its chief forms; taken them. I will confess their name before up with working, they are losing heart. my Father.Reader, is it not plain that love to their Lord. In verse 4, he puts Jesus delights in the holy living of his his finger on that blemish—“Your love people, and would have them all to be a is not so fervent as it was! Repent! Be peculiar people zealous of good works ?full of warmth again! Remember bow The Wynd Journal. you used to gaze on my cross till your hearts warmed within you; do so again; come back to this great sight, and get your souls kindled to a holier flame.”

ENTHUSIASM IN RELIGION. Reader, take care, lest, while working in Sabbath schools, classes, tract-distribu. We need more of it, a hundredfold tion, prayer meetings, seeking out the more than we have. Enthusiasm in careless, carrying the Gospel from house science, in trade, in politics, we have to house, speaking to your fellow men,-- plenty of; and all that is done by take care, jest amid all this your soul be enthusiastic men. losing its love.

The Word needs to be guarded, but Again : how he spake regarding the the prudent reader knows that enthu. unholy practices of Pergamos, (Rev. ii. siasm is not fanaticism. The grandest 12,) and the unholy doctrines taught by subject in all the universe of God some among them. He points them out, taking full possession of the soul, and cries, “Repent! I will not bear thee ought to fill it with intense emotion. for another moment! the sword of my It shall profit a man nothing to gain mouth shall strike and wound thee !" the whole world, and lose his own And when he comes to Thyatira (verse soul; and if we praise him who pursues 20), and finds professing Christians se- business with so much industry and duced to think lightly of fornication, and tact as to gain a million before he dies, countenancing idolatrous practices, he shall we not much more admire the raises his voice, as in the days when he enthusiasm of him who gains heaven! purged the temple of Jerusalem and The world is to be saved. We ought cried, “Take these things hence!” to be in earnest about saving it. Our Most terribly do the eyes that are as a friends, children, neighbours, the hea. flame of fire flash indignation, as he then, and the perishing, we can do threatens “ Great tribulation ! Death!something to save them. If they were to all such unholy ones ; and all the on a ship wrecked off shore, or in a churches shall know that he seeks holi- burning house, we would be enthusi: ness in heart and feeling, and surely then astic to deliver them from death. May in life and conduct.

we not be enthusiastic in delivering And then at Sardis, while grieving over them from hell? the cold formality of so many, how he The apostles were enthusiastic. The delights to show his regard to the holy, Saviour himself was filled with enthuconsistent walk of the few names " that siasm. All the best men, who have

been mighty in pulling down error and thought and let it bear you above building up truth, have been enthusi- your fears. astic. God grant that the church may Is your heart often heavy, with rise, and shake herself from the dust. anxious forebodings respecting a loved It is a time to be up and doing. Let child for whom you have prayed, and us work while it is day.

whom from infancy you bave taught the precious truth of salvation. “Faint not.' Though seed-time be past, and the time has fully come when your

yearning, eager gaze should discover THE HARVEST HOME.

. the signs of fresh life as the result of

the seed you have so carefully down, " He that goeth forth and weepeth, and are yet watering with a mother's bearing precious seed, shall doubtless tears. Be comforted by the thought come again rejoicing, bringing his that it is the Lord's seed you have sheaves with him."

sown, bathed first in the precious Mothers, burdened with care for blood of Christ. Though the harvest your children, whose soul wrestles be not in your lifetime, you shall reap for them in unwearying prayer and in the great harvest-home if you faint watchfulness, take this precious 'not, for“ He is faithful that promised."

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CHINA.

MR. BARBOUR has received the follow- from Church privileges. He continued ing letter from the Rev. Carstairs Doug. under this censure to the last, and thus, las :

under a cloud, he has passed away. Oh!

that this solemn warning may not be Pechuia, 14th July, 1860. lost on the others. MY DEAR MR. BARBOUR,- Just as At Baypay we have again found it ne. the steamer, bearing last fortnight's mail, cessary to suspend a member. He has left the harbour of Amoy the barque been mentioned in previous letters as Peterborough was entering it, bringing having left the hill country and gone Mr. Grant, and our new Missionaries. down to the plain about five miles from The same evening was our monthly con- Pechuia. He has long given up all form concert for prayer, the most suitable or of religion, either public or private, and all days to give united thanks for the we have intimated to him that unless he mercies of the past, and to seek grace showed signs of repentance we must and guidance for the future.

speedily proceed to cut him off entirely. The little Church here bas, within two I have been again at Anhai. The manweeks, lost two of its members. The darins have done nothing for us, hut first was Chu-kak, one of the deacons without the help of man, the opposiwho was appointed last year. He was tion of the people has much diminished, taken ill very suddenly, and soon became and we trust to be able soon to resume insensible ; his last saying was, " The regular work there. Two of our assistLord has come, I follow him.” He had, ants are now staying in the house of from the first, sustained a consistent A-lat, and holding meetings in the house Christian character, and exercised a good of another of the brethren. Arrangeinfluence around. The other death was ments are now being made for repairing of a different character ; a young man, the place of meeting, or renting another by name Kang, who was long chapel. place. The greater number of those keeper here, and had once, for a few who had seemed interested before the weeks been tried as an assistant. Alas ! uproar have remained stedfast, and sevehe had failed in the trial, and soon both ral more have since that time begun to lost that position and was suspended join regularly in the worship of God.

Ever yours.

Surely this is an answer to many prayers These form, as it were, a kind of centre, which have been offered up for these from which radiate beams of Gospel truth, poor people.

often sufficiently powerful to penetrate the Meantime, I have been once at Chang- heathen darkness around, and to light the chew, and have a second time visited sinner to Christ. I consider these stations

of the most essential importance in aiding Tung-an. At each place we found good the spread of the Gospel." I have no doubt opportunities of preaching ; the people but in time they will more or less become were very friendly; they recognised me independent churches, whose influence must as having often been before, distinguish- be felt by the surrounding people. Although ing me from one of the American Mis- missionaries up to the present have not seen sionaries who accompanied me on his any extensive results attending their efforts ; first visit to these places. At Changchew the day has at length dawned, I believe when we called on the old oil-merchant, at the labours of many years are proved not whose house Mr. Burns and I had some. only not to have been fruitless, but also to times stayed before : he pressed us to have been, in the very highest degree suc.

I refer now to the case of the stay some days with him, but the wet cessful. weather prevented our stay.

In Chang- rebels. Of the rebels I believe that very chew there is one sign of encouragement. little is known in England-their power, An old man has put away his ancestral their influence, and their religious belief are, tablets ; he did not break them, but to a great extent, altogether unknown, and gave them a decent burial.

it has been only by personal interviews with His son

them that my own views concerning them has long studied in my house at Amoy, have been considerably modified. In conhaving been a member above two years. sequence of the capture of the capital town the old man has several times been down I may say of this district, Suchen, by the as an inquirer, and this step of rejecting rebels, and distant from Shanghai about the ancestral tablets looks like sincerity. eighty miles, four of us determined to visit

the rebel camp, and, if possible, gain some CARSTAIRS DOUGLAS. definite information respecting their reli

gious belief. We had great difficulty in hiring boatmen for our trip, in consequence

of the dread which all the inhabitants enTHE REBELS IN CHINA.

tertain for the rebels. However, at length

we started, and in the course of two days Through the kindness of a minister of came within sight of a patrolling party. the Presbytery of London we are privileged These we hailed, and held a long conference to lay before our readers the following with in our boat. They were exceedingly affa. extracts from an interesting letter recently ble, and willing to communicate information received from the Rev. John Macgowan, upon any point that we required. Fortuformerly a student in our College, and now nately for us, a man of importance, and hold. labouring as a missionary in China in con- ing a high position in command, happened nection with the London Missionary Society. to be with the party. This man invited us to

“I hope in six months more to be able visit him in the neighbouring town of Ping to preach a little, and I am sorry to say Bong, which they had lately captured from there is only too extensive a field for its ex- the Imperialists, promising at the same time ercise. The population here is so dense, to give us letters of introduction to the king and the number of the converts so few, when at Suchen, as well as a passport to carry us compared with the whole, that one feels safely through the rebel district. As we overwhelmed with the amount of labour proceeded up the river to Ping Bong we which, humanly speaking, lies before every were painfully reminded of the fierce en. missionary. Of the whole working of our counter which the contending parties must mission I cannot here enter into details, yet have had, from the numbers of dead bodies I am glad to tell you that there is a suffi- floating on the river, some recently killed, cient amount of evidence to indicate that others in the last stage of dissolution. Christianity, though, perhaps, slowly at pre- The whole country presented a very painsent, is still steadily gaining ground. The ful aspect, the fields were entirely de erted, success which our niissionaries have ob- and the small towns we passed were without tained in their itinerary preaching has been a single inhabitant. As we approached very great. Many of the cities around, Ping Bong the river was everywhere covered such as Sun-king, and until its capture by with household furniture, thrown in in their the rebels, Suchen, have stations, presided haste to escape from the rebels. The river over by a native agent, and all under the on which we had been sailing, for thirty general superintendence of the particular miles or so, passed directly through the missionary who established the station. middle of the town. One side was oocupied

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by the rebels, whilst the other was in flames, Lord and Saviour of man, who redeems in order, I suppose, to prevent the Impe- them from sin, by the endurance of extreme rialists from annoying them. I was very misery. Upon the cross they nailed his much impressed with the sight of the thou- body, where he shed his precious blood to sands of rebels that came out from every save mankind. Three days after his death corner to look at the “foreigners.” They he rose from the dead, and, during forty were dressed in the most fantastic manner; days, he discoursed on heavenly things. every one seemed to dress according to his When he was about to ascend, he comown fancy, but red was the prevailing colour. manded his disciples to communicate his Their whole aspect differed exceedingly Gospel, and proclaim his revealed will. from the general appearance of the Chinese Those who believe will be saved, and ascend that I had hitherto seen. They appeared up to heaven, and those who do not believe determined men in every sense of the term, will be the first to be condemned.” The and to have no doubts whatever as to their above translation is given by Mr. John, one ultimate success. In passing through the of our Mission. In our subsequent visit to town, to have our interview with the chiefs, Woo Kiang, and finally to Suchen, where we observed that the temples had all been we everywhere met with the kindest treatstripped of their idols, and not a vestige re- ment, these views, given by the first party, mained of idolatrous practices. At one were entirely substantiated. We were graticorner we observed three cups of tea, which fied to find that the man second in command, were evidently religious offerings of some and next in rank to “Tai Ping Wang,” the kind. They, no doubt, correspond with the rebel chieftain, is a convert of Dr. Legge, thank-offerings of the Jews, because they at Hong Kong ; and that the same man seem to derive a great deal of their theology spent some months in the employ of the from the Old Testament. We here learned London Mission at Shanghai. As the misa great deal about their religious belief. sionaries had every evidence that this man They believe in one God—his unity-his was a sincere Christian, great results are eternity-and government–in universal de expected. The feeling is now prevalent in pravits-in the necessity of Divine power in Shanghai that the present dynasty will certhe work of regeneration-in sin as a trans- tainly be compelled to succumb before the gression of the law of a living God and a arms of this new power. This will be a loving Father. They believe also in Christ noble thing for the spread of Christianity. as the Saviour of the world— in the forgive- Missionaries will then have free access into ness of sins through his merits—and that every part of the country. And moreover, the future state will be one of rewards and the fact of the Government being a propunishments. I subjoin here a translation fessedly Christian one, will open the way for of some of their printed views. “Who has the reception of the Gospel in such a way as ever lived in this world without offending could never have been anticipated even by heaven? But until this time no one has the most sanguine. The above remarks known how to obtain deliverance from. have been written in a very hasty manner. Now, however, the Great God has made Unexpectedly, the mail goes away a day gracious communications to man; and, from sooner than was intended; consequently I henceforth, whoever repents of his sins in have had less time in arrangiug my thoughts. the presence of the Great God, and avoids If you think any of the facts above narworshipping depraved spirits, practising per. rated will be of any interest to the readers verse things, or transgressing the Divine of the “Messenger,” you are at liberty to commands, may ascend to heaven, and en- publish them, although I have written them joy happiness for thousands and myriads of in the first instance for yourself. years, in pleasure and delight, with dignity and bonour, world without end."

Again, in a form of prayer which they have printed, we find the following :-"I DEATH OF THE REV. DR. EWART, also earnestly pray Thee, the Great God,

OF CALCUTTA. our heavenly Father, constantly to bestow on me thy Holy Spirit, and change my Very mournful tidings have reached uswicked heart. Never more allow me to be deceived by malignant demons, but per- Calcutta.

says the Witness—by the last mail from petually regarding me with favour, for ever

very solemn and afflictive deliver me from the evil one, through the dispensation has befallen our mission merits of our Saviour and heavenly Brother, there. Our beloved and venerated misthe Lord Jesus, who redeemed us from sin.” sionary, Dr. Ewart, is no more. A letter Here is another extract from their writings. has been received from Dr. Duff, inti“But the Great God, out of pity to man mating that, on the day on which the kind, sent his first-born Son to come down mail left, he had been seized by a severe into the world. His name is Jesus, the attack of cholera, and that his life was

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