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worst enemy when alive would have , within the last hundred years, has cared refused to recognise. His printed version to know that the most learned and acof the psalms is now not so well known complished men in Scotland in the as even the manuscript translations of seventeenth century, in labouring for the Sir William Mure. An humbling chap- metrical version of the Psalms which we ter might be written-don't think that I still use, resolved to give solemn and will now write it-on the sudden, violent, respectful heed to "the Psalter of Row. and early entombment of many works of allan and of Mr Zachary Boyd!” high genius and untold labour. Who,
EX TRACT OF LETTER FROM THE Rev. G. | winter food and shelter to cattle, whilst Despard PAKENHAM DESPARD, TO THE TREASURER head. Across the Commilta Bayagani, between
Vale is four miles in extent and will feed 1000 OF THE LADIES' ASSOCIATION OF THE Cove Hill and Lancaster Point, is another wide PATAGONIAN MISSION IN GLASGOW.
pasture-ground, and from the plain along the
high land, from Mount Keppel to Entrance Hill, 90 MILES SOUTH OF MONTE VIDEO,
a distance of two or three miles, there is a sumOctober 30, 1956.
mer pasturage for numerous flocks and herds.
Wild geese, I ought almost say swarm on the I should have preferred dating my letter from large, as tame, and otber eatable wild fowl are
island, and are as good, though not quite so Gregory Bay, in Patagonia, or Banner Cove, Terra del Fuego, but have not been permitted
easily and plentifully had. Then for six months
excellent fish of the bass kind-as large as cod by circumstances, to be explained anon. My design on leaving England was, first, to settle
nearly-smelts and sprats, are to be caught in
our bay; and mussels of gigantic proportions my family under the wing of the friendly Governor of Stanley,-then to convey and settle
are in any quantity to be picked up at low water
on the sandy shore. At Stanley all the ordinary the missionary party at Cranmer, Keppel Island, and proceed in our schooner to the strait to
English garden vegetables can be raised with
moderate care; and as here the climate and soil find out Casuniro, the Patagonian, but this has been frustrated in a way not anticipated. 1
are both better, I expect we shall flourish in
these. All the experienced out here say, trees did settle my wife and children at Stanley, in tolerable comfort, considering the place,
properly selected and attended to at first will in a fortnight, but the use of our own vessel
grow well, so we are going to try beech, larch. was denied us by the Captain Snow of whom
Scotch firs, and oak; and hope by and by both
to beautify the landscape and to supply the I spoke so well. He would not be under my
timber for various purposes. direction,
The party now He was to judge what ought to be done with the vessel. His opinion was
there have a six months' supply of all provisions
necessary for health and comfort in their store. against the plan of a mission colony at Keppel Island, and for taking the 'Allan Gardiner
house, and they have the elements of farin stock home to England at once, and leaving us with.
in seven sheep, two goats, five pigs, five geese out her services. I conciliated, reasoned, and
(tame), six ducks, seven fow ls; they have seed expostulated in vain; his arrogant spirit would
enough to sow the whole island, and they bave not yield, till at last I was obliged to bring legal
ammunition and guns enough for seven years'
war on the wild birds of that and the neigh. power to bear upon him, and then he was com. pelled to succumb and give me up the vessel.
bouring islands, so that I think our friends may In such a small place, however, as Stanley, a
be easy about their lives.
True; permanent suitable captain and crew were not
All this you say is only secular work. to be had, (Snow's were paid off, and would not
our plan requires this to be somewhat advanced,
before our spiritual labours for the amelioration serve, except to be discharged three months after in England,) consequently I was driven to
of the heathen can be effectually begun, wheretake a master and men for the voyage, and came
fore in this my introductory letter I have dwelt
much upon it; by and by I hope to detail how up to this port (Monte Video) as the nearest,
proper missionary work progresses. Let us for the purpose to get the "Allan Gardiner supplied. I was obliged to hire another
find men to navigate our ship, and then first schooner to take our mission party and pro.
with one catechist, then with another, I shall
visit the native tribes, and by the mighty power perty to Cranmer.
of kindness compel them to give their sons Three weeks from our landing at Falklands had not elapsed before my brethren were in
and daughters in trust to us to bring up for
Christ. Ask of me and I will give the utmost their destined home, and set about the impor
parts of earth for thy possession. He that re. tant preliminary employment of building them. selves in--with that home I was much pleased.
ceiveth you, receiveth me. Why persecatest
thou met Put these texts together, and do they If you get a map (just published by the Admir.
not show that God regards us as one with Christ, alty) of Keppel Ísland, you will see the situation of it-not just where it is marked Cranmer'
and hence, that if we ask, he gives Christ the in that, but further to the north-east. The
utmost parts, &c. Now, truly and literally, Mission-house (9 rooms complete) stands on
these regions to which we look are the utmost rising-g just at the head of
parts, &c. ; we do ask them for Christ; God
sheltered warm vale. A brook runs down the side of the
gives them; have we not then reason for strong elevation, and through the centre of the vale
confidence that our missionary Labour will soc.
ceed? into the creek. The soil is very good, and
I have no doubt that you and our dear there is peat in the place for fuel. Round the
Glasgow friends will hopefully co-operate with base of Mount Keppel, and towards Gascoigne
us, and share in the joy of the harvest home by Point, is a fair watered plain covered with
and by.--I am, &c. grass, and by the shores plenty of tussac for
G, PAKENHAM DESPARD.
Notices of Books.
The Tongue of Fire; or, the True Power , is the Pentecostal gift. The miraculous of Christianity. By William ARTHUR, workings of the Spirit of God are beautiA.M., Author of " A Mission to the fully illustrated, but more weight is justly Mysore, &c.” Fifth edition. London: given to His spiritual influences on the Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
souls of men. His influences on preachers
and on hearers are dwelt on with much This is a popular book. When a power. It is the permanence of those volume on religious subjects reaches influences that occupies the chief part a fifth edition, we may be sure there is of the volume, and is made the means sunething in it which has touched the of uniting the church of Christ at the prehearts of the country. A great name sent day to the primitive church. It is may carry a book to the second edition, this which (in Mr Arthur's view) bridges but if the name be its only recommenda- the gulf between our teaching and that of tion, people find out the true state of the the Apostles; which “lessens the discase, and the sale stops accordingly. We tance between our life and ministry and know few higher testimonies to the true those of the primitive Christians." The popular power and interest of any volume presence of God the Spirit in His church than its reaching a fifth edition. There as the fulfilment of the Saviour's promay fairly be a question how much this mises, and the condition of all spiritual power is worth. Some would reckon it life, this is the truth which Mr Arthur's as among the highest, and some as among book preaches. The Spirit as the power the lowest gifts. We regard it as most —the truth as the instrument—Christian valuable when considered as a means; men as the means-a living church as as contemptible when regarded as an end. the end here, and a holy family as the Popularity is an engine of the greatest end above. Such is the theory of this influence, but if employed only to exhibit book. itself, puffing and blowing to show that We think Mr Arthur is right. The it is well oiled, and moving nothing, it is great want of the church of Christ (as deserving of no respect. It is when we we have often felt it) is the absence of a see the engine propelling the steamer realizing faith in the presence and power through Atlantic waves, that we feel of the Holy Ghost. "Until the presence this is power, worth having and (if any. of the Spirit be as dear to all believers as thing were so) worth envying. Mr the presence of Jesus Christ was to the Arthur's book has the popular, power. apostles, the church will never truly live. Has it anything else? Is the engine | Until in the inmost souls of all Christian doing any work? We think it is. men, the Holy Ghost be realized as the
What is the object of the book ? sustaining fountain of their whole religion, What would make a man sit down to earnest piety will never pervade the write it? and then send to the press ? church, and self-sacrifice will be unknown. The author gives his own object. It was Until the whole body of the faithful come "to lessen the distance painfully felt to to believe with the deepest earnestness exist between my own life and ministry that this is the dispensation of the Spirit, and those of the primitive Christians; and that He is to convert the world, our and, of course, to help others to do the inissions will languish and decline. But
To revive something like the when the Comforter is given more largely, spirit of the primitive church in the when the Holy Ghost is poured out with midst of our present Christian life, is the out measure on the whole church of aim of the author. It is a worthy aim. It Christ, then shall the world see the nojustifies him in adding another to the blest spectacle that it has ever seencountless books on religious topics. then shall the tide of Christian love be
How has he sought to attain this ob- like the rolling sea—the world shall be ject? By seeking to bring into promi. “convinced of sin," and Christ's dominnence the influence and operations of the ion shall be from sea to sea, and from the Holy Ghost. He teaches that we are liv- river to the ends of the earth. Come, ing now under the dispensation of the blessed Spirit! hasten on thy errand, Spirit, and recals the church of Christ to and rouse thy slumbering church till, as this, as a cardinal truth. He regards, and at Pentecost, thousands are converted well he may, the actings of the Holy by one sermon, till nations are born in a Ghost as the chief characteristic of the day! primitive church. - The To gue of Fire" Such being the object of this volume, and
the mode in which it seeks to attain it, tive parts of the volume are not so con. we need hardly add a word as to very clusive as we could wish, it is only beminor matters. It is admirably executed. cause we cannot find everything equally The illustrations are fresh, striking, and good. We had marked for quotation just. The philosophy is deep and gene a long and most eloquent extract as to rally true. There is a wide acquaintance the necessity of lay-agency in the church with man's heart. There is very beauti- at the present time, but our limits do not ful description. And if the argumenta- permit of its insertion.
TO MY READERS. It is not easy to part with one's own this eight-year-old! It bas, for example, child; and so I find it difficult to part with been asked, with much sense and no the Edinburgh Christian Magazine, now small indignation, what should such a entering upon its ninth year under my small thing know about home or Indian roof. They say parents are most at politics? These should be left, so said tached to the child who has a marked the adviser, to men of age, presence and bodily or mental defect;—"a want," as “ principle.” One old lady even threatwe say in Scotland, and that in many ened it with a scold from a reverend cases the “ne'er-do-weel” in the family D.D., if it did not hold its tongue! Well, is for some unaccountable reason a in spite of all this, or probably because of peculiar favourite of father and mother. it, I have resolved to keep it under my Let unfriendly critics remember these eye for another year, and perhaps longer, generous instincts, or morbid tendencies if my parental heart cannot then stand of human nature, when disposed to won the shock of parting. And I hope by der how I could still cling to this devoting more time to its education, Magazine, and that, too, in spite of several making it learn its lessons more perfectly, threats to dismiss it from my house. teaching it better manners, to take off its The fact is, that I have been so harassed bonnet to old gentlemen, and to courtesy with other things, and so afraid that my to old ladies, training it to be more usechild might be neglected and turn out ful and obliging in its own house, and more ill, that I resolved last year to hand it attentive to advices given it by good reover for a time to a friend. A few well. latives and friends, and by all the infludisposed, but ratber meddling anonymous ences of a wise Home School, to obtain correspondents, (alas ! I fear, of the fair from those interested in my child's welfare sex, and whose piety it would be danger- the pleasing verdict of “much improved," ous to question,) advised me to do so, no really much more interesting," and doubt from the affection which they the like, at the end of its ninth year, manifestly bore towards me and my blue This I have resolved to attempt by the coat offspring ; and some of these accused advice of a wide circle of well-wishers, my innocent one of being cross and ill- who think my child not so bad. Now, good natured (!); some of being wanting in reader, especially if a parent yourself, respect to constituted ecclesiastical / will you bear with me and encourage me? authority, and to its superiors in age I cannot conclude without tendering and wisdom; while others, again, declared my most grateful thanks to those who that it was too timid and should speak have assisted me during the past year. out, hold up its head, and not be afraid Had it not been for the supply of wholebefore people, for silence often looked, some food which they generously sent they remarked, like sulks or stupidity, me from month to mouth, the child would Sundry have been the advices given to have been dead and buried.
END OF VOLUME EIGHTH.
PATON AND RITCHIE, PRIYTEX S, ID NBUROU.