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of fire round about them, and to know that more are they that be with them than they that be against them. Nor are there wanting grounds of encouragement in the history of the people. If not homogeneous, if signal successes like those of Madagascar and the Sonth Sea Islands and Jamaica have not yet occurred, European culture may contribute to blend the various races and castes together into a new nation, and subtle and mighty sympathies may make them of one beart and mind. “To any one acquainted with the revolution of races,” says Dr. Hunter, "it must seem mere impatience ever to despair of a people.” But the government official looks with fear and trembling where we may look with expectation and hope. He says these Hindus "have got a capacity of belief and a depth of religious emotion which, if worked upon by a really great leader, may yet be destined to blow into pieces our rule." Let us say rather, to make memorable our rule, and shatter for ever the reign of idolatry and super. stition. For the native church shall yet show this large capacity of faith and fervour worked upon and possessed by the spirit of the Great Leader, Christ, and they shall use it for the evangelization of the land.
Why should we despair of seeing Orissa and India won for Christ? These children of the sun have more in common with us than sometimes imagine. They have been moved by great historic inpulses that moved us. For example, their great temples were built when our great cathedrals were reared. From the tenth to the 13th centuries, architecture was the ruling passion of the Indian princes no less than of European kings. The noble structures at Peterborough and Salisbury arose in the same age that saw the temple of Juggernath rise over the sands of Pooree, and the temple of the Sun on the coast at Kanarak, now overlooking, in desolate beauty, the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. When English genius was competent to raise those great epics in stone in which grandeur of outline is combined with exquisite richness of detail, in Orissa they also were building like Titans, and finishing their work like jewellers. Moreover, a great Orissa reformer, who preached that all men were alike ca
pable of faith, and that all castes by faith became equally pure, was born only two years after Luther, and flourisbed at the time of the English Reformation. Great changes have swept over the life, and great thoughts have agitated the minds of the Hindus as of ourselves; and who shall doubt that greater changes are yet to take place. Looked at in the light of human history, the prospects of the kingdom of Heaven are bright and hopeful even in the darkest province of Hindustan. What resources, too, are on the side of truth and the gospel of Christ! What great divine spiritual strength is ours ! The truth and grace that conquered the idolatries of Europe will yet triumph over the idolatries of Orissa, of India, of the world.
Courage, brethren, and faith against all the errors and superstitions of all nations. Let the preparatory work be faithfully done. Let the Word of God be diligently published. Let the gospel of Christ be earnestly preached. Let prayer go up to the Eternal Throne and faith grasp the Omnipotent Arm, and the day of human emancipation shall surely come. The rains of God's Spirit shall descend upon the hills, the channels of grace shall be full, and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. Our hope, at least, is buoyant and bright. The work has been slowly but surely begud; it will some day be swiftly and signally completed. It is said of the Chilka Lake a beautiful expanse of water on the south-east corner of Orissa- that it is distinctly a salt-water lake during a part of the year; but when once the rains have set in, and the rivers come pouring down upon the northern shores, the sea water is with mighty force pushed out, and the Chilka passes through various stages of brackishness into a fresh-water lake. So shall the rains of God's Spirit fall-80 shall the channels of grace be filled, and streams of blessing shall flow into the heathen mind, and overspread its thought and life, until the old heathen faiths shall be all displaced, and the streams that mock map's thirst but do not assuage it shall be sought no more, and all the world shall be freshened and made joyous with the sweet waters of Divine Life in the Lord !
MISSION TO ROME.
and give less trouble with the accounts It will be seen that a few additional
If it cannot be managed otherwise,
then I would say, let the odd halfpenny subscriptions have been received. It would much facilitate the effort, if
or farthing be left over as a nest egg
toward the next remittance, but better friends who are purposing to contribute,
still make up the amount to a level sixwould at once intimate their intention, or better still forward their contribu
pence or shilling. tions to the Secretary, who for the pre
Yours, very sincerely, sent has been appointed to take charge
Thos. HILL, Treasurer. of them as a separate fund. Mr. Thomas Hill, of Nottingham,
MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. promises one pound a year.
MACCLESFIELD.—On Sunday, Oct. The Rev.J.Clifford writes,-“Would 13, the Rev. George Taylor preached it not be well to get the Churches to two sermons in aid of the Mission fund, guarantee a small sum ? £1 10s. per and gave an address to children in the church perandum would do all we want. afternoon. On the following Monday Praed Street would give five pounds per
evening was held our annual Missionary annum for the next five years I am meeting, David Holland, Esq., in the sure."
chair. Interesting and inspiriting adA lady in Lincolnshire suggests
dresses were given by the Revs. George another and not less feasible plan. In Taylor, Broadhead, and Isaac Watts. a letter to the Secretary, she states,
The attendance was good. Proceeds of “On reading Mr. Cook's letter in the meetings and juvenile cards £1.8-a October Magazine I thought, could not
sum in advance of what has been something be done to start this Mission ?
raised for several years past. So I at once commenced a 6d. subscrip- TARPORLEY.--Anniversary services tion, and I hope to realise two or three
on behalf of this Mission were held on pounds; if warm-hearted friends could Sunday, October 13th, and Monday be found in all the churches to try this, following. Dr. Underwood delivered a I fancy the money would be forth- very impressive discourse in the morncoming. I tell the members I want 6d. ing from Deuteronomy xxxiii. 26-29, from each; if they cannot afford that, and preached in the old chapel at I will take less, but I wish all to have Brassey Green.
In the evening an the honour of helping in this Mission. appropriate sermon was preached in Do you think there is any encourage
the Tarporley chapel, by the Rev. R. F. ment for me to go forward ? I am not Griffith, of Llangollen, now the pastor promising to do it for five years, though
of the church. At the Missionary
meeting the Rev. R. Kenney was chairanxious that something should be done.
Addresses were delivered by I shall be glad to hear what you think
Revs. R. P. Cooke, of Nantwich, T. of my scheme.”
Bailey, Hugh Jones, of Llangollen, B.
toins and collections realised the sum NOTE FROM THE TREASURER of £61 68. for the Mission. To the Secretaries of Local Missionary
SERVICES were also held during the past Societies and others.
month at RIPLEY, QUORNDON and Wood
HOUSE, BURTON-ON-TRENT for the Juvenile DEAR FRIENDS,—Will you oblige me Society, SHORE, VALE, LYDGATE, LINEHOLM, by making up your remittances to level and TODMORDEN. The brethren Thomas sums in shillings and sixpences. In several Bailey and G. Taylor were the deputation, instances I have had the EXACT amount assisted at Quorndon by the Secretary. At of a collection sent, such as £9 198.11fd. nearly or all the places the amounts conIn one case, I had a cheque sent in that
tributed were in excess of last year. Reway, although the banks will not re
ferring to Yorkshire, Mr. Taylor writes,
“You will rejoice to hear that the services ceive odd half-pence-and in another
were all of a most encouraging kind; not case where the money was sent in cash it
only has about twenty pounds more been was sent to the farthing—even when the raised than last year, but a thoroughly addition of another farthing would have
missionary spirit appears to have been made a level shilling. I am aware that awakened in the churches." Meetings at this is a small matter, nevertheless the Halifax, Denholme, Queensbury, and Covensuggestion would be an improvement- try, were being held when we went to press.
PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR,
NEXT year the Quarterly Papers will be discontinued. Instead of them the MISSIONARY OBSERVER, enlarged to eight pages, will be printed monthly, distinct from the Magazine, and not part of it as now. The Observer will, however, be stitched with the Magazine, at the expense of the Society. Copies will also be issued separately each month for the use of MINISTERS, ADULT COLLECTORS, and SUBSCRIBERS OF TEN SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE and upward yearly. Particular attention is requested to this regulation, as, on account of the cost to the Mission, it will be necessary to adhere strictly to the rule. Copies will be sent to the Ministers of the Connexion by post, so as to insure their possession of intelligence in time for the Missionary Prayer Meetings on the first Monday of the month.
The young people have not been forgotten.
AN ILLUSTRATED MISSIONARY MAGAZINE
will be published for their special benefit. It will be supplied gratuitously to JUVENILE COLLECTORS OF TEN SHILLINGS and upwards yearly, in lieu of the Photographs, &c., they have been in the habit of receiving; and to all Subscribers of FIVE SHILLINGS and upwards who do not receive the Observer. The Magazine will also be sold to others at the price of One Halfpenny per month. Arrangements are contemplated by which it is hoped that Schools and Juvenile Auxiliaries will be induced to order the Illustrated Magazine in large quantities.
Received on account of the General Baptist Missionary Society, from
September 18th, to October 18th, 1872.
£ s. d. Legacy-Mrs. Mary Beston, of Desford,
by Mr. R. C. Chawner, Executor 50 0 0 Allerton
8 2 1 Barton, Barlestone, &c.
53 5 0 Bath-Dr. Eyre
0 10 0 Birchcliffe
29 4 2 Bradford, Tetley Street
14 7 9 Burton-on-Trent-Juvenile Society, on account
20 00 Caversham, near Reading-Ë. West, Esq.
5 0 0 Clayton
7 12 0 Daybrook
3 8 0 Derby, Osmaston Road
6 Heptonstall Slack
14 8 6 Hinckley
2 14 3 Lincoln-The Sunday School...
2 13 0 Longford-A Working Man
1 0 0
... 16 17
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR MISSION TO
0 5 0 Derby-Mr. T. H. Harrison
2 2 0 Macclesfield-Rev. Isaac Watts
1 1 0 Nottingham-Mr. Jonn Dexter and family
1 13 0 Quorndon-Cöllected by Mrs: North ::. i 4 å
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by T. HILL, Esq., Baker Street, Nottingham, Treasurer; by the Rev. J. O PIKE, the Secretary, and the Rev. F. WILKINSON, the Travelling Agent, Leicester, from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books, and Cards may be obtained.
GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE.
It is possible to get a life of higher precision of the funeral before the one, purer feeling, and greater fer- freedom and enthusiasm of life. It vency. But ought we?
robes the church in such tight-fitMany Christians say “No;" and ting garments that she cannot fully cherish what they think a salutary breathe the air of heaven, or get indread of religious fervour, and pre- creasing strength by the unhampered fer to move on the dull and monoto- use of her limbs. It stifles “fellownous level of respectable consistency ship," imprisons sympathy, locks the and even-spirited devotion. They lips of love, and makes the members have no Christmas festivity in their of the family of God more frigid piety. There is always the sombre and formal and distant than the gloom of Lent; the dreariness of strangers of a railway carriage. It “sackcloth and ashes" about them. mounts the pulpit, and converts the Exuberant joy would discredit them preacher into a careful literary for ever. A spontaneous outburst essayist, who never trips, reads like of feeling would be a sure mark of a book, and never gives anybody want of culture, and a trace of bad the slightest reason to imagine that breeding and defective education he carries a heart. It freezes the that could not be doubted. The stream of song, and lowers the temreligion that is in good repute in perature of prayer. Men and women these circles is without warmth, who sing at a concert with every coldly correct, always extremely re- nerve, are placid as marble when spectable, but never ablaze with the they join in the praise of the sancglow of a healthy and bounding life. tuary : praise that should overflow It is the piety of a feeble and ricketty with the fervour of love, the exultaconstitution that has avoided the tion of hope, and the fulness of the bracing air of the hills, and coddled joy of God. The church of this day itself into weakness and uselessness; has not a worse or deadlier enemy. and not the eager animation and We are not the defenders of riotspontaneous activity of a full-toned
ous vulgarity or wild excitement. and well-nourished healthfulness. Nor do we expect every Christian
This false and accursed theory man, whatever his natural temperablocks the way to more abundant ment, to rise to the same level of life. It puts the brain before the religious feeling and expression. heart, criticism before love, accuracy Still less do we regard exaggerations before energy, and the stiffness and and mistakes as necessary or desira
VOL. LXXIV.-NEW SERIES, No. 36.
ble. All we ask for is abundant life, unpremeditated, have a far better free and full in its emotional play, chance of entering men's hearts than spontaneous in its expression, and elaborate exposition and fine writing. so natural as to be almost in- Getting to the heart is the main voluntary in its joyful and blessed thing; and to do it a man must activity. The church is not a have a heart, and speak from its mummy needing careful preserva- profoundest depths. With a heart tion in the spiced linens of custom, filled at the centre, and to its outerdignity, respectability, and worldly most fibre, with the passion to exalt precedent, but the daughter of God, and glorify Christ, marvels will be the living offspring of Jehovah, wrought on the most hard and seldrawing energy from the fresh founts fish men. We need the sacred fire of His exhaustless life, and rejoicing upon us, and then we shall burn till in the excess of conscious power, others are kindled into heat. This like a strong man to run a race. We will bring pathos, urgency, the "tear ought, therefore, to have done with in the voice,” success. A high state the continuous and systematic re- of religious feeling, freely flowing pression of the natural emotions of out, is the Christian worker's power the sanctified heart. We should in pulpit and school, at home and seek a uniformly higher, intenser abroad. state of religious feeling.
Is it not, too, the healthy brain vour of spirit” is as much a Chris- that thinks easily and sees clearest? tian duty as “diligence in business." So it is in the full glow of feeling
Our religion is of the heart. That that the soul sees furthest. We disis its home: its throne. Love is its cover truth in a heat of feeling that essence ;
and love is an emotion was invisible to us in our lower whose life is fed and strengthened moods. He that loveth knoweth by expression. It increases by scat- God. The prophets were moved by tering, grows by giving. God, its the Holy Ghost; and it was in the author, is love; and His love is ever all-swaying fervour kindled of His finding fresh forms in which to re- presence that they became the Seers veal itself. We are made partakers of the Most High.
of the Most High. God reveals of the divine nature; that is, we Himself to fervent feeling. The are love. It is shed abroad in our eye must have light, or it cannot hearts, not sparingly, but liberally; see; so the soul must have glow, or not along one or two channels, but it will not understand the revelation abroad, over all, by the Holy Ghost, of God. It is to the soul in its which is given us : so that we are most exalted moods that God disfilled with joy unspeakable and full covers most of Himself. On the of glory. New sympathies sway us : holy mounts of our transfiguring new emotions“ constrain” us. Shall experience we see Jesus only.” we not, with Paul-like fire, fervour, Moreover it is in fervour of feeland faith, live to Him who died for ing that we readily cast off care us and rose again?
and bear trials with a light heart. There is no doing much good The disciples rejoiced that they were without feeling, or without a free counted worthy to suffer shame for and natural outlet for it. It is the the name of Christ. Men do deeds heart that moves others. Glowing of heroism under the inspiration of feeling is contagious. Fire spreads. hallowed feeling that they would Every preacher has been taught that condemn as imprudent and hazarda few sentences spoken in the ful- ous in their cold calculating moods. ness of feeling, with the ring of real May God give all our churches conviction, and a burning love for the the heavenly "glow" of a fervent salvation of souls, even thongh wholly' spiritual life. JOHN CLIFFORD.