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gree. Hearty thanks are given to all who have in any way aided us.

The next WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held at Longmore Street chapel, Birmingham, on Easter Tuesday, April 2. In the morning a paper will be read by the Rev. J. P. Barnett, on “The best methods of making our church meetings as promotive of the spiritual interests of the church as possible.” Sermon in the evening by Rev. W. Lees.

HENRY Cross, Sec.

MINISTERIAL. PIKE,—The Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A., of Coventry, bas accepted a unanimous invi. tation to the pastorate of the church, Lombard Street, Birmingham.

RICHARDSON.–Recognition services in connection with the settlement of the Rev. G. D. Richardson as pastor of the church at Union Place, Longford, took place Jan. 29. Nearly 400 sat down to tea, gratuitously provided by the friends of the church and congregation. After tea a most enthusi. astic meeting was held. Stirring speeches were made by the Revs. E. C. Pike, W. B. Davis, D. Asquith, and R. Morris. The chair being ably occupied by the Rev. J. P. Barnett. A very pleasing incident occurred during the public meeting; it was proposed to present the newly-elected pastor with a few pounds worth of books as a memento of the recognition services.

SALTER-A tea meeting was held in Ebenezer chapel, Netherton, Dudley, Jan. 22, to welcome the Rev. W. Salter as pastor of the Netherton church. Over 200 persons took tea, and about 300 were presevt at the public meeting. The Rev. W. Cousins presided. The Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., gave the address of welcome to the pastor in the name of the church, to which the Rev. W. Salter, responded. The Rev. W. Lees specially addressed the church members.

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CHAPELS. BERKHAMPSTEAD.-Our chapel, with its light and elegant spire, is an ornament to the town. Its erection, six years since, cost an outlay of £1,777, and now is entirely paid for. The last £50 were gener. ously contributed by Mrs. Pegg, whose ancestors have been connected with the church for two hundred years. This successful issue is largely due to the perse. rering and business like attention of the Rev. J. Lawton, who, after a faithful and not unsuccessful pastorate of more than fourteen years, is about removing to Eastgate Chapel, Louth, Lincolosbire. Steps have been taken toward the presentation, by the town of Berkhampstead, of a testi. monial to Mr. Lawton, who has arranged to leave about the middle of February.

CENTENARY FUND.-Collections from the scholars and teachers of the Netherton Sunday school, on Feb. 4, towards the Centenary Fund, 193.

MACCLESFIELD.-A tea and public meeting was held in the G. B. school-room, Jan. 22, to elect a building committee, and to inaugurate a fund for erecting a new chapel. There was a good attendance, and much enthusiasm displayed. Promises were made amounting to nearly £500. We shall, however, need much help from friends outside, and trust, that by their assistance, the necessary sum will be realized, and before the chapel is opened. Contributions will be thankfully received and acknowledged by the pastor, Rev. Isaac Watts, and the Sec., Mr. M. Clarke, 40, High Street, Sutton, Macclesfield.

RIPLEY-Centenary Movement. After awarding to the denominational fund £35, we have made a successful effort to reduce the debt on our chapel and schools. The bazaar realized £210; collections, lecture by our pastor, &c., £32, making over £270; with which we reduce our debt by £200, and purcbase a class room, and small strip of land necessary to complete our property. The boys and girls ot our school threw themselves into the effort, and raised stalls that affected our total in a gratifying de

PRESENTATIONS. COVENTRY.– On Feb. 12, a timepiece and & purse of money, in token of appreciation of Mr. Pike's past services, were presented to him. The timepiece is set in black marble, and bears the following inscription _ “ Presented to the Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A., on the occasion of his leaving Coven. try, as a token of respect and esteem. February 12th, 1872." The gift was pur. chased by the result of a subscription, in which the members of the church and congregation heartily joined.

LENTON.-On Friday, Feb. 9, a beautiful easy chair and timepiece were presented to the Rev. J. Fletcher as a birthday presept, by the members of the church and congregation, in token of their high appre. ciation of his labours. Mr. John Saxby, one of the deacons, presided, and Mr. J. Renals made the presentation. Mr. Fletcher appropriately acknowledged the gift.

SAWLEY.-On Sunday, Feb. 11, the members of the adult class connected with the church presented their teacher, Mr. C. Turner, with Dr. Adam Clark's Commen. tary on the Old and New Testaments, as a token of their regard and esteem.

BAPTISMS. COVENTRY.-Dec. 3, four; Jap. 7, six; Feb. 4, four; by H. Cross.

DENHOLME.- Dec. 17, three, by J. Taylor. London, Praed Sireet.-Jan. 31, five.

LOUGHBOROUGH, Baxter Gate.- Jan. 7, four, by E. Stevenson.

OLD BASFORD.--Feb. 4, three, by W. Dyson. PETERBORO'.-Jan.28, four, by T. Barrass. RIPLEY.-Feb. 7, three, by E. H. Jackson. WENDOVER.-Feb. 1, two, by J. Sage.

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THE COLLEGE. As the present number of Students is below the average, and as three of them are expected to complete their course at the end of the present session, it seems needful to make an early announcement of the vacancies which are in prospect, and seek the co-operation of the ministers and churches in filling them up. On referring to the old minute books of the Institution I find it is po new thing to have to com. plain of a lack of men-although the more common wapt in former days was the want of money.

In a season of worldly prosperity, such as England is now enjoying, candidates for the Christian ministry are likely to be more scarce than they were in past times. Wbile for those who desire the ollice, but who have no passion for learning and no ambition equal to that of being early inducted to the pastorate, an easier mode of admission than through our Col. lege is now available.

Will our pastors and deacons consider whether there are any young men in the churches wbom they could advise or encourage to devote themselves to the work whicb, however imperfect its present recompenses may be, is higher in its character than all other employment, and whose future rewards will be ample and eternal ?

W. UNDERWOOD.

CLAXTON-JONES.- Jan. 25, at the G. B. chapel, Boston, by the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., brother of the bride, Mr. Alexander Claxton, of Norwich, to Emma, youngest daughter of the late Rev. J. Jones, Marcb.

COOKE-MOORE.—Jan. 2, at the G. B. chapel, Quiorndon, hy the Rev. J. C. Pike, William Edward, youngest son of Mr. Thomas Cooke, Bridge House, Quorndon, to Alice, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Charles Moore, Mansfield Villa, Quorndon.

HILL-SYKES.- Feb. 5, at the G. B. chapel, Crowle, Lincolnshire, by Rev. J. Stutterd, Mr. William Hill, to Miss Mary Isle Sykes, both of Crowle.

SANDERSON-HILL.-Jan. 27, at Edge. side, by Rev. J. Stapleton, Mr. William Sanderson, of Evan Hill, to Miss Sophia Ashworth, of Hales.

Obituaries.

FARROW.-Jan. 12, Mrs. Elizabeth Far. row, of Strubley, aged 72. She became a member of the Maltby and Alford church during the ministry of the late Rev. James Kiddall, having been baptized by him on May 21, 1838. She manifested deep in. terest in the cause of Christ, but was often prevented by lameness from attending the services of the sanctuary during the last few years of her life. She was a friend to ministers of the gospel, esteeming them highly for their works sake. Her illness lasted only for a few days, and during that time she was upable to speak. In her life, however, wbilst professing to trust in Jesus for salvation, sbe strove to tread in the footsteps of her Master, and to manifest His spirit. Being kind and generous, without ostentation, she was respected generally, and her departure from us is lamented with sincere sorrow. We find consolation, however, in the thought that our loss is her gain, for “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

KELLEM.-William Kellem was born at Lockington, May 4, 1782.

His parents were pious. In his youth he was led to hear the Rev. T. Pickering at the Baptist chapel, Castle Donington. He was converted and baptized in 1803. He became a teacher in the Sabbath school. Although he had to walk about two miles, he attended the means of grace twice on the Sabbath and once on the week-night regularly. He maintained a Christian character through. out his long pilgrimage. A short time before bis death he was unable to attend the public means of grace through age and infirmity, which he often regretted; but would even then often ask after the welfare of the cause. In his last illness be main. tained a strong confidence in God his Saviour. The writer visited him in his last illness, and asked whether he felt the Saviour precious; he said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort mo.'

Missionary Obserber.

HISTORY OF MONI MA.

Jesus"

BY REV. G. TAYLOR. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like

as a shock of corn cometh in his season. The above precious promise has recently been beautifully verified in the case of our dear sister in the Lord, Moni Ma, who sweetly “fell asleep in

on the evening of Oct. 1st, in the 65th year of her age.

As she was among the firstfruits of Ganjam, and as her career throughout has been so satisfactory, and her end 80 triumphant, I am bopeful that a brief account of her history will be interest. ing and encouraging to the supporters and friends of the Mission.

Moni Ma was the wife of Deenabundhu, the first convert to christianity in Ganjam. She was baptized by brother Wilkinson in the year 1842. It appears that her husband's conversion was to Moni Ma a very sad trial, and for some time after the event she refused to live with him, and went with her children to live at the house of her husband's brother. Still the truths she had repeatedly heard from the lips of · her husband while an inquirer continued to exert their influence on her conscience, and she began to reason thus: "If my husband is right, then all we are wrong;" and very shortly afterwards made up her mind to join him at the earliest opportunity.

The following account of her, given about this time by Mrs. Wilkinson, then at Ganjam, will best supply her early history :

"The other day I had a pleasing conversation with the wife of Deenabundhu. I shall give it nearly verbatim, as any attempt at improvement or embellishment would be but a poor substitute for its own native simplicity. She came, as she frequently does, for religious conversation; told me how anxious she was to be baptized, and to unite with other christians at the Lord's table. I asked her some questions relative to the state of her feelings formerly, and wherein they now differed. I said, How did you feel when your

husband began to inquire about christianity ?

She replied, “When my husband first came to the sahib's houso to teach the children, my mind was very easy about myself and him too; but he had not been there long before he began to bring home strange books, which be used to spend many hours reading. I asked him why he did so ? He replied, These are true; come, sit down and listen. I became angry, and refused to listen. These are not like our shastres, they are devoured by these as by fire. I said, What! will you lose your good name and forsake your brethren and sisters, friends and relations, to live with the sabib ? I dare say you will. Then my mind for many days was sorrowful; so I sent a messenger from the brahmin's street, where we lived, to a distant street, where my husband's brother lived, saying, Go, tell them the thing that has come to pass in our house. Bid them all come quickly and talk to my husband, perhaps he will mind them. So they all came, and we mourned one with another, as the Hindoos do when a death has happened in a family. I was so unhappy for three days; I cried, and could not cook our food. Wbile we were all weeping, my husband smiled and said, If you will all listen, I will make known to you some of the truths I read here. So he read and explained to us the Nestar-rutnakara—Jewel-mine of salvation. While he was reading my mind began to change. I thought, who can tell but these are true. When my husband went to live among the christians, I and my children were taken to the house of my husband's brother. While there I thought, if my husband is right we are all wrong, and resolved to go to him as soon as I could; and when I heard that he was coming for us my heart was joyful. And now, since I have lived here, I have learned to walk the good way with my husband. Formerly, thongh sunk in sin, I was not unhappy on account of it ; now I have much sorrow of heart because I am a sinner, but trust in the Lord Jesus Christ' for salvation. On my expressing a hope that she would pray for her children, and endeavour to train them

as a christian mother should do, and so full of grief when I think of her as not as she did in the times of her igno- 'no more,' and the consequent loss we rance, she said, 'I do pray for them and have sustained, I feel too overwhelmed try to teach them what is right;' and either to write or speak of her. As to added, “Yesterday my little boy (six her concern for my spiritual welfare and years old) went to the next house, and that of my brothers and sisters, from while the woman was gone to the well my earliest days I distinctly recollect for water he brought away some tama

with what anxious tears and prayers rinds. I was grieved, and said, That she sought to keep 18 from the paths of was very naughty; you must go and the wicked, and to prevent our going in return them, and beg to be forgiven. the way of evil men; and how earnestly He obliged me and did so.' This very and often she besought us to come to simple anecdote may possess little in- Christ that we might have life.” The terest where almost every mother would Lord so honoured her efforts with His have done the saine; but contrasted blessing that she was permitted to see with the manner in which heathen fe- all her children baptized and added to males treat the faults and sins of tbeir the church, and her eldest son, Daniel, children, it gave me a pleasure which “using the office of a deacon well.” I cannot describe."

Wbile speaking with her eldest In a letter subsequent to the above, daughter, Moni, the other day, I casuMr. Wilkinson wrote:- “One of the can- ally obtained a glimpse into her “inder didates on this occasion is the wife of life.” Moni remarked: “It was my Deenabundhu, our schoolmaster. Her mother's practice often to retire for name is Moni Ma (mother of jewels). private devotion, and statedly twice a Her first impressions arose from hear- day. Sometimes the family were more ing her husband reading the tracts he busy than usual at the appointed hour obtained. Although she has a large for prayer; and I remember my mother family she has learned to read, and is to have said once and again, that if on undoubtedly the best specimen of a Buch busy days she has attempted to Hindoo female we have met with." go beyond the time, she has felt such a

On carefully examining the church want of something; as though some book, during the period of the nearly person had come and taken away a thirty years of her membership, I have portion of that wherein her very life not discovered a single instance in consisted; and she has been obliged which discipline was needed; and as to cast aside the work on hand, and to the time during which it has been repair at once to the throne of grace, my privilege to watch over her, I can and then she has been able to go on her in all truthfulness testify that I do not way rejoicing.” She evidently felt, know a more consistent christian. Her with the Psalmist, “All my springs appreciation of the means of grace was

are in thee." clearly evinced by the regularity of her As a neighbour Moni Ma was represence in the house of God. Nothing, spected and loved by all-a fact acI believe, but personal or relative afflic- counted for in great measure by another tion ever kept Moni Ma from the Lord's- fact, viz., that she was systematically a day services. As a mother, she “ruled keeper at home.her house well," and had—to an extent For some time before her death she rarely seen in this country, and often, had taken a deep interest in our girls' alas! not in more favoured lands—"her asylum ; and while Mrs. Taylor was children in subjection with all gravity;" away from the station she and her and as a consequence she secured the eldest daughter rendered most efficient obedience and love of her large family. and valuable help; in fact, I scarcely Specially was she anxious about their know what I should have done in this spiritual welfare, giving them “line up- department but for their assistance. on line and precept upon precept," and And it is quite gratifying to see how osten with prayers and tears pleaded thoroughly she won the esteem and with and for them that they might be affection of the girls during the short saved.

time she bad charge of them. Her On asking Daniel the other day to death was a very sorrowful event to furnish me with a few particulars of his them all. mother's life, he replied, "My heart is During her last illness Mrs. Taylor and I visited her repeatedly, and to. not afraid, the Lord will take care of ward the close of her life twice daily; you, for a sparrow cannot fall to the and I can truly say that on no occasion ground without His permission." did we go without feeling spiritually A little while before her death, she benefitted. Her sufferings at times repeated with much feeling a hymn of were very excruciating, and once or which she was very fond-on Heaventwice she said to me, " I have told the and the first verse of which describes Lord that if it is His will to take me I the Lord Jesus as alone possessing the am ready to go, but if to spare me I keys death and the invisible world. am willing to stay; only I beg He will She then said, alluding to the first verse be pleased not to allow me to continue of the hymn, “ Yes, in His hands alone to suffer thus." Whether this was said are the keys; He has not yet opened somewhat in the spirit of impatience, the door, but He will do shortly, and or from a feeling of inability to continue I shall then enter heaven and be for to endure, we hardly knew. However, ever with the Lord." In this blessed long before the end every feeling of this state of mind she continued until nine kind had disappeared, and she suffered o'clock on Sunday night, Oct. 1st, when with a patience and submission akin to it pleased the Lord to welcome her that of Him who hath “left us an ex- into that rest which remaineth for His ample that we should follow His steps." people. A few days before she died I said to

"O may I triumph so,

When all my warfare's past, her, “Ma, how do you feel in the pro

And, dying, find my latest too spect of death ?" To which she replied,

Under my feet at last.” in a spirit and with an emphasis that Such were our feelings and such our quite surprised us, “I can smile at death.

prayer as

we attended the closing I have not the least sear, for the Lord is hours of dear Moni Ma. It was a high with me. He has given me more than privilege to be permitted to attend and threescore years of life, and during that witness so blessed and happy a death. time has never suffered me to want for I cannot refrain from saying that, ia anything-thanks to His blessed name. regard to Moni Ma, “other men laWhy should I wish to live any longer? boured, and we have entered into their My home is in heaven. In my Father's labours." The Annual Report for 1846 house are many mansions." She then contains the following :-“Mr. Lacey, added, “I have no anxiety about any- referring to Deenabundhu, observes tbing save my children, whom I now that if Mr. Wilkinson had done nothing commit into your hands, that you may more than instrumentally converting coutinue to instruct them and lead them him, he would not have gone to India on in the way to heaven. My chief in vain. Through him and his estimadesire is that they may all be saved in ble partner, Deenabundhu and his wife the day of the Lord Jesus.” The day received the truth, and the former was following, Daniel asked her about the introduced into the native ministry.' state of her mind, and in reply she said, We fully sympathise with Mr. Lacey's “My soul is joyful in God my Saviour." remarks, and feel that the Lord highly She then solemnly addressed her chil- honoured our dear friends when he made dren, who were standing around her, on them the means of calling out of heathe utter vanity of everything below, then darkness, into the light and liberty and exhorted them to get their affections of the gospel, Deenabundhu and his on things above. She spoke specially wife, Moni Ma. Greatly as brother to those of them who bad children, and and sister Wilkinson must have rebegged they would instruct them to joiced on the event of our departed walk in the ways of the Lord, that so sister's conversion, I feel persuaded eventually they all might follow her to they will rejoice tenfold more to hear heaven. The next day, Moni, weeping that she thus held fast the beginning bitterly, said to her, “Mother, I want of her confidence stedfast unto the end, to go with you to heaven.” Her mother and that an entrance so abundantly has replied, “Daughter, you cannot come been administered unto her into the with me now. Fear the Lord, and hold everlasting kingdom of God's dear Son. fast the beginning of your confidence “She came to her grave in a full age, steadfast unto the end; and then, when like as a shock of corn cometh in his He calls you, you shall follow me. Be season."

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