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We have raised £180 for the greatly quickened. Our returns this purchase from the Duke of Devonshire March of our Buckland Society are of the fee-simple of the chapel. one hundred and one, with thirteen on ground. This will shortly be paid trial. Last March we returned ninety, We are about to complete our school- so that we report an increase of eleven room, and erect the much-needed
on the year. We have had a gracious class-rooms, at a cost of about £230; work among our young people in the and for this work, also, the money is Sunday-school. Many of the scholars secured. A day-school, with a very have been converted; of our teachers good prospect of success, will, in all and officers in the school there are probability, be opened in the summer. only two who are not meeting in class. We are also intending to supply the The building-fund for the proposed chapel with a warming-apparatus, as new chapel now amounts to £550, or our congregations are sometimes seri- about one-third of the sum needed to ously affected in very cold weather meet the requirements of the Chapel through the want of it.
Committee. A gentleman, who has A minister's house is much needed, just joined our Buckland Society, has and we hope to make such arrange- promised me £30 towards the new ments with the Home-Missionary Com- structure. This is the largest amount mittee, to whom the place is already yet promised, and I think the donor 60 largely indebted, as will enable us will be a great aid to this mission. to provide this for my successor. If the Chapel Committee would extend
At Hailsham, the chapel being freed to us help in raising the three-fourths from debt, with the exception of a of the outlay, which, if I am rightly small loan from the Chapel Committee, informed, is done in pressing cases, & we are intending to erect a school. great boon would be conferred upon room, which is very much required. this mission and the future of MethoA goodly sum has been contributed dism in this Circuit. A more needy and promised for this object; the case prob:bly does not exist out of plans are drawn, and we only wait a London. It is saddening to find that, favourable opportunity to commence. through want of money, we are anable
Very serious incumbrance and in- to avail ourselves of the openings convenience will be removed from the which are now presented to us for the Circuit by these means; and a large extension of our work. I have made step will be taken in the direction of preliminary arrangements for a Circuit self-support, so as to free the Home- Bazaar, in behalf of the proposed chaMission funds for effort elsewhere. pel, by which I have asked the friends
to aim at realizing £500. 3. PORTSMOUTH. Buckland Mission. Stamshaw.-Ourmission-room, which -- From the Rev. Henry Watts.- March will seat a hundred persons, was opened 19th, 1873.-The work in connection on Sunday, December 8th, and has with this mission has been steadily proved a decided success. Already readvancing since I sent my last report. sults have been achieved which have exAlthough much of my time and atten. ceeded our most sanguine expectations. tion have been engaged with financial The congregations are large, especially matters, I have tried to keep the great on the Sunday evenings, when the work of soul-saving prominently be place is often inconveniently crowded. fore the people. We have had a series Repeatedly there have been most of services, which have been crowned marked evidences of the presence and with the Divine blessing. Our Church- power of God in the awakening and members have not only been in. conversion of sinners. A class has creased, but the spiritual life of many been formed, which returns this qnarof our old members has also been ter six Church-members, and eleven
on trial. The Sunday-school, which the old man answered the questions I was established at the beginning of put to him, respecting his determinathis year, is doing a good work among tion to forsake sin and to live to God, the young. There are now the names and this public profession of his of a hundred and twelve children on allegiance to Christ made a deep imthe school-register. Our success here pression upon all who witnessed it. is likely to create our difficulty. There We hope soon to form a class in con. seems every indication that the work nection with this mission, into which at Stamshaw will soon become, as it these new converts can be gathered. is at Buckland, cramped for want of room.
4. WILLITON.-From the Rev. C. Langstone.-A mission has been Harrison.—March 28th, 1873.--We established at this place, in the midst have been favoured with showers of of a scattered rural population. A gen- blessing at Watchet and at Brendon tleman residing at Langstone Lodge, Hill during the quarter. At both places anxious about the souls of the people the results of the work have been who are living around him, has opened most encouraging. Backsliders have a room in his house for prayer. I have been reclaimed, the lukewarm have attended these services, and think that been quickened, and several have been they are likely to be a great spiritual converted to God. Many young perblessing to the people in the neigh
sons have been awakened, and led to bourhood. Many are being convinced the Saviour. A man, seventy-seven by the Spirit of God of their need of a years of age, who had been an attendSaviour. The first-fruits of the mission ant at the Church of England, and have already been gathered. One aged believed himself, to use his own experson, who has almost attained his pression, to be “all right,” came to threescore and ten years, has, by at.
our service at Brendon Hill, and was tending these services, been brought "pricked in the heart.” He sought an to a knowledge of the truth. Never interview with the Home-Missionary having been baptized, he expressed minister, and ere long was enabled to an earnest desire to be thus received rejoice in God his Saviour. Our cot. into the Church of Christ. It was tage-services are kept in steady operamy privilege to baptize him in our tion. We are opposed by High-Church mission-chapel at Buckland. The influence, but this will not arrest the service was most affecting and impres- success of the work. sive. With great clearness and decision
GENERAL RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
[The extracts which appear in onr pages under the head of "General Religious Intelligence," are carefully taken from the most trustworthy sources at our command. We cannot undertake, however, to answer for the propriety, in all cases, of their literary style ; to guarantoc, in every instance, the accuracy of dates, or of the names of persons and places; or to endorse all the views which, on particular subjects connected with evangelical enterprise, agents of the various Religious Societies and Committees may advance.)
“In passing through Paris lately, I THE WORKING-CLASSES OF PARIS.—The took the occasion to make myself Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance acquainted with a Christian work writes as follows in the pages of among the working meu in several "Evangelical Christendom.”
quarters of that city, of which I had
received a most favourable account at sideration and correspondence, with Geneva from one of the French pastors, much prayer, succeeded. The French during the Conference of the Evan- language was diligently studied, and gelical Alliance hell there last autumn. with the beginning of 1872, a shop in This Christian effort is so unique in the main thoroughfare was rented, its its kind, so catholic in its mode of trade fittings removed, and replaced operation, so well-timed, so well with chairs, forms, etc.; and its bare received, and so greatly blessed, that walls were decorated with pictorial it appears to me to deserve being illustrations of Holy Scripture. The widely known.
first mission-room was then opened, "In the autumn of 1871 a Christian to which workmen and their families minister and his wife, from one of the were invited to come. The fact that English counties, visited the French those whom it was sought to instruct capital for the first time; no thought and win for Christ were unused to of ever residing there had crossed their attend religious services of any kind, minds, but the providence of God suggested the idea of meetings in showed them that in the darkest which there should be no lengthened districts, among a people cherishing speaking, but a number of short, the bitterest hatred to all forms of pointed readings or addresses, varied religion with which they had been by the singing of hymns, and, should acquainted, there was a Christian work the people seem prepared for it, the to be done, and that those whose offering of prayer. The reading of the infidelity was proverbial, who had Bible might, it was hoped, form an made Communism’ å dreaded word, interesting featare, the Book having, were, notwithstanding, accessible to for multitudes, sad to say, the charm the power of kindness, and were willing of absolute novelty. Illustrated to hear Gospel truths presented to Magazines, such as l'Ouvrier Frantais, them by the bons Anglais. Lord and other periodicals of a religious Bacon has remarked, Great weights tone and tendency, were provided, so hang upon slender wires.' An incident that all who entered the room would which occurred one evening at Belle have the opportunity of reading what ville was the slender wire:' a cour- was likely to interest, instruct, teous reception of a few tracts, and and influence them for good. The some words spoken by a rough but commencement of the mission was a intelligent operative, to this effect:- time of anxiety, but it was undertaken • We number tens of thousands in this in faith and hope and love, and this district, and we have all, to a man, itself was the presage of success. done with the priests ; but if any one True, bitter opposition was at one would come and teach us religion of time attempted on the part of a few another kind,-a religion of freedom' atheists, and the newspaper press was and reality,--we are ready for it, brought into requisition against the were slight things, but on them hung work; even the Commissary of Police, the weight of much after-service. A though cordially approving the object, wide field opened out to the view of expressed his fears that, in consequence the English minister and his wife. of the prevailing disposition to mock Better still, it appeared to them white at religion, the services might be unto the harvest. Mr. and Mrs. M'All interrupted; but fears melted into there and then resolved that, God thanksgiving as the work proceeded. helping them, they would be the At first a few, then many, persons reapers, and at once entered with true attended, and at each service expressed missionary zeal upon the work that their thanks for the interest shown in was before them.
their welfare by those who had spoken “ A few months of anxious con- to them the truth in love, and pre
sented it to them without money and whom heartily joined; this without price.
followed by the reading of a few verses "The mission-station at Belleville of Holy Scripture well chosen and well was succeeded by the opening of enunciated, succeeded by the reading another at Montmartre; then by of an anecdote illustrative of the power another at Menilmontant; by another of Divine truth, taken from some record at the Faubourg St. Antoine; and of Christian experience. This was recently a fifth has been opened in listened to very attentively, as was the Rue Mauge by the Jardin des also, after singing another hymn, the Plantes.
address or sermon, which did not take "A few Sundays ago, I had the more than six or eight minutes to privilege of attending services at three deliver. different stations. The first was at “These addresses and readings and the Faubourg St. Antoine, a thickly. hymns filled up the hour, variety populated district, almost entirely and brevity being strictly observed. inhabited by the working classes. I Occasionally
person would soon distinguished the room by its leave, and others would come in, but having over what had been the shop. quiet and decorum were preserved door a large calico sign, indicating throughout; and it was gratifying, that special services were being held at the close of the meeting, to hear for working people there. Bills were from the people themselves expresbeing distributed outside, stating the sions of satisfaction and interest, as object and hours of service, with this well as thankfulness for the opporaddition - Some English friends are tunity that had been given them of desirous of speaking to you about the hearing truths to which for the most love of Jesus Christ. You are all part they were utter strangers. I welcome,'
accompanied Mr. and Mrs. M'All to “On entering, I found a number of similar services held the same after. children under instruction, various noon and evening at Menilmontant friends having kindly given their and at Belleville, which were well services to Mr. and Mrs. M'All in aid attended, and evidently acceptable to of this work. During the time of the the people. These gatherings on the Sunday-school, persons having re- Lord's-day are followed by various ceived bills of invitation dropped in, meetings on the week-days, all with and, on being shown to their seats, the direct aim of bringing these work. were offered a New Testament or ing people to the knowledge of Christ, some religious periodicals, with which and the love of what is true and pure they were evidently interested. When and conducive to their eternal the time for commencing religious interests. service had arrived, a hymn-tune was “A valuable testimony was lately played on the harmonium, the sound given by a French gentleman who knows of which attracted many from the the working-classes well, to the value outside, so that by the time it was and importance of the mission. “I confinished the room had become full. gatulate you,' he said to Mr. and Mrs. The attention of those present was M'All, on your good work for our then respectfully but affectionately soli- working-class. He went on to express cited, and the proceedings opened with his belief that, could similar efforts bo singing a hymn: a small selection of multiplied, an important influence well-chosen Evangelical hymns had would be exercised for the amelioration been placed in the hands of each of morals and the elevation of the visitor. The cheerful tunes and good people. He added earnestly, that the voices of those who led evidently working-class had been long and pleased the congregation, many of disastrously neglected, but he was of the year
opinion that even yet they could be rumours with which the political atmomade alive to the realities of morals sphere has lately been darkened, to and religion. As a Roman Catholic, the effect that Pius IX. is no more, he admired the unsectarianism of the may have received a melancholy con. proceedings.
firmation. But be this as it may, “The following is a brief summary there can be no doubt that the venerof the mission-work carried on during able Pontiff's days, if not actually one year :
numbered, are fast drawing to a close. French meetings held durivg
The position of a Pope, even in these
456 days of steam, electricity, free thought, Of which, for children
and what is perhaps not quite the Aggregate attendance
same thing, advanced civilization, is puted at
still entirely different to that of other Bibles and other books issued
potentates. The courtly maxim of Le
Roi est mort! Vive le Roi ! no doubt from French lending libraries 701 Tracts, Scripture portions,
holds good of the successor of St Peter magazines, etc..
as of secular sovereigns. That Pius 49,766
IX. and the Popedom are destined to “I returned to my hotel much be buried in one grave is a utopian idea gratified, and not a little impressed held by but very few, and these the with what I had seen and heard. I least capable of comprehending the feel persuaded that, whatever good vitality with which the Papacy as a work of other kinds is being carried on system is endowed. That a successor in Paris and throughout France, (and to the reigning Pope will be found there is much that is good, and many cannot be doubted...... faithful Christians are doing it,) this For our part, we are content to ac. work is not the least deserving of cept the situatiou as we find it, and to Christian sympathy and support. It assume that though Pio Nono is more appears to solve a difficult problem, davgerously ill than we have ever and to show that those whose number known him to be, he is still a living and is the largest in our city population, substantial reality. The possibility of whose class distinction and habits and the Pope's demise within a very short prejudices often present the most period affords matter for very serions formidable barriers to Gospel impres. reflection. Without entering into a sions, may be reached and rescued biographical sketch of his life, it is from their religious antipathy by the impossible to avoid the conclusion, adoption of methods novel in their that the death of Pius IX. must at the character and strange to our ecclesias- present juncture of European politics tical and denominational modes of have less importance than if it had operation, but wise, and suitable, and occurred, say, five or six years ago. It blessed, notwithstanding. It shows is true that the more enthusiastic also that the range of Divine grace members of the Roman Catholic knows no limit, and that the same Church are accustomed to regard the Gospel is ever and everywhere mighty fact of Mastai Ferretti having occupied through God to the pulling down of the Papal throne for a longer period strongholds,' and the turning of the than any of his saintly predecessors, disobedient to the wisdom of the with the exception of St Peter himself, just.""
as a signal interposition of Divine
Providence in favour both of the Pope THE PAPACY AND ITS PROSPECTS. and the Papacy. Length of days is no " Threatened men live long,” says the doubt a privilege granted to but a old proverb. Before these lines are minority of mankind, and to this extent read it is indeed possible that the Pius IX, may fairly be said to have