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ing to her those words from wisdom's page, whose history and portraits appear in the “ Whatsoever thy hand findest to do, do it “ Missionary Chronicle," with this memoir. with all thy might,” &c. Her last letters And who shall tell the pleasing and happy appeared to evince this remarkably. One and useful results of that one organised sisaddressed to a society of working ladies for terhood ? Other united efforts, sacred friend. her, and the missionary cause at Carr's-lane, ships, and youthful members added to the and to a friend also, were written by her on church, are among some of the good things the 9th of May, 1850; followed, alas ! on the which have grown out of this once seeming 4th of July, by those heart-rending epistles “ day of small things.” from the pen of her sorrowing husband, of Such was Mrs. Coles !-beloved, lamented, " lamentations, and mourning, and woe,” that remembered. “Blessed are the dead which his beloved Annie was no more.
die in the Lord, for they rest from their It will never be forgotten that this beloved labours, and their works do follow them.” Mrs. Coles was the originator of the “ Carrislane Missionary Working Society,"
,** by her
REV. INGRAM COBBIN, M.A. urgent appeal, now nearly six years ago, on This excellent and devoted servant of behalf of the orphans of India, and more Christ, who has rendered such vast service especially on the finding of the twin brothers, to our Biblical literature, was called to his
heavenly rest on March the 10th, at his own * This Society sends out annually a box of articles to India, the produce of which, by sale, amounts to
residence, Camberwell, in the 74th year of seventy or eighty pounds.
SCHOOL FOR THE SONS OF MISSIONARIES. The following resolution has been passed SEVERAL years since a proposal was made by the Committee of the Congregational to provide a Home, with suitable Education, Union of England and Wales, recommending for the Children of Missionaries. That Apa Congregational collections on behalf of the peal met with a liberal response; and, as the Board of Education.
result, two Schools were successively estabWe understand that an appeal will soon lished at Walthamstow-one for Girls, the be made to the churches of our denomination other for Boys. for assistance to carry on the training of For several years these Institutions were pious young persons for teachers, who shall adequately supported ; but the time came be able, by a sound and scriptural education, when the Boys' School bad to encounter to fortify the minds of the young for with difficulties and embarrassments. Unforeseen standing the various forins of error and circumstances, chiefly connected with the superstitious observances with which they tenure of the premises, at length compelled may be assailed.
the Committee, most reluctantly, to break up That the Committee of the Congre- the Establishment, and to place the youths in gational Union, anxious that the Churches different schools near London, but this was of our denomination should take their full regarded as a temporary expedient only; and share in the work of popular education, views the Committee believe that the period has the efficient training of young persons of now arrived for the RE-ESTABLISHMENT of both sexes, by the Congregational Board of the School upon a more permanent basis. Education, with much interest, and trusts Such is the object of the present Appeal. that it will speedily obtain an annual income This, however, cannot be regarded as a commensurate with its requirements. At case of Charity. The parents of these Children, the present juncture of its history, Congre having to perform arduous public duties, are gational collections are strongly
unable to devote adequate attention to the mended, as affording a favourable opportunity education of their families; and the baneful for bringing the subject of education before influence of the heathen amongst whom they the members of our churches; and as the dwell, renders the establishment of such an Board has retained its original constitution, Institution in England an obvious duty. agreeably to the feeling expressed at the last The tomb of many a missionary parent is autumnal meeting of the Union, it is hoped on a foreign shore, and surely their Orphan that the plan proposed will be generally and children have a special claim. cordially responded to."
The Committee are anxious vigorously to
carry out this work ; but for its accomplish place, St. John's Wood; Miss Freemra, 4, ment a considerable sum will be required. Douglas-road, Highbury; Miss Peek, 8, FinsThe purchase of a house, with furniture, and bury-square. We hope that a great interest other preliminary expenses, will have to be will be excited on behalf of this object. A met at once; and subsequently the Institution £1000 may be raised, if sufficient zeal and must be sustained by an adequate amount of energy are put forth. Annual Subscriptions. They feel assured, Contributions of Useful and Ornamental however, that this Appeal cannot be in vain, Work, Clothing for the Poor, Irish Knitting, but that it will be cheerfully and liberally Paintings, Drawings, Music, Prints, Books, met by the Christian public, under a deep Autographs, Minerals, Shells, Flowers, Fruit, sense of obligation to their common Lord, Botanical Specimens, or any light Articles of combined with a generous desire to relieve manufactured Goods, forwarded either to the our faithful missionaries of this pressing care, London Missionary Society, Blomfield-street; and thus to enable them to devote their un or to the Baptist Missionary Society, Moordivided energies to the sacred cause in which gate-street, addressed, “For the Boys' Mission they are engaged.
School," will be thankfully acknowledged; as
will also PECUNIARY ASSISTANCE, which may I. To provide, in a suitable locality, a be sent, directed to either of the Secretaries. HOME FOR THE SONS AND ORPHAN Boys OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES. II. To unite, under the management of a
PROPOSALS FOR PUBLISHING THE ENTIRE competent Principal and Matron, thorough
WORKS OF THE REV. JOHN ROBINSON, Domestic Comfort, with suitable Elementary
LEYDEN. Instruction and Religious Training.
This undertaking is highly creditable to III. To afford to the elder Boys, while the Congregational Union of England and resident in this Home, a Superior Education
Wales. A complete edition of the works of in some Collegiate or other eligible Insti a man who did so much to revive the kuowtution.
ledge of the great principles of primitive The great advantages of the above Christianity, and who, for conscience' sake, Plan will be the combination of a sound and was prepared to suffer the loss of all things, liberal education, with kind and Christian is assuredly a desideratum. If Congregationoversight.
alists should be lax in patronising such an Contributions will be thankfully received undertaking, it will be infinitely to their disby the several Members of the Committee, grievous an injustice to the memory of de
We will not suspect them of so as under:
Committee.—Rev. Thomas Aveling, Stoke parted worth and moral heroism. Under the Newington; Rev. S. B. Bergne, Upper Clap- supervision of Dr. Campbell, and the editorton; Rev. R. Machray, M.A., Walthamstow; ship of Mr. Ashton, there will be every posRev. Edward Mannering, 27, Kingslandsible guarantee that the Edition of Robinson's crescent; Rev. Ebenezer Prout, Champion- | Works will be such as it ought to be in care grove, Camberwell; Rev. J. E. Richards, and accuracy. Limehouse; Rev. Arthur Tidman, D.D.,
It is proposed that the whole of Robinson's London Missionary Society; Rev. Frederick
works should be included in three volumes Trestrail, Baptist Mission House; Rev. Wil-post octavo, at Nine Shillings to subscribers, liam Tyler, Holloway; Rev. George Wilkins, and Eighteen Shillings to non-subscribers. We King-street, Finsbury; Mr. James Carter, fear the privilege to subscribers is almost exUpper Homerton ; Mr. Samuel Edwards, pired. But six shillings & volume, of 500 Champion Hill; Mr. Charles Reed, Hackney;
pages each, octavo, is so reasonable a price, Mr. J. Scrutton, Clapton-square; Mr. Joseph
that we cannot doubt the successful issue of Soul, Islington; Mr. George Tyler, Holloway; the project. Mr. Underhill, Baptist Mission House.
There will be an Introductory Sketch, a Secretary.- Rev. J. J. Freeman, Mission Memoir, and a copious Index. Mr. Snow House, Blomfield-street.
will be the publisher of the work. Ladies' Committee.—Miss Benham, Mrs. Fletcher, Miss Freeman, *Miss Peek, *Miss
HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION. Reed, Mrs. Tredgold.
Bankers. — Messrs. Hankey, Fenchurch The Half-yearly Meeting of this Assostreet.
ciation will be held at St. James's Chapel, N.B.- It is proposed, in May or June, to Newport, Isle of Wight, on Wednesday, hold a Fancy-Sale in aid of the above con April 23rd, when the Rev. H. Kiddle, of templated Institution. Those Ladies who Crondall, will preach on “ The distinguishare disposed to countenance this effort may ing doctrines of the Reformation, and its correspond with Miss Harrison, Abercorn- | Tendencies.”
• These ladies act as Secretaries.
ST. HELIER'S, JERSEY. The Members of the Rev. H. J. Chancellor's Bible-Class, Providence-street, St.
THE Rev. Joseph W. Wyld, of Bridport, Helier's, Jersey, have presented him with a Dorset, has accepted the hearty and unanihandsomely bound copy of Bagster's minia. mous call of the Church assembling at ture Quarto Bible, and with elegant copies Albion Chapel, Southampton; and purposes of Watts's Hymns and the Congregational (D.v.) entering on this enlarged sphere of Hymn Book, with appropriate inscriptions. pastoral labour during the present month. This Bible-Class is large and promising.
EVENTS OF THE MONTH IN REFERENCE TO POPERY.
WE write on the 12th of March; and the extreme Liberals, some of the Free-Trade all-absorbing topic of discussion, in private Leaders, and the Irish Roman Catholics, will and public circles, is the return to office of join to oppose all legislation to repel an agLord John Russell and his colleagues, after gression, which they well know could not a fruitless effort, first to form a Whig-Peelite have been perpetrated with impunity in any Government, and then a Pro-Protection one. Roman Catholic country in Europe-with an Lord Aberdeen, Sir James Graham, and overwhelming majority of his countrymen Mr. Gladstone, saw, after the majority of the with liim, both Churchmen and Dissenters, Commons for bringing in Lord John Russell's he had nothing to fear. We suspect, from Anti-Papal Bill, that something must be the aspect of affairs both at home and abroad, done with the Pope's Bull. They were dis. that Romanism will require a more formidposed to do nothing or next to nothing, and, able check than any it has yet realised. We therefore, could not take office. Lord never bring ourselves, as Britons, to Stanley would have put off the evil day, and think that the dignity or safety of our kept up Protestant and Popish agitation for country will be consulted by suffering the some couple of years to come; but his ma- Pope, as a Foreign Prince, to exercise terri terials for a Protectionist Government were torial jurisdiction in this Protestant realm. so thoroughly meager and unsatisfactory, That he has done so is a fact which history that lie could not face Parliament with the will attest; and all the bluster of Liberals, shadow of a hope of keeping piace, or carry- Romanists, and Tractarians, will not be able ing on the public business of the country.
to efface it from our national records. In a In these circumstances, Her Majesty, aided more advanced stage of Protestant opinion by the counsel of the Duke of Wellington, and feeling--and we believe it is fast aprecalled her former ministers, and Lord John proaching. -those only will appear to have Russell is again Prime Minister of Great been true patriots who did their best to repel Britain. To him and his colleagues this is the insolence of the Roman Pontiff, and to assuredly a triumph; but such is the state of frustrate the efforts of his dangerous allies, party, that all will be done that can be done the Puseyite Clergy and Laity of the Church to convert the triumph into a defeat. The of England. Grabam party will fight against his Eccle- To us, one of the most ominous facts consiastical Titles Bill, Lord Stanley will op- nected with the late movement against Rome pose his Free-Trade measures, and Irish been the strange course pursued by Roman Catholics will vote against every- certain Leaders of the Free-Trade policy. thing that emanates from the minister who They have miserably misrepresented, probhas dared to rebuke the presumption of the ably through ignorance, the great body of court of Rome. We confess to a strong Evangelical Dissenters, and in so far they sympathy with Lord John Russell, in these have damaged their legitimate influence in circumstances; though we could have wished Parliament and with the country. Millions that he had stood firm to his Ecclesiastical are advocates of Free Trade, like ourselves, Titles Bill, and left Providence to direct his who will never consent to put that question future course. The country is undoubtedly on a par with the one which these patriots with him for a much stronger measure than would utterly ignore. he ventured to propose ; and though the
THE POOR CHILDREN'S MITE.
In accordance with the leading design of our Magazine, it has been our ordinary practice to give prominence to the correspondence of the Missionaries, illustrative of the state and progress of the great work of evangelization among the heathen. But the Missionary enterprise itself is indebted for its birth and its continued support to the piety of the churches at home; and it is occasion for devout thanksgiving, that, while the messengers of our churches are devoting themselves to the service of Christ in the high places of idolatry, multitudes of the people of God in the private walks of life are helping forward the work by their prayers, their influence, and their contributions.
The pecuniary offerings of the pious poor, both with respect to their aggregate amount and the sacrifices they involve, ought to be regarded as the most precious portion of the funds raised for the spread of the gospel among the heathen. The simple scene described in the following letter is so far from being uncommon, that we are happy to know it has its parallel in many of the towns and villages throughout our favoured land; but we desire, by giving it insertion, to evince the high value we attach to the co-operation of the pious poor, and especially the youthful members of their families, and at the same time to present an example of real self-denial, which, if emulated by the more opulent classes of the Christian community, would give a powerful impetus to the progress of Missions.
An esteemed and devoted pastor of an Independent church and congregation, in an agricultural district, writes, under date January 8th, ult., as follows :
"On Monday, I had & pleasing little occurrence, showing how much interest the pious poor take in the Missionary cause. » I went to visit a poor man lying on the bed of amiction, when two of his little boys, one seven and the other five years old, came up to the sick room, anxious to bring me, as the elder said," the farthings they had been saving up for the poor heathen children," which amounted to 1s. 1d. This, though but a few pence, I account an offering of no small value. It would have done you good to have seen the delight of the sick, and I may say dying, father's eguntenance, as the children presented their little offering ;-ah! and the glowing delight of the mother, soon to be a widow, with four small children. (See Engraving, page 65.)
These are instances worth recording—of deep interest for the Missionary cause. Oh that the wealthy felt the samé, and acted up to it! You would not then have so much cause of complaint for the want of funds.
Excuse this detail. I stm an old friend to the great and good cause; and the interest fo: it lins rather increased than di:ninished with my years.