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thought, which I conceive, if acted upon, attention being specially directed to children would be productive of much good to teachers leaving their own, or arriving from other and scholars of Sunday-schools, and I no schools or congregations. For instance, a longer hesitate communicating it to my fellow- | boy leaving a school at Cambridge, and enterlabourers, from the conviction that the present ing into service in this town, would be procritical period requires that our thoughts, vided with a printed introductory note, or words, and actions, should be more than ever card, to give to our superintendent, and also directed towards the furtherance of the im- a letter explanatory of the society's object, to portant object we have in view.
present to the person into whose employ he It must be painfully obvious to every one was entering, in addition to which a postal interested in the well-being of youth, and correspondence to our secretary would state especially to those who are engaged in Sun- the progress the boy had made, his past good day-schools, that by far the greater number or bad behaviour, and any other needful inof children, as they leave home and enter formation. Upon the boy's arrival, a visitor more immediately upon the stage of life, whe- would wait upon his employer, and seek to ther as apprentices or domestic servants, are obtain for him the opportunities of attending exposed to dangers infinitely greater than at school, prayer meetings, and other services; any other period. Then it is they are sud- the result would, in due time, be commudenly deprived of a parent's care, and of a nicated to the Cambridge school. teacher's instruction, at a time when most of I conceive that very many of the church memall they need a watchful eye, and an in-bers and of the congregation would gladly avail structive voice to guard them against the themselves of this medium of religious care many new and alluring temptations which and instruction on behalf of their children as surround them.
they left home to fill situations, whose regular, Were we to seek an acquaintance with the or irregular, attendance at chapel or school, course pursued by young persons who have would excite notice, and secure from pastor left any of our schools during the past years, and teachers kind expressions of approval or it would afford us an instructive, although in remonstrance. If a quarterly report, relative some respects a painful, subject for inquiry. to the scholastic and religious improvement of We should discover that a large proportion, young persons, was sent to their parents and as they grew up to manhood, gradually former teachers, it might act as an incentive yielded to their own evil propensities and to to good behaviour, and the interchange of the pernicious example of others, until at thought and feeling between scholars and length they ceased to regard a parent's teachers of schools at a distance from each counsel, or their former teacher's prayers and other, would tend to promote that friendly instruction, and eventually sank into a state interest which it is desirable should exist. so fearfully degrading, as to present little or The same agency might be employed as no ground of hope for the future. Others, an introduction to teachers, when leaving one equally eager in the pursuit of vain or sinful town for another; and when it is remembered pleasures; but from whose minds early im. a great proportion of the teachers are engaged pressions were less easily effaced, continued as assistants in houses of business, and are year after year, to outward appearance, alter- consequently subject to frequent removals, it nately serving God and the world, the sub- is desirable they should have the most ready jects of good resolves and evil habits-—-until means of access to those schools they purpose at an advanced age, the grace of God-it may labouring in; for the want of such facility be by the afflictive hand of Providence-con- much valuable time is wasted, ere they be. strained them to seek the God of their early come sufficiently acquainted with the teachers youth. But, Oh, how difficult in opposition to join them, and, indeed, in very many to matured sins, to begin anew to form the instances their services are altogether lost Christian character! and what a lasting source because of it. of regret to themselves and the church that Teachers, on a visit to a distant town for a their prime of life had been spent to no good | Sabbath or two, would naturally hesitate to purpose! It is this precious period of human intrude amongst strangers; but an introexistence, which activity of mind and body ductory note would remove such scruples, renders most valuable, we would seek to have and afford them an opportunity of doing and devoted to the service of religion; and if ever receiving good. there was an epoch in the church's history, It would be necessary to have distributed demanding the strenuous and united efforts periodically a printed list of all Congregaof her pastors and people, it is unquestionably tional chapels, with the names and address the present.
of their pastors and secretaries ; London and I would suggest that a corresponding secre- other large towns would, of course, require to tary and two (male and female) intelligent be divided into districts. visiting teachers be appointed to each Sunday- The expenses of printing, postage, &c., school throughout the United Kingdom, their might be amply met by a small annual con
tribution from the parents of these children | favourable to the cause of religious instruc(say sixpence and upwards, according to their tion, I hope our pastors and friends will means); letters from one secretary to another assist us in planning and carrying it into requiring an answer, should contain a postage operation. stamp; and such other regulations should be
I am yours truly, made as would prevent a pecuniary loss fall
Thos. H. PINDER. ing upon any school. However, I am of Cheltenham, Nov. 12th, 1850. opinion it might be made the means of considerably improving their funds; be this as
CONTINENT. it may, I anticipate much moral and reli
PROTESTANT SOCIETIES ON THE CONTINENT gious good from the adoption of some such
- EVANGELICAL CONTINENTAL SOCIETY. plan as I have endeavoured to point out.
It would, by calling into more frequent (To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) exercise the Christian graces, do much to DEAR SIR,- Permit me to call the attenrecommend religion to the world, which would tion of the friends of vital Christianity to a then perceive in it a loveliness, and a reality, brief statement respecting several Protestant influencing the feelings and actions of those societies, established on the Continent for the by whom it was possessed—then would Chris- purpose of diffusing the knowledge of Christ tianity wear a more social and cheering and him crucified. aspect, and prove to us how largely we might The First is the Evangelical Society of contribute to each other's spiritual and tem- France. The claims of this good institution poral welfare.
have been often advocated in the pages of the I would appeal to the parental feelings of EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE. From a letter those who are parting with a child, and in- from M. Audebez, its secretary, dated the quire, what would tend so much to alleviate 28th of Nov. last, allow me to place before their mental anguish as the sweet assurance your readers the following extract:that there were those who, in that distant “ To distribute the Holy Scriptures through town, would seek out their beloved offspring, the instrumentality of our colporteurs; to and in spiritual things sustain a parent's part. send messengers of the good news to thou
I would ask, what would so readily dispel sands of our benighted countrymen; to open the saddening thoughts which now crowd places of worship, where God is to be worshipupon the minds of teachers when parting with ped in spirit and in truth; to establish and to a scholar who, it may be, has profited much maintain schools, where the child is trained by instruction, as to know that the tender ' up in the way he should go'—such in a few plant which, by their instrumentality, had words is the work of our society :—and this sprung up in the breast of their youthful work, which would be necessary at all times, charge, would blossom under the fostering | is particularly important in the times we live care of fellow-labourers, in a distant part of in. Indeed, at no period was it more necestheir common Master's vineyard?
sary than in the present days, to give comfort It would be casting a powerful shield to the afflicted, to compose unruly passions, around the rising generation, and do much and to oppose dangerous errors. Truly conto counteract the pernicious example of those vinced of the importance of such a task, our into whose society they may be compelled to Committee have during the last two years enter, and help to fortify their minds against doubled their cares and exertions, in order those active emissaries of Satan, whom we to prosecute their work with more vigour and must now expect to eet pro
system, and to meet to an adequate extent thoroughfares, and intruding into the domestic the newly discovered wants, and the newly circle, for the purpose of ensnaring the most discovered opportunities of our country. All promising of our youth.
who have some knowledge of our work, are It,would excite other religious communities satisfied that our labours and the efforts of to follow our example; thus should we have, our fellow-workers have not been in vain. to use the simile, a Christian protective force, Interesting churches may now be numbered established in every town and village through- | in several departments, where, some years out the kingdom, exercising a vigilance ago, true Christianity was almost totally becoming those who watch for souls.
unknown. In the departments of Yonne, Haut It would tend to produce & unity of Sienne, Charante, Manche, Sarthe, and Orne, thought and purpose amongst Christian be are found pretty numerous congregations, lievers of all denominations—“ a consumma whose members show by their outward contion devoutly to be wished"—then might the duct, that a real change has taken place in church expect to wage a more successful war their sentiments, and that there has been a fare against her Master's enemics; until then, work of the Holy Spirit in their consciences. she wields, with an enfeebled arm, the mighty “ But that we may continue our blessed weapon of God's truth.
work, it is more necessary than ever to rely Should my proposition be entertained as on the support of our Christian friends. On
the first of October last, our debt amounted to | twenty-five in all, which, it is hoped, will 54,000 francs, and since then our work has soon be increased to twenty-seven.” been moving onwards, and our receipts have The Third Society is the Evangelical Society been less than our expenses; our debt now of Belgium. Allow me to lay before your amounts to nearly 70,000 francs, and our readers, the following brief summary of its course begins to be very difficult."
proceedings, from the same source from which Allowing the preceding statement to make the preceding was taken:its own impression, I will only add, that the " The number of ministers at tbe several Evangelical Continental Society has just stations of this Society, is now eleven, includ. issued its quarterly paper, which describes ing the minister at Spriemont, who was more at large the work carried on by the formerly popish priest of that place, and now Evangelical Society of France.
preaches the faith that he once destroyed. The Second—The Erangelical Society of Ge- | He has erected a new chapel by his own neva—is another institution on the Continent exertions, having collected the necessary that deserves the support and the prayers of funds in Germany and Liège. There are all who love the “one Mediator between God twelve more agents of different classes pur. and man," Christ Jesus. The following sum suing their labours in different parts of the mary of its proceedings is extracted from the kingdom. The Society is in debt to the Quarterly Paper of the Evan. Con. Soc. for amount of £280. The poor people who Jan. last:
attend the village preaching, subscribed last “ The object of the Société Evangélique de year the sum of £162. The places where Génève is threefold
the Society chiefly operates are, Genval and “I. To train young men of suitable Wavre, Charleroi, Spriemont, Nessonvaux, talents and of approved piety for the work of Liège, and Fontaine-l'Evêque. Some of these the ministry. For this purpose the Ecole de names are ever memorable as the scenes of Théologie has been established, which is the most sanguinary contests of the last condirected by Dr. Merle d'Aubigné. From this
tinental war. Now they present the aspect of seminary several able and devoted evangelists Christ's vineyard, and invite to the peaceful have gone forth into the vineyard of Christ, triumphs of the gospel. Multitudes of Roand are labouring diligently and with distin man Catholic children attend the schools of guished success in various parts of Switzer- the Society, though their parents will not land, Piedmont, and France.
attend the Protestant services. The gospel “ II. To announce the glad tidings of has taken deep root in the hearts of many salvation to the inhabitants of the neigh- Belgians. The liberty which Protestants have bouring districts (évangélization à l'extérieur). to preach the word is complete, and the hos
“ III. The sale of the Scriptures through tility of the priests is confined to the press, a the agency of hawkers of books (colporteurs), field on which they have sustained many a by whose instrumentality the Scriptures defeat, and where the champions of truth have been widely disseminated amongst the have nothing to fear.” people.
There is a Fourth Society, at Lyons, which “We have mentioned these three depart- has been the means of extensive good in ments of labour, that the Christian friends into France. The agents of all these societies whose hands this paper may come, may have labour in the midst of Popery, Infidelity, and the opportunity of knowing that it is a stand- Ignorance of the most fearful kind, and are ing rule of our Society, that subscribers and worthy of the deepest sympathy, the most donors may specially designate their contri. fervent prayer, and the substantial aid of butions to any of the three objects, unless British Christians. The claims of all these they choose to leave the distribution to the societies you have often placed before your discretion of the Committee.
readers; kindly permit another appeal, for “ It will not be necessary to say much on continued and augmented support is neededthe subject of the Theological Seminary. and therefore continued appeals must be The names of Dr. Merle d'Aubigné and Pro- made. (ssor de la Harpe, under whose auspices the
Faithfully yours, young men pursue their various studies, are
Evan DAVIES, a sufficient guarantee that these studies will Sec. of the Evangelical Continental Society. be rightly and effectively directed.
* Donations and subscriptions will be “ The agency employed by the German thankfully received by the Treasurer, William Evangelical Society, in the work of evan Alers Hankey, Esq., 7, Fenchurch-street; or gelisation, extends it operations over ten by the Secretary, the Rev. Evan Davies, at departments, and employs thirteen ministers the office of the Society, 7, Blomfield-street, and twelve schoolmasters, or evangelists-- Finsbury, for any of the societies.
THE HINDOO TWIN ORPHANS, " JOHN ANGELL JAMES,"
AND - GEORGE STORER MANSFIELD.".
The history of these children, who, in the gracious providence of God, were in their infancy rescued from impending death and introduced to the maternal care of Mrs. Coles, the late excellent wife of our Missionary, the Rev. J. B. Coles, formerly of Mysore, but now of Bellary, is one that powerfully appeals to the sympathies of the humane and benevolent reader, while it serves to illustrate the great value of Mission Schools, which require no other passport to the admission of candidates than that they are known to be forlorn and destitute. The following account, addressed to the ladies of the Carr's Lane Missionary Working Society, Birmingham, derives, moreover, an additional and peculiarly affecting interest from the circumstance that it was drawn up by our highly-esteemed friend Mrs. Coles, scarcely two months previous to her lamented death :
Bellary, May 9th, 1850. MY DEAR FRIENDS,--Very great was my disappointment at not being able to write last month, and to enclose the accompanying likenesses of our little twins, which we hoped would interest many at your annual mecting; but though too late for that, I hope at some other meeting it may add a little to the interest.
You may like to hear about these children, so I will give you a short account of them :
George Storer Mansfield and his twin brother, John Angell James, (See the annered Engraving, p. 1,) were found, when quite infants, by the road-side; their parents also were there, one of them quite dead, and the other just dying of cholera, and entirely insensible. The poor children were taken to Mysore, and Captain Montgomery, knowing that we had a school for orphans, wrote to ask whether we would take these children. As they were so young we felt it would be a serious undertaking, yet we could not refuse to have them, at any rate for a time, for we fully expected that inquiries would be made about them, and that they would be claimed by their relations; so we engaged a woman to attend to them, as John Angell James was at that time a very sickly, feeble child, and not able to walk alone.
She however seemed to care so little for the children, and made us so uncomfortable by her constant complaints about her disturbed nights, that we dismissed her, and for some time they shared with my own children the attentions of my. Ayah,' who was very kind to them; and though she had trouble with them we never heard her speak of it.
“When we were removed to Bangalore these children were very subject to fever, and were so delicate that they learned but little in consequence. Since our removal to Bellary they have been quite strong and healthy: they attend the Wardlaw Institution daily, and are getting on nicely with both English and Canarese. They are greatly beloved by their schoolfellows, which is not at all surprising, for they are not only fine-looking little fellows, but exceedingly well behaved. John Angell James is a very droll, merry boy, quite witty at times, and has a most animated little face. George Storer Mansfield is a gentle, mild child, not quite so sharp and clever as his brother, but quite as good and amiable; he is never more pleased than when J. A. James is saying something droll, and none joins in the laugh with more spirit than he. If any favour is to be asked, the elder boys always send one of their little favourites to ask it. You would