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of the Government, that the New Testa were translated ; and the writer has the ment shall be read in all the elementary means of knowing, that they were well schools. As there are about two millions received in France. You will judge how of children in those schools, it is to be much I have been pleased, within the expected, that as many copies of that last few days, in seeing two numbers, blessed book will be in the hands of the containing eight of Mr. Wesley Sermons, rising generation. In France, however, translated by the Rev. Theophile Mara there is a great want of such books as zials, Pastor of the Protestant church at convey to the mind of the reader clear Lille ; the price of each sermon being and scriptural views of the great doc- only three half-pence. They are printed trines of our holy religion ; and one of on good paper, with an excellent type. the greatest charities that could be exer. The style is remarkably clear; and i cised towards the Continent, would be to think Mr. Wesley speaks with as much provide as many copies, as possible, of simplicity and energy in French as he such books. Under these views, I beg does in English. May I take leave to to suggest to you, that the Sermons of say, that if you could by any means enthe Rev. John Wesley, if well translated courage the continuance of such a work into French, would, in my opinion, be of you would do an essential service to thouimmense service to the cause of truth. sands in France who are destitute of reSeveral single sermons have been trans- ligious books. When it is considered lated at different times by the Rev. J. that the sermons can be sold at three halfDe Quetteville, but their circulation has pence each, one hundred pounds would been confined chiefly to the Channel supply upwards of twenty thousand islands. The Conference felt the im- copies. I leave this subject in your portance of this subjeet so much about hands, and beg to subscribe myself twenty years ago, that M. De Kerpez

Your constant reader, dron was employed and encouraged to London,

AMICUS. proceed with the work. A few sermons March 17th, 1835.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. MEMORIAL ADOPTED BY THE COM- trodden that vast and neglected field :

MITTEE, ON OCCASION OF THE and, for sacred purposes, there was but DEATH OF THE REV. DR. MOR. one Protestant European who had at. RISON, LATE OF CANTON.

tempted to master the difficulties of its

most difficult language. Dr. MarshSCARCELY had the Committee of the man was at that time laudably engaged British and Foreign Bible Society paid in a distant province of India, in effecttheir tribute to the memory of one highly- ing a translation of the sacred Scriptures valued and distinguished fellow-labourer into Chinese, which, after a few years, in the East, before they are called to passed through the press at Serampore; mourn the loss of another. To the name but Dr. Morrison was the first to make of CAREY, they have now to add that the attempt in China itself; and this gi. of MORRISON,-names, both of them, gantic work (aided in part by the late lawbich will ever hold a high rank among mented Dr. Milne) he lived to accomOriental and Biblical scholars. The ta- plish : thus unfolding the volume of inlents of Carey were employed on a va spired truth to above three hundred riety of languages; the energies of Mor- millions of the human race. rison were concentrated on one,—but The talent, the zeal, the devotedness, that one was the Chinese. Carey lived the perseverance, requisite for such an to a good old age ; and came to his grave, undertaking as this, may be more easily like as a shock of corn cometh in, in his conceived than described. Yet this was season. Morrison was cut off in the vis not the only task which Dr. Morrison gour of life, when years of further sere imposed upon himself: his Chinese Dicvice might have been, not unreasonably, tionary, printed at the expense of the anticipated. Both, however, had finished Honourable East India Company, would the work appointed them to do; and for alone have been a noble monument of his both is, doubtless, reserved the applaud- industry and learning. He also published, ing sentence, “ Well done, good and in Chinese, many smaller works ; among faithful servant ! enter thou into the joy which, as illustrative of his catholic spiof thy Lord.”

rit, may be mentioned his translation of Twenty-seven years ago, when Dr. the Liturgy of the Church of England. Morrison, then a young man, embarked In order duly' to estimate his fervent for China, no Protestant Missionary had and unwearied zeal, it should be borne in

mind that he entered on the labours of upon the ruins of Chinese superstition ; the Chinese Mission single-handed ; that and that, throughout that vast empire, he had to encounter innumerable discou. myriads shall soon be heard to sing the ragements; that years elapsed before he praises of Him whose name is above was permitted to see any direct fruit of every other name, and at whose name his Missionary exertions; and that at no every knee shall bow. time was it his privilege to hail a numer In concluding this tribute to the meous accession of Christian converts. To mory of their friend, the Committee can. him it was appointed, almost exclusively, not but advert to the modesty with which to prepare the precious seed, and to scatter he was accustomed to speak of his own a few handfuls of it: to others it is re. labours ; as also to the promptness with served to gather in that harvest, to which which he uniformly ascribed all his atthe fields appear already white.

tainments and all his success to the grace And here, while the Committee must of God. It is instructive and consolaneeds deplore their loss, they cannot but tory to know, that this grace, having adore the goodness of God, who spared supported him through life, still soothed his servant long enough to lay the foun and upheld him on the approach of death; dation of such a work in China ; and and that a portion of his last Sabbath who, in the mean while, was providing a was employed in singing, together with a succession of Christian men to carry it few Christian friends, in the Chinese lanforward: - Dyer, Medhurst, Gutzlaff; guage, the praises of that Redeemer, by and, among others, one bearing the name whose love he was stimulated, and on of Morrison, and destined, we may hope, whose merits he had long reposed; whose to emulate his father's worthy example, kingdom on earth he had laboured to ex

-these still survive, and stand girded for tend; and, in the contemplation of whose action. We have therefore encourage- unveiled glory, he now finds the heaven ment to believe, that the temple of Chris. which he desired. tianity shall yet, and ere long, be built

DEMAND FOR THE SCRIPTURES IN CEYLON.

From the Rev. Ralph Stott. Point-Pedro, Feb. 14, 1834. them some. Some say, “We attend In the three parishes connected with preaching; therefore you ought to give Point-Pedro there are 25,000 people, and us books." Some say, “ We have kept nearly all the men can read : but, with the books carefully which you gave us the exception of a few hundreds to whom before : if you do not believe, come and I have given Bibles and tracts, they are see.” Others say, “We can read well; destitute of the word of eternal life. And therefore you should give us books. If they are not a people who are indifferent you think we cannot read well, try us." about the word of truth : both Heathens, In this, and many other ways, they make Roman Catholics, and Moormen, are a demand upon me for books. I have most anxious to have tracts. When I had to the amount of my subscription, go out, they crowd round, and say, “ Give both in Bibles and tracts : fifty dollars us books! we want to read and know the worth more I bought; and I have had Christian religion: you teach it to us; but great quantities given, both of Scriptures we want the books, that we may read about and tracts; but these are not at all sufit in our houses, and make it known to ficient, either to satisfy the wants or our neighbours." And when I am riding wishes of the people. I am glad to hear out, they follow me, and call out, “Give that the Meeting have agreed to make an us books! give us books! We want to appeal to the Parent Bible Society; and know whether our religion or yours be I have no doubt that, when they know the better." The farmers also in the our wants, they will supply them.fields run after me for books, and give Report of the Jaffna Bible Society. their strong reasons why I ought to give

PROTESTANT SCHOOL IN THE NORTH OF FRANCE. THE following Circular has just been project which it describes meet with due addressed to the Protestant churches of encouragement, great spiritual good may France, and the friends of scriptural be expected to result from it. Every Christianity in other places. Should the effort should be made in the present day to strengthen the hands of those Protest. the fear of some little sacrifices should ants in France who adhere to the truth, render us indifferent to the pitiable condisurrounded as they are by superstition, tion of our children ? infidelity, and worldliness. It is infi. 2. Protestant France has at present nitely desirable that primitive Chris. but one school, from which male and tianity should be revived in that fine female Teachers are supplied. In addi. country.

tion to the impracticability of this school

supplying all the wants of the respective This school will be opened at Lille, churches, its distance is so great from the as soon as the funds will permit. It will north, and the circumstances of the peoembrace two objects; the education of ple are so limited, that they cannot afford Protestant children in the north of to send their children to it. Is it not France, and the training of male and then necessary that a second school female teachers. This establishment should be established ? Is it not probawill occupy a building proportioned to ble that this second school, if directed by the wants and number of the children, the spirit of faith, and the blessing of and will be divided into two distinct God, may become to our dear churches, parts, one part for the boys, the other a seminary for male and female Teachfor the girls : there will be no communi. ers ? cation between the one and the other. 3. There is another consideration The course of education will be, first of which has much encouraged us in our all, evangelical, and founded exclusively project. The north of France has, for upon the word of God. There will be some years, been mercifully visited by family worship morning and evening. the Lord. Many souls, in different In the boys' school six hours each day places, have passed from death unto life. will be devoted to reading, writing, This revival has, above all, taken place arithmetic, sacred music, geography, among the young people. We have the &c., &c.; and four or five hours to the proof of this, in that many of them are learning of a trade. In the girls' school ready to begin the good work of instrucsix hours will be employed in study, and tion, as soon as the Lord shall open their the rest of the day in needle-work, &c., way. Such a school as we contemplate of various kinds. The children of the would probably open a door for many of poor shall board and lodge in the house, them. and be instructed, gratis ; the price of Shall we now, dear brethren, hide from board for those whose parents are in easy you our poverty, and, consequently, our circumstances is fixed at 250 francs a insufficiency to meet the pecuniary deyear. This establishment is placed un mands of such a school, the various obder the direction of a Committee consist. stacles which lie in our way, the serious ing of Ministers and laymen.

discouragements we have to overcome, The following, dear brethren, are the the efforts of our feeble faith, the stones motives which have induced us to insti. which imprudent hands have placed in tute this school :

our route; in a word, shall we hide from 1. The Protestants in the northern you the difficulties, known and unknown, departments of France are so few in num. which oppose us ? No; but we will say ber in any given place, and the greater to you, in a word, “ Come and see the part of them are so poor, that they can greatness of the power of God, which not provide a school and a master for surmounts the most formidable obstaeach locality ; consequently, their child. cles !” Do we speak of difficulties ? ren must either remain without education, Twelve Jews undertook to convert the or be placed in Catholic schools. To whole world! And is it not for the this many heads of Protestant families same end that we undertake this work? have been obliged to have recourse. But “There is a diversity of operations, but what has been the result? Their child only one Lord.” Is His arm shortened, ren, instead of returning home with their or His ear heavy? Ah! if anything be minds stored with good principles, have changed, it is our faith, that faith which come back to their parents with ideas once produced such wonders. Let us now such as every disciple of Christ is bound believe, and all things are possible. Diffi. to condemn. The first years of those culties ! yes, thanks be to God, we have dear children, years so precious, which them; but they will only serve to magare often indicative of their future life, nify the glory of God who will conquer were lost. Brethren, think you not that them, because he is greater than they; this evil ought to cease? Would it not and in this thing, as well as in every. be a great sin in the sight of God, and thing else that is truly Christian, we in the sight of the church of Christ, if shall say in the end, “Glory to God who

giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Dearly beloved brethren, we have now laid before you our project, with the motives which induce us to undertake it, together with our hopes as to the future. Will you not permit us now to say, “ Come to our help ?” You perceive it is not the work of any particular sect for which we ask your aid. It is for the

good of all our churches, the propagation
of the truth, the promotion of the king-
dom of our Great Master, the Just One,
who has shed his blood for us unworthy
sinners. In His name, and from your
love to Him, you will help us by your
prayers, your counsel, and your support.

For the Committee,
ColanY NEE, President,
TH. MARZIALS, Secretary.

INCOME OF THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY FOR 1834.

With unfeigned thankfulness to God, and to the numerous Contributors and Collectors, we give the following summary of the Society's income during the year lately closed. It presents a most delightful and cheering example of Christian zeal and liberality; and shows how ineffectual have been the base and wicked attempts, made by misguided men, to injure this branch of the work of God, by inducing the Collectors to withhold their services, and the Subscribers to withhold their contributions. To God be all the glory!

£ s. d. Amount of Contributions, at home and abroad, for 1834, including Legacies, &c. .........

2 (Being an increase, under this head alone, of Twelve Hundred

.............................. 53,437 16 and Four Pounds, Eight Shillings, and Three-Pence.) Advances to Mission Stations repaid, in part, &c. ............... 735 6 9 Contributions to the Special West India Fund, for the relief of our

losses in Jamaica, and in aid of the Outfit and Passage of Additional Missionaries for the West Indies :-in addition to the sum of £5,044. 9s. 8d. previously received for the Special Fund, and

carried to account in the Report of last year................ 4,064 7 4 Collections and Donations on the First of August, towards the rebuilding of Jamaica chapels.......

......... 1,582 18 0 Parliamentary Grant, for the same object......................... 1,045 0 0

Total Income for 1834 ...... £60,865

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CONTRIBUTIONS. The amount of Contributions received by the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan-Methodist

Missionary Society, since the 18th of February, is £55:2 148, 4d.

DR. WARREN'S CHANCERY SUIT. DR. WARREN having appealed to the the suspensior, and of Mr. Newton's minis. Court of Chancery, against his suspen- try in that place : two or three of the Trustsion by the Preachers of the Manchester ees of the latter chapel making common District, his case was heard by the Vice- cause with the Doctor, and uniting with Chancellor, on Saturday, February 28th, him in applying to the Court for his reand Monday and Tuesday, the 2d and storation to the exercise of his ministerial 3d of March. The District-Meeting re- functions. The case excited the deepest quested Mr. Newton to undertake the interest; and during the three days in superintendency of the First Manchester which it was argued, the Court was Circuit in the Doctor's place; and the crowded to excess by persons who were object of this application to the Court of anxious to witness the result. The Chancery was, to obtain an injunction Counsel employed for the plaintiffs were, against Mr. Newton, and the Trustees of Sir Charles Wetherell, Mr. Knight, Mr. the Oldham-street chapel, Manchester, Kindersley, and Mr. Parker; for the all of whom concurred in the Doctor's defendants, Sir William Horne, Mr. exclusion from their pulpit ; and against Rolfe, and Mr. Piggott. On both sides those Trustees of the Wesley chapel, very superior ability was displayed, and in Oldham-road, who also approved of each of the learned Gentlemen seemed to

put forth his full powers in behalf of his of a chapel have virtually excluded Dr. clients. The Doctor's Counsel appear Warren, or any other gentleman, from to have been instructed to treat the cha. preaching or performing any other duty racter of some of the most esteemed and in that chapel, to which he had originally venerated Ministers in the Methodist been appointed unquestionably in a law. Connexion with sarcasm and invective, ful and proper manner. It has been said and to hold them up to the Court and the that this Court has no jurisdiction in nation as objects of distrust, and even re. such a case. Now, that is a proposition probation. Never were censures and de to which I cannot accede ; for it appears grading comparisons more obviously mis to me that by the deeds themselves, applied than against such men as the Rev. which had the effect of making certain Messrs. Taylor, Bunting, and Newton. persons Trustees of this chapel for cerThe defendants, and indeed the Wes- tain purposes, a trust is of necessity creleyan body generally, are greatly in ated; and I do not know why, merely debted to the learned Counsel on the because this is a trust affecting particular other side, for the deep attention which individuals who have formed themselves they had evidently paid to the subject, into a voluntary society, that it is not to and the clear and convincing manner be regarded, and not to be treated, by in which they stated and defended the this Court, just precisely in the same rules and usages of the Connexion. manner as any other trusts affecting the

The following is the decision of his common and every day concerns of life. Honour the Vice-Chancellor, after a My own opinion is, that those persons patient hearing of the arguments of who are called Trustees are Trustees in Counsel, and a careful examination of the strict sense of the word, having a the documents.

legal dominion over the chapel in question, but holding the trust which they

are possessed of, not for the benefit of This case appears to me to have been themselves, but of certain other parties, argued with very great ability on both for whose benefit the trust is constituted. sides : and I think with great reason. for Here a trust is therefore created, over I do not concur in an observation made which this Court will exercise a jurisdicby one of the learned Counsel, Mr. Rolfe, tion. that the question is one of a trifling na. Then I must consider, whether, under ture. I do not think that any question the circumstances of this case, it is right can be deemed or considered of a trifling and proper that the Court should interfere nature which concerns the well being in the manner sought for by the plaintiff, I may almost say, the existence_of a Dr. Warren. It is to be observed, that body such as that which is composed of the deeds of trust are not, according to the Wesleyan Methodists. It is my my humble apprehension, to be confirm belief, that to that body we are in- strued merely with regard to the words debted for a large portion of the religious that may happen to be contained in the feeling which exists among the general deeds themselves, but must be construed body of the community, not only of this and looked at as part and parcel of the country, but throughout a great portion whole machinery by which the great body of the civilized world besides. When, also, of Wesleyan Methodists, amounting to, I recollect, that this society owes its origin I believe, nearly a million of people, is and first formation to an individual so kept together, and by which Methodism eminently distinguised as the late John itself is carried on. I think I should W'esley, and when I remember that take a very narrow view of the case, if I from time to time, there have arisen out contented myself with merely looking at of this body some of the most able the words of the trust-deed, and not going and distinguished individuals that ever further, and considering whether, from graced and ornamented any society what the very nature of the transaction and ever,-I may name one for all, the late the matters connected with it, some cirDr. Adam Clarke,-I must come to the cumstances extrinsic of the deed must conclusion, that no persons who have any not be taken into consideration. And I proper understanding of what religion is, do this in pursuance of what I have underand regard for it, can look upon the stood to have been the law laid down by Lord general body of the Wesleyan Method. Eldon, in a case which I have before had ists without the most affectionate interest occasion to refer to -I mean the suit beand concern.

tween the tenants on the Duke of Bed. The question now before me is this,- ford's estate, and the British Museum. Whether the Court of Chancery is to in- It was there contended by the plaintiffs, terfere in a case, in which the Trustees that the persons who represented the

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