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EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE. Gospel has free course, little companies of believers will be drawn together in all the various localities to unite together in free and earnest prayer for the coming of “ the kingdom.” Shall we not feel assured that the answers and gifts of our Father in heaven will be even as our petitions and desires ? and can we doubt that as Christ's kingdom spreads and the whole earth sends up her tribute of praise and petition of love, the windows of heaven will be opened, and Divine light, grace, and power will be poured out as a flood upon our long-blighted world?
When selfishness in the rich is subdued by Christian sympathy, and when tenderness of conscience, co-operating with the spirit of self-denial, shall discover and adopt the rules and modes of living by which overwrought sons and daughters of labour may be released from the excessive and consuming toil by which luxurious indulgence increases the primeval curse; then shall we see a new era in the world, and the masses of our brethren, convinced thus practically of the beneficence of the Gospel, will welcome its dominion with the heart-offering of cvery cottage in the the land.
Lastly, consider the influence which Israel, when returned to the Lord their God and David their Prince, shall exercise upon the Gentile world. St. Paul describes it as a "rising from the dead”-so great a change upon the religious condition of the world, that the revival will be like the restoration of life to the dead. No one will then be found to deny that Jesus is Lord and Saviour, with the evidence before him of the fulfilment of His predicted judgments and restoration of Israel. And the effect of the Jewish ministry going forth with the law out of Zion to bear their testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ, together with the other evidences accumulating in the triumph of the Gospel, will be such as to make the truth of the Christian religion a moral certainty in all considerate minds.
Such glorious anticipations of the coming redemption have brightened the Christian's future in the darkest days of persecution and ungodliness. The assurance of Christ's final conquest and dominion animated the primitive believer to hope against hope. We live when these mighty things are being brought to pass. May we be found
up to our day and generation, and ready to take an earnest part in all the works of the Lord for the establishment of His kingdom. It is important to feel that the work and the labourers must be made ready for each other. If the Lord prepares the world for the Gospel, He will make ready His people to send forth their sons to preach the glad tidings of salvation. If the Lord so incline the hearts of the great men of this world, or so overrule political convulsions that the barriers to the Gospel are thrown down, it may be even contrary to the intention of those by whom the liberty is obtained; He will require at our hands a spirit alive to the signs of the times and awaiting His call, as evinced in the opening or opportunity to introduce the Gospel and build up a church for His service. We cannot but be struck with wonder and awe at our great charge and responsibility as a nation ruling two hundred millions, or one-fifth of the human race. Our land, blessed be
grace, tecms with institutions for the extension of His kingdom. Jay He animate every one who hopes to be blessed as a child of that kingdom, to strive earnestly, devoutly, and practically for His Heavenly King; and may the progress of
every Evangelical association from year to year testify that the Lord has among us a large and growing people, zealous of His good works, and looking for the coming of His kingdom in peace, and righteousness, and joy to the whole earth.
THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE.
It is expected, though definite arrangements have not been made at the time of going to press, that the next Annual Conference will be held in BELFAST, in SEPTEMBER next, probably in the week commencing September 19. Full particulars, with a programme of the proceedings, will be given in the next number of Evangelical Christendom. Should this expectation, in the providence of God, be realised, it is hoped that in the present interesting state of the Religious'Revival in the North of Ireland, much mutual spiritual benefit may be conferred by the holding of such a meeting at Belfast.
MEETINGS AND TRANSACTIONS.
DONATIONS.-A donation was announced The Committee of Council, having been from W. Leifchild, Esq., for the general frequently applied to for introductions to purposes of the Alliance. Another liberal
gift of 1,0001., by a valued member of the Christian persons on the Continent of Council, was made to the Alliance for Europe, desire to give notice that Letters printing and publishing, in as many lanof Introduction, officially signed and ad- guages as possible, the Address agreed dressed to leading friends in the different upon at the Berlin Conference, to the discountries of the Continent, will be given persed Christians in all countries. The to applicants who are known or duly re- for the object specified, and expressed their
Committee thankfully accepted this sum commended. Application to be made to hope that the circulation of the Address the Secretaries.
referred to among scattered Christians possessing no regular public means of grace
, The monthly meeting of the Committee and the communication with Christian of Council was held on Friday, the 14th of communities in almost all countries which July; Sir C. E. Eardley in the chair. that circulation will involve, may excite a
ÑEW Members. The following persons more earnest spirit of prayer among Chris. were admitted to membership : The Rev. tians enjoying the privilege of Church E. Walker, incumbent of Cheltenham; the fellowship, as well as among the Diaspora, Rev. W. Wickes, Association Secretary of whom it is the especial and affectionate the Colonial Church and School Society; wish of the munificent donor to reach. Arthur Houghton, Esq., Bayswater; the PRAYER MEETINGS IN
THE METROPOLIS. Rev. John Ross, Hackney; and C. J. Hay, -It was moved by the Rev. Dr. Fry and Esq., Grimsby.
resolved, “That, in order to give full effect The Rev. D. Ace was appointed a to Mr. Macfie's generous scheme for promember of the Committee.
moting united prayer among all nations, NEW MANUAL.--A new Manual of the it is desirable that measures should be Alliance was approved, setting forth more adopted for the promotion of prayer meetfully the origin and extent of the Alliance, ings throughout the various districts of this its Objects, Duties, and Results. It is hoped metropolis for Christians of all denomina. that this paper may be extensively read by tions and ranks, and to afford encouragement those who are not aware of the important and support to such meetings for prayer objects sought to be attained by the Alli- as are already in existence. That to effect ance, or of the blessed results of its opera- this object, a Committee be formed in con, tions.
nexion with the Evangelical Alliance, and
EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE. composed of Christians feeling a deep in- | ment now going on in the North of Ireland, terest in the promotion of prayer meetings, to hold their next annual conference at and willing to attend at least one meeting Belfast, it was resolved to consult the friends weekly. That such Committee shall en- in that city with reference to the practicadeavour to form prayer meetings in the bility of doing this; and one of the secremetropolitan districts, and shall send one or taries was instructed to proceed at once to more of its members to take part in the Belfast, if necessary, to assist in making various weekly meetings, who, by giving arrangements for the Conference there in information respecting the progress of true September next. religion, shall assist in endeavouring to stir SYRIA.- A letter from the Rey. W. W. up an increased spirit of prayer and de- Eddy, dated Sidon, Syria, June 6, 1859, votion.
was read (see below, I.), detailing recent “That such Committee may, it is hoped, cases of persecution in Syria, and acknowserve as a centre of union to connect toge- ledging the welcome interposition of the ther the prayer meetings of the metropolis, Alliance in such cases on former occasions. and to promote among them mutual co-opera. It was resolved that a deputation should tion and the exercise of the spirit of Christian wait on Her Majesty's Foreign Secretary brotherhood, in addition to enabling the and the Turkish Ambassador, and lay before various prayer meetings to unite and act them a statement of the facts contained together in any measures which may pro- in Mr. Eddy's letter. mote their common interest, and thus draw TURKEY. The subjoined letter (see below, together more closely the Lord's people in II.) from the Rev. E. E. Bliss, of Constantithat unity of devotion and service so neces- nople, accompanied with a copy of the fourth sary to the well-being and extension of the annual Report of the Turkish Branch of the general Church of Christ.
Evangelical Alliance having been read, "That the following persons be re- Resolved, “That the Committee desire to quested to be members of the Committee assure the members of the Turkish Branch
the London Prayer-Meeting Union, of the Alliance, through their Secretary, with power to add to their number : Rev. Mr. Bliss, of their continued cordial fraDr. Fry; General Alexander ; Wil- ternal affection towards them, and of the braham Taylor, Esq.; Hudleston Stokes, pleasure with which they have read their Esq.; George Hitchcock, Esq.; Rev. s. communications. It has afforded the ComMinton ; Rev. W. Arthur; Rev. D. Ace; mittee great satisfaction to be informed of W. R. Ellis, Esq. ; Rev. J. H. Titcomb; the interesting annual meeting of the and the Secretaries; and that the follow. Turkish Branch which has lately taken ing be requested to co-operate: Colonel place. They trust that it will be perHughes ; Rev. E. Auriol ; Rev. C. Dorris ; mitted to them to hear of the continuance Rev. W. W. Robinson ; Rev. P. La Trobe. and growth of the various Branches of the Dr. Fry to be Convener.”
Alliance in the neighbourhood of Con. SERMONS.—The following resolution was stantinople, and they wish further to conunanimously passed : “It having been sug- cur with the Constantinople Committee in gested by the secretaries that, with a view the invitation determined to be given by of making known and enforcing the objects that Committee to the American and native and claims of the Evangelical Alliance; of brethren of Oroomiah to form among themincreasing the number of its members, and selves a Branch of the Alliance, feeling of augmenting its funds; application should confident, as this Committee does, that the be made to all ministers, members of the multiplication and vigorous sustenance of Alliance, especially members of Committee, such centres of Christian union as the difand to others known to be friendly to the ferent branches of the Evangelical Alliance Alliance, to allow sermons to be preached afford, will be a means, under God, of in their churches by the secretaries or others strengthening and refreshing the Christian on the subject of Christian union, and col- missionaries and brethren themselves, and lections to be made in aid of the funds of of greatly aiding in promoting the comnion the Alliance: Resolved, That the Committee object they have in view—the extension authorises such application to be made to of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour.”' their reverend brethren, with an earnest PERSIA. It having been reported to the solicitation for their consent.”
Committee that the Rev. Mr. Rhea, AmeriANNUAL CONFERENCE.—The Committee can missionary in Persia, had recently, having been urged from various quarters to en route to America, paid a visit to these take advantage of the great religious more offices, bearing a letter of introduction from
LETTER FROM REV. W. W. EDDY.
the Rev. Dr. Dwight, of Constantinople, A communication was received from Dr. and had expressed a wish for the assistance Ogle with reference to an arrangement with of the Evangelical Alliance in repressing the Spanish Evangelisation Committee for persecutions, and thus promoting Chris- holding joint meetings, and stating the tian missions in Persia : Resolved, “ That readiness of Wm. Long, Esq., and the Rer. the Committee of the British Organisation A. R. C. Dallas to attend such meetings in of the Evangelical Alliance desire to ex- London and elsewhere. press their readiness to render similar SWEDEN.—The subjoined letter (see be. services in Persia, whenever cases may be low IV.) from the Swedish Branch of brought before them, to that which they the Evangelical Alliance, transmitted by have been cnabled to render to the perse- the Rev. George Scott, having been cuted native converts in Syria.”
read: Resolved, "That this Committee GERMANY.-A letter having been re- has received with great pleasure a comceived from the English Chaplain of Cob- munication from the Swedish Branch of lentz, enclosing a letter addressed to him the Evangelical Alliance. They rejoice by the Hon. Mrs. Mackenzie, stating the to find that by God's blessing, brethren openings for the distribution of religious in Sweden continue to seek the probooks in the district between Coblentz and motion of Christian brotherhood, and they Frankfort-on-the-Maine : Resolved, “That concur with them in the belief of the necesthis Committee will be happy to aid the sity for prayer, for the Holy Spirit's inRev. Mr. Tucker and Mrs. Mackenzie by fluence for the attainment of this object." any influence in their power; that the Foreign Secretary be instructed to write to
I. friends in that part of Germany to solicit their co-operation; and that Mr. Tucker be! [This letter is addressed to N. Moore, Esq., informed of this resolution.”
H. B. M.'s Consul-General for Syria and A communication was read from the Palestine, and a copy of it was sent to Rhenish Protestant Alliance, addressed to Sir C. E. Eardley.] this Committee, acknowledging a letter rc
“ Cana, Syria, May 2, 1859. ceived from the Committee, and asking for “Respected and dear Sir,-Being at this information on the subject whether Roman- time in this place, and having received ism be making progress in England, as is from several eye-witnesses, an exact account alleged by foreign organs of the Church of of the recent outrage committed upon the naRome. It was resolved that the receipt of tive Protestants here by their Governor, I this communication be acknowledged, and lay a statement of the facts thus elicited the facts requested be supplied in a docu- before you, being assured of their reliability. ment to be signed by representatives of “ About six weeks ago, on occasion of the different religious denominations.
coming to the Governor of two officers from (TALY.-Sir C. E. Eardlcy reported pro- the Pacha to receive from him some arrears gress on the subject of the Jewish child in the tribute due to the Government from Mortara. A meeting was held at the Man- him, understood to be about 5,000 piastres, sion House, July 13, the Lord Mayor in the the Governor sent to the Protestants de chair, at which a Christian protest was manding of them 300 piastres. They sent agreed to. Other steps will be subsequently one of their number, Khalil Elias by name, taken.
to inquire respectfully into the cause of this FRANCE.- A letter was read from the Pres- demand, and to state to him that they had byterian Council of the Reformed Church at discharged all their obligations to the Arras (see below III.), gratefully acknow- Central Government and held a receipt to ledging the receipt of the contributions to that effect from him, with his own signathe fund for building the Protestant Church ture and seal affixed. He ordered this in Arras, transmitted through the Evangeli- messenger to be severely beaten and placed cal Alliance.
in confinement. From the testimony of Spain.--A recent case of persecution in others than the Protestants, it then appears Spain having been communicated to the that the Governor stated to his Council his Committee : Resolved, “That a statement of intention of sending and beating the rest of the facts of the case be prepared and laid the Protestants and crushing them down before Her Majesty's Secretary of State for completely. The Council advised him not Foreign Affairs, so soon as the Edinburgh to do this, lest he should lay himself open Spanish Committee express a desire that to complaint before the Gorernment, but to this step should be taken.''
send one of the Government officers to de
mand food for his horse from them, and to selves before the Pacha and the Medjlis, provoke a quarrel with them, and then, as who listened with astonishment to the story a punishment for this, he could treat them of their cruel treatment, and the members as he wished without fear of consequences. of the Medjlis caused them to strip off their The soldier was sent. On his demanding garments and show the wounds they had barley, he was answered truly that they received by the orders of their Governor, had none, it being late in the season, and and it was found necessary to call in a their supply being exhausted. He then geon and to apply nearly a hundred leeches commenced abusing them, and threw a to reduce the inflammation still existing basket, which he had brought, over the after the lapse of several days from the head of one of them, an old man. His son time of their beating. Orders were sent to removed this and threw it aside, when the the Governor to appear in Beirut, which officer struck him. The Protestants deny he at first endeavoured to evade, but that any resistance was made on their part finally he made his appearance, bringmore than this, and that there was any ing with him the two Government officers return of blows. The officer, however, de- referred to, and several of his own clared himself beaten, and returned to the servants as witnesses against the ProGovernor to make his report. The Go- testants. They accused the one, named vernor then sent to seize the Protestants Ibrahim Tuma, of having beaten the officer, and to bring them before him. They brought and upon their testimony he was thrown Ibrahim Tuma, the young man who had into prison. A full examination was then removed the basket from his father's head, had of the case before the Medjlis, when it and Yuseef Buseela. The rest of the Pro- would seem that the members of the Medjlis testants fled from their homes into the open became satisfied of the gross injustice country, pursued vainly by the Governor's and violence of the Governor and the innoemissaries.
cence of the Protestants, and were in favour “ These two Protestants, when brought of deposing him from his office for his flabefore the Governor, were ordered by him grant violation of the Tanzimat laws, which to be thrown down upon the ground and forbid the officers of Government from inbeaten upon their backs and feet most flicting blows upon any one without an cruelly with staves, the Governor chiding order from the Pacha. his servants for not dealing heavier blows “But, meantime, the Pacha, by influences and exciting them to redoubled severity. which it is not difficult to understand, had They were beaten till their backs became been brought over completely to the side livid and swollen, one of them was cut on of the Governor, and used every effort to the arm with a sword, and both of them prevent the Medjlis from deposing him, and stepped on and kicked by those who beat quite changed his tone toward the Prothem to make them lie still. When left testants. The Medjlis, seeing this, sushardly alive, they were chained by their pended their judgment, and refrained from necks and their feet, their hands also con- coming to any decision or issuing the muztined in wooden stocks, and thus cast into bata usual in such cases. Thus the matter prison. They were kept during the night was left, and the Protestants were put off in company with the one previously beaten from day to day until a month had passed and imprisoned. In the morning they away ; and their neglected farms and terriwere brought from the prison, and the fied families were suffering the consequences brutal treatment of the previous day was of their detention, while one of their num. repeated upon two of them, when they ber was still lying in prison. Finally, one were let go with a solemn charge that they of the members of the Medjlis who had should not leave the place, and with a professed to take an interest in their cause, threat that their houses should be destroyed proposed to them that they should be reconshould they do so. They, however, escaped, ciled to their Governor, and withdraw their and made their way to Tyre, where they complaint, on his paying them 500 piastres, found a vessel leaving for Beirut, and in and promising to remove oppression from that they took passage, in order to lay their them, and secure them their legal rights, complaint before the Pacha.”
The Protestants were very reluctant to ac(Thus far was written by Mr. Eddy at cept this pitiful mockery of justice, but the scene of the outrage; what follows is seeing the influences brought to bear Mr. Ford's statement, written from Beirut.) against them, and above all, fearing lest
“When the three Protestants above men- they should suffer irreparable loss by a tioned reached Beirut, they presented them prolonged absence from their homes, they