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said that often, after trying everything he could think of to touch the hearts of these thoughtless, careless young men, if he spoke to them about their mothers, the tears would come gushing forth and roll down those sun-burnt cheeks.-Six requests for special prayer had been laid on the President's desk in the morning, and this evening sixteen more for unconverted friends or
persons in affliction attested the blessed effects of these meetings.
After having heard in two succeeding years of Revivals in other lands, may next "And year tell of one among ourselves! now, Lord, what wait we for? our hope is in Thee." (Ps. xxxix. 7.) ́ Amen! CLEMENT DE FAYE, Pastor.
ACCEPTABLENESS OF "EVANGELICAL CHRISTENDOM" TO MISSIONARIES.
We continue to receive gratifying acknowledgments of the pleasure which is afforded to missionaries in distant lands by the receipt of this monthly visitor, sent by some generous friends. A few of these, in the original words of the writers, will tell their own tale:
Oroomiah, Persia, August, 1859. Dear Sir,-It is now more than a year that I have had the pleasure of receiving your valuable journal, and to whom I am indebted for it I know not. As it has made its monthly appearance in this remote and retired corner of the world, freighted with its rich and interesting contents, my heart has gone out in gratitude to that unknown disciple of Jesus who has been so kind as to send it to me. The Lord reward him a hundredfold. And here, my dear Sir, I cannot refrain from expressing my deep sense of the blessedness of the work in which and your associates are engaged. It is a work, I verily believe, which our Lord looks down upon from heaven with peculiar interest. You are sustained by the labours and prayers of a multitude of Christ-like souls in various parts of the world, and by none with more sincerity and zeal than by missionaries of the Cross.
A. H. W.
Cradock, South Africa, August, 1859. My dear Sir,I am reminded, by the arrival of Evangelical Christendom for July, that another month has passed, finding me still neglectful of a duty which, although
most pleasant, has been sadly postponed.
Tripoli, Syria, Oct. 18, 1859. Reverend Sir,-It is now nearly a year since I first received your valuable journal; and I can assure you that we always hail its arrival with the greatest interest. It contains more reliable information with regard to the progress of Evangelical religion in Europe than any other journal. The recent intelligence from Ireland, and the clear and full account of the wonderful progress of religious liberty in Austria, have been of the highest value to us, comforting our hearts and rebuking our feeble faith in the willingness of God to hear and answer prayer. HENRY HARRIS JESSOP.
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PERHAPS the most noteworthy event of the past month is the establishment of a new mission to Central Africa by the two universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It is a new thing to find these ancient, and in some respects, rival bodies, associated in a common enterprise, and that an enterprise neither literary nor scientific, but Christian: Such a circumstance is as gratifying as it is novel, and we would almost venture to indulge the hope that it may be ominous of a future for these venerable bodies, distinguished by more enlarged and practical zeal in the propagation of Christianity. There are, indeed, some features in the undertaking which necessarily require us to speak of it with a certain degree of reserve. It is, for example, by no means calculated to inspire confidence in the sound Evangelical character of the intended mission, that its principal ecclesiastical leader is the Bishop of Oxford, and its most prominent advocate among the aristocratic laity, the Right Hon
. Mr. Gladstone. It is not to be expected that they will take the same view of the great missionary work, or demand the same qualifications in the agents by whom it is to be carried on, as our missionary institutions do. Their avowel principles, and wellknown course of action for many years past, are, in some most important respects, totally dissimilar, for example, from those of the founders and chief present conductors of the Church Missionary Society; and the dissimilarity is of a kind to awaken, and we should not, perhaps, write too strongly were we to say, to justify our fears. But let us hope the best. It would be a melancholy thing if, instead of carrying to the barbarous and benighted tribes of Africa “ the bread of life,” they should offer them only husks and chaff—if, instead of directing them to the blood of atonement and the grace of the Holy Spirit, they should teach them that they are regenerated in the waters of baptism, and saved by a ceremonial incorporation into the visible Church. This mission may be regårded as one of the first fruits of the geographical discoveries of Dr. Livingstone. Its originators acknowledge that the interest awakened by that extraordinary Christian traveller in the debased condition of the previously unknown portions of the African race, have led them to project it. The venerable Archdeacon Mackenzie, of Natal, who had come home on account of his health, has been invited to the task of inaugurating the mission, and will return, as we believe, accompanied by several clergymen, being himself first consecrated to the episcopal office. The Bishop of Natal also, as we learn
, has resigned, or is about to resign, his office, that he may devote himself to missionary work among the barbarous tribes of the Zulus.—The vacant bishopric of Sierra Leone has been filled up by the appointment of a clergyman who has lived several years in the West Indies; and another bishop is about to be sent to the new colony of Bushire in Australia.
Both in London and the provinces we hear of the increase of meetings for united prayer. A list is now lying before us of nineteen daily and forty-seven weekly meetings in London; the latter being special, as well as the former. This list, we have no doubt, might be considerably enlarged, for there is scarcely a neighbourhood where such meeting on a larger or smaller scale are not held. Indeed, none of them at present are to be
called large, and not a few, several of which we are personally cognisant, are held in private houses. In the different barracks about London a devout spirit is also manifested in a most unusual and encouraging manner among the soldiers, who in considerable numbers hold meetings among themselves for the reading of the Word of God, with mutual exhortation and prayer. In the country, we may mention the daily prayermeeting at Hastings, which was commenced about a month since, and continues not only with unabated but increasing interest. In the North, also, at Newcastle-on-Tyne and other places, the various Christian Churches are more frequently coming together for prayer, and the Wesleyan Church in that large town seems to have been especially signalised, both by its augmented fervour and by large accessions to its members. From the central part of England, also, we receive intelligence of a similar kind. Indeed, we have a letter from Nottingham, which we are sure will be read with deep interest, and in the hope that it may stimulate others, and call forth many thanksgivings to God, we insert it here.
NOTTINGHAM (says our excellent corre- commenced a similar series of meetings, to spondent), chary and cautious in reli- be continued fortnightly in each other's gious action, has commenced the holding of school-rooms. The first was preceded by a Revival prayer meetings in thorough public meeting in the Exchange Hall, at earnest. Churchmen and Nonconformists which the Rev. Canon Brooks gave an acstarted simultaneously, but not unitedly, in count of the Irish Revival, glancing also at seeking a revival of religion by solemn the great work in America, Wales, and Scotprayer and supplication. On Wednesday, land. The Rev. W. Milton delivered an November 2, the Nonconformists of all address on “ The Revival wanted in NotEvangelical denominations held the first of tingham, the means of obtaining it, and a series of meetings for prayer, to be con- the results to be expected from it.” The tinued weekly in each other's chapels. 2nd chapter of Acts was read by one clergyThey assembled in Castle-gate Meeting- man, and the 111th Psalm by another; house, where the pastor of the Church con- and three others engaged in prayer. The nected with the place, the Rev. Samuel Exchange Hall was crowded at the comM'All, presided. The building was crowded mencement, and the anteroom also was with solemn worshippers. Five ministers, filled. The meeting was solemn and earnest. of as many congregations, engaged in It commenced at half.past seven, and did prayer ; a General Baptist, a Wesleyan, a not break up until the clock had struck ten, Congregationalist, a Reform Methodist, and and not a dozen persons withdrew before another General Baptist. On the following the close. On the following Monday, the 7th, Monday, the 7th of November, the second the school-room series of services began, at meeting of the series was held in Wesley | the same time as the crowded meeting in Chapel, the most capacious in the town, Wesley Chapel, when the large school-room which was also crowded both above and of St. Mary's, in Plumptre-street, was so below. One of the ministers of the place overflowed, that a subsidiary meeting had presided. A Congregationalist minister, an to be held in the lower room. Amalgamation Methodist, a New Connexion On Tuesday, the 15th, the mid-d. Methodist, and two Wesleyan lymen weekly prayer meeting, originated by the prayed. The third of the series was held Evangelical Alliance, was commenced in in the New Connexion Methodist Chapel, the Exchange Hall, kindly granted by the Parliament-street, on Tuesday evening, the mayor, Edwin Patchitt, Esq., at the re15th of November; the Rev. Thomas Cart- quest of the Alliance. It was to have been wright, superintendent minister of the opened by the Rev. Canon Brooks, who, place, presided. The chapel was so crowded through clerical engagements in Yorkshire, that every place where one could either sit was unable to be present.
At his request or stand was occupied. Prayer was offered the Rev. Samuel M'All presided. Between by a Wesleyan, and two General Baptist twenty and thirty ministers, of various deministers, and two laymen of the New Con- nominations, including several of th clergy nexion Methodists. After the dismissal of of the town, were present; and t'ie atthe congregation, a supplementary prayer tendance of the people was so numerons, meeting for penitents was held.
that some were obliged to refrain from The clergy of the Church of England / working their way into the room. Several
MONTHLY RETROSPECT. short portions of Scripture were read, and After these details we may glance at the four ministers—a Clergyman, a Particular different meetings in the order of time. On Baptist, a Wesleyan, and a General Baptist Tuesday, November 1, in the evening, the -engaged in prayer. The whole assembly annual meeting of the Nottingham Branch entered, with apparent heartiness and zest, of the Evangelical Alliance; and on the into this united service; and all, at the following morning a special meeting of the close, seemed full of holy joy, and ready to ex. same, at which a resolution was passed for claim to each other, “It is good to be here." the holding of a weekly mid-day prayer
A cloud of spiritual glory rests upon all meeting, to seek a more abundant out. three of these distinct series of services, pouring of the Holy Spirit and a revival of the Clerical, the Nonconformist, and the religion. On Wednesday evening the first United; but pre-eminently upon the latter. of the series of Nonconformist prayer meetThe hearts of ministers of all Evangelical ings was held; on Friday evening, the preCommunions are moved more than they liminary meeting of the clergy and people have been wont, in yearning piety and of the Church of England; on Monday, the glowing love towards perishing souls; and 7th of November, the second of the Nonthe Churches are themselves awakening to conformist and first of the Church of Eng. their solemn obligations to co-operate in land series of meetings; on Tuesday, 15th
seeking to save the lost, and to set forth of November, the first of the mid-day series the glory of their common Redeemer with originated by the Evangelical Alliance, and united heart and voice. A work of tri- ' the third of the Nonconformist series. All umphant grace is beginning, of which the these prayer meetings have been crowded, end is not yet. May the river of life flow and a general anticipation of a great through all the Churches and the whole ! and glorious revival of true religion is prepopulation of the town, and wash away the valent. filth of thousands! Amen.
We believe it is the universal experience that, however much of the Divine presence may be enjoyed when Christianş meet denominationally, they possess the consciousness of receiving a much larger blessing when they meet apart from their denominations and unitedly. This was particularly felt in a series of extraordinary meetings lately contened for three successive days by the Rev. E. H. Bickersteth, at Hampstead. In those meetings we were ourselves privileged to take some humble part, and we know how eminently they were distinguished by those characteristics which leave no doubt of the presence of the Comforter.
In resuming the winter services for the masses of the people in London, the Dissenters have this year taken the lead. St. James's Hall has been re-opened during the present month, and the attendance has been so overflowing, that the Committee who arrange the proceedings meditate an afternoon as well as an evening service. Exeter Hall, we understand, is to be re-opened by the Episcopalians, but not till the beginning of the new year. We must here take the liberty of referring the reader to the “Transactions" of the Evangelical Alliance, in an earlier page, where he will find that some steps have been taken by the Council of that body to bring about a union of these two series of services. It is, of course, quite in the spirit of that institution, and within its proper province, to move in this direction, and we can only express our hope that the two Committees may be able—of their disposition we do not doubt-to accomplish so desirable an object. In the meantime, we refer with great pleasure to a meeting held a few days ago to consider what efforts could be made to commence and carry on similar services in the Eastern part of the metropolis. The meeting, at which we were present, was large and composed of influential persons. The question was discussed, whether it should be a united effort, Episcopalian and Nonconformist ministers preaching in the same place alternately; or whether, as in the other instance, different places should be occupied by each. The discussion was frank, and the difficulties were looked in the face, but we rejoice to add that the unanimity was complete and most cordial. There is to be no divided action, but Churchmen and Dissenters, both laity and clergy, are to move in a combined phalanx, and to stand together heart and hand as good soldiers of Jesus Christ