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the European nations, for its moral and rian-Education Committee in affording political amelioration.
The protection instruction to his countrymen, says, in a afforded by the four Powers against the recent letter to a friend in England : oppressions of its rulers ; the profession “I cannot enlarge on the subject; but of the Romish and the Greek faith by my heart bleeds for poor Syria, the oncesome of the tribes; the recently-increased favoured land of the Lord of the unicommercial relations with Europe ; and
Alas! no Englishman, nor any the claim of the Druses to be descended man of feeling, could see our calamities from English Crusaders ;--these, with without sympathizing; a country, where many other circumstances, have disposed diseases till almost every house, and no the Syrians to look to this, and to other true medical help could be obtained. It foreign nations, for sympathy and sup was trying to me to be in the midst of all port; and a small expenditure of money this ; yet, it was honourable, and a priand trouble may, in Syria, meet with the vilege, to be with the afflicted and to largest return.
help them. It was, indeed, a privilege, Of all the blessings which England too, to point them to the only Refuge in might, out of her abundance, impart to the day of trouble." the Syrians,--the one which they most Another native of Syria writes thus: desire and appreciate,-is medical skill. “ In regard to the necessity of having The natives who profess medicine are a hospital in Syria, I need say but very utterly ignorant of the science, and are, little : in all that country there is not a generally, of the meanest capacity. Dr. single one. All their Doctors-or what Bowring, in his Report, states, that I should call quacks—often kill, instead “while travelling with Clot Bey, and
Many a time did I witness the stopping at Beilan, near Antioch, the Go horrible way patients are treated.” vernor and all the principal people being Many other similar testimonies might present, we found that the knowledge of be quoted. To alleviate these painful any preservative against the small.pox
a Society has recently had not yet penetrated ; and we were been formed, entitled the “Syrian Medilistened to with delight, when we ex cal-Aid Association,” for the purpose of plained to the auditory the effect of the sending out, in the first instance, a SurJennerian discovery.” And whenever geon or Physician, with an Assistant,
European who practises medicine and a store of drugs, &c. appears, his steps are thronged with posed that he shall visit the indigent eager applicants; and his person is sa sick gratuitously. While it is not incred, even to the predatory Arabs.
tended that he should make any direct Lady Francis Egerton, in her recently- Missionary effort, it is considered indisprinted “ Journal of a Tour in the Holy pensable that he should be a person of a Isand,” says, “ The poor people all over decidedly Christian character; and who the country are in sad misery, for want would thankfully avail himself of every of medical advice; and they flock to opportunity to invite those, whom he such travellers as are in company with a might find favourably disposed, to have Physician. There is no such thing as recourse to the Saviour, the Physician of a medical man in all Syria ; nor do the souls. It is hoped that he will thus be. people appear to have any local know come a valuable pioneer to the labours ledge of herbs even,-a knowledge which, of Assaad Kayat, and other Agents of in many uncivilized nations, often sup the Syrian-Education or kindred socie. plies the place of medicine to a certain ties; the local knowledge of whom will degree."
open to him continual opportunities of Mr. Farren, who resided for several usefulness. years as British Consul-General at Da. In this manner it is anticipated, that, mascus, in a communication to the So
under the providence of God,ciety, to which reference will shortly be I. Much suffering and misery will be made, states : “In that country, no hos relieved, and one of the greatest of pitals, dispensaries, infirmaries, or public earthly blessings will be conferred upon charities exist, to receive the diseased, the Syrian people. the mendicant, the orphan, or the help II. Our national character will be less widow. Sympathy can but offer favourably exhibited. In the place where prayer and hope ; while sickness preys England's voice was lately heard in the unchecked upon its victims, without roar of cannon and the cries of the science to eradicate, or benevolence to wounded, it will now find its way to the alleviate, it.”
bedside of the sick and dying, in the Assaad Yacob Kayat, a native of Syria, gentle accents of pity and relief. now engaged in connexion with the Sy. III, This manifestation of Christian
It is pro
beredence may win a favourable hear. ing, and the names of the Patrons and
which the Committee will endeavour to IT. benefit will be conferred on be faithful stewards. It will be rememmesident European merchants and travel bered, that to "heal the sick” was one hers; inany of whom fall victims to dis. of the ministerial charges given to the care for want of competent medical ad Apostles; and that some of the most affect. vite
. The medical agent will be allowed ing incidents in our Saviour's ministrations to receive payment for services rendered are associated with this exercise of his to these dasses.
divine power and benevolence. A holier To bese benefits may be added the and more beneficent crusade is now subpreable advantages of more closely stu. mitted to the friends of Syria and of the dries
, with the view to prevention and cross, than that for which myriads of tratarent
, the plague, and other terrible Englishmen once abandoned their fami. tisans
, which yearly destroy thousands lies and their country, and a brother of in Siria and the adjoining countries. the Sovereign of England mortgaged the The proceedings of the public Meet. crown of Normandy.
POPERY IN MALTA. At a time when so much is said of communicated to us from our apostolic “Popery and Puseyism," any authentic father St. Paul, who here preached it, illustration of the real principles of either cannot, in these deplorable circumstances, will be read with interest. We have without betraying our pastoral ministry, just received (by the kind attention of a abstain from raising our voice, and loudly trend the following proclamation of the exclaiming against an offence which, if it Popish Bishop of Slalta. The paper continue to prevail
, will without fail free shich we copy the article appears bring down on us from heaven other visit. to be an official document, having what ations still more terrible than the great Te suppose are the Archiepiscopal arms drought with which we are at present at the top, and being printed in Maltese afflicted. But whither will our voice ca ate side, and in English on the other. reach, unless the parochial Priests, the And it is to this Maltese Popery, that Preachers, and Confessors, who are British Protestant soldiers are to be com workers together with us in the vineyard peiled to pay military honours ! -Edit. of the Lord, unite with us, by exhorting,
reproving, and correcting those who have
thus dishonoured their Catholic profes. Wz, Doa Francis Xaverius Caruana, sion ? It is on this account, dearly beby the grace of God and of the Apos- loved brethren in Christ Jesus, that, by salie See, Arehbishop of Rhodes, Bishop
our present pastoral, we earnestly exhort of Malta, Domestic Prelate of our most
you in the Lord, as far as you can, to extely . Lord
, Gregory XVI., by divine ercise that zcal which so greatly distin. Providence, and Assistant to the Ponti- guishes you, in order to turn away from ical throne, &c., &c.
so dangerous a vicinity as many as have We having with much and grievous thus frequented the houses of the Me. Fiction of our heart been informed of thodists, by reminding them that relief the numerous offences which some of the for the wants of the body is not to be Indigent class have committed, by fre- sought where the eternal salvation of the Genting the houses of the Methodists, with the view of obtaining from them
soul is endangered ; and that the high
est and most horrible offence is committed ains, and thereby entering meanwhile
against the God of providence by him into their room, (lodge,) and there hears who dares to ask alms, at the cost of ing sermons, which these masters of er. injuring and dishonouring his holy ti purposely aim to address to them, in Catholic religion, which, as the only true order to propagate their sect, and thus to religion, cannot in any manner tolerate the coapt the faith of those Maltese who, hearing of the divine word, even in the rainly through ignorance, go to them :
simplicity of the holy Scriptures, except We, to whom the Lord, by his divine from the lips of its own Ministers, to here, bas specially entrusted the depo whom only, as successors of the Aposfit of the faith, that it may be preserved yes, Jesus Christ formerly entrusted
the office of preaching ; whilst in his Gos
im baculate in these islands, as it was
pel he characterizes as false Prophets all whilst we impait to you our pastoral who shall have preached out of his church. benediction. Thus much we expect from your expe Given at Valetta, in the Archbishop's rienced piety, most beloved brethren, palace, the 20th October, 1841.
CHRISTIAN RETROSPECT. The accounts which have been recently Considerable excitement at present received of the Niger Expedition, it prevails among the members of the will be perceived, are very unfavourable, University of Oxford concerning the and such as even cast a gloom upon this election of a Professor of Poetry in that noble enterprise of Christian benevolence. seat of learning. Dr. Pusey and his Great sickness and mortality have pre friends have put into nomination, for this vailed among the seamen and officers of post of influence and honour, Mr. Wil. the vessels, so as to render the ultimate liams, a strenuous advocate of their opisuccess of the undertaking matter of nions, and the well-known author of some painful anxiety. In the mean while of the very worst of the anti-Protestant there are men, professing to be actuated “ Tracts for the Times,” and of some by feelings of humanity, who utter the poetical compositions, written in the spibitterest invectives against the parties rit of a silly Monk of the dark ages. The who formed this plan for the civilization friends of Protestantism have proposed of Africa,-a country upon which for Mr. Garbett, as the type and defender of ages the greatest injuries have been re the principles of the Reformation. The morselessly inflicted. Nor is this at all contest is to be decided early in Februsurprising. There have always been
In itself this election is a men who would sacrifice property, and matter of small moment, and under or. even life, to any extent, for the attain dinary circumstances would have scarcely ment of secular objects, but would risk been noticed by the public; but as a trial nothing for the moral and spiritual good of strength between two great parties, it of mankind. They reserve their sym possesses an absorbing and general interpathy and tears, not for the millions who est. It is a monitory indication of the are slain in savage warfare, and who are rapid spread of the Pusey heresy, that sold into slavery worse than death, but its adherents deem themselves sufficiently for the generous individuals who fall in
to carry a public election the compassionate attempt to lessen the against the men who take the formu. sum of human misery, and confer the laries of the Church of England in their most substantial benefits upon whole na designed and obvious sense. tions. It may please God for a season, If the doctrines of the Oxford Tracta. in the wise dispensations of his provi- rians were matters of mere opinion, their dence, to subject the faith and persever- propagation might be regarded with inance of Africa's friends to a severe and difference; but they compromise some painful test; but the irrevocable word of the most vital points of evangelical has passed the lips of the Almighty Fa truth; they change the very nature and ther of the human race, that all flesh substance of Christianity; and they affect shall see his salvation. Africa, with all the dearest rights of British subjects, unher degraded and injured tribes, shall so dermining the foundations of civil and stretch out her hands unto God, as to religious liberty. These men deny the share in the blessings of civilized life, right of private judgment, and claim, for and in the more substantial good which what they call “the Church," a power the Gospel of his mercy reveals. Nor to coerce the consciences of men, as to shall those who have laboured, and not what they shall believe, and the manner fainted, to prepare the way for this in which they shall worship God. The mighty change, be without their appro regal dynasty of England was changed priate reward.
in the year 1688, that the nation might
be freed from Papal tyranny. From that heart, and see that it be right with God period, the Monarchy has been avowedly and then let him resolve, by the grace of Protestant; and, in accepting the crown, God, to sacrifice ease, and honour, and an oath has been solemnly imposed and even life itself, rather than betray the taken, before both God and the nation, cause of liberty and truth, which has that the wearer should uphold the Pro been committed to British Christians, testant religion, as by law established. both by God and their martyred fathers, The manner in which the party are in trust for the world's benefit and salaccustomed to speak on these subjects is vation. Our hope is perfect, that the matter of notoriety, to all who have spiritual children of the venerable John looked into their publications. They Wesley, however calumniated, will stigmatize the Revolution as a “rebel. never succumb to Papal Rome. They lion;” they canonize the non-juring are pledged to the Protestant institutions Clergy, who refused to acknowledge the of the country ; but not to Popery in Protestant Monarchs as their lawful So any of its modifications. Their motto, vereigns; and they are unbounded in we trust, will ever be, “No peace with the praises of Archbishop Laud, whose Rome.” There must be no comprobloody acts, as a persecutor of the Puri mise. The command is absolute. tans, constitute some of the foulest stains “ Come out of her, my people; that ye of English history. When the princi- be not partakers of her plagues.” If ples and restless activity of the Tracta. there is any truth in prophecy, she is rian Clergy are viewed in connexion doomed to destruction as the great patron with the revived spirit of Popery, both and support of soul-destroying error, and at home and abroad, they certainly the bloody persecutor of the saints of afford just ground of alarm. That anti
Jesus. christian error, in all its forms, will For several months the depression of ultimately disappear, and scriptural trade, and the consequent sufferings of Christianity universally prevail and tri. the poor in the manufacturing districts, umph, is attested by the “sure word of have been subjects of loud and just comprophecy;” but before this promised plaint; and those sufferings must now state of things shall be introduced, it be considerably aggravated by the sea. is not at all improbable that persecution, son of the year. The attention of all even in its severest forms, may test the classes is eagerly directed to the recharacters of many who have no appre- assembling of Parliament, which will hension of danger. The language and take place in a few weeks, in the hope spirit of the Anglo-Catholics are precisely that some means of effectual and permathose of the Vatican. Our readers are nent relief will be devised. Let prayer not altogether unacquainted with the be offered to God, that he will direct the fulminations against “ Bible Societies" counsels of the Legislature, and so overand “sectarians” which have of late rule all events, as that the wants of the years issued from the “triple Tyrant;” destitute may be supplied, and their and Mr. Palmer, one of the Oxford hearts filled with food and gladness. writers, in a pamphlet which he has just Meanwhile, let not the more affluent published, in the
forget their obligations as the stewards thematizes the very name and principle of God, the great Proprietor of all of Protestantism, with the Church of things. No duty has he urged in his Scotland, and every Protestant Church word with greater frequency than that of upon the European continent. Thus bounty to the poor. This is generally a “the Philistine cursed David by his season of festivity, when friends, and gods.”
members of the same family, meet, and In the present state of things it be- enjoy the rich delights of social interhoves every lover of God and of his
O let them think upon the des. truth, to prepare for the approaching titute, for whom nothing is provided ! conflict. Let him examine his own and, by the seasonable distribution of VOL. XXI. Third Series. JANUARY, 1842.
food and clothing, command the blessing account, the expectation of which is of those that are ready to perish, and sufficient to make the stoutest heart quail cause the widow's heart to sing for joy. and tremble. They will thus prepare for that strict London, Dec. 21st, 1841.
months before she obtained the knowledge of salvation by the remission of her sins; but from that time, to the day of her death, she retained a constant evidence of her acceptance with God. Iler piety was deep and uniforin ; and she adorned, in all things, the doctrine of God our Saviour. In the domestic circle lier piety shove with peculiar lustre. As a wife, "the heart of her husband did safely trust in her;" and as a mother, she faithfully and affectionately taught her children the doctrine and discipline of the Lord. In all her affliction her mind was kept in perfect peace; and she died in joyful hope of a blissful immortality.
T. H. S.
JUNE 27th, 1841.- At Elvington, in the Pocklington Circuit, Mrs. Bowman. She was a subject of serious impressions, and had the fear of God before her eyes, from her youth. Many times she resolved to be his; but her resolutions failed, The Spirit of God, however, strove so powerfully with her, that she could not rest. In 1832 a friend of hers was to all appearance on the bor. dery of eternity. For her Mrs. Bowman was deeply distressed, under the impression that her friend would be lost for ever. Just then the inquiry came powerfully, as if some one had uttered the words, “ Are you prepared to die?" She now became greatly alarmed for herself. Her friend, for whom she had felt so much, found peace with God, and rejoiced in Christ. Mrs. Bowman saw the extraordinary change which God had wrought in her, and determined not to rest till she enjoyed the same blessing. The Lord, who is ever ready to save, heard her prayer, and applied those words to her mind, “ Arise, shine, for thy light is come; and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." She was enabled to believe in Christ her Saviour ; her burden of guilt was taken away ; peace and joy filled her heart ; and she could say, with humble confidence, “ Abba, Father !” Naturally of a timid disposition, and a subject of nervous debi. lity, she was at times harassed with fears and temptations ; but she wrestled with God in prayer; and, through faith in Christ, generally enjoyed peace, and walked in the fear of the Lord, and comfort of the Holy Ghost. She held in high estimation all those who feared and loved God. For her husband and children she felt great anxiety, and offered up many prayers for their conversion and salvation. For some weeks before her death, she who had often been full of sear became strong in confidence. Every doubt was removed, and she had undisturbed peace. The sting of death was taken away. She had much enjoyment of the divine love, and great tranquillity of mind. No anxiety was felt by her as to her family, or the things of this life. She remained in a state of great peace and resignation, till she fell asleep in Jesus. ller husband has lost a kind and affectionate wife ; her children, a tender mother; the church, a zealous and attached member; and the poor, a sympathizing and generous friend.
August 10th.-At Burringham, in the Epworth Circuit, Mr. John Rusling, an old disciple. He was brought to God on the 14th of April, 1782, and united himself to the Wesleyan society. The same year he preached his first serinon, and laboured as a Local Preacher for the space of tifty-nine years, and was acceptable and useful. After the sudden death of Mr. Dawson, he told his daughter, he thought he sliould go in the same way. He attended his class on the last evening of his life, and expressed his pleasure in the choice he had made, and his unshaken confidence in God, through Jesus Christ. He retired to rest. In the morning his daughter thought he lay rather longer than usual, went up to his chamber, and found him seated on the carpet, with his head reclined on the bed, as if in a sound sleep. E. A.
Sept. 23d. —At Sacriston Colliery, in the Durham Circuit, Robert Marshall, aged fifty-one years. He was truly brought to God when about twenty years of age, and was enabled thenceforth to walk humbly with God. Ten years after his conversion, he became more deeply convinced of his need of entire sanctification, and set himself steadfastly to seek the richer benefit, as he had sought for pardon, through faith in the atonement. Ile did not long seek in vain; but whilst pleading for this blessing, he consciously received it, and to the end of his life both professed and enjoyed it. Ilis whole deportinent, both in his family, in the world, and in the church, was consistent with his profession. He was likewise a useful Class-Leader and Sunday-school Teacher. llis illness, which was occasioned by a blow received in his occupation as a smith, was short and painful; but he was divinely supported, and declared that he had a hope blooming with iminortality and eternal life.
July 1st.-At Sunderland, Mrs. Isabella Parker, in the forty-fifth year of her age. She was a subject of deep religious impressions from her early childhood. In the year 1821 she became a regular attendant on the Wesleyan ministry, and shortly after was induced to join the society. She met in class upwards of twelve
Oct. 21st. -At Presteigne, in the Kington Cir