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to receive them. The Corporation of the Metropolitan City, left nothing undone to do honour to the occasion. In addition to presenting the Princess with a necklace and pair of ear-rings valued at £10,000., they determined that no effort should be wanting on their part to make the procession one of great interest. In this they had much difficulty to encounter from the Government, who feared that the labour thus imposed on the Princess might be too great for her. It was a trying time for a young lady of nineteen, to be thus made the object of special observation and criticism, by hundreds of thousands during a slow progress of seven miles; but yet it was so glorious a sight to witness the enthusiasm of the whole body of the people, from the highest to the lowest, that we are glad she was not hurried through the city, and have no doubt the Princess herself fully concurs in this, now that the trying ordeal has been passed. We considered it our duty on the Saturday morning to pass through the triumphal arch in Southwark, to inspect the arrangements which had been made to do honour to the occasion, in the decoration of London Bridge, the splendid arch forming the entrance to the City, the gay apparel which the ordinarily dingy Mansion House had put on, and the splendid ranges of seats provided by the Corporation in St. Paul's Churchyard for the accommodation of 10,000 of their friends, and then quietly took up a convenient station in Ludgate Street, provided by the kindness of a friend, and quietly awaited the arrival of the mingled procession of constables, soldiers, banners, footmen, and carriages, which occupied about an hour and ten minutes in passing. We did not of course see the Lady Mayoress descend from her balcony and present the bouquet; nor did we witness the departure of the civic procession at old Temple Bar, which had been cased with scarcely appropriate drawing room decorations, but we had a most satisfactory view of the
Royal Pair, and joined heartily in the plaudits which greeted their advance. It mnst have been intensely gratifying to the parents of the Princess, who were seated in the carriage with her, to witness such a spontaneous effusion of affectionate greeting, and her younger sisters, who were in the preceding carriage, appeared highly amused at the scene.
We can only mention that the Royal party passed through the lines of 17,0U0 volunteers in Hyde Park, reached the Great Western Railway Station at Paddington, at five minutes past five, and alighted at the Slough Station at thirteen minutes after six; where they were met by several members of the Royal Family, and entering their carriages proceeded through Eton to Windsor. The shades of evening were now gathering, and somewhat heavy rain had set in; bat neither of these were sufficient to prevent the hearty welcome of those assembled to greet them, including the boys belonging to the Eton School.
Wo have left ourselves no space to speak of the actual marriage, which took place on Tuesday, March 10th, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, and at which the Queen was present, but privately. It would be in vain to say more about it, unless we were to copy out the programme, which would not be very edifying. The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated, and our readers will join with us in earnest prayer that the union thus auspiciously formed may be a long and happy one.
The Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society have prepared a magnificently bound copy of the Holy Bible to be presented by their President, the Earl of Shaftesbury, to the Prince of Wales on his marriage. A similar present will be made by the Sunday scholars of Manchester, the subscription from each being limited to one penny. Many meetings of scholars were held in various parts of the country on the wedding-day to celebrate the event. At Devouport the following adaptation of the National Anthem was snng:—
"God save our gracious Queen,
God save the Queen:
God save the Queen."
God bless her Royal Son,
Smile on the young Princess,
Their wedded love.
In Heaven above!
Thy choicest gifts in store,
On the Sunday morning we listened to an excellent sermon from JSph. v. 32, in which the event which had so much interested the public on the preceding day was made the means of spiritual instruction. Doubtless this was the case in many other places.
On Monday afternoon, March 9th, special prayer-meetings were held in Willis's Booms, King Street, St. James's, and in Exeter Hall, to supplicate the Divine blessing on the union to be formed on the following day. We did not attend either of them, but in the evening joined with much pleasure in one of a similar description. May the prayers thus offered bring down abundant blessings on those on whose behalf they were especially presented!
Mr. Tenkyson, the Foet Laureate, has written a welcome to the Princess, which we have pleasure in preserving in our pages:
Sea-kings' daughter from over the sea,
Welcomo her, thunders of fort and of fleet I
Flags, nutter out upon turrets and towers I
Sea-kings' daughter as happy as fair,
A pleasing coincidence was noticed in a meeting of Christian friends, where the arrival of the Princess in England formed the subject of conversation. The captain of the vessel in which William Carey, the Founder of the Baptist Mission, had engaged his passage to India, alarmed at the risk he ran, compelled him and his companions to leave the vessel. He returned to London disconsolate, and went to the Jerusalem Coffee house, to seek some captain to take them, but in vain. He was, however, referred to the agents of a Danish ship, and in the " Cron Princessa Maria," Carey and his colleagues proceeded on their Godlike enterprise. When the East India Company sought to drivethem from India, the Danish Governor of Serampore gave them shelter, and refused to yield to the repeated applications of the Company for their expulsion. Man)' years have since passed, and now a Danish Princess comes to take up her abode amongst us, and the first man who greets her on her arrival, is the deacon of a Baptist Church, who, in his official station, as Mayor of Margate, has the honour of presenting to her an address from the Corporation of that town, and of receiving from her a hearty shake of the hand.
The happy couple were not allowed much uninterrupted enjoyment of each other's society, as an evening party was announced at St. James's for the 20th March, for the purpose of the Princess of Wales's introduction. Probably so early a day was fixed, to accommodate her royal relatives, who would naturally desire to be present on so interesting an occasion. Even on their wedding-day, the Prince and Princess, while speeding their way to Osborne, the place selected for their temporary sojourn, had to endure the infliction of Addresses at Reading and Southampton; no doubt, greatly to their annoyance, but such is the penalty which attends exalted rank. At length, however, they reached their retirement in safety, while London prepared to light up in their honour. The great increase in the population of the metropolis, and the facilities afforded by the railways for bringing into it an enormous accession of visitors from the country, combined to fill all the principal thoroughfares with an innumerable multitude. Those who had the resolution to view the splendid illuminations on foot generally succeeded, after much conflict and the endurance of considerable bodily pressure, in accomplishing their object; but it is lamentable to have to record that, at the cross-ways at Farringdonstreet and the Mansion House, nine persons lost their lives, and about 100 serious cases of injury also occurred. But those who with greater prudence
had provided themselves with carriages, all descriptions of which were called into requisition on the occasion, speedily found their hopes disappointed. The vehicles which issued from every direction to the line of road leading from London Bridge to Hyde Park Comer, soon rendered it impossible either to advance or retreat, and very few of their occupants accomplished their object, of witnessing the brilliant splendour which lit up that thoroughfare.
The Birmingham Sunday School Union published a very pretty little Memorial of the Marriage for the perusal of scholars, under the title of " To-day, and a Thousand Years Ago," referring to the conflicts of Alfred with the Danes. We quote the following from it: —
"The joy and gratitude of Sunday Scholars arc very seemly on this occasion. They hare much reason to thank God for the difference there is between the circumstances of England to-day and of a thousand years ago. They have great interest in the future piety and prosperity of the Prince and Princess of Wales. The children of to-day must think of the Prince and Princess as their future King and Queen, whom they will have to obey and revere and love in the years that are to come. The happiness of the nation much depends upon the character of those who rule in it, therefore the Bible teaches us to pray for Kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. In these prayers for the future, as well as in thanksgivings for the past, the voices of children must blond."
Amongst the contributions during the last month to the Sunday School Union Cotton Districts' Relief Fund, we notice fifty-six pounds from the Calcutta Sunday School Union, shewing the interest taken in the subject by the scholars and teachers in our Indian metropolis. The amount received to the present time is £8.063. 14s. lid.
TEAVELS IN PALESTINE.
(From Notes of a Visit to that Country.)
Nablous, or Nabulus, is a large and flourishing town, containing a population of probably not less than 8,000 inhabitants. It is a place of considerable importance, not only from its relative magnitude, but likewise from the central position it occupies in a country Bo thinly peopled as Palestine.
It is a great change of scene on coming into Nablous, and contrasting it with the solitary places through which the traveller must previously have passed, from whatever quarter he may have approached the town; and this remark is especially applicable when approaching it from the north, namely, from Galilee. As I rode through the Bazaars, the numerous shops or stalls on both sides of the long narrow avenues, or thoroughfares, tlirough which I passed, appeared to be well supplied with commodities.
The Bazaars here were the most extensive and busy-looking by far of any town I had yet seen in Palestine. Nablous is an ancient town, and here and there might be seen evidences of its antiquity, in a broken column or other fragment of old date. The streets are arched over in some places, and the houses are built over them; thus they form vaulted or covered ways, which wear, however, a
gloomy aspect, as the traveller passes through them. Nablous is celebrated for the manufacture of a peculiar kind of sweetmeat, called sesame, which is held in high repute. It is so called, from the oil of sesame constituting one of its ingredients. I paid a visit to the Samaritan Synagogue, and saw an ancient MS. copy of the Pentateuch, which the Eabbi, or high priest, brought out and placed on a stand for my inspection: ho unrolled the volume a little, and appeared very careful of the treasure committed to his custody. The synagogue is but a small building, though probably of considerable antiquity. The Samaritan community it seems does not now amount to more than 40 or 60 persons; their number too is gradually decreasing; so that tho Samaritans will, at no distent period, most likely become extinct as a sect. Four times a year they go up to Mount Gerizim in solemn procession to worship. These seasons are: Tho Feast of the Passover, when they pitch their tents upon the mountain all night, and sacrifice seven lambs at sunset j the day of Pentecost; the Feast of Tabernacles, when they sojourn here in booths built of branches of the arbutus; and lastly, the great day of Atonement in autumn. They still maintain their ancient hatred against the Jews; accuse them of departing from the law, in not eacrificiug the Passover, and in various other points, as well as of corrupting the ancient text; and scrupulously avoid all connection with them. They appear to be the last isolated remnant of a remarkable people, clinging now for more than two thousand years around this central spot of their religion and history, and lingering slowly to decay, after having survived the many revolutions and convulsions, which in that long interval have swept over this unhappy land; a reed continually shaken with the wind, but bowing before the storm.
At Nablous, I met with Yakoob, or Jacob-esh-Shellabi, a wellknown member of the Samaritan synagogue, and the same individual, who some years ago, descended to the bottom of Jacob's Well, and by that means ascertained its depth.
A sad occurrence took place here about a year or somewhat more before my visit to Nablous. An American missionary it seems was met by a Mohammedan, who begged alms of him, and while doing so, ■ he approached too near the gun which the Missionary carried with him, tho consequence was, it accidentally went off, and shot the man, and was the occasion of his death. As it happened altogether unintentionally, no one could regret the lamentable result which ensued more than the Missionary himself. But it excited the rage of tho Mohammedan population of Nablous to such a degree, that thoy were determined to be revenged on the Christians. They