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group of fishermen and beat them likewise. When the tidings reached your village,
which would create the greatest consterna- tion, the fact that I had humiliated you, or
that I had beaten a hundred low-caste men? Would you measure the insult by the pain that the hundred suffered, or by the degradation to which the Kuleen Brahmin had been subjected ?"
Every one preseat admitted that the beating a Brahmin was of more consequence than beating a whole village full of common people.
" Pain, sir," said an old man present, "what is pain when compared with disgrace ?"
“Now," said I, “it is just so in regard to the salvation effected by Jesus Christ. He is God's Kuleen Son, dearer to him than all the people in a hundred worlds. Anything that would humiliate him, and
especially anything that should violently it take away his life, would arrest the atten
tion of all the angels in heaven, and would, moreover, teach every intelligent being, when he heard about it, that sin must in
deed be a dreadful thing in the sight of God to induce him to give up his durling Son, that his respect might be maintained, and sinners saved from everlasting woe.”
I then proceeded to show them that although the principle of the atonement was perfectly just (the offering being voluntary, adequate, and accepted by God), still that it was not a principle necessary to be carried out among men to the extent of life and death ; it being a great remedy for a great disease, and as such worthy of all acceptation.
The result of this long conversation was that one person bought a Testament, ten or twelve others Gospels, and everybody was anxious that I would come again soon. Soon after my return to the boat the preachers came back; we loosened from this interesting spot, and before darkness set in proclaimed the word in two other villages. When the moon arose we went on shore, and preached for half an hour to about twenty-five poreons, mostly matmakers.
GENERAL. We are living now in the " dull season” of the
Parliament having separated, and the Danish question being settled, and everybody who can afford it having gone to the sea-side or to Switzerland, there is little news just now to report; only the American war continues to startle us with stories of successive victories and defeats, neither of them, however, apparently tending in the direction we all desire. In the absence of other topics, the religious world at least is busy with a discussion on the old question of " Baptismal Regeneration and Clerical Subscription."
It began with Mr. Spurgeon's famous sermon, of which, we are told, that a hun. dred and twenty thousand copies have been
disposed of; but since then it has almost rained pamphlets-generally sermons by carates or vicars in reply to the Metropolitan Tabernacle preacher. One of the most remarkable of the pamphlets is, perhaps, that of Mr. Noel-written with all the gentleness of spirit so characteristic of the writer, but Yet somewhat sharply reproving Mr. Spurgeon for lis“ personal imputations.” “ As a member
of the Erangelical Alliance, you have agreed to the fol. lowing resolution :-'That when required by conscience to assert or defend any views or principles wherein they differ from Christian brethren who agree with them in vital truths, the members of this Alliance will aim earnestly, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to avoid all rash and groundless insinuations, personal imputations, or irritating allasions; and to maintain the meekness and gentleness of Christ, by speaking the truth only
in love.' To me your personal imputations' appear to be a violation of that rule. But J rather ask you to consider whether they are consistent with the word and will of Christ. Those whom you condemn preach Him and maintain His authority in the world. Their lives are generally regulated by the law of God; in all their ordinary duties they are bonourable and conscientious; they manifest a brotherly feeling to us, for which they are condemned by many in their own body; and, above all, their ministry is blessed by God the Spirit to the conversion of souls. To men of this character ought you to impute dishonesty, im. morality, and falsehood, without very clear proof? In the time of the Apostles God cut off Ananias for a solemn lie: does He now employ liars to extend the kiugdom of His Son ? Were Paul here, would he not say to you, 'Who art thou that judges another man's servant ? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Why dost thou judge thy brother? For we sha!l all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.' Denunciations of Christian brethren may delight those who take pleasure in hearing other men abused; but do they please God? ‘Love,' which is, in his view, better than all gifts, 'thinketh no evil, believeth all things,' and hopeth all things. Would Paul, if he were now among us, think so much evil of these brethren, and be so reluctant to admit their honesty and truth ?" The discussion will do good anyhow.
A circumstance has occurred at Southampton which has attracted considerable notice, and respecting which we wish Mr. Noel would write a letter. The chairman of the Board of Guardians sent the
Spiggie, Dunrossness, Shetland, or to Mr. Henderson, merchant, Dunrossness, Shetland, is trustee on behalf of Mr. Thomson's estate, treasurer of the Baptist church, Dunrossness. Rev. John Stock, of Devonport, has also nounced his readiness to receivo contributions,
DOMESTIC. LYONSHALL, HEREFORDSHIRE.-The Baptis have began in good earnest to build their lon talked of chapel in this village. The building which they have held their meetings was far to small and inconvenient, and, in consequence having soon to give up the room, they determine to rise and build a suitable house to worship i and on Thursday, August 4th, the village presente a very cheerful and animated appearance. was provided in a new barn, kindly lent by Mr. I Bryan, near the site of the new chapel, and it wa calculated that about 600 persons sat down to te After tea the company adjourned to the site the chapel. The Rev.C. Wilson Smith, pastor the Baptist church of Kington (of which churdl this is a branch), gave out a hymn and read the 147th Psalm. The Rev. S. Blackmore, of Eardis land, delivered an address. Mr. R. Short, senior deacon, then presented the rev. gentlema with trowel, and in the name of the buildin committee requested him to lay the memoria stone. After laying the stone, and offering praye that God would bless the undertaking, he laid cheque for £10 (his own contribution), and smalla sums that had been entrusted to him, upon
This good example was followed by othe friends coming forward with their gifts, and £22 188. 5d. was collected at the stone. The Doxology was then sung, and the friends returned to the barn, which is a very large one, and was soon crowded. The chair being taken by the pastor The Revs. S. Blackmore, W. H. Payne, of Pres teign, George Phillips, of Evenjobb, and J. Jones of Rock, addressed the meeting. The building is to be built of brick, and is estimated to cost £245 nearly half of which has been raised. The net chapel is expected to be completed by Novembe next.
WORCESTER.-The very handsome edifice erecto by the Baptists of this city for the worship of Go and the preaching of the Gospel, was opened Tuesday, July 19th. Divine service was morning and evening. In the morning the devo tional parts were conducted by the Revs. H. E. V Sturmer (the minister), J. Bartlett (Independent J. Horne, of Evesham, and J. Gullan (Presby terian). The sermon was preached by the Rer. Lavdels to a large congregation. A cold collatio was partaken of at the Guildhall, under the pres dency of the deputy-mayor. In the evening Revs. H. E. Von Sturmer, Thomas Dodd (Count of Huntingdon’s), and M. Philpin (Baptist), Alcester, took part in the service, and er available spot was crowded to hear the Rev. Ne man Hall, LL.B. The amount collected brough up the whole to £88. R. B. Sherring, Esq. Bristol, made this £100. On Sunday, July 24 the Rev. W. Robinson, of Cambridge, preache both morning and evening. The cost of the enti building (not including schools) will be sbor £5,000. The munificent sum of £1,500, given one gentleman, E. B. Evans, Esq., of Whitbourg Hall, has been doubled by the people; and the proceeds of the old property added to this, deficiency will be about £500.
WEST GORTON, MANCHESTER.-On Sunday, the 17th of July, the new school and mission-roon
(Mr. G. Dowman) has been reproved by his board, and has consequently resigned his office, for having on a Sunday morning gone into the work house, spoken kindly to a dying man, read and prayed with him. The charge was brought by. the chaplain, a Reverend Dr. Bradshaw; and six of the guardians, out of nine or ten, voted for the resolution of rebuke. The ground of the charge by the chaplain is, that Mr. Dowman's conduot was "an interference with his duties." We are glad to say that the Southampton people have been aroused to indignation by the conduct of their representatives, and the matter is to be referred to the Poor-law Board.
Two Baptist ministers have "joined the Independents" during the month-Mr. Harington, of Ross, and Mr. Boulding, of Glasgow. Mr. Harington was formerly a student at Bristol, and Mr. Boulding, we are told, was one of Mr. Spurgeon's best students. Considerable discussion has arisen as to the causes of these secessions. We are dis. posed to think that the discussion might be spared. It is simply a case of a man changing his opinions"-not a new thing under the sun cer. tainly. Even if we assume, as all Baptists will, that the change is a mistake, still it is not a new thing for even honest and good men to make mistakes. One thing is certain, that the changes of opinion of these brethren do not re tendency of religious public opinion. Mr. Henry Ward Beecher has lately published a sermon, in which (though he adheres to Infant Baptism “ because he likes it”) he gives up all the old arguments in its favour, and declares emphatically that “Infant Baptism is nowhere commanded in Scripture-no man can find a passage that commands it.” We must place Mr. Beecher's testimony against these secessions, and bear them (while we regret them, of course) with what èquanimity we may.
We feel it our duty to publish the following, addressed to the Editors of the Freeman, with the view of giving it the widest circulation possible :“ DEAR SIRS, -I find, by a note from the Superintendent of Police at Dudley, that Mr. W. Mitchell is still in this country, and trying to obtain subscriptions by using my name. before the police at Hounslow some time since, and I told the officer who waited upon me, that he was disowned by the friends who had sent him over; that I had long ago publicly disavowed all connection with him ; and that he was a bad, immoral man. I now repeat that statement in your columns, in the hope that if any friend should meet with him, and especially if any application should be made by him, the book which he presents may be secured, and he may thus be deprived of one means of doing more mischief, I cannot but be astonished at the man's audacity, after what has occurred, in referring the police-officer at Dudley to me. I am glad that, in my absence, my colleague wrote to denounce him to the authorities there. I am, dear Sirs, yours ever truly, FRED. TRESTRAIL.' Many
of our readers will hear with regret of the death of the Rev. Sinclair Thomson, Mr. Thomson was the first Shetland Baptist, and for many years he has devoted himself, with a zeal all but apostolic, to the spread of the Gospel in the islands in which he lived. By all who knew him he was respected and beloved. We ourselves knew him well. He died on the 8th ult., after a brief illness, at the age of seventy-nine. We are requested to add that all communications respecting the deceased, and any responses to his last appeal, may be addressed to his son-in-law, Mr. G. Mouat,
recently erected in this place by the church and congregation assembling in Union Chapel, Oxford Road (Rev. Alex. M‘Laren, B.A.), was opened for public worship. In the morning divine service was conducted by the Rev. Geo. Whitehead, late of Shotley Bridge, the newly-appointed minister of the place; in the afternoon by the Rev. Arthur Mursell; and in the evening by the Rev. Alex. M'Laren. On the following Monday evening a public tea-meeting was held to celebrate the occasion. After tea the chair was taken by the Rev, Alex. M'Laren, who offered Mr. Whitehead a most cordial welcome to the important sphere of his labours. The secretary, Mr. Mathews, gave a brief account of the rise and progress of the effort. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. R. Chenery (York Street), the Rev. G. Whitehead, the Rov. R. Stanion (of East Gorton), the Rev. C. Rumney, and others. The building is very commodions, and is capable of holding about 500, exclusive of class and other rooms adjoining, and cost upwards of £600, the greater part of which has been raised by the contributions of friends connected with Union Chapel. NEWBURY, BERKS.-On the evening of July 19th, a crowded and deeply interesting meeting
Was held in the school-room, Northbrook Street, 1 Newbury, for the purpose of bidding farewell to ** the Rev. J. Drew, the late pastor of the church in that
town, on his removal to Halifax. After tea, which was largely attended, Ernest Noel, Esq., took the chair, and opened the proceedings with
kind and appropriate remarks. Henry Flint, Esq. * (the senior deacon of the church), then addressed
the meeting and Mr. Drew, concluding by presenting Mr. Drew, on behalf of the congregation, with a timepiece and a purse containing upwards of forty pounds, " as an expression of their high esteem and appreciation of his services among them for upwards of nineteen years as a minister
of the Gospel.” Mr. Drew, in a lengthened * address, in the course of which he reviewed his
ministry at Newbury, and expressed his thankfulnegg to God for the usefulness which had been granted to him, acknowledged the kindness of his friends, of whom he spoke with great affection and regard; he also acknowledged the gift of a handsome dinner-service which was presented to Mrs. Drew, Addresses were also delivered by the Revs
. P. G. Scorey and Mr. Obern, and by Mr.
GRAFTON, NEAR STRATFORD-ON-Avon, The foundation-stone of a new Baptist chapel was laid in this village on Wednesday, August 10th, by William Stevenson, Esq., of Stratford-on-Avon. A tea-meeting preceded, and a public meeting in the open air followed the ceremony, suitable ad. dresses being delivered by the Revs. R. Hall, s. C. Burn, of Cardiff, J. Hall (Primitive Methodist), and Messrs. Cox, Atkinson, and Wilkes.
An excellent address was delivered by Mr. Stepbenson, at the laying of the stone; and a beautifully illuminated parchment, containing the names of the pastor and deacons of the church at Stratford, and of the trustees of the chapel about to be erected, was enclosed in the cavity of the stone, together with copies of the Stratford Herald and Chronicle, and the Nonconformist newspapers (all the copies of the last week's Freeman having been inadvertently posted off). The old chapel, which was very small, has been for the last twenty-five years in the occupation of the Baptists, having formerly been a place of worship for Moravians. The congregations have for many months past been unable to find accommodation within its walls, and the building was also considerably out of repair, so that it was judged necessary to rebuild.
CEMETERY ROAD, SHEFFIELD.-A crowded teameeting was held on Tuesday evening, July 26th, in the school-rooms connected with the Cemetery Road Chapel, Sheffield, for the purpose of bidding farewell to the Rev. Henry Ashbery, who has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the church meeting in Wellington Road, Luton. About 300 persons were present at tea. Alter tea the Rev. Brewin Grant, B.A., took the chair, and, in a brief address, bore testimony to the earnest devotion of Mr. Ashbery, and the great esteem in which he is held, not only by his own congregation, but by the town generally. Mr. M'Gill made a similar speech, which he concluded by presenting to Mr. Ashbery, on behalf of the congregation, a purse containing £40, accompanied with a beautifully mounted address, in wbich the best wishes of the subscribers were expressed. Mr. Ashbery, in an appropriate manner, acknowledged the gift. Other addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Flather, R. Macbrair, H. Tarrant, and J. Calvert, of Attercliffe ; and Messrs. Davidson, Winks, and others.
CHELSEA. --The memorial-stone of a new Baptist chapel, near the new barracks, Chelsea, was laid on Thursday, June 30th, by Sir Samuel Morton Peto, Bart., M.P. The Rev. C. H. Spurgeon addressed the assembly. The pastor, Mr. Frank H. White, read a short statement of the history of the church from its establishment in 1817-a copy of which, with a photograph of Sir Morton Peto, Mr. Spurgeon, and Mr. White, was deposited in a bottle and placed underneath the stone. The Rev, T. Alexander, of Chelsea, opened, and the Rev. J. Offord, of Bayswater, closed, with prayer. A tea and public meeting was held in the evening of the same day at Markham Square Chapel, presided over by W. G. Habershon, Esq. Addresses were given by the Revs. Samuel Martin, R. Brindley, W. Statham, J. A. Spurgeon, George Evans, Captain Fishbourne, and the pastor. The offer ings during the day amounted to £200, £69 of which was brought by the pastor of Upton Chapel, a young lady connected with his church having herself collected upwards of £60.
WOKINGHAM.-On Wednesday, July 13th, in. teresting services were held in connection with the eritire removal of the debt incurred in the erection of the Baptist chapel begun in July, 1861. In the afternoon the Rev. W. Brock, of London, preached.
WEYMOUTH.-The Baptist Chapel, Weymouth, was first opened July 28th, 1814, when sermons fere preached by Dr. Ryland, of Bristol, Mr. Porter, of Bath, and Mr. Saffery, of Salisbury. The fiftieth anniversary was observed
on the 28th July, when the Rev. W. Landels, of Regent's Park Chapel, preached two eloquent and earnest sermons. On the previous Sunday, preparatory Sermons had been preached, in the morning by the Rev. I. Birt, and in the evening by the Rev. W. Rosevear, of Abingdon. A bazaar was held the Monday in aid of the funds for the im. provement of the interior of the chapel. On the Tuesday evening a public tea-meeting was held in the school-rooms, and addresses were afterwards delivered by Mr. Rosevear, and by the Indepen. deat ministers, the Revs. R. 8. Åshton and w. Lewis
, and other friends. An account was given at this meeting of the origin
of the Baptist church at Weymouth, and its progress up to the present time. The whole of the proceedings in celebration of the jubilee of the chapel were of a very inte. resting and successful character, the members and friends being also much cheered by the fact that they had been enabled to clear of the whole of the ontlay incurred by the recent improvements.
About 350 persons then partook of tea in a tent Lear the chapel. After tea the friends returned to the chapel, when the Rev. P. G. Scorey, the minister, gare a somewhat detailed history of the efforts which had been made to erect and pay for the commodious house of prayer in which they were met. A statement of the finances was fol. lowed by addresses from the Revs. F. Stevenson and H. Bulmer, of Reading; and the evening service immediately commenced, when the venerable J. H. Hinton, M.A., preached. The chapel was opened just three years since, and the entire cost, with lecture-room, warming apparatus, and a part of the burial-ground, amounted to £1,875. About £1,700 has been raised by the congregation and friends in the neighbourhood, and the rest by those at a greater distance.
Boston, LINCOLNSHIRE. - The services con. nected with the opening of the new school and lecture-rooms in connection with the General Baptist Chapel, High Street, Boston, commenced on Sunday, July 24th, with two sermons by the Rev. T. W. Mathews, pastor. On the following Monday there was a public tea, after which addresses
were given by the Revs. T. W. Mathews, J. T. Wigner, of Lynn, and , W. Cholerton, of Sutterton, Mr. W. Stout, &c. The chair was taken by the Rev. T. W. Mathews, who gave a very interesting account of the origin of the General Baptists in Boston,-a history which dated as far back as the year 1653, when their fore. fathers worshipped in a " corner secure and alone.” At the close of the meeting a presentation was made to the Rev. J. T. Wigner, of Lynn, who, a short time ago, entertained in such a princely manner the ministers and friends of the Baptist Association, held at Boston, when they went to Lynn for a day's relaxation. The present consisted of “Smith's Biblical Dictionary,” beauti. fully bound, in three vols.
LINCOLN.-The Rev.W. Goodman being about to resign the pastorate over the Baptist church, Mint Lane, Lincoln, where he has laboured assiduously and faithfully during the last thirteen years, the church and congregation were desirous of presenting him with a token of their esteem. On July 27th a tea was provided in the vestry of the chapel for the members of the church and other contributors, when the Rev.J. Morton, of Collingham, presided, and the Revs. C. Scott and s. Wright, C. Doughty, Esq., ex-mayor, and Messrs. J. Ward and W. H. Blow, spoke in' highly commendable terms of the reverend gentleman. Mr. H. Barnes, one of the deacons, read an address prepared for the occasion, and presented to the pastor a purse containing the sum of £86; and to Mrs. Goodman, as a recogni. tion of her valuable services to the church, a nickel silver tea-service. Mr. Ward, the superintendent of the Sunday school, on behalf of the teachers, presented to the same lady a beautiful tea-caddy, accompanying the presentation with a justly-merited encomium.
GREENFIELD CHAPEL, LLANELLY.—The anni. versary services of this chapel were held on Sunday and Monday, August 14th and 15th. On the Sunday the Rev. T. Davies, D.D., President of Haverfordwest College, preached three able and earnest sermons to attentive congregations. On the Monday evening a public meeting took place, the Rev. D.M. Evans, minister of the place, presiding ; when effective addresses were delivered by the Revs. Mr. Edmunds; T. Davies, Siloah ; J. James, Park Street Chapel; W. Hughes, Bethel; G. P. Evans, of Swansea; and D. Rees, Chapel Als. The chairman stated that during the services on the previous day, upwards of £180 had been received
towards paying off all the debt remaining on th chapel, and that it was their intention that even ing to get rid of all their liabilities. The plate were sent round in the course of the meeting, an it was soon announced that the sum required haa been obtained, the proceeds of all the service amounting to £195 138. The meeting conclude with praise and prayer.
MINISTERIAL CHANGES.-The Rev. T. Peters, o Kingsbridge, has accepted the invitation of the church at Watford, and is expected to commenc his ministry there the first Sunday in October.The Rev. Dr. Brewer has resigned the pastoratec the church at Blenheim Chapel, Leeds.—The Re J. C. Wells, of Houghton, Hunts, has accepted th unanimous invitation of the church at Cottenhair Cambs.-The Rev. D. Thompson has resigned th pastorate of the church at Bilderstone, Suffolk. The Rev. George St. Clair, of Regent's Park Co lege, has accepted the cordial and unanimous inv tation of the church at Banbury, and will enter o the duties of the pastorate on the second Lord' day in September. - The Rev. W. Goodman, B.A. of Lincoln, has accepted the cordial and unani mous invitation of the church at Belvedere, Kent and commenced his ministry on the first Sunday in August.--The Rev. W. S. Webb, of the Metropo litan Tabernacle College, has accepted the unan mous and urgent call of the church at Blakene Gloucestershire, and has entered upon his duti with much promise of usefulness. The Rev. 1 Stenson, late of Sutton St. James, has accepted cordial and unanimous invitation to the pastorat of the Baptist church, Union Place, Longford.The Rev. O. T. Keen, jun., has accepted a cordis invitation to return to a former charge, Bridg north, Salop, and will be succeeded at Ballymenzo Ireland, by the Rev. W. S. Eccles, late of Ban bridge.—The Rev. C. Deavin has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist church at Minchinhamp ton, Gloucestershire, which he has held for upwards of six years, and is open to an invitation from any vacant church.-The Rev. T. H. Jones of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, has sent in his re signation to the church there, and intends leavin in September.-The Rev. B. J. Evans, late Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, formerly at Horto College, Bradford, has accepted a cordial an unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the Bare tist church, Langloy, Essex, and entered upon hi labours the last Sabbath in August.-The Rev. P. Rowe, M.A., having resigned the pastorate the church at Thrapstone, is at liberty to supp any vacant church with a view to the pastorate. The Rev. J.W. Boulding, of Glasgow, has resigne the pastorate of the Bath Street Church there, ar purposes connecting himself with the Independ ents.-Mr. Daniel Davies, senior student of Have fordwest College, has accepted a cordial invitatio to become the pastor of the Baptist church, S David's, Pembrokeshire, and intends commencin bis labours the second Lord's day in September.Mr. George Rees, student from Haverfordwes College, has complied with the unanimous reques of the Baptist church, Hay, Brecknockshire, become their pastor, and communced his labou the first Sunday in August.-The Rov. J. 1 Thorne has accepted the unanimous invitation the Baptist church, Dawley Bank, and hag entere upon his stated labourg. - The Rev. J. D. Alfo (whose baptism at Shrewsbury was lately s nounced) has accepted the unanimous invitatio of the church at Welshpool, to succeed the Re J. W. Thorne.--The Rev. J. H. Lambert has signed his charge at Milton, and accepted a cordil invitation from the church at Union Chapel, Lyn to become their pastor.
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“Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
-Matt. x. 22.
Who were the men before whose view there opened such a sad perspective as this? The world's hatred—a calamity never to be lightly encountered-has often, even in the sinful condition in which the world has so long been, fallen upon leads that deserved it. History is full of the retributions with which, in all ages, society has visited the miscondust and the crimes of bad men upon them; and thus it is that we read of the ruin inflicted upon corrupt nationalities; of the humiliations forced upon crwned heads, proved unworthy of their honours; and of the indignation with which men, by coinmon consent, have ever cast away from them the hopelessly vicious, the immoral and the impure. Bad as the world is, it has always had rough notions of justice, to which it has been true, and which it has sought to embody; and, apart from any circumstances which prove the exception, the hatred of men, as á rule, has been bestowed where it was deserved. Who, then, we again ask, were the men who are here told of the enmity that awaits them? What was it which, in their case, was to expose them to such fearful consequences as that enmity involved ?
These men were the first disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ; the twelve whom He chose, and whom He first commissioned to represent Him and to make known His truth in the world. So far from being base men, or in any way hurtful to their fellow-men, they were charged with the accomplishment of the noblest, purest, and most benevolent mission with which the world had ever been blessed. Their Master's command was explicit, and it breathed forth all the love of His own heart. He says, “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils ; freely ye have received, freely give." (Verses 6, 7, 8.) Never before, in the world's 'long dark night of sin and woe, had men been charged with such a blessed work as this, by which mankind was to be relieved from the temporal and spiritual evils under which it had so hopelessly and helplessly groaned. Never before bad the world seen a band of benefactors more worthy of its love, or better entitled to its highest rewards. Their mission, apart from its general spirit, was commendable on other grounds : it was to be begun nearest home, and for the benefit of those who might be supposed to have the first claim upon the benefits it secured; it was to respect the material as well as the spiritual wants of men, so that they who were charged with it were not to be merely the preachers of what men might deem an intangible creed, but also the agents of a most practical benevolence. Its promoters, moreover, were to do their work in a spirit of the purest disinterestedness,