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* Place. Dec. 23, 1858, Francisville, Pa.
“ 18, De Witt, Clinton Co., Iowa.
Payne's Mills, Connecticut.
o 22, 4 Dunkirk, W. New-York.
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Died in the city of New York, Jan. 28th, 1859, the Rev. Benjamin Clarke Cutler Parker, A.M., Seaman's Missionary of New York, aged sixty-three years. Mr. Parker was born in Boston, June 6th, 1796, and was the son of the Right Rev. Samuel Parker, D.D., Bishop of Massachusetts. At the age of twenty, he became a communicant of Christ Church, Boston, and soon resolved on the ministry. He entered and graduated at Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., and was ordained by Bishop Griswold, at St. Michael's Church, Bristol, Rhode Island, in May of 1826. Subsequently, he officiated in Gardiner, Maine; in Lenox, Mass.; in Woodstock, Vermont; in Flushing, New-York; and, finally, in 1842, was appointed Seamen's Chaplain, by the Church Missionary Society for Seamen in the port of New York, where he labored until the time of his death.
Died, in the town of Leesburg, Va., December, 1858, the Rev. David Caldwell, Rector of St. James' Church, Shelbourne Parish. The following are among the resolutions adopted at a meeting of the Vestry, held on Saturday, December 4th :
"Resolved, That we sincerely deplore the event, which has taken from his people an exemplary minister of Christ; from his family a devoted husband and father; and from the community a good and useful citizen.
"Resolved, That we do the deceased but justice in awarding to him the character of a learned divine, a faithful pastor, and a fearless and uncompromising advocate of truth and righteousness, as well as a kind and sympathizing counsellor of all who sought instruction from him.
"Resolved, That in testimony of our respect for the memory of our departed friend, we wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of thirty days." · Died, in the city of Philadelphia, the Rev. W. Prescott Hinds, a clergyman of the Church of England, at a very advanced age. Mr. Hinds was possessed or immense wealth, but had never, in this country, discharged any ministerial duties.
At the time of our last issue it was known that a great opening for missionary labor had been made in the Empire of China. Since then the several articles of the separate treaties concluded with that Government by Russia, France, England, and America, have been made known. In each of these the liberty to teach throughout the empire the Romish and Christian religions is granted to missionaries, while the natives are secured against all persecution on account of the professional practice of these religions. The article of the American treaty on this subject is as follows:
"The principles of the Christian religion, as professed by the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches, are recognized as teaching men to do good, to do to others as they would have others do to them. Hereafter those who quietly profes3 and teach these doctrines shall not be harassed or persecuted on account of their faith. Any person, whether citizen of the United States or Chinese convert, who, according to their tenets, peaceably teaches and practises the principles of Christianity, shall in no case be interfered with or molested."
But not only has the door been thus thrown wide open in China. After the above treaty had been effected, the Rev. Mr. Syle accompanied the American Commissioner, Mr. Reed, on a visit to the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Here they were received with the greatest courtesy by the Governor and his suite, who pressed upon Mr. Syle an invitation to take up his residence among them, and teach them English. In obedience to the Providential opening of this vast field, the Foreign Committee have determined to establish a Japanese Mission at once. The Rev. Messrs. Liggins and Williams have been taken from the little band in China, to begin the work; and the Committee are now earnestly appealing to the Church at large for men and means to carry it on vigorously. The general character of the immense multitude who inhabit this country, as well as the climate and resources of the country itself, combine to make as inviting a field as the earnest missionary could wish.
Recent indications lead us to hope that Bishop Boone, who is now about to return, will take with him a body of faithful laborers, perhaps six in number, mainly from the Alexandria Seminary.
Public meetings on behalf of the Chinese and Japanese Missions have been held with great success in our principal cities.
The Mission work in Africa seems to be steadily advancing. Intelligence has been received of the safe arrival at Cape Palmas of Mr. and Mrs. Rambo, Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard, and Mr. and Mrs. Messenger-all of whom were well, in fine spirits, and eager to enter upon the great work before them.
The following books were received too late for notice in this No., but will be noticed in the next: HISTORY OF New-ENGLAND DURING THE STUART DYNASTY. By John Gorham
Palfrey. Vol. I. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1858. For sale by E. P. Dut
ton & Co. LIFE OF JAMES SULLIVAN. By Thos. C. Amory. 2 vols. Boston: Phillips,
Sampson & Co. 1859. For sale by E. P. Dutton & Co. MEMOIR OF THE LIFE OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. By Josiah Quincy, LL.D. Bos.
ton: Phillips, Sampson & Co. 1858. For sale by E. P. Dutton & Co. SERMONS. By the late Frederick W. Robertson, A.M. First, Second and Third
Series. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1859. For sale by E. P. Dutton & Co.
Art. 1.—THE DOUBLE PROPHECY OF HUMAN
PROGRESS. The Method of the Divine Government; Physical and Moral.
MANIFOLD as are the scenes of beauty in onr world, and val. uable beyond all estimate as are the privileges vouchsafed by divine Goodness to human creatures in their fallen estate, few are the blessings which can be compared with those that centre in a wisely-ordered home; nor is there any other earthly scene on which superior intelligences, nay, even the Father of all, can be supposed to look down with more of sacred satis. faction. Here are comfort, duty, and tranquil joy. Here are order without constraint, and freedom unharassed by turbulence. Here united hearts harmonize conflicting interests, and combine activities the most diversified. Here love lightens every labor, divides every sorrow, and multiplies without limit rational enjoyment. It is, as it were, the garden-spot of hu.
the supreme of the eventive, necessoal reverence
man existence, where, beneath heaven's dew and sunshine, and under wise culture, may be seen clustering together in every stage of development, and each marked by its own attractive graces, the bud, the flower, and the fruit immature and fully ripened, of probationary rational being.
But the charities of home are not only of priceless worth as to all that alleviates and adorns our lot, they are even most sacred in their significancy. That double bond of loving parental authority and confiding filial reverence, what is it but a type, simple, instructive, necessary, of transcendent verities? Even of the everlasting relation of Father and Son on the supreme throne? A mystery, which, though in itself infinite, is revealed to practical intelligence as involving the destinies of the whole rational creation. That consecrated union of being in those to whom the children of a household look up, that inviolable tie which makes one of husband and wife, what is it again but also a type of the indissoluble union between the exalted Bridegroom in heaven and His pure, faith. ful, spiritual Church Nor is the mutual relation of sister and brother less a representative of those wondrous sympathies which were provided for when the eternal Son became Elder Brother to the entire family of man.
That a Christian home, containing in its very constitution elements thus associated with divine truths and heavenly agencies, is the chosen sphere where character shall be trained in better than earthly virtue, seems, then, little less than a sacred axiom. That there shall be systematically applied the corrective influences which belong to Heaven's great plan of reme. dial mercy, and piety be developed in its true excellence, power, and loveliness. When this is realized, then indeed is the family scene on earth typical of that better home which the Supreme Father has prepared for His finally accepted faithful children. Heart then is truly knit to heart in bonds dearer far than links of gold; hope sanctioned by highest wisdom infuses life into every duty, and gilds the very clouds that overhang our way; submission finds its exercise in trial; gratitude in times of gladness summons to more vigorous useful action ; and united prayer each day supplies new fuel to the flame of