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the grant, as Juggernaut's glory and renown I left the festive scene about 5 o'clock, must in consequence inevitably pass away. their labours; soveral most interesting cases Shortly after its appearance in the Gazette, brave already come to light. One of the Juggernaut himself visited the Rhoorada Rhoorada rajah's servants has been reading rajah by night, in a dream, and announced our books for ten years, he has a very correct to him that he had come to the conclusiou knowledge of divine truth, and he openly not on any account to receive any more avowed his determination to relinquish the money from the Siskar: that from henceforth rajah's service, and unite with the people of he should be entirely independent. Raw the Lord. One young man from Sumbleand superstitious as are the people in this poor, who had come to Pooree to see Jugger. province, they could hardly receive such a naut, heard the gospel, broke his caste, and statement under such circumstances. This joined bimself to the Lord's people. He year the Orissa missionaries felt that a is now with us at Piplee. Hitherto he has mighty barrier was about to be removed gone on satisfactorily. Let the friends of which had so often been a stumbling block the mission take encouragement, for their in the way of the heathen, and a hinderance servants in Piplee have been much blest by to their usefulness. Let the patronage of the Lord. Affectionately yours, the East India Company be wholly removed, July 31st 1851.

W. BAILEY. and one of the most potent arguments of the Pundahs to induce pilgrims to visit the shrine will be for ever done away.

MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES. The festival was but thinly attended, perhaps not more than fifty or sixty thousand. I send you a few outlines of our tour to Though there were a few cholera cases daily, the Isle of Axbolme. We arrived at Kirton and many died from exhaustion, occasioned October 6th, and held a meeting in the afby the fatigue of long journeys, still the ternoon, which was not numerously attended; mortality this year was small compared with but in the evening the congregation was large, former years. I saw a poor woman carried and the speeches were of an animating chaon a litter, apparently in dying circumstances, racter. We were pleased to see the improvebut a person passing by with food from the ment in the chapel and congregation. We temple, rap and fetched some, and forced it are indebted to the friends for their hospitainto her mouth, doubtless thinking that the lity, and to brother Crooks for his kind assistmere taste of the rice on which Juggernaut's ance on the occasion. Collections more than eye had fallen' was sufficient to remove many sins. Near where we were preaching At Crowle, on the following day, brother a vessel containing holy food was accidentally Simons gave a pleasing description of the broken, and its contents fell on the road in Saviour's love to lost man.

The congregathe dirt; a pumber of poor Bengallee women tion was small, but in the evening there was seeing this ran with all possible haste and a great improvement. We are deeply indebted koelt down and picked out grain after grain to a long-tried friend, who is far advanced on of the rice until they had eaten the whole. her pilgrimage, and will soou receive a remuAround the temple we saw eighteen or twenty neration which the Saviour will give to his wretched females measuring their way as faithful friends. The meeting was addressed they went along. Some of them were by brethren Hurt of Misterton, Simons, and covered with filth and mud that we could Fogg. We trust impressions were made by scarcely discover their features. I might go the appeals on the behalf of our missions in on and tell you how the people worshipped | China and India, which will not soon be the cars, and the wheels of the cars, and effaced. Collections larger than last year. the ropes, and the road, over which the On the 8th we visited Epworth, and were cars passed, &c.; but I forbear, as you have kindly welcomed by the friends, who seem repeatedly heard these things. But (, how anxious to promote the Saviour's interest in heart-rending it is, that our fellow immortals heathen lands. We assembled in the place should thus degrade themselves in the where our fathers held intercourse with the presence of that God who hates idolatry. King of kings. The tablets and monuments For more than a quarter of a century have of the pious dead made the meeting of a sothe Orissa Missionaries stood as witnesses lemn and prayerful character. Though the for the truth among the deluded thousands, number was not large, great attention was and have made known the only means paid to the address delivered by Mr. Simons whereby men cap be saved. They have in which he set forth the joys created in anborne many torrents of abusive epithets, such gelic minds when one sinner repenteth. We as for their obscenity can never be told here; feel laid under great obligation to those who every year been pelted more or less withi furnished 'us with a conveyance, and to the mud and sand and stones, &c.; but, blessed young man who drove us to Butterwick be God, they have not borde all in vain; through a very heavy storm of rain. I trust incalculable good has been done already by the Lord will not be unmindful of his work

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of faith and labour of love. Our missionary | of missions. The amount of collections, meeting at Epworth in the evening was well subscriptions and donations for the year, is attended. J. Asb meilc, judr., took the chair. £23, 159. 3 d.

T. H. Messrs. Hunt, Fogg, and Simons addressed

TARPORLEY.-Sermons were preached on the meeting. Collections have considerably behalf of the mission in this place, on Lord's. improved—a pleasing result of our missionary day, Sep. 28, by Mr. Goadby of Loughbobox. The cause at this place is looking up.

rough. A public meeting was held on the On the 9th we held an afternoon meeting following evening, when Mr. Pedley of Wheeat Butterwick, when Mr. Simons told us of lock Heath presided, and the cause was advoa sympathizing Saviour to the lost sbeep of cated by brethren Goadby, Stocks, and two the house of Israel

. Though the attendance Wesleyan Ministers. was small, we believe his sermon will do good. In the evening the few friends that assem.

AUDLEM.-Sermons were delivered for the bled told of the goodness of God mission, on Lord's day and Tuesday, Sep. 28

A to our missions, and addresses were deli. and 30, by Messrs. Goadby and Needham. vered by Messrs. Gibson of Epworth, Fogg, public meeting was held in the evening of the and Simons; and though things were dis latter day, when the above brethren pleaded couraging, yet the collection has a little for the mission. improved. We see the necessity of some WHEELOCK HEATH.-A tea meeting was one taking the oversight of this part of God's held in this place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, after vineyard. We were delighted with the con. which missionary addresses were delivered by versation of an aged christian, in the ninety. brethren Pedley, Stocks, and Goadby. first year of his age, who conversed with us on the love of God, his interest in the Saviour, here on Thursday, Oct. 2. Speakers. Messrs.

STOKE.- A missionary meeting was held and his prospects of eternal life. We saw in

Baker and Goadby. this man how religion can support, and that in hoary hairs God will not forsake those that BRADFORD.-On Lord's-day, Aug. 31st, trust in him.

two sermons were preached in Prospect Street On the 10th we held a missionary meeting Chapel, Bradford, by Rev. J. Tunnicliffe of at Misterton. This appears a barreo spot, Leeds, on behalf of our Foreign Missions. and unfruitful soil, yet we called to remem- Collections, subscriptions, and donation from brance that from this place men have been a friend amounted to £36 Os. 1d. raised up that were valiant for the truth. Our

BURNLEY LANE.-On Sunday, Sep. 21st, brother who labours there is exceedingly dis

1851, the Rev. R. Hardy of Queenshead couraged, and sows in tears. We had little

preached on behalf of our Foreign Mission; hopes of holding a meeling: yet we did so,

and on Monday evening following, the pub. and were agreeably surprised at the largeness lic missionary meeting was held, when ad. of the congregation, for the whole chapel was well filled, and the meeting was interested in Maden, R. Evans, (P.B.,) J. Cocken, (Indep.)

dresses were delivered by Revds. R. Hardy, J. the speeches of brother Hurt, Fogg, and Collections and subscriptions £5. 168. 8d. Simons. Collection small: yet there is an

W. P. increase. In all our journeys we have seen

KIRTON LINDSEY.-On Monday, October 6, the advantage of missionary boxes. On the ilth I arrived at Boughton, and missions to the heathen in India and China,

we held our annual meetings on behalf of on Lord's-day, the 12th, preached two sermons for the cause of christian missions. The Smith, our pastor ; Mr. Fogg, of Retford ;

when addresses were delivered by Mr. J. C. congregations were attentive, and in the even

Mr. Crooks, of Killingholm; and Mr. Simons, ing unusually large.

a converted son of Abraham. In the evening On Monday, 13th, we held our meeting, the meeting was large and very attentive. when good feelings appeared to be produced, In the course of the evening a clergyman of though the congregation was not so large rhe Established Church sent us a handsome as in former years, (owing to revival services

The collections amounted to £3 being held by the Wesleyans in the neighbour: | 123. 84. being nearly treble the amount of last hood.) Brother Robinson presided. Brother

present.

year's collections.

T. D. C. Fogg, with friend J. A. Cheetbam of Ollerton, addressed the meeting.

The collections were double those of last year; so that we Rev. W. WILKINSON.–We are gratified to trust in the Lord and take courage.

give the following recent intelligence as to Yours truly,

W. FOGG. our brother's health : STALEY BRIDGE.-On Lord's-day, Sep. 21. Berhampoor, Sep. 1.-Yesterday we retwo sermons were preached in the G. Baptist ceived the most gratifying intelligence from chapel, Staley Bridge, by Mr. T. Yates, of our beloved friends the Wilkinsons. He is Hugglescote, when collections were made in amazingly better; but in accordance with ad. behalf of the mission. In the evening Mr. Y. vice, intends to take a short voyage to Magave an interesting address on the great object dras.-I. STUBBINS.

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OF CHRIST. In illustrating this subject it will perform was most arduous : he had to be necessary to bring before the read- endure the contradiction of sinners er the scattered statements found in against himself, to fulfil the law which the holy Scriptures respecting the they had broken, to resist all the inprayers of Christ, especially the pray- fernal suggestions of the apostate ers offered in retirement. To obviate spirit, and, at last, in obedience to the misconception, it should be observed will of the Father, to give his life a that it was the human nature of our ransom for many. The man Christ Lord that needed the support and Jesus,' needed strength from his Faconsolation obtained by prayer. He ther for all this. had no taint of original depravity to The prophetic page, it may be obdeplore: he had no actual transgres served, describes the great Messiah as sion with sorrow and tears to confess; the chosen and beloved servant of nor was it possible that the proud and Jehovah, sustained and upheld by mighty foe who sought to overcome him,* so that, arduous as the second Adam as he had done the work, he should not fail nor be disfirst, should accomplish his dark de- couraged.'. Behold my servant, whom signs: still, in other respects, our I uphold; mine elect in whom my Lord needed, and obtained help and soul delighteth; I have put my spirit comfort from on high. The work upon him.”—Isa. xlii. 1 and 4. We which the Father had sent him to may therefore, reverently believe that

was his

* It is sometimes represented that the as from what is recorded of his prayers. divine nature of our Lord sustained the hu- That the Spirit was his guide in all he did man during the period of suffering; and is manifestly suggested, if indeed, I may Watts, a name to be greatly venerated, not say undeniably proved, by such texts as though not implicitly followed, says, Isaiah xi. 2.—'And the spirit of the Lord • But the divinity within,

shall rest upon him;' lxi. 1,—The spirit Supported him to bear:

of the Lord God is upon me;' Matt. iv. 1,-But I do not find such language used in Lead up of the Spirit into the wilderness;' the Word of God; and therefore as firmly Mark i. 12,— The Spirit driveth him into as I believe the important doctrine of the the wilderness'-a phrase expressive, not of Godhead of Christ, I contend that we ought violence, but of the energy of the impulse; on all sacred subjects to speak in the Matt. xii. 28,–*If I cast out devils by the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth.' It spirit of God; Acts x. 38,- How God appears clearly intimated in Scripture that anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy our Lord, while upon earth, was sustained Ghost;' Heb. ix. 14,—Who, through the by the Father, and guided by the Spirit. Eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot That the Father was his protector appears to God;' 1 Peter iii. 18,– Quickened by clear from Isa. xlii. 1, xlix. 8, &c., as well the Spirit.' VOL. 13.-N. S.

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the Lord in his retired hours fervently thee: and I will preserve thee' was supplicated that divine support, and the language of Jehovah to his bethose spiritual influences which the loved Son. Isa. xlix. 8. Father, by the mouth of his holy But we are not left on this subject prophets' had promised to impart; to deductions, however well sustained, nor were his supplications in vain. from the prophetic page. Much direct • The Spirit of the Lord God was information is contained in the gosupon him.' 'God gave not the Spirit pels, especially in the gospel of St. by measure unto him.' Other inspired Luke. The baptismal day of Christ predictions of the promised Redeemer was marked by the exercises of devorepresent him as suffering intense tion. Ascending the banks of the anguish of spirit, and crying mightily Jordan, in whose waters he had been to God for succour. In the Psalms baptized, while he was 'praying, the which testify of Christ, we meet with heaven was opened, and the Holy such pleading and supplication as Ghost descended in a bodily shape the following :-O my God, I cry like a dove upon him, and a voice in the day time, and thou hearest not, came from heaven which said, .Thou and in the night season, and am not art my beloved Son: in thee I am silent. Be not far from me, O Lord; well pleased.'I After his baptism he O my strength, haste thee to help me. entered on his public ministry, and Save me from the lion's mouth. "Save prayer sanctified all that he did. The me, O God; for the waters are come following verse furnishes impressive in unto my soul. As for me, my evidence of his devotional fervour :'prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an | •And in the morning, rising up a acceptable time. O God, in the mul- great while before day, he went out, titude of thy mercy hear me. Hide and departed into a solitary place and not thy face from thy servant, for I there prayed.' By examining the am in trouble : hear me speedily.'— context we see that this took place Psa. xxii. 2, 19, 21, xix. 1, 13, 17. after the Sabbath: the day of holy Such supplications would appear emi. rest had been spent in works of mercy, nently suitable for the Man of sorrows in healing the bodies, and instructing during the brief and troubled pericd of the souls of men : he was about to his sojourn in mortal flesh. We are go over Galilee on the same benevoassured that the Father always heard lent errand, and he entered on the him; and the page of prophecy re- important work with prayer - leavcords the answer of the Father as well ing us in this reepect an example as the pleadings of the suppliant. 'In that we should follow his steps. A an acceptable time have I heard thee; great while before day'-ere the and in a day of salvation have I helped darkness of the night had passed, or

+ The opinion of many that such Psalms David speaketh concerning him. He, as the 16th, the 22nd, the 69th, and the seeing this before, spake of the resurrec109th, are to be regarded first as the lan- tion of Christ' (not of his own). Another guage of David, and then as a prediction of inspired apostle establishes the same view. Christ appears to me (at least in relation to Acts xiii. 35–37. It may also with prothese Psalms) wholly wanting in proof. priety be asked, where is the evidence that The translators in the heading to the David's hands and feet were pierced ? or, Psalms, following earlier translators, have that his persecutors parted his garments spoken of the language as David's com- among them, and cast lots upon his vesture ? plaint, or prayer, or praise, or hope, but I or that they gave him gall for his meat, cannot subscribe to this opinion. Taking and, in bis thirst vinegar to drink? God the 16th Psalm as an example, where is the by the mouth of his servant David spake evidence that from verses 8 to 11 David these things concerning Christ, and, in my speaks concerning himself? The exposi- judgment, concerning him only. tion of an inspired apostle ought to set the question at rest for ever. Acts ii. 25 – 34,-!

| Luke üii, 21, 22.

the starry host had given place to guage to Peter. That prayer appears the bright orb of day, while the busy to have been offered in secret. multitudes were enjoying undisturb- The melting scene which was exed slumbers, he rose, retired to a hibited in Gethsemane must not be distance from the abodes of men, and overlooked in these lines ; and in refervently sought the blessing of Him lation to this, Heb. v. 7, may with whom he always honoured. In ano propriety be cited—a text which apther place it is said, 'It came to pass plies specially, though by no means in those days that he went out into exclusively, to the agonizing conflict a mountain to pray, and continued in the garden. • Who in the days of all night in prayer to God?'S his flesh, when he had offered up • Cold mountains, and the midnight air, prayers and supplications with strong Witnessed the fervour of his prayer.' crying and tears, unto him that was

His apostles, we may believe, large- able to save him from death, and was ly shared in the protracted petitions heard in that he feared.' Let the offered on this interesting occasion, reader especially mark that the devofor it is added, and when it was

tion of Gethsemane was solitary deday he called unto him his disciples : votion: the agony of the garden was and of them he chose twelve, whom solitary agony. Entering on this also, he named apostles.' How often last scene of suffering, he said to the he retired for meditation and prayer disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and to the mountains near the sea of pray yonder.' Only the three faGalilee ! After feeding the multitude voured disciples were allowed to be with five loaves and two fishes, 'He with him, and when prayer was offerwent up into a mountain apart to ed he went to a distance even from pray, and when the evening was

them. * He went a little further, come, he was there alone.'*

Very

and fell on his face, and prayed, precious to our Lord were these sea- saying, O my Father, if it be possisons of retirement. It is said in ble, let this cup pass from me: another place, “As he was alone nevertheless not as I will, but as thou praying.'† And again, “ He went up wilt.' He returned to his disciples, into a mountain to pray, and as he and after a brief interval, again he prayed the fashion of his counte- left them for prayer. -'He went nance was altered,' &c. He received away again the second time and from God the Father honour and prayed.' Again he returned to the glory while engaged in the solemn disciples and found them asleep. and delightful exercise of prayer. Once more he prayed, and to do so The 17th chapter of John records be withdrew from the disciples. 'He his intercessory prayer for his belov- left them and went away again, and ed disciples. How fervently did he prayed the third time;'S and on this pray for the deliverance from evil, occasion, being in an agony, he the sanctification, the unity, and the prayed more earnestly.' Our Surety final glorification of those whom trod the winepress alone, and of the the Father had given him. Nor is people there was none with him. On it less interesting to observe that he the cross he prayed, and with the not only prayed for his disciples in breath of prayer he breathed out his general, but remembered their indi- soul to the Father, —· Father, into vidual cases before the Father. “I thy hands I commend my spirit: and have prayed for thee,' I was his lan- having said thus, he gave up the

ghost.' Christ has in this left us

§ Luke vi. 12, 13. * Matt. xiv. 23.

+ Luke ix. 18. Luke xxii. 33.

§ Matt xxvi. 36; xxxix. 42-44.

|| Luke xxiii. 48.

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