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UITERSARIES OF VARIOUS RELIGIOUS UND BENEVOLENT

ISSOCLIIONS. BUPTIST EONE WISSNART OLIETY. Yonday, the tel ot Vav. The report

Tuis society held its annual meet- was reau bv the Rev. George Osborn, ing on Monday eveniat, the 36i ot and the Rev. Elijah Hoole. This April, at Fusüury Clarei: Sowmcn society has 3.56 cearal mission sta. Leonari. En ceteri tie ci uir. suas; 3.73 celeis an i preaching The paport, which is r-au is the piders : #10 Duis v nares; and Per. S. J. Daries, decalled the 7 Otier pa. I ugens, fii gratuitous ceedings of the society's agents, and 24ts, inclusiva 3 Sach-schol stated that, dric, the past Fear, tips tahers. . ; 11tili meters; number of min 002rias auimees 1.** merciers on trial: 41 assistel the Weer WL-': that suivils. La printing estabishin connexion with suciecare zi m-055. The total in one of the soplaces, where ue gostei is preached ciety, in-insire of a leghy of €10.17« 12} to upwards oť 2011 ) persons: 9£ from the late Thomas Marriott Es. Sabbath-schools: -67 Lezecers; 6.16 aounted to $111.7 -01.}s. 91, being sebolars: and 40.5 persons have been £12) . : ti more than tie estendiadded to the Churches during tie tare. There is a dest on the society past year. The expenditiire 20:canted of £1,606 15. 9.1. to $1,269 is. id, being 1 0). ti.

TOLONTIRY HOOL ASSOLLATIOS. beyond the income.

The fourth annual meeting of this BAPTIST YLIOS *RI SOKIE TY.

-eiets was held at the London TaOn Thursday, the 29th of April. rern on Monday evening, the 4th of the anniversary of this society was

Mas. The chair was occupied by held at Eseter Hall; S. M. Peto.

G. W. Alexander. Esq. The report Esq. V.P.. presided. The resort, tated that this society was estaread by the secretary, the Rer. F

blisted for the purpose of aiding unTrestail, stated that, during the past

sectarian schools which inculeate Fear, the soriety had not lost any

religion, and repudiate Government missionary by death, but that addi

control or assistance : that out of & tional agents had teen employed.

special fund. eighty schools in the The total receipts for the year

West Indies had been assisted ; and, amounted to £19.116 113.9d.. the ex during the past year, eighteen sehools penditure, inclusive of £873 lis tel. in various parts of England had reowing on the previous year's account, ceived peeuniary aid from the society. £23,939 175. 5d., leaving a balance

The committee is desirous of increasof £4,723 5s. d. due to the treasurers

ing tbe number of the students in

the Vale and Female Normal TrainBRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGS ing-schools TION OF THE GOSPEL AMOSG TAE

BRITISH ANTI-STATE-CHURCH ASSOCLAJEWS. At Freemason's Hall, on the 30th

TION. of April, this society held its nintb

The anuual meeting of the comcil

of this association was held on Wedannual meeting; the chair being oecupied by Sir John Dean Paul, Bart.

nesday morning, the 5th of Jay, at Mr. G. Yonge, the secretary, read the

the office on Ludgate-hill, under the report, from which it appeared that

presidency of S. Courtauld, Esq. The the society was progressing. During

secretary read the report, which gare the past year several Jews renounced

a detailed account of the proceedings Judaism, and embraced Christianity.

of the society, and the publication of The receipts were £4,620 As. 2d.,

“ The Library for the Times." In the being £146 3s. more than the expen

erening, the annual public meeting diture.

was held at Finsbury Chapel, on

which occasion the chair was occuWESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. pied by Lawrence Heyworth, Esq.,

This society held its anniversary M.P., and eloquent speeches were de under the presidency of John Hen- livered by several ministers and other derson, Esq., at Exeter Hall, on gentlemen.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.

On Wednesday, the 5th of May, the annual meeting of this society was held at Exeter Hall; the Earl of Shaftesbury presided. The issues of the Scriptures, during the past year, have been, from the depôts at home, 805,181 copies; from the foreign depôts, 349,461; niaking together 1,154,642 copies. The society has printed the Bible in 148 languages. The entire receipts for the year amounted to £108,449, the expenditure to £103,930. The liabilities of the society amounted to £52,341.

SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION. The society held its forty-ninth annual meeting on Thursday, the 6th of May, at Exeter Hall: Alfred Rooker, Esq., presided. W.H. Wat son, Esq., read the report, and the meeting was addressed by the Revs. D. Katterns, L. Wiseman, Dr. Dyer, G. Rose, W. Brock, and T. Thompson, Esq. The sales for the year amounted to £10,080 7s. 1d. BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL

SOCIETY. The forty-ninth examination and annual meeting was held at the Institution in the Borough-road on Monday, the 10th of May. The chair was occupied by Lord John Russell. and the report was read by the secretary, Henry Dunn, Esq. During the past year, 181 male and 143 female students had been in the Normal Training schools; 85 masters and 78 mistresses were appointed to schools: the average number of children in daily attendance upon the Modelschools was 1,030; the total receipts during the year, £13,966 13s ; the expenditure, £13,012 10s. 7d.

RAGGED-SCHOOL UNION. This society held its eighth annual meeting at Eseter Hall on Monday,

i the 10th of May; the Earl of Shaftesbury presided. The report stated that the number of schools was 110; voluntary teachers, 1,650; paid teachers, 200 ; scholars, 13,700. The receipts were, for the year, £3,510, which, after meeting the expenditure, left a balance of £376 in favour of the society.

BRITISH MISSIONS.
The annual meeting of this society

was held May 11th, in Exeter Hall; Charles Hindley, Esq., M.P., in the chair. A hymn having been sung, and prayer offered up by the Rev. Robert Hamilton, of Barbican Chapel, the chairman opened the busi. ness of the meeting by showing the necessity of the British missions, and suggesting the desirableness of giving to the proceedings as practical a character as possible. The Rev. Dr. Massie then read the annual report, which stated that the sums contributed this year from the Churches by October or other coilections in aid of British missions, amount to £5,616 8s. 9d. The October collections alone produced £5,161 Os. 10d. As compared with last year, there is a diminution of £154 10s. Od.

LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. On Thursday, the 13th of May, the fifty-eighth annual meeting of this society was held at Exeter Hall, under the presidency of the Right Hon the Lord Mayor. The Rev. Dr. Tidman read the report, and the meeting was addressed by the Revs. Dr. Halley, J. A. James, J. Stratten, Dr. Beaumont, J. Sugden, J. Gawthorne, J.C. Harrison aud A. Rooker, Esq. The income for the year amounted to £69,048 12s. 3d. ; the expenditure to £72,831 6s.

RELIGIOUS TRAOT SOCIETY. On Friday evening, May the 14th, at Exeter Hall, the fifty-third anniversary of this society was held under the presidency of the Earl of Chichester. During the year, 760 libraries were granted at reduced prices; the number of publications issued was 1,659,683. The receipts from sales amounted to £50,337, being an increase of £2,837 on the previous year; the total benevolent income was £7,975 7s. 8d., being £973 more than that of the preceding year.

PEACE SOCIETY. The thirty-seventh annual meeting of the members of the Peace Society was held May 18th, at Finsbury Chapel ; Mr. C. Hindley, M.P., in the chair. Mr. Richard, the secretarv, detailed the steps which the Peace Society had taken to oppose the Militia Bill, and affirmed that the fact of upwards of 1,300 petitions having been presented, and a minority of 165 against the second read. ing, was a proof of homage to public opinion, for not twenty were at first prepared to vote against the bill. The receipts for the year were £2,276, the expenditure £1,930. TOWN MISSIONARY AND SCRIPTURE

READERS' ASSOCIATION. The fifteenth annual meeting of this society vias held May 20th in the Music Hall, Store-street; Sir John Dean Paul, Bart., in the chair. Mr. Geldart, the secretary, read the annual report. It stated that the society was established by David Nasmith, fifteen years since, in order to accomplish in the provincial towns what the Lordon City Mission was effecting in the metropolis. It had formed more than fifty town missions, which were now for the most part working efficiently, but separately from the parent society. There were also forty-four auxiliaries in connexion with it. The number of missionaries employed by the latter had increased from fifty-one to sixty-two; but in the aggregate it might be said that there were now 250 town missionaries labouring in different pro vincial towns and villages, exclusive of a large number who were in im mediate connexion with the Church of England, and with other bodies of Christians. New missions had been established during the past year in Salisbury, Rear ing, Coventry, Truro, Deal, Shoreham, and four village stations. Additional missionaries had also been sent to the stations at Newcastle-on-Tyne, Carlisle, Brighton, Chelmsford, Halstead, and Hali. fax. The colporteur in London had made 12,811 visits, and sold 1,526 copies of the Scriptures, principally to domestic servants. The financial condition of the society was prosperous. Its income during the past year was £4,565, 148. 4d., being an increase over last year of £715 16s. 7d.

FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND. The tenth general assembly of the Free Church of Scotland commenced its sittings May 13th, in the Tanfield Hall, Canonmills, Edinburgh. The Rev. Dr. Duff, the Moderator during the last year, delivered an eloquent

discourse on Psalms ii. i. The Rev. Dr. Angus Makellar was chosen Moderator.

Rev. Joux JAFFRAY made a brief statement of the progress and finances of the mission schemes of the Church. Concerning the funds of these schemes, the statements of former years had been encouraging, and the evidences he had now to submit held out also, upon the whole, great cause for thankfulness. He could not report an absolute increase in the revenues of all the schemes of the Church, but if circumstances were taken into account, and the difficulty of justly comparing the revenues of this year with those of former years, it would be found that substantially there was no falling back this year. The contributions during the past year included in the statement which he was now to submit, not only strictly concerned the schemes individually, but also those efforts which were affiliated with them, and this would enable them, he thought, to make a proper contrast with former years. There had been, during the year ending 31st March last, received : By the Home Mission Com. mittee .

1,941 26 Bv the Committee in the *** Highlands . . .

3,833 8 3

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For the Bursary Fun

£ 8. d. For the College Building Fund ,

1,666 0 0 or the Bursary Fund

575 2 10 For the Foreign Mission

Scheme . . . . 4,560 14 3
From Associations . . 2,103 19 4
Miscellaneous Contributions 4,246 194
For Mission Buildings . 1,680 2 1
For the Colonial Scheme 3,968 14 8
For the Jews' Conversion
Scheme

• 4,436 11 For the Church Building

Scheme, from all Sources 1,489 16 B For the Glasgow Church

Extension Scheme . 2,652 16 5

than £1,727 2s. 5d. In the item of congregational offerings there was an increase this year over that of last year of £855 58. ld. There had been a decrease this year, as compared with the previous year, of £230 in the fund for colonial churches, of £191 7s. 9d. in the Jews' Conversion Fund, of £1,303 13s. 10d. in the Church Building Fund, and of

£1,191 12s. in the Education Fund, but there had been an increase in the Foreign Mission Fund of £763 185.7d. He had this year also, as well as last year, to report a diminution in the Juvenile Offerings of £95 6s. 5d.

The assembly received the report, expressed thankfulness for the li. berality of their people during the past year, and anew encouraged them to give of their substance as God might enable them to the ad. vancement of the Redeemer's cause and kingdom.

Making a total of . 53,876 14 8 In estimating aright the virtual revenues of their schemes, it might be proper to state that, superadded to these there ought to be a sum of upwards of £2000 received from ladies' auxiliaries, that in various ways most generously aided their schemes. He did not think he could state the deficiency this year at a larger suim

THE MIND OF MAN. --- We have man, as a little pool reflects the faculties in full force and activity glorious sun. which the animals either possess not T ue Lord's PRAYER AND THE at all, or in so low and obscure a ARAB.-I remember on one occasion form. as to be equivalent to non- travelling in this country with a comexistence. Now, these parts of mind panion who possessed some knoware those which connect us with the ledge of medicine; we had arrived at things which are not of this world. a door, near which we were about to We have veneration, prompting us pitch our tents, when a crowd of to the worship of the Deity, which Arabs surrounded us, cursing and the animals lack. We have hope, to swearing at the rebellers against God. carry us on, in thought, beyond the My friend, who spoke a little Arabic, bounds of time. We have reason, to turning round to an elderly person, enable us to inquire into the charac. whose garb bespoke him a priest, ter of the Great Father, and the rela said, “Who taught you that we are tion of us, his humble creatures, disbelievers? Hear my daily prayer, towards him. We have conscien- and judge for yourselves." He then tiousness and benevolence, by which repeated the Lord's prayer. All stood we can, in a faint and humble mea- amazed and silent, till the priest exsure, imitate in our conduct that claimed-—" May God curse me if ever which he exemplifies in the whole I curse again those who hold such of his wondrous doings. Beyond belief! Nay, more, that prayer shall this, mental science does not carry be my prayer till my hour be come. us in support of religiou : the rest I pray thee, O Nazarene, repeat the depends on evidence of a different prayer, that it may be remembered kind. But it is surely much that we and written in letters of gold.”—Mr. thus discover in nature a provision Hay's IVestern Barbary. for things so important. The exist. CHRISTIANITY.-Christianity, like ence of faculties having a regard to a child, goes wandering over the such things is a good evidence that world. Fearless in its innocence, such things exist. The face of God it is not abashed before princes, is reflected in the organization of nor confounded by the wisdom of synods. Before it the blood-stained warrior sheaths bis sword, and plucks the laurel from his brow; the midnight murderer turns from his purpose, and, like the heart smitten disciple, goes out and weeps bitterly. It brings liberty to the captive, joy to the mourner, freedom to the slave, repentance and forgive. ness to the sinner, hope to the faint hearted, and assurance to the dying. It enters the hut of the poor man, and sits down with them and their chil. dren; it makes them contented in the midst of privations, and leaves

behind an everlasting blessing. It walks through great cities amid all their pomp and splendour, their imaginary pride and their unutterable misery, a purifying, ennobling, correcting, and redeeming angel. It is alike the beautiful companion of childhood, and the comfortable associate of age. It ennobles the noble ; gives wisdom to the wise ; and new grace to the lovely. The patriot, the priest, the poet and the eloquent man, all derive their sublime power from its influence.

THOUGHTS OF HEAVEN.

No sickness there-
No weary wasting of the frame away;

No fearfal shrinking from the midnight air--
No dread of summer's bright and fervid ray!

No hidden grief,
No wild and cheerless vision of despair;

No vain petition for a swift relief-
No tearful eyes, po broken hearts, are there!

Care has no home
Within the realm of ceaseless praise and song;

Ils billows break away and melt in foam,
Far from the mansions of the spirit throng!

The Storm's black wing
Is never spread athwart celestial skies :

Its wailing blends not with the voice of Spring,
As some too tender flow'ret, droops and dies !

No night distils
Its chilling dews upon the tender frame;

No moon is needed there: the light which fills
That land of glory from its Maker came!

No parted friends
O'er mournful recollections bave to weep;

No bed of death enduring Love attends
To watch the coming of a pulseless sleep!

No blasted flower
Or withered bud celestial gardens know;

No scorcbing blast or fast-descending shower
Scatters destruction like a ruthless foe!

No battle word
Startles the sacred host with fear and dread;

The song of peace Creation's Morning heard
Is sung wherever angel minstrels tread!

Let us depart,
If bome like this await the weary soul !

Look up, thou stricken one! thy wounded heart
Shall bleed no more at Sorrow's stern control !

With Faith our guide,
White-robed and innocent, to lead the way,

Why fear to plunge in Jordan's rolling tide,
And find the ocean of eternal day?

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