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Industrial school: and both catholics and Seymour heard of in this place, except protestants are in it. The school is not two Episcopal ministers, and myself and to proselyte; then they mutter in Irish family. After dinner and a little rest, to one another, and rebuke the offender; Miss S. proposes that we all go down to and she asks pardon in English, and the sea shore for health. Off we start; they calm down ; and by talking kindly and a whole troop of paupers attack us to them they promise to send a girl or in the street, shouting, “ for the honour two. We then ask them, are there any of God, give us a penny," and "for the other girls idle in the street, who would' virgin's sake." I speak to some of them, come? They say there is not one in all and ask—“Why do you not go to the that neighbourhood, but who is employ priests? I am not a priest ; you dont ed by the Nuns, and we need not go belong to me.” They reply," , sir, to another house; but not believing I know you are not a priest : the priests them, we go into another, and find five will do nothing for us: the protestants or six idle. who never were with the are better than they." "And why do Nuns; and thus we go on.
you stay with them?” One cries, " I'll As we come home, Mrs. S. says, she turn for one-halfpenny." When we is quite in her element working among get down to the shore, there we see them-reproving them for bad tempers about fifty idle fishermen and their and bad language, and rendering them wives, basking in the sun like sheep, all some assistance for both soul and body. in one mass of filthy rags. One of them When we get home, in comes James will come out and say-"I'll turn for from school: Miss S. says, my head a halfpenny;” others call out “look at aches with the stench of those girls and the Jumpers." The priests also come with their contentions; though they out to watch us. Reaching home as the are not at all so bad as they were. hour draws near, a fidler enters the James comes up and makes his piteous street; and, sometimes, his music outcomplaint, that a mob of ruffian papists side, and ours inside, come into contact, threw stones at him, bespattered him to our great annoyance. When he goes with dirt, and jostled him in the street. off, up comes a beggar to the window, On going in search of the rabble, we and continues shouting for help, until find the ringleader, and hand him over some one must go out and drive her to the police, who say that he has been away. A fellow then comes and gives with them before; and they take him to a polite knock, and runs off, so that I the barrack. As my daughters look out am glad when the service closes, as it is of the window, a respectable young man perpetual annoyance. Shutting up the from an academy looks up, and he shouts house, we calculate upon having done “Kilhamites," and passes along. A ser with perplexities; but, to our astonishvant maid is sent to our house on business ment, an unearthly howl comes through and as she is in the hall, a papist looks the key-hole of the hall door, “for God's in, and says with a loud voice-"and sake, and for the honour of God, will are you turned Jumper too?” Two you give us something ;” and this is or three girls come after school hours, repeated twenty times, till we go and and although this is an infraction of the drive them away. After singing and laws of the school, Miss S. is so good prayer, we retire to bed, somewhat natured with them that she attends to weary, but, just as we go to sleep, we what they want ; and off they go, say- are aroused by loud ki
t. the ing—"As long as you are in Galway door. I put out my head at the window, we will never leave your school for any and I must make half a dozen enquiries one-I don't care what either priests or “what is wanted" (most of what they nuns say." Dinner is served up, and say being inexplicable.) At last I shut we are in a great glee, rehearsing what up the window, and from the unexpectwe have passed through. Miss S. savs ed alarm, sleep goes away for a time. -"I think we should be lonely, after Then we compose ourselves again; and all, if we had not this school in this un just as we fall over, an ill-behaved young social desert.” “School," says Mrs. S., man, who has been out, as it is reported, “the Connexion need never send a Mis in the fields, doing no good, till two sionary to this country without a school." o'clock in the morning, comes home, and But, as we dine with a good conscience, kicks his door so violently, that we suphaving done a little for the cause of God, pose the noise is at our own door: So a loud knock is heard at the door. One our sleep departs. Next, we hear low leaves the table; and there is a young talk under our window; and, when I boy with a paper in his hand; having put out my head, I see, with the moonread the bills in the windows, and found light, persons under a coverlet, lying out my name, he sends up a document, just at my hall door; I run down stairs, saying that his name is William Sey. and as I turn the key through its wards, mour, and that he is dying of hunger : up rise a man and a woman, and haste though there never was a person called away. On returning to bed, the scenes
witnessed having driven away sleep, I get up and walk in my night.dress on the floor, look out at the moon walking in her brightness : go to prayer; hear the clock strike ten, eleven, twelve, one and two. Then we go to sleep ; and, during the next day, we feel sleep overtake us sitting upon our seats, or by the sea side.
When we came to reside in Nun's Island Street, a woman, very near to us, was so outrageously wicked, that we thought we could hardly live beside her; by returning good for evil, she and her family were melted down; her daughter was taken so ill, that her life was despaired of. Mrs. Seymour went to see her, and though a bigoted Romanist, she was so far impressed, as to allow Mrs. S. to pray with her. After her recovei
her mot us a visit. After some conversation in our drawing room, about the goodness of God in her recovery, Mrs. S. proposed prayer. The young woman fell down upon her knees at once, but the old woman stood on her feet, as papists will not kneel with protestants. Mrs. S. commenced her prayer; when the old matron exclaimed, it is not sin to pray, I'll kneel too.' After prayer, she said, “give me the religion that does not hold a horse-whip over my head-give me the religion that shews me a good example, instead of whipping me." This was a reference to the priest: and this was one of the most ferocious papists in Galway. Yours, in the Lord Jesus,
mission stations in Ireland and Canada, during the past year; and not only joins in present supplication, but pledges itself to make it matter of earnest and persevering prayer throughout the coming year, that God would vouchsafe the like blessing to all our stations and home circuits, and to all the churches of his saints: making each and all centres of purity and peace, and successful instruments in accomplishing the salvation of a lost world.
Second,-That, impressed with the importance of establishing Christian ordinances, and a Christian ministry, in the various colonies now so rapidly forming in various parts of the British dominions, this meeting pledges itself to increased exertions in support of the funds of the mission, and will rejoice to learn that the Committee have thus been enabled to extend the sphere of its operations and usefulness.
Third,- That this meeting learns with high satisfaction, the success with which it has pleased God to crown our home missionary labours in the populous and rapidly enlarging town of Bolton; and, assured that other fields of usefulness, equally necessitous, and at the same time, equally hopeful, are presented in the other manufacturing and mercantile towns of Great Britain, it would express its confident hope, that an effort will be made during the year, to open, at least, one other home missionary station, and earnestly prays that it may be crowned with equal success.
Fourth, That while this meeting would express its gratitude to God, whose influence extends to all hearts, and to all circumstances, for the increased liberality with which the funds of the mission are supported by some of our esteemed christian friends; it also tenders its thanks to them, together with the collectors and the general and local committees, for their valuable services, and hopes that, during the ensuing year, both increased activity will be displayed in the means employed to secure an augmentation of our missionary income, especially in the establishment and extension of juvenile societies; and that the examples of zeal and liberality, so nobly set, will be imitated through all the borders of our Zion.
Fifth-That the best thanks of this meeting are due, and are hereby given to Benjamin Fowler, Esq., for the valuable services which he has rendered to the society as general treasurer, and for the able and efficient manner in which he has conducted the business of this meeting.
RESOLUTIONS OF THE LAST
ANNUAL MEETING, HELD AT THE LAST CONFERENCE, IN HUDDERSFIELD.
The following resolutions, passed at the general meeting of the society, held on the evenings of Whit Monday and Tuesday last, but omitted in the Missionary Report, the written copy having been mislaid and lost, are given from the original draft, which has been subsequently found. Resolved :
First,- That this meeting, humbly and devoutly acknowledging, that whatever good is done, the Lord doeth it; and more especially, that the success of the gospel in the salvation of souls is not by human wisdomor power, but by the agency of the Divine Spirit, would express its warmest gratitude to God for the special outpouring of his Spirit with which he has so graciously visited some of our
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DISCOURSES, ESSAYS, &c.
PICTURES OF GENIUS.—THEIR LIGHTS AND THEIR
SHADES. JOHN WESLEY AND GEORGE WHITEFIELD. In drawing a portrait of a man's mind, we frequently feel how much we should like to have a couple of hours' free conversation with him by the fire-side. It is true, we can converse with him in his works, or in his history; but here there is a stiffness and a precision, and a distance
-a half-natural and a half-artificial air-which not infrequently is hard to get rid of, and which a familiar personal interview would effectually remove. We may, indeed, obtain his great thoughts, and read of his great deeds, but we don't so clearly see his less ones, nor his foibles. nor the muscular movement of his face, nor the peculiar glance of his eye. The mind-limner who is dealing with "spirits-departed" feels ready to turu temporary resurrectionist in order to reproduce his subject. and successfully to accomplish his difficult task. But the thought recurs that even then he would be defeated; for the spirit, which is the true man, and that he is in search of, would be gone. În attempting the portraitures of Wesley and Whitefield, we must again quietly submit to this misfortune, and produce pictures as near the original'as we can, and those who desire better must seek them elsewhere, or patiently wait till they meet Wesley and Whitefield in the world of spirits.
It would be useless to spend labour in describing the deplorable state of religion in this country at the time of the appearance of Wesley and Whitefield. It is notorious that nearly everything like religion had disappeared. A fearful dearth had reigned for years ; a spiritual night had long brooded over and held the land in bondage. From Cape Wrath to Lizard Point, and from Lowestoft to St. David's Head, as far as religion was concerned (with a very few exceptions), there was darkness, there was an ominous silence, there was the image of spiritual death. There was the skeleton of religion—even this was often deformed-but the agents of motion, the circulating life-fluid, the vital organs, all sensibility, all consciousness, the last trace of animated organism, seemed to have disappeared. There was the chill of the corpse, and the gloom of midnight ; and Wesley and Whitefield appeared—not as shooting stars, but as burning suns—not as “matter-of-course” formalists, but as earnest, uncompromising Christians, living and breathing, and reflecting, the very spirit and quintessence of primitive Christianity.
Wesley and Whitefield soon saw that religion in this country was at a miserable discount; and in order that they might awake the public to its importance, they sought to drink deep of its pure streams themselves.