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THE THRESHER'S CONFESSION.
EXPERIENCE Walking in the country, says the Lassus is reckoned by some, as one Rev. Mr. J_, I went into a barn, of the wise men of Greece. He was where I found a thresher at his work ; noted more particularly for the laconic I addressed him in the words of Solo- answer he gave to a man who asked mon : "In all labor there is profit.” him what could best render life pleaLeaning upon his flail, and with much sant and comfortable. He replied, in energy, he answered, “No, sir; that one ord-"experience." "I never," is the truth, but there is one excep- said Luther," knew the meaning of tion to it: I have long labored in the God's word till I was afflicted.” “I service of sin, but I got no profit by well know," says Cecil, “ what it is to my labor.”_"Then you know some have preached from a text which I did thing of the apostle's meaning, when not so much as understand, till it was he asked—what fruit had ye then in thoroughly opened to me by expethose things whereof ye are
rience." ashamed '" “ Thank God," said he, “I do; and I also know, that now
WONDERS OF REDEMPTION. being freed from sin, and having be- The doctrine of redemption by Jesus come a servant unto righteousness, I Christ is the marrow and essence of bave
my fruit unto holiness, and the the Gospel : great was the work of end everlasting life” How charm- creation, but greater far the work of ing to meet with instances of this redemption. How vast are the blesskind ! piety found in a barn, is better ings of redemption ! Believer, is there than the most splendid pleasures any consolation in Christ ? it is thine; found in a palace.
any privileges in the Gospel ? they
are thine! any glory in heaven ? it PRUDENCE.
will be thine: then lorg for the time Prudence is the art of choosing : he when you shall be freed not only from
the is prudent who among many objects
power, but from the presence of can distinguish that which deserves sin; shall be clothed in the glorious
robes of immortality, and enjoy the the preference. Prudence has two offices, to inform the understanding blessings of full and glorious redempand regulate the will. She determines tion. The creation was the work of both on maxims of speculation and God's fingers ; redemption was the practice. She keeps the mind upon work of his arm : in the creation God its guard against prejudice and pre- gave us ourselves ; in the redemption cipitation. To desire objects which he gave us himself.-Puritan Gems, are probably inconsistent with our happiness, on the whole, would be a
AUTHORITY AND TYRANNY. dangerous imprudence; to desire those Authority over others is an imporwhich are contrary to good morals, tant talent, for the use of which we would be criminal; and whatever is must give an account unto God! How criminal, cannot fail to produce misery; sadly is it abused ! Power and because there is in heaven an impar- tyranny too generally unite in a tial Judge, by whom every deviation depraved heart. Religion only can from virtue is, sooner or later, ade- regulate the one, and subdue the quately punished.
which had been admitted into the school ABBEY STREET SUNDAY SCHOOL.—The since the commencement, in 1840, was anniversary of this school was held on 5,260. As a means of causing the SunThursday evening, December the 9th. day school influence to be felt at home, A large company of teachers and friends 3,290 magazines and small books had to the institution assembled and partnok been circulated during the past year. of tea together, in the infant school. Several instances of the great usefulness room, which passed off in a very orderly of the school were mentioned, as well as and pleasant manner. After tea, the two happy and triumphant deaths. In company adjourned to the spacious boys the course of the evening, the numerous school-room, where the numbers were so assembly was addressed by Joseph Maitincreased, by the attendance of the land, Esq., in his usually interesting parents and friends of the children, as and lively manner; by the Rev. J. to fill the room completely. The school. Colborne, M.A., the incumbent of the room was tastefully decorated for the district; by the Rev. A. P. Black, M.A., occasion, with banners, garlands, fes- who stimulated and urged the teachers toons of Aowers, mottoes of counsel and to greater efforts while speaking upon encouragement, and wreaths of various the topic of “ Earnestness." The meetkinds, the whole presenting a very ing was also addressed by Rev. W. pleasing and joyous appearance. Charles Tyler, Rev. W. Woodhouse, Messrs. Buxton, Esq., M.P., presided.
Smither, Caldwell, Dollwood, and Brain. The Chairman, in opening the pro
Several anthems were sung by the ceedings of the evening, alluded to the teachers, which added a charm to the extraordinary benefits which had been proceedings of the evening; and the produced by Sunday schools since their whole may be pronounced as a happy, establishment. As regarded the method interesting, and instructive occasion, of teaching, he thought the present sys- one that should cause the teachers to tem defective, and feared that too often rejoice, “to thank God, and take the children became wearied and tired courage.” by the dull, uninteresting, instruction of the teachers. He therefore suggested that the teachers should endeavour to
SALISBURY render their instruction more attractive
Sunday School Union, to the scholars. The chairman, in con- The annual meeting of the Sunday cluding, said he took a great interest in School Union in this city was held in this Sunday school, which was founded the Milford Street School Room, on by the late Sir T. F. Buxton, Bart., in Wednesday, December 1st, when upconjunction with the late Mr. Henry wards of sixty teachers and superinAlthans.
tendents, with their respective ministers, Mr. Andrew Althans, the secretary, sat down to tea. The chair was occuthen read the report, which stated that pied by the Rev. H. J. Chancellor, who there were 33 teachers connected with read an excellent paper prepared by Mr. the school. The number of children on s. Hill, one of the superintendents of the books was 602, being 280 boys and the Scot's Lane School, who was pre322 girls; the average attendance dur- vented from being present through ining the past six months had been 498 : disposition ; the subject being—"The the largest attendance on any one oc- Influence and Management of Sunday casion was 598, the number of children School Libraries and Literature.” Some
little discussion arose on the admission Mr. Miell referred to the advantages of works of fiction into our libraries; of being united in this great work; the general opinion being that any expressed the pleasure he had exwork having a religious or moral ten- perienced in having been engaged for dency ought not to be excluded. forty years as a Sunday school teacher.
This Union comprises five out of the Spoke of the happy death of a young six Sunday schools connected with the person connected with the Milford Nonconforming Churches in this city, Street School who had exchanged earth and meets quarterly for the purposes of for heaven during the past year; and prayer and conference. It has about also the intelligence he had just received 760 children and young persons, under of the death of a young man, formerly the care of 100 teachers. Mr. John a scholar in this school, but who having Lawrence, Jun., was re-elected to fill removed to the Isle of Wight, where he the office of secretary for the ensuing had been made very useful, within the year.
last few days had been mysteriously The representatives of the several called home in the morning of life, leavschools were returned as follows. ing a bright testimony behind that the
Scot's Lane (Independent) Rev. H. J. seed sown in the school had taken root, Chancellor, Mr. S. Hill, and Mr. W. sprung up, and brought forth fruit. Buckle.
Mr. Whitlock spoke in reference to a Brown Street (Baptist) Rev. R. Bai. good work going on in the Endless lache, Mr. J. Keynes, and Mr. C. Old. Street School, which he was happy to
Milford Street (Wesleyan Reform) state was greatly improving; their Mr. T. Kent, Mr. T. Miell, and Mr. numbers had also increased; a spirit of J. S. Atkins.
enquiry had been awakened, and they Endless Street (Independent) Rev. felt strongly encouraged to pursue their H. J. West, Mr. Councillor Whitlock, labors. and Mr. J. Giddings.
Mr. Hopkins, Jun., said that the Fisherton (Primitive Methodist) Rev. school in Fisherton had made considerJ. Causer, Mr. Hopkins, Sen., and Mr. able progress during the year; that G. Hopkins.
their numbers had also been multiplied, Mr. Buckle referred to the progress and they felt encouraged to persevere in made in the Scot's Lane School during their humble endeavors to do good. J. L. the past year as regarded the general management, but regretted that so little success was manifest with reference
HERTFORD. to the great object of Sunday schoolsthe conversion of souls. He also spoke An exceedingly interesting meeting, of the duty and necessity of teachers in connection with the Sunday schools making preparation for their work, belonging to Cowbridge Chapel, was illustrating the advantages that gener- held on the evening of December the 7th. ally result from due preparation, The parents of the children had been in
Mr. Keynes spoke of the satisfactory vited to take tea with the pastor and state of the Brown Street School ; the teachers, and upwards of 100 responded punctuality of the teachers, which in to the invitation. The upper schoolduced the same quality in the children. room was tastefully decorated for the Several young persons during the year occasion with evergreens, and flags had been led to connect themselves with bearing appropriate inscriptions. The the church, chiefly the result of the Rev. William Spencer occupied the teachers praying with and for their chair, and, together with several of the children.
teachers, and some of the parents, addressed the company. A printed appeal, of the members of the class warmly exprepared specially for this occasion, pressed their gratitude for the benefits (Fide p. 24) was also placed in the derived by them from Mr. Cuthbertson's hands of each person present. A very long-continued and self-denying efforts deep and profitable feeling was evidently to promote their efficiency as Sunday produced, fully justifying the determina- school teachers, and attested the due tion to make this the first of a series of appreciation of his uniform kindness similar annual meetings.
and courtesy. The following is the inscription on the time-piece :-" Pre
sented by the Teachers' Preparation ST. GEORGE'S-IN-THE EAST.
Class, Sunday School Union, London, On Monday, the 6th December, the to Francis Cuthbertson, Esq., as a small committee and teachers of St. George's token of esteem and gratitude for the and Jubilee-street Wesleyan Methodist courtesy and ability displayed by him Free Churches, held a social tea meet. as the president of the class from its ing in St. George's Sunday-school room, commencement in 1847. Nov. 10, 1858." Cannon-street-road. After partaking of Mfr. Cuthbertson, with much emotion, À comfortable tea, the meeting com- said that this testimonal was entirely menced by being presided over by W. unexpected by him; and that he believed Allaway, Esq. The chairman, in open- they were all engaged in the great work ing the meeting, gave a very excellent of religious education, with a higher address to the teachers, after which Mr. motive than to gain the applause or the Essex (superintendent) of Jubilee, gave reward of their fellows. a very long address on Unity; Messrs. Ryan (superintendent), and Wells
LITERATURE IN MELBOURNE. (secretary), then addressed the meeting on Conversion and Influence. Mr. Day,
Sir William à Beckett, late Chief in an excellent and humorous address, Justice of Victoria, has favoured us advised the teachers to walk well, to with the following interesting extract talk well, and read well. After which from a letter just received from MelMessrs. Nye, (from another circuit), bourne:-“What think you of our Richardson, Castle, and Akers, addressed library ? The attendance has reached the meeting in a very appropriate and 8,000 persons a month—actually a larger interesting manner. After a hymn number than that last year at the being sung, and prayer offered up to British Muscum-96,000 to 93,000. This the great Head of Sunday school teach year, also, we are fortunate enough to ing, the meeting separated, the teachers have a grant of £20,000. to expend, and being much edified and encouraged.
a wing is being added, which gives an additional reading-room ninety feet
long."-Literary Gazette. SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, TESTIMONIAL TO Mr. Cuthbertson.
The members of the Teachers’ Prepa- RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT AMONG ration Class meeting at the Sunday Bchool Union, Old Bailey, presented
CHILDREN OF METHODISTS. their esteemed president, Mr. F. Cuth- The Rev. Robert Jackson, in a letter, bertson, on Wednesday evening, Nov. gives the following cheering statements, 10, with a handsome time-piece and read- as the result of recent efforts to bring ing stand, which had been subscribed young people to decision :for by them during Mr. Cuthbertson's, At Stanley and Eastington, in the temporary absence in Scotland. Some Dursley circuit, the young people were
appealed to last November. Mr. Ford At Chapel-Town, Leeds First circuit, says of the former place, _“I am happy Mr. J. Robinson, class-leader, says, to say that many of the young people “ I am happy to inform you, that twentyare meeting in class, and making pro- six of the young people are in a fair gress in the Divine life;" and of the way for heaven ; and there are eight latter the minister reports, that there more who began to meet by the same are eight meeting in class.
means two years ago ; making thirtyAt Diss, in Norfolk, about ten young four in all. And there are more who persons promised to meet in class, and have begun since you were here." did so for a time; but some afterwards From the Wakefield circuit, the superdeclined. In a revival with which the intendent reports, as the result of a circuit has since been favoured, these united instrumentality, thirty young became the first subjects of the work of people members of the Society, twentyGod.
five on trial, and one hundred rather At Blackley, in the Manchester First younger, meeting in other classes. circuit, Mr. Cooke says there are twenty- Young people in other places have four meeting in class.
begun to meet in class, as the result of At Burnley, the superintendent says appeals made by different parties.there are sixty meeting in class, who I'esleyan Sunday School Magazine. promise, by these means, to give their hearts to God, At Hadfield, in the Glossop circuit,
SURREY. there are forty gone to class.
In a lady's boarding school, in Don- WANDSWORTH.-- The Sunday School caster, there are seven, of Wesleyan Anniversary connected with the Indeparents, who have gone to class. pendent Chapel, was commenced on
At Tickhill, in the Doncaster circuit, Lord's day, November 28th, when two there are eight gone to class.
impressive sermons were preached to At Driffield, the superintendent says, overflowing congregations, by the Rev.J. ." We have a goodly number in this A. Spurgeon. Every available part of the circuitof young people meeeting in class, chapel and school rooms was crowded, by the appeals made to them.”
and many were unable to get near the At Doncasterthe superintendent place. The collections amounted to says,~" The appeals were made a £21. 12s. The next evening, November blessing, especially to the young. The 29th, the teachers and friends gathered fruit remains unto this day."
together in the large and beautiful At Epworth, the superintendent says, school room at the " • Boy's Home," -"The results, as to the young, in kindly lent by Mr. Leyland, for the various places in our circuit, are great occasion. About 350 sat down to tea, and lasting good. The greater part of after which the tables were removed to them remain stedfast, and seem to bid afford the utmost possible accommodafair as to the future."
tion to those who crowded to the public At Silsden, in the Addingham circuit, meeting. After singing and prayer, the day-school-master state, that ten or and an opening address from the Rev. more have begun to meet in class, some P. H. Davison, letters of sympathy of them adult hearers.
were read from the Revs. E. P. Hood At Newton-Heath, Manchester First and F. Soden; and Joseph Payne and circuit, Mr. Eli Atkin reports,
J. Baines, Esqrs, regretting their ina"twenty-three are meeting on trial, ten bility to attend. A most interesting or twelve meeting in class, besides report was read by Mr. Holt, the Superthose who are not counted at all." intendent of the school, and stirring