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little more than two hundred and | Mediterranean Sea; of Malta, blessed thirty years ago. A century and a with the steadiest climate in Europe, half later the slaves of British ceded by the treaty of Paris in 1814 American royalists were settled at to Great Britain ; of the seven Sierra Leone. After twenty years Ionian islands, Corfu, Cephalonia, Cape Colony was ceded by Holland; Zante, Santa Maura, Ithaca, Paxo, fifty years later, the colonies of and Cerigo, all of which were in the Natal and of British Caffraria were possession of England in 1814 but constituted, and the Gold Coast Corfu, which was given up by settlement formed, and now, by the France in the same year ; of Aden, enterprise and discoveries of Dr. the celebrated coaling station for Livingstone, the interior of Africa the Red Sea steamers on their way is likely to be opened up to the to Bombay; of the Mauritius, or progress of commerce, and to the Isle de France, well-known for its heralds of the gospel.

sugar plantations, won by conquest Two hundred years ago the whole from the French in 1810; of Ceylon, eastern coast of the American con. only 2,000 square miles less than tinent, from Canada to Georgia, Ireland, ceded to the British by the was annexed to the British dominions, treaty of Amiens ; of Labuan, in separate provinces, with free Hong Kong, New Zealand, Tasmania, constitutions. Newfoundland, Nova the Falkland Islands, St. Helena, Scotia, Prince Edward's Island, and Heligoland ? New Brunswick, Hudson's Bay It is impossible, says Mr. Mesac Territory, and British Guiana, suc. Thomas, to contemplate the growth, cessively followed ; and with the the variety, and the extent of this past half dozen years British dominion; the diminutive area of Columba, in the west, has been the country upon which it has been erected into a colony.

bestowed, the comparative facility About the time of the establish- with which it is governed and rement of the English factory at tained ; the various strongholds, Surat, the Bermudas, in the West harbours, and sources of wealth Indies, were colonized. The Ba- which these colonies contain, withhamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Dominica, out seeing that God has given to us Montserrat, Nevis, St. Christopher, the lands of the heathen in posBarbadoes, St. Vincent, Trinidad, session. and St. Lucia have since been ac- In the time of Edward III. the quired at various times.

entire English-speaking population The germ of the Australian did not exceed 2,100,000. Now the empire was formed little more than number is about sixty-six millions. seventy years ago by a settlement In the reign of Elizabeth, the for convicts in the Cove of Sydney. revenues of the kingdom were about From that date to 1840, as many as £500,000. Now they are 8,000 convicts had been transported £80,000,000. At the close of her to that island. New South Wales reign not a single Englishman was (1788), Western Australia (1829), found settled in America. In the South Australia (1836), Victoria last half-century more than six (1837), and Queensland (1860), have millions have emigrated from the been constituted into separate colo- British Isles, and there are now nies under distinct governments, probably seven millions of British with an area of European dimensions, settlers in colonial dependences. and a growth of rapid prosperity. With one - fifth of the human

And what shall be said of the family now living under the sway chain of other possessions which of Great Britain, how great her opgirdle the globe ? of Gibraltar, con- portunities for spreading the gospel firmed to the English by the treaty-among Papists, Mahommedans, of Utrecht in 1713, the key of the and heathen.

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They are gathering homeward from every land,

One by one,
As their weary feet touch the shining strand,

One by one ;
Their brows are enclosed in a golden crown,
Their travel-stained garments are all laid down :
And clothed in white raiments, they rest on the mead,
Where the Lamb loveth His chosen to lead,

One by one !
Before they rest they pass through the strife,

One by one;
Through the waters of death they enter life,

One by one;
To some are the floods of the river still,
As they ford on their way to the heavenly hill ;
To others the waves run fiercely and wild,
Yet all reach the home of the undefiled,

One by one!
We too shall come to that river side,

One by one ;
We are nearer its waters each eventide,

One by one ;
We can hear the noise, and dash of the stream
Now, and again thro' our life's deep dream;
Sometimes the floods all the banks o'erflow,
Sometimes in ripples the small waves go,

One by one!
Jesus! Redeemer! we look to Thee,

One by one;
We lift up our voices tremblingly,

One by one;
The waves of the river are dark and cold;
We know not the spot where our feet may hold.
Thou who didst pass thro' in deep midnight,
Strengthen us, send us the staff and the light,

One by one !
Plant Thou Thy feet beside as we tread,

One by one ;
On Thee let us lean each drooping head,

One by one;
Let but Thy strong arm around us be twined,
We shall cast all our fears and cares to the wind.
Saviour! Redeemer! with Thee full in view,
Smilingly, gladsomely, shall we pass through,

One by one!

-Heart Echoes from the East, by Mary Leslie, Calcutta.

Obituary.

MRS. BURCHNALL.—The maiden name found in her a most kind and un. of the subject of this obituary was failing friend. And so far from Elizabeth Osborne. She was the thinking she had done too much in oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. her last illness she regretted she Osborne, of Donnington-le-Heath, had not done more. near Ashby-de-la-Zouch. She was Mrs. Burchnall was deeply anxious born in November, 1790, and died for the salvation of her kindred. in February, 1863, aged 72 years. She sought their conversion not In her youth she was a pupil of Rev. only by direct personal intercourse T. Orton, General Baptist minister, but by epistolary correspondence. Hugglescote, under whose tuition Towards the close of her last illness probably the foundation was laid of she wished the writer of this that religious character which shone obituary to prepare a farewell letter so steadily and brightly in after to be sent to her kindred in her life. She ever revered the name of name, and her last exercise on earth Mr. Orton as of one to whom she was to listen to the letter thus prewas by divine grace indebted pared read for her approval. Early for what she was spiritually on on the following morning she gently earth, and for what she hoped to breathed her last. She was buried be eternally in heaven. In the by the side of her husband in the twenty-second year of her age she Stanford churchyard, and her funeral was married to Mr. Burchnall and sermon was preached by the writer removed with her husband to New- to a numerous congregation in the ton Linford, near Leicester. On General Baptist chapel, East Leake, removing_in 1831 to a farm at from Revelation xiv. 13, 14, 15, Stanford Hills, near Loughborough, and 16 verses. Mrs. Burchnall was led to attend the General Baptist chapel at East Hear what a voice from heaven proclaims Leake, and to unite with the church For all the pious dead; of which she became one of its Sweet is the savour of their names, brightest ornaments.

And soft their sleeping bed.' Mrs. Burchnall was a devotional

G. S. Christian. She was fond of religious reading, conversation, and prayer, while her attendance on the means PETER MEE, Sutton-in-Ashfield. The of grace was remarkable considering righteous shall be had in everlasting her bodily infirmities. She evidently remembrance. On such the memory possessed the principle of devotion lingers with a peculiar freshness which cannot be sustained without and power: around such the af. secret prayer. Deprive the flower fections gather. Their lives are of the secret dews of the night and fragrant when their mortal part has it pines and fades in the sun's rays. mingled with the dust. Thus open and outward means fail The subject of this notice was to preserve and enliven religion in born at Eastfield-side, Sutton-inthe soul without the refreshing in- Ashfield, May 22, 1798. His school. fluence of secret prayer.

boy days were spent under the care Mrs. Burchnall was a liberal of Mr. Joshua Burton, from whom Christian. Her religion was a re- he received his first religious im. ligion of giving. She was a gene pressions. He entered the General ous supporter of the Foreign Mission, Baptist Sabbath-school in this place the Home Mission, the College, and when about ten or eleven years old, the Church of which she was a and after a few years became one of member, while the Saviour's poor its active and devoted teachers. It Correspondence-Minister's Fund-Birchcliffe Centenary.

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was under a sermon by the Rev. To say that our friend had imperJoseph Burrows, then pastor of the fections is only to say that he was church, that he decided to become a human. These imperfections none follower of the meekand lowly Jesus. knew and felt more than himself, He was baptized, and united with and over them he mourned in secret the church on November 15, 1820. before his God.

Such was the affability, of his His was a lingering affliction, but disposition that he soon gained the his mind was calm; his hopes were affections of his brethren, and they centred, and his faith immoveably discovered in him a fitness to fill fixed on the ‘Rock of Ages.' He various offices in the school and the knew in whom he had believed. church. For eleven years he was For some weeks before his departure the school's valued superintendent, he would say to his family and and for forty years he sustained the friends, 'I am only waiting for my office of deacon, and was for many heavenly Father to take me home. years a local preacher. During the On February 2, 1863, the messenger many years the church has had no came to escort the ready and prepastor the fatherly counsel of our pared disciple into the presence of departed friend won the esteem of his Lord. the young, and to him they looked He leaves a widow and six children, as a 'father in Israel ;' while his who, with the church, mourn their mature thoughts, his sober advice, loss, and desire to bow with submisand even the friendly rebuke was sion to the Divine Will, assured that alike acceptable to those of riper his ransomed spirit, freed from the years; so that he had gained for corruptions of earth, has entered into himself a name, 'The Old Shepherd.' the fellowship of the glorified above. His doctrinal views were sound and His death was improved by his clear, and he held fast those senti- old friend and coadjutor, from ments which distinguish us as a Revelation xxii. 14, a text which Body. His course was marked with our departed friend had selected for zeal for the honour of God, the sal. that occasion. The chapel, which vation of souls, and punctuality in has been recently enlarged, was his various engagements and duties. I densely crowded.

S. T.

Correspoudeure.

MINISTERS' FUND. BIRCHCLIFFE CENTENARY. To the Editor of the General Baptist To the Editor of the General Baptist Magazine.

Magazine, DEAR SIR,-Will you please insert DEAR SIR, -Allow me through the in your Magazine the following medium of the Magazine to inform additional sums which have been the friends of the Connexion, and received on account of the fund for of the Yorkshire district especially, distressed ministers in the Lanca- that as the church at Birchcliffe has sbire district ?

now existed one hundred years, we

£ s. d. are intending to hold Centenary Mrs.Annie, Downton Market 1 0 0 Services on Thursday, July 30, and Quorndon Church ... 0 12 0 shall be glad to have the presence Mr. Thos. Hill, Nottingham 0 10 0 of a large number of friends on

the occasion. £2 2 0 There will be a sermon in the

morning by Rev. R. Hardy; and a Yours sincerely,

public meeting in the afternoon and JOHN EARP, Treasurer. evening Yours truly,

W. GRAY.

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Iotices of Books.

MAINS.

An Essay ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF | has sadly disturbed the equanimity TIME: AND OTHER LITERARY RE- of the Papists. Not contented with

By John FOSTER. With styling Mr. Venn 'a maniac,' a Preface by JOHN SHEPPAKD. and only seeing in his language Edited by J. E. RYLAND, M.A. the delirium of exhorbitant self. London: Heaton and Son. love,' this pamphlet vilifies Henry We beg to call the attention of our Martyn, Williams, and Judson : readers to the publication of this Martyn never gained a solitary very valuable addition to the disciple,' says this sapient critic, Bunyan Library. Besides the Williams 'was a sordid trader and posthumous essay on the improve speculator,' and Judson 'was an ment of time, the volume contains object of ridicule both to Pagans and notes of sermons collected from Protestants ! After this our readers the Oriental Baptist, and letters to will not be surprised to hear that the various friends. We hope to give Papist writer looks upon all Protesta careful analysis of the essay in ant converts in India, as hypocrites, our next number.

upon Protestant labour in China as BETTER TIMES COMING, OR MORE ON

a swindle, and declares that the PROPHECY. London: Tresidder.

special feature of Protestant missions The author of this book scarcely the latest reports of them is always

in every part of the world is, that agrees with any of the popular schools of prophetic interpretation.

the worst ! But enough of such He thinks the latter days' began

wretched slanders. The truth never when Christ was born; that the yet needed lies to back it, and will last end of the indignation," (Dan. win its way despite the foul-mouthed

calumnies of a shaven and emascu. viii. 19.) began 606 after Christ, and will end in 1866; that 'the time of

lated priesthood. the end' embraces 107 years, begin- THE GENERAL BAPTISTS OF GREAT ning 1788, and ending in 1896, until BRITAIN. A Manual of the Chris. which time there will be civil war tian Principles and Church Polity more or less fierce; and yet that of the General Baptist New Conthe power of darkness is not upon nexion. By Rev. Dawson BURNS, the increase ; but that Scripture and Co-Minister of New Church-street common sense teach us that light chapel, London. With an introis on the increase;' that the time duction by Rev. W. UNDERWOOD, of the restitution of all things,' President of the Chilwell College. (Acts iii. 21.) can never take place London: J. Caudwell. while the earth remains, &c. "The Tais Catechism was one of those book displays less weakness than submitted to the adjudicators apusually marks the productions of pointed by the Association held in 'unravellers of secrets,' and contains Leicester in 1861. It was not some noteworthy, instances of one thought adapted to schools, for interpreter exposing the absurdities which the prize was offered, but of another.

deemed more suitable for A REVIEW OF THE REV. H. VENN ON general circulation. We commend

St. Francis XAVIER AND CHRIs it to the attention of our readers. TIAN Missions. London: Burns Bessy's MONEY: A Tale. By the and Lambert.

author of 'MARY POWELL,' 'Lon. This is a Roman Catholic examina- don: Arthur Hall and Co. tion of Mr. Venn's account of St. A SIMPLE, pleasing, story, written Francis Xavier. Judging from the with the naturalness which usually bilious expressions with which it distinguishes this author's proabounds, we imagine that Mr. Venn ductions.

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