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LIGHT FOR YORUBA.

kind gift.

The Rev. H. Townsend, of Abbeokuta, speaks very gratefully, in his own and the name of the brethren associated with him in the Missionary work there, of the supply of the portions of Scripture already translated into the Yoruba tongue. They are distributed and sold according to the condition annexed to the

A large portion of them are already in the hands of natives of both sexes, who read, and understand what they read therein. The commercial habits of the people lead them to make long journeys, in which those who can read carry their books with them, and read them to those far beyond the direct instruction of Missionaries.

There is not a copy left of St. Luke, Acts, and the Epistles of St. James and St. Peter, sent out bound together. Another Missionary applied for a copy for his own use, having had his stolen; but there was but the one copy Mr. Townsend has for his private use.

From Lagos the greatest share of the 500 copies of the Book of Genesis was received a short time since. Of these there are now only seventeen copies left. St. Matthew's Gospel, received at the same time, did not sell so fast, as their having St. Luke made St. Matthew's Gospel appear to be less necessary to them. On account of the sale of copies of Genesis and St. Matthew's Gospel, £9 2s. 6d., a small sum in England, but large in cowry-shells, the money of this country, have been remitted to the Parent Society.

They have since received 500 copies of Exodus, of which upwards of 100 copies have been sold.

BIBLES IN FRANCE,

(From a Correspondent in Paris.) I think you will like to hear anything about the Bibles with which I have been supplied through

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your kindness since last year. The Lord, “full of grace," has permitted me to give thirty-four Bibles and twenty-two New Testaments into the hands of English, German, and French Protestant and Roman Catholic men and women in and out of the hospitals,

and —, and the prison — Besides this number, my dear friend ha distributed six Bible out of my depôt; and has written a few lines concerning the persons who have received the word of God. There are a great many most interesting cases to report about the love of Christ, and of the constraining power He is working in the hearts of poor sinful creatures, and how He blesses every step we take for Him, the living God.

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Extracts from the Letter above referred to.

a young workman of 22, fond of reading and writing; anxious to learn, and, before leaving the hospital, read pretty well. Had no Bible; attended no church; had never partaken the Lord's Supper. Anxious for all these, came to see me on leaving Hospital. Gave him a Bible. He

promised to keep it for life, and gave me his address, that I might send a Scripture Reader to him.

a Swiss Protestant woman, very much surprised that prayer was not repeating words by rote. Great respect for religious books. In a thunderstorm, placed them all around her on the bed, and repeated the Lord's Prayer twelve times ! Very careful for her children's religious instruction. She had no Bible : was extremely pleased to have one. Since she left Hospital she has come from a great distance regularly to attend Bible instruction twice a week.

a Roman-Catholic servant. She claimed my visits when I was free to see people of all creeds in the hospital, and by her firm bold speaking of the

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truth about me was one great means of the Protestants having ladies of their own faith to visit them in all the - hospitals. Two years and a half ago she left Paris (as we thought) to die among her relatives. She has a cousin, a priest.

In September last she returned in perfect health. She has begun to attend our evening Protestant service with the family she has entered as servant, and full of anxiety about the difference she finds between the Bible and Romanism.

"-. I meant to give this Bible to a young Swiss woman. put it into my hands at evening service. On my way home I met three workmen, bearded, and wearing their blouses ; they were talking so loud, that in the stillness of the night I could hear their conversation long before I came up to them: it was about confession to a priest, fasting, &c. I passed them, and the thought struck me, 'I have the lamp for their path: if I do not give it to them, their souls may be lost by my fault.' I ran back and said, “Forgive my boldness, Messieurs, but I heard your conversation in passing: here is the only book that answers such questions satisfactorily; it is the word of God: allow me to offer it to you freely.' They looked very much surprised. One read on the back, by the moon's rays, " Bible.' Ah,' said he, 'we know that.' But the others said, "Take it, take it.' They all bowed and thanked me heartily.

THE RAILWAY BIBLE ASSOCIATION.

One of the most interesting, and certainly the most remarkable Meeting, was that of the Chester Railway Bible Association, held at the station, in the secondclass waiting-room, the general manager occupying the chair. The Report stated, that since the commencement of the Association nine months before, nearly £30 had been collected in Bible subscriptions and free contributions. There is a depository at the station, and all the proceedings are conducted by the officials of the railway. The meeting at such a place, while the trains were arriving and departing, was indeed a novel sight, and may be regarded as a testimony to the value of the Bible, and an admission of the claims of the Society which circulates it. May every great railway station in the kingdom have such an Association, and such a meeting.

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EVENINGS WITH THE EDITOR.

EVENING THE TWENTY-SIXTH.

Editor. ISRAEL IN THE WORLD * is a very original and instructive book.

Augustus. In what way is the subject treated ?

Ed. The second title of this work explains it to be, “ The Mission of the Hebrews to the Great Military Monarchies." The author rightly terms it “a most important subject.

Aug. But what is this mission ?

Ed. Let me read a few paragraphs :-“Great men, intoxicated with past success, or with present power, began to be imbued with the lust of conquest. There were wants which they desired to have gratified; there were new acquisitions to make-or there was the simple ambition of governing multitudes, and the feeling of pride which made them abhor the existence of others, superior, or even equal to themselves. The Nimrods of antiquity-mighty men of war—whose patri. archal influence was augmented by feats of valour, and secured by the exercise of indomitable will, strove to extend their rule beyond its natural limits, and to make men one large family dependent upon themselves. What Nimrod, and others like him, were assaying to do, in the first dawn of history, was continued on a larger scale by the monarchs of Assyria and Persia. We should be wrong, also, in estimating Alexander in ancient, or Napoleon in modern times, as merely unreason

London: J. F. Shaw.

ing and reckless conquerors; their plan was to blend into one all the discordant elements which were raging among men. The Russian autocrat believes he has the same mission to accomplish; and he will, in all probability, persevere in it until the course of events proves his error by frustrating his scheme.

“Now, such schemes are, beyond all doubt, wrong and essentially vicious. Their error is demonstrated by the crimes and follies to which they give birth. And yet there is ever a strong temptation to pursue them. Many have thought they would materially benefit our race. It has, therefore, been the constant aim of Providence to defeat them. And that they might not finally and successfully prevail, the Hebrew nation was set apart, for the purpose of supplying a counteracting influence of serving as a model to other people; and, if need were, of holding up, in their own distresses, a terrible warning of the miseries of those who would try to defeat the design of the Almighty.

"I believe that no fact is surer than this :—That the human species has received a Divine command to go forth and subdue the earth ; and that this command implies the continuous expansion of the race over new fields, and the recovery from barrenness of all that has been temporarily cursed for man's sake -cursed, that is to say, in order that he might benefit by his punishment; by finding an arena for calling forth and exercising his talents and energies—so that he might at length be fit for the good time that is coming.

“It is clear, therefore, that all attempts to prevent this mission of the human race; all attempts to coerce these energies, and turn them from their properly ordained courses, must signally fail, if Providence is watching over and directing the affairs of the world. The establishment of the great military monarchies, and the tendency to compact society into one uniform though mutilated mould, of forcibly preventing the dispersion of separate, though friendly communities, is a direct and flagrant effort to defeat the ends of Providence. He who rules in the highest heaven has always supplied remedial agencies, of which the Hebrew nation has been the instrument of the most remarkable; and I purpose tracing the course of this agency from the time of Babel to our own day, that we may fairly understand what work the Jews have had to do upon earth, and how they have done it."

Aug. This book is then the history of the great nations of the world, and shown as influenced politically by the existence of the Jews ?

Ed. Precisely so, and the author has not only brought

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