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present of books, the gift of the congrega- | the memory of which I shall ever cherish, tion, which he hoped he would be long and I have been privileged to watch over spared to read. Mr. Campell then presented | an attached and pious little flock. My to Mr. Gordon the books referred to, con- | pastorate has been one of unbroken harsisting of the Pictorial Commentary on the mony and mutual confidence-under such Old and New Testament, with the whole of circumstances the idea of parting must be the practical works of the Rev. Richard painful. To say I did not feel on an Baxter, and Dr. P. Smith's Discourses on occasion like the present, would indicate a the Priesthood and Sacrifice of Christ. degree of stoicism, to which I am an utter
Mr. GORDON then presented himself to stranger; I do feel, but a sense of duty outthe meeting, and was received with every weighs the feeling, and has determined my demonstration of respect. He appeared course. I know something of the deceitmuch affected while delivering the following fulness of the human heart, and how apt address
we are to impose on ourselves ; I do hope, Mr. Chairman, it is not my intention to however, my motives in this step are such occupy much of your time. You and this as God will approve of. The prospect of meeting are about to listen to able addresses, more extensive usefulness is, in this matter, and I would not anticipate the powerful and I trust, my ruling motive. May the Lord brilliant speaking yet to come. My peculiar grant me grace to follow out this principle. circumstances, however, require that I With regard to your gift, my friends, I accept should not be altogether silent. When I of it with mingled feelings of humility and look around this meeting, and call to mind gratitude. I am humbled when I think of that the many countenances beaming with my imperfections, I might have been more health and intelligence, are assembled from zealous, more prayerful, more devoted, more a feeling of regard to myself, I feel quite faithful, but with all my imperfections, I overpowered ; and if the scene fails to un- believe the good Lord will not suffer my loose my tongue, it does at least affect my labours to be altogether in vain. Oh, the heart. There is always something touching honour of being privileged to work for in a parting scene ; it awakens the memory Christ the honour of being made the of joys that are past, seasons of social inter- | instrument, under God, of bringing souls course departed to return no more, and it out of darkness into marvellous light, incarries us into the unknown future amid finitely transcends the loftiest distinctions figures and forms which fancy alone can which the proudest earthly monarchs can know. But such a scene as the present confer. The star, and the coronet, and the has its advantages. Under such circum- crown of worldly honour emit but a feeble stances, we can express our feelings with and sickly ray, when compared with the greater freedom than we could do in the ethereal effulgence of the crown of glory privacy of friendly intercourse. The heart, which the Divine Master will bestow on the somehow or other, on such occasions, can faithful labourer in that day. The gift now throw itself out without that delicate reserve presented by my beloved friends and Chriswhich more private occasions very properly tian brethren, I shall ever keep as a dear impose. It is now nearly four years since memorial of affectionate esteem ; it will I became an inhabitant of this city; during become the property of my children, if God these four years I have, I think I may say, | spares them, and while they look upon it, without ostentation, enjoyed, uniformly en- and read the inscription, intimating the joyed, a share of public esteem-at least | reasons for which it was bestowed, they I have had the esteem of those whom every will admire the good sense and bless the man who values the approbation of his fel. | memory of those who loved and esteemed lowmen would wish to possess. I have had their father. Permit me, Sir, ere I sit down, the happiness of forming some valuable to express the pleasure I feel in seeing you friendships, one of the sweet solaces of life, occupy that chair--you have ever been my friend, good and true, all the way through. Londonderry, and enter on the large and May the Lord bless you and your family ; promising field of Missionary labour preand may God bless you all, my friends, and sented in this part of the country. In this may you be found in the number of his in step, I trust, I have been guided by the that day, when he shall come to make up “wisdom that cometh from above," and his jewels. Mr. Gordon resumed his seat that a desire to be more extensively useful amidst universal applause.
in preaching “the unsearchable riches of The Rev. Mr. Dill next addressed the Christ,” in a place where the Gospel is meeting in a speech of some length, in much needed, has been my grand ruling which he urged the necessity of co-operation motive. and charitable feelings amongst Bible Chris Since removing my family to this part of tians toward each other, and passed a warm the country, and commencing more permaeulogium on Mr. Gordon, for his zeal, as a nent operations, I have been favored with minister of the Gospel. He cautioned the a large measure of encouragement. A congregation not to be hasty in their choice general movement prevails; the “new of another minister, but to select a man of religion come to the town,” as a Reverend integrity, such as he whom they were gentleman, in talking the other day with one about to lose, no matter whether he might of our friends, was pleased to phrase it, has happen to be an eloquent preacher or not. not failed to awaken much attention. My
The meeting was also addressed by Mr. | meetings in town have been exceedingly William M'Arthur, Rev. Mr. Alexander, of well attended, and though I have not yet the Reformed Presbyterian Church; Rev. been able to visit many places in the vicinity, Daniel M‘Afee, Wesleyan Minister; Rev. I have many invitations to do so, which I Mr. Heathcote, of the Independant Church; hope to be able to fulfil; and where I have and Mr. David Hamilton. Each of the been, I have been encouraged by a large speakers complimented Mr. Gorden, for and attentive audience. The Lord appears the liberal spirit he had evinced towards to have opened in this locality a wide field other denominations, and for his anxiety to
for the preaching of the Gospel. May he win souls to Christ, and expressed their pour down, on the seed sown, his blessing, regret at his removal from Derry. At the which maketh rich and addeth no sorrow ! conclusion of these addresses,
many anxious inquirers, I have not yet, it is Mr. Davis moved a vote of thanks to true, been privileged to see. but wa mi Mr. Campbell for his conduct in the chair; | let patience have her perfect work. Duty and also to the strangers who had attended is ours, consequences are God's. Labour, their meeting, which passed unanimously; prayer, and faith, on our parts, will not and after an impressive prayer from the want, assuredly, the blessing of the Most Rev. Mr. Vance, the meeting separated. High. If this work is of God, as I believe
it is, his Word will not return void, but To the Editor of the Irish Missionary | prosper in the thing whereunto he has sent Magazine.
it; and many will, no doubt, have cause to Ballybay, County of Monaghan ; | bless the Lord throughout eternity for his
March 18, 1845. unspeakable goodness in bringing their SIR, I sent you some time ago an account souls, through the preaching of his own of my Missionary visit to this place, and word, out of darkness into marvellous neighbourhood. Encouraged by the pros- | light. pects then presented, the deep anxiety ma- The town of Ballybay must be our head nifested by many to hear the word, and the quarters in this mission, where, by the blesswish expressed by some to have a perma- ing of God, I have no doubt we shall soon nent Gospel ministry in connexion with our | have “a congregation of faithful men,” as body, settled among them, I have been a witness in this dark land, for purity of induced to resign my pastoral charge in Christian fellowship, and scriptural prin
ciples of ecclesiastical polity. Our ultimate
DINGLE COLONY. success will in no sinall degree depend on the immediate creation of a place of worship.
THE WEAPONS OF POPERY. At present we meet for public worship in
[We insert this glaring instance of perthe court-house, but this is a favor we can
secution and peril for conscience' sake,
(extracted from not expect long ; besides, the place does not
the Record newspaper), afford sufficient accommodation. The erec
being a fact calculated to show that Popery tion of a place of worship would give the
| is, in spirit, (and would be in practice, had it people confidence in the permanence of our
but the power,) what it has ever been ; and operations, and doubtless, lead not a few to
that, under a professedly Protestant governdisattach themselves from their present con
ment, Protestants are persecuted even unto nexions, and identify themselves with the
death! Christian reader! will not you movement. But how is this undertaking to
come forward to the help of the Lord, to be accomplished ?--Our friends on the spot
the help of the Lord against the mighty? are prepared to do what they can, but we
Will you, by your silence, sanction this must look to our English friends for liberal
nefarious, unscriptural system of religion ? assistance. A building might be erected at
No: you cannot. Remembering your rea moderate expense, but a proper site, in
sponsibility to your God, your Queen, your the heart of the town (and it is of great
country, family and friends, you will be importance to obtain such) would cost a
constrained to cry, with heart and voice, considerable sum. Our brethren in England
No endowment of Popery !] have sometimes complained that much visi “ The following documents, which have ble success did not attend our labours in reached us from an unexceptionable Ireland. Those who know the country, quarter, will give some insight into the can, in many cases, easily account for this. methods by which Popery, when unveiled, But have we not had all the encouragement resists the attempts to give light to her they could possibly desire ? Surely they deluded children: will not withhold their help. We confidently
"TO THE REV. MR. GAYER. calculate upon it. It is probable I shall / “ parson gayer the betrayer,– Will you soon visit England, with the view of solicit- never cease to do evil and learn to do well ing assistance in this matter, and I have -never and conscious of that i now warn taken this opportunity of acquainting our you and your family to leave this part of friends, through your excellent Periodical, the country at once where you are beginthat such is my intention. I have spoken ning to create a civil war between the in. of their good-will and liberality to our | habitants of this hitherto quiet and peacefriends here; I am therefore anxious they able town and neighbourhood and your should be prepared for my visit, “lest haply | ignorant and deluded followers, if you still if I should go and find them unprepared I persevere in remaining amongst us, your should be ashamed in this same confident | life, or the lives of one or other of your boasting.” Should any who may happen | confederates must be sacrifised, as there to see this feel disposed to aid in this enter are many who would deem it an honor and prise, or supply any suggestions relative to glory to rid the earth of such monsters as its success, I shall be most happy to hear yourself and a certain would-be-Noble from them by letter, or should they prefer Lord and that paymaster general of the responding through yourself, I am sure Soupers, Lieutenant Clifford, Royal Navy, from the deep interest you feel in the evan take heed and carry your bated presence gelization of Ireland, you will readily allow to some other country, or if you do not, yourself to become the organ of such com | mark the consequence, as you have none munications.
of her Majesty's war-steamers in the I am, Dear Sir,
Dingle Harbour now, to protect the lives Yours, in the words of the Gospel, and properties of our tory gentry, nor will
ALEXANDER GORDON.they or you ever have the pleasure or gra.
tification of seeing the • Hecate' and her " 4thly. That I would consider it an Orange blood-sucking crew in our harbour honour to be called upon to lay down my again, as there was many an anoymous life in the service of Him who laid down letter sent off against her, until we had the His life on the cross for my redemption. pleasure of seeing and hearing that she | “5thly. That I forgive him from my could never come in our safe harbour heart, the evil that he meditates against again-as for that rotten Lynx and her old me, and trust that he may find forgiveness Commander they are too insignificant to be at the hand of God, wbo alone can pardon afraid of her, nor would the few sailors be it, and who has said, that 'no murderer commands avail much against the fury of | hath eternal life abiding in bim.' an enraged and justly-incensed populace,
“Charles GAYER, though the few sailors be commands are “Rector of Dunurlin, Carate of Dingle, most of them roman Catholics and would
and Chaplain to Lord Ventry. in case of emergency-help sooner than
“ Dingle, Jan. 27, 1815.” fight against us so you see you are beset The following is another of the instruup all sides, once again i tell you beware ments of attack resorted to : beware and quit this part of the country
"TAKE NOTICE in time. [Address.]
“that if you do not send Gayer the Bas“Parson Gayer, Farinakella House, tard out of this country from à quiet and Dingle.”
pesible peple and discountenance all BlaUpon receiving the above notice, Mr. gards that deny their holy religion for Gayer circulated the following printed soop, this do and you will do right, By notice :
the Eternal God i will drive A Brace of * TO THE INHABITANTS OF DINGLE. ball through your carcass privately other“Having received a notice yesterday, wise in the Noon day if not. in which my life is threatened unless I | Signed by “A RIGHT GOOD AIN, leave Dingle, I take this way of informing [A death's head and cross-bones are the writer that it has come to hand. I here introduced in the margin.] quite agree with him that there are many “parson Good man is a good man he who would deem it an honour and a glory i interfairs with no mans religion I leave to rid the earth of such monsters as myself | him to you. and others are in your eyes.* As in all
« Tiprery For Ever." ages there have been those who, through
We anew recommend liberality to our ignorance and blind zeal, have thought, as
as readers in support of this interesting cause: did Saul of Tarsus, that by • killing those
and application to the Goveroinent by such who called on the name of the Lord Jesus
of them as are in situations of influence, they were thereby doing God service;'
that every protection, which circumstances and the reason of which the Saviour gives,
admit of, may be afforded to these men because they have not known the Father
w bo have taken their lives in their hands nor me. I would now tell the writer a
for the cause of the Gospel. few things.
The present style of the proceedings in « 1st. That, whateveris the consequerce, I tha
the colony is given by another Correspon. I am resolved not to leave Dingle.
dent in the following letter : "2dly. That I fear not him who can only kill the body, but, after that, has no
.« TO THE PRIENDS OF THE DINGLE COLONY. more that he can do.
.“ Mapy will be anxious to receive intel. “ 3dly. That my life is in God's hands ligence from me whilst I am sojourning and not his, and that it cannot be touched in this most interesting spot. Many of without his permission.
you have kindly and generously supported • Lord Ventry, and Lieut. Clifford, R. N. the Dingle colouy, and I feel it my duty
to put matters before you as they really but, since he became a convert, his trade are.
has failed, in consequence of the priest “I have attended the Sunday and daily having cursed any who would buy of him. schools in Dingle and Ventry, and bave | He has now sold everything he possessed both examined the children myself, and in the world, except his Bible, and is left have heard them examined by the Rev. E. in a state of beggary. Norman, and I thankfully testify, that I “We have not funds to give employment never heard better answering. I have | to those already sheltered in our colony; visited and conversed with the converts many of whom Mr. Gayer has assured me from house to house, while my heart re. pass whole days without tasting food, joiced in the assurance that many of them and whose children often go to school and were the children of the Lord, and even remain till evening without even having those from whom the least might be ex had a dry potatoe. pected, seemed to value the blessed truths | “We see the necessity of enlarging our of the Gospel, and rejoice in their deliver- l operations, we propose taking more land, ance from the darkpess of Papal bondage. | and establishing other means of employ.
“Great has been the interest I have felt ment by way of manufacture. Now is the in Dingle, for the last four years; an in- time when, if encouraged, the reformatica terest always deepened by every visit I here will take rapid strides. Again, and bave paid to it, yet I can truly say, I never again, do I entreat all who love the Lord understood the vast importance of the work Jesus Christ, not to lose the opportunity so fully as within the last three weeks. he has afforded us now of gatheriog in his
• From the spirit of inquiry, and the people. The recent conversion of Mr. many applications of those who are anxious Brasbie, a Roman Catholic priest, has to renounce Popery, but are deterred from caused many in the Church of Rome to doing so through fear of starvation, I have question their safety. Would that my deemed it right to call again on the friends English friends had witnessed what I did of the colony to renew their exertions on on the day of his reading his recantation, its behalf, and give us the means of gather- would that they had heard the hideous ing in these poor straying immortal ones yells, and shoutings, that accompanied us into the fold of the Gospel.
as we walked home with bim; and whicb, " This day, a man with a wife and nine
I am persuaded, would not bave ended children applied for admittance into our there, had it not been that an armed force, colony; one who for many years has walked of nearly two hundred men, had been proa consistent Christian in this county, but | vided by the magistrates to prevent viowho has been driven from place to place lence on the occasion. by persecution. He is a respectable intel
“ Your faithful servant, ligent man, once doing well as a butcher,
"C. H. T.”
Essays, Extracts, and Correspondence.
NATIONAL SYSTEM OF scriptural instruction have greatly decreased
under the present system, and that under
it there can be no hope of an increase. And SIR-In the December number of your again he speaks of the rising race of the Magazine there is an important Article on Roman Catholic population as banded over the present system of National Education, by the system to the Priests, to be trained (as it is improperly called,) in which the up in the superstitions and errors of the writer remarks, that the number of Roman Romish faith. Catholic children receiving either united or Allow an humble individual to say, that