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by the colonial catechists.--We are
of the same. In order, it appears, to glad to see that the operations of the obviate the sad consequences which Church Missionary Society in Africa would arise from this last proviso, to are soon to be given to the public in any clergy who should succeed to the a volume, to be published by sub- vacancies of their brethren, an act scription, by Mr. Walker of Dublin. was passed 3rd and 4th Victoria, to -In India and China matters are secure, at all events, £7700 annually tolerably tranquil. There is a report to the Church of England in Upper of the Emperor of China's death; but Canada. Since then six vacancies as yet it is wholly unauthenticated.- have occurred, and the fresh minisBut we pass over all points of minor ters, on their appointment, expected interest in foreign countries, to draw that they would receive the accustomthe especial attention of our readers ed stipend. But this has been withto the destitution of some of the cler- held, the Canadian government degy in Upper Canada. The Bishop claring, against the above-mentioned of Toronto, in a circular, dated Dec. act, that they are not bound to pay 10, 1844, represents their extreme
any successors to vacancies, but that distress to their brethren; (five there it is the duty of the Imperial governare particularly who have been with- ment. The Imperial government, on out any income from the government the other hand, say that is the duty for two years and a half) and recom- of the Provincial Government, and mends a collection to be made in the whilst this question remains unsettled, churches of his diocese, early this which it has for nearly two years and year. It may not be uninteresting a half, five ministers, (one having to our readers briefly to specify the gone to reside in England) are left in causes which have produced this the utmost state of destitution. Could lamentable state of things. In 1791, not something be done in England certain allotments were directed by for those who are so deserving our the Imperial Parliament to be reserv- sympathy? ed from every grant made by govern- ECCLESIASTICALINTELLIGENCE. ment, in the proportion of a seventh, -In a convocation holden the 13th for the Protestant clergy, and called February, the Rev. G. Ward was Clergy Reserves. These remained condemned, and deprived of his defor many years almost unproductive, grees. An amendment to the conand the title of the clergy to the demnation was proposed, approving Church of England was often disput- the censurability of the propositions ed to them. Until 1832, the Propa- extracted from “ The Ideal," but degation Society, having a grant from clining any further condemnatory Parliament of £15,000, used to sup- proceedings. It was rejected, howply their stipends. But, alas! proh ever, in consequence of its irregulapudor! then this grant was withdrawn, rity. Numbers for the condemnathe Society became unable to assist tion were 777; against it, 386. Numthem, and the clergy were thrown bers for the degradation, 569; against back on the Clergy reserves. £7500 it, 511. First majority was consewas estimated as the annual amount
quently 391; the second, 58. The required by them, £2000 of which condemnation of Tract 90 was vetoed was then drawn from the increased by the Proctor, and an address, profit of the Reserves. But whence thanking the Proctors for their prowas the deficiency to be supplied? posed interference was published; Parliament was applied to, and in many thinking, (whether right or not 1834 agreed annually to provide, from is another question,) that a matter decertain revenues in Canada, the manding the calmest and most pru£5500 additional required. But with dent deliberation would have been this proviso, 1st, That every increase hurried on too rapidly, had it been in the Clergy Reserve fund should go carried before the house then. The Rev. to liquidate this debt; and 2nd, H. Melville is said to have refused Where a vacancy occurred, the sti- the appointment to the Ceylon pend was not to be continued to any Bishopric. The Episcopal chair will successor, but go to the liquidation be filled by the Reverend H. Chapman, Rector of Dunstan, Essex.- ed to the affirmative side, it does ap. The persecution of the Protestant pear to one unskilled in the law of converts at Dingle is, we believe, still the point, most reasonable as well as unabated. Lord Ventry and Mr. most probable, that the University Gayer have had threatening letters has such powers. Every Society, as sent them, and some ruffians actually such, ought to have, and, if rightly were found prowling about the house constituted, would have the power of of the former, it is supposed, for the ejecting unworthy members from her purpose of assassinating him. May body. If she has the power of adGod turn the counsels of these despe- mitting, surely she must possess that radoes upon their own heads!—We of ejecting. Privileges which a Soare happy to be able to report, that ciety brings into existence, she must Sir Jenner Fust has decided, in a assuredly be able to disannul, in parvery lucid and able verdict, against
ticular cases. the erection of the stone altar and We have but a few more words to credence table in the Round Church. add in our MISCELLANEOUS IN-We ought to have stated above, that TELLIGENCE.--We have much pleathe University, before proceeding in sure in stating that Sir A. Agnew is the course which ended so favourably again about to bring forward his proon the 13th, obtained the opinion of position at the ensuing meeting of some leading barristers as to the ex- the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, tent of their powers in this unhappy for the discouragement of all Sunday
The Solicitor General and traffic on that line. We trust it will three others decided that they had be successful.–At Malta, the 28th the power both of condemning and December, M. Camilleri, lately a degrading. Sir John Dodson, on priest of the Church of Rome there, the other hand, and Mr. Bethel, was received into the full communion who were brought up on Mr. Ward's of the English Church by the Bishop side, decided against such a power.
of Gibraltar.-Lord Lucan has reIt is, of course, merely a legal ques- fused giving a site for the Monastery tion, but independently of the great of the Sisters of Mercy in Castlebar. weight of those names who are attach
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
(For the Christian Guardian.)
“He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of
the night?”—ISAIAH xxi. 11.
THE watcher from his tower
Looked out upon the land, To see the tempests lour,
The approach of hostile band.
“ I see, round Zion's mountain,t
An army in array ;
Their spears and banners play.
The Lord himself commanded *
The warder to his post, Alone, and single-handed,
To watch the coming host.
“ Their swords are drawn, and gory,
As though the fight were on;
As though of victories won.
“ What of the night! Ho! warder ?” “ But, lo! with stealthy paces, I Unceasingly he cried ;
From many ranks there move 6 What seest thou on the border,
Some warriors, and their faces
Are to the foeman's grove,
“ They walk around, admiring
Her turrets and her halls In all their pride aspiring
“What of the night! Ho! warder po**
Unceasingly he cried ;
The prospect far and wide ?"
The height of Babel's walls.
* 2 Pet. iii. 3. Rev. xviii. * Matt. vii. 14. § Job xxxv. 10. || Gal. vi. 2. ** Many signs appear to betoken the speedy restoration of the Jews to their own land.
Received, Letter from Brussels, with many thanks. Also C. L.
The Editor is greatly obliged for the valuable letter of “A Thirty Years Subscriber.” He believes the advice regarding the insertion of a sermon is what is most in accordance with general wishes.
He quite concurs in the opinion regarding the peculiar value of well written Biography, lay and clerical. He would be very glad if any of his readers could furnish him with memoirs of the Rev. THOMAS JONES, of St. Saviour's; the Rev. S. CROWTHER, of Christ's Church, Newgate; or the Rev. Josiah PRATT. He would be very thankful for a memoir of good old MR. JONES, of Creaton. Our old pillars are fast failing us, and the memory of such men is indeed blessed.
The Editor hopes to arrange for a special department for the young. He knows that many owe their first serious impressions to The Christian Guardian. Judicious obituaries of young persons he will be thankful for.
The Editor has reason to be grateful for the encouragement which attends his outset : and he again repeats, that he shall always be thankful for the advice and contributions of his friends, and above all, their prayers.
THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE, .
«THE COMFORT OF LOVE.'
PHILIPPIANS ii. l.
SUFFER a fellow-Christian, dear brethren and sisters in Christ, most affectionately and earnestly to entreat you to be now, more than ever, watchful over your own hearts on the subject of charity—charity to all, but more especially for Christ's sake, one to another; let us we love one another with a pure heart fervently.”
These are sifting, trying times, times of much necessary controversy for the faith once delivered unto the saints;” and Satan is watchfully busy to take advantage, in every and any way, of the sad infirmities of our yet remaining corruption. So that if he cannot (because God is with us) lead us away by false doctrines, he will tempt us to sin in the manner of our defending the truth, or in bitterness of spirit against the erring. But most especially doth he ever seek to chill the love that ought to exist among Christ's true disciples; most especially is he busy to divide, and scatter, and harass the flock: creating unnecessary fears and suspicions in one against another; magnifying one another's failings; puffing up some against others; exciting and tempting to wicked and angry feelings, selfishness, pride, emulations; which he well knows are not only destructive to a poor soul's own happiness, but also that they entirely hinder (wherever they prevail) profitable Christian intercourse, edifying conversation, and that “sweet counsel,' and spiritual communion one with another, so touchingly alluded to in Malachi iii. 16. More especially do they sadly hinder
all enlargement in prayer, all deep and delightful meditation on the Scriptures, thereby robbing us (for he is a thief and a robber,) of the green pastures and waters of comfort we might else have enjoyed in precious moments of communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Now all these rich privileges, both from their delightful nature, and from the solid growth thereby imparted, are the very greatest preservative from error and sin; and, therefore, to interrupt them, is so far to bring us into danger. They who are in the constant habit of listening