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afternoon meeting, said, “ This, Sir, to me is better than any other opportunity I have I feel at home. I thank you for your words of exhortation, and may God bless you and your endeavours.” The same poor man induced another to attend, who lived in the neglect of the worship of God, and he found himself so much happier that he began to attend the more public means of grace, and holds sittings for himself and wife, and now is regularly seen going to the sanctuary on the Sabbath-day.
As it respects the Scriptures in the districts, most of the families are supplied, yet as new families come in I find many of them destitute, which I hope to supply.
Many sick cases have been recommended and relieved by the district Society in connexion with St. James's Church, Spafields Chapel, Northampton Tabernacle, &c., and the Stranger's Friend Society. Cases have also been recommended and attended to, for supplying poor women, during their confinement, with boxes of linen. Many in sickness have been supplied with arrow-root, and relieved by my superintendent and another Christian gentleman.
And now, in closing this brief report, while I have much to be humbled for, when I think of my want of spirituality of mind in the work, and singleness of eye to the glory of God in all that I do, yet I would praise his name for his mercy and goodness towards me, and would look up for the supplies of his grace and Holy Spirit, that in continuing the work, I may be instrumental in leading many to the cross of Christ, and that being found faithful unto death, I may receive a crown of life through the merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. SUMMARY OF LABOUR, FROM MARCH 31, 1839, TO MARCH 31, 1840:
Hours spent in domiciliary visitation, 1,830; meetings held, 302; average attendance at each, 27; visits and calls, 5,882; of which to the sick, 1,238; times of reading, 1,772; times of praying, 1,705 ; copies of Scripture distributed, 7; children sent to school, 27 ; deaths, 53. Tracts at Bartholomew fair, 4,200; tracts in ten districts, on “ The Way to be Healthy,” &c., 5,650; tracts in district, 6,475:- Total, 16,325.
MEETINGS IN CONNEXION WITH THE LONDON CITY
MISSION, HELD DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL. A Meeting of the Westminster Auxiliary was held on April 1, 1840, at the Swan Tavern, when Charles Hindley, Esq., M.P., presided. The Meeting was addressed by Messrs. Wilson, Corderoy, Freeman, and the Rev. R. Ainslie.
A Meeting was held at the Horns Tavern, Kensington, on Wednesday Evening, April 15, 1840, for the purpose of forming a Lambeth Auxiliary to the London City Mission, J. I. Briscoe, Esq., M.P., in the chair. The Meeting was addressed by the Rev. Messrs. J. Garwood, G. Clayton, T. Binney, R. Ainslie, J. Edwards, William Barber, H. Bean, Mr. William Corderoy, &c.
Macintosh, Printer, 20, Great New-street, London.
The Committee have much pleasure in presenting to the friends of the Mission the following full account of the proceedings of the Annual Meeting. The space in the Magazine will not allow of the publication of even a part of the Report, but the following facts taken from it may gratify many, until they can obtain the Report itself. It is now in the hands of the printer, and will be ready in a few days. It opened by referring to the death of Mr. David Nasmith, the founder of the London City Mission, and proceeded to state, that, by the kind providence of God, the health and lives of the members of the Committee and of the missionaries had' been preserved during the year. The present number of missionaries is fifty-eight, being an increase of eight during the past year. 223,658 visits and calls had been made by the missionaries since last May; 27,052 of which have been to the sick and dying, and making
Towards the close of the Report, the fact of nearly 900 persons dying weekly in the metropolis, was particularly urged upon the attention of the assembly. The following are the statistics for the year 1840 (up to the time of the public Meeting) of the
465 507 477 434 420 393 426 478 518 462 471 459 501 439 467 462 459 418 435
502 490 439 401 398 420 429 438 451 446 475 422 475 412 418 426 394 412 418
25 February 1
8 15 22
7 14 21
28 April.... 4
2 9 16
8,266 * The discrepancy between the Total and the sum of the preceding columns is occasioned by ibe age of one Person who died not being reported. Oiber discrepancies in the same column are to be similarly accounted for.
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a total, since the formation of the Mission, of 871,891, of which 109,151 have been to the sick and dying. 332,502 tracts and hand-bills have been given away during the year, making a total in the ordinary labours of the missionaries of 1,151,712, and 250,000 copies of the tract on intemperance, entitled, “ The Way to be Healthy and Happy," have also been given away during the year as a special distribution, generously granted by the Religious Tract Society. Besides sending many children to schools, no less than five new schools have originated out of the labours of the missionaries, into which children raggedly clothed are admitted. There are now 570 such children attending these schools. The Report then referred to the efforts made relative to temperance, Socialism, fairs, penny-theatres, and Mr. Hume's Resolution for opening the British Museum on the Sabbath. Several interesting cases, illustrative of the good effects of the labours of the missionaries, under the Divine blessing, were then detailed.
PROCEEDINGS AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING OF
THE LONDON CITY MISSION,
HELD AT EXETER HALL, ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 1840 ;
Mr. Sheriff WHEELTON in the Chair.
The Great Hall was completely filled before hend, the mark of respect paid in inviting me eleven o'clock, the time fixed for the Meeting, to preside over this large and respectable when the proceedings commenced.
Meeting, has arisen more from the high and disThe Rev. R. AINSLIE announced, that as tinguished office I have been called upon to fill, William Evans, Esq., M.P., who was to have than from any pretensions of the humble indipresided, was prevented by the illness of Mrs. vidual who fills that office. But though I may Evans, Mr. Sheriff Wheelton had kindly con- be inefficient as a chairman, I trust my feelings sented to occupy his place, and he begged to and my heart will respond to the instances of move, that that gentleman be requested to take usefulness which you will find the Report exthe chair.
hibiting to you. I will now call upon your This Motion was at once carried by general Secretary to read that Report. acclamation, and
The Rev. R. AINSLIE then read the Report Mr. Sheriff WHEELTON took the chair. of the Society's proceedings during the past
The Rev. John ROBINSON (Minister of year, after which, the Sub-treasurer, J. I. Little Chapel-street Chapel, Soho) offered Marks, Esq., read the Treasurer's account. prayer for the Divine blessing upon the Society, JOHN PEMBERTON PLUMPTRE, Esq., its agents, and the vast multitude whom it was M.P.-My Christian Friends, -It gives me intended to benefit, and also upon all assembled much pleasure to appear amongst you on the on that occasion.
present occasion. This is the first time that I The CHAIRMAN.-Ladies and Gentlemen, have appeared on this platform in connexion -I very deeply regret, as no doubt you also with this Society ; and I feel that I ought to do, the disappointment we experience this acknowledge my fault amongst you. I am morning in the unexpected absence of your obliged to confess that the divisions, and the worthy Chairman; and the more so, because bickerings, and the heart-burnings that have of the occasion of that absence. I regret it existed between Churchmen and Dissenters, particularly, because I feel conscious that this have not been without their influence on my Institution, which has such an extensive claim own mind, and have led me (I now see very upon our attention, will suffer from his being unworthily) to absent myself from this Society. absent, and from the chair being taken by the Sir, if this Society be the means, under God humble individual who has gladly accepted the (and I humbly trust and heartily pray that it opportunity of taking it, in the absence of any may), of bringing together good men of all one more efficient. I am very unaccustomed to denominations, men who love the Lord Jesus public speaking, and can therefore pledge my. Christ, who desire his glory and the salvation self that your time will not be utinecessarily of their fellow-creatures, I am sure it ought to occupied by anything I shall say, and more be hailed in such a country and in such a day especially when I see many of the clerical and as this. Sir, I have been deeply interested by ministerial character around me, whose occu. the Report which has just been read to you. pation leads them to address large assemblies The feeling which appears to have animated more frequently than falls to my lot. I appre- him who was mentioned at the beginning of it
as a departed friend, the feeling of David know that it is our privilege and our duty to Nasmith, I trust will be the feeling that will tell to poor sinners, while a day of grace and life continue to animate the members of this is granted to then, that there is One who Christian Society. His desire-- if not expressed “ came to seek and to save that which was by words, expressed by a life, which is better lost," and laid down his life, “ the just for the than words—seems to have been, and it seems unjust." I think you cannot consider the operato be the prevailing desire of this Society, to tions of the Society during the past year, with. glorify Christ, to disperse darkness, and to save out feeling that you are called upon to renew many poor sinners “ dead in trespasses and your exertions : 223,658 visits have been paid; sins.” And, my Christian friends, when we of which 27,052 were to the sick and the dying. come calmly and seriously to consider matters, Oh! who can tell to how many who were living what are the ends which we ought so much to without God and without Christ in the world, desire to promote as these great ends? These your missionaries, in the hands of the great are the objects this Society has in view. And Head of the Church universal, have been the I rejoice to think, that in reaching forth messengers of mercy and salvation ! You have towards the attainment of these great objects, heard, through the Report, of some of the effects you by one consent agree to drop all minor of those visits ; but the whole of them, I beconsiderations ; you ask not, Are you a Church- lieve, you will never know till the great day man ? or, Are you a Dissenter ? but you ask, shall declare them. We cannot tell how many Are you a poor, perishing, hielpless sinner in may have been thus brought to inquire, need of a Saviour ? Sir, the time is fast ap- “ What must I do to be saved ?" I trust, proaching when it will be of very little moment therefore, Sir, that the labours of this Society indeed to you and to me, and to this numerous may be continued and increased. I trust that assembly, whether we have been “ of Paul or there will be (as I was rejoiced to hear there Apollos,” but of infinite moment whether we had been) no strife or jealousy amongst the have been of Christ—whether we are in Christ, labourers of the Society. I trust, and I be. whether we are on Christ as the Rock of Ages, lieve, that the Committee of the Society will whether Christ be “ in us, the hope of glory." ” make it their object to choose for their labourers Why, Sir, I was struck the other day with an men sound in their faith and blameless in their account in the newspaper of a recent fire in lives, men who can commend religion by their this metropolis ; I read the description of some examples as well as by the doctrines they proindividuals being in the greatest jeopardy of pound. For that, Sir, after all, is the great perishing in the flames ; I read of a poor boy secret ; we may speak about Christ, but unless in the area being in danger of the dwelling we live Christ, it will do very little. Sir, it falling upon him, and of some in the upper would ill become me to take up any longer the rooms making known with fearful cries their time of the Meeting. In fact, owing to a severe want of assistance. Now, what was done under cold, I am little able to address it at all; but I those circumstances ? Why, effort was used, feel bound no longer to keep back from the and happily successfully used, for their rescue ; Society, and am happy to appear amongst you sheets were tied together and thrown from the this day. The Motion I have to make is, – window of the next house to those in the “That this Meeting expresses its devout thankupper rooms, and the people on the ground tore fulness to Almighty God for the success atup the flag-stones and iron palisades, and tendant upon the labours of the Mission during liberated the poor boy from the area. But was the past year; and resolves, that the Report there any consideration then as to who should now read be printed and circulated under the put the hand forward ?
Yet what direction of the Committee." a far more important work have we to do with The Rev. Dr. VAUGHAN, of Kensington.regard to our poor perishing fellow-countrymen. The very name of this Society, Sir, seems to We have to tell them of that great and gracious present a difficulty. The London City MisSaviour who can “ break in pieces the gates sion! And can it really be, that London, the of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron ;” metropolis of this powerful nation, a nation one, “ able to save to the uttermost;" able to having so large an apparatus apparently for save from the uttermost; able to save at the conveying religious instruction to its people extremest points of life; able to stretch forth a can it be, after all, that London can need to helping and a saving hand to those who are have a Missionary Society ? It might well “perishing for lack of knowledge,” and who occur as a question of difficulty ; but facts, we were ready, as it seemed, to drop into that fire are wont to say, are stubborn things." Howwhich never shall be quenched. And shall we, ever humiliating it may be to the zeal of relithen, hang back our hands ? We are told in gious parties, the fact is but too plain, that your Report, that from this city alone 900 London does need a City Mission. So greatly individuals are weekly passing into eternity. does it, and so greatly do all our large cities We know not what their condition may be, nor need City Missions, that my impression is that how far they may be prepared happily to meet we were never so much in danger as a nation that eternity to which they are called; but we from the depravity of our cities, as we are at the
present moment. It is true, it would be easy menced. It is a moral change in the history to show, that the cities of this land never in- of nations; and it is commonly to be attributed cluded so large an amount of piety as at pre- to moral causes, that are sufficiently apparent. sent; but if along with the increasing elements We can easily understand how it is, that great of good, there has been an increase of the ele wealth and great power should be very dangerous ments of evil upon a larger scale, it is not diffi- to us as individuals. We never see a man rise cult to see what the issue must be. True, we to the possession of great wealth, and become do at present see broad, compact, and powerful vested with great power, without (from our movements in the cause of religion, which ex- knowledge of human weakness) being alarmed ceed everything our fathers could have dreamt for him ; but do we sufficiently remember, that of; but then by the side of these, there have nations are made up of individual men, and that been appearances of irreligion, outbreaks of in the great power and wealth which we know !0 fidelity, and even of the grossest atheism, form- be so dangerous to individuals, is found to bring ing a novel feature in our national history. along with it the same peril to communities at These things cannot be looked at by us with large ? The passion for indulgence, if it be out anxiety. It is well, indeed, that good men cherished, will naturally foster all those selfish have been making exertions upon a large scale and irreligious passions, that are at variance for education and order and morality and reli- with individual prosperity, and that undermine gion; for if they had not, then surely our place the fabric of nations; and we have the authority ere now had been as Sodom, and our land as of the Scriptures themselves for concluding, that Gomorrah. All that we have been able to do there is that in “fulness of bread and abundby these apparenily gigantic efforts, has been to ance of idleness” to produce effects like these, keep the evil at bay, and partially subdue it. and to loosen the bonds of communities. While Let things, Sir, go on even as they are now nations are comparatively young, and struggling doing ; and in place of looking at that which through their difficulties onward to maturity, we achieve, and laying to heart the confidence they are comparatively in little danger; it is that we are safe and all is right, I see in the when they attain to the point which we have distance just the opposite of that. In order to reached, which admits of large masses halting meet the demands of our growing population, in their course and giving themselves up to and the evils likely to spring up with it, our indolence and luxury, that sensuality and core efforts must partake of a magnitude and a force ruption in all its forms may begin. We look, of which they have not hitherto partaken ; and, therefore, Sir, at this moment, down upon the above all, there must come a larger blessing ruins of the great cities of the ancient world : from above upon them. We occupy, Sir, as a Babylon and Palmyra, Thebes and Carthage, people, with our wide Colonial territories, and Athens and Rome—they are all at our feet; our vast commercial system and population but do we sufficiently remember, that they are built up in great part upon those Colonies, a there, having descended from that point to position in many respects different from that of which we have now attained ? Do we think any other people who have preceded us upon enough, that we just now occupy that dizzy the face of the earth ; and we are not only ex. height, which they knew not how to keep ?posed to all the dangers that arise out of a state that the cup of national grandeur and power, of of high civilization wherever it exists, but to which they drank in succession to intoxication many a danger peculiar to ourselves in conse- and to ruin, is the cup of which we are drinkquence of this peculiarity of our circumstances. ing? And are we sure that we are safe in Indeed one cannot look thonghtfully around doing it? I wish I could feel that we were. upon a country like ours, without feeling that Sir, I am convinced that the fate of Britain is it is not more true that "all flesh is grass,” than wrapped up in the character of the great cities that all the glory of it, all the splendour of na. of Britain ; and when I look to the character of tional greatness and grandeur, is but “as the her great cities, I cannot but be alarmed for the flower of grass.” Nations rise up, like a billow, future, though I am by no means naturally disto their point, and from that lofty summit ra- posed to take the desponding or the fearful view pidly sink to the level from which they sprung. of things generally. Can one, for example, Change of this nature seems to pervade every advert to the venom now diffused abroad among thing carthly. Ebbing and flowing we witness us in the shape of party spirit, and not be everywhere. We can trace progression, we can afraid ? Is there nothing in this, think you, to trace decay ; but the point of maturity is of short offend Him, whose great rule delivered to man, continuance and hard to detect. The flower as it regards his duties towards man, is—“Thou blooms, only to fade ; we rise up and partici- shalt love thy neighbour as thyselt”-“What. pate of the vigour of manhood, only to yield soever ye would that men should do to you, do imperceptibly to the infirmities of age. Every ye even so to them ?” Is there nothing, thirik thing is either rising or falling; and rising, only you, likely to provoke the Head of the Church, to fall
. It is thus with nations. It has ever if a spirit of this kind be allowed to manifest so been. And we have arrived at that point at itself among those who ca!l themselves his disa which this turn for declension has usually com- ciples?-disciples of Him, who says, " This is