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ACTION OF THE ALLIANCE IN RUSSIA IN by the Evangelical Alliance. Since the THE CAUSE OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, true and disinterested motives of the
Your Council are happy to report Evangelical Alliance have been fully that very gratifying results continue understood, your Society has occupied to follow the prayers and efforts of the a high position in the minds of the Alliance last year on behalf of perse enlightened Russians.” ented Protestants in the Baltic pro
The Alliance did not raise its voice vinces of Russia.
in vain,-did not bring united influ. Communications have been received
ence to bear in vain. Much, by God's that the oppressive measures so justly
blessing, has been accomplished, and complained of have been stopped ;
multitudes have been made glad in that orders have been given to allow being able to worship God without Lutherans, who, from whatever cause,
fear, according to the dictates of their had beeome members of the Greek own conscience. A suitable address Charch, to return freely to the Church of thanks has proceeded from the to which they had formerly belonged. Council of the Alliance to his Impe
A high official, himself a member of rial Majesty of Russia, for graciously the Greek Church, has estimated the listening to the appeal made to him mnmber of those persons who, since in behalf of his subjects, and for the the deputation of the Evangelical Alli. results which followed. But the work ance to the Emperor of Russia, have is not complete, and cannot be, whilst seceded from the Greek Church, and the same intolerant laws, applicable made open profession of the Protestant to members of the orthodox Greek faith, to be in one province alone Church remain, and may at any (Livonia) thirty thousand,
moment be enforced. The following extract from a letter addressed to the Foreign Secretary, written by a Swiss gentleman, (one of FRANCE: DISTRIBUTION OF THE the deputation last year,) who has re. SCRIPTURES AT THE EXHIBITION OF cently visited Russia, and who has lent Lyons.—The recent Exposition of throughout much valuable service to Lyons has been the occasion of spread. this object, will be found deeply inter. ing widely the Word of God in small esting: "Your Council will be thank portions, given, some from the Society ful to hear, that the great effort which for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the European and American branches and others from the Crystal Palace of the Evangelical Alliance made last Bible Stand, together with above two year in behall of the Baltic Protest. hundred thousand tracts. The ants, has resulted in greater blessings kiosk prepared by the Protestants than even the most hopeful could have of Lyons in the park was succeeded, anticipated. Not only is there at pre- as soon as the damp season com. sent fall religious liberty enjoyed in menced, by a table in the interior. those provinces, so that hundreds and Daily one or more evangelists peramthousands of persons who, by fraud or bulated the galleries, giving freely to by force, had been induced to join the the public, and conversing with the Greek Church, now return in increas. exhibitors and their agents, while the ing numbers to the Protestant com sale was carried on at the table or munion; but the movement of the kiosk. The Bible Society of France Evangelical Alliance has also had the was represented by a small exhibition effect of bringing about an earnest ad. of its volumes, but had no agent. Tocacy of religious liberty throughout It is impossible to calculate the the country by many of the St. Peters- results to the country from the carry. burg and Moscow journals, who were ing by individuals to their often distant loudest in conderning the steps taken homes these little books and large picture-tracts and almanacks as are all for Henry V.!” I need not souvenirs of Expositions, with the point out this as another handle in remembrance of the solemn word or the grasp of the enemy to crush pleasant conversation which accom- effort. panied the sale or gift. All France is The Exposition encouraged many not represented by noisy demagogues to distribute tracts in the streets, and and infidel journalists; and the error a fresh impulse has been given to this of taking these for the nation has branch of activity, to which no often paralysed effort, and been the very opposition is made by the police. An handle of the enemy to crush the im- article or two in the advanced Repulse to spread the Gospel. The distri. publican journals complained of this, butors did not confine their efforts to demanding equal liberty for political the Exposition only, but followed out pamphlets, and turning an innocent the work in all the branches eligible; tract into ridicule; but these same small meetings, visits, prayer-meet. journals offered their columns graings, sometimes initiating efforts tuitously to the evangelists some hitherto unknown, and, wherever pos- time later, if they thought of holding sible, joining in works of long. any public meeting. They were as standing. During the past year the good as their word when the mayor young men of the Christian Associa and the prefect gave them free use of tion, taking a hint from Nîmes, tried the large lecturing-hall in the Museum to gather a few neglected boys on the for a lecture on “people's schools." Sunday in various populous districts. It was a new sight to see little ones, The young women followed, and made with their teachers and parents, and the experiment with girls; by per. streams of working-men fill the hall severance they succeeded, and there to the number of fifteen hundred, in are now eight of these “people's" order to hear how every one who knew Sunday-schools, (écoles populaires,) how to read should teach his illiterate containing several hundred little ones, neighbour, how every one who had the who are taught the rudiments of key of any useful knowledge was respon. reading, etc., for the first hour; the sible for circulating that knowledge, second is devoted to the Bible and and how every Christian was called cheerfully-sung hymns.
upon to tell of his Saviour to those The working classes in Lyons, who knew Him not. The Gospel was as well as in most other cities, clearly put before the people, have an intense, not to say deadly, and the time-blackened vaults of hatred to the Romish priests. If the old convent hall echoed with, Protestants do not come in now to “One there is above all others," sung save some, the case is hopeless. The vigorously by three hundred little late pilgrimages-far less important voices. Many men and women too in quality and quantity of adepts –uninterested in the matter went out than expected-have so rivetted the muttering, “Jesuits !" But their cause of Romanism to the cause of places were immediately occupied by Legitimism, (and the only form of others, and themselves changed Christianity known by the masses countenance when presented with a is Romanism,) that the Christian card of the schools and a printed sheet who speaks of Jesus to his neighbour on leaving. The following Sunday is often greeted with—" You are up showed a remarkable increase of for the king! We will have no kings ! scholars, and unbounded expressions Down with Henry V.!” “I care not of gratitude from many parents. It for earthly kings ; I am telling you of is a proof among many, that simple the Heavenly King of Glory.” “ All words flowing from a heart warmed the same! Those who speak of Him by the love of God, undisguised by
fine language, is more appreciated by gelical Christians! it may be “the the people than the grandest oratory. day of their visitation.” Some of It has greatly encouraged many. them know it, and are acting accordThis autumn has also been the ingly. One of their pastors, when season of a more serious time of appointing days for public and private prayer, humiliation, and solemn seek. humiliation and prayer, deeply moved, ing for reviving grace than has been said in the pulpit, “Now or never! known for twenty years in the Evan. Restoration, or we perish like Sardis !" gelical Church of Lyons. English - Christian Work." brethren, pray for the Lyonese Evan.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. The late Mr. THOMAS GREENER was of God, and to meet with His people. born at Gosforth, near Newcastle-upon. Together with a Methodist friend, he Tyne, where his parents sent him to was the means of introducing Meththe village school, and also led him odism into the locality. A class was early to the Wesleyan-Methodist formed, and Mr. Greener was apchapel. At the age of twelve he was pointed its leader. The office of adopted by an uncle and an aunt who leader he held until his removal lived in the Bishop-Auckland Circuit, from Middlesborough, and afterwards and who carefully attended to his at Merthyr-Tydvil, down to the time religious training. The death of his of his death, a period of upwards of aunt having deeply affected him, other forty years. In the discharge of his relatives carefully followed up by their important duty he was exceedingly prayerful efforts the impression thus attentive and punctual, faithful and made. He was directed to Christ as kind. He attended particularly an all-sufficient and present Saviour, to the financial matters connected and was after some time enabled to with the class, paying regularly his lay hold on Him with a faith through own weekly contribution, and thus which he was made a child of God. setting an example to others. Two The change whereby his feet were of the largest classes in connection placed on the rock, and his goings with the Merthyr Society were long established, was so decided, that he kept by him in a flourishing condition. frequently pointed to the very place Mr. Greener was also a local where he obtained peace and joy preacher for about twenty-two years. throngh believing.
In this office he regularly attended to Being of active habits and a social his appointments, and his services disposition, and now rejoicing in pos. were energetic and acceptable. As a session of the love of Christ, he was Circuit-steward, in which position he an instrument well fitted for the work stood for many years, he combined of the Head of the Church. He began courtesy and attentiveness to the immediately to labour in the Sunday. ministers with fidelity to the funds school, in the distribution of tracts, and interests of the Circuit. the establishment of Bible-classes, The week-night services, and espe. and in various other ways. In the cially the prayer-meetings, he attended year 1830 he removed to Middles with punctuality. Possessing a good borough, where he found no Methodist voice, and having been trained in his place of worship, nor any resident Wes. youth to singing, he was always ready levan-Methodist but himself. He had with his hymn-book to take his stand to walk to Stockton to hear the word by the side of the minister, and pitch the tune. Afterwards he would en olism, though not bigoted, was corgage in prayer with remarkable power, dial and avowed; and he always and sometimes pleaded with God until claimed the right of practically ex. a blessing appeared to descend upon all pressing his preference for it. This present. The impressions made by he exemplified by the fact that, when these meetings were deep, and were he was under the necessity of going well-remembered for many years after- miles to the Methodist means of grace, wards. So attached, indeed, was Mr. he did not neglect them; and when Greener to the house of God, that a be went to live in a place where there friend asked him one day, “Whether was no Methodism, there he introhe made it his home.” He replied, duced it. He loved its ministers and “ My earthly house is on the other side supported its institutions, not only in the Morlais,”—alluding to the place times of peace but in those of trouble. of his residence, but on this side I The writer first became acquainted make preparation for my heavenly with Mr. Greener in the year 1857. home." And not only was his conduct At that time there was a small, old earnest and consistent in connection chapel at Merthyr-Tydvil, with a debt with the worship of God, but in his on it ; now there is a large one, business pursuits the reality of the towards which his late friend contri. religion which he professed made buted handsomely. A home-missionitself apparent.
ary was employed, and he was the Mr. Greener was a “rail-inspector,” largest subscriber to the funds of the and was employed on the first railway mission. Since that date the Circuit laid in England. This occupation fre. has been divided, four ministers quently subjected his religious princi. being now on the ground where there ples to severe tests; but all who were were only two. associated with him bear witness to Owing to his experience, character, his unswerving integrity. His con- laborious habits, and Christian libescientious observance of the Sabbath rality, it is not surprising that, in is worthy of notice. When sometimes Merthyr and the neighbourhood, Mr. requested by persons of influence to Greener possessed great influence. But give attention on the Sabbath-day this was used for the glory of God and to work with which he was occupied the good of man. The estimate in during the week, his invariable which he stood in the Circuit can be answer was a firm, "No." All letters best ascertained from a Resolution which he knew to be on business of the Quarterly-Meeting which was matters, when delivered at his house transmitted to the bereaved family. on Sunday, remained unopened until After referring to the public loss which the following day. Such in short was had been sustained, the Resolution his regard for the Sabbath that, speaks of the departed in the followon one occasion, rather than violate ing terms :"We have lost an able that holy day, he gave up a valuable preacher, a faithful leader, a generous situation, although he had no other in friend, a loyal and an attached member. view. This conscientiousness caused for many years Mr. Greener has been him to be unemployed for a consider. a tower of strength, and a centre of able period.
influence, in connection with the The hospitality of Mr. Greener was Merthyr Circuit.” In the time of of the most hearty and generous kind. Connexional troubles he proved a In this, as well as in other plans of friend indeed ; in times of peace and usefulness, he was frequently prompted prosperity his efforts for the cause of and aided by his warm-hearted and God were never relaxed. His name noble-minded wife, now his sorrow- and deeds bave run like a golden ing widow. His attachment to Meth. thread through the history of the
Circuit for upwards of thirty years. to mere pretence and flattery; a sin. Probably there is not a chapel or a cere and earnest Christian ; an affeeSociety within its borders that has tionate husband and parent; a kind not received signal proofs of his large- neighbour and a worthy citizen." heartedness. The respect and esteem
EDWARD RTSSELL. in which he was held in the town and neighbourhood has been further “OUR people die well,” said Mr. evinced by the erection in the Mer. Wesley on one occasion. We believe thyr chapel of a marble tablet, bear- this is as true of " our people” now ing a suitable inscription to his as it was at that time; and this conmemory.
viction has again been forced upon us Mr. Greener had been blessed with a by the sudden, but happy death of robust constitution and good health HANSAH HART, the beloved wife of the for the greater part of his life; but Rev. Forster CROZIER, of Glasgow, about nine months before his death Mrs. Crozier was the daughter of his health began to fail. Symptoms Mr. John Robinson, & well-known of weakness manifested themselves, leader and local preacher in the and his changed appearance alarmed Shotley-Bridge Circuit. Her mother, his friends. His illness confined bim like herself, died at an early age; and to his house for several months, and in consequence of this her father, to his bed for some weeks. Although though most solicitous about her spirithis affliction was one of great severity, aal welfare, had not the entire conhe bore it without murmuring, patiently trol of her early education; so that submitting to the Divine will. In the Hannah was placed in circumstances prospect of death he was not dismayed, not the most favourable to the devebut exclaimed, “I have a house not lopment of a religious character. In made with hands, eternal in the ber fifteenth year, however, being at beavens.” “ Praise the Lord, what a home from school, she heard a sermon hope is ours ! ” To a relative, just by which her conscience was tho. before his departure, he said, " Christ roughly aroused. She felt she was is all!" On November 23rd, 1870, his a sinner, and began to ask, "* What hope of eternal life was realized; his must I do to be saved ?” A few weeks sufferings terminated, his spirit was afterwards she was brought into the released, and he found his long-sought enjoyment of a conscious interest in rest.
Christ, and was able to say, Thomas Greener was a proof of the power of Divine grace; an ornament " My God, I am Thine, What a comfort to the Church ; and an example of good divine, works to all around him. That example What a blessing to know that my many observed, and not a few bore Jesus is mine!” testimony to it. Some of the agents of the firms with which he transacted From this time it was manifest that business declared, “That if ever they she had been a subject of the “ renew. had met with a Christian, in the real ing of the Holy Ghost:" the current and simple sense of that name, he was of her life was changed, and was turned one." A local newspaper, which has towards God. She had higher aims, no connection with Methodism, while parer motives, and holier principles: it gave a lengthened account of our her outward demeanour plainly late friend, confirming all the points evinced that she had begun to live a new named in the foregoing sketch, con life. Her whole soul was surrendered cinded thus:-** We may summarize to Cbrist. Formerly, she had been his character by stating that he was gay and frivolous, “ God was not in an honest, well-meaning man; a foe all her thoughts.” Now she was serious