pastoral care of that "shepherd in Israel," the Rev. F. Stephens. For three years he maintained a Christian He became a teacher in the Sabbath school, and was one of the most active members of the town


mission. His gentle manners, unaffected kindness, and sweetness of disposition made him a general favourite. Of him it might be truly said, that "he had many friends, and not one enemy."

But space fails me. I must hasten to the account of that fatal accident which separated John Harwood for ever from us on this side eternity. On the morning of May 18th, 1861, John proceeded to his daily work at E- foundry. During the course of that forenoon, some machinery became entangled. John put in his hand to rectify it. The engineman, without orders, set the engines going, and, in an instant, John Harwood's hand was cut off! He was carried home to die, for this accident in the end proved fatal. The arm was amputated, but mortification set in, and it was now, alas! seen but too plainly that John Harwood's course was run. Death, however, had no perils for him. Sudden death was simply sudden glory. He lingered some time; and during the course of his illness, numerous opportunities were afforded to us to inquire as to the state of his soul. One morning, after a night of intense anguish, I called early at his house, and was told by his mother that his sufferings had been, during the night, terrible. I entered the sick room expecting to see John's countenance wrung with pain. But, no! only perfect peace was there. I said to him, "John,

how are you now?" His reply washis hearty temper never left him— that "he was never better." I said, "How so? Your mother told me that you had passed a very bad night." "Yes," he said, "so I have for my arm has been very bad; but," he added, " for all that, I was never better, for Jesus was with me!"


I might multiply many examples of conversations like the foregoing, but to what effect? They all tended to show how perfect was his submission to the divine will. On the morning of his death, mortification having decidedly set in, his sufferings were almost gone. I then said to him, John, is all well with you?" He said, "Oh yes, all is well, Mr. Walker." "Ah, Sir," he added, "if I had been killed that Sunday on the railway, where would my soul have been now! Ah," he continued, do warn all children never to go with trains upon the Sunday." I promised. Soon after this his mother entered the room. He caught hold of her, and said,



Ah, mother, I am nearly there," (meaning heaven). "How thankful I am that you have been converted and have joined the church. I'll meet you all again. Give my love to Mr. Stephens"-(his pastor). These were his last words. His last thought was thus given to his pastor -his last message was one of love. Of him it may, indeed, be said, that "he fell asleep in Jesus,"-so perfectly peaceful was his end.

And now, dear readers of the Christian's Penny Magazine, may I be allowed to repeat to you John Harwood's last words?"Never travel on the Sunday in railway

trains." Oh! we know not how near we may be to our end when we enter a railway carriage. We may readily quit it a corpse! Let us, then, all be prepared for the "great change,"

The Christian Fireside.


ON our passage out, it had been laid upon the hearts of the chief officer, the carpenter, my brother, and myself, the only professors of reli gion in the ship's company of 22 individuals, to pray much for the conversion of the rest of the people. To this end I instituted public worship on the Lord's day for as many as would attend. Subsequently, we held a prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings; and ultimately, finding a disposition to avail themselves of these opportunities, daily service, or as it might be termed, family worship, was instituted and regularly maintained. Still, beyond a willing attendance on these means of grace, we saw no other result until our passage home, and in the neighbourhood of the Western Isles, when the following striking and most blessed incidents occurred, which exceeded all we had ventured to anticipate.

whenever it comes; and then, like John Harwood, to us sudden death will only be sudden glory.

On Monday, May 20th, 1861, the mate having in the morning heard one of the boys threatening to revenge himself effectually upon another who had given him some offence, shortly afterwards found him in the long-boat, which being placed on deck was in common use as a retreat and general lounge, opened his Bible and directed his attention to

the passage, Romans xii. 19, "Avenge not yourselves," &c., when the lad burst into tears, and began very earnestly to cry to God for mercy on his soul. The other lad

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had in the meantime also entered the boat, and joined in prayer for forgiveness of his sins. One or two of the crew followed, and as they approached, each appeared to feel the power of the Holy Ghost, and to yield to His soul-subduing influ


This occurred in the forenoon. I was informed of it at dinner; and in the evening we held a prayer meeting. The two boys, Archie and Jack, and some others were present. A good influence rested upon us, but there was no outward manifestation. Jack prayed aloud; and both he and Archie were set free from the burden of their guilt.

Tuesday, 21st.-During the day they held a prayer meeting in the boat. In the afternoon, one of the seamen named Black came down to my room under conviction. I prayed with him long and earnestly. He was in great distress. While praying with him, I heard the steward in the pantry crying for mercy. At half-past six o'clock a prayer meeting_began. The 3rd chapter of St. John was read; the carpenter then prayed, and next Mr. Heans, the chief officer. While Mr. Heans prayed, his voice was drowned by cries for mercy. Jesus was in the midst of us; some crying for mercy, and others weeping for their sins against a loving Saviour, It was truly affecting to witness it, and to see the little boys and Jack kneeling over their shipmates and

endeavouring to point them to the Lamb of God. One of the men ran away, apparently afraid. Our prayer meeting did not break up till about 11 o'clock. Many were rejoicing in a Saviour's love. The steward and Deason, Mr. Daniel and the boy Bob, professed to have found a Saviour. All of them engaged in prayer, and all seemed to have the spirit of prayer, especially the boys. Hearing of their earnest and eloquent prayers, we remembered the word of our Saviour, "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise." It was a glorious night, rich in blessing to all our souls, except poor Black, who was in despair; there was no mercy for him, he said. In the evening I expostulated with those who would not attend our meeting, entreating and warning them; but they did not During the time of our meeting, Mr. Heans went forward, sounding his wild notes of warning to the impenitent, while they still kneeled on deck and prayed.


went forward, and found the boat full, praying and praising, and the very man that ran away yesterday was engaged in prayer, having found a Saviour.

Wednesday, 22nd, was set apart for special prayer. In the morning I went forward and expostulated with those who would not attend our services, warning them of the danger of resisting God's Spirit, and inviting and entreating them to come to our meeting. We began about 9 o'clock, and our meeting lasted till noon. There was a good influence, but no fresh cases. We met again about two o'clock, and on about four the spirit came down in rich effusion; two of those who did not attend the previous night, were now crying for mercy, and professed to have found a Saviour before we dismissed. Poor Black also found relief: thus were three added to our number. Ꮎf another ordinary seaman we did not feel quite sure. Praise the Lord, oh my soul, for His wonderful works unto us poor sinners!

Thursday, 23rd.-I got up shortly after five this morning, and knelt in prayer, but I felt I must go and get some of them down to pray with me. I went on deck for the carpenter to come; he was in the long-boat. I


I found one of the men who did not attend our meetings. I told him he must come down with me to the cabin to pray, and he came; also the carpenter. We engaged in prayer for him, and we were not long engaged when the steward brought another of the non-attendants. We engaged in prayer for him; and with humility would I say it, the spirit of prayer was poured upon us, and we soon heard the joyful sound of another sinner crying for mercy in the name of Jesus. The first that came down ran away. After breakfast there was another lad prayed for in the cabin, and of him I trust it might be said, Behold, he prayeth." The meeting was still going on in the boat, and it had begun about one o'clock in the morning. I went there for a little while, and found there was a happy influence, but I did not stay long. I went into the forecastle, and found a man without hope. He felt he was too great a sinner to be saved. I endeavoured to tell him of a gracious Saviour, and prayed with him. I asked for his Bible, that I might point out a chapter for him to read, but he had none, having lost it in a recent gale. I invited him down to the cabin to give him a Bible. When we came down, we found a meeting going on of the boys and some of the men. I gave this man a New Testament, and told him he had better stay where he was, and read it, and I went on deck into the carpenter's house. I found him praying; I joined him. After a while we went down to the cabin, and found the man who a little before had no hope, now telling all he had found a Saviour.

In the afternoon we had a meeting, and all were present except two Swedes. However, two of them ran away terrified, and nothing could induce them to come back. Mr. Heans followed them, and they ran from him terrified. I shall

never forget the solemnity of that afternoon; before the meeting began it seemed as if we were in the immediate presence of God. Yes, our God was near us, to bless us and protect us; for Satan seemed to rage, seeing his strongholds pulled down; but our God was for us, and who could be against us? Our meeting went on, and it was truly a blessed time; well might we exclaim, "I'm lost in wonder, love, and praise." Oh the wonders of redeeming grace, to hear the bold blasphemer pleading for mercy, confessing his heinous sins; and oh what a joyful sight to see so many faces beaming with joy, and happy in a Saviour's love; to see the boys holding each other's "We hands, weeping and saying, shall not fight any more, we shall love each other. Glory to God." Three to-day professed to have found a Saviour.

Friday, 24th.-Another blessed day. Some met in the cabin, and some in the boat. In the morning we in the cabin had a rich blessing poured upon us; we all met in the afternoon in the cabin, when another who would not attend our meetings came and knelt with us, and prayed for mercy; he professed to have found Jesus. He is a Swede, and prayed in his own language. We then sang the paraphrase, "From every kindred, every tongue," &c., &c. After six o'clock I had a meeting in the cabin, when Mr. Heans, the carpenter, and the rest of the converts, went into the forecastle and pleaded for a hardened sinner, and got him to his knees. Twice he endeavoured to deceive them, as he afterwards confessed. After our little cabin meeting broke up, we went forward; all were around him, and God magnified His own name. We heard the penitent cry for mercy, and before we left him he professed to have found a Saviour. This man ran from the presence of God twice, yet he was brought to repent. "Oh my soul, for ever praise, for ever love His name." None but God such grace can show. All appear to be growing in grace; many of them have delightful, and all have penitent prayers.

Saturday, 25th.-A day of rich blessing. We met in the cabin in the morning, and enjoyed much of God's love; all the converts joined in praver, many of them are growing fast. The afternoon was set apart by all, to plead for the only hardened sinner left. All but one now profess to have found a Saviour, but I trust our prayers will yet be answered for him. Our ship has now become a house of prayer; the songs of Zion are night and day ascending from some part of her.

Sunday, 26th.-Another happy day. We had service in the forenoon and afternoon. In the evening there were a few down in the cabin; at 8 o'clock, an old man of 53, who had resisted every entreaty, now came down and knelt with us, and it might be said, "Behold, he prayeth."

Our meetings after this were continued day by day, and the result is, that on arriving in London, on Sunday, June 23rd, I am enabled to record the mercy of God in giving us reason to believe that eighteen conversions took place on board the ship in the course of one week; and that the whole ship's company of 22 are now following the Lord Jesus towards the rest which remains for the people of God.


Capt. of the Thomas Campbell. London, July 2nd, 1861.


THE great defect in family prayers, or of what is sometimes called family religion, is that it stands alone in the house, and has nothing put in agreement with it. Whereas, if it is to have any honest reality, as many things as possible should be soberly and deliberately put in agreement with it; for, indeed, it is a first point of religion itself, that by its very nature it rules presidingly over everything desired, done, thought, planned for and prayed for, in the life. It is never to finish itself up by words, or word-supplications, or even by sacraments; but the whole

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custom of life and character must be in it, and of it, by a total consent of the man. And more depends on this, a hundred times, than upon any occasional fervours, or passionate flights, or agonizings. The grand defect will, in almost all cases, be in what is more deliberate, viz., in the want of any downright, honest, casting of the family in the type of religion, as if that were truly accepted as the first thing.

See just what is wanted by what is so very commonly not found. First of all, the more observant kind of piety, that which prays in the family to keep up a reverent show or acknowledgment of religion, is not enough. It leaves every thing else in the life to be an open space, for covetousness and all the gay lustings of worldly vanity. It even leaves out prayer; for the saying prayers is, in no sense, really the same thing as to pray. Contrary to this, there

should be some real prayer, for the meaning's sake, and for the shell of religious decency, in which the semblance may be kept. This latter kind looks, indeed, for no return of blessing from God, but only for a certain religious effect, accomplished by the drill of repetitional observance. There is also another kind of drill sometimes attempted in the prayers of families, which is much worse, viz., when the prayer is made every morning to hit this or that child, in some matter of disobedience, or some mere peccadillo into which he has fallen. Nothing can be more irreverent to God than to make the hour of prayer a time of prison discipline for the subjects of it, and nothing could more certainly set them in fixed aversion to religion and to everything sacred. This kind of prayer prays, in fact, for exasperation's sake, and the effect will correspond.



THE Jesuits throughout the world now number 7,144, nearly 3,000 of whom are priests, 2,159 scholastics, and 1,046 coadjutors. They have increased 2,392 in fourteen years; in 1847 they were but 4,752; in 1854 they counted 5,516; and in 1857, 6,303. Their nativity is given as follows:-France, 1,181, Belgium, 531, Holland, 205, Spain, 680, Austria, 455, Germany, 526, Great Britain, 379, America, 444, and Italy, 1,742. More than 1,000 of these Jesuits are on foreign missions, under the authority of the Propaganda.

In France, as in the United States, they are divided into three provinces, namely-1,085 for the province of Paris, 615 for that of Lyons, and 531 for Toulouse. They have there 4 colleges, 21 boarding schools, 16 seminaries, 7 novitiates, 36 dwellings, 2 houses for exercise, and 31

stations or missions. In Italy they are thus distributed in five provinces:-Rome, 462, Naples, 427, Venice, 233, Sicily, 308, and Piedmont, 201.

The Jesuits have been expelled from Piedmont, Lombardy, Modena, the Ombrian Marches, Romagna, and the Two Sicilies; in the latter places they have had 7 colleges, 10 boarding-schools, and 3 seminaries. Those driven from the Pontifical provinces, now occupied by Piedmont, number 184; but they are located in the minor cities and towns of Italy. There are about 300 Jesuits in Rome, 155 of whom are employed in the Roman College, 13 in compiling the Civita-Cattolica, 17 in the German College, 10 in the College of Nobles, 10 in the South American Colleges, 36 at the Novitiate, and 21 in the Convent of St. Eusebius.

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