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this-of hearing instruction in the Irish language, which has on him a sort of mysterious effect, an effect, however, which can well be accounted for by the history of this country, and the principles of human nature, without even adverting to its expressiveness, power, and pathos. Who can forget the tones which lulled him to sleep, and greeted his waking moments? Not even the savage! I know some persons endeavour to decry its value; but they know nothing of it, and are of those who have no sympathy with my unhappy countrymen. Is it not enough that the Holy Ghost gave such utterance to the disciples on the day of Pentecost, that all could hear in their own tongue wherein they were born,' the wonderful works of God? The Irish is the language of the great mass of the Roman Catholic population of this province the language in which those who even speak English also, converse freely with each other, and rescrt to when impassioned by affection or anger.
"His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant attended lately our great fair of this town, went to the place of custom, to observe the stock, and the manners of the people; and, I believe, among the shoutings and calls of the thousands of shepherds, he did not hear a word of English spoken. I inclose a document, to which I pray the best attention of the Committee; in it will be found evidence of what I say. I especially refer to the speech the Earl Clancarty gives in the Appendix. He is a resident nobleman here, well acquainted with the subject of which he treats. It need not be said that fit men are not to be found acquainted with this language: they are to be met with even here-men of talent and competency, who have, in despite of all opposition, chosen the better part,' and whose zeal is proportionate to their efficiency.
"The following is an extract from the speech of the Earl of Clancarty referred to above, which was delivered at a public meeting in the town of Ballinasloe, in the month of February last :
"It was a great and fatal error at the period of the Reformation that the English languagea tongue for the most part unknown to the people of Ireland-was selected as the medium for affording religious instruction. It cannot be truly said that the gospel has been preached where the language of the preacher cannot be understood. Reason, and a due regard for national predilections common to every people on the earth, might have suggested that course, which the dear-bought experience of three centuries now shows ought to have been followed from the beginning. It was not by attacking the nationality of a people that their confidence could be acquired; and the difficulty in the way of their understanding a language to which they were unaccustomed, and their unwillingness to learn it, were obstacles to the dissemination of the gospel so insurmountable, that it is an obvious duty to avoid them by the alternative which presents itself-of adopting the language of the country, which still exists in all its purity, and of which the extinction is neither possible nor desirable. Those who have studied it admire it for its beauty and richness: it is said to exhibit marks of an Eastern crigin, and much resemblance to the language of inspiration; and to
the Irish ear it has undoubtedly been found to convey the tidings of salvation in the most acceptable manner.'"
COLONIAL MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
ON the 4th of November, the Rev. F. Tomkins, A.M., accompanied by his family, embarked for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, after a valedictory service, held in the Weigh-house Chapel, on the evening of the 1st day of that month. In his own immediate station Mr. Tomkins will find a favourable sphere for pastoral labour and usefulness; and in the province of Nova Scotia at large, a field for more extended effort, prepared by the general state of the public mind, to receive evangelical truth in connection with scriptural views of the freedom, simplicity, and spirituality of the gospel kingdom. He will also find a band of faithful brethren, cordially cooperating in the energetic efforts suited to their position, and demanded by the wants of society in the British Colonies. Great hopes may be entertained of the results of our Missions in the Atlantic Colonies of Britain in North America.
Early in January next the Rev. J. C. Gallaway may be expected in England. Our beloved brother has endured distressing domestic bereavements, and a visit to his native country may be blessed to restore the tone of his mind and system. But his return is chiefly influenced by public considerations. Mr. Gallaway is very desirous to bear his testimony among his brethren and the churches in England on behalf of Colonial Missions. He hopes, by his statements and appeals, to extend and deepen throughout the Independent denomination the sentiment, that there is a powerful call on it in particular for evangelical efforts in the Colonies of Great Britain. Mr. Gallaway will labour to diffuse information, awaken interest, and call forth efforts in this most hopeful and interesting department of Christian enterprise. On personal and public grounds, he hopes to obtain access to many pulpits as the advocate of Colonial Missions. May his efforts be blessed, and his hopes fully realised!
Mr. Gallaway is also desirous of bringing before the attention of friends in this country the claims of a College for Nova Scotia, recently commenced in Liverpool, in that province. The institution is for general literature, but with a religious character. It will be superintended by a minister in all its moral and religious interests, who may also act as Theological Tutor of such pupils in the establishment as are intending the Christian ministry. The whole support is to be strictly voluntary: no Government aid whatever is to be received. A liberal Christian lady has given a most eligible site of land, and a thousand pounds towards the erection, with a promise of further aid in furnishing. Funds left by her deceased husband will be available for endowments to some extent; but library, apparatus, furniture, and other unavoidable occasions for further charges, will remain. For these Mr. Gallaway hopes to obtain assistance from friends in England. May his visit be greatly blessed to the happiest results, personal and public, and, most of all, to promote Colonial Missions!
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