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For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand, I had rather be a door keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Now David spoke from experience. He was driven out by Saul, as you are aware, among heathen nations, and there he heard language and saw deeds which grieved his righteous soul; there he witnessed nothing but blasphemies against the God of heaven and earth; there he saw images set up as objects of worship. How wretched and how miserable he must have felt; just as you would feel in the midst of a Roman Catholic population in the worst of countries. For you do not see Catholicism here in England in its real aspect. It is obliged to appearin decency; it is obliged to put on its Sunday's clothes in England ; it does not dare to appear--not yet--in its working clothes. But in some foreign countries you would hear the language and see the doings of Catholicism, and you would feel as though you were next door to hell itself. You would then think of the spirituality of the preaching of the pure Gospel ; you would then think of the vitality that is sometimes realized in the house of the Lord. Ah! you would think, what a contrast ! I would indeed rather be a door keeper ; I would indeed rather as the margin reads, sit in the threshold of the house of God, where God is, than to dwell in these horrible tents of wickedness. " For the Lord God is a sun and shield ;

the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly, O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

friendly manner. He said that he had never seen such beautiful, and life-like views, and behaved to me in the kindest possible manner.

I was truly surprised because one of my illustrations represents Christian and giant Pope with the bones and skulls of the martyrs, and the giant is saying to Christian, “You will never mend till more of you be burned." And it is the more remarkable because it is well known that I have been engaged for a long while exposing that gigantic mystery of iniquity, the "mother of harlots and abominations of the earth,.' And that the Roman Catholics everywhere have been going about to kill me ; no one believed I should escape with my life, but I have escaped because the Lord has been my shield. When they found that I was not to be frightened with their threats, then they used other tactics, treated me with kindness, for instance, when I first visited Hobert Town, they were all up in arms against me. One of the Hobart Town papers wrote a leading article against me, because I had written against and exposed Popery, and thus they tried to damage me in the object of my lectures. And at the Queen's Asylum for destitute children, I offered to exbibit my views to the 500 children in that asylum ; my offer was refused, in consequence of the dominant influence of Popery, one of the matrons being a Roman Catholic, and of course did not believe in my representations of John Bunyan. But on this occasion the same paper wrote the most flattering and complimentary criticisms upon my lectures. I have inclosed one, and I was this time requested to visit the asylum, with my views and lectures. I went quite prepared for the cold shouller from the matron. Judge my surprise when I arrived, that lady met me at the door, and received me in the most courteous “Which room would you like, sir ? you may have which you please.” Having made my choice, this lady who before took no notice of me, now smiling, said, “If you will have the kindness to let me know what assistance you require, you shall have it," &c., &c. When I had made all my

manner.

A PREACHING TOUR OF 15,000 MILES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

On board the City of MelbourneSteamer, bound for Sydney, Nov. 26th, 1866. TO THE EDITOR OF THE EARTHEN VESSEL.

At the close of my lecture and exhibition of dissolving views, at the hospital for the insane of New Norfolk as reported in my last letter, the Rev. I. Sheehy, Roman Catholic priest, of New Norfolk, came and shook hands with me in the most

was

necessary arrangements, tea

the progress

of Popery in the ready, and I was invited to tea with United States, is now alas, too four Roman Catholic ladies, who true of all the Australian Colonies, received me with great attention. Take heed lest ye begin to decay beWhen the lecture was over, I was fore you come to full maturity. leaving the asylum, when the matron And I regret to say, that symptoms invited me to supper which was all of this are now apparent; already I ready, assuring me that she esteemed can see the hectic flush of moral it quite a favour in my accepting consumption upon the face of our her invitation, and that I had placed adopted land ; already I can see a them under the greatest obligation ! demon bird (Popery) of ill omen, The next day I came for my things ; plunging its poisoned beak into the by the time that they were packed, very vitals of our national existence, dinner was ready, when I was again stopping here and stopping there, invited to partake of the unexpected only to dip his wings in the life hospitality of this rigid papist, streams of our natural existence, who I could now see was acting the with the sole view of giving its Jesuit; for she had provided a spread more momentum, until it ensumptuous dinner for me, and was compasses 'the whole length and as extravagant as she could be in breadth, centre and circumferance of expressing her pleasure with my our continent. But I must proceed. company Having a lecture to I left the rural district of New deliver that night at the Independent Norfolk, for Hamilton, Bothwell, chapel upon the Pilgrim's Progress, Green Ponds, Oatlands, Ross, Campillustrated with the views, I invited bell Town, Perth, Longford, Westmy lady friends to honour me with bury, Deloraine, and Launceston. I their presence, for that was the only must not attempt to give you any means by which I could acknowledge particulars of these towns wherein I their kindness to me. My invitation lectured and in most of them was accepted, and they were present preached the Gospel of Christ, for if to witness that which they are taught I were to do so, I should fill your it is their duty to destroy whenever Vessel to the discomfiture of my fel. the opportunity may offer. Till then, low voyagers. After having travelled it will be in this way that the Jesuits many hundreds of miles through the will throw Protestants off their guard, beautiful island of Tasmania, I ar. by kindness and by charity. And rived in Launceston, and was received alas, alas ! how many there are in with great kindness by my venerable these days of false charity under brother Dowling and his good wife. Jesuitical influence believe Popery is He is now in his eighty-seventh year, not now, what it was in the dark and is still preaching the same Gospel ages. Strange infatuation, and worse that he used to preach when in old than all, Protestants are neither cold England. If it was not for loss of nor hot, and as a consequence of memory and voice, he could preach their frightful apathy and indiffer- as well as ever, for in bodily health he ence, the enemy has been for a long is quite well, but of course at eightywhile sowing his tares, and our eyes seven, he is now the old man.

As we are now opening with astonishment, were walking up one of the streets in at the extraordinary growth and in- the town one day, we passed some crease of Popery. We may sleep,

children who remarked one to the but Popery never sleeps ; we may other, “That's old Mr. Dowling.” cease to watch, but Popery is always After awhile he said to me, “I can watchful, we may become weary, remember the time as though it was but Popery never tires, never but yesterday, when they used to say misses an opportunity of inserting of me, 'That boy's going to preach, the end of the Papal wedge, and after awhile, it was 'young Dow.

omits to follow up the ling' then it was, “Mr. Dowling, pressure until it be driven home.

and now it is Old Dowling.' What Hogan said when he warned During my stay in Launceston I Americans many years since against preached and baptized for my dear

never

brother. By those who love the truth have preached to night is truth, that I was acceptable, and many expressed which was preached last Sunday is their desire that I might settle in lies." I replied, “Sir, I am confident Launceston. Brother Dowling is very cf this, that what I have preached desirous that a man of God and truth to-night, I know is the truth." “ Yes ! may be settled over the Baptist

yes,'

,” he said, “I am sure that it is. I church in York street, and that he wish that you would come and preach would gladly resign his pastorate into for us next Lord's-day.” I told him the hands of such an one. But, that I could not as I expected to be alas, such an one is not to be found. 300 miles away by that time. After I have known some who have come awhile he looked at me very earnestly out to Australia as ministers of truth; and said, “Mr. Mc. Cure, do come.” because of the bitter spirit they Oh! that "do come,” took hold of my have manifested they have deprived mind, in such a way, that I could not the truth that they have preached of shake it off. its native savour and acceptableness, Next day I had to preach at Launbecause they have not preached the ceston, "docome” went with me all the truth in love, while they themselves way, and would not leave me when I have become fire-brands among the arrived, but at length compelled me people, and have been the means of to write back and say that I would more harm than good, for they have come, and preach on Lord's-day. I caused the truth to be evil spoken of. therefore made my arrangement acI could say a great deal upon this cordingly. On Lord's-day I again subject but for the present I for- preached to them the Gospel of Christ. bear. While at Launceston, I did I felt that the Lord was with me and very well with my lectures and views, that the word had free course. but I was in want of £20 more. I When we arrived home from the could not see how to obtain it unless evening service, the gentlemen said I arranged for more lectures which to me, that he had never before heard would detain me in Launceston longer a sermon that bad taken hold of his than I desired. I therefore cast the mind as the one I preached in the burden of my want upon the Lord, morning, he wished me good night for who in His own way granted me my he could say no more. I was now request. I was requested to preach warming myself by the fire, when in one of the inland towns on the only son of this gentlemen who Tuesday evening I had preached is about twenty-two, said to me, “I there three times one Lord's-day on am truly thankful that you have been my way to Launceston. On this here to-day ; oh what a contrast beoccasion, there were seventy-two tween the preaching of to-day, and persons present which was a good what was preached in the chapel on number for a week night. The Lord's-day! Will you acccept this £5 as people listened to the word preached a small token of my thankfulness to with great attention, and hoped that you ?” In the morning we were havI would come again. I was to lodge ing an early breakfast for I had an at the very hospitable house of a engagement at Launceston for the rich squatter; the wife is a Chrstian night. While at breakfast the gentleindeed, and was formerly a member man gave me £5. While we were of the late Joseph Irons. She re- taking our first cup of coffee, all of a joiced with great joy, in that the sudden he said to me, “Mr. McCure I truth was preached as she loves to wish that you would read and pray, hear it. Her husband has not made you have only just time to do so, the a public profession, but is looked coach will be up directly.” I imupon as an hopeful case. He has mediately read the 46th Psalm, and built the char and schools at his prayed, and was then obliged to hurry own expense. This lady put five off without my breakfast.

As I was sovereigns into my hand saying, “This leaving he said to me, “When you aris for yourself.” As we were driving rive in Sydneyif you find that the door home in the carriage. The gentlemen is shut against you there remember looked at me and said, “If what you there is one opened for you here. If

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you cannot come yourself, do try and send us some one who will preach the whole counsel of God, I will gladly pay all expenses myself,” &c.

I left by the coach with thankful feelings, in that the Lord had directed me to preach in that town, and had made use of me in blessing the word, and that I had reaped some fruit, to the amount of £15, and secondly, I felt that I should like to comply with their request to settle among them if the Lord would send me ; for unless the Lord sends me I dare not go. I arrived in Launceston where I was to deliver two lectures for the Benevolent Asylum, and the town mission. I now wanted £5 to make up the £20 that I required ; and the steamer was to leave at midnight on Tuesday.

Just as I was about to commence my second lecture, a gentleman came up to me and gave me a letter, which I put in my pocket. I had no personal knowledge of this person, I bad seen him in the chapel where I had preached, and had heard that he should say, in reference to my preaching, that the Lord had blest it to his soul, that to him it was like a resurrection. The lecture being over, I hurried off to the steamer, and then opened the letter, which contained blank verse, addressed to me for my encouragement, and five pound note, signed, LAZARUS.

The following is a copy Go in the strength of the Lord our God, And seek not acceptance with men of rod ; Let His righteousness be the theme of thy

The world is grown heavy, the night's

coming on, The epoch appointed before the bright sun, Into darkness is turned ; and the doctrine

that's true From east unto west do the people eschew. In these days, 'tis written, much evil shall

be And great is the number that float on the

sea, Of empty professors, and still must drift on, But the rock is immovable we are upon. These things, my brother, be still in thy

mind, And the brethren stir up as occasion thou

find; For he who so doth-and the true ensign

hoist, Shall be deem'd a good minister of the Lord Jesus Christ.

LAZARUS, Launceston. Thus my glorious and always faithful Jehovah Jireh provided for his poor and needy servant the full amount that I required; and not only did he thus provide, but, as the God of all grace did he provide and give unto me souls for my ministry and seals for my hire.

I took my farewell of that honoured and faithful servant of Christ the venerable pastor Dowling, most likely never to see each other in this world again.

At Deloraine, thirty miles from Launceston, there is a small Baptist cause of truth, and there is a good man who is there preaching the Lord Jesus Christ ; his name is Pullen. Mrs. Pullen was a member of Mr. Wells, I forget her maiden name. She is a mother in Israel, and is as much in love with the truth as ever. I preached three sermons, and the certain sound found out those who know it, “ Salvation is of the Lord.” Brother Pullen, the pastor of the little church, is very much cast down because of the low state of things in the cause of Deloraine, and throughout Tasmania generally.

Three faithful ministers of the Gospel are now wanted for Tasmania ; men of Bunyan's determination and spirit, when he said, “The Almighty being my help and shield, I will suffer until even the moss shall grow on my eyebrows if frail life continue so long, rather than violate my faith and principles."

By the steamer, “Black Swan,” I arrived in Melbourne, and from

a

song, And the burden thou bearest will vanish

'ere long The gold and the silver belong unto Him, But the finest has dross, and, 'ere long will Till tried in the furnace,-aye, seven times

o'er, Then its lustre remains to shine evermore. Tho' the wilderness journey be rough to

thy feet, The monster before thee, Apollyon to meet; And should the red dragon--the stream

roll before, He'll herald thee safe till the journey is o'er There's a time and a season for all things

below, And that now conceald thou shalt hereafter

know; Let thine eyes look straight forward, not

even a glance To the right or the left, lest the subtle en

trance,

grow dim

thence I went to Geelong. There I sailed that it was down to 28.96, with found that unholy strife has caused every appearance of a severe gale. a division in the Baptist cause that The steamer was kept on her course I had the honour to raise and sustain for some time, till the storm raged for many years. My long-tried and with such fury that the helm was put faithful friend Brother Friend is hard up, with an intention to run preaching to those who have left. back to Portland; but the thick They worship in the Zoar chapel weather prevented the land from Chilwell. Having nothing to do being seen, and to heave to was out with the cause of the division, and of the question, as the sea at that having friends among both parties ; I period had risen to a fearful height; therefore preached in the morning at so she scudded before it, and thus Zoar chapel, and in the evening at we were driven back 150 miles before Mount Zion, and was kindly received the storm; and by the good hand of by all, and by those who at one time God we came to a place of refuge in had been unkind to me. They were Apollo Bay," where the gale was very pleased to see and to hear me ridden out in safety. once more, and we rejoiced together On Sunday morning the weather in the loving-kindness of the Lord. became more moderate, and the

I left Geelong with feelings of steamer was under way at eight a.m.; thankfulness, that I had been thus but during the conclusion of the voyfavoured once more to meet with old

age strong south-west and westerly friends, and that all my enemies winds prevailed. She would have were likewise friends. The Lord be reached the anchorage at about midpraised. I arrived in Melbourne, night under a full head of steam; but and there preached for brother Ward, after passing Cape Willoughby the whom I found quite well, and who is engines were slowed as we entered blowing the Gospel trumpet with all the gulf, so as to take the bar his might. I stayed for the night at daylight; and by six o'clock with my old friends, Mr. and Mrs. we safely arrived at the wharf, Stevens, who are as kind as ever to with the experience of the 107th those who preach and honour the Psalm. Lord Jesus Christ; and at the same “For He commandeth, and raiseth time they will not have anything to the stormy wind, which lifteth up do with those who want to wear part the waves thereof."

• He maketh of Christ's crown themselves ; and I the storm a calm, so that the waves don't blame them. The next day I thereof are still. Then are they glad left Melbourne by the steamer “ Coo- because they be quiet; so He bringeth rong," for Adelaide. After a fearful them unto their desired haven.

Oh, passage of five days and five sights that men would praise the Lord for (which is sometimes accomplished in His goodness, and for His wonderful forty-eight hours) we arrived in Ade- works to the children of men. laide; because “ The Lord holds the

John BUNYAN McCURE. wind in His fist, and the waters in the

(To be concluded next mail). hollow of His hand.” Our steamer behaved most admirably during the gale, which appears to have been very equally distributed all along the coast; for many lost their lives dur- MANY believers in the truth have ing that fearful night. The captain's recently been called home. Mr. J. fault was, that he called at “ Warr- Nichols, many years editor of Zion's nambool to take in potatoes; and, Trumpet ; and a minister of the Gosnotwithstanding that we were over- pel in London, Harwich, and elseladered, he took on board fifty-two where. After a long affliction, tons of potatoes, which were packed he departed in peace on Friday, Feb. up on the deck from one end to the 1st, 1867. Mi Stringer preached other. While this was going on there a funeral sermon: and some partiwas the falling glass indicating a culars may be given another month. change, though it was not until she | A correspondent from Cave Adullam,

In Memoriam.

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