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WESLEY AN MISSION TO OHINA. On Saturday morning the annual breakfast "of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, in connection with its missions to China, took place at the London Tavern, at nine o'clock, and there was a gathering of Wesleyan and other ministers and ladies and gentlemen, which com- pletely thronged the grand hall of that establishment, as well as two or three other apartments. Mr. Sheriff Lycett presided, supported by the Rev. W. Arthur, President of the Wesleyan Conference the Rev. W. Preston, missionary from China W. M'Arthur, Esq. the Rev. R. Spencer Hardy, Ceylon James Budgett, Esq. and a large number of ministers and prominent members of the Wesleyan denomination. Breakfast having concluded and prayers being said, The chairman, in addressing the assembly, congratu- lated the company on the support which appeared to be given by their presence to the China mission, which had been inaugurated by a single missionary (Mr. Parry) under circumstances of great discouragement, but who now, under the auspices of the Wesleyan body, had associated with him other zealous friends at Canton. These gentlemen, having succeeded by perseverance in acquiring a most difficult language, had established churches and schools, with assistants. The result of their exertions had been such already that they had the most confident belief that they would gradually make a strong impression upon the minds of three millions of Chinese, who had possessed a deep- rooted attachment to the antiquity of their own idolatry,, and who were consequently exceedingly hostile at the outset to Christianity. Under such cir- cumstances it was a marvellous thing that there could be any conversions from heathenism to the truth and light of the Gospel. Not many years ago the entire empire of China was closed against missionary efforts, but now the agents of that and other missionary socie- ties had full permission to preach the Gospel in all large cities and towns. Thus great hopes were entertained that the efforts of this as well as of the other societies would be effective in introducing the great truths of Christianity into that benighted region. The chairman concluded by introducing to the meeting the Rev. R. S. Hardy, missionary from Ceylon, who, he believed he was justified in asserting, was the best Buddhist scholar in England. The Rev. R. S. Hardy, in moving the first resolution, argued that no matter what ridicule might be attempted to be cast upon them, it was a duty on the part of all English Christians to send evangelists to preach the Gospel to the heathen nations of the East. He spoke confidently, and, as he believed, truthfully, that the time was fast arriving when China would become one of the greatest nations on the face of the earth (hear, hear), as it was now one of the most extensive, and, in some respects, one of the most important. In many things the Chinese were in advance of civilised nations. Not only did the Chinese invent the mariner's compass, but they were the first to make gunpowder and paper. They first established examinations, now so popular amongst our- selves, for ascertaining the ability of those who sought official or responsible positions in society. They were, without doubt, an intelligent and progressive people, and from the experience he had obtained he was led to believe that, only once let Christianity obtain a firm hold in China, its progress in that empire would be more rapid than in any other nation of the East. The rev. gentleman concluded by moving a resolution affirm- ing the advantages of the Wesleyan mission to China, and pledging the meeting to its support. The Rev. Mr. Preston seconded the resolution, and re- marked, as having recently returned from China, that the great difficulty they had in dealing with the Chinese was their vanity and conceit, and their veneration for the worship of their ancestors, but by perseverance all that was required would in time be accomplished. Mr. M'Arthur, who was introduced by the chairman as his probable successor in the office of Sheriff of London, supported the resolution, which was adopted. The Rev. Robert Stephenson, Madras, and the Rev. J. Roberts, Chinese missionary, addressed the meeting, and, after a liberal collection in aid of the funds of the mission, the proceedings closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman. *,1 11'$1 1




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