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A TRIP TO DOVER.
LEAVING Charing Cross at 12, noon, we passed on to Cannon Street and London Bridge, after which we moved along the rails at a rapid rate, without stopping, until we reached Westenbanger, from thence to Folkestone, arriving at Dover in two hours and a half after leaving London.
In passing, we were impressed with the beauties of creation, and reminded of the words of the Psalmist, "O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.” But, after all, how mysterious are the ways of Divine Providence. The earth had yielded her increase, and brought forth abundantly. The grass adorned the hills, and the smiling fields were clothed with corn, and there was the appearance of an abundant supply for both man and beast. But, alas ! while much remains uncut, there are many fields in shock ready, and more than ready, to be gathered in, which the almost continuous rain is causing to have a black appearance ; and we were informed that much of it was beginning to grow, or sprout. This is one of the dispensations of Providence, which may be permitted for the trial of our faith and patience.
During the journey, in looking over the Daily News, we pleased to find that the Archbishop of Canterbury had recommended his clergy to use a public prayer that the appointed weeks of harvest might be granted, so that the fruits of the earth might be "preserved unto us, and in due time may be enjoyed.”
The hop gardens on either hand seem to promise more than an average yield, which, so far as those who have them are concerned, will to some extent compensate for the loss upon
the corn. The pasture lands present a very different appearance to what is often seen in the month of August, when the grass is frequently burnt up, and the sheep have to be fed, but now all is looking green and gay.
We always make it a practice, whether at home or abroad, to avail ou rselves of all the spiritual help we can, as well as to seek recreation for the body. We therefore found our way the first evening to Trinity Church. The first thing we noticed was the smallness of the congregation, consisting of about twenty-five persons, in a church—a fine building-calculated to seat upwards of fifteen hundred persons.
The prayers ended, a hymn was sung by two or three young females who constituted the choir, and had their places in front of the organ. We thought this will not compare with home.
Then followed a short sermon from the last clause of the first chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians, and the last clause of Colossians iii. 11. The sermon was an attempt to show that Christ is “ All and in all in creation, providence, redemption, and eternal salvation.” The preacher however, notwithstanding he had lived sixty or more years in the world,
could get no further than what he or some one else had written in & book.
The next day we visited the Castle, the entrance to which is by a long flight of steps on the eastern side.
The views from the walls of the Castle are truly romantic. From the western battlements we see fertile valleys, down one of which descends the River Dour, and the main road from London. Other valleys branch off to the west, and are intersected by lofty hills. From the turrets of what is called the “ Keep” the prospects are grand and beautiful, including the North Foreland, the Isle of Thanet, Ramsgate, Sandwich , the Downs, Calais, and the French Coast from Boulogne to Gravelines.
There is a world of wonders within the Castle itself, which one might gaze upon for a week, but of which we have neither time nor space to speak at present.
We pass on from the Castle to what are known as the Western Heights, still more elevated than the Castle, the batteries of which guard not only the town and harbour, but the approaches from the surrounding country.
Near the margin of the cliff that rises almost perpendicularly from Snargate Street, are the ranges of commodious buildings known as the
Heights Barracks," which communicate with the town by means of & “ Military Shaft,” the entrance to which from the lower part of Sna rgate Street, by the side of the Wesleyan Chapel, is through an arched passage. At the extremity of this there are three spiral flights, of 140 steps each, winding round a large shaft, open at the top to admit light ; and 59 more, making a total of 199 steps, by which we reach the Barrack Yard. The objects of interest on these Heights are various. The every-day life of the soldiers may be seen without difficulty. On the right is a fine tennis-court, erected for their recreation ; and at the summit of the ascent, near the rows of barrack buildings, some of which are above, and others beneath the surface of the earth, is seen a large and excellent gymnasium.
But we must pass on to Shakespeare Clif, immortalized by him whose name it bears. From the top of this cliff, which is 350 feet above the level of the sea, may be seen the Cathedral of Notre Dame at Boulogne, while quite a distinct view may be had of the town of Folkestone. Here we stood for some time, gazing on the expanse of water, and the numerous vessels thereon, as well as on the hills beyond.
Perhaps this excited a wish to visit the French coast; we therefore started on Saturday morning for Boulogne. The sea, though not rough, was what some called “ such a swell,” that the passengers, many of them, longed for the shore, ourselves not quite escaping. We found the town such as very agreeably excited our surprise—a clean, pretty, well-arranged place, where any-one might well spend a week or two. Very different from Calais, to which we went last year. We returned to Dover the same day.
Next came the Sabbath. With the break of day one could scarcely help using the words of the poet, “ A day of rest and gladness," &c. We made our way to Buckland Chapel, where we heard Rev. Richard Green. Text, Job xxvi. 14, a most instructive and profitable sermon. In the evening we went to the chapel in Snargate Street. The same preacher. Text, John x. 17, 18. All we shall say of Mr. Green is : he is a preacher of rare ability, and one whom any circuit may justly esteem.
We only notice one other place of interest out of many which might engage the attention of a visitor, viz. “ The Admiralty Pier.” It is a magsive structure, the face of which is built of Cornish granite, behind which are large blocks of concrete, formed of shingle, sand, and cement. It was commenced in October, 1847. It is 700 yards in length, and preparations are now almost completed for fixing, at the far end, two large turret guns of eighty tons each. To visitors it is a delightful and much frequented spot. On the west side there is a promenade extending the entire length of the pier, said to be unequalled in the kingdom as a marine promenade. It provides a safe landing place in all states of the tide. The Indian, Australian, and Continental mails, with all the passenger traffic, find it a safe place both for landing and embarkation. Twice, however, within a few years this massive structure has been partially destroyed by the violence of the wind and waves. Great blocks of stone, weighing it is said more than fifty tons, were lifted from their place by the force of the sea, and entirely swept away.
Such are a few of the things which we have seen in Dover, or learned from those with whom we have conversed. Were we to attempt a description of the whole, it would be necessary to write a book, which we have no intention of doing. To any one who has a desire to know more of so interesting a place we would say, "Come and see.”
seems indeed a pity that an honourable and upright man should become
the subject of spite and malice The saddest recent event, as being through being raised to the most almost universally deplored, is the exalted position in which a nation of death of General Garfield. After long fifty millions of people could place lingering his robust constitution at him. One result of the sad calamity length succumbed to the wounds will doubtless be to foster a friendly inflicted by the wretched assassin. feeling between England and the The world has perhaps never before great American Republic. known so general an expression of ACCORDING to a report given in heartfelt sympathy as has been mani- the Daily Telegraph, Sir Edward fested toward the bereaved widow and Baines has been saying some very family of the deceased President of telling words on the subject of alcohol. the United States. A large fund is In opening a meeting of the Conbeing raised for the benefit of Mrs. gregational Total Abstinence AssociaGarfield and her family, but no money
tion at Manchester, Sir Edward can repair the loss sustained. It described alcohol as a deceiver and
a curse to mankind; a mocker, a future of the Church of Christ. “The snare, and a tyrant; a corrupter of first essential in the maintenance of a youth, a disturber of families and true Christian life was a fundamental communities; a destroyer of health, distinction between Divine ordinances strength, and reason; a cruel scourge and human circumstances, which in to the gentler sex, and most of all practical Christian life were conwhen it brings them into its bondage ; tinually getting mixed. The future the deadly enemy of religion, and the would be with the Church which had parent or nurse of every vice and sin. the greatest moral force. The future, Oh! the imagination cannot, with its it was also clear, would be with the electric speed, keep pace with the Church which most fully recognised streams thus poured upon us day the responsibilities and prerogatives after day, year after year, century of the individual religious man. The after century, and covering with their Church of the future would also be fire and brimstone so much that is that Church which in its ministry, fairest and holiest in the country. within and without, made a requisition, Strong drink, in the smallest quanti- not merely on its official ministers or ties, has a tendency to spread like recognised agencies, but upon the inflames of sulphur running along the dividual services of its entire member. ground.”
ship.” The twenty-first annual Church By Methodists of all sections the Congress was opened on October 4th
Ecumenical Conference at City Road at Newcastle-on-Tyne. The Bishop
Chapel has been regarded with of Durham, as President, delivered interest. Many of the papers read the opening address to a crowded
upon subjects of especial audience in the Town Hall. The
interest, and during the twelve days Bishop expressed his concern
of the sittings of the Conference the to the religious condition of the
greatest friendliness and harmony masses as follows: “ Who can con
prevailed. A hallowed feeling evitemplate without awe the vast masses dently pervaded the meetings, and of our unevangelised, uncivilised
especially so on some of the occasions; fellow-countrymen, which the coudi
and varied good will doubtless follow. tions of modern life have herded
One beneficial effect of the gathering together, only to remove them further
must arise from the fact of the and further from the control of the
coloured members of the Conference Gospel ?” Speaking in the evening being so heartily and fraternally meeting on “Secularism,” the Arch
received and regarded. That their bishop of York said:
piety and ability rendered them us, if, with foes around us in their
worthy of such consideration was stern array, closing hourly in, we are
evident. A truly English spirit, like sitting idle.” Concern may well be
the Gospel of Jesus Christ, knows no expressed as to the religion of the difference because of the colour of the people. In taking the religious census
skin. Friendly meetings on a grand of Newcastle on October 2nd there
scale have already followed in some were not so many persons actually of the large provincial towns. attending places of worship as when the census was taken thirty years With the harvest over, and the ago; whilst at the same time the winter season at hand, we would population has increased from 87,000 remind our friends of the efforts to 149,000.
which will be needed to meet the The Congregational Union of Eng.
wants of the afflicted, aged, and needy land and Wales hasjust had its meeting
brethren receiving help from our
funds. in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester.
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