21 JULY 1866, Page 3

And unless we give by statute the power to our

Colonial Churches to be governed and judged as our English Churches are governed and judged, there is no doubt that the "free " Colonial Churches will diverge more and more from our English type, and be tried by a standard of orthodoxy determined chiefly by the " active" members of the missionary societies which _raise and dis- tribute the funds for the colonial missions. The Bishop of Natal had a long letter in Monday's Times to show how the pecuniary lever is used to keep the colonial clergymen orthodox. A Mr. Tonneisen, one of the best inissionaries, with a thorough knowledge both of Zulu and of a mechanical art, has continued to hold com- munion with the Bishop of Natal. Consequently Mr. Green, the " Vicar-General" of the Bishop of Cape Town, writes to him to state that he (Mr. Green) has written to the Propagation of the Gospel Society to warn them of Mr. Tonneisen's defection, and takes upon himself to forbid him to draw any bills on the society beyond his salary for the current month. Accordingly by the next returning mail an inquiry comes from the S.P.G. Society to Mr. Tiinneisen, informing him that the Natal Committee is instructed to report " if there has been any and what overt act of adhesion to Bishop Colenso ;" anti,. " further, if there be any, and if any what proofs of your holding or teaching anything at valiance with the doctrine and discipline of the Church of England.- Would it not be well to put out at once a sliding scale of payment for the missionaries in proportion to their orthodoxy ?—missionaries trusted by the whole Natal Committee, 1501. per annum ; missionaries trusted by a majority of the Committee, 100/. ; missionaries trusted by a minority, 75/. ; by any of them, 50/.,—and without a single ortho- dox adherent, nil. That would be frank, and fix a good market price of orthodoxy.