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reformation; the necessity of which the state of our country ; – to ad is strongly shewn in the conclusion. mit the expediency and importance
The Third Discourse was deli. of earnest prayer; - to embrace vered to a parochial congregation the advantages resulting from social in Lincolnshire ; and appears parti. prayer; aud to examine the elasty adapted to animate is in the grounds on which we may hope defence of our country, and at the that earnest social prayer will be same time to confidence in God. It acceptable and availing." is founded on that noble and ani- No. VII. Froin Ps. cxliv. 15, mated address of the Jewish pa. Mr. Collison, ist, reviews the distriot, Neh. iv. 14; and is printed in tinguishing blessings and privileges a cheap form, for wider circulation. of Britons, natural, civil, and relia
No. 'IV. expressly considers and gious; and, 2dly, points ont the developes the duties of Christians duties evidently resulting from such to civil governnient, as implied in advantages; particularly gratitude, the two expressions in the text, humiliation, exertions for the pubto " seek the peace" (or welfare) of lic defence, and a recollection of our country, and to pray for it; past deliverances. All which topics also the motive for such conduct. are discussed with very consider** In the peace thereof shall ye able ability. have peace.” Mr. Fuller defends No. VIII. Though published the lawfulness of war in certain as a small tract only, for general Fases, particularly that of invasion: circulation, contains the substance and we cannot forbear transcribing of an Address delivered from the the following short, but interesting pulpit at Spa-fieldschapel, Aug 30, paragraph : " Let 'not the poorest on occasion of a prayer-meeting for man say, I have nothing to lose.- the nation. . it is founded on the Yes, if men of opulence lose their same text as No III ; and is like property, you will lose your em- Mr Jerranu's, animated and pointed. ployment. You have also a cot. Upon the whole, we are pleased tage, and perhaps a wife and family, to see this important subject placed viih whom, amidst all your hard. in so many useful points of view, ships, you live in love ; and would and discussed by such a variety 2 t. be nothing yon, to see your wife of talents; we are also happy to and daughters abused, and you your- see all denominations anxious to seli nnable to protect them; or even remulate each other in loyalty and zemonstrate but at the hazard of be. patriotism, in the present import, ing run thro' by the bayoneti-If no ant juncture; and we sincerely other considerations will induce us, hope it will please God to realize 10. protect and pray to the Lord for the prediction, in which they all our country, our own individual and concur, – of deliverance and safety domestic comforts might suffice.” to our country
Mr. Ford, in No. V. examines o the signs of the time.” (Mat.
NEW PUBLICATIONS. xvi. 3 ) not in a political, or even a prophetic view ; but he conceives Sermons on Interesting Subjects; that " it becomes us to pay an at- including the Service of Two Coni. tentive and religious regard to the munion Sabbaths. By the Rev. aspect of the times in which we Robert MacCulloch, of Dairsie. live." He, therefore, properly 12710, boards, 35. 60. enumerates the signs of the present The Duty of Secking the Things times, and very ably entorces are which are Christ's : a Sermon duties which those circumstances preached before the Isdinburgh suggest to Cliristians.
Missionary Society, at their last Mr Hughes's cloquent Discourse Meeting. By the Rev. D. Black, (No. VI ) is founded on Zech. viji. one of the Ministers of Edinburgh.
After opening this text in Svo, is. the original sense of the prophecy,
Baxter's Call to the l'inconverted. NIr. Hugties, adapting it to present A new and genuine Edition. fice circumstances, proceeds to refer, Paper, 12mo, rs.6d. board. ; sleep, with pious and patriotic fecling, tó is.gd.; calf, 25. 6d.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The following interesting paper was written previous to the late rupture
between England and France. The serious reader will regret that, for the present, the prosecution of the war presents an insurmountable obstacle to the generous efforts of Britons, in bchalf of the Protestant
Religion in that country. NIemoir, committed to the care
thodical and Instructive Cateof mír. 0-, an English such as that called " The Food of
chisms; 4. et Collection of Prayers, Gentleman, by V. Martin, the Soul,” by M. Ostervald; s. Pastor of ihe Reformed Writings adapted to advance the Church ai Bourdeaur, to be knowledge and love of the Chris
tian Religion ; 6. A Periodical presented to the London Mis
Work, intended to defend the docsionary Society.
trimes and precepts of Christianity,
and in which, while matters of MR. O, was requested to pre- controversy are avoided, respect sent to the London Missionary So- for the government and submission ciety the following observations 'to the laws of the state are recommade upon reading the Report of mended. the Deputation sent to enquire into If religious books are scarce in the State of Religion in France; and France, it is to be attributed, ist, to recommend them to the attention To the revocation of the edict ut of those gentlemen, with all the ar. Nantz; and to the persecutions guments which his talents and zeal which followed, during a period of can furnish him with.
eighty years : 2d, To the prin The plan which the London Mis. ciples of the Infidels, whio, during sionary Society has formed, to the reign of Terror, endeavoured establish and propagate the princi- to abolish Christianity; and who ples of pure Christianity through. thought to ubtain their end, by out the whole extent of France, comuniting to the fames a great will ever do honour to the memory part of the writings of the eccle. of those who devised it, and entitle siastics, ihein to the love and gratitude of IV. To grant pecuniary aid to every real Christian. To assist
pastors; especially those who have the execution of so praiseworthy large families. and beneficent a design, the four It is proper to observe, that the following mcasures are proposed; French ministers are in general very but which cail here be only sketch
that their churches do not ed out:
afford them the necessaries of life : I. To publish an Address to and that, to provide for themthe French Protestants, to revive selves, they are obliged to follow their zeal; and to engage them, other occupations, which are not everywhere, to re - establish di- congenial with the ministry; while vine worship.
the state of poverty to which they II. Tq establish a correspond. are reduced, degrades and discous ence as extensive as circumstances rages them, and deprives thein of will admit, between the Society the capacity to fulfil the important in England and the Refurined dirties of tlieir stations. Churches in France.
It is true, that the law relative III. To distribute gratis, or at to religious worship provides for a low rate, the following books: them, as well as for the Catholic 1. The Bible ; 2. The Psalters used ininisters, a suitable maintenance; by the French churches; 3. Me- bus although it is a year since it
was enacted, it has never yet been pat in force, and there is reason to Abstract of the Report of the fear that it will nut, for a long time Commitive of the Alissionary
Society to Africa and the If, therefore, the London So. ciety would send pecuniary assist
Eust, delivered at the Annual ance to the French pastors, the
Aleeting, 31 May, 180:3. greatest good would result to religion; for,
The Committee observe that they ist, The pastors would take fresh have judged it necessary to proceed courage, and proceed with more with peculiar caution, and that ardour in the promotion of religion therefore the progress of the Insti. and piety:
tution has hitherto been slow; yet, 2d, They would not be obliged they trust, their design has been ad. to engage in occupationis foreign to vancing, and will ultimately attain their ministry; and they would de- the desired end. It appears, that vote their vihole time to the ser- though several offers of Missiona. vice of the churches.
ries from among our own country. 3d, They would be enabled to men have been made, various im. give a better education to their pediments have as yet prevented children, who might succeed them their engaging with them; they in their charges.
have therefore been induced to turn 4th, The ministers who have their attention towards the obtain. quitted their profession to follow ing of foreign Missionaries. Two others which afforded more certain young men from the Seminary at means of subsistence, would not Berlin, Mr. Melchior Renner, and hesitate to resume their offices, Mr. Peter Hartwig, have been pro
sth, In short, the Christian mi. cured and accepted as Cathechists. nistry offering the means of procur. These persons are intended to la. ing the necessaries of life, many bour in the Sooscu country in Afrie young persous would embrace the ca; a station chosen partly on ac. profession; the number of churches count of its vicinity to the Colony would increase, and the Protestant at Sierra Lecne, and partly because doctrine would rapidly spread, the Society have already printed sePresent circumstances are very
veral tracts in the Soosoo language. favourable for the execution of the These Missionaries, being now in plan forned by the London Mis. England, have an opportunity of sionary Society.
obtaining some knowledge of that ist, Because the dangerous ten- tongue, by their friendly intercourse dency of the principles of infidelity, with the African youths now re. and necessity of religion, are ac. ceiving a useful education in the knowledged.
neighbourhood of London. 2d, Because the most enlightened The Committee are in correspondCatholics prefer the Protestant to ence with the Directors of the the Romish religion.
Berlin Seminary for the selection of 3d, Because the Romish clergy, four more of the students, who are no longer possessing riches where- to be placed under a course of in. by to foster the credulity of the struction suited to the peculiar obpeople, are fast losing their in. jects of the Society. "The Com. Huence; and the time is come, mittec express their hope that the when Truth must triumph over the forwardness of strangers to engage sophistry of Error.-in support of in this arduous work, will provoke this opinion, we may appeal to the to holy jealousy many of their own example of several cities, and per. countrymen, and kindle the same ticularly to Bourdeaux, where mule spirit of fervent zeal in many memtiņudes of Catholics attend ihe Pro- bers of their own church, to diffuse testant worship; and where many the knowledge of Christ in the Hea. families have renounced Popery to then world. embrace this doctrines of the Re. Mr. Mozely's memoir respecting formation,
a Chinese translation of the Scrip. Bourdeaux, April 25, 1803. fures, is yet under the consideration
459 of the Society for promoting Chris. « In each of the lesser districts is esta. tian Knowledge.
blished a native officiating preacher, who The Arabic edition of the Scrip. has been examined by the present Gover. tures is proceeding, under the care
nor and Ordinary, and who is instructed of the Rev. Mr. Carlyle, who is
to perform divine service in one of the recently returned from Turkey and
churches or schools every Sunday ; to ada
minister the sacrameut of baptism, and to Palestine, to which part of the world solemnize marriages ; to exhort the sick he went as Chaplain to the British
or dying, and to bury the dead according Embassy at Constantinople. The to the form of the church of England. indifferent state of his health since He is also instructed to visit all the his return, has, however, retarded schools within his province, at least three the progress of this important un- times in the year, during which, he is to dertaking.'
endeavour to edify his flock by his conThe Appendix contains Papers of versation and his sermons, to examine pare considerable importance, from which ticularly the conduct and ability of the
catechists and schoolinasters,and to inform the following Extracts are made. No. 1, presents us with the copy all that occurs.
the Principal of the schools minutely of of a letter from a Clergyman in Cey- “ la cach of the principal districts are lon to a Gentleman in this country, one, two, or three c!ergymen, who have dated Columbo, Dec. 1301, from been ordained in Europe; to each of whom which we shall select a few extracts. is committed a superintending charge of
a certain nuinber of the schools, of which " There can scarcely be any doubt that, he performs a visitation once a year, and if the exertions which are practicable administers the holy communion. were made, the whole inhabitants in the “ Some of the native preachers and British territories here, would willingly catechists are really men of principles and embrace the glad tidings of salvation.” abilities, and extremely useful.
“ From the time that the English took “ By the last general returns in the possession of this island, until the arrival ecclesiastical department, there were nearof Mr. North, the Christian Schools, and ly 170 schools, and upwards of 342,000 education of the inhabitants, were entirely Protestant Christians. The number of neglected. Many of the Churches had Christians professing the religion of the fallen down in ruins, and thousands of church of Rome, is likewise very great. those, who once called themselves Chris. There are about fifteen of these priests on tians, had relurned to their ancient Pagan- the island, who are indefa:igable in their ism and Idolatry. During the Dutch go- Jabours, and are daily making proselytes. vernment, no native could be admitted Religious knowledge is so confined, that into any office without professing that he the people gladly make use of any prayers, was a member of the Reformed Church. or forms, which are given to them ; and There was likewise a prohibition against have scarcely any books to study, unless erecting any new Pagan temples, which the Bible. The doctrines of those who falling to the ground on the arrival of the have been educated by the Dutch are pure. English, the number of these has been ly Calvinistic, and their sermons evangedoubled. However, the more lenient mca- lical. sures which government now adopts, “ The Honourable Frederic North, gopromise to improve the knowledge of vernor of the island, has interested himthose who still call theinselves Disciples of self deeply in the diffusion of our holy re: Christ, and may, perhaps, be the means of ligion ; and I hope that the beneficial efrecovering the lost sheep.
fects of his care and attention will be long “ The British possessions on the island felt by the inhabitants of this island. are divided into four districts. These are « Besides the establishments already divided into counties, which are subdivi- mentioned, we have at Columbo a very ded into parishes. In every parish is es- flourishing academy divided into three tablished one Protestant-school, where the schools, Čingalese, Malabar, and Euroyouth are instructed in reading and writing pean. They are taught English as well their own language, and in the principles as the native languages, in the most perfect of Christianity. The Protestants likewise manner. The Cingalese are sons of the attend divine service there on Sundays head men; and several of them already and other holidays. Over every ten schools converse very well in English, and make is appointed one cathechist, whose busi. tolerable translations. These young men ness it is to perform a visitation once a will be well grounded in the principles of mooth, to enquire into the conduct of Christianity;
and I have great hopes that, the teachers, to examine the progress made when spread abroad amongst their coun. by the scholars, and to exhort them to trymen, their influence and exain, le will Industry aud diligence,
produce the most happy consequentes XI.
“ A supply of English Bibles, Prayer- ciety; for, in my opinion, their wandere Books, and any other useful books, would ring life and Christianity, are doially inbe of the greatest benefit to us."
consistent with each other. I never heard Appendix, No. 2, is taken from of a wanderiag Christian nation. the Christian Observer.vól...p: 329.
* This benevolent and obliging poble. Appendix No. 4, contains thoughts
man was 10 sagacious not to discern this, concerning a mission to Astracan, by who allowed him to give us an open leie
He expłairred our onject to the Emperor, the Rev. Henry Brunton, who, as apfrom the next article in the ap- them to afford us protection and assistance;
ter to governors, &c. &c. &c. requiring pears pendix, has to a considerable degree, and pronised to further any, plan for prosucceeded in carrying into execu. moting our object. tion his own suggestions. The ac- “ We accordingly travelled by the way count of his success is contained in of Moscow, Sarepta, Astracin,' &c. &c. a letter from that gentleman, dated above 3000 versts; and at last fixed on Corass, Beshasaw, near Ģeotghi. the place where we now are. It is within eusk, January 27, 1803; an ab
a few days journey of Persia and Bokkaria, stract of which may not be unac
and within 50 miles of Turkey. ceptable to our readers.
* “ After proceeding thus tar, I thought
it adviseable to write to the noblemag “ I have met with a degree of prospe. who had been so obliging, to see whether rity in my undertaking, that makes ine it might be possible for us to obtain the ,afraid. Providence has enabled me to do privileges that we conceived to be neces more than ever I meditated. We have sary for the execution of our plan. Withe fixed ourselves in a village which separates out liberty lo ransom the slav:s of the the Tartars from the Cabərdians, who people around us (particularly those of inhabit a great part of Caucasus. Most of them who might become Christians) and! these are Mahometans; but they have land for those to settle on who might been lately converted, and, on that ac. embrace our opinions, and security for court, are considered to be less tenacious them against the outrages of their bigoi. of their religion than the Tartars. ted countrymen, I saw no way in which
“ The place in which we have settled, we could hope for success. is on the frontier of the Russian empire ; “ I ventured therefore to propose seve. but properly in the Circassian country. ral articles, to which I wished to procure
“We do not conceive that we are in the sanction of the Emperor, and which I much danger, as the people behave to us conceived to be sufficient to lay a founda. in a friendly way. The place is healthy. tion for the liberty and safety of 2!) who I never had better health anywhere. might embrace the Gospel within 500
“ My plan for attempting the conver- versts of us, To all which the Emperor sion of the Tartars and other nations, si- has agreed, and has ordered land to be tuated between Europe and India, has al- given us when we may want it. ways been to form an academy for edu.' “ It is impossible to express how much cating youths, in some central situation
we are obliged to the Russians. where protection might be found ; that “ Although I doubt not the Society for those of them who should appear most Missions to Africa and the East have alpous, sensible, and zealous, might go ready sufñcient engagements, yet may. I into their native countries and prea.h riot venture to ask, Whether they might the Gospel.
I proposed to ransom them not ransom a few Tartar youths ? Should for this purpose, as I dreaded lest those any of them prove pious, they might af. who are free could not be procured. terwards do much in propagating the gos
“ I have already informed you of my pel. I humbly conceive that I could being introduced to a nobleman, to whom teach then any language that you would I owe much, who is one of the Emperor's wish them to be taught. I should take principal ministers. To him I endeavour. care cspecially to teach them the Persian ed to explain the plan that I had meditat- lauguage. You cannot conceive the reed, and to show him, that the conversion spect and attention that a Tartar of Cir. of the Tartars to Christianity, would be cassian would meet with, who understood highly favourable to their condition ; as the Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Tartar it would lead them to cultivate the soil, languages will. Should I die, there would and form among themselves such rela- be others of my associates to take care of tions and institutions as biod civilized so- them."
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