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ing those hopes of success, with which so many were animated, when they first turned their attention towards the coast of Africa.
Finding that the labours of their only remaining Mira fionary, Mr. Duncan Campbell, were not likely to be productive of any advantage to the cause in which they were engaged, they have renewed their injunction on him to return without delay; and their Secretary has corresponded for this purpose, both with Mr. Hard castle of London, and with Mr. Ludlam, Governor of Sierra Leone. The last letter received from Mr. Campbell was dated the 16th of last January, at which time he had not received the order of the Directors, recalling him; it was brought to this country by his daughter Harriot, whom the Directors considered it their duty to board and educate, from the funds of the Society, till their engagement with her father shall be finally closed. · Although the Directors have no immediate prospect of being able to renew their exertions in Africa, nor indeed of being directly useful in promoting the knowledge of the gospel among the Heathen, by Missionaries of their own, they regard theinselves as called upon, by the very constitution of the Society, to co-operate with any other body of men, who have engaged in the same design, and who stand in need of pecuniary aid: they have, therefore, in the course of this year, given fifty pounds to the Moravian missions, which are still carried on with a peculiar degree of zeal and success; with the same view, they have also proposed to support an institution in the neighbourhood of London, formed by perfons of great respectability, for the instruction of young persons, natives of Africa, in all those branches of knowledge, by which they may be qualified, in due time, for communicating the blessings of civilization and Christianity to their countrymen. · They have also made an offer of their co-operation with the Missionary Society of Edinburgh, in conducting the mission to Jamaica, which hath been cordially embraced; the failure of that miflion, for the present, in consequence of the lamented deaths of Messrs. Bethune and Clark, affords another instance of the mysteriousness of the ways of God-another call to serious thought and self-examination. We trust that this, and similar events, will not be interpreted by any as a bar to our proceeding in that truly honourable service to which we have devoted ourselves.
From the above detail it will appear, that the Directors have had no opportunity of forming the establishment of a Missionary Seininary; yet they trust that the Society will have this important object steadily in their view.
In conclusion, they report to the Society, that they have declined calling, as in former years, for payment of the annual subscription-money, on account of their having no immediate occasion to bestow any considerable part of their funds on Missionary undertakings, and the manifold calls on the benevolence of the public in consequence of the pressing necessities of the poor at home.
They rest assured, however, that all the subscribers will be ready, when called upon, to bestow a part of their substance, for the regular support of an institution, which hath for its object the more extensive communi. cation of “ that which endureth unto eternal life.”
SOME ACCOUNT OF HAMBURGH. In a Letter to the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. DEAR SIR,
Otober 10, 1800. I JAVING been some time fince at Hamburgh, I d was much struck, considering the largeness of the place, and the number of the inhabitants, that there have been no attempts to bring the Gospel into this populous and depraved city. I now take the liberty to send you some account of it, and the dreadful wickedness which prevails there. Perhaps God may put it into the heart of some to devise means to enlighten that benighted spot; or at least it may teach us, in this country,
to set a higher value on the privileges we enjoy; which effect I hope it has already had in some measure on your fincere friend,
HAMBURGH, to a serious person, and one who has been favoured with the light of the Gospel, is, perhaps, , of all places the moft awfully wicked in its manners and customs. Here all sorts of vice and immorality are tolerated and even encouraged. Open lewdness of every description is thought no crime. Most of the servant-girls are supposed to be common prostitutes; and from the hours of fix to nine in the evening, you will see some hundreds of them parading the streets, with a basket under their arms. You may also see youths of not more than twelve years old enter the billiard-rooms, and play with the company, without any discountenance whatever; and they will practice every vice the same as men, without attracting any particular notice. The Sabbath seems a day chosen by them more for finning publicly than any of the week-days. Most of the mechanics are at work, and nearly all the shops are open, as are also the theatres** and places of amusement. Card-parties, which are very numerous, play with their window-shutters down, and their rooms lighted with wax-candles, to make them as conspicuous as possible; and various parties of music go about the town playing all manner of tunes. They have several large churches, though but thinly attended, where many resort in the morning, who attend the theatre and card-table in the evening; and religion seems the smallest of their concerns.
The thought struck my mind while I was among them, if they might not claim the attention of the Milfionary Society, lince Hamburgh is supposed to contain one hundred and eighty thousand persons, about ten thousand of which are English. What an awful state are they in, having no opportunity of hearing the Gore pel-no sanctuary of the Lord's for a poor fin-sick soul to shelter in! I am aware there would be many objections to fending over Missionaries to Hamburgh, and
other large towns in Germany; but thus far I can vena ture to say,--the English minister, Sir James Crawford, is inuch respected, and by his fanction, the English might do nearly as they please. There is, indeed, the English chapel, which has duty performed in it every Sabbath norning, the church-service being read, and a Thort moral sermon of about fifteen minutes long; but no preacher of the pure Gospel. There is, therefore, surely great reason for attempting to establish the truth there, where so many thousand souls are going blindfolded to ruin. The distance is also but short; and the plan might be put into execution at a very trifling expense, compared to what is incurred by long and tedious voyages. So large a body of fellow-finners claims our compaffion as much as the poor natives of the SouthSea Islands, and, in some respects, have the preference, as they are our neighbours, which makes the claim the stronger. Thus much have I suggested from the observations I made while in Germany; and should these hints be worth inserting in your Magazine, it will oblige yours sincerely,
[TRANSLATION.] The Netherland Missionary Society, to the Directors of the New-York Milionary Society.
Rotterdam, Oft. 10, 1800. Rev. and respected Brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ, TT was, and no doubt continues to be, one of the most
I glorious objects of divine mercy, to gather together jn one, all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, by the revelation of the blessed gospel of peace; and thus unite men, far diffevered from each other, in the bonds of love. While the nations, through the natural consequences of sin, are destroying each other, the followers of the divine Redeemer look, with raised expectations, for the accomplishment of those promiles which afford a hope of obtaining the relation
of brethren, with inultitudes of their fellow sinners, and particularly of uniting themselves with all those who serve their Lord in those exertions which tend to enlarge his kingdom of grace; -exertions in which their highest privilege and happiness in this life consist.
It demands our gratitude to the Supreme Author of all goodness, that these last times, in which our lot is cast, and wherein the power of darkness has more than ever obscured the world, and strives, if possible, to ex: tirpate the doctrine of salvation through grace; are also become a new period, in which believers are excited with renewed zeal, mutually to labour for their Lord; and for his cause. In the midst of these shakings, dear brethren, it has also graciously pleased him to awaken us from that indolence and indifference; with which the most of our fellow citizens were chargeable; as you, pera haps, may already in part have been informed, by the religious periodical publications in England. The great example of our worthy brethren in your ancient mother country has stimulated us, however feeble we at prefent are, to engage in the same work, and participate in their missions to Africa, as well as in other respects to tread in their footsteps.
We have seen, with much fatisfaction, in the fame publications, that new Missionary Societies are erected among you for sending the gospel among the heathen; by which you also express your willingness to reach the fraternal hand of fellowship to all fellow labourers in this important work. We, therefore, have concluded to postpone no longer the liberty of communicating to you what respects ourselves, and informing you, that in Deceinber, 1797, we have, in the name of the Lord, associated ourselves, by the stile or title of the NETHERLAND MISSIONARY SOCIETY; wishing in that relation to be received as your brothers and correspondents.
With cordial concurrence and approbation, we have read the circular letter of the worthy brethren at News York, and the plan of their Society, dated Novem: ber 1, 1796, as also what was extracted the from News
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