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York Spectator of February 24, 1798, and published in the London Evangelical Magazine of May, 1798, page 206, respecting the Northern Missionary Society, which assembled at Lansingburgh, February 13, 1798. We found in both those productions, that hearty zeal for extending the knowledge of the gospel among the heathen, of which, we trust, we also have, in a small degree, been made partakers. Before this tiine we should have made ourselves known to both your Societies, had it not been that we wished previously to have received some more minute information of your acts and proceedings, of which, through the imperfect communication in present circunstances, we are yet deprived. We have determined, however, to remain filent no longer. It is the wish of our hearts; that we and our labours may partake of your love and your prayers : to introduce which, we request you will please to accept of the small pieces herewith inclosed, which contain the principles of our institution, and the report of our acts, which, in the course of the two last years, we have been enabled to communicate to our members at our general annual meeting.-From them you will discover, that our labours are, as yet, very circumscribed. The oppressed and unsettled state of our country will not admit of more extensive exertions; but the Lord our God is Almighty; from this diminutive mustard feed he can produce a tree, whose branches shall extend over the heathen nations.

Your established government, the blessed peace which you still enjoy, and the favourable position of your country, verging upon immeasurable fields to the westward, which open beyond your frontiers, to the surrounding heathen, affords a singular advantage to your efforts; while, on the contrary, every thing that we undertake is subjected to greater dangers and heavier expenses. Whatever we have as yet deliberated, or effected abroad, is only a small beginning, of what we wilh to accom-. plish, if it Thall please divine providence again to restore to us peace and liberty. It is especially our defire to turn our attention to a part of our former foreign possessions, and there resume the neglected work and plant the banners of the cross among that blinded people, who have been heretofore monuments of the irreligion of our nation, and for which, the loss of those Colonies at present may be considered a righteous dispensation. • What we therefore request of you, our worthy and highly esteemed brethren, is, that we may have some interest in your prayers for success upon our weak labours; and that we may be honoured with the assurance of your affection, and with tidings of the blessings with which it may please the Lord to crown your work. Your proceedings will form a standard for our imitation; the fruit of your labours will encourage us, amidst sur-, rounding difficulties, to become ftedfast and unmoveable in the work of the Lord.

We shall cheerfully consider it a duty to communicate to you, from time to time, whatever is undertaken by us, either as it respects our foreign or domestic plans, and shall be happy to be favoured with your counsel.

We rejoiced much in the agreeable intelligence which reached us from some of your States, refpecting the revival of religion, which, during the last year, and since, has been remarkably displayed in the conversion of many fouls. It is our most fervent prayer, that the blessing may widely extend over a people fo highly privileged, so eminently happy. If we may obtain from you any intelligence of the general prosperous state of the church, it will, to us, be very acceptable. We cannot, indeed, speak of any uncommon zeal and revival of religion amongst ourselves; yet we may with gratitude mention, that, beside the efforts of our Missionary Socieiy, the Lord has not suffered, even in the midst of a deplorable degeneracy of our nation from the morals of our ancestors, the labours of his fervants in fundry places to be destitute of a blessing. He ftill preserves a feed which esires to continue faithful to him.

We commend ourselves to the participation of your Christian love, and you, with ourselves, to the interceflion of our Great High Priest, the Shepherd and Bi.

shop of fouls! May he bestow a rich blessing upon yous
undertakings. May he guide and defend your Mission,
aries in their perilous travels! May. he furnish them for
their important work! The Lord himself direct the feet
of those who bring good tidings, who publish peace, that,
after winning many souls, they may joyfully return with
a full harvest of the gospel !
In the name of the Netherland Missionary Society,

A. HOEK, Monthly Moderator.
J. FONTEYN, J. Z. Secretary,

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
From the Evangelical Magazine, for Nov. 1801.

TONGATABOO. N Saturday, September 8, returned the Miffiong U aries, Buchanan, Kelso, and Wilkinson. They. left that island on the 24th of January, in the Betsy letter of marque, Captain Clark, and proceeded to Port Jackson, from whence they obtained a free passage in, his Majesty's ship the Reliance, Captain Waterhouse. They report, that they remained at their stations with out receiving any material injury from the natives, until the breaking out of a civil war, in April, 1799.

On the 24th of that month, the king was recretly assassinated by his nephew. The king's brother, and many of the chiefs, immediately united to revenge this outrage. The assassin was also supported by a powerful faction, who repaired to his standard to decide the fate of the parties by a general battle. The Miffionaries had, from their entrance on the island, separated theniselves, to prevent jealousies, and promote the object of their mission; and had settled under the patronage of different chiefs; some under persons who fided with the king's brother, and others under chiefs who united with the usurper. In the first battle, the royalists were victorious, who, in pursuing the fugitives, came to the house of the Misionaries Bowel, Galton, and Harper, whom

they murdered, and collecting their property, fet fire to their house. The next battle proved fatal to the adhefents of the king, many of whom fell in the conflict, and most of the chiefs were afterwards put to death. The other Missionaries fled to the rocks, after being plundered of all their property, but the usurper promiling not to kill them, they returned to their dwelling, where they continued nine months; sometimes distressed for provisions, and receiving none but what was given for converting the iron the natives had taken into knives and other inplements.

Here, however, they determined to stay till the return; of the Duff, when they should know the further pleafure of the Society concerning them. The last seven months the usurper had been among the circumjacent islands, receiving the submission of their inhabitants; and the Missionaries knowing him to be very deceitful and cruel, dreaded his return, as both his friends and enemies united in opinion, that it was very probable he would kill them. At this juncture arrived the Betsy, with a Spanish prize, last from Otaheite, which Mr. , Harris, one of the Missionaries, undertook to navigate to Port Jackson, on condition that Captain Clark would call at Tongataboo, and see the brethren. Finding, on their arrival, the perilous situation of the Missionaries, and the little prospect of success that presented itself in their circumstances, they advised them to quit the island, and Captain Clark very humanely offered them a free passage to Port Jackson. Messrs. Cooper, Shelly, Buchanan, Kelso, and Wilkinson, accepted this offer, and went with him; the two foriner of whom chose to continue in the colony, and Mr. Harris, after taking in the prize, refused to return home, or to accept of a lucrative office tendered to him by Governor Hunter, choosing rather to return to his station at Otaheite by the first conveyance that might offer.

The Missionaries speak in the strongest terms of commendation of their murdered brethren, for the piety,

ce, and earnest endeavours to proinote the views

. of the Society. They had began to make improvements in agriculture, which the chief under whom they resided wished his people to imitate, and whose regard for thein led him to erect a fiatooka, or inonument, over their duít; and he was so affected with their death, that he never spoke of them afterwards but with tears.

The brethren add, that about a month after the de. parture of the Duff, a veffel called and left fix Englishmen, five of whoin, together with the two who remained when Captain Wilson came away, proved their greatest enemies, and excited in the minds of the natives a thoufand jealousies, prejudical to their success.

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Matavai, Dec. 27, 1799. Honoured Brother, HAVING another opportunity to acknowledge my obligations to you, and to fulfil your request, I send you these few lines, hoping they will meet you and yours poffefsing a divine sense of the love of God in your hearts, and the blessing of Christ upon your life and labours. The feelings of mind in which I write to you, are not well to be expressed; but they are of that nature, I think, as are incident to such a fituation as mine. A Christian without temptations, and a Missionary without tribulations and disappointments, are such characters as I cannot meet with in God's word, nor do I ever expect to fee, or hear of, in all the kingdom of Christ. I think all who are called by Christ, to labour in his kingdom, are by him so purged and purified, that their every offering may be the product of his grace, and the glory manifestly due to hiinfelf. But, o! who can trace him herein? what amazing diverse methods does he take? but how sure and exactly does he perform his most righteous will? He calls forth the exercise of every grace in his people, in such order, and by such means, as that the excellency of the same inay everlastingly abide, to the praise of his glory. There is a vein of mercy and faithfulness runs through all his dispensations

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