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count; but as our ideas of the greatest gain are so visibly different from theirs, they are likely to be as unsuccessful with us as they suppose we shall be with the Hindoos.”

“ I have had very short notice of the sailing of the ship, and am obliged to write in great haste; but I will copy for you a short extract from a letter I received from brother Carey a few months ago, in which he gave an account of a journey from Mudnabaty to Calcutta, and observed : “On our way down we stopped at a large town, called Kalora, for the Sabbath I tried to collect a congregation, but in vain ; yet, in the course of the day I had several public disputations with the natives, and one which gave me great pleasure. I sat under a tree near a large temple of Jaggernāt, and, after disputes with several persons, a young Brahman came and accosted me thus : Sir, if you will not be offended, I will fit down and prove all that you have said to be false. I desired hiin to sit down and try, which he did, and after about two hours close reasoning on both sides, in which he used all the sophistry he was master of, and that was not a little, he found himself impounded. He had declared, at first, that God was light, and in him was no darkness at all; but he was now forced to say roundly, that God was poffefsed of finful inclinations like men, or to give up his cause, I, seeing his difficulty, thus addressed him before the multitude: • Brahman, you know that you have used every crooked argument in your power to support your cause, notwithstanding which you are involved in an inextricable difficulty. Why will you adhere to fo bad a cause?' I then spoke to him of the way of life by Christ, and the harmony of the gospel plan, and prayed with them. After prayer he told me, Sir, never in niy life had I a day of such pleasure; I left iny country and friends (he was a native of Oviffa) to come here to study the Shafters, but I am convinced that the way of the Shasters is not the true way. When you prayed, I felt my heart pray with you. This open, free young man we left, and he, perhaps, may never hear the word of life more. I told brother Thomas of him and his name; he may, perhaps, find him, but it is very doubtful. After this disputation, we asked to see the idol Jaggernāt, and this Brahman was conducting us to the temple; but when we arrived at the gate, the priests told us, that the T'hakoor, or idol, had lately been eating something, and was retired to sleep. It cannot be supposed that the priests believe this, but the people do.”

"On his return from Calcutta, Mr. Carey was, for the first time, an eye witness of the Sahamoron, or a woman burning herself with the corpse of her husband; it was near the village of Noyaserai. :

“ I hope your Missionary Society goes on prosperously. Captain Wicks, of Philadelphia, who carried out our last Missionaries, deserves to be held by us in lasting remembrance. He was a father to them in all respects; they retain a grateful sense of his kindness, and so does the whole Society."

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn,

dated Blount County (Tenesee), Sept. 29, 1800. “ Next to the news of salvation, contained in the sacred scriptures, is the news of the prosperity of Zion detailed in your Magazine. It has been to me, and the pious people in this part of the world, like life from the dead. The ministers and well-wishers of Zion in this remote branch of the Vineyard of Christ, were almost read to cry out, 'Has God forgotten to be gracious-are his mercies clean gone-will he be favourable no more?' --Scarcely any thing was to be heard of abroad but profanity, error, and infidelity in rapid progress, preparing the nations for the battle of the great God; but now we rejoice that the Lord reigns, and that his stately steppings are known in our land.

“Finding the falutary effects which the news of those refreshing seasons have had on my own mind, I thought it my duty to gladden the hearts of the friends of Zion, by letting them know of the little cloud (though it be like a man's hand) which has paffed over this part of the Redeemer's kingdom.

“In order to render the account intelligible, it would not be unimportant to remark, that the congregations to which I minister (both in Blount County) were principally settled about twelve or thirteen years ago. April, 1794, I was called to take the pastoral charge of two churches in union; and although the Indians were at that time hostile, I felt it my duty to comply with their urgent request. Shortly after my removal thither, the Lord was pleased in some measure, to bless his word; several were folemnly awakened, and made, with anxiety, to inquire what they should do; and, from a sense of their danger and wretchedness, were constrained to close with Christ for salvation, and in him found peace and rest for their souls.-During the first season, about thirtyfive persons gave comfortable evidences of being turned to the Lord, and when his providence afforded opportunity, they joined themselves to his church in the fan cramental zeal of the covenant of grace. ." Since that time, the sacrament has usually been administered once in six months, and, at each occasion, there have been still some added to the church. Never, I believe, fewer than twelve, and seldom more than twenty. The lives and conversation of the majority of those who have profeised religion, have been generally exemplary, and gave evidence of the fincerity of their hearts. In the years 1798 and 1799, my labours were attended with the least success; christians appeared cold and indifferent; fewer impressions were made than formerly; the youth became more diffolute; and levity and dislipation prevailed in several places. About the latter end of March, and the first of April, 1800, a striking alteration appeared among the people; religion became more the topic of conversation than usual; more attention was paid to the preaching of the word; our assemblies were crowded. But this, since my settlement, has generally been the case. In one congregation, from three hundred to five hundred, and in the other, from two hundred to three hundred and fifty, usually attended. Greater solemnity and seriousness were visible, and several

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began to be much impressed. In May, the facrament of the supper was administered; it was an interesting season, especially on Monday. The serious exercises of a good many were dated from that occasion.

"I immediately set up a society for prayer and religious conversation, which produced beneficial effects. A monthly lecture for children was likewise appointed, which God has been pleased to countenance with his blessing. About this time the first Number of your Magazine came to hand. I read it in Society, and all present appeared to be deeply affected with the news. As the numbers came forward, I continued the exercises in society, and I am persuaded it was a great mean of awakening the thoughtless, and animating and reviving the pious. The work has continued gathering strength during the summer.-It has been marked with little enthusiasm or extravagance, but has been rational, steady, and progressive. For some considerable time past, few evenings were spent in society without either fome new impression being made, or some persons brought to take Christ on his own terms.-It was comfortable to observe the mortifying sense of sin, and the sweet delight in the moral beauty of the Redeemer, which pofleffed the hearts of the subjects of this work. Some of them would spend nearly whole nights in secret wrestling with God, and giving themselves away to Jesus Christ.

“ The news of the Missionary spirit in Europe and America, and the outpouring of divine influence in New-England and elsewhere, operated like the most falutary cordial to their hearts. The work has been carried on, for the most part, among the young people; several from nine years to twelve years of age are under serious impressions, and in a likely way to embrace the Redeemer.

“For some time before the administration of the Lord's supper, which was on the 14th instant, my house was almost constantly crowded with persons conversing about the state of their souls. The Wednesday before the comniunion, being set apart for conversation with the intended communicants, was a day never to be forgotten; the love of God was shed abroad in many hearts; fing, ing, praying, and religious exercises, passed the time in one room, while I was engaged in conversation in another. In thort, it appeared like the gate of heaven; the assembly was melted into tears, and I hope the Lord was found of them who fought him. About 25, who gave satisfactory evidence of a work of graceon their souls, were adınitted for the first time, to the sealing ordinance of the supper. “ The king," on that occasion, “ was held in the galleries;” solemnity, weeping, and joy appeared in the audience. Formier profeffors on this occasion were invigorated; upwards of three hundred and fifty com, municated on that day. It is remarkable, that several of those admitted, at that time, were persons from whom we had the least expectations; but the Lord is a sovereign who can call his people even from the highways and hedges. Some who had been long in the habit of gross iniquity, were made trophies of grace, and entered the fervice of the Redeemer..

“I have been thus particular in giving you an account of the day of small things which we have experienced, in hope that it may excite the friends of Zion to earnest prayer on our behalf; and O! that the Lord may have no rest until he make her a praise in the whole earth, and spread his kingdom from the rising to the setting fun.

“ In Logan County (Kentucky), there is, perhaps, as great an outpouring of the spirit as in any part of the continent."

TEMOTEITEI. On Dec. 2, 1800, died of a rapid decline, at the Rev. Mr. Pratt's, Temoteitei, the Marquesan youth, who returned with Mr. Crook. Being exhorted to pray, he said, “ I do pray father.”_Who do you pray to?" To Jesus Christ.”--What do you pray for?-" That he would forgive my fins.”—Then you do not pray to ile God of Tahouatta? -" No, No.”

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