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of the great God, even our Saviour Jesus Christ ?
EDINBURGII We are happy to learn that the col.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. lege in Middleburg is in a prosperous state, for an infant seminary, in a
A LETTER has lately been received newly · settled country. There are
from Mr. Brunton, at Karass. He re. about sixty students. The religious in
peats, in strong terms, what was menterests of Vermont are thought to be
tioned in a former let ter, that several
Etfendis of the first rank in that counintimately counected with the success of this institution.
try, make vo secret of their suspicions
respecting the truth of their own reIn Northampton (Massachusetts) ligion, and discover a strong desire to a very pleasing and general attention
understand the New Testament. They to religion prevails, and is extending do what they cau to read it in Arabic'; to several of the neighbouring towns.
but most of them, it is feared, with Many, especially in Northampton,
little success. They earnestly wish for have been added to the church.
a translation of it in Turkish; and it is
much to be regretted, that there is no The physicians of Philadelphia have translation of it to be had in a lanpublicly and strongly recommended guage so extensively spoken. In order inoculation for the Kine or Cow-Pox, to convert people, they must be in
certain preventive against the structed ; and here,” says Mr. Brunton, Small - Pox. The Managers of the “ there are few ways of instructing the Philadelphia Dispensary have also de- Mohammedans but by quietly circulatclared, That they have for eighteen ing among them small tracts, and comonths inoculated for the Cow-Pox; pies of the Scriptures. Were this done and found it mild, unattended with in a wise and prudent manner, I am danger, and a full security against the persuaded, from what has already taken Small-Pox.
place, that the happiest effects would After these paragraphs, in an Ame- soon follow.” Mr. B. concludes with rican publication, “ The Panoplist,” saying, “ Consider the nature of the it is added,
Mohammedan religion, the state of the “ After a mature consideration of the countries in which it is professed, and preceding statement of facts and re, the prophecies respecting it in the holy commendations, we would venture to Scriptures, and you must be convinced ask every person of reflection, Whether that it will meet with an awful and it is justifiable to continue to inoculate sudden downfal : but for this the minds for the Small Pox?"
of Mohammedans must be gradually prepared.”
The Philadelphia Baptist Association was held Oct. 7–10. Rev. R. Smalley, Moderator, and W. Staughton, Clerk. The Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine is printed for the benefit of this Society, and under its patronage. Dr. W. Rogers, Corresponding Secretary, from the Bethel Baptist Association, S. Carolina, gave a large and interesting account of its rise. It was formed November, 1789, and consisted only of ten churches ; but so increased, that in August 1800, fourteen churches were dismissed from their body to form the Broad River Association; and, in the year 1802, nine churches were dismissed, to assist in forming what is called the Saluda Association. In the years 1802 and 1803 a great revival took place among theni. In 18o5 the number of churches was 49 ; of ministeis 50, apd of members 4092,
FRANCE. From some recent statements, it appears that l’rotestantism is reviving in various parts of The French dominion. By the union of Geneva, and of the German provinces on the left bank of the Rhine, a very considerable addition is made to the number of Protestants subject to France. The Protestant pastors receive an allowance, in the country places, of about 100l. a year; and in cities, about double that sum. A seminary is proposed to be established for Protestants; the expence attending which, it is intended to defray by means of voluntary contributious and annual charity-sermons throughout the Protestant community in France. It is likewise added, that very little doubt exists of their ability, in this way, 10 obtain the object of erecting and maintaining the proposed establishment.
Mr. Marsden, Chaplain of the Co- it, &c. Permit me to remain,
with all Christian affection,
Rev. G. Burder, Ş. MARSDEN.
Aug. 26, 1806.
SOUŢII AFRICĄ, letters by Governor Bligh, and by the The following interesting particulars Porpoise, for myself and for the Mis; of a Mission to the Namaquas, are sionaries in this part of the globe, extracted from a letter, written by
In April last, I had the pleasure of Mr. C, Albrecht, duted Cape of Good hearing from the Missionaries at Ota- Hope, May 18, 1806, addressed to heite, by the ship Lucy, of London, the Directors of the Missionary So: which had toyched there.
ciety at, Rotterdam, who had the Previously to the arrival of Goyernor Management of the African Missions; Bligh, I had taken up a small vessel, while the Cape was in the hands of the only one I could procure, in order the Dutch, but which have now reto carry supplies to Otaheite; and have verted into the hands of the Missions been putting the goods on board thiş ary Society in London : day. I expect she will şail in the
[ Translated from the Dutch.) course of a few days. As a vessel sails to-morrow for Eng.
Beloved Brethren, land, I have not time to inake up the We have suffered much in our accounts to transmit them by her. You journey through the barren desert : bud will have heard by the Alexander, God shews us that he is a hearer of the Capt. Rhodes, the state of the Miss
prayers of his servants, and a Preşionaries at Otaheite; and, therefore, seryer from destruction. He assisted I shall not trouble you with an account us thro' the wilderness to the Orange of them.
River; where we staid three months Mr. Warner is arrived safe in this set, among the Heathen. During that time tlement; where I have judged it best fos a way was opened for us to the Great him to remain, till a better opportu- Namaqua country, whither we went, nity shall offer for his joining the Mis? and at which we rejoiced greatly. We sionaries at Otaheite.
here found a fountain, in the vicinity The native of Otaheite, who lately of which we fixed our residence, and arrived in the Porpoise, I shall sor. called this spot The Happy Deliyerward by this conveyance.
Mr. Shelly and family have returned Here we have employed ourselves in to Port Jackson. This moment being cultivating a garden for our maintenthe time when a change of government ance; but as the country is very dry, is taking place here, I have much pub. and the soil bad, we are afraid we ļic business on my hands, which will shall not be able to procure corn. The prevent my writing b) you so fully as climate also is very hot, and the air I could have wished; but as I expect oppres: ive. It sellom rains, and never to sail for England in the Buffalo, to: without shuoder ; tu ia consequence of gether with Governor King, in the be. much rain last year, there is now tolerginning of October next, I hope soon ably good pasture. The inhabitants to have the happiness of seeing you in in general are obliged to live entirely London; when, I trust, some plan will without bread, the country being unlit be adopted for carrying the wishes of for the production of corn. the Society, concerning Qiaheite, more however, a kitchen-garden and corns fully into effect than has hitherto been tields, which, it' siiccessful, will afford done. I do not expect to remain many subsistence both for ourselves and fora months in England; but to return to the congregation. this colony as soon as those affairs are We have a favourable prospect of XV,
success ; for, we trust, all the Chiefs ther S. spoke in his behalf, he prowill receive the word of God; and we mised never to speak any more against hope, in process of time, to proceed the word of God. fari her into the country. The number When brother S. left this kraal, he of Ileathen who come to us increases asked the chief, Whether he was still continually; and, to our great joy, inclined to hear the word of God? about half of those who are with us which he answered in the affirmative; understand the Dutch language.
and added, “ I will come myself to the Brother Sydenfaden has visited a Happy Deliverance, and see whether the Namaqua kraal; the chief of which is Oorlam Hottentots (i.e. those who serycalled Choehap. Brother S. invited ed the Christians; and were therefore him, with his people, to hear the word, looked upon as nore civilized) haye acas he had before heard something of it. Bepted the word of God: if that be the In answer, he expressed himself as fol- case, I shall endeavour to persuade all lows: " That word is too great to the chiefs in the Namaqua country to he neglected! - all the chiefs in the accept of it; for if I alone accept of it, Namaqua country ought to listen to it! they will kill me, and thereby war be Here, under this tree, they ought to occasioned among us. come (meaning the place where he We have now upwards of 300 of the heard' brother Sydenfaden preach the Oorlam and River Hottentots with us, gospel) then they will themselves find who have daily an opportunity of bethat this word is great! All the chief's ing instructed in the truths of the gosin this country ought to have one mind, rel. Sometimes we also see some Bos. and accept this word; 'and afterwards, jeemen. It appears to us, that the that word ought to be preached in the Heathen here have a desire to be acz centre of the Namaqua country, that quainted with the word of salvation. every one may come and hear it!”. Though we suffer poverty, and are in How much brother S. rejoiced at these want of all earthly comforts, which expressions, you may easily conceive; we could have enjoyed in our native but he had the mortification to observe, country, yet we are satisfied if we perthat Satan was also at work. A llot- ceive that our feeble endeavours are tentot, called Absalom, who came from blessed from on high. We shall althe Snow.Mountains, deceives the ig- ways rejoice, if we can he instrumental norant Heathen hy many juggling in the extension of the gospel of tricks, so that he procurez many fol- Christ. lowers. This man, perceiving that he My brethren will now, according to would lose all his credit and influence, their promises, be occupied in building if the gospel should be received, ad- a house ; for we have been obliged 11 vised them not to listen to brother S. ; hølu divine service in the open air ; and, even in his presence, declared, which is rather dangerous, on account that all the people who came from of the number of serpents, scorpions, Europe, or from Cape Town, were venomous spiders, and other dangerous great rascals.
Thus he caused alınost creatures. On Sunday evening, when f the whole kraal to hate the word of was preaching to a number of people, a God; and brother S. was in great dan. young serpent happened to creep roued Ker of being murdered by them: but my leg: I endeavoured to kill it, but he was silent, and did not contradict could not : however, it pleased the Absalom. The next day, however, ' Lord to make it flee from me, so that! when they were a little composed, bro- proceeded unmolested. ther S. spoke earnestly to them ; and told them what a great sin Absalom [ The whole of this communication is hall committed : in consequence of very interesting, but far too copious te which he trembled, and denied every be inserird in this work. probably, it word he had said. Now, he was afraid, will appear ul length in a future Number in his turn, of being killed ; but as bro- of the Missionary Transactious.]
BUENOS AYRES. A Letter is just received by the Rolla, from the Rev. Mr. Creighton, Missionary 10 Brienos Ayres, (lated Harneur of Maldinado, Dec. 9, 1816. The ship in which he sailed, the Spring Grove, arrived safely in the river Plate, a few days before, after a good voyage of two months ard one day. They had soon the mortification to learn, froin the Medusa mer of war, that Buenos Ayres was in the Jaurls of the Spaniaris. Nir. Creighton continues with the fleet, till he sees what Provideuce may dereroine concerning the recapture of wc place,
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REMARKABLE CONVERSION. athirst for the destruction of his fel. On the first day of every new year
low-creatures, expecting thereby to the Benevolent Society for visiting
make his fortune. But God in mercy and relieving the Sick and Affiicted
frustrated their design. He had a Poor at their own habitations, have
book put into his hands that mentioned a public meeting at Surry Chapel ;
all the sins ascribed to Scripture, when some of the most remarkable characters, that he might ridicule the cases which have occurred during
Bible ; and such was the degree of his the year preceding are read. The prejudice, that when he passed by any following, which was read January
place of worship, he felt hatred against 1, 1807, deserves particular notice,
it, and all who attended it. Through and affords strong encouragement to
the providence of God he was acquitall societies of this description, to
ted, though he deserved punishment. persevere in their laudable and use,
When be obtained his liberty, not ful labours.
knowing what to do with himself, he
entered on board a ship. But the Rey. Sir,
Lord laid his afflicting hand upon him, “ A very extraordinary case has and visited him with a lingering sicklately occurred; I cannot enter fuliy ness, that brought him down to the into it, for it would fill a volume ; but border of the grave, and he was put that it may be rightly understood, it is on shore. He was then under the necessary to mention somethin; of necessity of returning home to his the man's character before his illness. mother, who supported herself by He was of a loose disposition, an washing; and as she was kept fron enemy to government, to all good her employment to look after hiiri, order, and particularly to religion. He they were brought to very distressing was one of those unhappy wretches circumstances. In this state the Sothat joined Col. Despard, and took his ciety founi, anil gave them relief. As trial with him. He was
sworn to his illness increased, his conscience keep their secrets, and assist in their was alarmedl. His cry was, "Sent for diabolical designs. Being destituite so!ne one to pray for me; I shall be of any remorse of conscience, he was lost: iar in Hell already."
were his cries and groans, that he We then endeavoured to set forth thë terriffed all about him. In this wretch- efficacy and infinite value of his blood led state of mind was he when we to cleanse from sin, and to relieve were sent for.
on Sunday the consciences of heavy laden sinmorning, between seyen and eight nérs; and that if the blessed Spirit o'clock. We sent word that we would was pleased to open the eyes of his call as we came 10 chapel. They de- understanding, and enable him to resired us to come immediately, for they ceive Christ, he might obtain the feared he would die very soon. We, pardon of all his sins, great as they therefore, went immediately, and found were. We endeavoured to set before, him in a deplorable state, sitting in a him wbat a blessed refuge Christ is chair, covered over with a sheet. We to all who fly to him; and the infinite asked him why he sent for us?' He re love of Christ who stood in the place plied, to pray for him, for the wicked of believers, to bear the punishments one was within him, and that he would due to their sins. soon drag him into Hell. His cries. All this seemed to no purpose : hé were so loud, that some of his neigh- continded crying that there was no hours tame in, one of whom pretended mercy for him, and that he should be to faint. As we saw what sort of peo- lost for ever. The horrors and distress ple were aliout him, we began to think that appeared upon his countenance it might be a deception. So we told cannot be described. We asked him him that he must pray for himself, or
ould pray with hiin; he desired all thë prayers that could be made we would, and, after prayer, begged would do him no good. He said be we would come again soon. could do nothing but curse and swear. We went again the next day, and We said, then he must be eternally having asked him how he was, he lost; for the Lord received none but answered, in a low tone of voice, “ Į penitent sinners; and what he then bless Go:l, I am a great deal better." felt was an earnest of the torments due We asked him how long he had been 10 sinners; and which they must suffer better. In the night, he said, his to all eternity. He then swore at us; distress left him, and he did earnestly and said that we were come to torment pray that the Lord would keep the hin. He seemed, however, at times devil from him for no one, he said, to pay attention to what we said, hut could imagine what he had gone often cried and groaned in a most de through. All his cry now was, “0! plorable manner. We continued talk,
pray, pray, pray for me, that the Lord jog to him, prayed with him, and left may have mercy on me!” him.
At another time, when we approachOn the evening of tħc same day, as ed the room, we heard a voice, and we came from chapel, we mentioned opening the door a little, found him the case to a friend, and desired him praying very earnestly. Waiting some to go with us. We found him worse time, at last we spoke te him of his than he was in the morning. He said, state of mind. He said, he was afraid that wo were come to make him worse, of tlie return of those dreadful senand that we were as bad as the wicked sations he endured when we first saw
He then exclaimed violently him; and that he found relief when he against all his former companions, and kept praying for the pardon of his 'cursed the time that he ever knew sins, and that God would give him them; adding, that he was the great- faith and save his soul. est sinner that ever lived, - that he Calling one morning on him, we bould not pray,
that there was some- found he had sent for the Rev. Mr. thing within him that told him to Winkworth, the minister who had atcurse God, and that he was such a sin- tended him in the prison ; but he was ner that there was no mercy for him. then dead. We then spake to him of The visitor then told him that, in his our dear Lord's grace and love, as opinion, his state was worse than he suited to his case, if he felt himself could imagine and that he was then ruined and lost, and had 2.0 hope in committing a greater sin than ever he himelf. Vé mentioned several Scripdi before, which was rejecting Christ, tures, which seemed to relieve him a his mercy; and his salvation; assuring little. He entertained some hopes of him that the Scriptures declared, that recovery, yet was not anxious; but all manner of sins and blasphemies thought that if the Lord should spare should be forgiven, through faith in him, he could never return to the ways the blood of the Redeemer; and that of sin, for he now hated his sins. By he came to save the chief of sinners. degrees, he enjoyed the visits which