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know nothing more of Judaism. But this is only the case in Spain. In Portugal, on the contrary, they are Jews in sentiment, for they enjoy liberty of conscience.” The only Miranda who is Judge at Lisbon, seems to be a Christian in principle, and so is Juan Joseph Heydeck, at Madrid, Professor of the University. He was Rabbi near Cologne, in Germany, and was convinced by the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. He has written many books on Christianity. All these Jews could be made useful to the Bible Society; as they are men of respectability and influence in Spain, they might do great things. Although I do not know them personally, and never was in correspondence with them, I know the disposition and feeling of a Jew so well, that I am sure no Jew can be such a bigotted Catholic that he should not feel respect for the promoters of the Book of Moses and the Prophets, I mean the Bible Society. I have written to Juan Joseph Heydeck, to Madrid, that he should write to you. If you should see Carthosa, from Gibraltar, at London, recommend the Missionary who shall be sent to Gibraltar, to his attention. Five or six Catholic priests asked me two days ago to go with them to their house; they brought me to a dark room—nobody looked in my face—their manner of arguing was rude. They began to talk about the Pope. We used the Latin tongue. I told them I loved Pius the Seventh very much on account of his liberality. One of the priests told me, unasked for, that he was at Rome in 1817 (just when I was in the Propaganda,) and knew Cardinal Litta well. I said to him, that I had received, after my departure from Rome, a very affectionate and interesting letter from Cardinal Litta. We began to argue about the Pope's infallibility. I. Ecclesia Gallica non credit Papam esse insallibilem. Capucin. Ecclesia Gallicana credit minus quam debit. I. Quomodo probas Capucin. Papa est caput ecclesiae, ergo infallibilis esse debet. I. Verbum digito Domini scriptum non dicit hoc.
Capucin. Nec tibi nec mihi sacra scriptura data suit, sed ecclesiae.
I shewed them my indignation at such an answer, and left that horrid company. I would rather join in prayer with Mahomedans than with those priests of Baal. I confess that I was not at all easy in their company, and was glad to come out from them. They shewed me by their countenance that they hated me, and they had most surely consigned me to the Inquisition if it had been in their power. Some of the Protestant Christians here fear that my life is not safe among the Jews; but the following fact may prove the contrary. I went two days ago out of the gate of Gibraltar; in returning to Lieutenant Bailey I mistook the road and came into a solitary place; I met some Jews, they smiled, and brought me into the right way. I go alone into their houses, and to their synagogues, and they shake hands with me; I show myself very serious to them, in order to keep up that respect which is necessary for me among them.
If I should not want so much as ten pounds per month, I will apply it at Jerusalem, to establishing an institution for the Jews, and maintain a schoolmaster for them who understands the Lancaster or Pestalozzi’s system.
This is the last letter I shall write to you from Gib
Sir, Gibraltar, June 16, 1821.
I must apologise for troubling you so often as a stranger, but Mr. Wolf having made me promise him before his departure to write to you, will, I hope, plead my excuse in this instance: he left me this morning at five o’clock. I saw him off, and, poor sellow, he was much affected; his last words were, “Write to my protector, Mr. , and tell him all you know about me and my conduct at Gibraltar. Tell him, also, I go to Jerusalem with a fervent heart in the service on which he sent me—tell him,” again he said, “I will never deceive him in the most trifling instance;” he then bade me adieu. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and protect him for ever ! He is, I am persuaded, a sincere Christian, and has the cause at heart on which you have sent him. On my return home, I found a letter addressed to me from him, and I think I cannot do better than send for your perusal a copy of it, viz.
“I am now going, and not able to express the inward feelings of my heart. You and your lady received me with kindness and hospitality equal to that of the patriarchs of old. I hope that the Lord will enable me to remember you and your lady before a throne of grace; and should we not see each other here again upon this earth, I trust, by the infinite mercy of God, to see you and your lady before the throne of the Lamb, where no separation takes place : I am sure you will pray for me while I shall be on the great waters, admiring the wonders of the Lord. Dear Sir, although, I hope, that I labour not for the praise of man, but for the glory of the Lord, I nevertheless would wish that my friends at London should exactly know what I do; allow me, therefore, to address to you the following petition, namely, that you will be so kind as to write by the land post to Mr. , about the acquaintance I formed with Emanuel Hassan, who may become useful by your's and Dr. Parker's directions, and tell him I gave you the name of Don Juan Joseph Heydeck, prosessor of Oriental Languages at Madrid, a converted Jew, who become useful to the Bible Society in Spain. Mention also, that I have distributed upwards of fisty copies of the New Testament, as also some Psalters, and upwards of one hundred tracts, amongst respectable Jews at Gibraltar. I know the joy this news will give to Mr. , and Mr. , and to the whole of the Jews' Society, and it will induce them to send other labourers into the vineyard of the Lord.
“Never, no, never, will I forget the more than brother and sister-like kindness you and your lady exhibit
ed towards me—may the Lord give you an exceeding great abundance of his heavenly peace.” (Signed) Joseph Wolf.
Believe me, Sir, I have not sent this from vanity; I love the writer of it, and thought it only justice to send it to you whom it more concerns than any other. His observations are correct, and I do think it would be a most desirable thing for a man of sound learning and caution to be sent out here amongst the Jews. He ought to be a Jew himself, and well acquainted with the Hebrew language, as it is very well understood amongst them here. I much fear the situation of Gibraltar is not duly appreciated by any of the Societies in London. It is a point that cannot be too much considered; more particularly from the present state in which Spain is. An inquiry is daily made, and the Scriptures distributed in that language considerably. This I pointed out to the Hon. G. Vernon, a few days since, who, I believe, thinks as I do ; should you see him, I shall be thankful if you will mention how anxious I am to receive the supply of Bibles in all languages, he was kind enough to say he would get sent to me—Spanish Bibles particularly. Permit me to ask your kind assistance in this respect also.
I have the honour to subscribe myself,
Sir, Gibraltar, June 21, 1821.
I TRouble you with this at the request of Mr. Joseph Wolf, who has been sojourning here for a short time, and who, when I objected that I was altogether unknown to you, replied that he had mentioned my name in a late letter to you. I therefore cheerfully comply with his wish, and feel much pleasure in assuring you that his conduct here with regard to his poor benighted brethren the Jews, has been such as amply to justify the confidence which you and other well-disposed persons have placed in him. That your hopes and expectations may be finally realised, through the divine favour, is my humble prayer I can with truth add, that the genuine Christian piety evinced by this gentleman, his ardent zeal in the cause of God, and especially in behalf of his brethren after the flesh, and his child-like simplicity of manners, have rendered him an object of peculiar interest to several persons here capable of appreciating his worth ; and have left an impression with them, and I would hope too amongst those to whom his visit was more particularly directed, which will not speedily be effaced. He sailed from hence for Malta on Monday last, the 16th, I am Sir, Your most obedient Servant, * John PyNE.
MALTA, JNov. 12, 1821.
I HAve great pleasure in the honour of forwarding to you the enclosed, a series of Mr. Wolf's journal, received some days since by Mr. Naudi. Many of his friends here have derived much interest in its perusal, and think it highly creditable to his missionary qualifications. I sent it for the perusal of His Excellency the Governor Sir Manley Power, to whom I introduced Mr. Wolf, and who showed him, when at Malta, every becoming civility. Mr. Wolf whilst here conversed with many Catholic priests, and gave tracts to them. He frequently visited a respectable Jewish family named P. to whom also I assisted him in procuring his introduction to them. He conversed much with them upon religion. He preached twice at the Rev. Mr. Wilson's missionary Chapel on Sunday evenings. Lieutenant M. of the 90th regiment, lately removed to the Ionian Islands, osten expressed much gratitude to me for Mr. Wolf's kind attention to him, in reading German with him almost every day.
I received a very kind letter from Mr. Wolf, some days since. His spirit, he tells me, is still with his friends at Malta. He writes also not less affectionately of his friends in England, and most particularly of Mrs. D. of Cambridge, and the Rev. C. Simeon,