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declined the undertaking. A few
weeks ago we had a meeting to INDIES.
one to accompany brother Chater, in the place of brother Mor
don. We then agreed that every one [issionaries in Ben
should make it a matter of prayer for some progress in
fifteen days, that the heart of him i' the natives. Ac- might be stirred up to offer himself, eceived from them,
whom God would employ in this
work. April, which state,
At the expiration of this of proselytes since
time my eldest son (Felix) offered nt of the year had himself: his knowledge of Bengalee, 4 to 70 per month;
Hindoosthonee, and Sanschrit, added the Hindoos were
to an acquaintance with medicine and pel. The Mission- surgery, to which he has diligently publish translations applied himself
, with the advantage New Testament in
of attending the practice at the geneof the East. They ral hospital, will make his loss sei printed in four or
verely felt here. Brother Ward and myself thought that he ought not to go. But the evident answer to prayer, the affection which subsists be
tween him and brother Chater, and er from Rer. William between their wives, silenced our oputta, July 30, 1807. position. They have sent some nec
essaries in a ship now on its passage r of baptisms among to Rongoon, and will go as soon as ver this year than it possible. May the Lord grant prosseveral have come
perity.” r Fernandez at mberlain at Cutwa, os to the churches A new church has district of Jessone, ur native brethren, The grand religious ceremony and rmerly a Brahmin, procession of Sievri took place at to the work of the Tranquebar, in March last. The pect to baptise two royal chariot, on which the idol was l's day, one at Ser- carried, cost 6000 pagodas; it was at Calcutta. This 25 feet high. Upwards of 100,000 n in Calcutta ; may devotees are supposed to have assist. by many
ed on this occasion. given us leave to Calcutta, and the of them put on.
I opened by the end in and Chater went THE Christians at Pekin have ort in the Burman lately been exposed to violent persehether the gospel cution, in consequence of some irreged there : The en- ularity in the conduct of a few perV. met with far ex- sons of that religion, and one of the tation. They re- Mandarins, suspected of being friend. heir families some ly to them, has been put to the bow. 'n brother Mordon string.
directed by Providence; and by the religion, which is taught in the 'sacred 26th of August, I had a second school scriptures, and which was the solace in operation, consisting of from 20 and joy of the founders of our nation. to 30 scholars.
When they see the love of Christ's During the continuance of the children kindling into an ardent zeal
circumstance occurred, for the promotion of his cause, and which, as it tends to display the sen. their fidelity to his kingdom wit. sibility of a savage conscience, and nessed by liberal contributions to aid exhibit their ideas of the justice of the propagation of his gospel among God, deserves to be remembered. the indigent and suffering, it must One day, while sitting at dinner, a confirm the faith of his people in his cloud arose and portended a conside. gracious promise ; “ That the gates of rable storm. The vivid lightnings hell shall not prevail against his church, flashed furiously around, and the but that he will be with it always, even thunders roared at a distance. A unto the end of the world. To confirm white man by the name of Rodgers, the wavering in the infallibility of the who had long been a resident in the divine promise, and to stir up the pure nation, and abandoned to every wick- minds of all, who love the religion of edness, used very profane and blas- our forefathers and the gospel of God phemous expressions respecting the the Saviour, the following commu. thunder. At length a flash of light. nications are presented to the public ; ning struck a tree near the bower in hoping that they may prore grateful to which all were seated, and passed off the readers, and influence many to an without any remarkable injury, ex- imitation of an example so laudable cept giving all a very severe shock. in itself, so reputable to the liberal Silence reigned in the whole assem- donors, and so worthy of that sex on bly about the space of a minute, whose virtue and piety the happiness when Enotta, i. e. the black Fox, the and prosperity of every age and counking of the nation, broke silence by try do absolutely depend. The purisaying, “The Great Spirit is mad at
ty, enlargement and glory of the church Rodgers.”
of God, which is the defence and safe. The introduction of such unprinci. guard of civil communities, are in all pled men into the nation is the most
ages dependent upon the virtuous formidable barrier in the way of their and religious lives and examples of civilization. But God, in his own those devout women, who belong to time, will bring light out of darkness, our Redeemer's family. As a tribute of and spread the knowledge of himself gratitude to Christ for the efficacy of throughout the heathen lands, and set
his grace on the hearts of his children up his standard in the deserts of and friends, the following extracts of America. I am, &c.
Letters written by the Treasurer of the Gideon BLACKBURX. Female Charitable Society of Whites.
town, N. Y. to one of the Trustees of the Hampshire Missionary Society,
are now presented to the public in a MASSACHUSETTS.
humble hope that the hearts of God's
people will be made glad in that he HAMPSHIRE MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
hath not forsaken our land, and that While events in divine provi. the set time to favour Zion will soon dence, at the present day, wear a gloomy and threatening aspect, and fill the minds of the virtuous and relig
Utica, Oct. 29, 1807. ious with foreboding apprehensions of the evils which may be coming upon “ I have, once more, the honour to the world, and which may deeply af- address you in behalf of the Trustees fect the safety and enlargement of that of the Female Charitable Society of church which the Lord Jesus hath Whitestown, who, having made their purchased and redeemed by his blood : second annual collection, have again it cannot fail of administering comfort unanimously resolved to present it to and animation to the hearts of God's the Hampshire Missionary Society, to children, when they notice the zeal be by them appropriated at their disAnd attachment of many to that holy cretion. As Treasurer of the society,
I have therefore to request your com- viour whom they recommend to oth. mittee to draw on me for the money, ers. Did we realize the miserable which awaits their order. Our soci. condition of those settlements, which ety, since the last year, has received are destitute of a preached gospel, and a considerable accession of members. of the means of obtaining it, we should The sum therefore which we shall esteem no exertions for their relief too now have the happiness of transmitting great. The salvation of one soul is an to you, will somewhat exceed our for- ob of infinite magnitude. How mer donation. (N. B. The last year's exalted, then, the idea that through donation was 119 dols.) We have the instrumentality of Missionaries now in the treasury, 130 dollars : many may be and probably are conSomething more remains due on sub- verted !”
Your Friend, &c. scription, which we hope will be col. lecter in the course of a few weeks.
Utica, Dec. 12, 1807. “ It is, as heretofore, the earnest de. “ Sir, sire of our Society, that this our mite Agreeably to the directions conmay be improved to the important tained in your letter of the 2d inst. I purpose of sprealing the knowledge bave paid over into the hands of Mr. of the blessed Immanuel : And in -,(who will very cheerfully undertake committing it to the care of the
the agency you request) the money in Hampshire Society, we confidently my possession belonging to the Hamptrust that our object will be attained. shire Missionary Society ; his receipt
“ Wishing that the blessing of for which you will find enclosed. It Heaven may attend you, Sir, and the is for 140 dollars. We have a little missionary institution of which you money still due, which when received are a member,
I shall deposit in the same hands, and I subscribe, &c." transmit you the receipt.”
Your sincere Friend, lic. Utica, Nov. 19, 1807. “Sir,
“ Your letter of the 9th inst. which came to hand yesterday, I read with much satisfaction. It will afford sin.
REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN NEW'. cere joy to the members of our society, to be informed of the prosperity of your Missionary institution, and of their in. Extract of a Letter from President creasing ability to do good. The
Dwight, dated New-Haren, Feb. 2 friends of religion must necessarily re
1808, to one of the Editors. joice in that missionary spirit which An attention to religion is preseems in some good degree to per- vailing here, which gives much vade our land, when they consider pleasure to all its friends, and which that the Supreme Being, who excites
exceeds any Uring known in this town it, and who directs all things, has, no for many years.
Eleven persons doubt, great and benevolent purposes were admitted into Mr. Stewart's to answered by it. I do indeed
church last Sabbath. believe, that this is the work of God, and God can carry on bis own work just as extensively as he pleases. He
A Letter from another hand of the 16th
says, can open the hearts of public bodies and of individuals, of friends, and even I am exceedingly rejoiced to in. of foes to furnish funds. He can pro- form you, that there is great reason cure missionaries, and he can give to hope for a general revival of relig. them success. How animating to
ion here. Not less than forty persons Christians is the idea, that they may
in Mr. Stewart's congregation are become workers together with God more or less concerned about religin sending the word of life and salva. ion ; some of them deeply ; and some tion to perishing souls ! And oh ! how have obtained a hope. These are ex. devoutly it is to be wished, that all clusive of eleven, who entered the who contribute to this good work, may
church three Sabbaths ago. You will themselves be interested in that sa rejoice with us.
the absurd inventions of men, sacrile. At the request of a respectable Corres. giously attached to the religion of
pondent, we publish the following de- Jesus of Nazareth, proudly boasting count of a Society, lately establishe! of victory over Christianity berseli. in the western parts of the State of Having deliberated on the radical New York. However we may dif. causes of the prevailing evil, and can. fer in opinion from the members of didly discussed the subject among this Society, concerning the pure ourselves, we are apprehensive that a “ Gospel Doctrine,” and what they shaineful ignorance on the one hand, denominate " fanaticism and enthu- and a disposition for licentiousness on siasm,” we are ready to make a the other, combine to give it birth, common cause with them, in oppos. and that its remedy only lies in the ing the spread of “ demoralizing in- diffusion of useful knowledge, and in fidelity," by “ promoting the know- a more exemplary deportment among ledge of the Sacred Scriptures." the professed friends of the Christian “At a meeting on September 20th
Aware, however, of the diffi1806, of the Society for promoting culty of comprising in a single view the Knowledge of the Sacred Scrip
the various causes, direct and re. tures and the Practice of the Gospel mote, which contribute to the sad Doctrine : Resolved to make thc fol- phenonienon ; at the same time sen. lowing publication:
sible, that the true causes must be The members of the Society for apparent before our exertions to re.
move them can be directed in such a promoting the Knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures and the Practice of the manner as to furnish a well grounded Gospel Doctrine, informed by ex
hope of success, the Society propose tracts, lately published from the mini
to their enlightened Christian brethutes of the general synod of the Re
ren, • the following questions, upon formed Dutch Churches in this state,
which the answers are expected be. of the laudable endeavours of that
fore the 1st day of December, 1838, high reverend body, to promote the
in a fair, legible hand, copied by interest of the Redeemer's kingdom, another, with a Symbolum, as usual, think it becoming their character and
the author's name written in a sepa. Christian profession, to cooperate
rate scaled paper, superscribed with with these endeavours, according to
the Symbolum of his dissertation, their ability, and in view of the situa
and forwarded with the dissertation, tion allotted them by divine Provi.
free of postage, to the Rev. John dence. The limited circumstances of Sherman, Secretary of the Society. the people of these western parts do not enable them at present, to afford
Qurestion ist. What degree of pecuniary aid to their more wealthy knowledge in Oriental and Greek litbrethren in the mercantile cities,
erature, Jewish antiquities, and ec. for the particular purpose specified clesiastical history is requisite to in the printed extracts of the general qualify a minister of the gospel to synod ; on the contrary, from the
silence the cavils, and successfully to known generosity and aMuence of our modern infidels against the Jewish
refute the objections of ancient and brethren, we might hope for pecu. niary assistance from them, were
and Christian revelations ? they duly apprised of the various and increasing enemies of our Lord, by
Question 21. What qualifications whom we are surrounded. Notwith- are requisite for a successful Chris. standing the eminent blessings of a
tian missionary among the Indians spiritual nature enjoyed at the hand
of North America ? What obstacles of a merciful Providence, our situa
must he expect to meet ? And how tion is rendered truly disagreeable
shall he best overcome them! by a growing fanaticism and enthusia The crowned dissertation upon asm, which degrade the pure and ex: these questions shall be published, cellent faith of our divine Master, and and the author shall receive a preby a demoralizing infidelity, which, mium of fifty dollars. The second while it successfully triunphs against shall be noticed with an Accesset.
PROGRESS OF THE BAPTIST MIS
A few weeks ago we had a meeting to EAST INDIES.
choose one to accompany brother Chater, in the place of brother Mordon. We then agreed that every one
should make it a matter of prayer for The Baptist Missionaries in Bengal are making some progress in
fifteen days, that the heart of him their conversion of the natives. Ac might be stirred up to offer himself, counts have been received from them,
whom God would employ in this
work. dated March and April, which state,
At the expiration of this that the number of proselytes since time my eldest son (Felix) offered the commencement of the year had himself: his knowledge of Bengalee, increased from 34 to 70 per month ;
Hindoostbonee, and Sanscbrit, added and that three of the Hindoos were
to an acquaintance with medicine and preaching the gospel. The Mission- surgery, to which he has diligently aries are about to publish translations applied himself, with the advantage of the Bible and New Testament in of attending the practice at the geneall the languages of the East. They ral hospital, will make his loss se.
verely felt here. Brother Ward and have already been printed in four or five dialects.
myself thought that he ought not to go. But the evident answer to prayer, the affection which subsists be.
tween him and brother Chater, and Extract of a Letter from Rev. William between their wives, silenced our opCarey, dated Calcutta, July 30, 1807. position. They have sent some nec.
essaries in a ship now on its passage “ The number of baptisms among to Rongoon, and will go as soon as us have been fewer this year than it possible. May the Lord grant proswas the last, yet several have come
perity.” forward. Brother Fernandez at —, "and Brother Chamberlain at Cutwa, have had additions to the churches in those places. A new church has been formed in the district of Jessone, and one more of our native brethren, The grand religious ceremony and Rom Mohim, formerly a Brahmin, procession of Sievri took place at has been called to the work of the Tranquebar, in March last. The ministry. We expect to baptise two royal chariot, on which the idol was persons next Lord's day, one at Ser- carried, cost 6000 pagodas; it was ampore, and one at Calcutta. This 25 feet high. Upwards of 100,000 is the first baptism in Calcutta ; may devotees are supposed to have assistit be followed by many.
ed on this occasion, Government has given us leave to erect a chapel in Calcutta, and the timbers are most of them put on. I expect it will be opened by the end
CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED AT
KIN. Brothers Mordon and Chater went THE Christians at Pekin have to Rongoon, a port in the Burman lately been exposed to violent perseempire, to try whether the gospel cution, in consequence of some irregcould be introduced there : The en- ularity in the conduct of a few percouragement they met with far ex- sons of that religion, and one of the ceeded our expectation. They re. Mandarins, suspected of being friendturned to take their families some ly to them, bas been put to the bow. months ago, when brother Mordon string.
of the year.