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plauded for it by others, as being a sen: among those who have embraced them, timent equally honorable to his patriot- almost all the moral excellence, which ism and liis wisdom.

has appeared in the christian world. If “ Permit me, on this occasion, to say, we may be allowed to understand the that this is an attachment, in which every apostles in the plain meaning of their de. citizen of this state ought ever to follow clarations, these doctrines produced the this bright example; an attachment, mighty change which took place, among which every citizen ought invariably to Jews and Gentiles, in the first and secfeel, and ardently to cherish : an attach- ond centuries. In the same manner ment, which every citizen will feel, who they renewed a great part of the clirisclearly understands, and faithfully re- tian world in what is emphatically called gards, the well being of himself, his fam. the reformation. To tlicin, so far as my ily, or his country.

information extends, every revival of re" Permit me further to say,that, should ligion owes its existence. From thera, the Ruler of the Universe, provoked by and those who received them, nearly ev. our manifold sins, suffer our ignorance, ery attempt to reform, and christianize our foliy, our crimes, or the hand of a for- mankind, to publish the gospel in their vaeign enemy, to destroy this singular sys- rious languages, and to gather them into tem, the brightest spot, which, since the the fold of the Chief Shepherd, has obvi. apostasy, has been found on this globe, ously sprung. In them, let me add, the would be shrouded in darkness, without creeds and confessions of all the reformed a promise of returning day

churches harmonize, without an excep“The religious doctrines, which the plane tion of any serious moment. ters of New England, particularly of the “Had we no other proof of the excelPlumouth, Massachusetts, and Connec. lence of these doctrines, beside their hapticut colonists, brought with them to this py influence in the colonization of Newcontinent, have not unfrequently been England, and the beneficial character, styled the Doc:rines of grace, and the which they have been the means of inDoctrines of the Reformation. That they stamping on our laws, institutions, and are, substantially, the genuine doctrines manners; even these would furnish a of the gospel, is satisfactorily evinced by strong presumption in their favor. It two very interesting considerations. The will be remembered, that I have menfirst of these is, that they have been the tioned these objects as forming a combidoct: ines of those, who in every age have nation, in my own view singular, as well claimed the character of Orthodox; and as eminently happy. Such colonies nev. who by their adversaries have been ac- er existed since the world began. No knowledged to possess it in the public es others were ever formed in such a mantimation. By this I intend, that, from ner or by such bodies of men. No oththe age of the apostles, they were those, ers have permanently produced such in whom the apostolic church was regu. consequences, or given birth to such a larly continued from period to period; state of society. so as to be, in each period, the same “That this wise and excellent man body with that, whose early history is should have received doctrines, so sanccontained in the acts of the apostles; tioned, so beneficent to the interests of with that, to which the several apostolic mankind; that he should have regarded epistles were addressed. Let me add; then with a reverence, and submission, they were those, in whom almost, if not due to the revealed will of God; and absolutely, alone the christian character that he should have adhered to them has appeared with uniformity, and lustre. with a firmness, which, though calm, That this body of men has judged justly gentle, and catholic, was at the same concerning the doctrines of the gospel, time immovable; was to be expected by and received them, at least in substance, all, who were acquainted with his real as they are there revealed, cannot, i character. He regarded them as the think, be questioned even with plausi glory of his country, the glory of the bility, or decency. That they have nuis- church, the glory of the gospel, and, in taken them, regularly, through such a this world, the peculiar glory of its Ausuccession of ages, and vet brought forth thor" He lovedi all, who loved them : their proper fruits in ai evangelical life, he honored all, by whon, they were honis to me incredible. The fact would red and defended.” certainly establish this remarkable conclusion; that error has been productive

We should be glad to present of incomparably more piety and virtue our readers with several other in the world, than the truth of God. “ The second proof of this assertion is,

extracts from this excellent and what has indeed been hinted already able discourse, did not our lim. That these doctrincs have effectuated, its forbid. We take for grant.

1810.] Journal of Dr. Vanderkemp.... Letter of Mr. Eliot. 377 ed, however, that every one who embrace the earliest. opportuni. reads the foregoing passages, will ty of perusing the whole.



head upon her arm, as if going to

sleep ; but, looking more attentive. Extract from the Fournal of Dr. ly at her, was surprised to find that Vanderkemp,&c.for the year 1808. her last enemy was destroyed, before

any symptom of conflict could be per,'As to the state of religion, we have ceived, through him who loved her so much more reason to praise and exceedingly. She walked with God, glorify the holy name of God, as eter- and was not, for God took her. The nal blessings outweigh those of this 27th of July was the day of her tri. world, The word of life is by no umph.

Evan. Mag. means lifeless among us ; and, though we cannot well estimate the number of those whom we have reason to be.

TOBAGO. lieve are favored with a saving knowl. edge of Christ, on account of their Extract of a Letter from Mr. Eliot, concealing, in great part, the inward

dated March 26, 1809. disposition of their hearts, yet, from what we accidentally hear from oth As to the mission, almost every ers, we believe it to be considera thing is in an encouraging and pros. ble. There are, however, not a few perous state. Though there cannot in whom the work of converting be so good an attendance in crop. grace is more evident among us. A. time as might be wished, and I have mong these, we number two slaves. sometimes my ride for nothing, yet and à Hottentot, working at the Dros. doors are opening for preaching the tdij, who frequently come over on gospel; so that nothing seems to be Sundays to hear the word of God, wanting, but laborers and pecunia. and three Kaffra women, one of ry aid. whom, named Lentje, was remarka- I have reason to be truly thankble for integrity of life, and no less ful, both to God and man, for the for assiduity and fervor in prayer. favors I have lately received. When She was taken ill at a farm in our I was ill, it was thought necessary neighborhood, and desired to see that I should go to the windward. Brother Vanderkemp, who fetched part of the island for change of air, her home in a waggon, and took her which I did : and was there treated into his house. Here she spent al. with great respect and kindness. I most night and day in prayer and was requested not only to attend close communion with Christ. One the negroes, but to preach to the morning she sent for Brother Van white people also : but having to derkemp, requesting him to give her preach at more estates already than love to all the people of God, and I can well attend, I could only prodeșiring to be placed in the open air. mise, that if another Missionary When he and his servant carried her should come to assist me, which I out of doors, she said, “Now I will hope will soon be the case, I woulch go to my God ;' and, while Brother comply with their request. The Vanderkemp, who expected that her harvest is indeed great ; but the la. disease (being an Empyema, termi. borers are very few. I do not see nating in a consumption) would be penitential tears flow so freely, nor very lingering, placed a mat about hear the cry, "What shall I do to be her, to shelter her from the rays of saved ?'--So frequently as I could the sun, he observed that she turned wish ; yet I rejoice to perceive such kerself on her side, and reclined her a change in the conduct of scveral

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persons, that I cannot but entertain by his Majesty of their first persecu. à pleasing hope that some will be ting act, they had passed another of eternally saved.

Ibid. the same principle, but with restric.

tions still more comprehensive ; and Extract of a Letter from Demerara, which, in effect, precluded all teach. dated Feb. 27, 1809.

ers, except the clergy of the estab

lished church, from attempting to inHUNDREDS around us say, 'Come struct the negroes, &c. The conseover and teach us the way to Heav- quence was that these oppressed fel'en,' &c. Yea, thousands say to the low creatures,composing nine-tenths Directors, 'Use all your influence of the community were left destitute with government, and with our mas- of all instruction and religious wor. ters in England, that the gospel may ship; because the few resident clerbe preached to us, that our souls may gymen of the established church nei. live. They also have a word to the ther do nor can extend their pastor. good people of England, and in par. al labors beyond the white inhabiticular to the Ladies : ' You have tants. long been partakers of our sugar, cof. The insular legislature, knowing fee, cotton, &c. --give some of your that this measure would be disap. gold and silver to send us the gos. proved by his Majesty, resorted to pei in return ; and should any of you the trick of engrafting it upon an act be inclined to come and teach us, we to continue the general system of the will gladly receive instruction from slave laws, which had been consoliyou ; and for your encouragement dated into a temporary act then just we tell you, That 'they who turn expiring. With a view perhaps to many to righteousness, shall shine some such expedient, they had before in the realms of glory as the stars substituted this temporary act for a for ever and ever! We want the permament one, which it repealed. best thing that you have in England, Their agent was consequently led to even the glorious gospel of the bles, represent, that, if the act of continu. sed God! For the temporal things ation were disallowed, the island we have sert you, O send us some would be destitute of all slave law, of your spiritual blessings, for you and that dreadful confusion would have enough, and some to spare for ensue: but the Committee of the poor negroes! Have pity upon us, Privy Council for matters of Trade have pity upon us, O ye our friends, and Plantations, after full discussion, for we are sitting in darkness and in found a way to frustrate this shame. the shadow of death; Come over, ful artifice, by disallowing, as they come over to Demerara and help us! have lately advised his Majesty to --come and teach us the way of heav. do, both the act in question and the en !- Listen, ye friends of Jesus, to act of repeal, which had never ex. the cries of the Heathen ! Ibid. pressly received his Majesty's appro

bation, though several years in force. The general slave laws thereby be.

come re-established, and the perseWEST INDIES.

cuting clauses only of the act object

ed to are in effect annulled. It will afford our readers great. But the Jamaica legislature, pend. satisfaction to learn, that a check ing this discussion, and by the prehas lately been put that intolerant vious stratagem of delaying to trans. and persecuting spirit which has mit the act for the royal assent, prevailed for several years past in while it had its operation in the isl. some of the West India Islands, and under that of the govenor, had, The Legislature of Jamaica had, a during more than a year, suspended second time, silenced the Missiona. the progress of the missions, and all ries of different religious societies, religious worship and teaching, by who had been laboring with the means of them, to the obvious, and happiest success among the negroes perhaps fatal, discouragement of those and others in that island. In con. pious undertakings, as well as to the tempt of the express disallowance great prejudice of the numerous con

1810.) Letter to Reo. Mr. Steinhopff...Death of Mr. Cran. 379

verts who had been recently made,and Madras and from Mr. Des Granges, who were in danger of relapsing at Vizigapatam, dated Jan. 20, and again into Pagan darkness and vice. Feb. 27, 1809. By these letters

To prevent, therefore, a repetition they have received the very afficting of such shameful proceedings in that information of the death of a most or other islands, his Majesty has worthy and valuable missionary, Mr. graciously issued a general order to GEORGE CRAN. Concerning this the West Indian governors, requir- mournful event, his colleague, Mr. ing and commanding that they should Des Granges thus writes :-: Our not, on any pretence whatever, give dear brother was severely attacked their sanction to any law passed con- by a bilious fever in November last, cerning religion, until they shall which in a few days reduced him to a have first transmitted the draught of very weak and low state of body. By the bill to his Majesty, and shall have the advice of the physician, he underreceived his pleasure respecting it, took a tour to the north ward, in com. unless they take care, in the passing any with Major-General Gowdie,' such a law, that a clause be inserted, &c. He appeared for a time, to have suspending its execution until the gained strength, but became much pleasure of his Majesty shall have worse, when, at a town called Chicabeen signified upon it. Ibid. cole, about 74 miles from Vizigapa.

tam. Dr. Fleming perceiving his

danger, wrote to Mr. Des Granges, Extract of a Letter from Mr. Spit. who immediately set off to visit him,

tler, Secretary to the Religious Soci. but did not arrive till six hours after ety at Basle, dated Oct. 18, 1808, he had breathed his last. On Mr. addressed to the Rev. C. F. A. Stein. D. devolved the painful office of kopff.

committing his remains to the grave.

He closed a holy and useful life on Our Society still subsists. In the Friday, Jan. 6. This,' says Mr. D. midst of all the political convulsions was a severe stroke to me. I had of the Continent, it has not decreas. · great difficulty to bear up under it ; ed, but rather increased. The de. but God strengthened me! He asmand for our periodical publication suaged my grief for the moment, and becomes greater every year. We forced me to say, Thy will be done ! had the peculiar satisfaction of re. Still, my heart is heavy, and reflec. ceiving from you a very interesting tion on my loss makes me lament account of the last General Meeting over the mountains of India, as Da. of the Bible, Missionary, and Tract vid lamented over the mountains of Societies : which was immediately Gilboa, on the loss of his beloved printed, and read with the utmost Jonathan. pleasure. You cannot conceive Mr. D. has sent extracts of letters how acceptable such intelligence is from Mr. Cran, written to him during to our numerous readers. It is, his journey, which shew the pious therefore, our particular request, state of his mind, and the earnest dethat you may continue the same. We sire he retained to the last to be use. have lately received several most ful. He had acquired the Telinga interesting letters from Roman Ca. language, and preached in it but a tholic Clergymen, who, we doubt few days before his death. In a let. not, are truly enlightened by the ter, dated Chatterpore, Dec. 17, he Spirit of God. They meet with much says, “I have spent many pleasant opposition, but their letters evince a hours with the natives, and found spirit of resolution which cannot but many very desirous to know more of fill our minds with admiration ! the gospel. Travelling among them,

Ibid, and proclaiming the good news of

salvation, is certainly delightful


Mr. Loveless expresses himself,

in relation to this distressing circumLETTERS have just been received stance, thus : It has pleased the all by the directors from Mr. Loveless,at wise Disposer of events to take to himself our dearly beloved brother,

ΟΤΑΗΕΙΤΕ. George Cran. He fell asleep in Je. sus on the 6th instant, at Chicacole, The following pleasing event was whilst on a journey with Major.Gen. mentioned at the last Annual Meeteral Gowdie for the benefit of his ing of the Missionary Society :health, which also afforded him an A seaman, on board a trading vessel, excellent opportunity of preaching called at Otaheite, and, through the the gospel to the natives ; in which blessing of God on the preaching of blessed work he was employed till the missionaries there, was called to within a few days of his death. the knowledge of the truth. After. Brother Des Granges had the pain. wards he was removed to a man of ful office of interring his dearly be. war, and became the happy instru. loved colleague at a distance from ment, by his conversation and examhome, and among strangers, having ple, of bringing thirteen or fourteen also been deprived of the painful of his companions to a sense of their pleasure of receiving his dying com. lost state, and their need of salvation mands, and hearing from his lips by Jesus Christ. Their conduct for those professions of faith in the glori. a considerable time past has been ous gospel, which he was so desir. such as to afford much hope, that ous of making known to the perish- they also have been called by the ing millions of Hindoostan, and which grace of God. brother D. would have communicat. A spelling book and catechism, in ed for the comfort of his friends and the Otaheitan tongue, are now printfellow laborers, and the edification of ing by the society, in order to facili. the church at large.

tate the instruction of the natives by “How mysterious,' he justly adds, the missionaries. are the ways of Providence, in thus removing a young man, in the prime of life, who had just attained the knowledge of the language, by which

INDIAN JUBILEE. he was enabled to make known to the poor heathen the unsearchable THE year1806 being the hundredth riches of Christ ! In this we are year (or the second fiftieth) since the called 'to be still, and know that he gospel first visited the peninsula of is God;' and, though mysterious, India, a Jubilee was celebrated by his ways are neither unwise, unjust, the Hindoo churches, on the ninth of nor unkind, as we shall see hereafter. July, in commemoration of the arriv. O that this may have a due influence al of the first two protestant missionon me, to make me more zealous and aries, in 1706. The happy occasion devoted in the work of the Lord, and had been long anticipated, and was to incline many to offer themselves marked with demonstrations of joy as Missionaries in this country, and gladness. The people as we are where millions are crying, Come informed, walked in procession to the over and help us.'

churches, carrying palms in their To these pious reflections no addi. hands, and singing tbe 98th Psalm; tion is necessary. The residue of and after offering up praises and the Spirit is with the Lord, who, we thanksgivings to the Most High, trust, will strengthen the Mission they heard a sermon suitable to the by the speedy arrival of the brethren day :-" Blessed is the people that Gordon and Lee, who sailed from know the joyful sound.” America in May last, to join the brethren at Vizigapatam. Ibid.

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