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Respecting the estimate for printing, the accuracy of it ap. pears still more clear. The Sungskrit New Testament falls somewhat below the quantity of letter press given in the former estimate, as has the last volume of the Bengalee; and although the Orissa has exceeded the number of pages by more than 200, we have still been able to bring the expense within the bounds prescribed.
19. Relative to the other two versions, of which we gave an estimate, the Persian and the Chinese, the former is removed from under our care. Respecting the latter, we are able to speak with much greater precision than we could two years ago. From calculating how many pages of the original the blocks of the Chinese already cut have occupied, the pro. bability is, that 700 of them will nearly complete the New Testament. These, although they contain each nearly 300 characters, we are able to get engraved for seven Rupees each. 700 multiplied by this number gives 4900 Rupees : so that it is quite probable that 5000 Rupees, or a little more than 6001. sterling will complete the engraving of the whole New Testament in this language. When this is done, any number can be thrown off at pleasure. We cannot certainly say how many copies one block will bear to have taken off. It is not impossible that the number may be 10,000. If however it be only half that number, at so moderate a price can Chi. nese paper be obtained in Calcutta, that considering the num. ber of copies, the version will be cheaper, notwithstanding its being the first, than any version of the New Testament which we have hitherto been enabled to print. We are, dear brethren,
Affectionately your's, William Carey, John Chamberlain, William Robinson, Joshua Marshman, Richard Mardon, Felix Carey. William Ward, William Moore, · Joshua Rowe, James Chater,
London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews,
A Report of the Committee of this society appeared some months ago, the substance of which we shall lay before our readers. The lease of the late French Protestant church in Spitalfields, with a commodious house and premises adjoining, has been purchased, and converted into a chapel for the Jews. **; At this chapel Mr. Frey preaches a lecture to the Jews on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. An exhortation is also delivered on Friday evening. At first, from 200 to 500 Jews attended ; and though this number has decreased, yet á spirit of inquiry has been excited among them, and their attention
is drawn to the subject of Christianity. This effect is in. creased by occasional lectures from eminent ministers both from among the clergy of the church and the dissenters.
At the Free-school opened by the society, from 300 to 400 children are regularly educated. This school was only intended as a means of inducing the Jews to send their own children in common with those of Christians, and this object has been gained. The Committee is now engaged in forming a plan for giving employment to such Jews as unite themselves with Christians. .
The week before the chapel was opened, a Jewish rabbi, a native of Jerusalem, of respectable connexions, and acknowledged proficiency in Jewish literature, placed himself under the Society, declaring himself to have been long persuaded of the truth of Christianity. Convinced of the sinceris ty of his professions, the Committee have placed him under the care of a clergyman, with whom he has made consideraprogress in the English, Latin, and Greek languages. : He is: already master of Talmudical and Cabalistical learning, Should this man continue to act consistently with his profession, he may prove of infinite use in promoting the designs of the society.
Under the care of the institution were placed no less than 36 Jewish children-24 boys and 12 girls. The case of two of the boys, who were orphans, and in a miserably destitute condition, when relieved by the society, is highly interesting..
The progress of the Society appears to have excited some uneasiness among the Jews; and several pamphlets have appeared, written by members of that body, the object of which is to counteract the efforts of the Society. These have been severally answered. :
The Report concludes with calling on the public for support; and this call, we trust, will be listened to. We understand that in the few months which have passed since its publication, the progress of the institution has been more rapid than could have been anticipated ; and that on the 13th instant, no fewer than thirty-one Jews, both children and adults, were publicly baptized, according to the rites of the Church of England. We cordially unite with the Committee in praying that the happy time may speedily arrive when Jew and Gentile, becoming one fold under one Shepherd, shall unite in one triumphant song of praise ; Blessed be the Lord God, the light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel ! Amen.*
* We are happy to perceive that a subsidiary society for promoting the conversion of the Jews ha been instituted at Edinburgh.
Extract of a Letter lately received by a Gentleman in Edin
burgh, from one of the Directors of the London Society for promoting the conversion of the Jews to Christianity.
“I HAVE the pleasure to inform you that the Almighty seems to continue to smile upon our endeavours. We have now twenty-four Jewish children in the charity school, some of whom are indeed snatched as brands from the burning ; others appear to have their minds peculiarly affected with divine truths. What Christian can be informed, without the most lively sensations, that the poor Jew boy, (mentioned in the Brief Report,) before he goes to bed, calls the children in the house together, and goes to prayer with them, in suck a manner, that it would make a Christian blush? What Christian can read the letters, (copies of which I send you,) from a Jewess, a child of thirteen years of age, to her mother and sister, both Jewesses, without being deeply affected on the behalf of God's ancient people, and lamenting that so little has been done for their instruction in Christianity; in which case, through the divine blessing, many might now. have been Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile ; and others singing the praises of their God and Redeemer, in an upper and better world.”
The following are copies of the letters alluded to in the preceding extract.
Rebecca Cohen's Letter to her Mother. My very dear Mother, I HAVE long wished to write to you ; with pleasure, therefore, I embrace the present opportunity : and, first, let me thank you for your kind and pretty present. I hope my beloved parent will not be displeased with me, if I recommend to her the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. I hope I can say I love the word of God, the house of God, and the ways of God; and cannot rest until I hear that you love them too. Faith comes by hearing; and God says in the Scripture, Seek and ye shall find. They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; and several other passages encourage us to draw nigh unto God. Ah! then let us hear and heed God's sacred word, and pray over it, that we may be made wise unto salvation. How great was the love of God, to send his only Son to die for our sins, the just for the unjust! And shall not we accept his gracious offers of mercy ? Shall we not receive him as our Saviour? How often do I think of what Jesus said to Nicodemus, Ye must be born again. Yes, my dear mother, I feel the necessity of this, both for you and myself, before we can enter the kingdom of heaven; and mny daily prayer is, that we, and all we love, may know what
it is experimentally to feel this happy change, that old things with us may pass away, and all things become new. I am, with much affection, your dutiful child,
REBECCA COHEN. Rebecca Cohen's Letter to her Sister. My dear Sister, I DOUBT you will not be a little surprised at receiving a letter from me. The reason of my writing to you is, to tell you what a sinner you are, which I fear you are ignorant of. I hope you will not think it an offence, for I mean very differently. I shall first recommend prayer to you; call upon God in all your distresses, and he will hear you. Remember, that unless you have a new heart, you canrot enter the kingdom of heaven ; seek Jesus, and he will be found of you. Think what will be your feelings at the last day, if God should say, Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, I know you not. But now, my dear sister, farewell, may the God of all mercies protect you, and bless you, and am your affectionate sister,
REBECCA COHEN. Gravesend, Oct, 4th, 1809.
At a Meeting, in Farmington, September 5th, 1810, of the
Commissioners for Foreign Missions, appointed by the General Association of Massachusetts Proper, at their sessions in Bradford, June 27th, 1810); present His Eccellency John Treadwell, Esq. Rev. Drs. Joseph Lyman, Samuel String, Rev. Samuel Worcester, Calvin Chapin.
The meeung was opened with prayer, by Dr. Lyman. VOTED, That the doings of the General Association of Massachusetts Proper, relative to the appointment and duties of this Board, shall be entered on the minutes of the present sessions. Those doings are expressed in the following words, viz.
« Four young gentlemen, members of the Divinity College, were introduced, and presented the following paper.
“ The undersigned, members of the Divinity College, respectfully request the attention of their Rev. Fathers, convened in the General Association at Bradford, to the following statement and inquiries.
« They beg leave to state, that their minds have been long impressed with the duty and importance of personally attempting a mission to the heathen ; that the impressions, on their minds have induced a serious, and they trust, a prayer
ful consideration of the subject in its various attitudes, particularly in relation to the probable success, and the difficulties attending such an attempt : and that, after examining all the information which they can obtain, they consider themselves as devoted to this work for life, whenever God, in his providence, shall open the way.
“ They now offer the following inquiries, on which they solicit the opinion and advice of this Association. Whether, with their present views and feelings, they ought to renounce the object of missions, as either visionary or impracticable ; if not, whether they ought to direct their attention to the eastern or western world; whether they may expect patron- , age and support from a Missionary Society in this country, or must commit themselves to the direction of an European society ; and what preparatory measures they ought to take, previous to actual engagement. . « 'The undersigned, feeling their youth and inexperience, look up to their fathers in the church, and respectfully solicit their advice, direction and prayers.”
ADONIRAM JUDSON, jud.
SAMUEL NEWELL. “ After hearing from the young gentlemen some more par. ticular account of the state of their minds, and their views, relative to the subject offered to consideration, the business was committed to the Rev. Messrs. Spring, Worcester, and Hale."
“The committee on the subject of Foreign Missions, made the following report, which was unanimously accepted.,
« The committee to whom was referred the request of the young gentlemen, members of the Divinity College, for ad. vice relative to missions to the heathen, beg leave to submit the following report.
" The object of missions to the heathen, cannot but be regarded, by the friends of the Redeemer, as vastly interesting and important. It deserves the most serious attention of all who wish well to the best interests of mankind, and especial. ly of those who devote themselves to the service of God in the kingdom of his Son, under the impression of the special direction go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. The state of their minds, modestly expressed by the theological students, who have presented themselves before this body, and the testimonies received respect. ** ing them, are such as deeply to impress the conviction, that they ought not to renounce the object of missions, but sa