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grounds. A wish to have both a comfortable and a quiet | have not peace within, they accuse those around Sabbath made Saturday her busiest day; she prepared them, as being the cause of all their troubles and disevery thing on the Saturday, and had even gone so far quietudes. Our poor old nan felt himself bowed beas to make up the little sitting room, and lay the break neath the hand of One inore powerful than himself, fast things the night before. Walters always liked a who was saying to hin, “Set thy house in order, for little hot dinner on Sunday; he was accustomed to it thou shalt die." But he strove long to resist the when he was a single man, and never used to dine at call. Often he invited to his table men as little hoine but on that day.; and when he set up in business serious as himself, with whom he affected great cheer. he had calculated so much on being disturbed at meals, fulness, and a good appetite, to hide from them as well that he adhered to the custom of making his Sunday as from himself, the feeble remains of life, which still dinner the only one he reckoned on for comfort... existed within him, and at such times, the fatterers ·,., . . (To be continued.) ... . .
who surrounded him, would praise his good looks, and THE OLD PHYSICIAN
appear astonished at his vigour, and would talk eagerly
of the fiftieth anniversary of his doctorate, which they In a small town in the north of Germany, a short time hoped to celebrate in a few months. : , back, lived a Physician, who was celebrated in all the
At this period, there came to this little town where Country round, for his great skill and learning, and well
Erdmann resided, an old preacher, who had formerly knjwu also for his humanity towards the poor, and the been a friend of his at the University. The first time sick, whom he made it his delight to relieve in every that the friends were alone, together, the old Physician, way. One thing, however, was wanting to this old with an anxious countenance, asked his friend this man, without which nothing could give happiness, I serious question; “ Do you think we have sufficient mean the peace of God through Christ crucified, His proofs of the iminortality of the soul?!". This gave youth had been spent during the time when infidelity rise to a long conversation, the result of which was, reigned triumphant in the German Universities, and " that the philosophical proofs of the immortality of the in the literary circles of society, and he had not resisted soul are not conclusive ; that we cannot arrive at any the torrent, the progression of light, as was then called certainty on the subject, but that we inay consider ourthat denial of the light of the world, without which selves happy, if we can think ourselves immortal !!! there can exist nothing but the most profound dark. It is unnecessary to say that this conversation did but ness, and real barbarisın, however it may be disguised add to the secret anguish of the old Physician. He under the deceitful exterior of a corrupt and a corrupting | opened his mind on the subject to one of his friends, civilization. The father of Erdinann, such was the name who was assisting him in drawing up his will; adding, of our Physician, had been a pious and faithful minis | that if the immortality of the soul could be clearly proter of the Word of God, and he had often sounded the | ved to hiin, he should die happy. Alas, this was but words of divine truth, and the name of the Saviour of another and an equally fatal error for him to fall into ; sinners in the ears of his son ;. but his son bad re- and yet how many infidels i have done the same, as if jected these doctrines, as incompatible with we know not immortality of itself alone, may not prove the most what, freshly constructed philosophical system, which dreadful of all miseries. And this is why the Bible in he had brought back with him from the University, no part speaks of imınortality as a simple theory; it and from that time had continued to follow ; thus for tells us of an eternal happiness, or of au eternal misery, fifty years he had lived without prayer, without bible, of a resurrection unto life, or, a , resurrection unto without religion, without coin munion, and, as he after condeinnation. And indeed God only hath immorwards said, without God in the world. , He looked upon tality, (1 Tim. vi. 16); and he alone who hath life, all these things but as so many means of useful re. imperishable life in God, hath an immortality, which is straints for the yulgar and the ignorant, and for them to him a subject of consolation and joy. Jesus Christ alone. He had but one principle; to do well and to fear | often joins the very promise of resurrection to the nobody; and as by the expression to fear nobody, he actual possession of spiritual life (John vi, 40, 64.) ;; meant likewise, not to fear Gud, it is useless to add, Erdinann was advised to send for the new minister of that he alone determined what to do, well included. the parish, who had but just entered upon his office, and Live and let live ;, was also the maxim of his practical have some conversation with him. He shook his head life. The pleasures of the table, of society, and of card | incredulously; “ Do you think,'he answered, “ that playing, bad, together with the business., of his pro a young man can teach me that which my friend, who fession, sufficed to draw him off from all serious reflec is so learned, and so full of experience could not, though tions as to his future state. And in this inanner he had he has lived and studied fifty years longer than that reached the age of seventy six. , , ,
young preacher has ?" At last, however, he was perBut the inhrmities of old age were now beginning suaded, by a young medical man, who was attending to come upon him. Confined to the house with a most him, and had been a friend and fellow student of the obstinate cough, and left quite alone, he began to feel young minister, to ask him to come and visit him, himself very miserable. His ill humour, was felt by and froin that tiine the two young men frequently met those about him." Never having been married, his at the Physician's house. But generally speaking, the coachman and his old housekeeper were the only beings conversation was not such as the servant of God could he had to torinent. His sleepless nights were spent in have desired. He wished to speak faithfully and plainly alternately ringing, his bell, scolding, and threatening. of death and of judgment to an old man so near his It is with individuals as it is with nations; when they departure; but every time that he attempted to give the conversation a serious, turn, the Physician taking | everlasting. Have you a Bible ?! 1, The Physician advantage of the ascendancy which his age and his thought for an instant, and then said, “ Yes, I have a powers of conversation gaye him, turned the discourse Bible;' then calling his old housekeeper, he desired her into another channel. The pastor, was much grieved at to go and fetch his Bible out of a drawer which was this, and notwithstanding his inexperience of the world, filled with relics of antiquity. The Book of God, which and of mankind, he resolved, after having in vain had never been read by him, since the time of his conwaited for a favorable opportunity, to speak out plainly firmation, was brought. The Minister took it, and on .at all events to the poor old wpan who was ever putting off opening it read with some emotion the following words, to a future time the interests of his soul. He felt that which were written on the blank page of the sacred his high office rendered it important that his time volume, and which proved that the hand of the good should not be frittered away in this manner. One day Shepherd had been extended towards this wandering therefore when the old man was taking leave of him, sheep, while he was yet at a distance from him: I give and like Felix, putting off to a more convenient season, this Bible to my dear son Gottwerth, on the eighth annithe important subject, pressing the young clergyman versary of his birthday ; and I beseech the God of all at the saine time to come again soon; the minister of | grace, thut He will, by the power of His Word and Christ said géptly but very seriously; “dear Sir, I am of His Sprit. bring my child to a knowledge of the extremely grateful to you for the kindness with which trite faith, to a holy life, and to a blessed death, you have received me, I am at present a stranger W. Erdmann. . in this town, and I am most anxious to shew my gra W. Erdmann' was the grandfather of our Physician, titude to you ; but the duties, of my ministry so occupy | and had been a Minister full of faith and zeal, and a ny time, that I have none to spare, in merely useless christian poet of most distinguished talent: his name conversation; if you seriously desire to talk with me of is still blessed in many of the churches in Germany, your soul and the things of salvation, be so kind as to send who have received as a rich heritage from him, those for me, and I shall only be too happy to come to you truly spiritual hymns which they sing to their edificaat any hour you may desire.” The Physician looked tion and comfort. Among others, thc churches are inat the speaker for a moment with a mixture of aston debted to him for that beautiful hymn which begins by ishment and irritation ; but very soon recovering himself, these words, “ Jesus Christ receiveth sioners, '* one he held out his hand to him in a friendly manner, saying, of the most popular among them, it may be found “well, when I do send for you, pray remember that in most collections, and has been known by heart from you do come to me.”
their very infancy, by all christians in Germany. -* Three days after this conversation the Physician's "See,” said the Minister, after reading to the Phyold coachman came to the.pastor's house, and begged sician the words his grandfather had written, " your that he would come at once to his master, as he was ancestor who left this legacy to his son, departed very anxious to see him. He accordingly went in- this life long ago, in the hope of a blessed eternity; stantly, and found the old man in bed, though he had your father has followed him; they are now rejoicing kept up as long he could in order to hide from himself before the Throne of God, with the spirits of just met how very ill he was. After the first greeting, the siek made perfect; and it is there we also must meet them; man of his own accord asked the minister the game is not this your desire ?'' “ Yes, I own it is," said the question which bad often caused him so inuch an- sick man, evidently affected. " But how can I believe guish of spirit, and this gave rise to the following in the reality of these things ? ful ." conversation.
The Minister then, with the Bible in his hand, set * Do you really think that the soul is immortel?” before him the proofs of everlasting life, resting them
“I have not the slightest doubt of the matter, and on the foundation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, à it would be little to believe this alone: I believe be- fact which every reasonable man must admit as unsides, that you and I, Sir, shall after our death, be eter answerably confirmed by History. He who holds nally happy, or, eternally miserable.”
the keys of hell and of death, who was dead, and “ Prove this to me."
is alive for everinore, caused His Spirit to'accotn pany “ It appears to me, that without saying much on the His Word; the sick man listened with increasing attensubject, you carry the proofs of it in your own breast. tion, and agitation, and at length cried out ; " will From whence come those fears, and that anxiety which believe this, I must believe it. I wish to get rid of assail you even at the thoughts of the near approach of my unbelief. But explain to me, if there is really a death? Is it not, because your conscience bears wit never-ending life, how can we attain it? What must ness within you, that after death, there is something to be done to mabe us worthy of enjoying it?"" hope or to fear?”.
66 To answer your question according to the manner o That may be. But prove that all this is true; for in which you have put it," said the young pastor, 1 I ask for proofs, and you do not expect, I presume, that will tell you that there are two ways of reaching eternul I should believe, what you advance, on the mere word life ; one which includes all that must be done to be of such a young man as you."
counted worthy of attaining thereto, this way is by the “ Assuredly not. My person, or my age have nothing at all to do with the question, and as you desire
Every verse ends with those most comforting words, with which
the eneinies of our Saviour reproached him, (Luke xt. 2) proofs, we will listen to them from the lips ofa man who
would be impossible to describe the effect produced by the repeti. is older than you or I, by eighteen hundred years, aye, tion of them after each verse, set to beautiful music, and sung by and much more than that, for He has been from time annerous assembly. .
lawar. The faithful servant of Christ then set before -6. This is the work of God, that we believe on Him him the divine law in all its holiness, in all its and that God will forgive me my sins for His sake šio inflexible strictness, in all its exactions, extending | whom he hath sent."-"But why do you not'already look even to the most secret feelings of the heart, and upon all that has been going on in your heart, during how it requires an entire life, which has never, in the this conversation as His work ? It is not I who have slightest degree, failed in the fulfilment of its very done it; neither is it you; you would still be in that strictest demands, and then added; " if your life agrees | fatal security which you have rested in for so many years, with this demand, and you have kept the whole law; had you been left to yourself."-" I believe this; but then you have a right to eternal life. But examine still ....'"" Do not make things more dif. yourself most seriously !" 66 Oh! no, no ! I have not ficult than they are ; God, nou, by His word, (and he lived after this manner. But, if it is as you say, all my cannot deceive you) offers you pardon and free salvation, past life is lost, and I can never have any hope of purcliased for you by our blessed Saviour. Pray, thereeternal life.” “I rejoice to see that you understand fore, that He will give you faith to lay hold of this that God cannot be satisfied with a few outward salvation."*" Pray! I do not know how to pray! I acts, iwith some good works, but that he demands have never prayed!"-" Still you can pray, just as he an entire life of holiness. A law would no longer who is perishing with hunger or with thirst can call be a law, if to keep it partly would suffice." " What out for bread or for water. In the same way, can do you mean by saying that you rejoice!" cried tlie you in the extremity of your wretchedness, call upon old man.”'. "I again repeat, that if you are right, God; that will be praying. God will not wait for and I own that my conscience tells me that you eloquent addresses before he delivers you ; He waits are, I am lost!: For ny life is just at its close. I but for the cry from the heart. If you wish it, we wil am on the borders of the grave ; and I have no pray together.” time to make amends for the past." .* This is very The sick man consented, and the minister after pleadtrue, and you may add, that were you as young as I ing with the Saviour His own blessed proinise, Matthew am, and could you live without sin to your present ad xviii. 19, 20, poured out his soul before God with all vanced age, that could not atone for the least of your the ardour of faith, and the unction of love. It pleased sins before God. All the power of the universe could God not to withold the manifestations of His grace. not prevent an act from being an act, nor make that The sick man who had at first followed in silence the which is, to be as if it were not. Now sin is an act which intercession of the servant of Jesus Christ, ended by reexists in the sight of God." “ But how then is it pos peatiug aloud each supplication, as it proceeded from sible to be saved? How can I be saved ? I cannot, I his lips, till’his heart, touched and broken, burst forth perceire, offer to God those good qualities which men into sobs and tears, and his friend was forced to stop, have praised in me; they were the result of my na that his own might flow with those of the poor penitent. tural disposition ; I have never done anything for God; | He took leave of him, firmly convinced in his own mind, I have never kept His law. Wbat can I offer to Him per that through God's mercy another soul was saved.
Offer Him the merits and the perfect righteousness Early on the following morning, the old coachman of His dear Son; nothing else can save you !!
was at the minister's door, and he could not cease from “I do'not understand you; pray explain what you recounting the miraculous change which had taken méan."
place in his master.' “ My master used to spend the - Do you not know that God hinself has begun and night in ringing his bell, in scolding, and in swearing. finished the deliverance of sinners, condemned by the But last night he was so kind to us all! He begged law?". Here the Minister explained to the old man that we would all gò to bed and sleep, for he hoped, the glad tidings of redemption through Jesus Christ ; ' he said to sleep himself. However the housekeeper he read and dwelt upon the 22d of Luke beginning at the sat up in the room adjoining iny 'master's; and she 39th v., and then spoke to him of the ministry of recon- | heard him praying and reading his Bible aloud, and ciliation with God, from the th chapter of the 2nd at last he fell quietly asleep. This morning he seems epistle to the Corinthians at the 14th verso. This doc quite happy, and his first orders to me were to come trite, or rather these most wonderful proofs of the love and fetch you, Sir." of God towards His lost and rebellious creatures, sunk | The young pastor, found the sick man in a peaceful into the accusing conscience, and the miserable and doubt- | frame of mind, believing in his salvation, but thinking ing heart of the sick man, and fell like a gentle balm, | he did not believe, because that on many important on a fiery wound, and like soft and pure light dispelling | points, he was still full of ignorance and doubt. All the dark shades of night. These words of heavenly these points he brought before the minister, who anmerey, were received by the thirstừng soul who listened swered them from scripture. The old nian hearing the to them, as that which could alone meet the helpless young clergyman speak of some portions of the Psalms ness of his case, and bore as powerful a witness to them as particulaly comforting and useful to hins in his state Selves in his heart, as the words of the law had done to of mind, said he would learn them by heart, so that he his conscience. After a very long and solemn silence, might be able to repeat them, during the long silence the old man exclaimed, as if a new world had been un of his sleepless nights. Indeed his whole time was folded before his eyes. "Yes, it is indeed a blessed mess spent in improving himself in the knowledge of the scripage which you have declared to me. But,” he added tares, either by reading when alone, or by the explana. with a saddened look, "I do not think it is addressed tions which he sought daily from his minister. He was to me ; for what can I do to believe in Jesus Christ, at last blessed with the assured hope of his salvation, atid
fron that time his remaining days were spent in praise and thanksgiving. He begged to be allowed to receive the holy communion, never having partaken of it since the time when he was first admitted to the holy ordinance. On the day fixed for this affecling cereinony, the Minister found the dying man, who had not before left his bed for a week, seated at his table, dressed in black, and as for a festival. He uncovered his venerable head, the hair of which was white as snow, and joined with all his heart in the sacred service, and when about to partake of the holy ordinance, and communicate with Him who hd given Himself for him, and who was now, spiritually, about to give Himself to him, be pushed back his chair, threw himself on 'his knees, without any regard to his extreme weakness, and poured out his soul before God in prayer full of unction, and thanksgivings full of ardour. Ah, he now knew how to pray!
Four days afterwards the Minister went to see him ; it was Sunday, and the old man received hiin with even more affection than usual; and stretching out his hand to him, he said, " I think I shall go to day."
The pastor prayed with him, and on taking leave, he heard him repeat' in a feeble voice the beginning of that fine Psalin; “The Lord is iny Shepherd; I shall not want."
After divine service when the ininister returned, he found that the old man had fallen itsleep without agony, or suffering of any kind! His redeemed spirit had already joined the spirits of his father and his grandfather in that'rest which remaineth for the people of God.
Parents, you who have at heart the salvation of your children, who pray for them, who get before then the Word of Life, take courage ; let not doubt overwhelm you, though perhaps you 'inay for a long time see them walking in the path of error. He, whose faithful pro. mise extends to a thousand generations,' He has heard your supplications; He will yet save the child of your prayers, though it should be at the eleventh hour.
The Ancient People of God. '. “ HATH God cast away bis people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite.--God hath not cast away his people ;." such were the words of the great Apostle to the Gentiles, now more than 1800 years ago, and time, far from giving cause to doubt the Divine inspiration of the Scriptures, hath but added its seal to their testimony, and as the objections wbich have been raised of other portions of Seripture, are denied by Christians as containing any proofs, why should this passage, if not avowedly declared to be written without the inspiration of God, be acted upon as if it were so?
It may be argued how can we tell that God hath “not cast away his people ?" the Scriptures decide for us, that He has not; and it may be enqnired, whether cast off from the favour of the Almighty for ever or not; what have those of any other faith to do with this subject, one wbich, though of so much importance to the Jew, is so indifferent to the nominal Christian : and much, very much have we to do with the subject, unimportant as it may appear to him who is a Christian in name alone.
If the Word which declares the Jews are not cast away by God be untrue, we may justly believe the whole of the records of the creation and the Redemption to be untrue likewise, and if they are untrue, our faith is vain, there is no vital ditference between the heathen and the Christian;
and if we say, the Scriptures inform is the Jews are not cast away, but we believe from their present state of misery they are, therefore we believe the Soriptures to be untrue, we may as well say, the same Word informs us that the sincere followers of Christ sball reign with Him in His kingdom of glory, shall have crowns of unfading lustre bestowed upon them, but many of His most sincere and devoted followers are among the bumblest dwellers upon earth, the most lowly in station as well as in mind, therefore we believe the Scriptures to be untrue wben speaking of their future exaltation; we might quite as justly say one as the other, therefore there can be no surprise that the Israelite should as much believe his state of trial, his long and bitter captivity is but for a period, as the Christian believes that his affliction is but for a moment, is ligbt when compared with the glory which shall be revealed. We cannot be surprised that the Israelite should tenaciously hold to the promise given to his forefathers of future exaltation; and, that while it assists him to bear his oppressions, giving a tone of elasticity to his mind which no tyranny could break, no lengthened persecution conid destroy; we cannot wonder that it shall also make him look with a mind exaspe. rated to its utmost point of endurance, upon the Christian who declares to the contrary' and acts towards them ac. cordingly, and make him render back with the spirit of a heathen, scorn for bis bitter scord, and hatred for his uncalled for oppresion. Believing as they do, that the nations of Canaan which they were commanded to destroy were Christians, and that He whose name we bear was an impostor, it can cause no surprise that they shoald look upon us as nations if not to be destroyed, at least to be in our turn their captives, when the day of their glory shall come.
And why should we place so many difficulties in the way of their becoming united with us under one Head; wby should we place so many obstacles in their path choked as it already is, with the seeds of tradition and error, growing on apace for centaries; does not the same Parent watch ov er both the Jew and the (lentile, does not the same isun shine upon both, though a still higher Sun sheds its bright beams of light but upon the hearts of a few of Israel's sons. Could we bot know their constant sufferings, and the tenacity with which they cling to their hopes of glory and greatness, we should not believe tbat a benificent Creator has ordained, tbat they alone of all the buman race should endure the miseries of this life, without the hope of happiness bereafter, still less would humanity lead us to place before them such an opinion, and seek to destroy that principle which has sustained the captive, and given endurance to the op pressed; surely among one of the greatest of our sins against this people, this one will stand forth with the greatest prominence when confronted we appear before the bar of eternal Justice.
It is true that nationally for many ages they bave been removed from the especial favour of God, but individually they have ever been as much received to His favour as the beatben, or the individual who, without consent of his own has been enlisted under the banner of Christ, manfully to figbt against His enemies, and who, after long years becomes awakened to the import of the name he bears; and that thiey are not nationally removed from the favour of God for ever, some of the strongest language of the Bible informs us, as in Jeremiah, “ Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the son for a light by day, aud the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; the Lord of hosts is his name; if those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever,' and again, “ Tbus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the eartb searched out beneatb, I
will also cast of all the seed of Israel for all that they have and stretching out their hands, they cried after me with a done, saith the Lord."
fainting voice; only one penny, I am a poor Israelite, a And wbat has been the result of our acting towards poor Israelite. I distributed some trifle among them, and them as if removed from the favour of God for ever; several said to me; we have heard that you are a son of one , resalt alone is sufficient to convince us of our Israel, and have brought with you the Gospel in Ilebrew, error; we have prevented them accepting our faith, and give it to us. While I was speakiug to them, I heard the where that has been received in many cases no open de unbappy People crying, I am an Israelite, a poor Israelite, claration has been made, retaining still the name of their one penny, only one, I'am a poor Israelite." And he religion, though believers in our own; instances are con adds, “no wonder that the barp is silent and mute among tinually occurring, for though in some foreign lands an them for they are indeed a poor Israel." , Israelite gains little in the estimation of the inhabitants by From the melancholy view of their depressed state in this becoming a Christian, yet in our own we might expect country, how gladly does the mind turn to that small body their treatmeut to be different, but there are freqnent of this people who are not in the same depressed condition; accounts in England of those wbo will not openly renounce like the winding stream in the desert whose banks are Jodaism, so indignant do they feel to Christians at their irrigated and fertile proclaim to the wearied traveller reconduct towards them. Among many others it is men freshment and shelter, so do the Caraite Jews present tioned that a few years ago an Israelite who had obtained relief to the mind, when considering the wanderings and a high repntation as an artist, receiving much kindness afflictions of the IIebrew people; their utmost ngmber from a Cbristian actively engaged in promoting the wel not exceeding perhaps five thousand, tbey continue a remi. fare of this people, and acquiring confidence in him, in nant of the true Israelites, for what purpose preserved no formed him that both be and his brother, who from their one can presume to decide, though we may, perhaps, sup. earliest years had been among Christianis, had embraced pose they have been so to sbewus the beauty of the former our faith, but that he felt too indignant at the conduct of dispensation, and while they lead us to consider the more Christians, both to them and their people openly to pro- perfect one established wben the Messiah' appeared, they fess it, and he recommended most strongly that all efforts also lead us to look still onward to tbe far greater beauty of for this people should be made in the language and con- | that which shall be. Everywhere esteemed, everywhere duct of affection and kindness, and that far from leading honest and industrious, the Caraites are free from the op. them to suppose we beliere they are for ever removed pressions of their brethren, neither bave we the slightest from the favour of God, that we should shew to them that reason to believe that they are partakers in the great guilt we consider they were the first people upon earth in of their nation; they declare their fathers had no part in the ages now past, and are still the chosen people of God. the cracifixion of the Saviour, and their statements on "A paioful instance of our conduct to them was dis every subject are undoubted by those among whom they played some years ago in Germany, when on a small dwell. In Lithuania they have been settled about four town in that country having been destroyed by fire, a Jew hundred years, and in the Crimea about six hundred, their subseribed a considerable sum for its rebuilding, when but celebrated fortress in the latter place, termed the Jews" a very few years after wishing to pass through the town, Castle, contains still in the sepulchral grove attached, he was stopped at the gates, and refused an entrance, al tombstones in the Hebrew language, one of which Dr. law of the place commanding all Israelites to be refused Clarke mentions as being dated five hundred and seventy admittance...
years ago: they state themselves to have separated from But in all the countries where they are in the most mise their nation so early as the Babylonish captirity, and, rable condition those in Persia call for our greatest sym bitter enemies as the Rabbinical Jews are to them, patby; oppressed as they are in all lands, in this their and whose statement gives a very different account; motreatment is the most aggrarated; in rain do they seek to dern travellers where they are settled, mention that there leare: it, the government will not permit them, and so is no foundation for "doubting what they affirm, as to the fearful is it of their doing so, that individaals trading to early time of their separation from the Jewish nation. It India are obliged to go alone, and leare their families and has been aserted that they are the lawyers of our Saviour's somes of their property bebind to insure their return. To time, but their own denial and the want of proofs to estause their own language,s our captivity is dreadful in all blish this have caused the supposition to be considered lands, our oppressions grieyons to bear, but our sufferings incorrect. In the scriptures we are led to believe, that in the lapd of Iran are greater than in any other. The where the Hebrew people have not had the Christian faith Rev. Mo. Wolff, so long a missionary among his brethren offered to them, that still the Almighty requires that they in Persia, gives a most painful account of their state, should adhere to the ancient faith delivered to them,-and where, their numbers are very great, and where in some well would it have been bad this been the case, without instances to escape the oppression of tbe inbabitants they the traditions of fivite man to alter, and as they consider, have become Mahommedans,in name atleast, adding a fresh to iniprove the commandis' of an Infinite God-and the source of affliction to their more steadfast brethren, who Caraites present to us 'a' people who have, and still do monro over them much as we should do at Christians adhere to the faith of their forefathers exhibited in the becoming converts to Judaism; their priests here are in a Old Testament: peaceable, honest, and industrious, everyvery low state, frequently seen sitting on the ground at where esteemed, and everywhere treated with respect, so the door of some wretched abode, forming a painful con.. honest, so peaceful indeed is their life, that a Christian trast to the days when their priests were the presenters of writer has asserted no criminal judgment was passed upon their sacrifices to the Almighty, and their High Priest any individual of one of their colonies for four hundred was the type of the Messiah that should come.
years. Mr. Wolff mentions how exactly in the streets of one of Mr. Wolff, found a settlement of these people established the chief cities of Persia, the words of the prophet Amos at three days' journey from Bagdad, in the desert of Hit; were fulfilled, " wailing shall be in all streets, and they they give their early history as being tbose who mourned shall say in all the highways, alas! alas! and they shall for the corruptions which had sprung up during the Chalcall the busbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of dean captivity, and to imprint the Scriptures without lamentation to wailing ;" he says, that “ on entering the tradition firmly within their hearts, they studied them Jewish quarter at Shiraz, I saw old and young men, and constantly, and read them incessantly, and from thence old and yooog, women, sitting in the street and begging; | were termed Caraites or readers, wbich name they have thein beads were bowed down to the ground, and fainting, since retained, and fearing to become partakers in the