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edly share in the blessedness of the encouragement for de hying the same salvation."
great business of repentance to a He then, wilh a peculiarly plain. dying-bed. I have now been entive tone, exclaimed, 0, my God, gaged in the service of the sanctuary my God! Is this a messenger from more than 26 years; but in uw in.. Heaven? A messenger sent to in- stacce did I ever witness any thing struct me in the
salva- which scemed so like an instantane. tion ? And will God thus open a
ous cou version as this. In this way for me?-Will he be merciful view, however, I must consider it; to me? - Will he indeed save me? for the fact is, that within about an - Will he save my poor soul? 0, hour, this man, froin adopting the if I live, I'll serve him! - I will usual sentiments of an ignorant serve him, I will serve him ! On world, used the language of an adwhich I said,
Shall we wnite in 'vanced Christian ; and that which prayer to him?"
He eagerly as- is infinitely of wore importance, sented. My heart was full, and so discovered all the feelings of a pe.were the hearts of the friends that nitent sinner, all the reliance of were present ;
every word and a sted fast, believer. While, thereevery tone of the afflicted man now fore, I am desirous to give glory to greaily interested the feelings of lis God, I am, at the same time, anxi. all; and we together poured out ous that your readers should be our souls before the Lord. It was a caylioned against perverhug this solemn season ; and all seemed cou- display of divine compassion ; and scious of the divine presence. When would, therefore, remind them, that We arose from our knees, I proceed- though in the sacred writings we ed to take my leave of him for the have one instance of conversion in present'; informing him, that I the last hour of life, that no conshould be engaged the whole of the trite sinner may despair ; yet, as it next day, it being the Sabbath ; but has been frrquently remarked, We that I would, by the divine permis- have but one such instance, that no sion, see him again about eight man may be encouraged to presume. o'clock in the evening. With ihe Let the wretch, therefore, who demost tender affertion he pressed iny liberately perseveres in sin, because hand, detained me a short time, grace abou.ds,'know, that Heaven pronouncing innumerable blessings and earth shall pronounce his eterupori me; and assuring me what nal condemnation just. pleasure it would yield him to see 2. I cannot, however, refrain from me again ; and now thankful he observing, how graciously the gloshould be for iny instruction and rious gospel of the blessed God' is my prayers.
suited to the circumstances of the On ny return home, I told my guilty and the miserable ! It is, family that I had just paid a very, surely, to be reckoned amongsi its remarkablo visit, that I was sin richest glories, that it contains the cerely glad I went, and that I be- most ample provision for all the lieved the person whom I had been wants of every real penitent. This 10 sec would not live, though I is so truly the case, that there are thought he might continue some no stains of guilt from which the wecks. In less than an hour, bow- blood of Christ will not cleanse the ever, after I left him, he died; but contrite sinner; for by washing in I believe that he died in the Lord; this fountain, though his sins be and that he will share in the blessed- as scarlet, they shall be as white as ness of the first resurrection.' snow; though they be red like crim
Thus have I given a plain unvar- son, they shall be as wool.' nished narrative of the fact ; but Thus we perceive the superior before I concinde, perunit me to cxcellencies of that salvation which add a brief remark or two.
is without money and without 1. It would give me inexpressible price,' to all those delusive schemes concern, sbould I ever have reason which render a long course of obeto believe that this instance of so. dience the qualification by which vereigu merey were abused, as an men are recommended to the favour
of God. Alas! on such principles, Having acquired a little independ. what can the poor sinner do, whose ency, and being weary of mixing days have been consumed by trans
so much with those who are strangers gression, but abandon hiinselt to to God, he gave up his place, and despair? Blessed be God, we have lived retired from the world, on a not so learned Christ ;' but exult in very moderate income, the remaindthe glorious truth of his coming in,
er of his life. His Bible, together to the world to save even the chief with Romaine's Life of Faith, and a of sinners.
few other good books, were his con3. I close, by observing how de- siant companions. He seemed to sirable it is for real Christians to be always in a devotional frame of avail themselves of all possible op- spirit; and in conversation with his portunities of visiting the sick and friends, he always embraced every dying ; especially when Providence opportunity to introduce some reliappears to point it out as the path gious subjects. He was an experiof duty. The recollection of my
mental and truly humble Christian. visit to this poor man, will, I am
Tie irriler one tine in conversapersuaded, yield se satisfaction io tion with bin, expressing a wish ihe end of my life; and, i humbly that the Lord would spare his life frust, I shall meet him in that to o'd are, that he might be disen: house, not made with bands, eter- gaged from the world, as he theo nal in the Heaveus.'
was, that he might be able like him As this narrative is remarkable, I to spend his latter days entirely in am willing to give it all the authen religious meditations; he replied, ticity in my power, 1 therefore : Ah! I have great reason to be take the advice of any brethren in thankful to God for his mercies to this city and neighbourhood, by me in my old age; bul, believe me, giving you mynaine; ,and beg leave my young friend, that the enemy of to assure you,
souis is busy at all periods of our
life, and in every situation we may Bristol. SAMUEL LOWELL.
he in; but I trust, ere long, to be
I hope to be with Him whom my
soul loves; but, till then, I expect
Hc severation. The writer has often cened like a shock of corn fully ripe; Bicard him recite, with the liveliest and was suddenly called in his 76th emotion, passages of his sermons, year. On the morning of the which he had heard 40 years ago. day of his dissolution, he enjoyed
Ile was, for near 30 years, butler his usual health and cheerfulness, in a gentleman's family, where there and went half a mile from home to was very little apparent seriousness. the house of the gentleman whom In this trying situation, surrounded he had long served, where he was with temptations, and frequently suddenly seized, and almost instant. exposed 10 scoff and ridicule, on ac- dy expired. A fresh call this, to all count of his regolar, piety, the Lord professors to prepare for death; to enabled him to maintain a blame- have their loills girded, and their less and unsuliied reputation to the lamps trimmcd, waiting for the comlast; and, by well doing', to put to ing of their Lord.
J. T. silence ibc scolls of wicked men. Temuruke.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Considerations on the Practicability, the Major and others, will very soon
the alarms excited by the writings of Policy, und Obligulion of commu
subside. nicating to the Natives of India the Knowledge of Christianity ; :
Much important information is with Observalions on the Pamphlet
given us, froin the very best sources, published by M.'S. Waring. By and the lindoo idolatry.
concerning the Hindoo character
As 'to a late Resident in Bengal. 28. 61.
their moral state, he says, “If I were ALTHOUGH the author of this to describe the Hindoo character gepamphlet modestly styles himself nerally, and, in a few words, allow. A late Resident in Bengal,' we ing for individual exceptions, I have reason to believe that he is a should define it a compoand of inperson of no less consideration than sincerily, servility, and dishoncsty. Lord Teignmouth, late Governor- His Lorikship's observations on the General of Bengal, whose eininent criminality of idolatry in the sight talents, high situation, and well- of God, and according to the deci. known regard to religion, certainly sions of Scripture (particularly qualify him to write on a subject Deut. xiii. 6-10.) do him. much which he justly deems of great na- honour, and form a strong argutional and religious importance.' ment for the obligation of cominu. His Lordship begins with regret- nicating a better system,
This is ting, tható a measure of such mo- pleaded for in a noble strain of Chris. mentous consideration as the pro- tian eloquence. We can only expagation of Christianity among the tract a few sentences. natives of Hindostan, should have * The most enlightened, improved, been first introduced to public no- and (may we not fairly say) most tice by its avowed opponents. In- religious nation upon earth, standstead of a calm dispassionate inves- ing for many years in the closest of tigation, it has been brought for- al social relations to a people bowward in a manner which places the ed down under a dark aud degrading advocates of it in the light of mnd superstition, — might it not be very enthusiasts, who think all political naturally supposed by those who, danger is to be disregarded, when in the varying fortunes of nations, it comes in competition with their acknowledge the hand of a superinpeculiar notiono.
tending Providence, that it had been The reflection which the noble the design of Heaven in bringing author wishes to impress on the pub. these va'st countries under the dolic, in consequence of Major scott minion of a nation enjoying the puWaring's Remarks, is this : “That, rest of all systeips of religion, that under the influence of panic and ap- their benighted and epraved-inhaprehension, the imagination hastilybitants might thus receive the light eatches aların, and ill-founded sur- of truth, and the blessivgs of a sound mises an. suspicions are easily con- morality:' P. 95. verted into facts and proofs. This On the contrary, the author may have been the case in India: I warmly exposes the guilt of attempt2m sure it is so in England. P. 23. ing to banisb Missionaries, and pro
The author then proceeds to point hibit the circulation of the Scripout some important errors into tures. which M. S. Waring has been led by • Professing, with my countrymen kis zeal or misinformation. Our in general, my belief in the divine limits forhid us to take particular authority of the Scriptures, and in notice of these ; but we will venture the doctrine of a superintending to say, that impartial readers will Providence, so explicitly inculcated, feel themselves perfectly satisfied and so fully illustrated by inoumerwith the calm and convincing rea- able examples in the word of God ; sonings of his Lordship; and that and still more, that the decline and
fall of dates are the judicial inflic, the abominations of the Hindoos, tions of a divine hand, the punish- will be astonished to think how it is ments of guilty nations, -- 1 see, possible for men of sense and learnwith the deepest concern, recom- ing to become their avowed advo, inended, for the first time, the adop- cates. They may indeed tell us, tion of a system of conduct by that they oppose the Missionaries which we should take idolatry, with only on political grounds, and the all its guilt, under our special pa. apprehension of danger , but, says tronage, and endeavour to shut out Mr Fuller, “I might meet them on all knowledge of (I had almost said this grounds and deny that the proall access to) the Almighty.' P. 98. gress of the gospel in any country,
• I think it my duty to make a or in any circumstances, can be unsolemn appeal to all who still re. friendly to its political welfare; but tain the fear of God, and who ad- it would be compromising the honour mit that religion, and the course of of the gospel to rest ils defence on conduct which it preseribes, are not this principle, If Christianity be to be banished from the affairs of na- true, it is of such importance, that tions, now, when the political sky, 80 no political considerations are sufe fong overcast, has become ficient to weigh against it; por lowering and black than ever, whether ought they, for a moment, to be this is a period for augmenting the placed in competition with it. If weight of our national sins and pro- Christianity be true, it is of God; vocations, by an exclusive tolera- and if it be of God,
its tion of idolatry: a crime which, progress on the grounds of political unless the Bible be a forgery, has expediency, is the same thing as to actually drawn forth the heaviest tell our Maker that we will not denunciations of veogeance, and the have him to reign over us, anless most fearful inflictions of the divine bis government be subscrvient to displeasure.' Ibid.
our temporal interests.' P. 6. This brief view of the contents of This volume consists of the followthis excellent pamphlet, and of the ing pieces : -1. Remarks on Major author's manuer, will, we trust, in- Scott Waring's Letter to thc Rev, duce many of our readers to peruse
Mr. Owen ;
2. Remarks on A the whole; and we cannot but in- Vindication of the Hindoos, by a dulge a hope that, as the celebrity, Bengal Officer ; and, 3. Remarks on of the author will introduce his - the foregoing Vindication, commuwork to the attention of the most nicated to Mr. Fuller by a gentle, exalted characters in the govern: man deeply versed in Oriental lito ment of this country, and of East rature. India affairs, it will not only prevent any impediment being put in the of Missions, but will con
Mr. Fler's Apology, way vince.them of the OBLIGATION, as
Part the Third. Price 2s, 6d. well as the policy and practicability, Tus Part consists, 1st, Of Stric. of enlightening the British subjects tures on Major S. Waring's third of lodia.
pamphlet ; in which he bestows deserved castigation on that wordy,
incorrect, and mistaken writer. He Mr. Fuller's Apology for the late particularly detects the gross and Christian Missions to India. Partabominable falschoods propagated the Second, Price 2s, 6d.
against the late Mr. Thomas. He It is a consideration of a most also exposes the Major's misreprepainful kind, that there should be sentations respecting the number of found in this couutry, persons called the Missionaries, by specifying all Christians, who can openly plead their names. for Paganism, and oppose the pro
The Second Part of this Apology gress of Christianity. Whoever has contains • Remarks on a Letter to road what Dr. Buchanan and others the President of the Board of Conhave written, or will read what is troul,' &c. : the writer of which adiogerted in this volume, concerning vises, that, ' with the growing zeal
of this country.for India conversion, the progress of the gospel. Could the vigilant controul of the India we be all of one mind, and that the Goveraments should keep pace.' mind of Christ, we might hope for This sounds, Mr. F. observes, very greater success; but seeing this is much like a system of intolerance ; not the case, what are we to do? but if the author means only a re- Surely, there is no necessity for our striction from intemperate language all sitting idle ; nor yet for one and behaviour, the restraint, he party, which happens to be estatrusts, will not • be found necessary blished by civil authority, to ex: to be imposed upon them.' Mr. clude the rest." P. 66. Fuller very properly introduces ex- “ If we would certainly exclude tracts from the instructions given to all difference of opinjon, we must the Missionaries, both by the Lon- do as the Church of Rome does, set don and Baptist Societies, to shew up for infallibility, and withhold that a prudent pacific temper and the Scriptures from the people. On careful abstinence from all inter- the contrary, let the Missionaries ference with the political affairs of put the Bible into their hands, and the country or government, were, let them judge for tbemselves." strongly inculcated:
But Dr. Barrow recommends In the Third Part of this pamph- • One uniform and general attempt, let, we have Observations on the to the exclusion of all others, where Propriety of confining Missionary we have the power to exclude them, Undertakings to the Establisbed to be made by the ininisters of the Church,' in answer to Dr. Barrow, national church, under the authority who, in his Sermon on “ The Expe- and regulations of an act of the lediency of translating our Scriptures gislature.' into the Oriental Languages,' preach- But Mr. Fuller asks, and every ed at Oxford, Nov. 8, 1807, says, sensible reader will be rcady to ask, • Missionaries of various interests “ How many of the national church or parties, igoorantly or willingly does Dr.Barrow think would engage differing in their comments, their in this undertaking? If there be a opinions, and their designs, should sufficient number to justify his pronot be suffered to appear amongst posal, why do they not s apply the those whom we wished to convert episcopal mission on the coast of (p. 13, 14); and again, 'If we per- Coromandel? The successors of mit the ministers of various sects Swartz have declared the harvest to and denominations, Lutherans and be great, and the labowers few; Calvinists, Arminians and Baptists, and if the reader will consult the to inculcate their respective tenets Report of the Society for promoting without restraint, the unlettered In- Christian Knowledge, for the years dian will not be able to determine 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806, he will what that Christianity is which we find complaints, constantly repeatwould persuade him to embrace ; ed, that no suitable supplies of new and the more learned, convinced Missionaries 'nave yet been heard that the doctrines of all our tcach. of." ers cannot be equally true, may Mr. Fu'ler adds,“ I do not reflect led to conclude that all are equally on the .nglish clergy, &c. who may false.' Plausible,” Mr. Fuller consider themselves called to labou observa, as this reasoning may in muother quarter. But, I only appear on paper, experience and aski, How could Dr. Barrow, with fact are against it; for, according nese facts before his eyes, preach to this, if the Society for promoting and write as he did ? How could he Christian Knowledge had sent our propose to take the whole work of an English clergyman as a Mission. evangelizing India into the hands of ary to India, they ought to have: rc. the ministers of the national church, called Swartz, Gericke, &c. as 'being when that part of it, which had a Lutherans. “ The errors which special cla: » upon them, was known exist in the Christian world, to to be standing still, in a manner, for whomisoever they belong, are doubt- want of assistance?" P. 74. Aod less an evil, aod tend lo obstruot yet Dr. B. ivould exclude all the