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ratta. His friends would readily have recommended him to some secu. lar employment at Madras or Tanjore; but he declined their offers, being carnestly desirous of employment only in the service of the church.
Having heard of the Missionaries at Vizigapatam, he expressed a strong desire to visit them, hoping that he might be useful among the Te. linga nation, either in church or school. This, his desire, is likely to be gratified, the Missionaries having every reason to be satisfied with his character; and, upon their representation, the Directors of the Missionary Society, have authorized them to employ bim, and to allow him a competent salary.
A gentlemant, who knew him well, says, 'Whatever our Lord Jesus re. quires of his followers, he has really performed. He has left wife, mother, brother, sister, his estate, and other advantages which were offered to him, and has taken upon himself all the reproaches of the bramin caste: and has been beaten by some of the Heathen, to whom he spake on Christianity; and still bears the marks of their violence on his forehead. He declined complaining of it, and bore it patiently.'
We trust that this man will prove a valuable acquisition, and afford important assistance to the brethren Cran and Desgranges, in their trauslation of the New Testament into the Telinga language, in which they are employed.
SOUTH AFRICA. A LETTER has been received from Dr. Vanderkemp ; from which it appears, that the Missionary Settlement at Bethelsdorp is in a prosperous state, including 6 or 700 inhabitants; and that the work of God was goiog 'on among them. The Doctor is desirous of more help, that he may bo enabled to attempt some new Mission in the interior of the country, or in the island of Madagascar. Two Missionaries are to be sent shortly.
DEMARARA. A CHAPEL, for the use of the poor negroes, was opened at Le Resouvenir, about the beginning of September last. It will contain about 600 hearers. On the day it was opened there were about 700 present, and many standing out of doors. From 300 to 500 usually attend, and some come from a distance of 9 or 10 miles. The prejudices of many persons against the instruction of the slaves are removed, or much abated ; and several of the negroes appear to be acquiring considerable knowledge of the gospel, and to feel its power on their hearts.
SPAIN. It is worthy of remarkt, that when the Spaniards took up arms in de fence of their couotry, they avowed, in the strongest terms, their zealous attachment to Popery; and even passed a decree for recalling the Jesuits :a society justly held in such detestation as to bave been banished from most of the courts of Europe ; and whose suppression was thought necessary even by Pope Ganganelli himself.
It also deserves notice, That the French have publicly declared, in one of their Bulletins, that " The reign of the Inquisition is at an end! Its tevolutionary tribunals will no longer tormenī any country in Europe. In Spain, as well as at Rome, the Inquisition shall be abolished, and the horrid spectacle of Auto da Fes sball be repeated no more.' - The Emperor, in his Speech to the Magistrates of Madrid, says, I have preserved the Spiritual Orders, but with a limitation of the number of Monks. There is not a single intelligent person who is not of opinion that they were too pumerous. Those of them who are influenced by a divine call, shall rea main in their cloistery. With regard to those whose call was doubtful, or influenced by temporal considerations, I have fixed their condition in the order of secular priests. Out of the surplus of monastic property, I have provided for the maintenance of the pastors, - that important and useful class of the clergy. I have abolished that court (the Inquisition) which was a subject of complaint to Europe and the present age. Priests may guide the minds of men, but must exercise no temporal nor corporal jurisdiction over the citizens.'-Tbe First Article of the Capitulation at Madrid is very peculiar :-" The preservation of the Catholic, Apostolic, and Ro. man Religion, without any other being legally tolerated. Granted.
Instruction of Negroes
besides maintenance,-a proper perin the West India Islands. Son, instructed by Dr. Bell, shall be Our readers will recollect a Review, sent over to him, and the expence
which appeared in our last volume, of his passage will be paid by The of a Letter pnblished by the Bishop Negro Society here, of which I am of London on this important sub the President. 2dly, You will please ject; and which received our to observe, That the schools ineant warmest approbation. We are now to be established in the islands are glad to find that his Lordship is only Sunday Schools. On the other actively engaged in promoting the days of the week, the teacher may good work of instructing the be employed in the service of the Slaves in the West ladies. The plantation, in the capacity of a following is the substance of a storehouse - keeper, book - keeper, Circular Letter from the Bishop clerk, &c. which will amply repay to the Clergy and Proprietors of the planter for his maintenance; and Plantations in the islands; which the Sunday School will absolutely includes his Answers to Objections cost him nothing. 3dly, As some which had reached him, and the objections have been made to the information which he had received introduction of may Plan into the from numerous communications islands, I shall here briefly state with intelligent men ;
those objections, and my answers to
them. To the Clergy and Proprietors of The principal objections which
Plantations in the British West bave come to my knowledge are, l, India Islands.
That the parishes are too extensive As the great and pious work of to admit of Parochial Schools : instructing the negro children in the 2, 'i'hat the instruction of the negro first rudiments of the Christian Re- children will interfere with the work Jigion is now actually begun in those allotted to them, and consequently islands, I beg leave to recommend lessen the profits of the planter :to your serious attention the follow. 3, That the Plan cannot be carried ing considerations, which have oc- Into e tecution without a teacher curred to me on this most interesting sent from England, properly inand important subject :
structed by Dr. Bell; which, togeIn the first place, I think it ne. ther with their maintenance, will be cessary to inform you, That when a great expence to the planier; and, ever any proprietor of a plantation in their present distressed state, a wishes to have a teacher sent to him burden too heavy for them to bear : to instruct the nezro children on his 4, That the instruction of tbe Own estate, or two or three neigh negro children will render them bouring estates conjointly, if he will proud and insolent, disobedient to write to me, and specify the salary their masters, and indisposed to la he is disposed to allow ihe teacher, bour.
My answer to these objections is deep sense of their duty, and of the as follows: -1, l'allow thai the pa obligations they were under to obey rishes in the West India Islands are their masters, they could possibly. too extensive to admit of Parochial bave found out more forcible lanSchools ; and, therefore, they are guase than this for that purpose ? not the sort of schools I wish to re- I beg to know also, whether the commend ; butschools appropr ated negru children, who are brought up, to each separate plantation, or iwo in the habit of reading their Bible, or three neighbouring plantations and hearing it read in church (which vuiting for that purpose. A school are the two great objects of a Sun.. of this naturu has already been <s- day-school); who are taught to, tabl sied in Barbadoes, by Dr. Hold consider it as what it really is, the der, for the instruction of the negro Word of God himselfand that children on his own estate ; for tho are bound tv viiey iis precepis which purpose I have sent hibi over une pain of God's displcasure, and a teacher, a very excellent young of the severest punishment in anoman, who has been well instrucied ther worid, are not more likely, n Dr. B.'s inethod of teaching; and and have stronger joducepients to I hope it will not be long beiore be mech, bumbie, faithiul, and sub. The Negro Society will be able to missive io tlieir masters, than those send one, properly instructed, lo who know nothing of all these any planter who is willing to found things, and have never received any a school on this Plall. - 2, The ill- religious instruction ? Il is imposstruction of the negro children will sible for any unprejudiced man to not at all inlerfere with their work hesitate one moment in confessing, on the Weck-days; becanse the fairly and honestly, what answer schools proposed are valy Suuday- vught to be given to tncse quésSchools. The children are to be lions. Svo taught on Sundays only, - the rest "You will perceive that I hold it of the week they work as osual on an essential and indispensable part the plantations. 3, The mainte- of the education of the negro child. nance of a Sunday School will be no ren, that they should be taught to expence whatever to the planter; read: no effectúal insiruction can because the teacher may be made a be given thein without it. It is clerk, book-keeper, or any other necessary, more esecially, for these kind of useful agent on the estare; two reasons : - Isi, Because, witb. by which years he will pay his mas-' out this qualificalion, their Biblos, ter for his maintenance, and at the which contain all the above excel same time teach the children on Sun- lentj recepts, will be of na use to days. 4, The instruction of the them: négro children in the Chistian Re. • 2dis, Because Dr. Bell's plan for bizion, and in reading, cannot poss:. the education of childre!), cannot bly make them proud, insolent, dis- be carried into exécution without obedient to their inasics, and in- it'; for one malerial part of his new disposed to Jabour, but qunle the sistem is, to leach tive tehilien to contrary; for in the Seriplures read, by making them in'st wrile (which they will be taught to read the letters of the alphabet upon and to understard) God öimself ex-' sand. pressly commands them to be obe -'That tbis qualification has no dient and submissive to their mas- lendency to inahe the children terk.'
proud, indolent, and unwilling to Several appropriate Scriplures work, appears from this fact : that are here cited: Eph. ri. 5.--8. Co?" in Cumber and, Westmoreland, and rii. 23. Titus ii. 9, 10. i Pei.it. Scotland, there are Grammar Schools 13.] .
in almost every town and large vila C. Such are the commands given late, and allihe prior children are
slaves in the Sacred Writing's; taught to read; yet ihere are noand, I beg to know whether, if the where betior and more industrious planters thermselves had codeavour- and hardy labourers and workmen ed to impress upon the siares a toao iu thosc cuuutries.'
direction of the Matron, in pecuni
ary donations, or Religious Tracts: Since our last acknowledgement
This little fund is raised by a'voluu" of Bibles received for Ireland, we
tary deprivation of some of their have to report the following:
own comforts, and by a small weekly From Congregations, by the Rev.'
subscription out of their earnings Messrs. Duno, 27 B. 4 T.; Boden, 55 B, 22 T.; Matier, 15 B. 25 T.;
by labour in the house. Tožer, 24 B. 88 T.; Weaver, 40 B. The lecture which, for some time, 118 T.; Priestley, 91 B. 131 T.; Upton and Gill, 138 B. 165 l. ;
on the Wednesday morning, has Newman, 3 B. 950 T.; Jay, 22 B.
been changed to Tuesday evening. 9 T.; Sutcliff, 37 B. 20 T.; "Hille Service to begin at half past six vard, 24 B. 15 T.; Campbell, 290 o'clock. – A List of the Minisier's T.; Barker, 42 B. IT; Kvely, and Subjects for the year has been 44 B. 79 T.; W. Bull, by Dr. published. Smith. - ; from Reading, Ou Sunday evening, Dec. ll, at 10 B. 10. T.; from Swallow-Street the house of a lady in Charlotte School, 30 B. Froin the following Street, there was a party of about individuais: - J. G. Jun. 12 B. ; 12 persons, spending the evening, W. W. 1 B.; R. Gray, 10 B.; T. and, after the supper-cloth had been Hughes, 20 T.; Mr. Brownlow, draw, one of the gentlemen (Mr. 24 T.; T. Sliff, 6 B. 5 T.; J. C.) fell down and expired whilst Thornton, 24 B. 46 T.; Mrs. Wile taking a class of wine. The deson, 5. B. 12 T.; Anonymous, at ceased was in the 24th year of his Basingbourne, 15 B. 40 T.; D. M. age, of independent fortune, and
J. B. - E.M. - M. M.--D, M. suitor to a young lady who was and J. M. I B. 2 T. Also the fol., present at the awful visitation. lowing sums for the purchase of
'The extreme cold, which has preBibles and Testaments iron con- vailed for some time past, especially gregations, by the Rey. Messrs. ; in the night of Dec. 17, bas proved Chapman, 341. ; Iliggs, 81, 11s. 01. ; fatal to many persons. Among Barker, 61. 6s. ; Sutclia, A. 103. ;
21. 105. i. others, a poor blind man, in Lon.. Dunn, 131. 15s, 6d.; Smith, 41. 48.
doni, missing his way from Gray's Those from individuals will appear
Ion Lane to his abode near Bagin the printed Report.
nigge-Wells, . was found frozen to From the Annual Bill of Mor- death. Also, a man, apparently tality, from Dec. 15, 1807, to Dec. from the country, was found dead 13, 1808, it appears that there near the park wall. One Yeates, have been
- a beggar, was also found dead in CHRISTENED - 19,906 Oxford Street. "Who can stand
BURIED - - 19,954 before his cold ? Ps. cxlvii. 17. The Burials exceeding the Christen. On Sunday morning (Christmas ings 48; but, if the number of Dis day) towards the close of the sersenting children, not baptized at
mon, at the chapel in Long Acre, church, or not baptized at all, be
one of the congregation feil sud. taken into the account, the number
denly from her seat. The minister of children born, probably, exceeded
very properly paused while she was the number buriell, by many hun.
carried into the vestry, and Dr. dredy. The burials, however, at
Atkinson, who was present, at, Dissenting grounds, are not, we
tended; but found her beyond the believe, included in the geveral Bill.
reach of medical aid. A paper was Many unfortunate women having then handed to the Rev. Mr. King, applied for admission into the Lon. in the pulpit; who, after conclud. don Feinale Penitentiary, who could ing his sermon, announced the awful not be admitted for wait of rouin, event, and added a solemn and imthe women in the house have fórmed 'pressive address, suited to such a a small Benevolent Society among melancholy occasion. The deceased themselves, for the relief of such vas, upon inquiry, found to be a persons, to be disposed of under the Mrs. Baldie.
. Provtricial Intelligence.
ducted by Messrs. Ralph, Kent,
Popperwell, East, and Beaufoy. In onr Number for Nov. page 492, The next meeting is to be on Tueswe drew the humane notice of our day, April 25, at Mr. Ralph's, in readers to the condition and the Maidstone. Public services in the efforts of an aged and benevolent afternoon and evening. Messrs. man at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Popperwell and Rogers to preach. intimated the intention of some
A meeting for prayer for the serious persons, in London, to col. lect a few pounds, in order to en
spread of the Gospel at home and able him to go on in ininistering in.
abroad, to be held on the first struction to the poor, and distribut.
Monday evening of the month, was ing Religious Tracts among the
* begun at Brighthelmstone, on the · colliers and sailors in that neigh. :
. : 7th of November, at Lady Huntingbourhood. A small sum, about 151.!
don's chapel.' The Rev. Messrs. has been collected and paid to B.
Goff, Styles, and Richards (of Hull) Neale, Esq. St. Paul's Church-yard.
were engaged. As it is intended to transinif the Nov. 29. A new Meeting-house money about the middle of this was opened at North Walsham, in month, the friends to this cause are the county of Norfolk, when two respectfully requested to forward sermons were preached; that in the their kind assistance any day before forenoon, by Mr. John Carter, of that time.
Mattishall, from 1 John i. 3; and On the evening of Tuesday, Nov.
that in the evening, by Mr. Edward 29, as the John and Thomas, a mer- :
· Hickman, of Denton, from Psalar chant vessel, from Liverpool, was
Ixxxiv. 1. This place has been reattempting to enter the harbour of
cently erected by the united efforts Whitehaven, the night bcing dark,
' of the Dissenters in the town, and and the sea' turbulent, she missed
; the members of the congregation the mouth of the harbour, and,
': at Bradfield; who will, in future, driving against the pier, was dashed
attend the ministrations, of Mr." to pieces. The vessel was full of
Browne. passengers; who, with the crew, all : Mr. Sparkhall (a deacon of the perished. The beach, next day, Baptist Church at Old Ford), hav, exhibited a most awful spectacle. ing hired and duly registered a
Sen. 7. The Middlesex and Hert... house in this large village, a 'ineet. fordshire Unjon, held their half.' ing of prayer was held in the afterTearly meeling at Ponder's End. noon of Jan. 3, 1809 ; in which Mr. Mr. Morrison, of Barnet, preached "Gold, of West Ham ; Mr. Newman, ' on The Scriptural Mode of Preach of Old Ford ; Mr. Parker, of Barking the Gospel;' Messrs. Williams, ‘ing ; and Mr. Smith, of ilford, with of Edmonton ; Porter, of High several other friends, united. In cate; and Maslen, of Hertford, en. the evening, Mr. Gold delivered a paced in praver. Their next nicet. - discourse, from Acts xvi. 9, “ Come ing will be at Highgate, on the over into Macedonia, and help us.'' Wednesday after the first Sabbath
-- The congregation thronged the in April, 1809. The subject to be place; and their eager attention was considered is, The Scriptural Mode highly gratifying.
coinn of Hearing and Improving the Gos,
was formed, and measures taken to pel.' Mr. Brodie, of Potter's Bar,
continue the lecture (if the Lord to preach ; and, in case of failure. will) every Tuesday evening. Mr. Thomas, of Enfield.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION. - At a The West Kent Union held their meeting of the Committee in Lon. half-yearly ineeting, Nov. 3, at Mr. don, Jan 18, 1809, it was resolved, Beaufoy's, Town Sutton., Mr. “That it be recommended to such Knott preached in the afternoon, congregations in the country as may from 2 Cor. iv. 5; and Mr. Slatterie wish to have the sanction of the in the evening, from Ps. xxii. 27. Union, to cases for which they de. Other parts of the services were con sigo to collect in town, first to.core !