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harangue a multitude, yet they can “On coming down this morning
enter private circles, watch opportu. from Serampore, I requested the
nities, and drop an effectual word, missionaries to send me a few speci.
where we cannot be heard. They, mens of their labours, whether in the
silent and unobserved, can penetrate a press or in manuscript, to be forward.
bigotted city, stay two or three days ed to you by the packet which closes
in a house, and, unsuspected, scatter this day.
the precious seed ; while only the ap “ They have sent me the following:
pearance of one of us would create

1. Shanscrit. Two first gospels aniversal alarm. I say nothing of will be ready by the end of this year, the advantages they derive from their

2. Bengalee. This is a new and intimate knowledge of the ideas, bab

most admirable translation of the its, and prejudices of their country. whole scriptures. men. What I have said is quite 3. Mahratta. The four gospels enough to shew that it is our duty to

are printed off. avail ourselves of their assistance.

4. Orissa. A sheet from the It will howerer strike you, that

press not corrected. This work is in wbile they are thus employed in dis.

great forwardness. seminating the good seed, they can.

“ In manuscript :
not be at home supporting their fami.

5. Telinga.
lies. A hundred rupees per month 6. Shanscrit Hindoostanee.
(about 1501. per annum) would near-

7. Delhi Hindoostanee.
ly support ten of them, with their

8. Guzerattee. families, and a greater number of sin

9. Persian. (Book of Psalms is gle brethren. And why should we finished.) stop at ten, or even at ten times ten ?

10. Chinese. Shall we, after having begun to reap “ Mr. Professor Lassar bas sent the harvest of our toils, relax in our

me three Chinese specimens, with a Labours ! Shall we supinely suffer letter in the same language, the work such opportunities to slide away un.

of his own head and hand. improved? Yes, if the cry of perish.

“ As the above little specimens ing millions is not to be heard ; if the religious public be impoverished, and ing, I do not recommend them to se

are the hasty production of this mornwearied by what they have done al.

vere criticism, but Mr. Lassar is a ready; and if the promises of God thorough Chinese, and will do the bave lost their meaning : but if the great work of translating the scripcontrary of these be true, it is for us to abound in the work of the Lord, God to spare his life five or six years.

tures into that language, if it pleases knowing that our labours will not be He reads every thing in the language in vain in the Lord.

as readily as you do English, and writes it' as rapidly.

“ The other manuscript specimens

are in a rough state, and not fit to be BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE so. submitted to critical inspection.

“ The Shanscrit and Chinese (ap.

parently the most difficult of access) Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Da are discovered to be the most prac

vid Brown, Procost of the College ticable of all the languages yet under-
of For: William, to the British and taken.
Foreign Bible Society. Dated Cala “ The first answers to Greek, as
cutta, 13th Sept. 1806.

face answers to face in a glass. The

translation will be perfect, while it MY DEAR SIR,

will be almost verbal. A Shanscrit “I BELIEVE no plan for the diffu. edition of the gospels will be publish. sion of true religion was erer formed, ed with the Greek on the opposite from the beginning of the world, that page, as soon

can procure embraced so wide a scope, or met Greek types. You will find the verb with such general approbation, as that in the corresponding mood and tense, of the British and Foreigo Bible So. the noun and adjective in the corresciety.

ponding case and gender. The idiom

CIETY.

as

we

and government are the same : where the Greek is absolute, so is the Shan Extract of a Letter from Capt. scrit; and in many instances the Stonehouse, to the same Society. primitives or roots are the same, Nov. 18, 1806. This will exhibit a curious phenomenon to the learned in Europe.

“It is impossible to give you an “While I am writing, Mr. Carey adequate description of the anxiety has sent to the college, for the Hon. that was manifested by the poor ourable Court of Directors, 40 copies Spaniards to get possession of a Tes. of his Shanscrit grammar, just pub- tament; many sought them with tears lished, containing 1014 pages in and earnest entreaties; and, although quarto.

I had nearly enough for them all, yet " I have given you the above infor. it was with difficulty they were paci. mation, my dear Sir, merely to con fied, until they received from my vince you, that we are not indifferent hand the word of eternal life. Since to the cause in which you are engag- which I have witnessed the most ed. But for a more accurate and pleasing sight that ever my eyes besatisfactory account you must wait beheld-nearly a thousand poor Spantill the end of the year, when the ish prisoners, sitting round the prison first report will be published. walls--doing what ? Reading the “I am, with sincere regard, word of God, with an apparent eagerMy dear Sir,

ness, that would have put many proMost truly yours.” fessing Christians to the blush !"

Literary and Philosophical Jntelligence.

GREAT BRITAIN.

Bishop of London's Donation. The East India Company's Shipping. By bishop of London has transferred the official list recently published at twelve hundred pounds stock to the the India House, it appears that the master and fellows of Christ college, company have in their employ 58 Cambridge, and directed the interest regular ships abroad, from 800 to of it to be laid out annually in the pur. 1200 tons; 16 at home, and one re chase of three gold medals, to be con. pairing: 20 extra ships of 500 to tended for by the students of that col600 tons abroad; 9 proceeding to In- lege ; one of fifteen guineas, a prize dia, but not sailed; and 2 at home for the best Latin dissertation on Total 106. The chartered tonnage some evidence of Christianity ; anothof which exceeds 150,000 tons; the er of 15 guineas, a prize for the bestEn. number of sailors is near 10,000. glish composition on some moral pre

Breweries. Statement of the quan- cept of the gospel ; and one of 10 gui. tity of barrels of beer, denominated neas, a prize to the most distinct and porter, brewed in London by the 12 graceful reader in, and regular attend. principal houses, between the 5th ant at chapel; and the surplus, if any, July, 1806, and the 5th July, 1807 : to be laid out in books, and distribut

el by the master. His lordship Meux

170,879 was educated at this college, and cer. Barclay 166,600 tainly is its greatest living ornament

t; Hanbury

135,972 and in this mark of his regard for it, Brown and Parry

125,657 it is difficult to determine whether Whitbread

101,251 the magnificence of his liberality,

83,004 or the wisdom of its direction, is Combe

80,278 most to be admired. His liberality Goodwyn

72,580 las certainly insured an earlier atten. Elliot braka 71045

47,388 tion than usual to the sublime sub. Clowes

38,554 jects of these compositions, which J. Calvert

37,033 wings

cannot fail to lay a solid foundation Hartford

33,283 for piety and religion. Its effects

F. Calvert

UNITED

STATES.

upon the prosperity of the college must soon be felt; such provocations to moral and religious improvement must operate. The subjects will not Variation of the Magnetic Needle. be given out till October ; which, in this first instance, it is probable that The editors of the Panoplist are inthe bishop himself will propose.

formed, that S. Dewitt, Esq, surveyor Life Boat. On the 8th and 14th general of the state of New York, has July Capt. Manby made several ex- lately discovered, that the variation of periments with a life boat and appa- the magnetic needle is rapidly changratus, at Yarmouth, constructed un ing in a direction contrary to that in der his own inspection, and which which it has heretofore moved. This not only overcomes supposed impos. is a singular and interesting phenomesibilities, but promises the most es non ; and we should be obliged to any sential service in saving the lives of of our philosophical correspondents to those unfortunate persons, who may favour us with their observations upon in future be involved in such dreadful it; noticing the time when this resituations, as occurred to the crew of versed movement commenced, the the Snipe gun brig in that tremendous progress it has already made, the causgale of the 18th Feb. last, when on es which have probably produced it, ly 18 out of 72 were saved. It is on. and any other circumstances, which ly necessary to add, that Adm. Doug- may throw light on a subject of so las, and many officers of the navy, much importance. A communication also several merchants and gentlemen of this kind would be very acceptable resident there, were present, and ex to the editors, and gratifying and usepressed themselves fully convinced of ful to the public. its services and great utility. [Panora.

List of Dew Publications.

The Approved Minister. A ser An Essay on the Life of George mon preached October 28, 1807, at Washington, commander in chief of the ordination of the Rev. Enoch the American army through the rev. Pratt, to the pastoral care of the West olutionary war, and the first president Church and Society in Barnstable. of the United States. By Aaron Ban. By Thaddeus Mason Harris, Minis- croft, A. A. s. Pastor of a Congregater of Dorchester. Boston. Lincoln tional Church in Worcester. 8vo. pp. & Edmands.

nearly 600. 2 dols. 50 cts. boards, A Thanksgiving Sermon, delivered Worcester. Isaiah Thomas, jun. before the Second Society in Plym A Letter to Dr. David Ramsay, of outh, November 26, 1807 By Seth Charleston, S. C. respecting the erStetson, minister in that place. Bos. rors in Johnson's Dictionary, and oth. ton. Lincoln & Edmands.

er Lexicons. By Noah Webster, A Sermon, preached at Hatfield, Esq. 12mo. Pp. 28. New Haven. October 20, 1807, at the opening of Oliver Steele, & Co. 12 cts. Hatfield Bridge. By Joseph Lyman, Vol. VI. Part I. & II. of Rees' New D. D. pastor of the church in Hat Cyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts field. Northampton. William But- and Sciences. Philadelphia. S. F. ler.

Bradford. Lemuel Blake, No. 1, A Sermon, preached July 22, 1807, Cornhill, agent in Boston. at the funeral of the Rev. Alexander A Sermon preached at Northamp. Macwhorter, D. D. senior pastor of ton before the Hampshire Missionary the Presbyterian church, in Newark, Society, at their annual meeting, Aug, New Jersey. By Edward D. Griffin, 27, 1807. By Rev. Samuel Taggart, A. m. surviving pastor of said church.

Pastor of the Presbyterian New York. S. Gould.

church in Colrain, Northampton. W. Butler.

A M.

Serious and Candid Letters to Kev. of some of their inhabitants. Bostop. Thomas Baldwin, D. D. on his book Lincoln & Edmands. 1807. entitled “ The Baptism of Believers only, and the particular Communion WORKS IN THE PRESS. of the Baptist Churches explained The Tenth Volume of the Collec. and vindicated.” By S. Worcester, tions of the Massachusetts Historical A. M. Salem. Cushing & Appleton. Society, is in the press of Munroe &

Domestic Medicine ; or a treatise Francis of this town, and will be pubon the prevention and cure of Dis lished in February. eases by Regimen and simple Medi Manning & Loring of this town hare cines ; with an appendix, containing in the press an 8vo. volume of Select a dispensatory for the use of private Sermons, by the late Rev. Samuel practitioners, &c. By William Bu- Stillman, D. D. late pastor of the 1st chan. First Charleston edition, en Baptist church in Boston. larged, from the author's last revisal. E. & J. Larkin are publishing Law's 8vo. Charleston. South Carolina. Serious Call, from the fifteenth Lon. John Hoff. 1807.

don edition in one volume, price, one Worlds Displayed, for the benefit dollar and 25 cents, neatly bound and of young people, by a familiar history lettered.

Poetry.

THE ALARM.

WRITTEN IN 1753.

From the Religious Monitor.
Ye, who with giddy thought, or ardent view,
Earth's bliss through all her fancieå patlis pursue ;
Who o'er the flow'ry fields of pleasure stray ;
Or climb, with steep ascent, ambition's way ;
Ör dig, beneath a weight of gold to groan;
Or chase the flying echoes of renown;
A friendly muse, a complicated throng,
Calls you to listen to her serious song-
Be wise, be taught, and know at what you aim ;
Earth’s bliss is false, a visionary name.

PARMENAS.,

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The Editors feel under great obligations to Candidus, for the assistance his communication affords them in preparing a sketch of Calvin's life. His learn. ing, diligence and fidelity are manifested in his communication, which will be used, we trust, in a manner corresponding with the wishes of Candidus. His letter, on the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, is received, and shall appear next month.

The Reviews of Dr. Tappan's volume of Sermons, of the first volume of Foster's Essays, and of Mr. Griffin's Sermon on the Death of Dr. Macwhor. ter, came too late for this month. These approved compositions, with several articles for the Obituary, prepared for the present number, shall be inserted in the next. Errata.–Page 309, first colume, 11th line frona bottom, for “beaten soil, &c.

read “ beaten oil, &c.

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SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF JOHN CALVIN, Taken from the Religious Monitor, with the addition of several extracts of a

communication received from a learned and ingenious Correspondent. BIOGRAPHY, or the delinea- of divine fruth, must be interest. tion of human character, may be ing in no common degree to the termed the art of moral paintingfriends of genuine godliness. It represents the features of the No apology, therefore, is neces. mind, and the actions of the life, sary for introducing to the notice as the pencil does the lineaments of our readers, the following of the face, and the peculiar air sketch of the life and character of the person. When the moral of that illustrious reformer and portrait is skilfully executed, it defender of the faith, John Calvin, wants nothing to make it perfect, to whom the greater part of the but what it is impossible it ever Protestant world look back, as can receive, the animation of real under Providence, one of the life; and is as superior in im- most eminent supporters of that portance and utility to the most form of religious doctrine and striking picture, as the living discipline, which they believe character is to the inanimate to be consonant to the word of bust. It not only revives the God. When we consider his pi. memory of friends long forgot- ety, and his ardent zeal for the ten in the silence of the dead, but truth, his uncommon talents, and gives them a much more exten- indefatigable industry, his deep sive range of acquaintance than and solid learning, and his variwhen alive, by transmitting not ous other accomplishments; we their name only, but their attain- must view him as one of the ments and virtues, their imper- most eminent men of the six. fections and errors, for the imi- teenth century, and as one of the tation and warning of future first, the ablest, and most suc. generations.

cessful reformers. The lives of those, who have It must be accounted a very been raised up as instruments of interesting attainment for any reviving, reforming, strengthen- modern Christian to become ing, or extending the knowledge fully acquainted with this wonVol. III, No. 8. TT

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