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pound of debt remains. “My own particular friends, those of my own family, with Mr. Robert Scott, have enabled me to cover all those expenses; for which I am truly thankful to God and them. But who will come forward to help in the present necessities? The hand of his God be upon him for good!

! I hope to be able soon to draw up a general account of the Shetland Islands, and of my late-visit to them; and am, my dear Sir, yours faithfully,

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-o- -METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN AMERICA,

The “Minutes taken at the Several Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for the year 1826,” have just come to hand; from which it appears that the American Connexion employs One Thousand Three Hundred and Nineteen regular Itinerant Ministers, and Eighty-seven Supernumeraries. Twenty-two have #. during the last year, and One Hundred and Fourteen have been added to their number; leaving an Increase of NinetyTwo. The following are the Numbers in Society belonging to the different Conferences:— Whites. Col. Ind. Total.

Pittsburgh Conference 1603; 194 17147 Ohio Conference....., 28921 184 28505 Increase this year ........... • 12601 -- —4)

*...* The nert Quarterly Fast-Day, of the Methodist Societies, will, according to the standing Rules of the Connexion, be Friday,

Dec. 29th, 1826.

v ARIETIES.

First sight of A Picturr.—I now, says Major Denham, for the first time, produced Captain Lyon's book of Travels in the tent of Boo-Khaloom, (the Commander of a troop of Arabs, who accompanied the English travellers from Tripoli to the interior of Africa,) and turning over the prints of the natives he exclaimed o insisted upon it, that he knew every face : “This was such a one's slave; that was his own; he was right; he knew it. Praised be God, for the talents he gave the English: They were clever, very clever!!” Of a landscape, however, I found that he had not the least idea; nor could I at all make him understand the intention of the print of the sand-wind in the besert, which is really so well-described by Captain Lyon's drawing; he would look at, it upside down; and when I twice reversed it for him, he exclaimed, “Why, why: it is all the same!". A camel, or a human figure, was all I could make him understand; and at the she was all agitation, and

Vol. v. Third Series, December, 1826.

Whites. Gov. 1nd. Total.

Kentucky Conference... 17586 98.31 20377 Illinois Conference .... 12978.* - 64 19442 Missouri Conference... 2898 -339 3237 Holstein Conference .... 14988 1485 16473 Tennessee Conference... 15876. 2112 17988 Mississippi Conference 8104 2494 10598 South Carolina Confer

ence................ 28.405 15708 44113 Virginia Conference . .21725 7847 29,572 Baltimore Conference... 25.117 94.06 34523 Philadelphia Conference 29113 7850 36763 New York Conference... 29.186 378 29,554 New England Confer

ence------------ ... 16675 250 16925 Maine Conference ..., 7300 6 7:306 Genesee Conference ... 27.036 110 27,166 Canada Conference.... 7215 36 250 7501

Total ...... 30955) 51084.250360800
Total last year .............. 348.199

delight, “Wonderful to wonderful!” The eyes first took his attention, then the other features. At the sight of the sword he cried, “Allah! Allah!” And on discovering the guns, he instantl exclaimed, “Where is the powder?” This want of perception, as I imagined, in so intelligent a man, excited at first my surprise; but perhaps just the same would a European have felt under similar circumstances.” Were a European to attain manhood without ever casting his eye upon the representation of a landscape on paper, would he immediately feel the particular beauties of the picture, the perspective, and the distant objects? Certainly not: It is from our o: of contemplating works of art, even in the common walks of life, as well as to the cultivation of mind, and associations of the finer feelings by an intercourse with the enlightened and accompli

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MISSIONS IN CONTINENTAL INDIA."".

MADRAS.-Extracts from the Journal of Mr. Hoole... Madras, Feb. 18th, 1826.-I found with what he heard, said he would the Native School in Town wu- translate the tract 1 gave him into merously attended, and at seven in the Persian, and inquired where I lived, evening had a good number of the boys with a view to paying me a visit. The in the congregation at the chapel : the person who has charge of one of the attendance was encouraging ; and I temples presented himself before me; endeavoured to make those who stood he was disgustingly daubed nearly all without, as well as those wbo entered, over with holy asbes, and held a metal hear and understand the word of God dish filled with the same substance in in their own language. The subject his hands, into which he desired me to was the great mystery of Godliness, put an alms for the temple. I told God manifest in the flesh, &c. The him that I did not believe the idol of attention of the people, and the re- the temple to be God, that its worship marks they made afterwards, evinced was hateful to Him, and that therefore the interest excited in their minds. I should be doing wrong if I complied

20th. (Sunday.) At Royapettah the with his request : he seemed satisfied congregation was not so large as I with what I said, but rejoined, that have sometimes seen it, owing to gentlemen generally gave something. sickness among the people : after It is not an uncommon thing for reading prayers and preaching, I was Europeans, by a thoughtless liberality, considerably comforted and encou- to lead the Heathen to suppose that they raged in meeting the Native Class. approve of their impious worship and The attendance of adults at the Bun- customs. About three in the afternoon galoe Chapel, Black Town, in the I set out, and bad not proceeded far evening, was more large and orderly before I was overtaken by a young than I have ever before seen it. I man to whom I had in the course of preached to them in Tamul with un- the day presented two small tracts; usual liberty, and felt more encouraged his request was for a larger book; than ever, to believe that here the and at the same time that I gratified Lord will bless our labours. We have him by a copy of the Gospel by St. had some tokens of his presence and Mark, I rejoiced at the opportunity of approbation, but we wait with earnest leaving so important a part of the desire for an outpouring of his Spirit; word of God in the village of Coodos. for “ the breath of life,' to be infused vāncheri. into "these slain."

123d and 24th.-Chingleput.- passed 21st-Was a day of preparation for a the chief part of my time here in the journey to Chittoor, in the course of society of the few Europeans on this which I purpose visiting Chingleput, Station, and on the evening of the Wallajabad, and several other places latter day preached in Tamul. The where I may have opportunities of congregation was a mixed one, but scattering the seed of divine truth, or with the exception of one individual, of watering that which has been they all understood the language I already zown. I set out by moonlight used: and to Eeglish, French, and : at ten at night, and slept with tolerable Hindoos, Protestants, Romag: Ca. 1 comfort in my conveyance.

tholics and Heathens, I proclaimed 220.-Resting soon after sunrise, “ There is but one God, and one Medizin under the shade of a tree,, on the ator between God and man, the man banks of a tank pear a small village Christ Jesus, who gave himself about twenty miles from Madras, 1 ransom for all." . May the impressions was soon visited by several persons, to , which, from the fixed attention of the wbom I spoke on the things of God; a whole congregatiou, seemed to be made,' few tracts in Tamul and Teloogoo were prove lasting and effectual! sol ball thankfully accepted, and occasioned 25th. -Wallajabad. This was the further applications in the course of hottest dayl bave experienced for sevethe day: among the applicants was a ral months, and which, united to my Fakeer, or Mahommedan religious fatigue and want of rest, quite unbuede mendicant; he seemed to be impressed , me for exertion.oddglag bag wo wir

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26th. (Sunday.)-The English ser- worn down with fatigue and disapa vices, both morning and evening, were pointment, were obliged to return home, numerously and respectably attended; a distance of forty miles, without havthe Commandant and his lady, with ing accomplished their object. I gave others, making part of the congre- them my address, and they engaged to gation : there were not less than fifty come and see me on my return to or sixty young people of both sexes' 'Madras. I spoke pointedly to them present; and I could not but regret about being baptized and making an that so little of our attention can be open profession of what they believed given to them. Very few natives came to be the truth ; one of them readily to the Tamul service in the afternoon. answered, that the Apostle had said

27th.-I conversed with several per that Christ had not sent him to baptize sons, examined an English school and but to preach the Gospel; that they were our Tamul school, and distributed not ready to make the sacrifices that several books and tracts in both step would require; and inquired whelanguages.

ther it was not possible to be saved 28th. reached Conjeveram at without baptism: I gave them my views seven o'clock, A.M. After taking a on the subject, and, after prayiog with little milk I sat down to read, but was them, dismissed them, soon interrupted by two men : thinking On the road in the evening I was that, like most others, they came to me met by a man who reminded me that I merely from idle curiosity, I said but had given him a tract twelve months few words to them, told them that I ago, and now requested another, was engaged in reading, and that if' The intense heat of the weather inthey wished to be employed in a duced me to change my intention of similar way I would supply them with travelling slowly through the country, a book, and at the same time put and to make all possible haste to the into their hands a Tamul and a Teloo- end of my journey. goo tract. They looked at each other Chittoor.--I arrived here on Thursday, with countenances that seemed to say, March 2d, and remained until WednesThis is not what we wished ; and one of day, 15th; and during my stay preached them said they came to have some to the natives once or twice every day, particular conversation with me, but if and delivered several sermons in English Í dismissed them thus, they should be also. Twice I preached in Tamul out disappointed. I desired them to be of doors, to a congregation of upwards seated, and asked what they had to say, of a thousand men, chiefly prisoners in when, to my great pleasure and surprise, the gaol. The Christian congregation one of them took out of his cloth a in the church was large and serious ; copy of the Tamul translation of most of the women baving been eduMrs. Sherwood's Indian Pilgrim : they' cated in the school here, can read their said it was borrowed, that they had own language with ease and fluency, read the whole of it by lamplight The Catechists, who appear to be faithwithin the last two months, being ful men, brought to me upwards of obliged to attend to their occu- twenty persons to be baptized, and I pation of weaving the wbole day; had three couples to marry. The Lonthat there were many things difficult to don Missionary Society consider this be understood, and which they wished Station as belonging to them : it is me to explain to them. The conversa- much to be regretted that they have tion which ensued was one of the most no Missionary residing here. interesting I ever had with natives ;, 16th.-I arrived at Vellore, and the for candour and humility they surpassed' following day visited the School beany Heathen I ever saw. It is eight longing to the Society for Promoting years since they first heard of Christi- Christian Knowledge. In the evening anity; they have received and read' I preached twice, an English sermon many tracts from the different Mis to the pensioners and others, and in sionaries who have visited this populous Tamul to the natives. strong hold of heathenism, and having' Sunday, 19th. Public notice having had access to a New Testament be- been given previously, at seven in the longing to one of the Schools here,'' morning I had a large and attentive have read it through. They once visited "congregation of natives. At ten o'clock." Madras, for the purpose of seeing å the English congregation was pume. Missionary, but not knowing under rous ; the Commandant, with many of what name to inquire for him, except the officers'and ladies of the cantonas Master of all the Charity Schools, ment, formed part of it, and I felt they only got laughed at in that exten- liberty and pleasure in exhorting them sive town and neighbourhood, and, to "seek first the kingdom of God.",

*230.I arrived in Madras after an 24th. 'Good Friday: In Royapettah absence of thirty days; and here record chapel, at 10 o'clock, 'there was a my joy and gratitude at what I have goodly assembly of natives I felt it'a seen of the grace of God in different privilege again to worship with my own parts of this heathen land, and the congregation. ** . " .. pleasure I have felt in the opportunities . In the evening the Bungaloe chapel I have had of declaring to thousands of in Black Town was well attended, and idolatrous pagans and Mahommedans, many Heathens stood and listened while the truth as it is in Jesus. The little I preached from, * He that spared not blessed leaven is working silently, but his own Son, but delivered hiin up for perceptibly, a change in the views and us all, how shall be not with him also feelings of a great portion of the vast freely give us all things." . population of this country. Some hun 26th. Easter Sunday.-Mr. Carver dreds have thrown off the yoke of Hin- read prayers, and I preached in Tamul; dooism; but a much larger number we afterwards administered the Lord's are convinced of the folly and sin of supper to twenty pative communicants. idolatry; although their hearts are not A solemn rejoicing, a holy triumph is sufficiently affected by the truth to lead God their Saviour, seemed to pervade them to forego those social and civil the minds of the whole of the assembly. privileges from which they would be in the evening I accompanied Mr. immediately excluded if they took the Carver to Black-Town, where he name of Christian. A removal of such preached to the English congregation, impediments would immediately add while I addressed a company of both thousands to the outward Christian sexes, Christians and Heathens, in church; but let us rather pray for such Tainul. an outpouring of God's Holy Spirit, 27th. I gave the translation into that, in the face of all opposition and Tamul, of the Second Catechism, into danger, men may be led to join them- the hands of the printer, selves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant.

MEDITERRANEAN MISSIONS. Extracts from Mr. Macpherson's Journal, continued from p. 777. Sept. 19th. - Captains Allen and The Greeks here are much more liberal M'Allum called upon me this evening to than their brethren in Russia. · At Asacquaint me that a young man on board trachau they would not allow a Rusthe Vere bad fallen from the main-top, collnick, or heretic, (for so they term and was killed on the spot, and to request all Protestants,) to be burier in the me to read the burial-service over him parish church-yard. At the conclusio to-morrow at the Greek convent, where of the service, I addressed a suitable it is intended he should be interred. exhortation to the sailors who attended Last Sabbath, when preaching to the the funeral.

Non sailors from Heb. xi. 7, I felt my mind 25th.-I endeavoured to improve the peculiarly exercised, and had more melancholy accident which happened than ordinary liberty in urging on them last week on board the Vere, by preachthe necessity of being ready at a mo. ing from Luke xii. 16-20. All seemed ment's warning to prepare to meet much impressed with the truths that in their God, lest their destruction should the course of the lecture were brought be as sudden and unexpected as that of before them. But, alas ! I fear it the Antediluvians was. In the midst will be like the morning cloud and of life we are in death. Little did this the early dew." I put on my young man imagine last Sabbath, when . 26th.--I have almost made up my he was listening to the proclamation of mind to accompany Dr. Madden, the mercy, that his latter end was so near! English physician, and a Mr. Gallon, How necessary the exhortation of our an English gentleman in the Paslia's Lord, “ Be ye also ready." siselt service, to Cairo and Thebes, in order

20thThe Janissary called upon me that I may be enabled to form some this morning, to accompany me to the vopinion of the probable prospect of fuperal. When he brought into the success, should the Committee judge church the body of the deceased, the it expedient that I should trare in the Greek Priests ordered wax-candles to be interior of the country during plaguelighted; but as I objected to it as being , time do y me he as krinta contrary to my religious sentiments, hift October, 2d. This morning, at they were immediately extinguished. u request, the English Consul seu bis

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janissary to protect me from the insults, I ought rather to have said the assaults, of the Arab troops. A few days ago I had a narrow escape from being shot by a Turkish soldier. I lectured from the 130th Psalm, and in the evening, , as usual, preached in my own house to as many as came to hear me. 5th.-The Superior of the Greek convent called upon me to-day. The whele of his couversation was taken up about the state of Greece. I have a good stock of Greek Bibles, Testaments, and Tracts, but I can get none to purchase them; if I gave them gratis, they would be gladly received. Such is the state of religion here, “One goes to his farm and another to his merchandise!” 15th.-My mind was deeply affected this morning on hearing of the sudden death of the proprietor of my lodgings. I saw him yesterday evening in as good health as ever he was, and before ten o'clock he was a lifeless corpse! How necessary to work while it is called today, lest the brittle thread of life should be cut asunder before the labours of the day are finished 1 20th-1 am now enabled to speak a little with my teacher on oft. subjects. He is well acquainted with the Scriptures; he says he can repeat the whole of the Book of Psalms by heart. Before leaving Syria he was ordained as a deacon. On conversing with him on the necessity and importance of personal religion, I adverted to the Parable of the Virgins, recorded in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew. He is a Roman Catholie, and of course believes in the doctrine of supererogation. 25th.-Mr. Gliddon introduced me to a Syrian Priest. I endeavoured to make the visit as profitable as possible. He appeared to be extremely pleased; and when I spoke to him about his soul, he said my words made a deep impression on his heart. In the evening I visited the European hospital. I found there only one English sailor. After conversing with him for sometime, I gave him two religious tracts, and returned home. 30th–In pursuance of previous arrangements, the Bethel flag was this morning hoisted on board the Mulgrave of Scarborough, which is a large and commodious ship, well adapted to my purpose. I had a pretty good congregation. I preached from Matthew xxv. 10: “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in to the marriage, and the door was shut; ” and in the afternoon

uniformly refused; and this evening I was informed that they did not read my books; they had enough of their own? 14th-I resolved to-day, at all risks, to go to the market-place with a New Testament and a copy of the Book of Psalms. I took my standby an Arab School; but was no sooner observed, than 1 was ordered in a most contemptuous manner to move off. I persevered, and after some conversation succeeded in disposing of my books. The teacher of the school would not deign to look at them nor speak to me. 19th.-I preached on board the Mulgrave. The sea ran so high that it was not without some danger that I got on board. 22d, I went to the market with two Arabic Testaments, and a copy of the Book of Psalms. I got into conversation with two Barbary' merchants: they looked into my books, but refused to have them either for or without money. Finding that I could not dispose of my books in any shop at the market, I proceeded to the Syrian Priest's School, where I gave them away to his scholars. The Priest was very anxious to know my views on Purgatory, and asked me if I believed that such a place existed. On replying in the negative, he said, Did I not believe that Christ preached to the spirits in Purgatory? Having denied the very existence of the place, a moment's reflection might have shown, him the impropriety of his second question. I referred him, however, to the usual passages of Scripture which Protestants bring forward in support of their doctrine. . 24th.-1 took up my standi at the market-place; but could findino person to read my books, or even to speak to *ine, out *- - - - - - - - - - -27th.-I preached afloat. My congregation is small when compared with the number of English seamen mow in the

sport. I came in contact with an Arab “who could read: I left with him a New

Testament.” I was yesterday requested

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