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sibri. An objection however was made to this proposal; bưe the subject being laid before the Emperor, the following satisfactory reply was communicated by Prince Galitzin.
I remain, dear Sir,
Yours very respectfully, W.R. Bridport, August 14, 1823.
His Excellency Prince Galitzin's reply to the British Missiona
ries at Astrachan, respecting the converted Persian's request to his Imperial Majesty.
Your most agreeable letter, dated Astrachan, the 7th of May, respecting the conversion of the Persian Mirza Mohammed Ali Bey, and the enclosed petition from him to His Majesty the Emperor, I have duly received. I was at the same time favoured with a communication from His Grace Abraam, Archbishop of Astrachan and the Caucasus, relative to the same subject. Taking a cordial interest in the conversion of this young Persian, I considered myself bound to embrace the earliest opportunity of bringing it before His Imperial Majesty, that the pious wish of Mirza Ali Bey to obtain the sacrament of holy baptism might be fulfilled with all possible despatch. His Majesty the Emperor, having himself perused with the greatest satisfaction the account of the conversion of this Mahommedan, has most graciously been pleased to order me, Gentlemen, to inform you of His Majesty's pleasure, that this Persian should receive baptism in that communion with which he wishes to be united. This measure is in perfect accordance with the privileges graciously bestowed on the 25th of December, 1806, on the Scotch colony settled in the Go. vernment of Caucasus, in the 12th, 13th, and 19th articles of which is contained a sufficient decision, authorizing them to re*ceive by holy baptism, all who are converted to the Lord through your instrumentality. The delight with which I communicate
to you this pleasing intelligence is equal to the cordial joy ' which was afforded me by the perusal of your interesting letter. May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed and glori,
fied ! May His blissful reign be extended every where through out the earth by
Requesting you will transmit to me in future an account of those individuals who like this Persian are converted with their whole heart and soul to the faith of Christ, it is with pleasure I at the same time assure you of my sincere good will towards the object of your society, and my constant readiness to render you my services and all necessary protection. With the highest respect, I have the honour to remain,
(Signed) PRINCE A. GALITZIN. St. Petersburg, May 30, 1823.
SIERRA LEONE. The eye of the Christian, who is watching the religious progress of the world, cannot fail frequently to rest on Western Africa. Very mingled are the emotions excited by the contemplation of it. It has been the theatre of much Christian heroism ; its fields have been profusely watered with Missionary tears and blood; and it seems too probable that such will continue to be the case. No one therefore can refuse his admiration and sympathy to those excellent men who press into this deadly gap. And yet such is their situation that we are compelled to sympathize with them, not so much in their sorrowful feelings, as in their cool, Christian intrepidity. Who that has heard of the great things which God has done by them, could dare to give them the coward advice to retire from their post ?' It is impossible--rather let the christian world aid them by their prayers, and profit by their example. Our readers have been already made acquainted with the severe losses sustained at Sierra Leone, last April and May. The deaths formerly mentioned were all in connection with the Church Mission
ary Society. We have now to add that the Rev. George Lane, a faithful missionary of great promise, sent out by the Wesley. 'an Missionary Society, also died in April; and Mrs. Palmer, the widow of the Rev. H. Palmer, was taken with the common fever of the country on the 25th May, and was delivered of a still-born child : on the 6th of June she died ; and on the 7th was buried by the side of her late affectionate husband. Several other Missionaries had been ill, but were recovering.
Our object however at present is to exhibit some of the delightful fruits purchased at this heavy cost of life and health. The improvement in the external condition of the poor Africans is shewn by the following pleasing particulars taken from a“: Return of the state of Agriculture in the Parish or St. Charles, presented to the Agricultural Society at Freetown, and dated 251h January, 1822.”
“ It is impossible to ascertain how much land is cleared, as it is intermixed with forest: but at least 400 acres are cleared and cultivated. About 600 persons—men, women, and chil
dren-support themselves by the produce of their lands. A con-siderable quantity of Indian corn has been raised, and sold in the markets of Freetown and Regent. Cassada, Cocoa, Yams, Plantains, Bananas, Pines, and other vegetables and fruits,
have been much more than sufficient for the consumption of Re.gent, and have been sold in Freetown Market. A great quantity of the above produce is now in the ground; especially Cas- sada, Cocoa, and Pine. Pine is more abundant than ever known. About forty acres of Rice have been grown, which produced a plentiful crop. This has excited a desire in the ini habitants to grow Rice ; and a large portion of the forest is now under the axe for that purpose. The land cleared and cultivated, as above mentioned, was all forest; and has been brought into its present state within the last five
years. “ Mr. Johnson then mentions twelve of the inhabitants by • name, as having the largest farms, and being exemplary for industry. Of one of them he says
“He sold, last year, Cassada 301., Cocoa 191., Indian corn 31.-total 21. He has more than this value now on the ground --some Indian corn to sell which is good for seed—and a great quantity of Pine-apples, Plantains, and Bananas now growing; and clears ground for Rice. Three years ago, he bought two Goats, which have since produced fifteen. He is building a substantial house. All this is the fruit of his labour."
The maturity of these poor Negroes in religious feelingtheir spiritual sensibility, and their great simplicity and godly sincerity, are subjects of much higher congratulation. Ilius. trative of these are the following extracts from the last communications of the late devoted Missionary, Mr. Johnson.
“One evening, being engaged in talking with such as had come to speak respecting their hearts, all appeared to be much affected with what they had heard the night before. One man said, “ Massa, me never hear any thing so before. All what live in my thoughts, you speak. I was so sorry when you had done preach: I wish you had preach all night: I think sleep would not have catch me. Oh I was so glad about them words ! When I go home, all live in my heart ; and when [ sleep, I think all night I hear you preach.
Them words you talk, how God's people stand when they die, and how they stand before God without sin through the Lord Jesus Christ, and how glad them will be in the Day of Judgment, come to my heart, and make me so glad; because, long time I been 'fraid too much to die, but now
I glad." On another occasion one man said, “Massa, them things God done for me pass every thing. Who live there, who will die for another? Oh, the Lord Jesus die for sinner-yes, for them people who been sin against Him! I sit down, and consider this, and I don't know what to say: I never hear such thing before. Sometimes people say, 'such men do me good very much.' But what the Lord Jesus Christ do pass every thing: He love so much, till He die to save me.
Oh I love Him so - little! That time I want to love Him, my heart no willing
I can say
he always run about. That trouble me much--but yet He love sinner! Ah, true—that pass every thing.”
“ I can't tell,” said another woman, “how I stand this time, Sometimes I long to go to church to hear the Word of God; but, sometimes, I could do any thing else, I so cold. I think I love the Lord Jesus; but ah, how my heart fights against me! Ther thought, that come in my heart, are not fit for any body to take in the mouth. Sometimes I think I hate every body: I no like to talk with any person: I hate myself. Oh, I am so wicked-my sins so many and so great; but still I have hope : when I see what great things the Lord has done for me, I am sure that He is my Great Saviour.
I believe He save If I perish, I will perish at His feet.” This woman leads a holy life-has been about five years a communicant, and is now, ihr. ugh grace, an established Christian.
“ Massa,” said a communicant, “me don't know what is the matter this time. I think me get more worse every day : wicked thoughts always come in my mind. . First when God help me to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, I glad always--I can pray every where : but this time I feel so cold always. You say in the church yesterday, that God's people can't live without the Lord Jesus Christ : that word make me afraid very much. True, He lovely ; but me can't love Him. I think I no love Him at all : me don't know what to do, Massa."
Walking, one Saturday afternoon, in my piazza, I saw a school girl, a communicant, about 17 years old, generally very steady, coming up the hill with another girl, rather thoughtlessly laughing and talking ; which is unusual, as most of the people, at that time, when they have got every thing ready for Sunday, sit down and read their bibles.
When she had passed my house I called to her, and said, Mary, what day is it to-morrow ? She made a full stop-cast her eyes to the ground---paused a while; and then looked up with a sad coup. tenance, and said, “The Lord’s-day, Sir.' Seeing that she was sufficiently reproved, I resumed my walk. When I turned