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ing forth the Heralds of Peace to Asia and Africa. It is worthy of re. mark, that at the present moment, not a single Missionary can be sent out from any part of the corrupt church of Rome on the continent, though our readers inay remember the empty boast of our enemy, which we copied into our Magazine from some of the French Journals a few years ago, That he would revive the College de Propwanda Fide ; and send 100 Missionaries to the East, 100 to Canada and South America, and a sinilar pumber to Africit. Although he insinuated that our Missionaries were only political or commercial agents, to extend the dominion of England, the world must be convinced, that with these matters they have no concern wbalever. Every true friend to his country and to mankind, must, we should think, be a Friend to Protestaut Missions to those Heathen pations, which are yet enveloped in Pagan darkness or Muhammedan imposture. While we congratulate the iriends of Missions on our success in Africa and in the fast and West Indies, we entreat their fervent prayers on behalf of our newly-departed Missionaries. No less than 16 from this Society are now on the face of the deep. – May he who holds the stars iu bis right hand preserve them as the lights of the world, and give the winds and waves charge concerning them, to wait them to their desired havens in peace, and open to theni a wide and effectual door among the leathen, which vone of the powers of Earth or Hell shall be able to shut !
By a Letter from l'hiladelphia, dated June 5, we learn, that the Miss sionaries, ratt, May, dc. together with the baplist Missionaries, who sailed froid thence in the brig Daphne, May 15, met with a very severe gale of wisd on the 19th (long. 65 deg. 45 min. ; lat 34 deg. 45 inin.) when the topmasls, royals, &c. were all carried away; and, on examination, it was found, that the head of the maiumast was sprung. They were, therefore, obliged to return to port, in order to retit. 'l he vessei will soon resume her voyage ; but as the Missionaries were too numerous to be comfortably accommodated, the season far advanced, and the passage likely to be tedious, the Missionaries thought fit to decline this conveyance. We hope, however, they will be profitably employed until a fit oppor. tunity shall arrive for their proceeding. It is a great inercy that po inves were lost, that they were no further from land when the accident happened, and that they all returned to Philadelphia in good health. The passage-money, &c. will be returned.
BELLARY. Tøe followirg interesting particulars are extracted from a Letter from Mr. Hands, dated January 15, 1811, which is just received :-* Thro' the good hand of my God, I am enabled to go forward ; and though it is not with the rapidity 1 conld wish, yet I bope I am daily making some progress in the tauguages; for as so large a portion of Canaada is derived from the Sanscrit, i daily spend some portion of my time at that. I have sometimes wuch hope of my moonshee : he is a shrewd, sensible, and learned man, and less prejudiced than any bramin I have yet met with. He and his whole family protess the greatest attachment to me. At present, I preach thrice every Lord's Day to my countrymen, and the Por tugueze half cast. In the morning, in tbe kutcheree to the soldiers and inhabitants; in the aiternoon at ine hospital; in the evening at home. Last Sabbath evening I had my house full. A considerable stir begins to appear among the soldiers. Eight or ten of the young Portugueze ar pear very serious and promising Our singing is conducted greatly to my satisfaction. Mach good is done by distrivuting tracts and lending books. I have seldow less than 40 iu circulation ; aud they are read with avidity. A religious book was rarely to be seen before. The poor soldiers were quite desiitute; and the respectable in babitants little better, I have given a Bible and Baater's Call for the use of the convalescents
in the hospital; and their appearance shows that they are in constant use. O send us Bibles, tracts, and useful books, for sale or lending, for our poor countryinen are almost in as perishing a state as the Heathen! A man who keeps a warehouse, I am told, asks 10 pagodas, or £ 4. for a coinmon Bible. Blessed be God for the Bible Society's generosity and vigour ! May their generous efforts be crowned with most abundant success! God has been pleased to give me favour in the eyes of the principal people here. One officer, high in the civil departinent, condescends to visit ine and attend divine service; and has invited me to take a short journey to the great feast heli by the natives, near Birmeggur, the ancient capital of the Hindoo empire. Another gentleman bas lately made me a present of a pretty little useful horse, which was a very welcome present in this bot country, which will uot admit of much walking.. Hard as I am obliged to labour every day, I would not exchange my situation for the richest bishopric. The residence of your Missionary was origiually a a pagoda: a part of it will be devoted to the public worship of the everblessed God." o that many of the Devil's temples may be thus consecrated ! Several of their huge gods of stone are lying about the preinisses, like Dagon before the ark. I purpose digging large holes ncar them, and roli them in, as they are too unweiídy to be dragged away; and so give them Christian burial. Several of the
natives, on certain great festival days, have sent me presents of fruits sufficient for a fruiterer's shop. Here is a garden of near seven acres, containing most of the produce of England and India, well stocked with vines, oranges, plantains, pomegranaies, papia, cocoa- puts, and various other fruit trees. The soil is good aud well watered. I hope it will not be long before another Missionary is sent out to help me. What a wide field is here! In every direction around me millions perishing, and crying. Come over and help us.' O God, fill mens' bearts with compassion, and if they will not come willingly, Lord, tbrust them out!
A number of pious friends, on the 1st of January last, commenced an Auxiliary Society at Betboal Green, London, in Aid of the Missionary Suciety; from which, by the subscription of One Shilling, or more, per Quarter, or One Penny per Week, a respectable sum will probably be procured. The Society nieet every Fourth Tuesday Evening, at No. 5, Bethnal Green Road: Mr. J. Mead, 'Treasurer ; Mr. W. Collett, Secretary.
Erlract from Number xx of the aries as much a part of their regu.
make the sending out of mission. Periodical Accounts of the Baptist lar and necessary work, as a church Hissionary Sociriy.
does the sending out of ministers at MR. Wand, in a letter to Mr. home; and the collecting for misBurls, dated March 27, 1809, says, sions as much a piece of regular "We have not those rapid and nu- work, as the collecting for places of merous conversions as
we might worship at home. lu suort, it is a wish for; and those who set out as work which belongs to us and to missionaries with such expectations, our children, and to our children's will coinmonly be disappointed. children; as much a matter of If we would acquit ourselves as course as that after your minister, good soldiers of Jesus Christ, we some one should be chosen to sucmust sit down and besiege the city, ceed hun; and after the death of his resolving to take it. if it do not successor, some one else to succeed fall during our life, we must accom- him. Such appears to me to be a meod the work to survivors with right view of the subject. The alOur dying breath. Missionary so- teration produced in Bengal by cieties too, I think, should lay their sixty years English Govern:nent is accounts to go on with the work very great: sixty years more, ackom generation to generation, and celerated by the progress already
made, may produce much greater. doing in this country. At Giret, And why not expect the saine in and other depots, poor men hare the progress of Chrisiianity? been raised up to preach the word
Di. Carysas taken very seriously of life to their thoughtless country. ill in July , on the very day hc men: and asionishing are the 2e. had finished his translation of the counts we have, of daring rebels shole Bible into Bengalce. He was being subdued by their instruinenscizel with a strong fever, which tality, and forced to fly to Cbrist; brought him so low that his life was but these preachers spend their despaired of for several days; but time and injure their health in the God has raised hiin up again, and good work, without being able to restored bim to his labours. – May procure sufficient nourishment to he live to accomplish all that is in refresh them after their fatigue.'his heart !
We fear that the present unhappy The state of the translations in state of affairs must preclude that November 1809, was as follows: assistance wbich their necessities The Bengalce is completed. In require, and which we are sure that Sangscrit and Orissa, the New Tes- British Christians would gladly al. tament is prinicd; and a ford, if they had opportunity. mencement made in the Old. In Mahratta and Hindoosianec, the
FRANCE. New Testament is nearly half print. In the speech of Bonaparte to the ed. In Gnzeratie, Punjahee, and
Legislative Body at Paris, "Jose Chinese, a beginning only is made in
16th, when the Bishops conthe printing. Ju the Telinga and
voked for the Ecclesiastical Kernata, the New Tesiament waits
Council were present, we obfor revision; and in Burian, we
served the following passage; have types prepared, and a transla
which plainly evinces his desve tion commenced.
of removing the seat of Papal
power to Paris: Slave Murder punished.
• Tue affairs of religion hare In the island of Tortola, the Hon. been too often mixed in, and sacri. A. W. Hodge, Esq. has lately been ficed to the interests of a state of convicted and executed for the the third order. If hálf Europe murder of one of his negroes, has separated from the Church of named Prosper. The poor slave, Rome, we inay attribute it speciit seems, offended his master, by cially to the contradiction which permitting a mangoe to fall from a has never ceased to exist between free, which he was appointed to the truths and the principles of rewatch. Not being able to pay a ligion which belong to ibe ubole fine of 6s. imposed by Mr. H. he universe, and the pretensions and was twice very severely flogged, interests which regarded oniy a very afterwards chained to two other small corner of lialy. I have put slaves, and at length expired. an end to this scandal for ever. I This awful instance of justice does have united. Rome to the Empire : honour to the British government; I have given palaces to the Popes and will, we trust, tend to prevent at Rome and al Paris ; if they have such dreadful iostances of cruelty at heart the interests of religion, in future.
they will often sojourn in the centre
of ihe affairs of Christiauity. It British Prisoners in France. was thus that St. Peter preferred Ax English ellicer, now a prisoner Rome to an abode even in the Holy
Land. in France, thus writes to his friend, the Rev. Mr. Evans, of Appledore, Ancient Superstition. - Paris, expressing his carnest wishi to ob- April 3. The Church of Notre Daine tain Bibles and Religious Tracts for bas possessed since the ninth cendispersion : Never was a fairer tury a relic of the Virgin, which opportunity to do good presented. was brought over by iharles we hiuced, much spiritual good is daily Bald. This relic has been exposed
with great solemnity during the Dreadful Calamity in Hungary. course of prayers for the happy delivery of Maria Louisa. The Chapter contains the following article, dated
A German Paper (Neve Zeltung) of the Cathedral had been accustomed from time immemorial to send Presburgh, April 24:
Early on by six deputies to the Queens of the morning of the 10th inst. the
Danube, without any previous France, on occasion of their first pregnancy, a counterpart or model warning, suddenly overflowed its of this invaluable relic. The pre- the adjacent country 30 miles. By
banks below Pest, and inuudated sent curators and guardians, jealous this accident (weniy-four villages, of their accustomed privileges, and for the most part extremely populintent on perpetuating this religious custom, had the honour to be
ous, were swept away, with the
presented to the Empress, March 14, by greater part of their inhabitants. It Mad. la Duchesse de Montebello, in
is computed, that between 3 and order to offer her this pious ho
4000 persons have lost their lives.'. mage. At the head of this deputation was the Bishop of Versailles !!! Munich, April, 7.
BAVARIA.- Number of Protestants.
At this time
there are reckoned 3,800,000 inJEWS.
habitants in the Nine Circles of the The following is said to have been kingdom of Bavaria ; 800,000 of
the Return made to Bonaparte of these profess the Protestant religion. the Number of Jews in all the HOLLAND.- Amsterdam, Apr. 13.
different parts of the globe : - On the 9th of this month the news In the Turkish Empire 1,000,000
was received here, that the Jews of In Persia, China, India 300,000
Holland, included in the conscripIn the west of Europe,
tion, had permission to replace Africa, and America 1,700,000 themselves by other individuals.
The Jews were on that day assemMaking in the Whole, a Population bled in their synagogue to celebrate of THREE MILLIONS.
the passover. Their syndics an
nounced to them this concession in Vienna, Jan. 28. – Jewish Prose. their favour. A Jew may now be lules. - An imperial decree appoints, replaced by a Christian substitute ; that when the father of a family of and reciprocally a Christian may be
There is now the Jewish persuasion, embraces the replaced by a Jew. Christian faith, such of his children
no difference. as are under seven years of age, shall be baptized with him. As to A Letter from Heligoland, dated those who are above that age, they June 2, says, This day, after a foreshall be at liberty to choose which noon of remarkable fine weather, religion they prefer. If a child some dark and gloomy clouds were under seven years refuses to change perceived about four o'clock to his religion with his father, every. acise from the south, at the extreendeavour shall be used to discover mity of the horizon, and continued whether his refusal proceeds from to collect till about half past four, himself, or from the insinuation of when the gloom was so great as alotbers. In all cases, he shall bein- most to equal nocturnal darkness. structed during six months in the On a sudden a white foam wos perChristian faith and if, after that ceived on the surface of the sea, period, be persists in retaining his drifting along with astonishing raJewish religion, he shall suffer no pidity; on its approacia, it blew coustraint. The children who thus such a hurricane as has scarcely persist, shall remain under the pow. been witnessed by the oldest inhaer of their fathers till the time of bitant on this island. In a moment, their freedom appointed by the ev. "v light article on the ground laws, without any authority being was carried into the air ; for about exercised by their parents to influ: half an hour the sea appeared one enre tbeir future belief,
wass of foam, when a tremendous
storm of thunder and lightning en- Rev. Robert Hall also addressed the sned, followed by a heavy po:ering meeting. 'The Report stated tat of rain. This calmned the wind; but 716 Bibles and 785 Testainents, had we much fear that any vessel that been dispersed among the poor in the came within the sweep of this vio- town and neighbourhood of Leicer leat whirlwind must have suttered ter; and the sain of £ 613 received greatly
in support of the institution. SPAIN. - We arc informed that A Bible Society has also beca the Cortes, in Spain, have at length forined at Dumfries, under the preturned their attention to the sub sidency of the Duke of Buccleugh, ject of the Slave Trade ; and that a the Earl of Daikeith, the Marquis proposition for its entire abolition of Quecosbury, &c. has been favourably received. - The use of the torture, it is said, will be been lately established at Gosport;
A Religious Tract Society has entirely interdicted.
the Rev. D. Bogue, President; and
T. A. Minchin, Esq. Treasurer. Provincial Intelligence.
PERSECUTION. Edinburgh Magdalen Asylum.
[Cuncluded from p. 195] The Report of this charity states,
On the subject of the Trial for the that the fruits of the industry of
Riot at Wye, we copy the followthe women cxceed the expence of
ing interesting Remarks from the their maintenance:--a circumstance, Methodist Mag. for May, 1811. We believe, unprecedented in the · It may not be without its rise history of charitable institutions : to observe, that this was not a probut the interest of a debt occa ceeding under the Toleration Act, sioned by the new building, is a for coming into and disturbing a very heavy burden on the institu- place of worship; but an indicttion; - to remove which the gene ment for a riot, &c. Indeed opr rosity of the public is solicited. opponents have become so wary, A Committce has been forined at
that they do nol come into our Durfermline, of several very re- places of Worship, but generalls spectable inhabitants of the town
crcate a disturbauce and riot oa aid neighbourhood, with the de.
the outside of our houses or chapels, sign of promoting the circulation and proceed so far, sometimes, as of the sacred Scriptures. This
to break the windows, doors, ad committee, which includes the Peo- otherwise damage the buildings; vost of the town, has chosen Joliu vainly imagining that in such cases Wilson, Esq. of Trones, to be their
we have no remedy. But it is proPresident, and the Rev. D. Black, per that it should be known that as their clerk. They have sent £40
the punishment for a riot and dus. to the Edinburgh Bible Society.
turbance on the oulside of a place An Auxiliary Society, in aid of the mitied within ; and that injuring a
of worship, is as certain as if comBritish and Foreign Bible Society, house used for the purpose of die has been established at Uxbridge. vine worship, max amount to 3 Lord Gainbier is the presdent. po capital felony. wards of £ 1600 were immediately
By statute 1. George I. chap subscribed.
sect 4, it is enacted, That if any The first Anniversary Meeting of persons unlawfully, riotously, and the Leicester Auxiliary Bible So- tumultously assembled together, to ciety took place in April last; the the disturbance of the public peace, Rev. Henry Ryder, rector of Luts shall unlawfully, and with force de terworth, in the chair: the Rev. molish or pull down, or begin to deMr. Robinson, of Leicester, made a molish or pull down, any church or happy allusion to the residence of chapel, or any building for religious the chairman, where the venerable worship, certified and registered Wicklife was ouce minister: the according to the statute made in the