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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

The Directors have received several Lellers from the Cape of Good Hope,

containing much interesting intelligence. MR. THOMPSON, a Missionary to the East, who sailed from Portsmouth, April 26, 1811, arrived safely, after a good voyage, at the Cape; he designs to proceed to the place of his destination by the Isle of France.

We have also the satisfaction to state that the Missionaries who were last sent out to strengthen the African missions, are safely arrived at the Cape. The German brethren, Helm, Schmelen, Messer, Abner, and Sass, with the wives of two of them, and J. Corner, the Negro-Missionary, sailed from Portsmouth, in the Lady Barlow, June 21, 1811, and arrived at the Cape. Sept. 14, 1811. A short note, written on the day of their arrival, informs the Directors that the former part of their voyage was pleasant ; but the latter rough and dangerous.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30th, Mr. Bezaleel Bloomfield, of the Seminary at Gosport, was ordained to the Missionary work, at the Gravel-Pit Meeting. House, Hackney. Mr. Tracy prayed, &c.; Mr. Waugh briefly introduced the service, &c. ; Mr. Burder offered up the ordination prayer; Dr. Smilka gave the charge to Mr. Bloomfield; and Mr. Collison concluded.

The destination of Mr. Bloomfield is to the Greek islands. He first proceeds to Malta, and will endeavour to promote the knowledge of the gospel by distributing the Scriptures in the Greek and Arabic languages. by Religious Tracts, and by every other mcans with which the providence of God may furnish him. He sailed for Malta in the Ship Quiz, Nov. 11.

Mr. Wray, of Demarara, who has been on a visit to England for some nonths, with a view of procuring further liberty for the Negroes to be instructed in the gospel, sailed on Tuesday, Nov. 12, (or his former residence. His visit, we trust, has not been in vain.

SOUTH AFRICA. A Letter has been received from Dr. Vanderkemp, đated Sept. 1, 1811, at Cape Town, where he and Mr. Read had been for a considerable time, on important business. Dr. Vanderkemp still persists in his intention, if possible, to commence a mission in the great island of Madagascar; and was expecting Mr. Pacalt at the Cape from Bethelsdorp, to accompany him. "Mr. Ulbricht, who intended also to go, has been obliged to decline the undertaking, on account of the ill state of his health. The Ductor intends to go to Madagascar by way of the Isle of Franco; to the Governor of which, he hopes for a letter of recommendation from the (uew) Governor of the Colony of the Cape, Sir John Craddock, who bad not arrived when this letter was written. • An Auxiliary Society has recently been formed at Cape Town in aid of the Missionary Society in London. This has been promoted by tho zealous effects of Dr. Vanderkemp, Mrs. Smith (who has been such an eminent friend to the cause) and several other persons, among whom is a British soldier from each of the three regiments of the garrisou.

His Excelleucy Governor Craddock, arrived September 5.

A rery interesting Leller from the Missionary Read, has been received by

Mr. Lunglon; from which we collect the following inforination.

The continuance of Dr. Vanderkemp and Mr. Read ai Cape Town. while waiting for the arrival of Goveruor Craddock, whom it was highly

expedient they should see, has not been in vain. They have had an oppor. tunity of preaching twice a day, in Dutch, in their own hired house; and also three times a week, when health would permit, to the English ; and, they trust, with a divine blessing:

'The Sunday School, instituted for the Slaves, lourishes, and is likely to be very useful. Several friends there hare niade a subscription for its support. Tam happy to say, for the encouragement of the Directors (says Mr. Read) that the Lord is raising up here a number of warm-hearted friends, who are ready to sacrifice some of their property to spread the gospel among the poor benighted heathen. I hope, therefore, that they will not slacken their hands, while God is shewing that the silver and the gold is his.'

• The short visit of brother Thompson (on his way to the East) was very agreeable. He preached with much acceplance to the British troops. He sailed for the Isle of Frauce on the 29th of August.'

Mr. Read confirms a report which had reached the Directors, that the notorious African, who had committed so many outrages for several years past, had visited, or was expected to visit, the settleincat at Warm Bath, in the Namaqua country, where Mr. Albricht laboured: in consequence of which Mr. and Mrs. Albricht had been obliged to withdraw for the present; and were al Camicsberg when Mr. Kead last heard of them. It may be hoped that they will soon be enabled to resume their important station, and that their hands will be much strengthened by the ucéessien the band of Missionaries last sent out.

Mr: Hend says that the accounts received from Pethelsdorp, while Dr. Vanderhemp and himself were detained at the Cape, are of the most pleasing nature, and afford great cause for thankfulness.

Several pious persons from England, who now reside at the Cape, hase expressed a strong desire to accompany Mr. Road to Bethelsdorp, to assist the mission there.

We are sorry to find that the health of this useful Missionary is impaired. I have been,' he says, ' for about three months past, indisposed in body, and an still unwell; but hope, if the Lord spares me, to leave the

pe; the country air may be of use to me, if there is more work for me to do. The Lord Jesus has all power in his hands. Life and death, sickness and lealth, must obey him.

Extract of a Letter from the Directors of the South African Society,

dal cu Cape Town, June 28, 1811.

(TRANSLATION.) We rejoice to be able to inform you that the word of God is at this time more highly valued among iis ihan ever. Almost every evenior in the week we have religious meetings. Many seem to regard the salvation of their immortal souls as the tirst concern. The assemblage, as well of Heatheu as Christians, is so numerous, that many houses and buildings are often too small

. Tliis extraordinary sensation is certainly to be attributed to the frighiful carthquakes with which it has pleased God to visit us ; for besides the first, which happened on the ith day of Dec. 1809, which we cannot recollect without a we, we have lately felt two others; one on the 7th inst. at mod, and the other on the 19th, about 10 in the morning; but, thanks to God's inercy and goodness, we have been preserved agua, and have not experienced any disagreeable consequences, although we have doubly merited theni, on account of our manifold sins. We pray that tle Lord may be pleased to cause the present apparen! change in the minds of men to be directed to the glor, of his name and the salvation oliminoitu souls.'

Extract of Leller from the Missionary Lambert Janz, al Clear.IVater,

near the Orange River, daled Fcb. 22, 1811, addressed to the Directory of the Missionary Society.

lu my account of Jane 1810, I mentioned that the Caffrarians had threatened to visit us; but hitherto we have been preserved. What inay be perunitted betcafter we cannot say; we live in a changeable world ; but this we know, that God is immutable, and faithful to all his promises, which shall be accomplished in due time. The multitude of the Heathen shall be brought into his kingdom; they are all bis creatures; and the same work of grace shall be extended to thein as the most civilized nations,

• During the space of half a year a very dangerous fever has raged amoug us, which has proved fatal to many; it has, however, been che occasion of leading one man to seek the Lord; and, since his recovery, he appears to be still looking to Jesus, as the only Mediator.

• i am-fawonred continually with a good state of health; so that I have been enabled to perform the various duties of my station ; for which I have great reason to be thankful.

• The preaching of the word is very well attended, and, I trust, not in vain. Some have been with me, acknowledging what God has done for their souls; and I have exhorted them to inanifest the truth of their pre. fession in their whole conversation and conduct. I have also intorined then, that as soon as any fellow-missionaries arrive, we shall examine them, and if found worthy, admit them meinbers of the congregation of Christ.

• The school goes on well. Brother Anderson has sent us some little spelling-books; but what we shall do when the children have learned them I cannot say, for we are in great want of suitable school books.

• We have been highly favoured as to rain, at three different periods. This place has been quite inundated. We seldoin obtain sufficient water, except by. thunder storms, which renders it generally very difficult to make the fields and gardens productive ; yet we all do the best we can to procure something from our ground.

. From this short account the Directors will' perceive that affairs coutinue to go on tolerably well, although the Caftrarians still refuse to depart. They continue, however, as yet, to be quiet;, and should they ihreaten us again, the Almighty, I trust, will protect us; for we are not able to take any measures for our own defence ; - our only weapon is prayer.

• God has already granted us the desire of our hearts ; we see the light of his glorious gospel shining in this dark desert; we therefore feel our.. selves encouraged, with united bearts, to proceed in the further extension of the kingdoin of Jesus.

That the Lord may direct your hearts, and give you wisdoin to seleet the best incans of promotiog his cause, is the sincero wish of

Yours, &c.

LAMBERT JAXZ.
Extract of a Leller from the Cape of Good Hope, dated June 13.

After greatly lamenting the recall of Lord Caledon, the late Goreros! nor, who had by his wise and excellent conduct, rendered himself dear to the whole colony, the writer says, - One of the inportant benefits resulting from a journey which the late Governor has taken into the interior of the colony, and which occupied three months, is the establishment of a'. Commission from the Court of Justice (whose sittings are held in Cape Towa) to go throughout the different districts once a year, or oftener if circumstances will permit, for the trial of offences. By this salutary regulation the farmers are stived the expence and trouble of a journey of, probably, from 300 to 500 miles, for the purpose of obtaining justice. The benefits resulting from this institution are incalculable; and can only be duly appreciated by the result oi a lew years experience.'

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We heartily concur in opinion with the unknown writer of this letter ; which uccopy from the public prints. The Missionaries have long com plaided of grievous abuses and numerous murders committed in the remole parts of the colony: to which complaints, we believe, littie credit vas formerly given. But we rejoice in the method now adopted, and bate no doubt that it will tend to the welfare of the South African Missions, and that the poor oppressed Hottentots will be freed from those oppressions which impeded their reception of the gospel of Christ. Estrucis from the Report of the ment. I have made the experie British and Foreign Dible So. ment to try thero.

• A friend of mine, captain of a

Greck-vessel, assoros me, that this In addition to the pleasing infor- will confer a remarkable advantage

mation contained in the Abstract, on the Christiaps in the East : and we present to our readers the that, if this isstitution shall carry following Intelligence lately re- its attention onwards to those naceived.

tions, which are now for the most From a respectable Roman Catholic part so ignorant, they will begin to at Malla, May 30, 1811.

perceive more clearly the light of

the holy Gospel, and to walk * We have received the modern more surely in the true way of salGreek and the Italian Tcstaments; ration. and have applied ourselves again

• I have dispatched, this mornto the ottice of distribution. The ing, 18 Testaments to Mr.php: Chief of the Greek Church, who re-sician, one of our good friends. 'I sides at Malta, who is an Archi: have advised bim to distribale mandrila, has warmly approved of them to those priests, in partieu these Testaments ; and alter hav- lar, who are charged with the pubing been informed by me of the lo- lic duties of the church. solution in England of a Society * I can assure you, from what we for the Propagation of the Testa- have hitherto observed that there ment of Jesus Christ in every ac. is likely to result from these loop cessible part of the world, he looks Testaments which the Society has occasion on Sunday last, when re: sent us, no ordinary good. The's commending to his Proselytes in will further procure for us a religithe Church, the reading of the ous communieation, and a reciproModern Greek Testameni, to com- . cal correspondence, with numer. mend the zeal and ardor which the ous persons, who may prove serEnglish have shown to circulate viceable to tbe souls of men in dif the word of our Lord in difierent ferent parts of the east, and in the parts of the world : an object the isles. - May God favour bis own most useful in which men could en- work, and bless our undertaking! sage.

This pleasing information is corI bare sent 12 Greck, and as roborated by an English gentleman many Italian Testaments, to Pre- who was at Maita when the Bibles vesa, to a Deacon, my particular arrived. In a private letter be says, friend: a man who will have great - It was indeed gratifying to see pleasure su receiving them for dis. the desire which the Greeksevipeed tribution. A merchant, resident to get possession of this blessed here, has taken 20 Testaments, to book! the people used to come and then to his brolber, who is a daily to the bouse of Mr. Biashapat lativa. There are many tea or twelve at a time, to buy Tes persons who are now pressing to taments; and, like the lepers at obtain from us Testaments for St. Samaria, wishing that their hre' Liaura, for Jania, Cefalonia, Zanle, thren might partake also, - they ár. I have found common sailors would reiurn the next day for a so desirous of having the Bible, supply to carry with them to any that they would come many days' islaud or part of the continent they journey to obtain a Greek Testa were returning to. - There can be

no doubt that the Greeks are ripe nestly desire that Sclavonic and for the harvest ; and truly our Hungarian Bibles should be printed blessed Saviour inay now be con- in great numbers, and sold at the sidered as pointing to the fields lowest price. Nor can we hope by there ; for I brought home with me any other means, not only that our an application from the Bishop of religious interests can increase, but Aleppo for a missionary to preach that even attention to piety be proto the numerous opulent Greeks of pagated in my country for which that neighbourhood. They may be end, I wish, with my whole heart, considered as saying “Sir, we would and most earnestly pray God, that see Jesus ;' and I hope that the he would direct the attention of Missionary Societies will entertain the London Bible Society to Hunthis most important request.' gary, as likely to produce the Extract of a Lelter from a German

greatest benefits. Correspondent at Paris, Aug.2, 1811.

INDIA
I am confident that the German
Bibles and Testaments, which I re-

Ertract of a Leller from India. ceived in Halle, have proved a I was particularly gratified great blessing, both in Austria and froin the circumstance attending Hungary, I never was in all my my visit to Agra. In the fort of life received with such real delight Agra is the palace, once the resic as when

I made my appearance at dence of the Mogul Emperors, Presburg, with the Bible in my The commanding officer caused the hand. The Bibles and Testaments European troops to assemble in which I could spare for them at that what was once the hall of public tine, were all sold the next day, audience. In a gallery high raised, with the exception of a few given and communicating by a private to the very poorest, gratuitously. way with the other apartments, All who could, would pay. The used to sit the king. Below this, Hungarians wish to establish a Bihde on a large marble slab, elevated Society, and an office of their own, about two feet from the floor, for printing Bibles. They will be- stood the officer who was appointed gin a Subscription among them to band op petitions to the king: selves, provided the Parent Society On this identical spot i stood, and in London assist and support them. after reading morning prayer, Remember, and proclaim it as loud preached to about 500 of my counas jou, cap, that there are upwards trymen on the general judgment. of a million and a half of Protest At igra there is a Roman Cathoants in Hungary, who have, among lic Church, and many noininal Chrislbem, only a few thousaud Bibles! tiaus. The present priest is very

avaricious, and never assembles the Ertrućt of a Letter from a Profes

sor of divinily in ilungary. Feb. people for public worship : but as 15, 1811.

Agra is my present station, i am

hopiog to be of use to the native Tue dearness of Sclavonic and Chrisilans; and, by schools and Hungarian Bibles bas occasiooed a other methods, to further the blessgreat scarcity of them; and this ed cause in which we are embarked. : has been inach increased by the un- During my late journey I observed, happiness of the times in my coun with comparatively few exceptions, try through which, many thou- the idol temples falling into decay. sand Sclavonic and Hungarian Property has of late undergone an Bilies have been taken from the entire change in this country, or by main force, and often destroyed rather there are very few rich naby lawes, in a Dust nuiscrable man tive individuals left; so that there ner!-- and yei, it must be confessed, are fewer shows, or processions, or that the Protestant interest in Hun- mock représentations of their osce gary has been preserved by the in- famed gods. Idolatry languishes; strumentality of the Bible alone. and bad they but an offer of any. pa this account, all good mea care tbing better; it certainly would be XIX,

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