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Lord as the waters cover the sea? Otaheite and Tongataboo divided the Missionaries. It had not been so originally intended. Many thought they had best settle together, and not divide till they had acquired a thorough knowledge of the manners and language of the natives. Their division weakened their influence. A war of desolation at Tongataboo drove them to take refuge at Port Jackson, where, though their original object has been defeated, those who have not deserted the work, are still very usefully employed.
The Brethren at Otaheitě have continued to labon, and many of them have not fainted in the midst of danger and difficulties; and though their progress has been slow, their fidelity hath been approved; and much divine knowledge has been instilled into the minds of the natives. The improvement made by their royal pupil, Pomaree, in reading and writing, is well known to the public; and shews the favour and influence they have attained, and the progress made from savage ignorance to some advancement in letters. The great difficulties of the language have been surmounted; and they are now able intelligibly to preach and teach Jesus Christ in the native tongue; -- of their proficiency in which, their late publication is a curious and pleasing specimen. They have been, from time to time, recruited with fresh Missionaries from England, to fill up two vacancies by death, and more by desertion, and at this time one of their body, who came to England to obtain a suitable partner for himself
, and to carry with him suitable wives for his unmarried brethren, is on his voyage for Matavai, caring for the souls of a woman - convict ship, on its voyage to Port Jackson : and if the Lord fix a number of Christian families at Otaheite, strong bope may be entertained that the light will no more be put out in obscure darkness. We have been of late alarmed with intelligence of a war among the natives, against the present Governor: the Married Brethren, with their families, in consequence removed to a neighbouring island, to which they had been invited, and were cordially welcomed. As all the islands speak the same language, they are equally in the way of usefulness. The Bachelor Missionaries continue to occupy the Missionary House and Gardens; and, if it please God that the present disturbances be appeased, a day's sail will bring back the Brethren to their own abodes on the island. We are anxiously waiting intelligence, and pray that the issue may be peace, and the momentary separation attended with a greater blessing to the island they have made their asylum, than a loss to that which they have been induced to leave! We still hope and pray that the Star of Bethlehem may guide them all to the House where the Child Jesus :3 worshipped, and that it will shortly from thence diffuse its brightness to the numberless isles of the Pacific Ocean! How
can we despair, when we see what hath been done in so short a space of time! - the number of Societies formed for this great object, the pecuniary means provided, and the number ready to offer themselves willingly to seek the souls redeemned by the blood of the Lamb!
One effort more I would mention, of Missionaries sent to New Zealand by the last established Missionary Society for the East : – Two faithful men are devoted to the beginning of so desirable work. May the Lord crown the atteinpt, however feeble, with abundant success; and manifest, that it is not by mighi, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord !
I have thus taken a rapid glance over the habitable Globe, and sought to discover the living seed that are counted to the Lord for a generation ; and from whom light and salvation may be expected to dispel the darkness that covers the earth, and the gross darkness that envelopes the people of all lands. Awful, indeed, is the scene! The more it is contemplated with the Bible before us, the more deeply we shall be affected with a fearful apprehension, how few there can be saved, if God is credited as true in his gospel-word, and every man a liar that dares dispute or doubt the revelation he hath made. Sare I am, if we really believe that revelation, we shall feel ourselves the most inexcusable of human beings, if we do not put forth every nerve to seize the moment that reinains, and use every exeition and influence in our power to seek the souls which the Son of God came down from Heaven to save.
UTILITY OF DISTRIBUTING RELIGIOUS TRACTS,
A young man in the north of Scotland, about five years ago, received a religious tract as he was going to work, which proved the means of his conversion. The title 'of the tract was. A Dialogue on Regeneration.' He never entertained a serious thought about his soul before this. This young man continues, through grace, a serious godly person.
A pious officer in the army lately obtained a serious soldier to be his servant. He was filled with so much gratitude to God that he kneeled down with him, and prayed, thanking God for this kind dispensation of his Providence.
A pious surgeon in the army takes the following method in distributing the Sacred Scriptures. He divides New Testaments into twenty parts each, and gives thein away among the soldiers. In a letter he wrote lately, he says, he finds this the best way of doing good, and of making God's word as extensively known as possible.
WONDERFUL INTERPOSITION OF DITINE PROVIDENTE. MAXIMILLIAX, Emperor of Germany, conversing one day in his coech with Johannes Crato, who was his principal physician, and a learned Protestant, was lamenting the division of Cliristians; and asked Crato which party approached the nearest, in bis opinion, to the apostolic simplicity. Crato replied, that he thought that honour belonged to the brethrea called Picards (the same as are called Waldenses and Albigenses.) The Emperor said, 'I think so too.' This being reported to them, afforded them much encouragement, and induced them to dedicate to him a book of their devotions; for, during the preceding year, God bad marvelJously preserved him from the guilt of their blood. Joachim a Novo Domo, chancellor of Bohemia, went to Vienna, and would give the Emperor no rest until he procured for him a mandate for the revival of a former persecuting ordinance against them. Haviog obtained his commission, as he was leaving Vienna, and passing the bridge over the Danube, the bridge gave way, and fell; when Joachim and all his retinue were plunged into that great river; and all were drowned except six horsemea and one young nobleman, who, perceiving his lord in the water, caught hold of his gold chain, and held him up till some fishermen came in boats to their assistance; but they found Joachim dead; and bis box, containing the persecuting mandate, had sunk beyond recovery. The young bobleman who survived, was so affected with the hand of God in this affair, that he joined the brethren in their religion, and the persecution droppede
[Related by Mr. Baxter, in his Christian Directory, P. 753.]
ANECDOTES. A DYING CHRISTIAN, AT BORROWSTOWXNESS. Tur late Rev. Mr. Archibald Hall, of London, while at Torpichen, paid this person a visit. —- After much Christian conversation between thein, the dying man. took hold of Mr. Hall's hand, and said, . Now, Sir, I can with as much pleasure take the cold hand of death. Yog inay wonder at this. I see and believe myself to be, indeed, inost unworthy, and deserving of deep damnation; but, at the same time, I see Christ to be my great propitiation; and faith in his blood gives ine ease. I see myself all vile and polluted ; but I view Jesus as the fountain opened for me; and faith in him supports me under a sense of my vileness. -0 bappy believer! trusting in thy Redeemer, Death is disarmed of his sting, aud bis ghastly visage puts on an attractive smile.
RET, MR. JAMES MAIR, LATE OF LINTON, TWEEDDALE. Whey this good man was preaching by appointment at Gateshaw, near Morebattle, in the south of Scotland, during the singing of the psalıns, his text and all he had prepared entirely escaped him. A part of the psalm which was just then singing, fixed upon his mind : - the words were, . O love the Lord, all ye his saints. Accordingly he read them for his text. The beads and particulars clearly presented to his mind an abundance of useful illustration. He found himself in a most happy aod pleasant frame. Whenever he looked among his audience be obseried serious attention and many tears. ---The good man declared that he never enjoyed such a day of the Son of Màn, in luis power and glory. - Is not Christ still faithful to his promise, • Lo, I am with you always, eren to Ibe end of the world :
! Dbituary. MISS MARY LAIRD
death. So noor, frequently, in the
fickle climate of this world, is the Dird at Greennock, on the 22d storm to the calın ; so instantaneous : of December 1810, in the 22d year the transition from joy to grief : of her age; being the third daughter so quickly may the tears of John Laird, Esq.
1- Which pious fathers shed This amiable and excellent young
Upon a duteous daughter's head, lady, the favourite of a fond father, of an affectionate and harmonious be followed by the bitter drops of family of brothers and sisters, as parental anguish! well as of an extensive circle of It is the unspeakable consolation friends and acquaintances, was re
of her father, and her olher-Chrismoved from the world by a very tian friends, that though her call sudden and deeply affecting stroke. from this world was so sudden, she -The afternoon and evening of the was not unprepared for another. day preceding her death, presented A believer of the gospel of divine an interesting scene of domestic grace, her hope of heaven rested happiness; one of those beautiful, on the atonement which it reveals. family pictures, on which every ller temper, naturally very lively, heart that is not dead to the sensi
was softened and sweeieued by its bilities of nature dwells with pecii. benign influencc. it inspired her liar delight: - A Christian father, heari with compassionate tenderthe sole surviving head of his fa
and diffusive benevolence. mily, surrounded by a groupe of Even a distant hint of the su ferhis affectionate children, all happy ings of others touched the chord of in one another, their hearts knit sympathy, promoted enquiry, and, together in love,' and all vying with wherever it was possible, procured one another in the fond attentions relief. She sought for opportuniof filial duty. In these appropriate ties of imparting friendly aid to the attentions for the removal of a afflicted and disconsolate ; and slight indisposition by which her whenever they presented thcrubeloved father was at the time af- selves, her attentions were at once fected, she who is now no more, had delicate and uuwearied. With the that evening been peculiarly assidu- humility which characterizes truc ous ; - and he smiled on the sur. feeling, the knowledge of such acts rounding groupe through the glis. of charity was confined to the botening tears of paternal delight, and som of the family, in every case of lively gratitude to the gracious in which more extensive informaAuthor of bis joys; his heartover- tion was not necessary to the attainflowing with those emotions of ex
ment of the desired end. With quisite satisfaction and tenderness, these engaging features of characwith which none but Christian pa- ter, were associated genuine unaf. rents, in similar circumstances, can fected piety, and the faithful and fully sympathize.
affectionate discharge of the vari.
ous duties of daughter, sister, • But, mortat Pleasure, what art thou and friend. An unusually deep in truth?
sense of her own unvorthiness, The torrent's smoothness ere it dash joined to a tenderiless of conscience below.'
which made her ever fearful of When the family parted, to retire having crred, of having exposed to rest, she had scarcely reached religion to reproach, of being her chamber when she was sud- esteemed by others beyond, or condenly taken ill; and survived only trary to, her conscious desert, 12 hours! Thus was an evening clouded her joys with occasional of universal joy succeeded by a dejection. But this feeling, unnight of agonizing anxiety, and a known to any except her bosommorning dark with the shadow of friends, was ihe very opposite of
that affected and obtrusive humi- his law, the love of God in Christ lity, which talks much, while it Jesus, and her delight in the serfeels little. It was a feeling which vice of God, which was manifest to sprang from the incredulity of a all around. After some time, she lowly inind, hardly daring to admit opened her mind still more freely, the probability that one so unwor with great simplicity, and gratitude thy should be so highly favoured: to God, for the great love wherea feeling to which the blessed and with He had loved her. only effectual relief was the free Junc 30, 1809, she was admitted dom and the riches of divine mercy, a member. Her growth in grace in the glorious gospel of the was rapid, her views of the plan of blessed God.' To that rich and salvation, through the atonement, free mercy she committed herself and justification by faith alone, in in her dying hours: - that Mercy Jesus Christ, were clear and lively: has received her spirit to heaven and her conduct in life with an ei. and the tear that is shed over her emplary diligence in business, rendear and ballowed dust, mingles on dered her an ornament to the gosthe cheek with the tear of hope pel; so that the whole of her acand joy. For though absent from quaintances were constrained to dethe body,' she is at home with the clare her a gracious young woman. Lord ;' and a cheering light shines Her afflictivas were many, and even on her grave; for, . if we be-borne with the noblest patience of lieve that Jesus died and rose again, a Christian; and if at any tine she even so them also who sleep in dropt a murmuring word, it was Jesus will God bring with him!'
recalled with tears, saying, What Let not this tribute to the me.
have I been doing? I shall offend mory of the dead pass unimproved my God and Saviour!-Her regard as an admonition to the living for the house of God was renarkSuch sudden travsitions from joy to able: when borne down with neasgrief, from possession to bereave ness and an asthmatical affliction, ment, impressively remind us to
she has been led home as one almost be • when we rejoice, as though we
dead. When long confined, she rejoiced not. Such early and un
greatly grieved for the loss, and expected terminations of the period proposed to be carried to the chaof service on earth, warn Christians pel on the Sabbath. On the 29th, to have their loins girded about, her soul truly rejoiced in the Lord; and their lights burning.' Such and upon niy entering the room, striking instances of the precarious she, with uplifted hands and founess of human life, even in its fairesting, tears, exalled the Lamb of Gud, and most flattering appearances, ad- saying, “ O my dear Jesus, I skall dress to all, especially to the young,
svon be with thee, to praise thee as the healthy, and the inconsider lought!' ate, with powerful and awakening
In the following afternoon she, energy, the words of the Saviour, with her mother, and some of the • Be ye also ready.'
members, took the ordinance of the Lord's Supper; and while in tbe
duty, Death seemed to make a sei, ELIZABETH KENT
zure, when ali prescat concluded Diep Jan. 30, 1811, in the 23d she was gone: but she revived, and, year of her age. She discovered, smiling, said "I shall yet be with you from her childhood, a sober and in the chapel on Sabbath ;'-boithe steady turn of mind; and when Lord disposed of her otherwise, fur, about 18, I observed her much af- about seven o'clock the same erenfected under iny ininisiry, from ing, she fell asleep in Jesus; with which I took occasion to speak to her poor hands extended, as the her concerning her salvation. She token given to a certain friend of gave satisfaciory evidence that a her happiness. This providence was good work was begun in her, in improved on the sabbath eveuing relating her view of the infinite from Rey. xiv. 4, 5, to a large and cvil of sin, thc purity of God, and attentive congregativn.