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have removed the fears of weak preached and published by the parard credulous persons.
ticular request of the mourning The preface contains an account relative,' to whom it is inscribed. of several notorious impostors in The text is well chosen, and is apYorkshire, who were reported to propriate to the excellent person possess supernatural powers, and to whose death it is intended to imwhom application was made for prove and record. The preacher various purposes. These infamous considers the circumstances of St. wretches seem to us to require the Paul when he penned the text, the exattention of the magistrate, rather cellent spirit displayed in the words, than that of the minister ; and the and the solemn declaration uttered, vigorous execution of the laws "To me to live is Christ, and to die is against fortune-tellers, would do gain.'--For an account of the demore to suppress them than the ceased, we refer to the Obituary of jnost rational and scriplural ser- the present month. inons. We rejoice in the vigilance and activity of the society in Lon. don for suppressing vice; who have Jately brought to trial, and to de
LITERARY NOTICES. served punishment, some atrocious
Proposals are issued for publish.' offenders of this description. Those ing, by subscription, a new edition who are foolish enough to apply to of the Practical Works of the late these prelended wizards and witches, Rev. R. Baxter, in 16 vol. 8vo. are almost as culpable as the im
In the press, and shortly will be postors themselves. Mr. H. men.
published, an Original Series of Fations, that some religious persons mily Prayers, revised by Mr.Collison. had consulted them, and had there.
Dr. Allix on the Scriptures, and fore been suspended from com
Mr. Stukely's scarce Work, A Lookmunion in the churches to which
ing-Glass for Professors, are reprintthey belonged. We think that
ing by the Society of United Theothey should have been excluded al.
ve been excluded al- logical Booksellers.' together, till they manifested their Mr. Drew, Author of the Essay repentance; for, surely, sucb con- on the Soul, is about to publish, by duct is consistent only in those who subscription, An Essay on the Body, belong to the kingdom of darkness. and its Resurrection from the Dead.'
The Rev.Griffith Williams is about Christ the Life, and Death the Gain, to publish, An Abridgement of of true Believers; a Discourse on
Charnock on Regeneration. . the Death of Mrs. Hawkes, de
Dr. Lowrie (and not Dr. Lewis) Livered at Orange-Street Chapel, is the Author of the Fragments, Nov. 1). By J. Townsend. 18.
• proposed to be published by Dr. This sermon on Phil. i. 21, was Hawker.
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MISSIONARY. SOCIETY. LETTERS have recently been received from Mr. Loveless, at Madras, dated February 28 and 29, 1808. He continues in his situation as Teacher in the school of the Male Asylum. Mr. Desgranges, from Viza. gapatam, arrived there on the 16th of February, in indifferent health : but it was hoped that the change of air would, by the blessing of God, prove of great benefit to him.
The Directors have also received the Journal of Messrs. Cran and Desi granges, from Sept. 1, to Dec. 31, 1807. They continued to pursue their Missionary work in a prudent and peaceable manner, without any molesta. tion, They were diligently proceeding in the translation of the Gospel of St. Matthew into the Telinga language ; and hope, if they should be spared a few years, to be able to put into the hands of the natives a correct copy of the whole of the New Testament. A writer of the Soodra caste, lately requested a copy of the translation of Dr. Watts's First Catechisin, that he might teach it to his children. This request they cheerfully complied with ; and he received it with thankfulness.
The school, under their inspection, is taught by a native, the son of Christian parents, who is well qualified for his employment, and takes great delight in it. Most of the youths in it are from 12 to 20 years of age. Six of them daily read three chapters of the New Testament in Eng. lish. This is a pleasing circumstance, and affords a prospect of future benefit to the Mission.
A Letter also from Mr. Ringeltaube, datod Pallamcotta, February 17, 1808, is come to hand.
A Letter has likewise been received from Dr. Taylor, dated Bombay, July 10, 1808. Since his last, he has been a voyage up the Persian Gulph; and had an opportunity of visiting Bussora, and of improving himself in the Persian and Arabic languages. He returned to Bombạy in the month of May
The following Extracts from an East India Newspaper are very curious. THE JEWS CHRISTMAS.
• Cochin, Feb. 11, 1808. "A Ceremony took place on last Christmas-day, in the synagogue of the White Jews, near Cochin :-All things being prepared in the synagogue, and the Rabbies, Elders, with the whole of the people, male and female, assembled and arranged, each in their allotted places, the Dewan of the Rajah of Travancore, attended by the British Resident, approached in procession, and entered the synagogue at sun-set on the 25th of December. They were received by the Elders, at the gate of the congregation standing up, and were led to seats, which had been prepared for them, in front of the Ark, and under the extended wings of Cherubim, Being seated, the service of the evening commenced. The chief priest standing before the altar of the Lord, in the presence of the congregation, spread forth his hands towards Heaven ; and, with prayer and supplication, the whole standing, implored a blessing upon his Majesty, the King of Great Britain and Ireland, all the people saying Amen! The words of the favourite air of God save the King,'having been previously translated into the 'Hebrew language, were then chanted, the whole congregation joining in chorus.
o Following this, a benediction was implored for his Highness Ram Rajah of Trayancore, and a compliment, suited to the solemn occasion, was addressed by the Chief Priest to the Resident and to the Dewan.
• The service having concluded, the Dewan of Travancore, in a few words, neatly delivered, expressed, for his master and himself, the high sense which was, entertained of the honour and favour conferred upon them; and turning round to the elders, requested that the Rajah of Travancore might be permitted to inake an offering of a crown of gold, to be placed within the Ark of the Tabernacle, upon the sacred books of the law; and requested further, That himself might be permitted to make an offering of a rich chandelier, to illuminate the sanctuary.
• These requests having been gratefully acceded to, and suitably acknowledged, the Resident, Dewan, &c. retired in the same manner, and with like ceremonies as had been observed on their entrance.'
A Curious Extract from the Madras Gazette, Feb. 11, 1808 ; narrating the Occurrences of !he Private Subscription Masquerade, Jan. 22, 1908.
• New objects perpetually crowded on the sight. The gravity of Dominos, Druids, and Missionaries, and the more sombre characters, was incessantly interrupted by the frolics of Harlequin, or the ludicrous gambols of Pantaloon. À number of priests and other religious personages made their appearance. A pious Missionary shewed indefatigablo zeal in soliciting subscriptions. We ware happy to see that bis list was respectably patronized, though it iho bottom of this paper, we noticed some sarcastic remarks, which the godly man bore will all the patience of Christian cbaracter,' &c.
From the Calculla Gazelle, < Last week a dreadful accident happened on the river of Chanderna. gore. A ferry-boat from Hoogly to Calcutta, full of passengers, most of whom were women and children, foundered in the midst of the stream, Several boats were lying quietly on the shore ; and the people on board, with all the apathy which distinguishes the natives, stood looking at the struggles of the unhappy sufferers, without the least thought of going to their assist, ance. By the efforts of some gentlemen, who happened to pass by, three or four boats were pressed into the service of Humanity. They arrived too late, for five persons only were saved by them. Friiin the report of the survivors, it appears that forty-six persons perished on this melancholy occasion.'
We are assured, by a gentlemar resident in that country, that this is by no means a soliiary insiance. If the most miserable object is lying in the street in a dying state, there he may remain, unnoticed by Brahmins and others, unless some European act ihe part of the good Samaritan. The Serang of a native vesiel, assured Mr. , when on board it, that if his vessel were sinking, no one would render assistance, even though it were surrounded with 200 of the same crast. The reason he assigned was, • That it was not the custom !
This is one trait of the character of men, who are represented, by some modern writers, to be so good, as not to need the help of Christianity to im. prove them! it is, however, to the honour of the religion of the Son of God, that po innuman apathy like this prevails where the gospel of his grace is known.'
.! SLAVE TRADE. AGENTLEMAN, on the coast of Africa, has inforined his friend in Loudon, that Captain Farker, of his Majesty's ship the Derwent, has takea several vessels laden with slaves since he has been on the coast, and sent
them to Sierra Leone. A few nights before he wrote, Captain P. seized a traft coming from Gambia with five slaves belonging to one of the inhabit. ants. He made the owner pay 1000 dollars penalty for the slaves, and sent them also to Sierra Leone. • Accounts from the Gambia River state that the different factories are crowded with slaves, that the Bushreens have influence enough to make the Chiefs believe that the present suspension of the trade is only a trick of the white men, to get the price of slaves lowered ; and that in a little time there will be a greater demand for them than ever. In tie meantime they turn the slaves out into the fields to cultivate their corn, &c.
No accounts, he adds, of Mr. Park,"more than what have been known for sometime past, have been obtained from any part of the interior.
JAMAICA. Extract from An Act for the Protection, Subsisting, Clothing, and for the better Order and Government of Slaves; and for other Purposes.'
[Passed in the Island of Jamaica, Nov. 28, 1807.] Doetie • WHEREAS it is for the public good that all the laws re
Oct. specting the order and government of slaves should be consoli. dated and brought into one law; May it please your Majesty, that it may be enacted, and be it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor, Coun.
cil, and Assembly, of this your Majesty's island of Jamaica, Overseers,
That; from and after the commencing of this act, all masters
ds and mistresses, owners, or, in their absence, overseers of slaves; &c. to en
shall, as much as in them lies, endeavour the instruction of their deavour to
"O slaves in the principles of the Christian Religion, whereby'to fainstruct. slaves in
cilitate their conversion ; and shall do their utmost endeavours thc Chris.
to fit them for baptism ; and, as soon as conveniently they can, cause to be baptized all such as they can make sensible of a
Deity and the Christian Faith, ligion.
• Provided nevertheless, that the instruction of such slaves rruuisu. shall be confined to the doctrines of the Established Church in this island ; and that no Methodist, Missionary, or other Sectary.or Preach. er, shall presume to instruct our slaves, or to receive them in their houses, chapels, or conventicles, of any sort or description, under the penalty of twenty pounds for every slave proved to have been there, and to be recovered in a summary inanner before any three justices of the peace ; who, or the majority of whom, are hereby authorized and empowered to issue their warrant for recovery of the same ; and, on refusal of payment, to commit the offender or the offenders to the county gaol until payment of the said fine or fines ; which shall be paid over to the church wardens of the parish where the offence shall be commilted, for the benefit of the poor of such parish. • Passed the Assembly this 16th day of November, 1807,
Philip Redwood, Speaker. • Passed the Council 27th November, 1807,
• R. ROBERTSON, Cl. Conc. • I consent, this 28th November, 1807, EYRE CONTE.'
From the Jamaica Royal Gazelle. • A White maa, named Gilgrass, professing the religion of a Me. thodist, was brought hefore the Common Council samc day, Nov. 30th, for violating the Ordinance of the Corporate Body restricting preaching, teaching, &c. to certain hours. - [This refers to a former Act.]
• After a very patient investigation of the circumstances, in which the charge was fully proved, he was sentenced to be coufined in the common gaol for the county of Surry for one calendar month. Mr. James KnowJan also being charged with a violation of the same Ordinance, being ill, was upable to appear before the magistrates.
Report of the Edinburgh Missionary the direction and superintendence Society, April 1919, 1808. of Dr. Clarke. No time was lost ina (Abridged).
getting these articles ready; and Thougr the missionary family at they were shipped for Petersburgh Karass consists of about 50 indivi- in the month of July, where they duals, and though, some of them arrived before the Baltic was shut. have been visiied with sickness dur. By letters received lately, it appears ing the last ycar, set none of them that in the month of January they have been removed by death. This were still therc; but an opportunity is the more remarkable, as, during was soon expected of forwarding the summer and harvest months, them to Karass. the plague and other diseases were “So cager, however, were the Misextremely falal amongst the na. sionarics to begin this interesting tives. Every precaution was taken, work, that having procured in Rusand, under the blessing of God, sia some printing paper, they com. proved completely successíul. menced the printing of the New Tes
The Directors are happy to re- tament with the types which they port, thai the Missionaries have had carried out with them; and received from his Imperial Majesty have already finished the greater a charter for their lard, including part of the Gospel according to privileges greater, it is believed, Matthew.' than were ever before allowed to They have also printed several any foreigners; and, it is hoped that small tracks, in which the absurdias soon as the state of the couniry lies of the Koran are exposed, and shall permit the Missionaries to aithe leading doctrines and duties of tend to the cullivation of their the gospel concisely, but forcibly land, they will be able, in a great stated. The circulation of these measure, to provide for their own over a great extent of country, has support.
already produced a considerable It was stated in the report of last sensation among the natives. In the year, that Mr. Brunton had been district around Karass, a general atfor some time employed in translat- tention to the subject of religion has ing the Scriptures into the Turk- been excited; the violent prejuish language. Having made consic dices against Christianity are greaiderable progress in this work, both ly abated; many do not scruple to he and his brethren were anxious express doubis respecting the truth to have it printed as soon as possi- of Mohammedism; and there is ble, being persuaded that nothing every reason to believe, that not a would more effectually contribute few would openly renounce it, were to the overthrow of Mohammedism they not restrained by the dread of and the establishment of Christi: their chiefs. An Effendi, whose anily, than the circulation of the name is Shellivy, and who is allowed word of life in a language so gene- to be one of the most respectable rally understood.
of their priests, has frankly acknowThe Directors, fully convinced of ledged, that he is unable to answer the incalculable advantages which their ohjections against his religion; may result from the accomplish- and though he still professes io be ment of this werk, but, owing to a Mohammedan, he discovers a high the state of the Society's funds, veneration for the gospel, and a de. thinking it inexpedient to take the eided attachment to the Missionwhole expence of it on themselves, aries. transmitted a represeutation to the Abdy, the old priest, died, in British and Foreign Bible Society ; October last, of the plague; to the why cordially entered into their infection of which his incautious views, and, with their usual libe- exertions among the natives had raliiy, voted a sum of 600l. for exposed him. The Missionaries purchasing a new font of Arabic say, “It would have been won(vnes, and paper sufficient for print. derful, indeed, if he had escaped, ins 5000 copies of the New Tesia. as he was copstantly among those Inent. The types were cast, under who were ill of the plague, and often