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By Dispatches just arrived from Otaheite, dated August 18, 1802, we have the pleasure to learn, that the Missionaries remained in health and peace, as at the date of the former dispatches, July 8.

We have also the pleasure to communicate the following interesting intelligence concerning Dr. Vanderkemp and his associate, Mr. James Read; for which the public are indebted to Mr. Kay, surgeon of his Majesty's brig, the Penguin, which was stationed in the Bay of Algoa, from the mouth of May to the end of September 1802; during which period, this gentleman had frequent intercourse with them. It appears that a considerable progress has been made in the Missionary settlement at Bota's Place, which is about eight miles from the Bay: - that a number of houses have been crected by the Hottentots, on a plan superior to those which they have before been accustomed to build; and that this work continues principally to occupy them. They subsist partly on the stores which the government has kindly supplied them with, and partly on wild fowl, which abound in that country; such as geese, turkeys, pheasants, partridges, &c. and being furnished with implements of agriculture, and possessed also of land, which the government has given to the settlement, to the extent of an hour's ride every way, there is reason to believe that they will be able to provide themselves with the means of subsistence, in sufficient plenty, after their present stock is exhausted. They already have began to raise both wheat and rice. The exemplary conduct of the Doctor, and his unwearied attention to the good of the natives, has conciliated their confidence in an unbounded degree; and every intimation of his will is regarded with the most prompt obedience. In the attempt made by the government to bring back the runaway Hottentots, the character of probity and good faith which he had acquired, was the principal means of accomplishing it, as they refused to confide in any other individual. The good ef fects of the establishment are already apparent in the improved morals of the natives,— their order and cleanliness, both in persons and habitations, as well as in their sobriety and industry. About 200 of them constantly attend divine worship; which, at present, is conducted in a barn: their attention is serious, and their psalmody remarkably harmonious. But they worship also in the open air; and the simple and venerable appearance of the good man in the midst of his family, leading their devotion, on a lawn surrounded with shrubs, and enlightened by the beams of the moon, is particularly interesting. Mr. Read passes a great part of his time at Algoa Bay, and exercises his ministry among the English soldiers, who are stationed at that place; and who are said to be very attentive to His discourses. Beside this, he is assiduously engaged in the instruction of children, whose progress in reading and writing is very satisfactory. - Monsieur Le Moens, the commandant of the garrison, manifests very high respect for them both, and shews them every kind attention,

FROM the Accounts published by the United Brethren, and by the Baptist Mission Society, we learn, that the Missionary work goes on pros. perously in various parts of the world; but for particulars we must refer to those Accounts, and to our Review of them in the preceding pages.

By an extract of a letter, with which we have been favoured, from Dr. Rogers, of Philadelphia, dated May 12, 1803, we have the pleasure to learn that a very considerable revival of religion prevails in that city that the

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Spirit has been evidently poured from on high, and that the different congregations have had many accessions, particularly the Presbyterian church, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Milledolar; who is described as a young man much esteemed by all the denominations, and zealously devoted to the cause of God. Dr. Rogers adds, A few weeks since, our church was visited by an extraordinary black man, from Virginia, the Rev. Jacob Bishop, a regularly ordained Baptist minister, aged about forty-seven. He appears to possess astonishing mental powers, and great piety. His deportment humble and consistent, his principles truly ortho. dox, his address ready and energetic. He was greatly followed and de. servedly admired; so that we see, although the Ethiopian cannot change. his skin, God can change his heart, and "speak by whom he will speak."


Welch Charity Schools.

Of the institution and plan of these schools, we gave a particular account in our Magazine for 1798, P. 29, 231.

From a report lately printed, it appears that thirteen teachers are

now employed, and that 566 chil dren are instructed; the whole ex. penditure of the past year being little more than fool. Since the commencement of this excellent institution, 5534 children have been taught in these schools.-Subscriptions are received at the Bank of Glynn, Mills, and Co. London.


April 5, 1803, the WEST KENT Association held their Half-yearly Meeting at Maidstone, for the Encouragement of Itinerant preaching in the Villages; when the accounts were stated, and an enquiry made into the state of the places where preaching has been introduced; and, from the information received, there appears to be ground of encouragement to pursue the object of their union. The itinerant preacher employed in this district being called to serve a particular church, it was resolved, to enquire after another. Mr. Rogers, of Eynsford, preached on Gal. iv. 18.; and Messrs. Beaufoy, Slatterie, Stanger, &c. prayed. The next Meeting to be held at Maidstone, on Tuesday, October 25; to meet for business in the forenoon and afternoon; and a sermon to be preached in the evening, by Mr. Arnold.

The General Meeting of the SoMERSET Association was held at Wellington, May 25 Mr. Magor, of Glastonbury, preached in the morning, from Rev. i. 6, "And hath made us kings and priests unto God;" and Messrs. Harrington, of Winsham; Pittard, of Martock;

and Golding, of Pitminster, filled up the other parts of the service.In the afternoon, Mr. Small, of Axminster, preached from 1 Cor. i. 8. "Who shall also confirm you unto the end," &c. Mr. Hende. bourch, jun. (student) and Mr. Gale, the county missionary, en gaged in prayer. The evening ser vice was begun by Mr. Tozer, of Taunton; when Mr. Priestley, of Shepton Mallet, preached from Acts xxvii. 15. "When the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us,” &c; and Mr. Paul, of Castle Cary, offered up the concluding prayer. The next General Meeting is to be held at Bruton, the last Wednesday in May, 1804. Mr. Pittard and Mr. Tyreman to preach.

May 30 and 31, was held at Ox. FORD, the first Annual Meeting of the Association of Baptist Congre gational Churches in this and the adjacent counties. The Meeting was very numerously attended; the accounts of the general state of religion were encouraging; and the public services were accompanied with pleasing tokens of the Divine Presence. The preachers were Mr. Coles, of Bourton Mr. Holloway,

of Reading; and Mr. Philps, an independent minister of Newbury. Their subjects were Psalm cxxxvii. 5, 6.; Psalm cxxii. 3.; 1 Pet. v. 5. The next association is appointed to be held at Chipping Norton, Oxon. on the Monday and Tuesday. in Whitsun week, 1804.

June 1, 1803, was held a Meeting of ministers at the Baptist Meeting in WINSLOW, Bucks. Mr. Scraggs, of Buckingham, began in prayer; Mr. Reynolds, of Nash,

preached from Eph. vi. r; and Mr. Castleden, of Wobourn, in Bedfordshire, concluded in prayer. Mr. Scraggs preached in the evening, from Col. iii. 10.-The meet. ing was well attended; and it was a pleasant, and, we trust, a profitable


The WILTS Association hold their next Half-yearly Meeting at Trudo-hill, near Frome, on Tuesday, the 26th of July next.


April 27, Mr. John M'Gibbon was set apart to the pastoral office over the congregation of Protestant Dissenters, at Birdbush, Wilts. Mr. Sedcole, of Swanage, introduced the service by prayer and reading the Scriptures. The introductory discourse was delivered by Mr. Adams, of Salisbury, who asked the questions and received the confession of faith; Mr. Weston, of Sherborne, offered up the ordination prayer, accompanied with the imposition of hands. The charge was delivered by Mr. Bogue, of Gosport, from John iv. 38.; Mr. Bennett, of Romsey, presented to God the intercessory prayer. The charge to the people was delivered by Mr. Cox, of Fareham, from 1 Thes. v. 12-15. The services were closed by the supplications of Mr. Williams, of Wincanton. The congregation reassembled in the evening. Mr. Bogue prayed; Mr. Bennett preached from Luke viii. 18.; and Mr. Penell, of Mere, closed the day by prayer.

The preceding evening, Mr. Loader, of Fording-bridge, preached from Ezek. xxxvi. 37.; and Mr. Morren, of Shaftsbury; and Mr. Bannister, of Wareham, prayed.

Since the death of the Rev. Wil liam Armitage, the church assembling in Queen- street, Chester, has been destitute of a stated pastor, till the recent choice of the

Rev. Ebenezer White. This union was publicly recognized, May 19. Mr. Johnson, of Warrington, introduced the service by prayer and reading appropriate portions of Scripture; Mr. Ralph, of Liverpool, prayed the general prayer; Mr. Roby, of Manchester, deliver ed a discourse from 2 Cor. iv. 5.; and Mr. Lewis, of Wrexham, preached to the people, from Phil. ii. 29. In the evening, a double lecture was preached by Mr. Davies, of Liverpool, from Mat. v. 8.; and Mr. Ralph, from Gal. iii. 21, 22.; Mr. Williams, of Northwich, concluded the services with prayer.


June 1, the Rev. J. Dawson was ordained to the pastoral office of the church of Christ, at Dudley, Worcestershire, when the following ministers were engaged in the different parts of the service: Mr. G. Elliott, of Coventry, introduced the service by prayer and reading the Scriptures; Mr. Ob. Bennett, of Ather stone, stated the plan of a gospel. church, and asked the usual ques tions; Mr. T. Grove, of Walsal, offered up the ordination prayer; Mr. J. Moody, of Warwick, gave the charge; Mr. J. Brewer, of Birmingham, preached.

June 8, the Rev. Thomas Hitchin was ordained to the pastoral office, at Bromstone, Staffordshire, when the following ministers were engag ed: Messrs.Chester, Wilson, Burder,

A Memoir of that eminent Servant of God, appeared in the second volume of the Evangelical Magazine.

Moseley, Williams, and Sissons, A church is now formed and settled in a place, which, being very distant from all the means of grace, was, a few years ago, remarkably ignorant and profligate.

In the evening of the same day, a new chapel was opened at New. port, in Shropshire, the former being obliged to be pulled down, Part of the same ministers engaged.

April 8, 1803. In the afternoon, a small church of the particular Baptist denomination, was formed at Camberwell, near London. In the evening there was a public meeting; at which several ministers from London were present, to recognize and improve the important union. Mr. Carr, who has statedly

supplied the people for some time, having accepted the call of this in fant church, was, on the 1st of June, solemnly set apart by imposi tion of hands. The service was introduced by Mr. Gray (assistant to Mr. Booth) who read a portion of Scripture and prayer; Mr. Thomas Thomas stated the nature of ordina. tion, and asked the usual questions; Mr. Carr then delivered an account of his religious sentiments; Dr. Jenkins, of Walworth, prayed the ordination - prayer, and addressed the pastor, from Acts xx. 27; Mr. Coxhead, of Wild-street, prayed; Mr. Upton, of Blackfriars, preached to the people, from 1 Peter v. 10.; and Mr. Ready, of Peckham, con cluded with prayer.


Jan. 4, 1803, was opened Be. thesda chapel, Liverpool, a new and commodious place of worship, erect ed by the Independent congregation under the Rev. John Ralph, late of Cleck Heaton, Yorkshire. Three sermons were preached by the Rev. P. S. Charrier, W. Roby, and S. Bradley, of Manchester, from Ps. xc. 16.; Phil. i. 17.; and 1 Cor. xii. 27.; Messrs. Johnstone, Davies, Sharp, Bruce, and Alexander, engaged in prayer in the different ser,


A private house was opened for preaching, in the ancient town of Corfe Castle, on the 20th of January last, by Mr. Banister, of Wareham. Mr. Sedcole of Swanage, and Mr. Banister, have engaged to preach there alternately, every fortnight.

May 5, 1803.-A neat and commodious place of worship was opened at Cross-Street, near Manchester.

In the morning, Mr. Hanforth, of Gatley, introduced the service by reading the Scriptures, and by prayer; and Mr. Bradley, of Manchester, preached from Ps. lxxxix. 15.-In the afternoon, Mr. Theodosius, of New Windsor, near Manchester, prayed; and Mr. Roby preached from Ps. cxviii. 25.-A chapel was very much wanted in this populous village; and there is a pleasing prospect of usefulness.

WE have the pleasure to hear, that the chapel at Teignmouth, Devon, built by the late Rev. Mr. Holmes, of Exeter, is again opened for public worship, after having been shut up for a considerable time. The people are now favoured with a regular minister, the Rev. Mr. Trap; and we hope the great Head of the church will be pleased to bless his labours in that place of genteel resort.


We are very much concerned to learn that an Act of Assembly has been passed in Jamaica, which subjects all persons "not qualified according to the laws" in that island, and who shall " presume to preach

and teach in any meeting or assem. bly of negroes, or people of colour," to be "deemed and taken to be rogues and vagabonds;" and accordingly, such are liable to be apprehended and committed to the

common gaol; and upon conviction before three magistrates, may be "committed to the workhouse, there to be kept to hard labour; for the first offence one month, and for every subsequent offence, six months each."-If a slave, the penalty for the first offence is the same, and for each succeeding one a public flogging-if a white, to suffer such punishment as the "court shall see fit to inflict, not extending to life.' Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the guardian care of Providence; and are persuaded that no Prince of the House of Brunswick will sanction any laws which tend to rekindle the flames of religious persecution. APRIL 29th, the Bishop of London held a visitation of the clergy at St. Martin's Church, where a Sermon was preached by the Rev. Gerrard Andrews, rector of St. James's, Westminster, from Rom. xi. 13. I magnify mine office :" after which his Lordship delivered a charge to the clergy.

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ON Sunday afternoon, May 15, Mr. Frey, a converted Jew, now under the tuition of Mr. Bogue, for missionary labours, preached a sermon to the Jews at Sion Chapel, from Gen. xiii. 8. "And Abraham said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee,&c. for we be brethren." The texts referred to in the discourse, were first recited in Hebrew, and then in English. A prodigious congregation was collected, among whom were observed about two hundred of the children of Abraham. After the sermon, several of them came into the vestry, and spoke in a friendly manner to the preacher.

Tuesday morning, May 31st, the Rev. Richard Cecil, A. M. preach. ed before the Society for Missions to Africa and the East, at Blackfriar's Church, from Isaiah xi. 3. Prepare ye the way of the Lord." The inoral state of the heathen, the means, which it is our duty as Christians to use for their salvation, and the motives to stimulate us to the use of such means with energy and fervour, formed the leading branches of his discourse. In deIncating the character of a Mis.

sionary called and sent of God, Mr. Cecil paid an honourable tribute to the memory of the late venerable Mr. Swartz, the Danish Missionary, who died in India, Feb. 13, 1798. -The church was well filled, and many evangelical clergymen and dissenting ministers were present.

The Rev. W. B. Williams, late Curate of High Wycomb, succeeds Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Homerton chapel.

The Rev. Watts Wilkinson, chaplain to the Haberdashers' Almshouses at Hoxton, is appointed, by the Haberdashers' company, to the Lectureship of St. Bartholomew behind the Royal Exchange, vacant by the death of the late Dr. Finch.

It is a circumstance worthy of general notice, and peculiarly enCouraging to the ministers of the gospel, that, of late years, a generous attention has been shewn by the British churches to the widows and families of deceased pastors. In addition to former instances of

this kind, it is with pleasure we record, that the sum of 16211. has been raised by the congregation and friends of the late Mr. Maurice, of Fetter Lane, London, for the use of his family.

The death of the Rev. Mr. Newell (mentioned in our Obituary) who has left a widow and three children, totally unprovided for, will give another opportunity to the religious public, who, we trust, "are not weary in well-doing," to testify their regard to the Lord Je sus, by their kindness to the be reaved and distressed family, of one of his most humble and faithful ministers. Benefactions, we understand, will be received by O. Oldham, Esq. of Brook-House, Holborn; and by the Rev. Mr. Wilks, of Old-street Road.

The Rev. George Burder, late of Coventry, is removed to London, having been recently chosen Secretary to the Missionary Society, and final Editor of this Magazine, instead of the late Rev. Mr. Eyre. He has also accepted an mous call from the church, late under the pastoral care of Mr. Maurice, above mentioned.


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