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ful Lord, that he may fit us to be come messengers of his good-will towards the Heathen nations," &c. J. G. MATTHES. The two brothers ALBRECHT. J. P. M. EHRHARD. To the Directors of the Missionary Society.
Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Robert Easton, Newburgh, in America, to the Rev. A. Waugh, London. "The state of religion is very different in various parts of this country. The deadening poison of infidelity is dreadfully prevalent in many places. In Newburgh, where I am at present, attempts have been made to organize an infidel society; as a large number of the inhabitants are of that unhappy description. Yet, where infidelity most abounds, where Satan seems to have the greatest influence, God is not with out his witnesses. There are some who warmly embrace, and strenuously contend for the truth of the blessed gospel; and may we not reasonably hope, that such efforts are present tokens of future success and triumph?
"An extraordinary phenomenon has lately appeared, engaging the
attention of all religious parties. It is that of people of different deno." minations meeting together, to the amount of two or three thousand at one time; and many of them exhibiting signs of the most uncommon spiritual distress: and, what. is an undeniable fact, some profane infidels and vicious wretches, who go only for sport, receive the same serious and violent impressions that others do. This began in Kentucky; and it is now spreading in North Carolina, Pensylvania, and Jersey. A tree is known by its fruits. Sober men, whose philosophy and experience do not lead them to approve entirely of this re ligious commotion are yet obliged to think more favourably of it than they have done, from the circumstance of its being accompanied, in many, with unexceptionable piety and virtue. The violent symptoms have disappeared in Kentucky; and ́ ́ there remains, according to the accounts which I have received, a thirst among the people for spiritual knowledge, and a sober gladness in hearing the words of eternal life, with a conscientious attention to the personal and relative duties which are enjoined upon Christians.
By a Report of "The Society in Scotland, for propagating the Gospel at Home," lately printed, it appears that great and successful exertions have been made, by means chiefly of preachers educated for itinerating, and by the occasional labours of more settled ministers. Some of the foriner have been employed in the north of Ireland, where their labours have been much blessed. The Shetland, Orkney, and Western Islands have also been visited by the preachers; and, in many places, where the uncorrupted gospel had not been heard for many
P.S." The Indian Missions in this country bid fair for the most desired success.”
years, the people in general received their visits with thankfulness; and eagerly solicited a renewal of them.
The Report gives an account of the work in Dunkeld; where it is hoped that 145 persons have experienced the power of divine grace on their souls, by means of the Society's preachers. At Aberfeldie fifty-seven persons profess to have experienced the same; and by similar instruments. In the district of Kintyre, which is represented as having been in a deplorable situa tion, the labours of Mr. Archibald M Callum, though much opposed, have been greatly owned. radel, upwards of thirty give satis
fying evidence of their conversion
In Breadalbane, where much ig. norance and many wicked customis prevailed, there has been a considerable awakening. By the preaching of Mr. Farquharson, and others, many have been called; and about 200 are united in church-fellowship.
The Report concludes with an animated Address to the Members of the Society, acknowledging, with thankfulness, what God hath al. ready wrought by their instrumentality; and exciting them to pursue their grand object, the Salvation of Souls, with redoubled ardour. We transcribe a passage or
ceiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto eternal life." What astonishing motives do the Scriptures of truth everywhere exhibit, to lead us to humble confidence, to holy diligence, and unremitted activity in the work of the Lord! We are sure that our exertions can never be altogether vain. Even to prophets, "whom God had not sent," even to them, it said, "But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings." Jer. xxiii. 22.
"Resolving, from henceforth, not to forbear any more to deliver them that are drawn unto death, but to be ready to every good work, let us apply these principles Here is an to the case before us. Institution that furnishes the means of salvation to thousands of our countrymen; many of whom, before it was set on foot, were not seeking after God, but were living without him, and without hope in the world; and many, without its continued aid, are still unable to support a preacher. In behalf of this Society, brethren, you are now addressed. Perhaps some of you are still unacquainted with the destitute state, in a religious view, of a great part of your native land. You will find, on enquiry (and it is your duty to enquire) that in many places the people are perishing for lack of knowledge; and that deplorable ignorance, and lukewarm formality fearfully abound. The Highlands, particularly, are in a most wretched condition. Few, comparatively, of the Highlanders are in possession of a Bible; nor is it sold at such a price as to be within reach of the bulk of the people. Even in parts of the country where this precious treasure is possessed, the instances are but rare, in which, without evangelical preaching, it is found to be very useful. When this is wanting, men are not only naturally averse to take the trouble to read the Bible, but are generally misled with false teachers, who pervert its contents. Thus they perish for lack of knowledge. It behoves us all, beloved, seriously to reflect on this
"Brethren, the present times are favourable to Christian exertions, beyond any former period. Civili zation and Commerce have opened, enlightened, and comected the world in a very remarkable manner. "Say ye not, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." On the discovery of the New World, by Columbus, it is reported, that men of that age congratulated each other, that they lived at such a period; more may that Christian, who knows his privilege, rejoice in the present day. Now there is an opportunity of reaping a spiritual har vest; and he that reapeth re
At Great Driffield, on the 12th of April was opened a new chapel for religious worship. In the morning, the Rev. S. Bottomley prayed; and Mr.Thorgoland, of York, preached from Isaiah Ilx. 7. In the afternoon, the Holderness Missionary prayed; and Mr. Bottomley preach ed, from Psalm xxvi. 8. In the evening, one of Mr. Lambert's deacons engaged in prayer; and another gave an exhortation, from Luke xiv. 23. This is a new inte. rest; and the congregations were numerous and attentive.
March 10. The Dumfries Missionary Society met in the Relief. Church, when Sermon preached by the Rev. Decision Laing, from Rev. xii. 2. The col lection amounted to 251. 1OS.
April 13. The Associated Ministers in DORSETSHIRE, held their Annual Meeting at Beaminster; when Mr. Vickery, of Compton, preached from Rev. vii 15; Mr. Herdsman, of Petherton, from 2 Sam. xxiii. 2; and Mr. Lambe, of Cerne, from John iii. 7; Messrs. Harring ton, Higgs, Cracknell, Morren, Gale, Weston, Toms, and Price engaged in prayer. The preceding evening, Mr. Morren, of Shaftesbury, preached from Mat.viii. 2, 3; and the following evening, Mr. Toms, of Chard, from Phil. i. 6.
removed to Dunstable.) The texts from Heb x. 12; 1 Cor. xii. 23, 24; Messrs Mills, Psalm xxxii. 8. Churchill, Nicholls, Johnson, Hall, Fletcher, Keely, Cave, Hopper, Crachrade, Crapps, Burton, &c. engaged in prayer.
June 5, 1803 This evening a new Baptist Meeting-house wa opened at St. Day near Redruth, in Cornwall, by Dr. Ryland, from Bristol, who preached from Mark i, 15, "Repent, and believe the gospel.' The place was exceedingly crowded.
June 7. Mr. W. Rowe, lately a student at Bristol, was ordained pastor of the Baptist church at Redruth. The meeting house newly opened, though pretty large, being insufficient to contain the people, the Methodists kindly of fered the use of theirs, which was much larger Mr Opie Smith, of Bath, began the service; Mr.Redding, of Truro, introduced the bu siness of the day; Mr. Kowe de. livered his confession of faith; Mr. Winterbotham prayed the ordina. tion-prayer; Dr. Ryland gave the charge, founded upon 2 Cor. iii. 6; Mr. Steadman preached, to the church, from 1 Thes. iii. 8; and Mr. Hogg, of Thrapstone, concluded. Mr. Page, of Bristol, preached in the evening.
June 8. Mr. S. Saunders, who was also a student at Bristol, was ordained pastor of the Baptistchurch at Penzance. Mr. Opie Smith began with reading and prayer; Mr. Steadman introduced the business of the ordination; and, after Mr. Saunders's confession of faith was delivered, Mr. Winterbotham Frayed; Dr Ryland delivered a charge to the pastor, from 1 Tim.vi.11; Mr. Redding preached to the church, from Heb. xiii. 7, 8; and Mr. Page closed in prayer. In the evening, Mr. Winterbotham preached, from Isaiah ii, 5; Mr. Rowe concluded.
July 12 Mr. Harris's new nieeting-house, at Kingston, Surry, was opened by two Sermons, by the Rev. Mr. Clayton, and the Rev. Mr. Hughes.
ON Thursday afternoon, June 23, 1803, the Anniversary Meeting of the Subscribers and Friends, was held at the chapel adjoining the Academy House, previous to the vacation of five weeks.
The Rev. James Gawthorn, of Derby, began with prayer. Three students preached: Mr. Grey, on Original Sin; Mr. Davidson, on the Atonement; and Mr. Thomas, on Regeneration. The Rev. Mr. Nicol, co-pastor with the Rev. Dr. Trotter, of the Scots church, SwalJow-street, concluded with prayer. After informing the congregation, that, with the Rev. Mr. Waugh, of Well-street, he had, the Tuesday preceding, examined the students in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew: that the proficiency they had made in those studies fully met their approbation, and reflected much credit, both on the tutors and the students: After noticing, that their knowledge of divinity, and ability as public speakers, had been proved that afternoon, he called on the friends of the institution, still to exert themselves for its support.
Mr. Walker's Course of Experimental Philosophy was delivered, at the Academy during the months of March and April; and, to acconimodate thirty young men, six new studies have been lately built.
Mr. Barber, prayed; Mr. Clayton preached from 2 Cor. vii. 6; and Mr. Goode concluded with prayer.
WE are happy to learn, that all clergymen, and all licensed teachers of separate congregations, will be exempted from serving in the Army of Reserve, as well as in the General Armament. We deeply regret, that the military exercise is to be practised on the Lord's Day; which, we fear, will be highly in jurious to the cause of religion. We are informed, however, that clause has been introduced in behalf of those who cannot conscientiously exercise on that day,
thought very seasonable, that a At this peculiar crisis, it will be meeting of prayer for the nation and is to be continued weekly, at commenced on Wednesday last; different places of worship in the metropolis. This example, we trust, will be followed, wherever practicable, through the kingdom.
ON Monday, May 23, in the prime of life and usefulness, died the Rev. Mr. Jenkinson, late minister of the gospel at Green Acres, near Manchester.
Rev. A. Crole, formerly in the connection of Lady Huntingdon; but for several years the pastor of a church in Founders' Hall, Lothbury. He had suffered much from a long and painful illness; but was removed suddenly, at last, on Lord's Day afternoon, July 3, to the great grief of a numerous family and an affectionate flock. His corpse was attended to the grave in Bunhill Fields, in a most respectful man. ner, by many ministers and Christian friends. Mr. Waugh delivered the funeral oration, and read, ac cording to the will of Mr. Crole, a paper expressive of his gratitude to his people for their friendly offices.
Mr. Wilks preached his funeral sermon, at Founders' Hall, on Sunday afternoon, July 17th. -We hope we shall be enabled to present our readers with a Memoir of this faithful servant of Jesus Christ.
LONGING FOR HOME.
A Thought at the Close of a Week. AND now another week is past,
And I one week am nearer come; Fly swift, ye hours; convey me fast
To my long wish'd- for, dearest home. Far from my father's house, its true,
Yet frequent tokens of his love, And kind memorials, not a few,
Oft I receive from him above. Sometimes he deigns to visit me,
And with his grace my heart to cheer; But oh! I long unceasingly
To dwell at home, and see him there!. His love has plac'd me in this school,
Where ev'ry lesson of his grace, And all the discipline and rule,
Are to prepare me for hat place.
And I am perfected in love;
He'll call me from my banish'd state,
And take me to my blissful home. Then wait, my soul, in patience wait; Soon will his glorious chariot come.