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joined with them in the work of the leave you ; but my God shall sugo Lord, although they did not see ply all your need. He hath proevery thing in the same light as he mised to be a husband to the wis did. On the Lord's Day, July 18, dow, and a father to the fatherless. after he came from public worship, O train up the children in the nurhe found himself unwell; he con- ture and admonition of the Lord, tinued so for several days; but was that tiiey may early know the God not thought dangerous. During of their father.” It now became this time, he appeared comfortable apparent that his departure was at in his soul, and resigned to this pro- hand; he several times wished to vidence, saying, he was in the hands speak to those around him, but was of a merciful God, who had shewed unable ; and, a little before he exhim much kindness. On the 25th, pired, he seemed as if engaged in being the Sabbath, he expressed á praising God with his last labouring wish that none but pious people breath. might come in to his room; and desired a friend to read him several
RECENT DEATHS. portions of Scripture; “ these,” said he,“ have been refreshing to On Sunday, the 2d of January, me in times past. The righteous- died Charles Townsend, Esq. of ness of Christ is all my desire; and Homertun, in the parish of St. John, I trust this alone for my everlasting Hackney, after a short illness, which salyation.” The fever, which in- was closed by a happy dismissiony til now had been moderate, began into the world of spirits ;-and, on to increase. The surgeon asking, the Saturday following, Edward if a plıysician might be called on; Hanson, Esq. of Clapton, in the he replied, they might do so; but same parish; who, after patiently he placed no dependence on niman waiting, entered into his desired rest. aid.
Some particulars relative to these Mrs. W. being much distressed gentlemen, and to the liberal things on his account, he said unto her, devised by them for the poor, and “ My dear, it seems to be the will for the interest of religion, we shall of our heavenly Father that I must lay before the public in a future No.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Directors feel a peculiar pleasure in recommending the following
Leiter to the serious attention of the religious public. They notice, with gratitude to God, this auspicious commencement of a most ima portant Mission, which was in their own contemplation at the formaa tion of the London Suciety; and can do no less than warınly commend it to the benevolent patronage of those who long, and pray, and exert
themselves, for the glory of the Redeemer's Kingdom, To the Rev. J. Eyre, Secre- great cause in which they are entary to the London Mission- gaged, the very remarkable coun.
tenance which the Divine Proviary Society.
dence has given to the late at. Edinburgh, Dec. 28, 1802. tempts of the Society, and the Sir,
strong encouragement which it now The Directors of the Edinburgh
their Missionary Society would be defi- scheines with increasing vigour. cient in the gratitude which they For sever.il years pasi, pur attenowe to God, if they embraced not tion had been duecied towards the the earliest opportunity of laying northern shores of the Caspian before you, and other friends of the Sca, as a situation peculiarly fit for
80 the establishment of a Christian done their Juty ; and that, should Mission. The more we examined it promise to succeed, the friends the map of the world, and considers of the gospel would come cheerfully ed the noral and religious state of forward to furnish them with the its inhabitants, the more deeply did means of carrying it into effect. this idea impress our minds.' Al. It was a circumstance for which most in the center of the Old Con- they desire to be thankful to God, tinent ;-on the confines of several that, when they fornied this resuof the greatest empires in the world, lution, the Rev. Henry Brunton, having Persia on the south, Turkey who had formerly given proof of on the west, Russia on the north, his prudence and zeal as one of their and Tartary on the east; Missionaries among the Susous, in rounded on every hand by numer- Africa; and who had afterwards ous tribes of men, all sunk in the proved his capacity for the acquideepest ignorance and depravity; sition of foreign languages, by some of them indeed, professedly composing several religious tracts Christians, though altogether in the Susoo language, was then not strangers to genuine Christianity; only unemployed, but zealous for the rest, either Mahommedans, hazarding his person in such an atfollowers of the Dalai Lama, or tempt. The Society, therefore, Heathens of some other creed, · committed to him, in conjunction what a wide field of usefulness here with Alexander Paterson, a young for faithful Missionaries! What man of whom they had every reason an inviting situation for scattering to think well, and whom they had some handfuls of the corn of Hea- been educating for two years preven! and what rich returns might, ceding for Missionary labours, the by the blessing of God, be expect- execution of this very difficult and ed in the conversion and salvation hazardous work. After having oi perishing millions !
been separated for their work, and Obvious, however, as were the committed to the protection of advantages of this Missionary sta- God, they set sail for St. Peterstion, difficulties of a formidable, burgh in the month of April last, say, apparently, insurınountable taking along with them Gillorum nature, presented themselves to ac- Harrison, an African youth, who curate observers. These we shall had been committed to Mr. Brunnot at present detail. Suffice it to ton's charge in Africa. Our hearts say, that for a while they damped followed them with many anxieties the courage of the most confident, for their welfare, trembling often, and checked the ardour of the most 110t only for the issue of their miszealous. Hence, opportunity of sion, but even for their personal preaching the gospel in this exten- safety. sive and uncivilized part of the Blessed be God, who has disapglobe, was an object rather of de pointed our fears, and exceeded our sire than of hope.
hopes! The Society has reason to Yet the magnitude of the object erect a stone of meinorial, and to seemed to demand that an experi. call it Ebenezer; because hitherto ment should be made. The Edin- the Lord hath helped. After a burgh Missionary Society, there- prosperous voyage, our Missionaries fore, after collecting information reached St. Petersburgh the begin. from every quarter to which they ning of May. There they received had access, and after many consul- many civilities from the persons to tations together on the subject, and whom they were recommended; frequent prayer for divine direction, and although for some time they resolved, notwithstanding the disc met with many discouragements approbation of many, and the fears respecting the object of their misof more, to risk the small remain. sion, and almost all classes of perder of their funds on a Mission of sons with whom they conversed, Inquiry to Astrakhan, and the agreed in representing the difficulty countries adjacent; satisfied that, and extreme danger of fixing their if the attempt should fail, they had residence in the southern parts of
the Russian empire ; and still more, ing, in some respects, an unsuitable of attempting to convert the natives situation for commencing their to the Protestant taith, -insonucli, Missionary labours, they left it un that they ainost despaired of ob. the 10th of August, proceeding laining liberty even to travel thro' south-west towards the country of the empire; yet, at length, through Georgia. Their intention was to the good hand of God upon them, have settled in Temis, or its neightheir fears were dispelled, the cb. bourhood. But here again Provi. structions to their progress re- dence kindly raised up for them a moved, anu their was made pros- protector, counsellor, and guide perous. He, in whose hand are the General Knoring, the Governor; fearts of all men, unexpectedly General of these provinces, dis, raised up for them a friend in M. suaded them, on account of the unNorassilzott
, a Russian nobleman, settied state of the country, from in the confidence of tlie Emperor, proceeding into Georgia; and diand a Lord of his Bed chamber. rected them to move towards Cir, Through his means they obtained cassia. They halted, therefore, not only the permission, but the for some time at Georghișersk, and approbation of the Russian govern- then proceeded to Constantine
Passports were granted gorud, at the foot of the mountains thein, with liberty to travel thro' of Caircastis; the governor of elle empire, and settle in any part which, by the General's orders, fur: of it they chose ;-post-horses were nished them with a guard to enable ordered;
private letters of in- tliem with safety to explore the troduction were given thein ; surrounding country. At length, and an open letter was written by after some days scarch, they found M. Novassiizoit, recommending a most eligible sot; and have rhein to the protection and kind at. taken up their residence at Karass, tentions of all civil and military a Tartar village in the neighbour. oficers. Thus the difficulty which hood of that fort, inhabited by the Society were taught to consider above soo souls; where they lodge as the greatest, has not only been in the sultan's house, and enjoy the removed, but a degree of public protection of a Russian garrison. conntenance has been given to the God, who has promised to “ lead mission, of which those who were the blind in a way they knew not; mosi sanguine in their expectations, and in paths which they have not never entertained the inost distant known,' has thus given our Misa hope.
sionaries favour in the sight of Encouraged by these tokens of strangers; has led them in safely. the cure oi Providence, our Mis- through a long and dangerous siimaries procreded by the way of journey, by sea and land; has preMoscow, Tambou, and Sarepti, to served ibein in health, though they Astrakhan ; - and performed a passed through various climates in journey of about 1400 English the sultry season of the year,-and, iniles, which occupied them rearly during three months, slept seldoin two months, without accident or under a roof; has conducted them other inconvenience beyond what to a place which appears peculiarly, must be considered as unavoidable adapted for a Missionary station; in such a journey through such and has opened to them a wide countries, Everywhere they inet door (May it also be an effectual with kindness. The magistrates one !) of usefulness to multitudes of of the places through which they immortal beings involved in ignorpassed, were forward ro assist ance and guilti What may we not them;
many private individ- hope from such auspicious begina, uals received them with hospita- pings? Shall we say, that he who lity, particularly the Moravian lus led them, as by the right hand, Brethrea at Moscow and Sarepta ; froin their native homes to the foot and, after they reached Astraklan, of Caucasus, intends, after all, to Mr. Bronner, a German banker. defeat our expectations? Rather,
The city of Astrakiian appear. lct us hope, that God has many
83 soills in these dark and desolate re- plans, would bet ray á fitkleness of gions, for whose sakes he has con- temper unworthy a Society erected thicted them thither; and that, ere for ine diffusion of the truth; and, tong, the light of the glorious gos. after the very striking testimonia's pel shall dittiise, through them, its of the divine approbation which cheering rays!
you have already received, would Look into the map of the world, he to counteract the apparent intenand see in what a desirable and tions of Providence, and to obstruct hopeful station Divine Providence the very cause which it is the pro- has placed them. Observe that fessed design of your institution to narrow slip of land which separates promote. By all means persevere. the Euxine frora' the Caspian Sea. Hasten to them the necessary sup Towards the northern extremity of plies. Send them, with all speel, this; at an equal distance of 100 fellow - labourers to comfort thein versts (somewhat less than 300 in their solitude, and assist them in miles) from each, near the source their work. " Trust in the Lord, of the river Cubane, which sepa- and do good.”. Though the begin. Tates the Russian from the Turkish nings are small, the latter end may empire, is a Tartar village, Karass; greatly increase. the inhabitants of which are Ma- The Directors of the Society are hommedans; and in which, as it is eager to follow the counsel wlaich composed of natives of all the sur- you gave them. They are anxious rounding countries, six or to send then the necessary .slipe different languages are understood. plies; and, if possible, by the Jo its neighbourhood, on one hand, month of April, three young men is a horde of Nagay Tartars; sub- who have been educating for the jeet to Russia. A little more than service, under their inspection. At a day's journey on the other, are the that time, they wish to send out Cubane Tartars; subject to Tur- Mrs. Brunton and her family; and key. All around them are Circas- they are convinced that, to give etti, -sians, Kabardians, and Abyssinians. ciency to the undertaking, sever: Here, arnidst darkness, and vice, more Missionaries should accomand misery, are two men who have pany them to the same spot. left their country and their friends; But, Sir, what can we do? To who, for the sake of Christ and the will is present with us; but how souls of men, have parted with all to perform the good that we would, that men hold dear; — who have we find not. We are deficient both devoted their lives, that they might in Missionaries and in money. The be the messengers of good, the he- expences of the undertaking, tho' ralds of peace and salvation, to the hitherto smaller than we could have wretched natives. Are they to be previously imagined, you cannot abandoned to their fate? or shall doubt, must have been considerthey have sympathy and support ? able ; and the funds of the Society Shall we recall them, and shut the are insufficient, not only to send out door of hope to the Heathen and the number of Missionaries which Mahommedans around them, which we deemn necessary, but even to God has thrown open ? or shall we send out the few who are under our follow the leadings of Providence, charge, and only wait our orders to send them the necessary supplies, join their friends in Circassia. and, in particular, hasten to them Nor would you be surprized at the others to take part with them in low state ot our funds, did you their labours?
know how few donations we have We anticipate your reply. To of late received, and how we have abandon your Missionaries, you employed what the liberality of the say, in such circumstances, were friends of the gospel has comunitted inhumane, — and, after the assuir- to our charge. The Society hare ancés of support which they must educated and maintained sixteen have receiverl, would be perfidious. Missionaries, some of them with t :To recall them before experience milies. Besides, unwilling that demonstrate the inefficiency of your their funds should remain unoccue
pied, when they had not immediate kindled for the natives of the occasion for them themselves, they southern parts of Asia; and India have, at different times, given con- has felt its blessed effects, Let it siderable sums of money for the also inclose within its circuit the support of the Moravian Missions ; inhabitants of Northern Asia; and and of the Baptist Mission in the aid us in our endeavours for their East Indies; and particularly of the deliverance. Souls are precious in London Missionary Society, after whatever region they are found ! the heavy loss they sustained by Between the Euxine and Caspian the capture of the Duff. 'They they have peculiar claims on our supported for several years an ex- pity. 'The darkness is extreme ! pensive Mission on the coast of Even their temporal misery is great. Africa ; and are at this moment Besides, circumstances exist which supporting, in union with the Glas. give hope of their conversion. gow Society, though for two pre- Many of the Georgians, Circasceding years without any aid, asians, and Armenians, call themstill more expensive Mission in the selves Christians, though they know island of Jamaica; where, we me li Jiot what Christianity means. The tion it with gratitude, appearances Malommedan inhabitants of these have of late become promising ; and the adjacent countries, have and where we are anxious, if pos. little knowledge of their religion, sible, not only to continue, but in- and little of that intolerant zeal · .crease our exertions.
which prevails in many other reWe do not accuse ourselves of gions. "The Pagan superstitions are precipitancy in embarking, with ex- weak, because formed into no re. hausted funds, in a new Mission to gular system, and diversified ac. the north-west of Asia. We pro- cording to the fancy of each parti, mised much on the liberality of the cular tribe,
The Russian governlovers of Christ and of souls, of ment is strong, to give effectual prowhich not only our Society, but tection to our Missionaries, and many other benevolent institutions, friendly to whatever tends to civihave had repeated experience. We lize the half-barbarous inhabitants said, Let us exert ourselves in de- of the extremities of the empire, vising schemes for the enlargement Every thing invites to vigorous of the Mediator's kingdom, - and mea:iires for enlightening these trust to that God whom we serve, “ dark places of the earth;" and for the means of execution. Let us who knows if Christians in this show to his people that we are ac- country be not deficient in duty to live in his work, that he has given their Saviour, but, thro’the bless. us wisciom to conduct it, and par. ing of God, the spark kindled at ticularly, that his providence ap- the foot of Caucasuis may burst'into pears to favour our undertakings; a fame, which may spread through and then their hearts and hands will Turkey, Persia, and Tartary, till open to our aid.
it reach India on the south, and the We hope that we have done so, 'confines of China on the east ? and that we shall not be disap- Sir, We therefore request your pointed in our expectations. No: prayers for our success.
Direct us it shall not be said, that the real io persons of approved piety and which a few years ago burned in so prudence, whom we may employ as many breasts with such ardour, has Missionaries.
Do what you can been so soon extinguished. This for our aid. Exert your influence sacred Aame will spread wider and among your godly neighbours and wider. It will not expend its fires acquaintances; -and may the blesson a few undertakings of easier ing of many in Asia, that are ready execution, playing only around the to perish, come upon you ! slands of the sea, and along the
Signed, in name and by appointhores of the ocean ; it will pene
ment of the Directors of the rate to the center of the great Con- Edinburgh Missionary Society, inent, in prayers and exertions for
by James Peddie, President. hë salvation of the millions who
IWalter Buchanun, Sec, shabit it. Already it has been