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113 and cried bitterly, “ O my poor soul! — my poor soul will be lost !"After speaking some time, she appeared comforted; was all ears, and took the books eagerly. I wish much to see her again, but have not been able.
“A very acute iofidel, who fills an important statiɔn in society, to whom I presented a Catechism, read it all through, and could scarce findi terms to expres: his approbation in. He requested another for his son; and expressed his
determination, that he should never be educated in liis own, but in the Protestant principles.”
AMERICA. We have repeatedly mentioned the late Revivals of Religion in America, , attended with many peculiar and uncominon circumstances. By a publication just received from the United States, it appears that a like extraordinary work has appeared in both Carolinus ; concerning which we give the following short Extracts from a Letter froin the Rev. s. - M Corkle, of North Carolina, dated Jan. 8, 1802, leaving our Readers to form their own reflexions.
( I now sit down to give you a every direction, men, women, child. narrative of the transactions at ren, white and black, fell and cried Randolph ; commencing on Friday for mercy : while others appeared, January 1, 1802, and continuing in every quarter, either praying for until the ensuing Tuesday.
the fallen, or exhorting bye-standers « On Thursday, the last day of to repent and believe. the last year, I set out from home “This, to me, perfectly new and for Randolph ; and lodged in Lex- sudden sight, I viewed with horror; ington, with some preachers and a and, in spite of all my previous reanumber of people, mostly from soning on revivals, with some de. Iredel, going on to the same place. gree of disgust.: Is it possible, said The evening was spent in prayer 1, that this scene of seeming confu. and exhortation, without any visi- sion can come from the Spirit of ble effect. Next day the preachers God? or can he who called light arrived at the Randolph meeting- from darkness, and order from con. house; but the Iredel company fusion, educe light and order froin lodged five miles behind.
such a dark mental or inoral chaos “On Saturday, in the interval as this? Lord God, thou knowesti of two sermons, the congregation “ The first particular object that (near 2000) were informed, that arrested my attention, was a poor the Iredel company were religiously black man, with his hands raised exercised, in a sudden and surpriz- over the heads of the crowd, and ing matter at evening-prayer, in the shouting, “ Glory, gicry to God family or house where they lodged. on high!" I hasted towards hin
" This struck with seriousness from she preaching-tenr; but was cvery reflecting mind; because stopped to see another black man the effect did not appear to arise prostrate on the ground, and his from oratory. or sympathy, the aged mother on her knees at liis causes commonly assigned for this feet, in all the agony of prayer for work,
a black “ The second sernion was de- woman, grasping her mistress' livered, and the benediction pro- hand, and cryin., o mistress, you nounced as usual ; but the people, prayed for me when I wanted a paused, as if they wished not to heart to pray for myself! Now, part, nor go either to their homes thank God, he has given ine or encampments.
heart to pray for you and every* “Just then rose a speaker, to body else! give a short parting exhortation; " I then passed to a little white But, wonderful to tell, as if by an girl, about seven years old. She electric shock, a large number, in was reclining, with her eyes closed
in the arms of a female friend. But " But the most remarkable of all O! what a serene angelic smile was was, a gentleman of a strong con. in her face! If ever Heaven was stitution, and a mind enlightened enjoyed in any little creature's and enlarged by science and knowheart, it was enjoyed in hers. Were ledge of the world, and, in the I to forın soine notion of an angel, it school of infidelity, a master. would aid my conception to think “ This gentleman I saw soon of her.
after he was struck. lle passed a “ I took her by the hand, and night in liorrors indescribable. I asked how she felt. She raised her heard him declare the next mornhead, opened her eyes, closed ing, that he believed this to be a su. them, and gently sunk into her for- pernatural work; and urged in proof mer state.
the first of the above young men, " I met her next day, with two “whom I knew (said he) to have or three of her little companions : both strength of nerves and energy I asked her how she felt yesterday? of mind, and yet he fell." "O how happy!" said the dear little creature, with an ineffable smile, " and I feel so happy now, I wish Society for propagating the every body was as happy as I Gospel at home, in Scotland. am !"
“ I asked her several questions In the Society's report for last relative to her views of sin, year, the public were informed, Saviour,-happiness and Heaven; that twenty-eight young men, edı.' and she answered with propriety i cated for the ininistry, were put and, as I thought, rather from pro- under their charge. Three of these per present feelings, than from past were sent to Ireland. The recepdoctrinal or educational informa- tion they have met with is highly tion: for when I was afterwards encouraging, and the Society have called to examine her, in order to the satisfaction to state, on the tes. cominunion, I found her defective timony of much respected charac, in this kind of knowledge ; and dis- ters in that country, that their lasuaded her from conimunicating at bours have been abundant and sucthat time, though she much de- cessful. The remaining twentysired it. This I have since re. five were stationed in various parts gretted; for I do believe, on cool of Scotland. One of them, having reflexion, that she possessed that the Gaelic language, was appointed, experimental knowledge of salva. at the Society's expence, to itinertion, which is infinitely preferable ate in Kintyre. Many of the peo. to all the doctrinal or systematic ple there discover an ardent thirst knowledge in the world without for the gospel; and soine appear to
have been brought to the know
Jedge of the truth, Two others, The following Letter relates to the
acquainted with Gaelic, were fixed Meeting at Neay Providence.
in situations, where preaching in “ At this meeting has been de. that language is needed, and the molished an infidel objection, That reft in various quarters, where Encnly weak nerves and ininds are af- glish alone is understood. Besides fected in this work. Here I saw their stated labours on the Lord's prostrate, a young man, remarkable Day, they preach in the neighbour, for the robustness of his body and "ing villages during the week, and energy of his mind; and for
are directed to visit the sick, and sition, resolute and determined. to instruct children. Evident to.
“O God! (were his very words) keas of the divine blessing have acand inușt I shrink now Must í companied their labours, especially lie here a humble spectacle to the in some places, of which nieņbers gazing crowd ?” After a pause, of the Society, as well as others, ...O God have mercy!”, - but after have been witnesses, Villages, not another,“ Did I ever ask it before? long ago remarkable for open wickNo; but often for curses."
edness, are now greatly reformed i
125 and many pleasing instances have additional labourers. of these it occurred of hopeful conversion. is intended to send a good many to A very interesting account of the Ireland. Above thirty new appli work of God in one of these vil. cations for Preachers have been relages, is subjoined to this report. ceived from various parts of Scota
Three Missionaries, long in the land, which the Society intend ts service of the Society, continue to
answer. It is their wish, however, labour, solely at their expence, one to employ as many as possible as gein a southern district, and two in neral itinerants, whom they mean to different parts of the Highlands. send, at their own expence, to the The Society have the best reason to most destitute parts of Scotland. believe, that their labours also have One of these has already been sent been acceptable and useful. And to Shetland, another to Orkney, and they were much gratified in receive a third to Banffshire. ing, a few weeks ago, a very de. cided testimony respecting, one of
London Itinerant Society. them from a much-esteemed minis
By a late report of this Society, ter of the established church. Beside the labours of those in exertions, schouls have been esta
it appears that, by their landable the stated service of the Society, blislied, and interests raised, in they have enjoyed, as usual, the Bromley, where the Society has a occasional assistance of ministers small chapel; Dulwich, Ealing, from England, and this year, of Enfield Highway, Garrat, Lewtwo from Ireland, who have itiner- ishani, where the Society has a ated, as far as their stated labours chapes and school-room ; Merton, on the Lord's Day admitted. The Mortlake, where the Society are expences of several ministers in dit. erecting a small place of worslijp ferent parts of the country, itinerat- and schoul-room; Norwood, Southing in their neighbourhoods, have end, Streatham, Sydenham, Scotalso been defrayed by the Society, land-green, Wimbledon. In this This is one very powerful means of generous service, about fifty petdiffusing the knowledge of the gos- sons, who have given themselves up pel; and, according to the plan of to labour for the Society, are emthe Society, they pay the travelling ployed on the Lord's Day as teachers charges of Evangelical Ministers of or preachers. About 6oo children various denominations, who engage now learn to read, and are receiving in this labour of love,
religious instruction. The Society continue to distribute
In visiting the sick, such cases as gratis, large quantities of Cate. have fallen under the notice of the chisms and Tracts, in Gaelic and Society, have been attended to, and English.
temporal relief has been adininiSuch are the outlines of their ex
stered where real distress was ap- ' ertions during the past year. But
parent. Considerable presents of they have the satisfaction to inform religious tracts have been received their friends, that every year the from different individuals, and disLord is graciously pleased to extend tributed in the villages, - James the sphere of their usefulness, Neal, Esq. is Treasurer to this SoThey have the prospect, by the ciety ; and the Rev. W. F. Platt, beginning of March next, of engag. Secretary. ing a very considerable number of
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The East Kent Association failure, Mr. Gore, of Sandwich, held their half-yearly Meeting at and Mr. Giles, of Eyethorne. The Dover, Oct. 6, 1802. Mr. Gur- preceding night, Mr. Young, of teen, of Canterbury, preached in Canterbury; or Mr. Drew, of Folk. the morning, from iCor. i. 30.; stone. Mr. Atkinson, of Margate, in the evening, from Phil. j. 21. ; Mr. Ata Meeting of the WARWICKVincent, of Deal, the evening be- SHIRE Association, held at Co. fore, from 2 Cor. ii, 15, 16. The ventry, Jan. 25th, the Lord's Supservices were truly pleasant and pro- per was administered in the evenfitable, through the presence of the ing, to the members of various King of Zion. At noon, the sacra- churches, some of whom, not. mental banquet was administered. withstanding the severity of the Mr. G. Townsend prayed, and season, came many iniles.
Ten or broke bread ; and the Independent twelve ministers engaged in exhorbrethren distributed the elements. tation, prayer, and distributing the This also was a season of divine re- elements., A solemn attention prefreshment.
vailed among a numerous auditory, The 'next Meeting is appointed to --and both communicants and specbe held at Mr. Atkinson's, at Mar. ta ors expressed the highest degree gate, April 27, 1803. Mr. Mather, of satisfaction; so that a repetition of Dover, to preach in the morn- of this agreeable service is looked ing; and Mr. Atwood, of Folk. forward tu, on future occasions, stone, in the evening. In case of with no smali expectation.
AUG. 20, a
new chapel was various ministers till 1799, when opened at Laxton, Nottingham. Mr. G. Bourne was chosen pastor shire, in the late Countess of Hun. of the united churches of Marsh.. tingdon's connexion. In the morn- field and Colerne. ing, Mr. Rowlands, of Gainsbo. rough, preached from Deut. xii. s. Nov. 2'), was opened a place of In the afternoon, Mr. Start, of New- worship at Ryde, in the Isle of ark, preached from Matt. xvi. 18.;
Wight. In the morning, Mr. Styles and Mr. Griffiths, of Lincoln, from began the service with prayer and Exod. x. 34. In the evening, Mr.
reading the Scriptures; "Mr. Grit. Rowlands, froin Gen. xix. 18.
fin, of Portsea ; and Mr. Potticary This chapel was erected at the sole
likewise engaged in prayer; and expence of Mr. Hazard, a gentle.
Mr. Winter, of London, preached
from Rev. ii. 20. man of that place.
In the evening,
Mr. Davies (a student at Gosport) Nov. 11, was opened a neat and and Mr. G. Claytor, of Southamps convenient place of worship at ton, prayed; Mr. Bogue preached Marshfield, Gloucestershire. Rev. froni Luke x. 2.; and Mr. Frey Mr. Hey, of Bristol, preached from (a converted Jew, under the care Rev. xxi. 3, in the morning i and of the Missionary Society) concluded Mr. Jay, of Bath, from Matt, vi. the service with an affecting Ad33. ; Mess. Sibree, Maud, Dun, dress to Jehovah, in behalf of Jews Muston, Loweil, boneywell, and and Gentiles. - The place was Porter, engaged in other parts of crowded, and the audience attentive the service. Mr. Hey introduced and 'serions. the gospel in this place about ele. The place owes its origin to an ven years ago, and was followed by unknown gentleman, of London ;
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. who, by being at Ryde in the course erected, after his having, for near of business, some years since, was two years, preached at a house in struck with the necessity of preach- the neighbourhood with encourag, ing the gospel there; and who has ing success. Mr Wilson preached generously contributed to the keep- from Exod. xx. 24. ing up of public worship, and rowards the building of the place.
DEC. 12, was opened the New Commendations are likewise due to
Independent Chapel (called Betkel) the generous and activeexertions of
at Leeds. In the morning, Mr. J. Kirkpatrick, Esq. of Newport. from Is: lvi. 7. in the afternoon,
Rayson, of Wakefield, preached Dec. 11, in the afternoon, was Mr. Bennett (pastor of the church) opened a small chapel at Wistan- preached from Zech. vi. 13. wigg, about four miles from Mar- the evening, Mr. Parsons, ot Leeds, ket Drayton, by the Rev. John delivered a third discourse, from Wilson, minister of the Calvinistic Phil. i 18. lat. ci. The congrega. Ciapel at that town; at whose sole tions throughout the day were nu. expence the above chapel was merous and attentive.
DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS.
January 10, 1803. At a Meeting of the Trustees, the following
Methodist. Dr. Haweis.
W. F. Platt.
Independent. J. Eyre.
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