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MRS. SARAH MOORE. his will ! I am afraid to dishonour Arril 17, 1807, died at Ash- the Lord. — None ever perished bourn, Derbyshire, Mrs. S. Moore,
at his feet; and there, I hope, I lie Wife of the Rev. G. Moore. Her as a poor sinner!” — When I alailliction, though short, was ex
luded to the few happy years we ceeding painful; but, to the praise had spent together, she replied, seof rich grace, not a murmur escaped veral times, " Thousands, thouher lips throughout all her illness.
sands of mercies we have to be Her love to the ministers of Jestis thankful for, if he does no more for was such, that she was never more
Us! The Lord appeared for me; Baypy than when she could mani. in the Mount of Difficulty he has fest it. When free from domestic been seen. - The Lord grant me Concerns, it was the joy of her an easy passage!” While the heart to retire from men, and con
Rev. Mr. S. a clergyman of her verse with God. Her afiliction acquaintance, and another friend, Was ot that mature, that her friends stood by her bed-side, she said, secould not converse much with her,
veral times, with much fervour, without great inconvenience on her
“ You see now nothing will do, gart; and its none about her doubts but an interest in Christ," ed the safety of her stat", they were
Wednesday.--I said, I hope you contented and thankiul for thic few are happy, my dear ? Her answer words from her. Now and then, was, “ Not without a cloud." as the case exmittel, during the Thursday. I said to her, I hope few last day's of her aftictiori, I the Lord supports you?' Her recopied some of the weighty words ply was, “ There is my hope !" which survive her.
When I told her I had brought her Sunday morning, April 11, when a cup of coffee, she answered me, I went into her room, and asked with a smile of praise upon her hva slie did? She answered, with face,“ Vore mercies in the wilderthic sweetest emotion, in the words ness!"
Afterwards she said, “I of thithyann, “When I read the want to have nothing at all to do porge of Jordan," &c. with some with self; I want to have done cther passages of our socied poets. with self, and to be swallowed up
Monday, April 12, she said, “He in God!" - When I said to her, is on the first step of the ladder, I hope you have given me and the coming down to fetch me up to dear child up to the Lord ; and asfim." - The enemy is chained; sured her I would endeavour to he can do me no harm." In the act by her as a father, her answer evening, when nature was a little was, I have, and am not afraid relieved, her bursts of praise to to leave her in your care, as I have the Lord for his mercy, I hose given her up to the Lord.” never to forget. In this happy in- Saturday. I was afraid the close terval, she repeated some lines of of life would be attended with poetry which I was not acquainted great pain, and therefore withwith, and desired me to sing them. drew, to ask the Lord to grant her I told her I did not know the words. her heart's and my soul's desire, F'er answer was, perhaps too true, an easy passage!
I had scarce mourn when you should risen from my knees, when a friend sing.”
who attended her, brought me I'iesday. My life is held in word she was gone; so that my an till vi! jense." 'Turged submis- fears were sweetly disappointed. sion to the Lord's will; to which On Sunday evening, her old and sh vplied, “Oh, my dear, I could respected friend, the Rev.Jonathan be it for a hundred years, were it Scott, from Matlock, preached a
33 very affectionate funeral - sermon, on the question, “ Where'is he?" from 1 Thes. iv. 13, 14. to an At the close of the discourse, he attentive and crowded congregar suggested that one or other in the
G. M. congregation might be suddenly re.
moved that day; and wished each
one to suppose it might be himself; SUDDEN DEATH.
and to ask, “ If it be iny lot to be
cailed home, where am I likely to On Thursday, the 18th of No- be po vember, Mr. Button, of London, The congregation was remarka. engaged in opening the business of bly serious and attentive. In the the day at the ordination of Mr. afternoon, as Mr. Button was about Fisher, at Brentford : from thence to enter the pulpit, he was inhe went to Harlington, a village formed, man had just been about six miles further, to preach seized with death in the gallery, on the Lord's Day following; hav. He was broughıt down, carried into ing previously engaged to exchange the vestry, and a medical gentleservice with Mr. Torlin, the set- man was inmediately sent for ; who tled pastor of the Baptist church at pronounced that he had certainly that place. Mr. Buston preached expired by an apoplectic fit. - In on the Lord's Day morning from Job how solemn and striking a manner xiv, 10. " But man dieth, and was the text verified ! "Man dieth, wasteth away : yea, man giveth up yea, man giveth up the ghost !" the ghost, and where is he?" He Reader, hearken to the voice both suade some remarks on the morta- of Scripture and Providence; “ Be lity of man, and particularly dwelt ye also ready."
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. .
MISSIONARY SOCIETY.. It must afford our readers much pleasure to learn, as it does us to relate
from month to month, the spread of our Redeemer's Kingdom ; which, on one side or the other, is continually extending its influence, to the glory of his name, and the happiness of mankind. The letter from Madras gives the most fattering encouragement for the success of a Mission in that neighbourhood, where there is a loud call for labourers in the work of the gospel. The extract of a letter from Switzerland is of a more melancholy cast; but exhibits, at the same time, a spirit of genuine piety and submission to the divine Will: but that from Mr. Carey (with which we have been favoured by the Rev. Mr. Newton) opens a very pleasing prospect to the Baptist Mission, and we are authóa rized by the Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, to add, that No. X. of their Periodical Accounts will appear in a few days, and enable us, in our next, to give farther particulars, of a nature very en
couraging and pleasing, We would only farther subjoin, that letters are continually coming to hand
froin America, which relate the farther spread and increase of that happy revival of religion, which we have already mentioned to have taken place in various parts of the United States, EAST INDIES.
received your letter, dated the 384
of September, 1800, on the gth of 7o Messrs. J. Fonteyn, J. 2. August, 1801; and should, if it
and Bs. Ledeboer, Directors had been possible, have answered it of the Netherland Missions by the ships which departed för
England in October last. The first ary Society.
account which I received concern. Pepery, Madras, Jan, 2, 1302. ing your Society, was in January Respected Sirs,
1800, when I was in Negapatnam, With the utmost satisfaction I upon my journey to the southward,
by ineans of a Dutch friend, who themselves as deserted by the communicated to me your first pub. Dutch nuinisters and the governlication. Atocrwards, we received ment, and had gone back to their a copy of your letter to Dr. Knapp, idols, or to the Roman church, are at Halle; and his answer to it : gathered again and comfortably setfrom which I learn, with much ,iled since the arrival of Governor pleasure, the blessed progress of North. It is now necessary that your labours, to the edification and they should be well instructed, and increase of the kingdom of Christ : have good examples set before and, in January 1301, I had the them, that the teachers in every satisfaction to be informed concern- place should do their duty; and ing a society at the Cape, and the that the ministers should, in these excellent character of Dr. Vander. points, earnestly admonish the kemp.
teachers. There are many labourNow, with respect to the Dutch ers wanted, both of zealous Euprisoners of war, I had not the hap- ropean ministers and pious native piness to find any of the good men teachers, for the youth in the amongst thein qualified to work in schools, and also upon the coast. the harvest of the Lord, except one, If by the peace, which we hope for wlium I kept here as a bookbinder, from the Lord, the Dutch places and who has learned the Portu- go back again to the Dutch governgaeze language, so as to be able to ment, it would be a great blessing read in the Portugueze congrega- to them, if the Society could send tion; and lie is now clerk of the some good Christian Missionaries, German church, formed of the to learn the language and preach the Swiss regiment called the Meuron. gospel to the heathen. lle possesses, on account of the ho.
There are, in all the Dutch set. liness of his life, in which he daily elements, Malabar congregations, increases, a considerable influence which we now visit from time to among all ranks of inen. The tinie, as they were usually visited others were sent to Batavia in 1799, by the Danish and English Misand are become a great blessing; sionaries when this country was in but, since Tranquebar is in the the possession of the Dutch. We hands of the English, there has wish we could prevail with all the been no communication between societies to send zealous, faithful, This county and Batavia.
and intelligent ministers. Concerning the taie of Ciaristia.
o what do I feel, when I read in nity in the island of Ceylon, we are your letter of the zeal now kindled in hopes that it will become glo. in the Netherlands for spreading rious through the zeal ot his Ex- the sound of the gospel! and of cellency the Governor North. I thousands of your countryinen send with the ships which bring uniting in prayer to the Almighty, this letter, different papers, written with Christians through all the by a native of Malabar, whom I earth, to pour down a blessing on sent to Jaitha, and whoin Governor the labours of his servants for the North has appointed minister or conversion of the Heathen! candidate in the districts of Jaffna A little time since, I thought that Hall; from which one may see we poor Missionaries were forsaken somewhat of the progress of Chris- by all men in this evil time: that rianity in Jaitna iind Manaan. If we could not expect any help or the Christians in Ceylon are left in assistance ; and that, after our dea disagreeable situation by the war, cease, the labour of the Lord would it has not been oceaioned by the cease in this place. Your letter ministers being made prisoners of has given me new life ; for we were war, and having left their places.: in such a state, that, to maintain The ininister of the garrison of our zeal, we had to believe in hope Trincomale only, is brought here against hope. Your letter afforded with the garrison of that place; and me much strength. I thank God, the Christians who, after the change who has moved you to write to me of the governinent, had considered such refreshing intelligence; and to cence to their passions. We have
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE, inform me of the zeal for the Lard daily experience, that it is well for among Christians in Europe, for me to be constantly employed. the conversion of the Heathen; “ Satan finds some evil still for idle and I wish, carnestly, the Directors hands to do," is a sentiment, the would adopt measures for the con- truth of which I find continually. version of the inhabitants of this There may be persons, I allow, of land. The many congregations so industrious a turn naturally, as here and in Ceylon, shew that the to lay out their time in such a mano Lord has a people in this place. ner that there may be no loss; but The preaching of the gospel is my nature and constitution are renot without witness; though but markably fitied for indolence; on few, at present, shew any great which account I admire the wisdom sign of their faith. Many, who of that Providence which will not seem convinced of the truth, ex- permit me to waste much of my cuse themselves, by saying, "We precious time in idleness. have no power to believe, and to Our Lord had begun to work overcome difficulties."
among the Hindoos when I wrote Now, as so much zeal is excited last to you; but since that time, the in Europe, we may expect zealous work hus,exceeded our most sanand faithful Missionaries. Thuis guine expectations. It is not no v the only assistance, under God, year and a half since we thouglit we stand in need of; and we pray the cast of the Hindoos to be so and hope, that God will send us strong a chain, that we could scarcethis needful help. I have received ly expect it to be broken; now it no Jetter from Europe that has appears to be so weak, that some strengthened and awakened so have rejected cast who have only much confidence and hope as stayed with us a few days, and have yours. The Lord bless your la- given no proof of a divine work on bours to tic edification and increase the soul. We rejoice in this, and of the kingdoin of Christ! I should esteem it as a breach made in the esteem it great goudness in you,
walls of the enemy's capitol, and a frequently to communicate to me prelude to the taking of the city any circumstance concerning the itself. This, however, is not alt welfare of Zion; and should be we have to rejoice in: we have happy, in return, to shew myself of every reason to believe that several one heart and one soul with you. have been savingly converted, and I now recommend myself, and the now trust in the Lord Jesus Christ work I am engaged in, to your af- alone for their salvation. We have fectionate prayers; and bey leave baptized and received into churchto subscribe myself
fellowship, eight Hindoos: four your devoted servant,
women, whose names are, Jay
mcom, Rasoo, Unno, and Komol; G.W. GERICKE. and four men, whose names
Krishno, Gokool, Peerumbur, and [Translated from the Dutch.]
Sai. Two of them have given us
some pain; and we have been obLetter from Mr. Carey, Mis- liged to suspend them from the prisionary, to the Rev. Mr. however for returning to idolatry,
vilege of the Lord's Table; not Newton, Rector of St, liury but for allowing an unbridled liIl'oolnoth, c.
some hope of their restoration, and Serampore, April 22, 1802.
wait for it with a considerable deMy very dear Sir,
gree of impatience. We have some SINCE my last, which I see was persons now on the enquiry, who written more than twelve months give us much hope. A Bramin, ago, I have been occupied in a more named Komol, I trust, is in earnest than ordinary manner. I have, for salvation. A man of the however, reason to bless the Lord. Kaesto, or Writer - Tribe, who on this account, because I find, by has come a journey of three days,
four tinies over, to hear the gospel, the less pleasing signs of the reality came about a week ago, and brought of the conversion of these people. with hinı his wife and sister. Such It would do your heart good to sit a circumstance, never, I suppose,
down at table with a number of occurred since the Hindoos have these persons of divers casts, and to been a nation : for the people of hear their serious, though simple, high cast never suffer their women conversations about our Lord Jesus, to go into the company of strangers, and the way of life by him. I formuch less of foreigners; but this got also to mention, that one Mus. man brought his wife, and volun- sulman and two Portugueze, are tarily introduced her into the so- among the number of our enquirers; ciety of persons who are every- so that our hopes are greatly enwhere spoken against. His frank- larged. ness, and her modesty and inquisi- ' No family, I suppose, live in tiveness, encourage us very much. greater harmony than ours. The A Brahman of the village from Lord has made breaches, but we whence they caine, and her brother, bow to his sovereign will; he is too came to see what was become of wise to err. I frequently wonder them; and went away this morn- why I am preserved; for I am every ing apparently well satisfied with hour so near to falling into some what they had seen and heard. open sin, that iny preservation, even This man's name is also Peetum- in the manner in which I now am, bur; but he is of another rank, appears to me a constant miracle of though of the same cast with the grace. I was never so convinced other Peetumbur. The Writer as I now am of the constant need Cast is divided into about seventy which I have of the grace of God. subdivisions, all decreasing in im- I see plainly that a profession of portance, from the highest division love to Christ, and even a receiving called Ghose, to the lowest. The constant supplies from him for the first Peetumbur is of the subdivi- space of twenty-four years, has laid sion Singho; this, of that called no foundation in me, on which I can Mittra. They hold the distinctions rely for preservation in time to of cast now in contempt. The fol- come; nor infused any such habit lowing little incident, which oc- of grace as would make it improcurred to-day, may serve to shew bable that I should fall by the you that there is nothing irrational slightest temptation : I see that the or improper in the manner in which least temptation would infallibly they treat their cast :-Peetum- prove my ruin; nay, that I should bur's wife, whose name is Dropo- certain fall of myself, and desert dee, went to-day, with Rasoo and my Lord entirely, did not the some others, to see some neighbours. watchful Shepherd of Israel conSome person took occasion to express stantly uphold me. his or her surprize, that she should Rev. Mr. Brown and Buchanan have rejected so high a cast to em- are very friendly with us, and have brace the society of a carpenter's fa- done much to strengthen our hands mily, and who were also become Fe. in our work. I am happy to say ringees (Portugueze). She replied, that they are well: we are also “ We did not come because they well. We have an increase of real are Feringees; which indeed they converts among Europeans. One are not; nor because they are Car- whom the Lord has given to us, a penters;
but because we saw that Mr. Cunningham, has lately pubwe belonged to the cast of sinner's lished Thirteen Letters on the Evi. against God; and had heard that dences of Christianity, in one of the these persons fear God and love the Calcutta newspapers : he is now Lord Jesus Christ. This is the reprinting them. I hope they may true cast which we wish to be found be very useful in this land of Deism in !!
and infidelity. The increase of gospel- know- I hope you are well, that your ledge, and, I think, also of tender- bow abides in strength, and that ness of conscience, are not among your last days are your best days,