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Riet Fountain, and pitched on the others; and most of them take a de. banks of the Great or Oranye light in the knowledge of God and River: to which they gave the his service; nay, there are those preference, on account of the food who give reason to think tiat a for the cattle being there in abundle work of the lloly Spirit appears in ance; and also, because the neigh their hearts. Unutaried are the bouring tribes had requested them exertions of our brethren there; to come farther northwards.. The and they too call for help, seeing spot where they reside at present, the harvest is great, and their variis called Cona i Hiep t' Hipe, of the ous labours seem to exceed their Sand Koraali; and lies thirty-three strength. days journey from the chief settle. To the Briquas or Pitsooanas, ment. Thus it is fourteen days seven days journey from the Misa journey farther off than brother sionary post on the Creat Orange Kicherer's residence.

River, a Missionary, whose name The people among wliom our is John Matthias Kock, has been brethren labour, are Bastards, Na- sent by the Cape Society; and be maqua Hottentots, and Corranas; has now resided for the space of a of whom about 150 understand the whole year among those people Dutch language : but with the last near Krooman's River. The niir. mentioned of these tribes, they are rative sent by him to the Cape Soobliged to treat by the help of in- ciety amounts to the following para terpreters. The brethren employ ticulars : Tle people along thrée interpreters; of whom one whom he lives, he found more civi. distinguishes himself by ủis appli. lized than any other known tribe in cation; another by his good dispo- those parts of Africa: they cultisition, and all of them are people vate their good land, anıl raise sonie to be depended upon.

corn: -- they live in houses built They were afterwards joined by in straight rows, joining very Cornelius Coor and lis krial; so closely, and forming a large vil. that their number is now increased lage. Their language is not distito about you or goo, All these cult to learn ; and he has already people subsist chiefly by their made a considerable progress in it. Cattle, the produce of the chace, The Chief of a part of that tribe, and wild roots o! the ground. The who reigns over several thousands brethuen have tried to cow some of them, and whose name is Mali. corn; but their first attempt has lehawang, appears to favour hia not been successful; however, they greatly. He came to see him; and hope for better success next year. being 'entertained by an Exposition Public worship is regularly kept on of the Christian Doctrine, such as the Lord's Day, and likewise every he could well understand, he exo, morning and evening, as on the Zak pressed himself willing to receive' River * : the necessary instruction instruction; and appointed a place is also given at the school,-one or where he would setile after his re. the other word being accurately ex- turn. Mr. Kock asserts, that there riained, and listened to with inuch are many among that pațion who derotion. A great proportion of express great readiness to hear his those who attend divine worship instructions; and he mentious pare appear in decent dress: but here ticularly three of them, who aided also time has been too short, the him in every possible way, and I numbers of Heathen too great, even defend him wlien in danger. and the labourers too few, to ad. This nation seems to be a fragment vance civilization in a considerable of the great kingdom of Moho. degree ; yet many there are al- rooty, where Sobbogory reigns ds ready ainongst them, that have a king. He lives six days farther made a good progress in reading and up the country; and brothér koch writing so much so, that some of has spoken wiih linn ; when it apo pliem are capabie of instructing peared that he never had tward ang

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCT. siing concerning Christians. He from Dr. Vanderkemp, which is invited the Missionary to come to imputed to the dirticuliy of come Prin ; and Mawle hawaig gave him munication between the countries, 2 very good character.

occasioned by the war. This account being connrmed by brother Kicherer, who himself was met by a Prince of that. nation, Extract of a Letter from the making a request for a Missionary Missionaries at Rotterdam, being sent to them, the Society thought it incumbent upon them

to the Directors of the Lone to follow up this lint of Provi- don Missionary Society, derre; and at their last extraordiny meeting, held in the pre- Dear Brethren in the Lord,

Aug. 23, 1803. sence of our Lord, whose gracious inuence was dutifully imploreu, We make use of the opportunity they came to a resolution of send- of our brethren Ulbricht and Palni and the brethren Lambert. jansy, returning to you, in order to disand W. Korter, to those Heathen, patch these lines. with a view to try whether it is our happy that our great lord has Lord's pleasure to open a door in made a way for three of us to set those parts, and to bless their min about our work, after a long delay. nistry. To this end they were set How great will our joy be, if at apart on Monday, the 5th of Sept. any ume we hear that Heathen by the Society, in proper form, by souls are brought to our lessed our worthy brother Dr. Verster, at Saviour by their preaching ! Oh, the last nionthly prayer-meeting. that his ever adorable name might

These brethren liave received be proclaimed all over the worlds what instruction was thought need., “ Ask of me," the Father says, ful, in point of religion, as well as " and I will give thee the Heathen in such other particular: as scem iu for an inheritance." -- May this be useful for a Missionary to know; promise be specdily accomplished, brother Jansy having previously en- and both old and young, great and joyed the instruction of DJ. E. small, bowing downatihe Saviour's Mebius. Both of their conducted pierced feet, surrender to him foc themselves with great propriety eternity! during their stay in our :eminary ; We, dear brethren, and all our and applied themselves ciusely to friends at this place, have lately their studies. The importance of been most agrecably surprized by their work, their responsibility, and Brother Kicherer coming hither, the dangers that will surround with three African converts, who them, have been set before thein, were unweariei in telling the great and claim our fervent prayers, and things the Lord had wroughi for the most decided interest for these them, and his mercy they had exbrethren,

perienced in their own hearts. They Let us ever be mindful of them took a delight in talking of the free when we approach the mercy-seat, grace of God in Christ Jesus; and commending them to the gracious with still superior plcasure they protection of their and our Lord; heard the same topic treated of froni and craving his blessing upon their the pulpit, or in private conversalabour's, that the kingdoin of the lion. These brethren have been Devil may be weakened, and souls a peculiar blessing to us, and to won for Christ and his kingdom ! arany ciuildren of God here; and

we, especially, have been thereby P.S. Mr. Kicherer, who has greatly encouraged to venture all been for some weeks in Holland, is upon the Lord in our future callexpected in London very shortly; ing; and neither raging tear, nor when some very interesting infor- furious beasts stull territytis, seeing mation will probably be communi- he will be with us, into whose cated to the public.

hards all things are given by No information has stt arrived the Father, and who commands

the winds and the sea. We con- bed, because, as I fain would in: fess, however, time passes heavily fer, he means to make use of me with us, till we are brought nearer for some interesting purpose. I am to our hope. The Lord's will be ready to follow him, step by step, done !

serving him in every way he shall John Gotthilf Matther, be pleased to dispose of me. (signed) 7. Peter Matthias Ehrhard,

I am, &e.
Christian Albrecht, seri.

(signed) J. G. ULBRICHT. Abraham Altrecht.

Extract of a Letter from the

Extract of a Leiter from the

Basil Society, to the DirecMissionary Ulbricht.

tor's of the London MissionRotterdam, Sept. 11, 1803.

ary Society. Dear Brethren in out Lord Jesus

Basil, April 30, 1803. Christ, I HAVE accepted of your call to Respected and beloved Brethren Ceylon'; and am willing to serve

in Christ, the Lord wherever it is; but the

We have duly received your vaLord seenis to have different views luable letter of the 230 of Feb. with regard to my future appoint- through our brother Steinkopfft, ment. Some weeks ago I was at.

ane gratefully acknowledge the tacked by a strong rheumatic fever; brotherly share you take in our cirduring whicki i suffered muchí cumstances, and the affectionate but, praise the Lord, was tecovered encouragement you give us out of from it when your invitation to go Lord has helped us, and scattered

the word of God. Thus far the to Ceylon reached me. weak, I resolved to comply with many a threatening cloud, without it, as a calling coming from the suffering it to break over our head. Lord; but having undergone a

To him we, therefore, commit our great deal of fatigue, by the pre- selves for the future. parations necessary for my journey, « For he, the clouds Director, I had a relapse, from which I ir

Whom winds and seas obey, suced soon recovered ; but an addi.

Will be our kind Protector, tionai indisposition of iny body

And will prepare our way.” making is appearance, I was told It gave nis great pleasure to learn by the doctoi, that to take a jour. that the Bible, the New Testament, ney under such circumstances, was and several Catechisms have been utterly unadviseable. Accordingly printed in French and Italian; and Brother Ehrhard was chosen in my that at least one pious minister was place. Since I have recovered, by gone to Paris. the goodness of the Lord, and of The other intelligence you facourse the wish returns to my voured us with was likewise very breast, to know what my dear agrecable, especially the account of brethren intend to do with me. I that worthy man Mr. Carey. He am ready to go whithersoever sent; and his fellow-labourers have been nor would I wish to have my own tried for a good while, but now the choice, leaving all to the Lord and Lord begins to reward their persemy dear brethren. Ceylon, or any verance, by directing them to many other part of the globe, is equally souls who long after salvation, and welcome to me. All I wish is, by giving them a still more favourto have some kind of certainty as able prospect for the future. Like. to my future destination. Please to wise the Mission to Astracan, uno indulge me soon with an answer. dertaken by the Edinburgh Society,

Our Lord, dear brethren, hath appears of importance. We are done great things for me. Under favoured in our day to see many my present circumstances, he grants preparations and institutions made me resignation : he also hath raised for the enlargement of the kingdom me up from a most alarming sick of God. Even now, the Lord is

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501 looking down from Heaven upon Thus, in union with you and all *the children of men, to gather his true believers, we will cheerfully people fromamong Christians,}ews, follow the leadings cf our Divine Mahomedans, anú Heather, and to Master : you upon a large scale, judge his eneinies, who will not be and we upon a smaller. May he converted. But still die harvest is Binself render us more and more great, and as yet the labourers are taithful! comparatively few. so the same We salute you most cordially. time, the number of those is inte

Signed creasing who unire in praying, (by order of the Committee) “ Arise, O Lord! and have mercy

JOHN SCHAUFFELIN. Ripon Zion!” and he who puts this prayer into their hearts will not leave it unanswered, although the Ehrhardt Frederic Weinland, answer may be deferred.

Counsellor of Justice, wishes The number of those who here constitute the two principal classes

light and strength from above of real Christians, --- namely, the

to the honoured Directors of Basil Sociery, and that of the

the Missionary Society. United Brethren, is considerably

" When Moses held up his hand, increasing. Oh, that they might likewise increase in the saine pro

Israel prevailed; and when he

laid down his hand, Amalck pre. portion in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Among

vailed.” - Exod. xvii. 11. the sest, ten hopeful yonng men

This passage recurs frequently have lately joined us, whom she to my mind when thinking on the Rev. Mr. Huber had instructed and present situation of your country. confirmed in the Holy Coinmunion. Methinks such relations are written

In other parts of Switzerland, for our instructios. Likewise my those who have spiritual life, are own long experience has convinced more thinly scatteredd. By occasion me, that there is greater power and of the new regulations, the inhae efficacy in faith and prayer than bitants of the Canton Schwitz gave many in the present day are willing a noble proof of their Christian prin. to admit. Nothing glorifies the ciples. After the organization of name of God more than the prayer their council, they went with their of faith offered to his elect. worthy Landammann Reiding in pro- July 18, 1803. cession to the church, to retus thanks to God, making, at the same time, a public and solemn In preceding Magazines, some en declaration, that true liberty is

quiries and suggestions have been only to be obtained through Jesus,

presented to the public, respectthe Son of God.

ing the number of Bibles in the Concerning the state of religion

possession of the lower classes of in Germany, we have nothing par.

society, and the best means of inticular to observe. The Spirit of

creasing the circulation. The bethe Age, that is, of enlightening to nevelent zeal of the enquirers has greater darkness,-the Spirit of Un

not been confined to this country, belief and A postacy is still on the

- it is communicated with increase, and most likely will rise

pious ministers on many parts of still higber!

the Continent; and answers, full For our part, we find consolation

of varied and important informain this reflection, - Let what will

tion, have in consequence already happen, whatever plans may be in

been received from the Rev. J. vented by the subtilty of Reason, R.Burckhard, Rev. J.R. Huber, still it remains true :

Rev.W. Falkeison, and the Rev. « Him all thiogs scrve in nature, J. Raillardt, of Basil; and the According to his will;

Rev. J. F. Oberlin and Rev. J. And he, as the Creator,

Ehrman, pastors in Alsatia. The His council will fulfil.".

insertion of all these communican tions would be too multifarious; service only for a short time; for the but as a specimen of the facts sight is soon entirely gone. they disclose, and the disinterest- " Nevertheless. I always keep a edness, piety, and zeal which stock of French Bibles, partly to they display, the following an. lend, partiya to sell, and some to swer is given for the gratification give away.

In order to do this, I of the readers of our Muga- make it a rule to lay by three-tenths zine :

of all my income. If I had not

adopted this practice, I should not Answer of the Rev. 7. F. Oberlin. have been able to do any thing of

My parish borders upon French this kind. Lottingen, where all are Roman “ The type of the German Stras. Catholics, many of whom have pro- burgh Bibles is very legible ; I cured Bibles from us; but these therefore keep a nunber of their are but few, compared with the always in readiness t.” numberof those who are still with. The above communication, toout Bibles, but desire to have them. gether with the letters from the I have also distributed many co- other ministers whose names have pies of the New Testament, even been mentioned, are strongly stimu• to Roman Catholic Priests; some lative to the good work of forming of whom, through ignorance, have a Society for an extensive circula. burnt them : this has been told to tion of the sacred Scriptures. This me by many of their own people object, however, cannot be accomwith great concern. I account it plished in haste; it requires delia pleasing circumstance, that many beration and wisdom suited to its of the Roman Catholic Peasants dignity and importance. In the inanifest more confidence in me meantime, if any Christian friends than in their own priests.

in this country feel that adıniration “One hindrance to the spreading of the characier and conduct of the of Bibles is, the poverity of the in- Rev. Mr. Oberlin, which the prehabitants; and another, the very ceding account is well calculated to small type of the French Bibles. inspire, and are disposed to assist Hard - working people soon lose him in more largely procuring and their sight, either in part or en- more extensively distributing the tirely, in the mountainous country, Holy Bible in his large parish and in which the five villages under my its vicinity, their contributions will pastoral care are situated ; and the be thankfully received by Messrs. Roman Catholics also, of whom I Hardcastle and Reyner, Swan-stairs, speak. When, therefore, they ar- London Bridge ; or the Rev. Mr. five at an age in which they might Steinkopfit, Minister of the Lu. be disposed to serious retiection, theran Church in the Savoy, they can scarcely make any use of Strand, and be faithfully conveyed small Bibles. Spectacles are of to the Rev. Mr. Oberlin. On reading the Communications from the Rev. MIr. Oberlin,

and the other Ministers in Germany.
To souls like these, of such a Heav'nly kind,
With warın affection be iny Spirit join d :
Their holy motives inay I ever feel,
And catch the lustre of their godly zeal!
Act the same part, pursue the same design,
And glory in a cause so much divine !

# A Rev. Minister, now in this country, who is well acquainted with Mr. Oberlin, gives us the following short account of his character and exertions :

"Mr. Oberlin has laboured upwards of thirty years with remarkable success. When he first entered on his office, the people placed under his care were noted for their ignorance and all kinds of irregularities; but now they are equally conspicuous for de tency of behaviour, for diligence, regularity, and Christian-humanity.”

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