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glory is concerned in shotting up the arenvex to it. In short, if the law of
Lately, this prodigal was laid on a sick bed at Calcutta, when God ree vealed his gracious name to bim, softened bis brart, - removed those fears which he had felt lest his sins should be unpardonable, and enabled him to bope that God would pardon him, and that Christ was his Saviour. In another leil-r to brother Ward he expressed his confidence; and declared that he could now go to the throne of mercy with a comfortable hope of being heard and answered."
He after ibis wrote, to brother Marshman, and spoke to brother Ward, desiring a privale conference. Brother M. being at Calculia, appointed a time to meet him. As yet, we were totally ignorant of his baving been a Mis. sionary. At the time appointed he called on brother M. at broiber Carey's rooms; and after a little conversation on the state of his soul, he added, 6 You now behold av apostate Missionar;! I am
, who left his brethren nine years ayo. Is it possible you can behold me without des. pising me?' The effect this discovery of divine mercy, displayed to a backslider, had on brother Marshman's mind, can better he conceived than described. It for the moment took away the anguish occasioned by a note that instant received from Serampore, saying that brother Carey was at the point of death * ! Brother Marshmaa intreated this returning prodigal to be assured of the utmost love on our part, - encouraged him in his determination to reiurn to his Missionary brethren, and promised to intercede on his behalf, both with big brethren and those who sent him out. - This brand, plucked a socond time from tbe fire, now feels a desire to return to his former blessed work, and to make the utmost reparation in his power for the injuries done to Jesus and his cause. Steps are taken for his being engaged again by those who sent bien into the work. At present he is gone upon another voyage. Before he left us, be complained that he thought his repentance and gratitude came far short of what they ought to be, considering the depths out of which he had been brought.
* Happily, Mr. Carey was perfectly restored to health.
: : AFRICA.' .. : · The Annual Report of Dr. Vanderkemp and his colleagues for the year 1809, has lately been received. During that period, four have been. baptized ; and there are many more who may be considered as candidates for that privilege.
The public exercises of religion continue to be well attended. Boezak (native preacher) perseveres in his zealous labours with great boldaess aud asgidoily. He went, some months ago, to visit the farmers, to whom he had before preached. Among some, he met with opposition ; and in . one place, his life was threatened: but no sooner did he hear of this, inau he entet d the house of his opposer (contrary to the persuasions of his re, latio:s) and with such energy defended the cause of Christ, Ibat they wern XVIII,
completely silenced; he then obtained full liberty to preach. He acquired such an iafluence over them, that they were afraid to drink a drain in his presence. He has a peculiar address; and when surrounded by a number of hearers, he rests pot till most, or all of them, are bathed in tears. · In October, Brother Kicherer paid a visit to the district near Bethelsdorp. His labours, appear not to have been fruitless. There has been a suir amony several who heard him ;. and who are, by the enemies of religion, termel Mad! This is a favourable sigil. · The knitting-school continues; but misses its founder, Mrs. Smith. The number, however, increases, and prospers begood expectation. About 30 children have had their food in it daily, and without touching their funds ; and the call for stockings and night-caps is more than can be supplied. The industry of the people increases. Alats and Caffre-baskets are made in abundance; and sold at Fort Frederic, and other parts of the country. A considerable trade has been carried on by our people in salt. Soap-boiling, sawing, and wood-cutting for waggons, is carried on to a considerable extent; by which they are able to earn a good deal of money.
The success of our harvest of 1808 gave vigour to our agriculture; so that in the months of June and July we began again ; and have been able to get upo:ards of 40 sacks of wheat into the ground, besides some barley, rye, Indian corn, beans, peas, pumpkins, &c.; so that the wants of our people are more and more likely to be supplied.
Our increase of numbers this year has been 269 : 42 children have been born. We liave had seven deaths ; 29 couple have been married, The greater number of births this year may be ascribed to the regular way of living ; to which the Hottentots had pever before been accustomed.
In April we had a visit from Lieut. Col. Collins, who brought a letter from the Governor, recommending him to Dr. Vanderkemp's attention. lle requested a List of the Members of our lustitution, present and absent. We fouud, on enquiry, . .
ABSENT, 146 men
113 men 2)| women
121 women 282 children i . 100 children
In all, 979. Next dat Col. Collins and other rentlemen breakfasted with us, exa: amined ihe children, and made other enquiries concerning the institution, Aller which we accompanied him to our saltlake; where a trial was made, to the depth of 60 feel, to find coals; but done could be discovered. I
Their church had long been in a bad stale; and while Brother Ulbricht was preaching in it, a sudden crack was heard, which so terrified the people, that they ran out, almost trampling on each other. Soon after, a new one was commenced, The walls, of mud and strong posts, were car. ried up seven feet high; the roof was thatched ; and, in three weeks from its being begun, we inet in it for forship. The lengib of the church and school-livuse ould be 118 feet ; but that it might be more commodious, we have erected it in the form of a right angle, each leg being 59 feet lony, -- the breadth within 18 feet.
On the oth of October Brother Vanderkemp was visited with a slight siroke of apoplexy. The Lord, however, listened to the strong cries of the people, and was pleased to restore him. Slight allacks, however, have since been foll.
The Doctor mentions the great earthquake which happened at the Cape, Decembes 4. The terror which it occasioned there was very great. Death appeared on every counienance. All sorts of people were deeply affected; even the msi wicked blasphemers and Deists were constrained to say ! This is the finger of God!'. Multitudes afterwards toronged to hear the
word. Good people received great power and freedom to speak in the name of the Lord ; many seemed to be pierced to the heart, aud began to cry for mercy. At the Blue Mountain, oa ibe opposite sile of Table Bay, a large opening has been discovered ; írom which a black inud, impregnated wito saline matter, has issued.
'Extract of a Letter from Miss Burgmann. • A LETTER has been received from Miss Burgmann, dated April 2, Port Praya, on her way to the Cape. On the 2d of March and several following days, they had very considerable storms, and were at times in the most imminent danger. In a letter to a friend she says, Several hours of danger tried my faith in the Lord; but he held me ly his right hand, ard I felt no fear at all. When the ladies cried and trembled, I was enabled to encourage and comfort them. Some of the passengers oxpressed their surprize; but I told them, afterwards, the truc ground of my inward peace; and it seemed to have a good effect upon them. I am glad that I previously expected difficulties and dangers, so that I was prepared. Nevertheless, the hopour of my calmness is not mine, but the Lord's; for if he had not, before this, revealed himself to my soul; or, if he bad not been the unchangeable Rock of my hope, on which I could safely rest, I had utterly failed.
to the kingdom of our blessed Lord
and Saviour ; — wę did not even Translation of a Letter from Mr. C.
Co know tliat, during our being asseinde Forestier, dated · Bethelsdorp, ' bled, several wounded soldiers were the 14th of July, 1809, addressed
conveyed through our village! Thus to C. F. A. Steinkopff.
we were literally, as Herrenhuisine • The Annual Meeting of our Mi- nifies, in the Lord's keeping, and elnisters Conference was held this year joying his almighty protection, on the 31st of May. It proved to which has been continued to us, even us a day of real blessing, by a lively unto this day. Oh, wiat unmcritud sease of the presence of our Saviour, mercy! and of the gracious influences of his I t afforded us peculiar pleasure to holy Spirit, who united our hearts see the worthy Mr.Járnicke, wf Ber: and fixed thein on the great object lin, in the midst of us; and to hear of our common faith, love, and bope. him rclale the many providertial Your letter arrived a few days after; escapes he and other pious people and, in general, all letters from Eng- 'had experienced, during the late ca. land, Sweden, and America, were at lamitous events in Prus!a. . this time missing; but we remember The daily provisions which he ad. ed all our absent brethren and friends ministers to so many hundreds of his in the most affectionate manner, sufferiny fellow - crealures, - the and with many blessings, rejoicing blessing that rests on bis Missionary in the assurance that they were Institution, bis active co-operation mindful of us.
with the Bible Society, this success The disiurbances which had taken of his ministeria labours, and his unplace two days before, on the Bohe. feigneul humility, stimulated the mian frontier, which is only ten Conference to the praise of God, English miles distant from Herren and to earnest supplications for the hut, and more especially a skirmish preservation of inis faidatul servant : ing near Zittau, on the 30th of May, of Christ. From hin we also hcard, made us apprehend lest the Confer- with gries, of the low sale o: resience should be very thinly aitended, gion in the Prussian dominion, ihop or entirely prevented; but, to our many sincere telluweis of our crucia astonishment, sixty - seven clergy. fica Redeemer tre ehitu be found men and seven candidates arrived;• in various pails, and even in Berlio. and we sat together as in Alyrabam's On the other land, it was very exbosom, forgetful of this world, and couraging to, l's to find that the odly mindful of that which relales number of gospel-innisiera ir. La
guedoc is on the increase; nine of his furniture, and his linen, and was whom had addressed truly excellent on the point of parting with his bed letters to the Conference , also, when the liour of help arrived.
According to the accounts we re. The soldiers were all removed ; and ceive, the effocls produced by the he received assistance. Several of miseries under which our native our members in Berlin have been coustry at present groans, are dif. compelled to beg; and were on the ferent. Almost everywhere luxury point of starving, wbeo some prois restrained by dietress, and inany vidential assistance was afforded have been thereby taught to pray; them. In a similar situation were yet we cannot presume to say, that our Silesian Congregations. Judge the hearts of the majority are turned now of our heartfelt gratitude at the to God. It is a melancholy cousin receipt of the generous donation deration, that not a few wavering froin your benevolent Committee. minds have been strengthened in Many a tear of sorrow was dried their doubts concerning God's an, thereby, aud many a sacrifice of swering prayer; and the justice of thanksgiving was offered up unlo his government of the world, by the the Lord! Mr. B 's kind let. loog continuance of the present ter shall be answered by the first op. troubles. On the other hand, the portunity. Will you have the goodconfidence of many has been greatly ness in the mean while lo express our oncreased by the peculiarly season. warmest thanks, both to him and to able interposition of Divine Provi: all our benevolent friends in Eagdence in their behalf.
land. One of our friends in Polsdam, who was in good circumstances, had, in addition to his dwelling-house,
Extract of a Letter from Malla. purchased another, adjoining the A PIOUS gentleman in Malta, exchapel, purely to prevent the ineet. presses great satisfaction in the pros. ings of our Society being disturbed pect of having the New Testament by noisy neighbours. When the in the modern Greek, now printing French came to Potsdam, the houses by the Bible Society, to distribute were so enormously burdened with among persous who may visit that the quartering of soldiers upon them, island, and in other parts of the that this good man had, in the world. Many of the clergy, be saya, course of two years, no less than are much pleased with the exertions 6000 to lodge and maintain ; which of that Society. A good number of 80 reduced him, that he was obliged the Italian Testamenis, sent to to sell one part of his property after Malta, have been distributed, and the other. He parted with big plate, have been very useful.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c. £s. di, Rev. S. Bottomley and Friends, Searborough J. Paul and Friends, Thame and Chinnar
3 00 Heading Auxiliary Missionary Society, by Mr. Shotter en 5 6 0 Hev. Mr. Griffin and Congregation, Portsea Mr. Scamp and Friends, Havant :
- 23 5 0 Col'ection at Mr. Freer's Chapel, Uxbridge, by the Rev. John · Townsend
- 4 0 Auxiliary Society at Bethual Green, by the Rev. Mr. Platt 4 5 1 Rev. Anthony Kidd and Friends, Cottingbam
4 12 0 T. $. .
- 0 10 6 Rev. Mr. Slatterie and Friends, Chatham
6 0 0 T. B.
100 Rey. J. F. West and Friends, Chigwell Row, Essex
- 9.12 0. Rev. Mr. Smellie and Friends, Great Grimsby -..
55 0 Rev. Mr. Miller and Congregation, Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, Cuatteris
- 10 17 0 J. H.
disapproved greatly of this abuse of
the Toleration Act. He should, Sunday Schools.
early next session, make à motion
on the subject. . . . TAE General Half-yearly Meeting Lord Holland observed, That no. of the Society for the Support and thing but a strong case, clearly made Encouragement of Sunday Schoo's out, could induce him to interfere in England, Wales, Ireland, and ad with that act; by which what was jacent islands, was held on the 11th Justice, not toleration, was estaof April lasi, The Committee re. blished. He, therefore, wished to ported, That, within the last half. have the Noble Lord's views ex. year, 78 schools had been added to plained. ibose which were previously upon Earl Stanbope concurred with the Society's List; and assisiance rc- Lord Holland ; and asked, What were peated to 37 others, formerly esta to be the criteria of these dissenting blished. Since the commencement clergy? - their learning, character,
of this Institution, the Society has or what else? He did not see where · distributed 285,672 Spelling-Books, they were to fiod proper judges of
62,166 Testaments, and 7714 Bibles, what should be their qualifications. to 3348 Schools, containing upwards Lord Sidmouth then stated, That of 270,000 Scholars. In addition to his intealion was to move, Thaat li. which, the sum of 54176. 08. 5d. has cénces should not be granted withbeen given for the payment of such out an appointinent to a congroga. teachers as could not be obtained tion; and a recommendation from without 'pecuniary reward. -- The such coogregation that the person good effects of the Sunday-Schools was one whom they considered fit for are everywhere apparent. In North such a duty.. Wales, nol a single cause was brought We copy this (without vouching to be tried at the last Spring Ass zes, for its accuracy) from the Times in Merionethshire, Carnarvonshire, Newspaper of July 19. . nor Anglesey. In Ireland, particu. Jarly in the county of Cork, similar Missions to Africa and live East. good effects begiu to appear. Much,
On Whit-Tuesday, June 12, was held bowever, yet remains to be done;
the Tenth Anniversary of the Society and it is hoped that a liberal public
for Missions to Africa and the Easi. will enable the Society to proceed in The Anoual Sermon way preached at their good work, until there is not the Church of St. Anne, Blackfriars, an individual within the sphere of by the Rev. Claudius Buchanan, D. D. its patronage, destitute of the bless from Mat. v. 14,' Ye are the light of inge (if a Christian education,
the 'world. The discourse was able Subscriptions received by Mcssrs. and impressive; and such as might be Down, Thoroton, and Co. Bartholo expected from one who had seen over a mew Lane; and by the Secretary,
very large extent of cuility and an im19, Lillle Moorfields.
mense population, the dreadful effects of the debasing system of Paganism, and breathed a spirit of friendship to
wards similar Institutions. - The AnTOLERATION ACT.
nual Meeting was afterwards held at On Monday, the 20th of June, the New London Tareri), Cheapside ; Lord Viscount Sidmouth, in the when a Report was read by the SecreHouse of Lords, made several state. tary, of the Proceedings of the Society ments and observations on the great for the last Year; from which it apie increase of persons who took out li pears, that a school of Alrican children cences under toe Taration Act; some
is established by the Society's Missioaof whom, he said, did it for the sake
aries at the Rio Pongas; which is in a
very fiourishing state, and pro nises imof availing themselves of the exemp
portant benefits to the Mission. The tions it afforded them from the ne
Society has also sect out three setilers Cessity of serving the country. Not to New Zealand; and bas it in conteinionly the Establishment was greatly plation to establish a Mission äiting injured thoreby, but even Dissenteis, ibe Chipeway Indians, in North Ameof different descriptions, he knew, rica. The chairman, Thos. Babington