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provided with spinning-wheels and looms, we cannot yet make use of it. We wish to have a printing-press, and some glass for windows.'

The people of the surrounding tribes have expressed so great a desire to bear the bespel, that Mr. Albrechi says, ! We have already, by the help of God, made ino nations of the Namai was acquainted with the gospel; besides the Hollonto's who live along ibe Orange River; the Oorlam, or more cultivated Holtentots; and the Bastards: bat Thzae Missionaries can by no means supply them all. I, therefore, the Directors could send us fore-and-lwenly more Missionaries, they would find work enough in this country, where a Missionary may speak freely everywhere ou religious subjects.

"Our congregation is now increas:d to seven hundred, whose names are written in our church-book ; and there are also many others, whose names are not yet inscribed: but all our scholars cannot remain constapily xith us ; they are obliged, for the sake of their cattle, to live near waters and grass- fields. These come, occasionally, to bear the word of God; or one of us goes to them, to instruct them and their children ; for which reason also, more Missionaries are necessary to help us in our labours, for we have a large field before us. In my late journey westward, I found everywhere among the Heathen an open door; and that the people would rejoice if Missionaries would come and dweil ainong them. Blackmodder, Fountain, or a place a little north of it, would be very suitable for a Missionary station. Others might go to the sea.coast (west); where they might find the most advantageous place for a sellleinent; because their wants would probably be supplied by ships that touched there.'

[The Directors are at this time taking measures for strengthening this proniising Mission to the Namaquas, by additional labourers.)

CUSTOMS OF THE CHINESE. which, after ihe prostrations were Etiracted from the Journal of a non the Journal of

naished,

finished, they took away with them. Missionary lately ul Canton in'

They had als , candles, the fragrant

matches, and paper. These were China,

entirely consumed; while only part 1808. An instance occurred of of the wine was joured into a troughi the Chinese ait:sing the truth of before the aitär, or thrown on the an assertion, by cutting off the head ground. 011e poor woman came of a fowl. They consider it, how. with an fiering of pork and green cver, very solemn; and do not like peas; she had neither fowi nor fish. to do it but on special occasions. When the worshipper throus his There is nothing sirvilar to our vaih jamnines paper on the metal altar, an exacted by the magistrales yhen allenciant in the temple beats a large taking evidence. Appeals to the drurin, and strikes a bell, as if to gods are only made by private indie rouse ihe attention of the god to viduals, when they question ihe ve. what is ilered. Several of the wor. racity of each other, and this is shipper3 multered a prayer on their done, not only in the manner above knees, or standing, taking up a mated, but in various ways; as, by crooked piece of wood, like a cow's dashing a poller's vessel to pieces, hora divided lengthwise, and ihrowand wishing that if they speak faisc- ing it down again and again, till it ly, it may be done to thein in like felt in a manner that they wished, manner.; by blowing out a candle, or thought ominous of good. There abd wishing that they, in lika man. is nothing social in their worship, ber, may be extinguished, &c. .. nor any respect shewn by those who · I walked out to the temple of Pay- are not engaged. One is praying, ti.pu-saat (the great northern deity) another taiking and laughing, a where a large concourse of people third cleaning utensils, &c. As in were $ssenibled, and which was every idolatrous country, there apo filled with the smoke of their offer. pear to be favourite deitics, as well inga. idcy broughl, in smali baskels, as particular times for their worship luwls, pwork, vegetables, and fish; of one is preference to agoiber,

hence many of the temples are quite able to preach fully to them Jesns, deserted, whilst that of Pak-ti-pu. and the resurrection! saat was crowded.

My assistant is of opinion, that About two in the morning, the the translation which I have of the noise of the fire-works announced Gospels and Epists (copied from the introduction of the New Year. the MSS. in the British Museum) The people dressed thenwelves on was made by some Chinese, - the the preceding evening, and waited style being superior, be su poses, to for its approach. I arose, and that of any foreigner. ; walked through the suburbs; which

Oct. 5 was a great holiday, on ac. were thronged by persons repairing count of the harvest-moon, which to the temples, carrying with thein was this evening full. Thousands various offerings.

'bowed down and worshipped it, preOn this day the Chinese send to senting at tbe same time offerings of the Europeans slips of red paper, on fruil, fowls, wine, &c. which they express a wish, thai the person to whom it is sent may enjoy

SWEDEN. health and prosperity.

. : To the Editor. I am informed, that at 60 or 61 years of age, a person has the pri Rev. and dear Sir, vilege of walking with a stick, and An Account having appeared in wearing a button of a peculiar kind your Supplement for 1809, of the on the top of his cap. At 70, he may Tour of the Rev. Messrs. Paterson walk where the Emperor is some and Henderson thro' the northern times seen; and at 80, stand and parts of Sweden, for the purpose of look him in the face.

procuring information concerning How low is the idea which the the religious state of the country, Chinese must entertain of the en- in which the scarcity and high price gagements of departed spirits, when of Bibles is noticed, -it will, doubtthey suppose that they are pleased less, be gratiiving to your rraders with the performances of strolling to be informed, That, through the players, or the noise made by fire- exertions of these devoted servants works! Strings of crackers, propor. of Christ, a Society was formed at tioned in length to the gratitude and Siockholm, which, early in the last wealth of the person explodiag them, year, received the royal sanction, are heard at all seasons, morning, under the denomination of The noon, and midnight. .

Evangelical Society, whose object is : March 27, 1808. At this time to print the Holy Scriptures and Reserious appréhensions were enter- igious Tracis (preserving the funds tained of scarcity, from ihe dryness allotted to each purpose separate) ; of the season. Public prayers were and this Society having been enoffered up in most of the temples. couraged by pecuniary aid from the Papers were pasted up in them, re- Britisb and Foreign Bible Society, for minding the individual worshippers the express purpose of printing the of that which was desired. A fast Swedish Bible on standing types, in for three days was in contemplation; order io furnish a perpetual supply: but did not take place.

at a low price, are actually engaged Conversing with a person, I men- in printing this work, which hassustioned, “That if I should go to P. fered little or no interruption from I would return, if life were spared' the revolution that has since taken I perceived he did not like the al place in Sweden, -- although they lusion to a possibility of dying; and found it necessary to suspend, for a on further enquiry, found that it is short season, thčir proceedings in by no means pleasant to the Chinese the other branch of their benevoin general, either to think or speak lunt labours; but have again reof death. Alas! to them the sting sumed them since they have had a remains : "they know not how to settled government, --- permission extract it; and, like thousands clse- having been granted to them to prowhere, endeavour to forget the evil cred with the printing and circulawhich they cannot avoid. · 0, to be tion of religious tracls; which must

prove a lasting blessing to their terson and Henderson gave the most , country.

indefatigable attention, and in It will also be interesting to some which they were assisted by some of of your readers, to be furnished the mosi respectable characters in with some account of the Rev.John Copenhagen, was completed before Paterson, and the Rev. Ebenezer this unhappy era, and 1500 copies Benderson, whose zealous exertions had been sent off to Iceland. have proved so highly beueficial to During the siege of Copenhagen, the north of Europe. In the year in 1807, ihe friends, in Britain, of 1805, they were sent oui by some these worthy men felt inuch anxiety of the churches in Scotland, with for their safety : and it afterwards the intention of going on a mission appeared, ibai Mr. Henderson had to India, by way of Denmark; but left tbat city previous to the siege; on their arrival at Copenhagen, the but Mr. Pateison thought it his places in the packet being all pre- duty to remain there, and visited viously engaged, they were con- the distressed people, from house lo strained to wait for a fulure oppor. hous:, adinin stering the balm of tunity. In the mean time, like consolation afforded by the gospel. St. Paul when waiting at Athens, it becoming necessary after the their spirit was stirred within them, siege for all British to leave Den. when they heheld the city given in mark, Mr. Palerson and his wor. a remarkable manner to irreligion thy colleague removed to Sweden, and the open profanation of the where the same spirit of erquiry Sabbath, -- they proceeded (with a into the state of religion, and the zeal worthy the imitation of other same disposition to be useful to the missionaries who may be detained souls of mer, induced them to conat places short of their ultimale 'cert measures of the greatest imdestination) to preach the everlast- portance:m-here they circulated, at in gospel to the English, and to their own expence, extracts from such Danes as understood the Eng. the publications of the Religious fish language, both at Copenhagen Tract Society in London ; and of and Elsineur :-they also distributed the British and Foreign Gible Soa number of religious tracts, and ciety: and also an address wbich procured Danish translations of some they prepared, in order to shew the of them, which they priated, and necessity for similar institutions in distributed among the natives. Sweden (which they were obliged

Whilst they were thus employed, to circulate in writing, as printing their attention was turned to the is not so readily allowed there as in state of Iceland, and having pro- this country); and after having cured accurale information as to travelled many hundred miles for the want of the holy Scriptures in the purpose of obtaining informa. that island, and the capacity and tion on the subject, they happily disposition of the inbabitants to succeeded in rousing the latent enerread them,--they learned that the gies of the religious people in Swereligious society at Funen were den ; 2nd convincing them of wants about to print 2000 copies of an which had before escaped their no. Icelandic Testament; which ap. tice. They, therefore, formed Thie pearing to be a very inadequaie Evangelical Society abovementionsupply, they opened a correspond- eu, on a plan which, there is reason ence with the committee of ine to jope, will render it a permanent British and Foreign Bible Society, and active society. They have al. who added 3000 more at their ex- ready printed and circulated a very pence, and encouraged them to considerable number of religious nake preparations for printing the tracs in the Swedish and Finnish whole Bibie in ne Iceiandic But languages, which have been, I this was prevented by the unhappy believe, chiefly translations from the breach betwtea this country and English. Denmark. The New Testament, to Mesars Paterson and Heoderson the execution of which, Messis. Pa. have also primled in Sweuta, a con

siderable number of Danish tracis, Provincial Intelligence.. for the henefit of the prisoners of

HIBEPNIAN SOCIETY. war, at the charge of the Religious Tract Society in London, who have The Committee with pleasure submit also contributed liberally to the to the Religious Public, the folfunds of the Evangelical Society,

Jowiog extract of a Letter from to enable them to commence their Mr. T. G. one of the preachers operations in thai department; and sent over by this Society, dated their example has heen followed by October 4, 1809. a handsome subscription in Sweden. . The box of Bibles, Testaments,

Messrs Paterson and Henderson and tracts, as mentioned in your. have als turned their attention to leiler of May 6, I received :--a very the Finnish Refugees ; and having acceptable supply indeed. All the found some Finnis' 'Testaments in common Testaments, except two or - Stockholin, they prevailed on the three, are disposed of, and some Britis: and Foreign Bible Society to Bibles. The desire for them I think purchase them, or the purpose of

continues to increase, and the means distribution among them; which cf supply increase with the desire, was readily entrusied to their care. which is a peculiar blessing.

which is a neenliar bles

The They have also discovered where a Cork Bible Society does great things, Lavland Bible was printing, and and the secretaries are very zealous; made an engagement for 5000 copies they sint a supply to this town yesof the New Testament in that lan- te day. Thus the bread of life is guage, on account of the British and offered to the starving Irish, and the Foreign Bible Society. . living streams flow into their houses.

Whilst they were busily engaged 0 that they may cat, drink, and in the pursuit of these important live fur ever! objects, and in preaching the gospel One man, a Roman Catholic, to to their countrymun, they have uni. whom I gave a Testament, upon his formly conducted themselves with carpest request, carrie's it about in such propriciy, and evinced such his boson. Wilh another I have sound judgmeot in all tliçir pro. had much conversation; and I hope ceedings, as to cominand the respect the ruinds of both are opening to of their superiors; who, in their the truth.

the truth. The

There are generally at correspondeoce, always speak of our place of worship; several others them in the nighest lerms of pecu• occasionally attend, ant! inany more liar regard,

we should have, were it nol for fear When we consider the vast field

of wearing the white sheet The which ibe continent of Europe pre

congregation on the Sabbath evensenis, for the exertion of such ta. ins, I think, increas 's: we have ye. lents as are given by the God of all

nerally between 2 and 300 people. grace to these devoted missionarics, I have been discouraged by the inay we not hope that their fulure conduct of some of whim I had labours will be of the sume importo entertained fond hopes. However, ant nature' in other countries will I think this a very promising field those abovementioned ; and the of usefulness; and if the preacher contemplation of the past events had all that zeal, enerzy, faithful. relating to them, should lead us to ness, and holini se, the nature of his adore his inscrutable dispensations; work demands, mach might be exwho, when he disappoints his sør- ' pected; though, without the Holy vanis that have engaged in his work, Spirit's influence, all would be in and thwarts their purposcs, is over- vain. ruling them for his own glory, and That no good has been done, I often for the more extensive ein- . dare pot say. I bave the pleasure Jargement of the church of Christ, of koowing that several persons than would probably have been the are seeking Jesus ; and, through the effect of their labours in the line rich grace of the Saviour, the So. which they had proposed to them. ciety already begins to reap the selves. Amicus. fruit of their labour's. It bas been

with unspeakable delight that I have posierous to the cye of reason and lately pointed to the Lamb of God paikosophy, and has been found so some who came to complain of their inadequate, by a long experience, 6 wicked hard hearis.'

that nothing but that spirit of opI mentioned, 1 ilink, in a former position to popery, which gives a letter, that once a week I had sanction to every thing, could still preached in the Barracks in the induce any people to persevere in town : -- this I continue to do, wich is adoption. To see this book of a pleasing prospect of good being wonders, this book of mysteries, done. The Sunday Seoul and this book of prophecies, this book the Weekly Schoois are tolerably coniaining the earliest history of well attended. The munihis ser- Marikind, laid before an ignorant mon to the young people is always peasani for his edification and in· anxiously looked for. This is one struciiou! Can we seriously ap

of the most pleasios exercises in plaud the measure !' which I engage. One of the first Alter this we need not wonder of these services was made useful that orders have been issued, not to a young pers')n, whose conver- to accept a religious Tract, nor to sation and conduct are becoming pick one up from the ground, unless the gospel.

to burn it, or to carry it to the • The above account inust be very priest ! acceptable to the Society, demanas . We rejoice to hear that the Bri. their grateful praises, and I hope tis and Foreign Bible Society are will stimulate them to greater exer- about to reprint the New Testations. I lament that this is such

ment (Bishop Bedell's edition) in the an out-of-the-way place, that mi

Irish language. Such is the parnisters coming from England to

tiality of the Irish to their own *supply the chapel at Dublin, can

tongue, that we hope the most denever visit us. If such a thing

sirable effects will be produced by could be done, the beneiit might be this measure. · great; or, if any more could come for the express purpose, at certain

ORDINATIONS, &c. times, to make a tour, 'to visit the

- The Rev. Mr. Fernie, of the breibren, and see how they d), it

seminary at Hackney, was ordained to would be exceedingly refreshing and

the care of the church recently formed useful.

at Biewood, in Staffordshire. Mr, P.S. I should have acknow Chesters, or Uttoxeter, began the serledged the receipt of the spelling

vice as usual; Mr. Williams, of Stone, books froin the Sunday School so

asked the questions, &c.; Mr. Wilks,

of London, offered the ordination prayer; ciety ; and for which we are very

Dr. Collison, of Hackiey, gave the thankful.

charge from Malachiii.6 ; Mr. Mosely, orianley, preached to the people from

• Mark ii. 17; Mr. Salt, of Lichfield; * No sooner was the Hibernian Su

Mr. Cooke, of Stafford; Mr. Smith, of ciety instituted, than in leaders Wolverhampion; and Mr. Scarrot, of among the Irish Catholics began to Shiffnal, engaged in the other parts of . adopt measures for courieraciing the service. their exertions. A pamphlet was July 12. The Rev. Js. Cooper was published, which condemus all the ordained over the Independent Church jeans by which the cbject of the assembling in the Old Meeting-house, Society is to be altained. A brief West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Mr. extract will sufiice to shew, that Hudson, of West Bromwich, began Popery is the sanie now that she was with reading the scriptures and prayer: in the darkest ages.

Mr. Phillips, Junior Tutor at Rother.

ham, delivered the introductory dis• Your plan is (it is said in the

course, and asked the usual questions ; pampblci) to provide every poor fu

Mr. Grove, of Walsall, prayed the oranily with a copy of the Iloly Scrip

dination prayer; Dr. Williams, the tuies. This mode of propagating Senior Tutor of Rotherhan, gave the religion, or vf enlightening ihe mined charge; Mr. James, of Birmingham, with religious trulb, appears $o. pre preached to the people; and Mr. Steele,

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