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RELIGIOUS AND MISSIONARY INTELLIGENCE.

EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MR. NEWSTEAD, METHODIST MIS

SIONARY IN CEYLON, DATED AUGUST, 1817.

With very much pleasure I address a line to you from the shores of Ceylon, assured that you will receive it with equal pleasure. When we formerly met together I could have little thought that we should ever exchange countries, that I should leave the western for the eastern world, from whence you came; but so has the God of Providence ordered it, and we cannot doubt it is for the best, since both of us, I trust, have the glory of God fully in view.-It will afford you pleasure, I doubt not, to hear that friend preached from the bible which you presented to the new chapel in Colombo, for the first time, on Sunday August 3, from 1 Cor. i. 23. It was committed to my care across the great deep, and it so happened that, though I staid at Galle near three months after our landing, and brothers Osborn and Fox proceeded to Colombo before me, yet I had the pleasure to carry it to its place of rest; and after placing it in the pulpit with my own hands, in the evening I preached out of it for the first time, and I did not forget the giver. No, my dear brother, nor will our God forget this work of faith; it shall be acknowledged, I trust, in the great day, when motives are weighed, and men's actions brought to light. It was no small pleasure to our dear brethren here, to learn that I had met a long time in class with the giver of that Bible: your name is stamped on the cover, and will serve to remind every preacher who uses it, of the genuine influence of true Christianity on the heart of a native of India, and so to encourage him in his missionary work. You will rejoice to hear, that I am already engaged in preaching in a strange language--the Portuguese, (which is understood all round the coast,) and to the Cingalese through an interpreter. But you will rejoice more to hear that many are turning to the Lord.

We have an encouraging prospect in the establishment of schools, where vast numbers of native children are taught the principles of Christianity every day while learning to read; and every sabbath-day by hearing preaching, &c. At Colpetty, about a mile from the fort of Colombo, there is a good work begun in the school; the master, who was educated in our school at Galle, is undoubtedly converted to God, and such is the blessing attending his prayers and exhortations, that five of the boys come earlier every day, that they may join the master in his prayers; and they go home in the evening and pray with and read to their parents. We have about eight classes round the coast, and I suppose nearly 2000 children under instruction. Mr. Lynch has established a mission also at Madras, to which he again proceeds.

I trust the Lord will bless us, and make us instrumental of much good. My own soul is exceedingly happy in God, and I have many most refreshing seasons from his presence. My voyage was delightful, as it respects safety and quietness, though we had many and great dangers, out of which we were delivered in answer to the prayers of our dear friends. You, my dear brother, have, I do not doubt, often prayed for me. Continue to pray, and God will hear and answer. I need your prayers, for here are many trials connected with the Missionary work. But withal I am very happy in the blessed employ of spreading abroad the Saviour's name; and I doubt not that I shall be more so when I am settled in a station, and get a circle of work as. signed me. My kind love to all our dear Christian friends in Thetford.

I remain your ever affectionate
brother, in the gospel,

ROBERT NEWSTEAD.

EXTRACT FROM LONDON PAPERS.

We are informed, that among the various christian missions established in different parts of the world, those sent out by the Wesleyan Methodists continue to prosper abroad, and are gaining a large increase of support at home. Fifteen Missionaries have been sent out within the last twelve months, and the number now employed abroad is above one hundred. Their Missionarics in Ceylon are printing the new Testament in Cingalese for the Colombo Bible Society, and in that Island alone they have more than cleven hundred native children in their schools. Among the Namaqua Negroes of South Africa, and the slaves in most of the British West-India Islands, where thousands have been benefited by their ministry, they are successfully teaching both adults and children.

OBITUARY.

ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF MR. ANDREW MC KENNA.

To the Editors of the Methodist Magazine. theme of pardoning love was his joy, Albany Sept. 3, 1818. and perpetual song. Some time after

this change took place in his views, he DEAR BRETHREN,

I send you the inclosed to be insert- removed to ihis city, where he ended ed in one of your numbers, if you think his useful life in the triumphs of faith. it deserving a place in the obituary

For several years before his departdepartment; hoping that it may be ure, he had his mind greatly exercised bome with symptoms more unfavour- break out in extatic raptures, ascribable.

about the welfare of his fellow crcarendered a blessing to some of your

tures, which led him frequently, on numerous readers. J. CRAWFORD.

proper occasions, to exhort them to

flee from the wrath to come. Dies at Albany, August 29, in the A number of villages and neigh56th year of his age, our highly es. bourhoods lying contiguous to the teemed, and much lamented friend and city. formed a suitable field of action, brother, Mr. Andrew Mc KENNA.-- connected with his more domestic He had been for upwards of twenty circles, to express his ardent love for years a respectable member of the souls, and vent bis desires in their beMethodist Episcopal Church ; most of half. His labours on such occasions the time he had served the church in were owned of God, by being renderthe capacity of a Class Leader, and ed a blessing to many, both saints and Trustee ; in both of which offices he so sinners. demeaned himself as to give universal He often returned to his house and satisfaction. He had the confidence, family much fatigued with bis labours, and the affection of the church, of expressing himself at the same time, which he was a member; and also, as that, though weary in the work, be we have abundant reason to believe, was never weary of it; but such were the good will of the citizens generally, his expressions of joy and peace as composing his extensive acquaintance. convinced all who knew him that it Oui worthy friend was brought under was his supreme delight, to do, and serious impressions, at a prayer-meet- suffer the will of God. ing amongst the Methodist (at the Though he loved all the followers of house of our old brother Snyder, who Christ, it might be said of him, that he then lived in the city of New York), in a peculiar manner, “ loved our ls. sometime in the latter part of the year rael:” his house, his hands, and his 1794. The following spring he be heart were open, as all who were incame more deeply concerned about tirnate with bim well know:his ab. the welfare of his soul; he joined the sence will be very sensibly felt, both Methodist society as a seeker, and by his fainily and the church. But we about midsummer he

was happily believe “ to die is gain” to him,-ie brought into the glorious liberty of the “rests from bis labours.” SODs of God.

For several months before he was Before his acquaintance with the confined to the house, he was sensible Methodists, nuthing could be more that his health was on the decline, and distant froin his mind than the know. in June he made an excursion for the ledge of God, by the forgiveness of purpose of breathing the sea air, think. sins; but when the Lord had gracious- ing it probable that it might be the ly liberated his soul, the delightful means of his restoration; but returned

ing "glory and ballelujah to the Lamb He applied to those he judged most that was slain for us ;” and when his skilful in the healing art; and they, no strength was so exhausted that be doubt, did all in their power to restore: could scarce speak to be beard above but a lurking disease had so corrupted a whisper, being asked if he saw bis his blood, and scattered the arrows of way clear, he answered, “ Yes ! O death through the whole tenement, yes! perfectly clear,-all is well with that all their faithful endeavours were me, whether I live or die.” His conrendered abortive.

cluding scene was so perfectly calm I believe it was thought for near for- and serene, that those who sal by his ty days nothing passed through the bed-side could not tell the precise mosystem, in the ordinary course of di- ment when the spirit took its Bight; gestion ; added to this a very large im- every feature of his countenance reposthume had collected in the hollow mained composed as in a state of bearof his thigh, which was finally laid opeu enly contemplation. by surgical operation.

So died our valuable friend. His Through all these sufferings, which funeral rites were performed on the were of the most severe description, he following day, in the afternoon. I was not heard to murmur, or wish his was requested to deliver a sermon on sufferings less; but calmly said, “ the the occasion, before the interment; will of the Lord be done.”

and for convenience the corpse was He was often asked, in the course removed to our church; and if the of his confinemeut, the state of bis number who attended, and the respectmind, and he always gave the most ful attention paid, should be a rule by unequivocal evidence of his accept- which to form an idea of bis real worth ance with God; frequently uttering, in public estimation, our conclusion “ Jesus has done all things well.” must be truly favourable ; for, could

our house bave held hundreds more, it “ Jesus can make a dying bed is probable they would have been there,

Feel soft as downy pillows are, for vast numbers came to the gate, While on his breast I lean my head, and could neither get in, nor bear, and And breathe my life out sweetly were obliged to be disappointed for there.”

want of room.

It affords real comfort in the midst A number of times, in conversation, of bereavement, to hear it so often said, he broke forth in acclamations of “he is gone, but he was truly a good praise and glory to God that he had man, and an ornament in the house of graciously kept him so free from temp- God." “The memory of the jast shall tation during his ill health.

be blessed." It is said “Devout men As long as his strength would ad- carried Stephen to bis burial.” The mit, it was very common whilst we devout and venerable were bis pall. were at prayer with him, to hear him bearers.

THE

METHODIST MAGAZINE,

FOR NOVEMBER, 1818.

DIVINITY.

EVIDENCES OF THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION.

Extracted from the new Edinburgh Encyclopædia.

(Continued from page 369.)

135. There is another essential part of the argument, which is much strengthened by this obscurity. It is necessary to fix the date of the prophecies, or to establish, at least, that the time of their publication was antecedent to the events to which they refer. Now, had these prophecies been delivered in terms, so explicit, as to force the concurrence of the whole Jewish nation, the argument for their antiquity would not have come down in a form as satisfying, as that in which it is actually exhibited. The testimony of the Jews, to the date of their sacred writings, would have been refused as an interested testimony. Whereas, to evade the argument as it stands, we must admit a principle, which, in no question of ordinary criticism, would be suffered for a single moment to influence our understanding. We must conceive, that two parties, at the very time that they were influenced by the strongest mutual hostility, combined to support a fabrication; that they have not violated this combination; that the numerous writers on both sides of the question have not suffered the slightest hint of this mysterious compact to escape them; and that, though the Jews are galled incessantly by the triumphant tone of the Christian appeals to their own prophecies, they have never been tempted to let out a secret, which would have brought the argument of the Christians into disgrace, and shown the world, how falsehood and forgery mingled with their pretensions.

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