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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Directors have lately received some interesting communications from Africa and France. The particulars of the former, it is their intention to insert in the first Number of their periodical Publication , which will be published immediately after the publication of the General History of the Transactions of the Society, which is now the press. The accounts contain several circumstances of a pleasing and encouraging nature, intermixed with some instances of trial and difficulty. The Missionary settlement at Algoa Bay, under the airection of Dr. Vanderkemp, appears to have been disturbed by a number of the uncivilized natives, for the purposes of plunder; and they succeeded so far as to carry of the cattle; but rhey were afterwards recovered. This happened after the departure of the English garrison; and, no doubt, the absence of an European force induced the attempt ; but as the station at Algoa Bay would must probably be re-occupied by a military force soon afterwards, we hope the peaceful and useful labours of our Brethren there would meer no further interruption. The general aspect of Missionary concerns in that colony is encouraging; but as we have reason to expect that Brother Kicherer will shortly visit Europe, with the pro. fessed view of returning back with his aged mother, we shall then learn the exact state of our concerns there.
Our Letters from France state, That our correspondent had for two months suffered a severe and dangerous indisposition. This circuniistance has unavoidably retarded, in some degree, the accomplishment of the objects comniitted to him. The New Testament, however, is printed, and also the Essay on the Divine Authority of the New Testament, as well as the Catechism; and they are now considering of the best means for their cirs culation. He speaks in terms of gratitude of the kind family ander whose roof he resides; and mentions, that when the state of his health permitted, they had much enjoyment in the worship of God on the mornings and evenings of the Lord's Day. That his study was then converted into a chapel; in which a few well-disposed persons in the vicinity also united with them. He mentions several individuals who are desirous of the opportunity of hearing the Gospel, and of having their children brought up in the Protestant faith.
He adds, “ You will be pleased to hear, that wherever I have distri. buted either the Tracts or the Catechisms, they have been uncommonly . well received. To a person occasionally employed in the house, I gave one of each : she has an aged and infirm mother, to whom she read them. The next time she called, she told me, with tears of joy, that they had given her aged mother suck comfort, that she could never thank me enough! She lent them to two Catholic priests, who lodge and board with them; who declared they had never read such sweet little books in their lives, and were exceedingly anxious to buy such to give among the people : they could hardly believe they were Protestant books, because they contained nothing against the Catholic religion -- and expressed the wish to see thousands suck reprinted and distributed. -- An aged woman, who, while sitting at the door of one of the churches, was railing against the wicked Jacobins who had shut them wp, -on being questioned, what hope she had of her salvation ? replieil, She believed in the church. But when asked, What would have become of her had she died when there was no church to go to? she was confounded, and ingenuously confessed, “ Sir, I see clearly this moment, that it I had then died, I should have been lost,-for I did not believe in the Saviour; but trusted to myself, -to my prayers and fastings to save me," She was pricked to the heart,
and cried bitterly, O my poor soul! – my poor soul will be lost !" After speaking some time, she appeared conforted ; was all ears, and took the books eagerly. I wish much to see her again, but have not been able.
“A very acute infidel, who fills an important station in society, to whom I presented a Catechism, read it all through, and could scarce find terms to express his approbation in. He requested another for his son; and expressed his determination, that he should never be educated in his own, but in the Protestant principles."
AMERICA, We have repeatedly mentioned the late Revivals of Religion in America,
attended with many peculiar and uncommon circurustances. By a publication just received from the l'nited States, it appears that a like extraordinary work has appeared in both Carolinas; concerning which we give the following short Extracts from a Letter from the Rev. S. M Corkle, of North Carolina, dated Jan. 8, 1802, leaving our Readers to form their own reflexions. "I now sit down to give you a every
men, women, child, narrative of the transactions at ren, white and black, fell and cried Randolph ; commencing on Friday' for mercy; while others appeared, January 1, 1802, and continuing in every quarter, either praying for until the ensuing Tuesday:
the fallen, or exhorting bye-standers “On Thursday, the last day of to repent and believe. the last year, I set out from home “This, to me, perfectly new and for Randolph; and lodged in Lex-. sudden sight, I viewed with horror; ington, with some preachers and a and, in spite of all my previous reanumber of people, mostly from soning on revivals, with some de. Iredel, going on to the same place. gree of disgust. Is it possible, said The evening was spent in prayer 1, that this scene of seeming confil. and exhortation, without any visi- sion can come from the Spirit of ble effect. Next day the preachers
God? or can he who called light arrived at the Randolph meeting- from darkness, and order from con. house; but the Iredel company fusion, educe light and order froin lodged five miles behind.
such a dark inental or moral chaos “On Saturday, in the interval as this? Lord God, thou know,est! of two sermons, the congregation • Tlie first particular object that (near 2000) were informed, that arrested my attention, was a poor the Iredel company were religiously black man, with his hands raised exercised, in a sudden and surpriz- over the head, of the crowd, and ing matter at evening-prayer, in the shouting, “ Glory, glory to God family or house where they lodged. on high !" I hasted towards him
« This struck with seriousness froin the preaching-ten: : tut was every reflecting mind ; because stopped to see another black man the effect did not appear to arise prostrate on the ground, and his from oratory or sympathy, - the - aged inother on her knees at his causes commonly assigned for this feet, in all the agony of prayer for work.
Near lim was a' black * The second sermon was de- woman, grasping her mistress livered, and the benediction pro- hand, and crying, o mistress, you nounced as usual; but the people prayed for me when I wanted a paused, as if they wished not to heart to pray for myself! Now, part, nor go either to their homes thank God, he has given me or encampments.
heart to pray
for you and every “ Just then rose a speaker, to
body else give a short parting exhortation; “ I then passed to a little white but, wonderful to tell, as if by an girl, about 'seven years old. She electric shock, a large number, in was reclining, with her eyes closed
in the arins of a female friend. But << But the most remarkable of all
after he was struck. He passed a “ I took her by the hand, and night in horrors indescribable. I asked how she felt. She raised her heard him declare the next morn. head, opened her eyes, closed ing, that he believed this to be a sti. them, and gently sunk into her for- pernatural work; and urged in proof mer state.
The first of the above young men, “I met her next day, with two ". whom I knew (said he) to have or three of her little companions : both strength of nerves and energy I asked her how she felt yesterday? of mind,
- and yet he fell." “O how happy!” said the dear little creature, with an inettable smile, _" and I feel so happy now, I wish Society for propagating the every body was as happy as I Gospel at home, in Scotland. am !"
“ I asked her several questions In the Society's report for last relative to hier views of sin, year, the public were informed, Saviour,---happiness and Heaven ; that twenty-eight young men, ediand she answered with propriety ; Cated for the ministry, were put and, as I thought, rather from pio. under their charge. Three of these per present feelings, than from past were sent to Ireland. The recep. coutrinal or educational informa- tion they have met with is highly tion: for when I was afterwards encouraging; and the Society have called to examine her, in order to the satistiction to state, on the tes. communion, I found her detective timony of much respected characin this kind of knowledge ; and dis- ters in that country, that their la. suaded her from communicating at
bours have been abiindant and sucthat time, though she much de- ce-stul. The remaining twentysired it. This I have since re. five were stationed in various parts gretter, for I do believe, on cool of Scotland. One of them, having riterion, that she possessed that the Gaelic language, was appointed, experimental knowledge of salva- at the Society's expence, to itinertion, which is infinitely preferable ate in Kintyre. Many of the peo. to all the doctrinal or systematic ple there discover an ardent thirst knowledge in the world without for the gospel; and some appear to it.”
have been brought to the kuow.'
ledge of the truth, Two others, The follorcing Lutter relates to the
acquainted with Gaelic, were fixed Vecting ut Mezu Providence.
in situations where preaching in “ At this meeting has been de- that language is needed, and the molished an inticel objection, That reli in various quarters, where En. cnly weak nèives and minds are af- glish alone is understood. Besides fecied in this work. Here I saw their stated labours on the Lord's prostrate, a young man, remarkable Day, they preach in the neighbour. jor the robustness of his body and ing villages during the week, and energy of his mind; and for opin- are directed to visit the sick, and sition, resolute and determined. to instruct children. Evident io"O God! (were his very words)
kens of the divine blessing have ac. and must I shrink now ? Must I companied their labours, especially lie here a hunible spectacle to the in some places, of which menibers gazing crowd ?"
of the society, as well as others, • O God have mercy!" -- but after liave been witnesses. Villages, noi another, “ Did I ever ask it before ? long ago remarkable furopeu vick. No; but often for curses."
edress, are now greatly reiorined
After a pause,
Three Missionaries, long in the land, which the Society intend to
By a late report of this Society,
it appears that, by their laudable
erecting a small place of worship
generous service, about fifty per-
to labour for the Society, are em the Society, they pay the travelling ployed on the Lord's Day as teachers charges of Evangelical Ministers of
or preachers. About 6oo children various denominations, who engage now learn to read, and are receiving in this labour of love.
religious instruction. The Society continue to distribute
In visiting the sick, such cases as gratis, large quantities of Cate
have fallen under the notice of the chisms and Tracts, in Gaelic and Society, have been attended to, and English.
temporal relief has been adininiSuch are the outlines of their ex
stered where real distress was ap-
Considerable presents of
from diferent individuals, and dis-
Neal, Esq. is Treasurer to this so.
ciety; and the Rev. W. F. Platt,
9 12 12
The Rev. G. Lawson, Selkirk
THE EAST KENT Association failure, Mr. Gore, of Sandwich, hold their lialf-ye..rly Meeting at and Mr. Giles, of Eyethorne. The Dover, Oct. 6, 1802. Mr. Gur- preceding night, Mr. Young, of feen, of Canterbury, preached in Canterbury; or Mr. Drew, of Folk. the morning, from 1 Cor. i. 30. ; Mr. Aikinson, of Margut, in the evening, from i Phil. i. 21.; Mr. Ara Meeting of the WARWICK: Vincent, of Deal, the evening be- SHIRE Association, held at Co. fore, fiomn 2 Cor. ii. 15, 16. The
ventry, Jan. 25th, the Lord's Sup. services were truly pleasant and pro- per was administered in the even. btable, through the presence of the ing, to the members of various King of Zion. At noon, the sacra- churches ; some of whom, not. mental banquet was administered.
withstanding the severity of the Mr. G. Townsend prayed, and season, came many iniles. Ten or broke bread ; and the Independent twelve ministers engaged in exhorbretliren distributed the elements. tation, prayer, and distributing the This also was a season of divine re- elements. A soleinn attention prefreshment.
yailed among a numerous auditory, The next Meeting is appointed to Land both communicants and speebe held at Mr. Atkinson's, at Mar. tators expressed the highest degree gate, April 27, 1803. Mr. Mather, of satisfaction; so that a repetition of Dover, to preach in the morn- of this agreeable service is looked ing; and Mr. Atwood, of Folk- forward 10, on future occasions, Stone, in the evening. In case of with 10 small expectation,
AUG. 20, 3 new chapel was various ministers till 1799, when opened at Laxton, Nottingham- Mr. G. Bourne was chosen pastor shire, in the late Countess of Hun. of the united churches of Marsh. tingdon's connexion. In the morn- field and Colerne. ing, Mr. Rowlands, of Gainsbo. rough, preached from Deut. xii. 5.
Nov. 27, was opened a place of In the afternoon, Mr. Start, of New.
worship at Ryde, in the Isle of
Wight. In the morning, Mr. Styles ark, preached from Matt. xvi. 18.; and Mr. Griffiths, of Lincoln, froin
began the service with prayer and Excd. x 34. In the evening, Mr.
reading the Scriptures ; Mr. Grif, Rowlands, from Gen. xix. 18.
fin, of Portsea ; and Mr. Potticary This chapel was erected at the sole
likewise engaged in prayer; and expence of Mr. Hazard, a gentle. Mr. Winter, of London, preached
from Rev.iii. 20. man of that place.
In the evening,
Mr. Davies (a student at Gosport) No".11, was opened a neat and and Mr. G. Clayton, of Southamp. convenient place of worship at ton, prayed; Mr. Bogue preached Mar:hfeld, Gloucestershire. Kev, trom Like x. 2.; and Mr. Frey Mr. Hey, of Bristo!, preached from (a converted Jew, under the care Rev. xxi. 3, in the morning ; and of the Missionary Society) concluded Mr. Jay, of Bath, from Matt. vi. the service with an afecting Ad. 33. ; Mess. Sibree, Maud, Dun, diess to Jeliovah, in behalf of Jews Muston, Lowell, Honeywell, and and Gentiles. - The place was Porter, engaged in other parts of crowded, and the audience attentive The service.
Mr. Hiey introduced and serious, the gospel in this place about ele. The place owes its origin to an ren year.ago, and was followed by unknown gentleman, of London ;