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very affectionate funeral - serinon, on the question, "Where'is he?” from 1 Thes. iv. 13, 14. to an At the close of the discourse, he attentive and crowded congrega. suggested that one or other in the tion.

G. M. congregation might be suddenly re

moved that day; and wished each

one to suppose it might be himself; SUDDEN DEATH. and to ask, “ If it be my lot to be

called home, where am I likely to On Thursday, the 18th of No- be?" vember, Mr. Button, of London, The congregation was remarkaengaged in opening the business of bly serious and attentive. In the the day at the ordination of Mr. afternoon, as Mr. Button was about Fisher, at Brentford: from thence to enter the pulpit, he was inhe went to Harlington, a village for.ned, a man had just been about six miles, to preach scized with death in the gallery. on the Lord's Day tollowing; nav. He was brought down, carried into ing previously engaged to exchange the vestry, and a medical gentle. service with Mr. Turlin, the set- man was immediately sent for ; wlio tled pastor of the Baptist church at pronounced that he had certainly that place.

Mr. Burton preached expired by an apoplectic fit. - In on the Lord's Day morning from Job how solemn and striking a manner

“ But man dieth, and was the text verified ! “Man dieth, wasteth away : yea, man giveth up - yea, man giveth up the ghost !" the ghost, and where is he?" He Reader, hearken to the voice both made some remarks on the morta- of Scripture and Providence; “ Be lity of man, and particularly dwelt ye also ready."

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It must afford our readers much pleasure to learn, as it does us to relate

froin month to month, the spread of our Redeemer's Kingdom; which,
on one side or the other, is continually extending its influence, to thic
giury of his name, and the happiness of mankind. The letter from
ladras give, the most flattering encouragement for the success of a
Mission in that neighbourho d, where there is a loud call for labourers
in the work of the gospel. The extract of a letter from Switzerland is
of a inore melancholy cast; but exhibits, at the sanie time, a spirit of
genuine piety and submission to the divine Will: but that from Mr.
Carey (with which we have been favoured by the Rev. Mr. Newton)
opens a very pleasing prospect to the Baptist Mission ; and we are authos
rized by the Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, to dd, that
No. X. of their Periodical Accounts will appear in a few days, and
enable 11s, in our next, to give farther particulars, of a nature very en-

couraging and pleasing: We would only farther subjoin, that letters are continually coming to hand

from America, which relate the farther spread and increase of that happy
revival of religion, which we have already mentioned to have taken
place in various parts of the United States.

received your letter, dated the 31

of September, 1800, on the gth of To Messrs. J. Fonteyn, J. 2. August, 1801 ; and should, if it

and Bs. Ledeboer, Directors had been possible, have answered it of the Netherland Mission- by the ships which departed for

England in October last." The first ary Society.

account which I received concernPipery, Madras, Jan. 2, 1802. ing your Society, was in January Respected Sirs,

1800, when I was in Negapatnani, upon mviourney to the southward,

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by means of a Dutch friend, who themselves as deserted by the communicated to me your first pubs Dutch ministers and the governlication. Afterwards, we received ment, and had gone back to their a copy of your letter to Dr. Knapp, idols, or to the Roman church, are at Halle; and his answer to it: gathered again and comfortably setfrom which I learn, with much čled since the arrival of Governor pleasure, the blessed progress of North. It is now necessary the your labours, to the edification and they should be well instructed, and increase of the kingdom of Christ: have good examples set before

nd, in January 1351, I had the them, that the teachers in every satisfaction to be informed concern. place should do their duty; and ing a society at'the Cape, and the that the ministers should, in these excellent character of Dr. Vander- points, earnestly admonish the kemp.

teachers. There are many labour. Now, with respect to the Dutch ers wanted, bath of zealous Elle prisoners of war, I had not the hap- ropean ministers and pious native piness to find any of the good men teachers, for the youth in the amongst them qualified to work in schools, and also upon the coase. the harvest of the Lord, except one, If by the peace, which we hope for whom I kept here as a bookbinder, from the Lord, the Dutch places and who has learned the Portu- go back again to the Dutch gover)gaeze language, so as to be able to ment, it would be a great blessing read in the Portugueze congrega- to them, if the Society could send tion; and he is now clerk of the some good Christian Missionaries, German church, formed of the to learn the language and preach tlie Swiss regiment called the Meuron. gospel to the heathen. He possesses, on account of the ho.

There are, in all the Dutch set. liness of his life, in which he daily tlements, Malabar congregations, increases, a considerable influence which we now visit from time to among all ranks of men. The time, as they were usually visiteul others were sent to Batavia in 1799, by the Danish and Englisi Misa and are become a great blessing; sionaries when this country was in but, since Tranquebar is in the the possession of the Dutch. We hands of the English, there has wislı we could prevail with all the been no conmmunication between societies to send zealous, faithful, this country and Batavia.

and intelligent ministers. Concerning the state of Christia- what do I feel, when I read in nity in the island of Ceylon, we are your letter of the zeal now kindled in hopes that it will become glo. in the Netherlands for spreading rious ihrough the zeal of his Ex, the sound of the gospel ! and of cellency the Governor North.

I thousands of your countrymen send with the ships which bring uniting in prayer to the Almighty, this letter, different papers, written with Christians through all the by a native of Malabar, whom I earth, to pour down a blessing on sent to Jaffna, and whom Governor the labours of his servants for the North has appointed minister or conversion of the Heathen! candidate in the districts of Jaffna A little time since, I thought that Hall; frein which one may see we poor Missionaries were forsaken somewhat of the progress of Chris- by all men in this evil time: that tianity in Jaffna and Manaan. If we could not expect any help or the Christians in Ceylon are left in assistance ; and that, after our de. a disagreeable situation by the war, cease, the labour of the Lord would it has not been occasioned by the cease in this place. Your letter ministers being made prisoners of has given me new life ; for we were war, and having left their places. in such a state, that, to maintain The minister of the garrison of our zeal, we had to believe in hope Trincomale' only, is brought here against hope. Your letter afforded with the garrison of that place; and me much strength. I thank God, the Christians who, after the change who has moved you to write to me of the government, had considered such refreshing intelligence; and io inform me of the zeal for the Lord daily experience, that it is well for among Christians in Europe, for me to be constantly employed. the conversion of the Heathen; " Satan finds some evid still for idle and I wish, earnestly, the Directors hands to do,” is a sentiment, the would adopt measures for the con- truth of which I find continually. version of the inhabitants of this There may be persons, I allow, of land, The many congregations so industrious a turn naturally, as here and in Ceylon, shew that the to lay out their time in such a manLord has a people in this place. ner that there may be no loss; but The preaching of the gospel is my nature and constitution are renot without witness ;-though but markably fitted for indolence; on few, at present, shew any great which account I admire the wisdom sign of their faith. Many, who of that Providence which will not seem convinced of the truth, ex- perinit me to waste much of my cuse themselves, by saying, “We precious time in idleness. have no power to believe, and to Our Lord had begun to work overcome difficulties,”

among the Hindoos when I wrote Now, as so much zeal is excited last to you; but since that time, the in Europe, we may expect zealous work has exceeded our most 'san. and faithful Missionaries. That is guine expectations. It is not a now the only assistance, under God, year and a half since we thought we stand in need of; and we pray the cast of the Hindoos to be so and hope, that God will send ai's strong a chain, that we could scarcethis needful help. I have received ly expect, it to be broken; now it no letter from Europe that has appears to be so weak, that some strengthened and, awakened so have rejected cast who have on!y much conkdenee and hope as stayed with us a few days, and have yours. The Lord bless your la- given no proof of a divine work on bours to the edification and increase the soul, We rejoice in this, and of the kingdom of Christ! I should esteem it as a breach made in the esteem it great goudress in you, walls of the eneiny's capitol, and a frequently to communicate to me prelude to the taking of the city any circumstance concerning the itself. This, however, is not all welfare of Zion; and should be we have to rejoice in: we have happy, in return, to shew myself of every reason to believe that several one heart and one soul with you. have been savingly converted, and I now recommend myself, and the now trust in the Lord Jesus Christ work I am engaged in, to your af- alone for their salvation. We have fectionate prayers ; and-beg leave baptized and received into churchto subscribe myself

fellowship, eight Hindoos : four your devoted servant,

women, whose names are, Jay

mconi, Rasoo, Unno, and Komol; G. W, GEKICKE. and four men, whose names [Translated from the Dutch.]

Krishno, Gukool, Peetumbur, and
Sam. Two of them have given us

scme pain; and we have been obLetter from Mr. Carey, Mis- liged to suspend them from the prisionary, to the kit. Mr. however for returning to idolatry,

vilege of the Lord's Table ; not Vraton, Rector of St. Mary but for allowing an unbridled liIl coinoth, 8c.

cence to their passions. We have

some hope of their restoration, and Serampore, April 22, 1802. wait for it with a considerable de. My very dear Sir,

gree of impatience. We have some Since my last, which I see was persons now on the enquiry, who written more than twelve months give us much hope. A Bidillisis ayo, I have been occupied in a more hamed Komol, I trust, is incarnesc than ordinary manner. I have, for salvation. A man of the however, reason to bless the Lord -Kaeato, or Writer - Tribe, who on th: 10count, because I find, by has come a journey of the date


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four times over, to hear the gospel, the less pleasing signs of the reality
came about a week ago, and brought of the conversion of these people,
with him his wife and sister. Such It would do your heart good to sit
a circumstance, never, I suppose, down at table with a number of
occurred since the Hindous have these persons of divers casts, and to
been a nation : for the people of hear their serious, though simple,
high cast never suffer their women conversations about our Lord Jesus,
to go into the company of strangers, and the way of life by him. I for-
much less of foreigners ; but this got also to mention, that one Mus-
man brought his wife, and volun- sulman and two Portugueze, are
tarily introduced her into the so- among the number of our enquirers;
ciety of persons who are every- so that our hopes are greatly en-
where spoken against. His frank. larged.
ness, and her modesty and inquisi. No family, I suppose, live in
tiveness, encourage us very much. greater harmony than ours. The
A Brahınan of the village from Lord lias made breaches, but we
whence they came, and her brother, bow to his sovereign will; he is too
came to see what was become of wise to err. I frequently wonder
them; and went away this morn- why I am preserved ; for I am every
ing appare:?tly well satisfied with

hour so near to falling into some
what they had seen and heard. open sin, that my preservation, even
This man's name is also Peetum- in the manner in which I now am,
bur; but he is of another rank, appears to me a constant miracle of
though of the same cast with the grace. I was never so convinced
other Peetumbur. The Writer as I now am of the constant need
Cast is divided into about seventy which I have of the grace of God,
subdivisions, all decreasing in im- | see plainly that a profession of
portance, from the highest division love to Christ, and even a receiving
called Ghose, to the lowest. The constant supplies from him for the
first Peetumbur is of the subdivi- space of twenty-four years, has laid
sion Singho; this, of that called no foundation in me, on which I can
Mittra. They hold the distinctions rely for preservation in time to
of cast now in contempt. The fol. come; nor infused any such habit
lowing little incident, which oc- of grace as would make it impro-
curred to-day, may serve to shew bable that I should fall by the
you that there is nothing irrational slightest temptation : I see that the
or improper in the manner in which least temptation would infallibly
they treat their cast : - Peetum- prove my ruin; nay, that I should
bur's wife, whose name is Dropo- certain fall of myself, and desert
dee, went to-day, with Rasoo and my Lord entirely, did not the
some others, to see some neighbours. watchful Shepherd of Israel com.
Some person took occasion to express stantly uphold me.
his or her surprize, that she should Rev. Mr. Brown and Buchanan
have rejected so high a cast to em- are very friendly with us, and have
brace the sociсty of a carpenter's fa- done inuch to strengthen our hands
mily, and who were also become Fe- in our work. I am happy to say
ringees (Portugucze). She replied, that they are well : we are also
“We did not conie because they well. We have an increase of real
are Feringees; which indeed they converts among Europeans. One
are not ; nor because they are Car- whom the Lord has given to us, a
peners ; but because we saw that Mr. Cunningham, has lately pub-
we belonged to the cast of sinners lished Thirteen Letiers on the Evi.
against God; and had heard that dences of Christianity, in one of the
these persons fear God and love the Calcutta newspapers : he is now
Lord Jesus Christ. This is the reprinting them. I hope they may
true cast which we wish to be found be very useful in this land of Deisn
in !"

and infidelity.
The increase of gospel: know- I hope you are well, that

your ledge, ard, I think, also of tender. bow abides in strength, and that ness of conscience, are not among your last days are your best days.

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I have heard of your family-trials, able, without his will, to destroy and sincerely sympathize with you. a hair of our head. His will is, that May you find that the consolations all should turn to him, and obtain of God are not small in times of salvation; and this is, no doubt, peculiar need! My sincere love to the aim of all the great and small all your friends, and the ministers revolution, which are now passioz of your acquaintance ; to all of in the world, with which a child of whom I am unknown, except Mr. God has nothing to do, but to stand Scott of the Lock, whom I highly still ;-to pray that our compassionesteem. I am very affectionately ate Redeemer my obtain his great yours, WM. CARCY. aim, both with hinself and with all

poor sinners; patiently to submit Extract of a Letter from a

to every yoke ;-to follow the com

mand and example of our Lord and pious Lady in Switzerland.

Master, “ Rendier unto Cæsar the Basil, Nr.4, 1802.

things which are Cesar's, and unto Respected Friend in Christ Jesus,

God the things which are God's;”YOU would have heard

to endeavour, through God's grace, weeks sooner from your Basil

inore and more to disengage his friends, but we hoped, at the same heart from all attachment to the time, to be able to give you soine

things of this world, that when the account of the fate of Switzerland, cry is heard, “ Escape for thy life! and of our own fate ; but as yet, all

Look not behind thee!” we inay be is involved in darkness, and will ready to follow the command of our probably continue so for some time.

Lord and Saviour; and, in confi. Mr. H. will probably give you a

dent reliance upon him, to forsake circumstantial account of all the houses, business, friends, and relalate occurrences of our poor coun

tions : ---to crim our lamps with the try ; I will, therefore, confine my

oil of faith, that whenever the self to what regards ourselves, bridegroom calls, we may go to Thanks and praises be to God that meet him. These, muchiesteemed we fare so well! We have hither- Friend, are the sentiments and feelto been enabled to consider all oc.

ings of our hearts; yet I must add, currences as proceeding from the not as though I had already attainhand of our dear Saviour, and to

ed, but I follow after it ; and He receive them in that light; yea,

who has given me the will (for that we are fully persuaded that all the is undoubtedly his gift) will also powers of man, combined with all enable me to perform, the powers of darkness, are not

Yours, &c.



SEPT. 22. The Members of the Associations met again, at STAFFORDSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE, o'clock in the inorning, when it and CHESHIRE Associations, as- was resolved, That they should, sembled at the Meeting-house of with the assistance of their respecthe Rev. Mr. Sipions, Stafford. tive lay-friends, form a Society for Mr. Moreley, of Hanley, preached the support of the Widows and in the evening. The service closed Children of Deceased Ministers, with the administration of the and their own support, in case of Lord's Supper. Messrs. Brook, of superannuation, or other incapaTutbury; Wilson, of Drayton ; city for public labour. Messrs. Whitteridge, of Oswestry; Wil Whitteridge, Moreley, and Kidd, liams, of Stone ; Smith, of Leek; were ordered to prepare a plan Pritchard, of Cheadle; and Ches- against the next mceung. ters, of Uttoxeter, engaged in dif. The Dissenting Ministers of the terent parts of the services. WEST KENT district, united for

On the 23d, the ministers of the extending the ministration of the

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