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very affectionate funeral - sermon, 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 formed, a man had just been about six miles further, to preach seized with death in the gallery. on the Lord's Day following; nav. He was brought down, carried into ing previously engaged to exchange the vestry, and a medical gentleservice with Mr. Turlin, the set- man was immediately sent for ; who iled 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 xiv. 10.
“ But man dieth, and was the text verified ! “Man dieth, wasteth away : yea, man giveth up -yea, man giveth up the ghost !'s 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."
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Ir must afford our readers much pleasure to learn, as it does us to relate
from moath to month, the spread of our Redeemer's Kingdom ; which, on one side or the other, is continually extending its influence, to thic glury of his name, and the happiness of mankind. The letter from Madras gives the most Battering encouragement for the success of a Mission in that neighbourhod, where there is a loud call for labourers in the work of the gospel. The extract of a letter from Switzerland is of a more melancholy cast; but exhibits, at the same 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 authoá rized by the Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society, to add, that No. X. of their Periodical Accounts will appear in a few days, and enable 113, 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, EAST INDIES.
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 concernPepery, Madras, Jan. 2, 1802. 'ing your Society, was in January Respected Sirs,
1800, when I was in Negapatnam, Wiru the utmost satisfaction I upon my journey to the southward. I
by means of a Dutch friend, who themselves as deserted by the communicated to me your first pub- Dutch ministers and the governilication. 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 led since the arrival of Governor pleasure, the blessed progress of North. It is now necessary that your labours, to the edification and they should be well instructed, axd increase of the kingdom of Christ : have good examples set before and, in January 1301, I had the them, that the teachers in every satisfaction to be informed concerne 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 E11prisoners 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 coast. 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 governgueze language, so as to be able to ment, it would be a great blessing read in the Portugneze 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 the Swiss regiment called the Meuron. gospel to the heathen. He possesses, on account of the ho. There are, in all the Dutch setliness 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 visited others were sent to Batavia in 1799, by the Danish and English Misand are becoine 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 wish we could prevail with all the been no communication between societies to send zealous, faithfuil, this country and Batavia.
and intelligent ministers. Concerning the state of Christia- 9 what do I teel, 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 through the zeal of his Ex. the sound of the gospel ! and of ceilency the Governor North. I thousands of your countrymien 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; from 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 bronght 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 to
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 evil 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 copstitution are renot without witness; nthough 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 is 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 confidence 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 esteen it as a breach made in the esteem it great goudness in you, walls of the enemy'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 church. 10 subscribe myself .
fellowship, eight Hindoos : four your devoted servant,
women, whose names are, Jay.
mconi, Rasoo, Unno, and Komol; G. W, GERICKE. and four men, whose names are
Krishno, Gokool, Peetumbur, and [Translated from the Dutch.]
Sam. Two of them have given us
some pain; and we have been obLetter from Mr. Carey, Mis liged to suspend them from the pri
vilege of the Lord's Table ; not sionary, to the Rit. Mr.
• however for returning to idolatry, Newton, Rector of St. Mary
or op Jl. diary but for allowing an unbridled liIl'oolnoth, &c.
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 Bruinin, ago, I have been occupied in a more named Komol, I trust, is in earnest than ordinary nanner. I have, for salvation. A man of the however, reason to bless the Lord Kaesto, or Writer - Tribe, who on this account, because I find, by has come a journey of three daysa 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 formuch 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 enwhere 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 Brahinan of the village from Lord has 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 apparently well satisfied with hour su 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 iniracle 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- I 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 improcurred 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 society of a carpenter's fa- done much to strengthen our hands mily, and who were also become Fe- in our work. I am happy to say ring ees (Portugacze). She replied, that they are well: we are also “We did not come 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 penters; - but because we saw that Mr. Cunningham, has lately pubwe belonged to the cast of sinners lished Thirteen Letters 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 irue cast which we wish to be found be very useful in this land of Deisni in l"
and infidelity. The increase of gospel - know- I hope you are well, that your ledge, and, I think, also of tender. bow abides in strength, and that ness of conscience, are not among your last days are your best days.
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 revolutions which are now passing 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 may obtain his great yours, WM. CAREY. aim, both with himself and with all
poor sinners ; – patiently to submit Extract of a Letter from a
to every yoke ;-10 follow the com
mand and example of our Lori and pious Lady in Switzerland.
Master, “ Render unto Cesar the Basil, Nov. 4, 1802. things which are Cæsar's, and unto Respected Friend in Christ Jesus,
God the things which are God's;”You would have heard some
to endeavour, through God's grace, weeks sooner from your Basil
more 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 some
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, ali 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 trim 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, much esteemed 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
SEPT. 22. The Members of the Associations met again, at seven STAFFORDSHIRE, SHROPSHIRE, o'clock in the morning, 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 meeting. ters, of Uttoxeter, engaged in dif- The Dissenting Ministers of the ferent parts of the services. WEST KENT district, united for
On the 23d, the ministers of the extending the ministration of the