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0:9 tivating the ground, has been very gr-at;

of health and strength. Our prayers ars and they are now ruined. Our stock of useful for Zion's increase and prosperij. We articles, to pay our workmen, is almost beseech you to pray fur us. expended; so that should peaoe be restor

I reman, ed, we shall not be able readily to replace Dear and honoured Fathers and Brethrin, our affairs in their former situation.

Your affectionate brethren and sisters The work of preaching the Gospel con.

in the Lord. tinues; and so far the Lord has over ruled

JOHN JEFFERSON, the disorders of the land, by giving seveo

for th: Society. ral hundreds of this island and Eimeo, an

To the Directors of ihe Missicnary Society. opportunity to hear the word of salvation, who never before did hear it; and, perhaps, "would not have heard it for months to come. One circuit of the island was taken Extract of Letter from 9r. Henry 10 just before the rebellion broke out, and Mr. S. Pinder, of London, doleb the Gospel preached in every distrit, ex- July 2, 1892. cept Attahooroo. In the midst of great darkness and perplexity of mind, we some.

“ Numbers of people, who, from different timnes have a gleam of hope that God is districts, tlock to Watavai for retuge, now humbling this people, and thereby prepar

hear the word of lite : and 000's mind is ing them for a more cheeriul and univer. so far changed, and his superstition so die sal reception of his word. Otoo has, of latı, mnished, that, instead of being greatly on two Sabbath-days, desired to hearine averse to our preaching the ductrines of word of Jehovah; which was accordingly Christianity in the land, and using all his spoken to him, and others of his family, influence (secretly at least) to deter the and many of his subjects, that he assem. people from hearing them, as we expected bled to hear. He seems to have some idea

he would, when we should coinnrience our that there is but one God; and expresses no

public exercises, he happily rather counge dislike to any part of the plan of salvation, tenances and encourages our labours in this so far as he can comprehend it. Pomarré way; and last Sabbath, and the Sabbath is a most bigotred man, and is, as it were,

but one before, requ:sted to hear the word the soul of his country's abominable super

of God; and was, with the rest of the stition,

royal family, and some hundreds of prople, The civil war that existed in Rvatrecat, assembled by his orders, addressed on the when the Royal Admiral was here, has first Sabbath by Brother Jefferson : and on lately been quelled; and the chief remains

the last by Biother Noti; but not so many in his full power. Since Pomarre's retreat people were assembled theo as on the forfrom Tyaraboo to Mattavai, a fame of a iner occasion. like nature broke out at Eimeo: but Po. “ As a proof of our toleration here, and marre sent over a strong party, which, the liberties we enjoy in propagating our for the present, extinguished it, with the religiou, I shall just relaie an occurrence loss of twenty of the rebels.

of last Sabbath. Mrs. Eyre and Henry From the statement of the foregoing taking a walk in the afternoon, towards particulars, we leave it to our hungured the king's house, which is but a small fathers and brethren's better judgment, to

distance from ours, for the benefit of the consider, whether or not it wouid not be air, the king sent to them, and invited expedient to fix such a body of Missiona- them in; and while they were sitting with ries on Otaheite, and to accommodate them him, he took it into his head to send fur with every necessary, as to be independent When I came to him, he placed ine of the support of the chiefs; and not to close by his side, as he usually does any of Signd or fall as they stood or fell; and us when we visit him; and after a little whence also the Gospel may be dispersed conversation had passed between us, about abroad among the neighbouring islands, as the ship in the harbour' and other things, the leadings of Providence directed the he mentioned the sacred name of Ji beruk, way.

This, we say again, that had not in the broken manner the natives in geneGod in his great mercy, unexpectedly and ral do. This I pronounced Yeborab(the Hesingularly lodged Capt Bishop and men on brew pronunciation of it) and he repeated it the island, and wrecked the Norfolk on after me very properly. I then told him, our coast, we should this day most assur- this was a sacrrd and powerful mar, ard edly have been, with Pomarre, &c. ex- not to be mentioned irrevererily; ane nuk pelled the island (if not some of our lives occasion to represen: Jehovah as the only cut of) and our usefulness, it may be, at true God, and to point out his power and an eod.

greatness, as the Creator of all tings; ota Through the mercy of our Heavenly Fa- serving, that the gods of Tabeire werenrly ther, we, in general, enjoy a good portion evil spirits, banished by Jehovah to the Pos, + Or Ulietea.

$ The Taheitans consider their images as representa:ives ; u vehicles, of the gods which are in the Po; i. c. the invisible world.


for their rebellion against him; and that told them, would take up too much time; there were many such, who deceive men, suihice it briefly to observe, that I created desiring their destiuction ; that our fore. of the Fall, --ihe way and method of salvafachers in Britain were deceived by thein tion by Jesus Christ, and the happiness or in time pas., and worshipped then, and misery of the souls of men after death, images like the Taheitans, until the sirve of the resurrection, and of the misery of the anis of the true God came there, and taught wicked, and happiness of the righteous them his word; which they attending to afterward. All which things the king lisand receiving, cast away their false gods, tened to with aitention and apparent pliaand took Jehovah for their God, and served sure; and when I was about to derari, he hiin Thus niuch of my discourse to him requested me to meet him, with the rest of and his attendants, on this occasion, is the brethren, in the evening, to teach hin sufficient in shew what liberties we may and ine people again the word of God; take, &c. Tu relate, in order, all that I which was done as before related.”.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Missionary Society will be held as follows : On Wednesday morning, May 11, the Rev. S. Bottomley, of Scar. borough, will preach at Surry Chápel. At Three in the afternoon the Society meet for business. In the evening, the Rev. T. Young, late of Canterbury, is to preach at the Tabernacle

On Thursday morning the Society meet for business, at Ten o'clock, In the evening, the Rev. Greville Euing, of Glasgow, will preach at Tots tenham Court Chapel.

On Friday morning the Rev. Jeremiah Nervell, Vicar of Great Missen. den, and Perpetual Curate of Lee, Bricks, will preachi at Shadwell Church. In the evening, a general communion at Sion Chapel.

The morning-services will commence at Half Past Ten; and the even. ing-services at Six. The Meetings for business will be held, as usual, at Haberdashers' hiall, Staining Lane, Wood Street.

The Religious Tract Society will meet at Seven o'clock on the Thursday morning, at Si. Paul's Cofiee-House,

Ministers, and other Gentlemen attending the Missionary Meeting, may render important service, by bringing with them authentic documents respecting the want of BIBLES in their different neighbourhoods. Various means will occur for ascertaining the fact; probably, moch information may be obtained by enquiring with minuteness and care among the children supported in Charity-Schools.--A particular attention to this hiot's earnestly requested,

From the Basil Society, by the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff £• 30
From the Stirling Society (North Britain) for the
Spread of the Gospel, by Mr. Campbell

19 14 9
A Letter from Professor Young
to the Committee of the Religious Tract Society *.

Marbourg), Marcb 13, 1803. I hope you have received my letter of Honoured Sirs, and, in our blessed Ree the 27th of February, in which I menti.

deemer, dearly beloved Brethren! oned the principal occurrences of my life ;

I am not able to describe how greatly and expressed a wish that it might please I am affected by your benevolence, zeal, the Lord my God, in his gracious provi. and activity, in ihe work of the Lord; and dence, to release me from all world!y emhow much your example excites me to ployments, so that I might live and la. exert myself more and more for the sal- bour for him and his cause alone. vation of my fellow-men. When I re- Although this is still my heart's deo ceived the agreeable letter of our dear Bro- sire, yet I am quite easy, and resigned to ther Sieinkopit, with your draft for 281. the will of God; he will continue to guide my wife happening to sit by me, my head me according to his good pleasure, and sunk upon her bosom ; and I was moved that is the best for myeli, and for my useto tears of gratitude to God, and to you. I , fulness in his kingdom. indursed the draft to a friend at Franko I likewise requested you to defer send. fort, who received the money for it. ing us any mr.oney, as we would tirst try

+ See the Evan. Mag. for November last, page 461.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. what we could do in Germany. This I did, expence and trouble are lost. Therefore it in order to spare you, and not to be bura

appears to mi the best method, lu cleve thensome to you ; but now you have been the princi; les of Christianity and godliness beforchand with us. May Jesus Christ, in the form of stories, either real or ficti. the King of Heaven and Earth, abundantly trous; so as in administering medicine to bless the donors of this gift of charity, in- children we onx it with sugar, lo rendei it fluence their hearts by his Spirit, and make palatable, and induce them to take it. I them all blessed instruments for the pro- am convinced, by long experiencs", that, motion of his kingdom, and for his glory, this is an excellent method, and very erin time and eteroity.

fectual; for having frequently inserted The thirteenth number of “ The Hoary such stories into almanacks, I have obMan" is now in the press; in which I served, that they have been eagerly read have agzin called upon all my serious by citizens and peasants. This has inreaders to follow the example of ihe Eng- duced me to form the following plan :lish Tract Society. We shall soon see what I ain now writing a tract, entitled, “The effect it will produce. I am in great hopes Christian Friend, or for Citizens that the use to which I have applied your and Peasants." This first Number conremittance of 281. will produce a strong tains only one story; but full of instrucsensation, and occasion many to join ti91, and particularly adapted to the lower themselves to me, and ass s me with class of people. It will contain about eight money for the purpose of distributing sheets in print; and neis week I shall tracts. I shall intorm you, dear brethren, finish it, and send it to Nurenberg; befrom time to time, what success I have. cause our friend Mr. Rau, the printer there, But as you would probably Ike to know is himself a Christiar', and wiil conseto what use I have applied the 281. I will quently make no gain of it. This I write detail to you my while plan. We are, gratis, and Mr. Rau sends me as many it is true, pretty well provided with small copies as he can attord for the 28 l. or 312 tracts for edification in Germany ; but, in guilders, only diducting the price of the general, they are not so calculated as to paper and the wages paid to his men. I exche the attention of the unconverted expect he will be aide to send me 8c0 among the common people, and them we copies; which I will send to such minis. should have particularly in our view; for ters as I know to be truly pious throughout as to the pious of that class, they find op: all Germany, with a request to distribute portunijes érough, either of receiving them anjong the common people. But as gratis some edilying books, or they scrape there will be many who would like to buy together a fet pence to buy one. 1 hese the bock, Mr. Rau may alterwards reprilie are, therefore, not the proper objects of our it, and sell it on his own account. I shall care, because they belong already to the also send a few copies to you, beloved kingdom of Jesus, and he cares for them brethren, and request you, if you think himself. But our principal care must be proper, to get it translated into English by direcied to the unconverted of the lower a skiiful hand, being persuaded that it will class, that as many of them as possible be attended with good effects in England might be converted and become real Chris. I shall then likewise seos you the lians: for this end, it is of no manner of account and the list of those to wboin the use to supply theni with cdifying books, books are sent, that you nay see how written in a dry sermonizing style. Such your money bas tern apped. May the books they accept, perhaps, wiih thanks, Lord be with you, and with your brohor look into them once or twice, and then lay to eternity!

H. Young. them by for good and all; and thus allibre


DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. SUNDAY, March 27, a Sermon was On Thursday, March 31, a deputation preached for the Deaf and Dumb Charity, from the body of Protestant Dissenting a St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, from Mivisiers, in and about London, waited on Mark vii. 37, by the Rev. S. Crowther; his Majesty, at the Queen's Palace, with after which a collection was made of sol. a Congratulatory Address, on his late profor the Charity

vidental deliverance. The Address was The same day the Rev. R. Hill preached presented by Mr. Palıner, of Hackney, and the two Annual Sermons for the benefit of signed by Dr. Rees, Dr. Ripron, and ninethe Sorry sunday-Schools, at Surry Chapel. teen other Ministers of the three denomi. -April 11, being Easter Monday, Mr. H. rations. To which his Majesty returned preached his Annual Sermon to Children; a gracious answer; and they all had the when between three and four thousand were honour of hissing his hand. present, besides adults. - We understand April 12. The Rev. J. Fowler, late of he is also engaged to preach before the Sheerness, was set apart over a new inSurry Mission Society on 1 vesday Morn- terest of Protestant Dissenters at Edmoning, May 3, at Mr. Collyer's Chapel, But the particulars, with the rest of

our iniclligence, are unavoidably deferred.



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DAUGHTER of Zion, join the pensive strain ;

In dust and ashes bow thy weeping head ;
Thine is not mimic grief, nor woe prophane ;

For EYRE,--thy lov'd, thy honourd Eyre, is dead,
Inactive now that brain which us’d to form

Rich schemes of wide benevolence for men :
Cold is that heart which beat with love so warın,

And useless now his once instructive pen.
Mute is that tongue, whose artless eloquence

Enchain’d the list’ning crowds to heav'nly themes ;
That chac'd with truth the infidel's pretence,

And 'woke delusion from its wanton dreams.
Not periods polish'd by scholastic art,

Nor morals borrow'd from some heathen's shrine,
But gospel-truths Aow'd warmly from his heart,

And reach'd the heart with energy divine.
No more his flock those soft persuasions hear,

That fixt their faith, and bade their fruits increase i
That rous'd the careless into godly fear,

And sooth'd the mourner into gentle peace.
Mysterious stroke of providence severe,

That swept such mellow'd talents down to dust :
Yet, tho' obscur'd by clouds and darkness here,

Thy ways, O God, are wise, and good, and just,
Oft was thy servant spar'd, and liv'd to prove

Those blest returns that holy fervour bring i
The work of faith, the labour sweet of love,

In buds of promise fair began to spring
Around the world, while mad confusion ran,

And war and havoc spread destruction wide ;
E'en then Compassion's godlike plan began

To still the storm, and stem th' o'erwhelming tide,
Far as Disease and Death had spread their sway,

And Sin and Error bound in chains the soul,
The gospel-heralds urge their onward way,

And dare with Martyrs' zeal the fiends controul.
Not circumscribd by Europe's bounds alone,

Truth's radiant hemisphere still wide expands
Thro' frozen regions, and the Torrid Zone,

O’er Afric's coast, and India's distant lands.
America's vast continental tribes,

And southern isles embosom'd in the sea :
Nor dang’rous leagues, nor savage darkness hides

Their wretched sons, Almighty Truth, from thee.
The Annual Meetings of the Missionary Society, which is referred to in the
following lines.

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Fathers in Christ, from Britain far remote,

Ye know our loss, for oft his worth ye prov'd;
To you the portrait of his soul he wrote t;

Ye saw the God, the men, the cause, he'lov'ú.
Tho' diff'ring much in outward form and name

(And party-rancour rage mistakes for zeal)
One gospel-spirit prompts one holy ain;

Alike the reu'rous flame of love ye feel.
Among the foreinost, EYRE was ever found,

Nor fele discourag'd by success delay'd;
Eger to act, he felt the frequent wound

When cold Reluctance lent unwilling aid.
Yet soon would Grace bių rutled Nature cease,

A little moment and the cloud was past :
Kind was his heart, his looks, his words were peace,

And the sweet bond of brotherhood stood fist,
He lov'd his country, and with ardour strove

To mnend its morals and instruct its poor:
To spread the knowledge of redeeming love,

And ope in ev'ry own a gospel.ủoor I.
Hle felt the intérest of the rising race

And led their doubtful teet to Wisdom's ways;
For he had known the bliss of early grace,

And gave to God the blossom of his days.
Oye who heard his voice, still list’ning hear,

For me, tho' dead, yet speaks aloud to you :
Retrace the lessons past of many a year,

And from his death-bed catch a sermon new.
For you he pray'd with his expiring breath :

" To God I leave my charge, from whom it came ;
“ Soon shall iny feeble pow'rs be lost in death ;

" But his firm love and care remain the same."
And ye who bear his name, who felt the ties

Or dearest kindred twine about your heart,
A husband lov'd, a father valu'd dies;

And ye are wounded in the tend'rest part.
Yet sorrow not as those of hope devoid,

For he has finish'd well his course below;
Has kept the faith, and Faith's support enjoy'!,

And triumph'd o'er the last invet'rate foe.
He saw the righteous crown, the prize was won;

He heard the sweet sustaining plaudit giv'n,
“ Well hast thou, good and faithful servant, done;

Enter thy Master's joy, and rest in Heav'n g."
There sin shall ne'er pollute the spirit more,

Nor the frail body wound the soul with pain;
Temptation's struggles are for ever o'er;

Nor death dissolves the bonds of love again.
Bright as the sun, and like the angels pure,

The spirits of the just made perfect shine :
Their work is finish'd, and their prize secure;

Their joy is fill, eternal, and divine.
O blissful scene, thy prospect cheers the mind;

Blest proinisid mansions of redeeming love!
May each departing saint thy solace find,
Then change their hope to certainty above !

ALIQUIS. * As Secretary to the Missionary Society.

By pro:noting Iuncimicy. die lcxio his funeral ser.:02.

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