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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY, By Dispatches inst arrived from Olaheite, dated August 18, 1802, we have the pleasure to learn, that the Missionaries remained in health and peace, as at the date of the former dispatches, July 8.

We have also the pleasure to communicate the following interesting intelligence concerning Dr. Vanderkemp and his associate, Mr. James Read; for which the public are indebted to Mr. Kay, surgeon of his Majesty's brig, the Penguin, which was stationed in the Bay of Algoa, from the month of May to the end of September 1802; during which period, this gentleman had frequent intercourse with them. It appears that a considerable progress has been made in the Missionary settlement at Bota's Place, which is about eight miles from the Bily: - that a number of houses have been crecied by the Hottentots, on a plan superior to those which they have betore been accustomed to build ; - and that this work continues principally to occupy them. They subsist partly on the stores which the government has kindly supplied them with, and partly on wild fowl, which abound in that country; ach as geese, turkeys, pheasants, partridges, &c. : and being furnished with imples ments of agriculture, and possessed also of land, which the government has given to the settlement, to the extent of an hour's ride every way, there is reason to believe that they will be able to provide themselves with the means of subsistence, in sufficient plenty, after their present stock is exhausted. They already have began to raise both wheat and rice. The exemplary conduct of the Doctor, and his unwearied attention to the good of the natives, has conciliated their confidence in an 11n. bounded degree; and every intimation of his will is regarded with the most prompt obedience. In the attempt inade by the government to bring back the runaway Hottentots, the character of probity and good faith which he had acquired, was the principal means of accomplishing it, as they refused to contide in any other individual. The good et fects of the establishment are already apparent in the improved morals of the natives,- their order and cleanliness, both in persons and habitations, as well as in their sobriety and industry. About 200 of them constantly attend divine worship; which, at present, is conducted in a burn : their attention is serious, and their psalmody remarkably, harmonious. But they worship also in the open air ; and the simple and venerable appearance of the good man in the midst of his family, leading their devotion, on a lawn surrounded with shrubs, and enlightened by the beams of the moon, is particularly interesting. Mr. Read passes a grear part of his time at Algoa Bay, and exercises his ministry among the English soldiers, who are stationed at that place; and who are said to be very attentive to his discourses. Beside tliis, he is assiduously engaged in the instruction of children, whose progress in reading and writing is very satisfactory. - Monsieur Le Moens, the conimandant of the garrison, manifests very high respect for them both, and shews them every kind attention,

From the Accounts published by the United Brethren, and by the Baptist Mission Society, we learn, that the Missionary work goes on pros. perously in yarious parts of the world; but tor particulars we must reter to thosé Accounts, and to our Review of them in the preceding pages.

By an extract of a letter, with which we have been favoured, from Dr. Rogers, of Philadelphia, dated May 12, 1803, we have the pleasure to learn that a very considerable revival of religion prevails in that city ;--that the

Spirit has been evidently. poured from on high, - and that the different congregations have had many accessions, particularly the Presbyterian church, under the ininistry of the Rev. Miri Milledolar ; who is described as a young man much esteemed by all the denominations, and zealously devoted to the cause of God. Dr. Rogers addo, ! A few weeks since, our church was visited by an extraordinary black man, froin Virginia, the Rev. Jacob Bishop, a regularly ordained Baptist minister, aged about forty-seven. He appears to possess astonishing mental powers, and great piety. His deportnient humble and consistent, his principles truly ortho. dox, his address ready and energetic. He was greatly followed and dt. servedly admired; so that we see, although the Ethiopian cannot change his skin, God can change his heart, and “speak by whom he will speak." Circulating

now employed, and that 566 chil. Welch Charity Schools.

dren are instructed; the whole ex.

penditure of the past year being On the institution and plan of little more than 1001. Since the these schoois, we gave a particular commencement of this excellent inaccount in our Magazine for 1798, stitution, 5534 children have been p. 29, 231.

taught in these schools.-Subscrip From a report lately printed, it lions are received at the Bank of appears that thirteen teachers are

Glynn, Mills, and Co. London.

ASSOCIATIONS.

April 5, 1803, the WEST KENT and Golding, of Pitminster, filled Association held their Half-yearly up the other parts of the service.Meeting at Maidstone, for the En. In the aiternoon, Mr. Small, of couragement of 'Itinerant preaching Axminster, preached from 1 Cor. in the Villages; when the accounts i. 8. “ Who shall also confirm you were stated, and an enquiry made into the end," &c. Mr. Hende. into the state of the places where bourch, jun. (student) and Mr. preaching hasteen introduced ; and, Gale, the county missionary, en. from the in.ormation received, there gaged in prayer. The evening ser. appears to be ground of encou. vice was begin by Mr. Tozer, of Sagement to pursue the object 'Taunton ; when Mr. Priestley, of of their union. The itinerant Shepton Mallet, preached from Acts preacher employed in this district xxviii. 15. " When the brethren teing called to serve a particular heard of us, they came to meet us," churchı, it was resolved, to enquire &c; and Mr. Paul, of Castle Cary, after another. Mr. Rogers, of Eyns- oficred up the concluding prayer. ford, preached on Gal. iv. 18.; and The next General Meeting is to be Mesers. Beaufoy, Slatterie, Stanger, held at Bruton, the last Wednesday &c. prayed. The next Meeting to in May, 1804.

Mr. Pittard and be held at Maidstone, on Tuesday, Mr. Tyreman to preach. October

25; to meet for business in the forenoun and afternoon; and FORD, the first Annual Meeting of

May 30 and 31, was held at Ox. a sernion to be preached in the even

the Association of Baptist Conge. ing, by Mr. Arnold.

gational Churches in this and the The General Meeting of the So. adjacent counties. The Meeting MERSET Association was held at was very numerous'y attended; the Wellington, May 25 Mr. Magor, accounts of the general state of of Glastonbury, pieached in the religion were encouraging; and the morning; froin Rev.i. 6, “ And public services were accompanied hath made us kings and priests unro with pleasing tokens of the Divine God;" and Messrs. Harrington, of Presence. The preachers were Mr. Winshan; Pittard, of Martock; Coles, of Bourton Mr. Holloway, RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

313 of Reading; and Mr. Philps, an in- preached from Eph. vi. rt; and dependent minister of Newbury. Mr. Castleden, of Wobourn, in Their subjects were Psalm cxxxvii. Bedfordshire, concluded in prayer. 5, 6.; Psalm cxxii. 3.; 1 Pet. v, 5. Mr. Scraggs preached in the even, The next association is appointed to ing, from Col. iii. 10.—The meets be held at Chipping. Norton, Oxon. ing was well attended; and it was a on the Monday and Tuesday in pleasant, and, we trust, a profitable Whitsun week, 1804.

June 1, 1803, was held a Meeting The Wints Association hold their of ministers at the Baptist Meet- next Half-yearly Meeting at Tru. ing in Winslow, Bucks. Mr. do-hill, near Frome, on Tuesday, Scraggs, of Buckingham, began in the 26th of July next. prayer; Mr. Reynolds, of Nashi,

season.

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ORDINATIONS.

April 27, Mr. John M'Gibbon was Rev. Ebenezer White. This union set apart to the pastoral office over was publicly recognized, May 19. the congregation of Protestant Dis. Mr. Johnson, of Warrington, intro. senters, at Birdbush, Wilts. Mr. duced the service by prayer and Sedcole, of Swanage, introduced reading appropriate portions of the service by prayer and reading Scripture ; Mr. Ralph, of Liver. the Scriptures. The introductorý pool, prayed the general prayer; discourse was delivered by Mr. Mr. Roby, of Manchester, deliver, Adams, of Salisbury, who asked ed a discourse from 2 Cor. iv. 5.; the questions and received the con- and Mr. Lewis, of Wrexhami, fession of faith; Mr. Weston, of preached to the people, from Phil. Sherborne, offered up the ordina ii. 29.

the evening, a double tion prayer, accompanied with the lecture was preached by Mr. Davies, imposition of hands. The charge of Liverpool, from Mat. v. 8.; and was delivered by Mr. Bogue, of Mr. Ralph, from Gal. iii. 21, 22. ; Gosport, from John iv. 38.; Mr. Mr. Williams, of Northwich, conBennett, of Romsey, presented to

cluded the services with prayer. God the intercessory prayer. The charge to the people was delivered

June 1, the Rev. J. Dawson was by Mr. Cox, of' Farehamn, from ordained to the pastoral office of the 1 Thes. 1. 12-15.

The services church of Christ, at Dudley, Wor. were closed by the supplications of cestershire, when the following mi. Mr. Williams, of Wincanton. The nisters were engaged in the different Congregation reassembled in the parts of the service: Mr. G. Elliott, evening. Mr. Bogue prayed; Mr. of Coventry, introduced the service Bennett preached from Luke viii. by prayer and reading the Scrips 18.; and Mr. Penell, of Mere, closed tures; Mr. Ob. Bennett, of Ather. the day by prayer.

stone, stated the plan of a gospela

church, and asked the usual ques. The preceding evening, Mr. tions; Mr. T. Grove, of Walsal, Loader, of Fording-bridge, preach- offered up the ordination prayer; ed from Ezek. xxxvi. 37. ; and Mr. Mr. J. Moody, of Warwick, gave Morren, of Sha!tsbury; and Mr. the charge ; Mr. J. Brewer, of BirBannister, of Wareham, prayed. mingham, preached.

Since the death of the Rev. Wil. June 8, the Rev. Thomas Hitchin liam Armitage t, the church assem. was ordained to the pastoral office, bling in Queen- street, Chester, at Bromstone, Staffordshire, when has been destitute of a stated pas- the following ministers were engag. tor, till the recent choice of the ed: Messrs.Chester, Wilson, Burder,

+ A Memoir of shat eminent Servant of God, appeared in the second volume of the Evangelical Magazine,

Moseley, Williams, and Sissons. supplied the people for some time, A church is now formed and settled having accepted the call of this in. in a place, which, being very dis- fant church, was, on the 1st of tant from all the means of grace, Jure, solemnly set apart by imposi. was, a few years ago, remarkably tion of hands. The service was in. ignorant and profligate.

troduced by Mr. Gray (assistant to In the evening of the same day, Mr. Booth) who read a portion of a new chapel was opened at New. Scripture and prayer; Mr. Thomas port, in Shropshire, the former be. Thomas stated the nature of ordina. ing obliged to be pulled down. tion, and asked the usual questions; Part of the same ministers engaged. Mr. Carr then delivered an account

April 8, 1803. In the afternoon, of his religious sentiments; Dr. a smail church of the particular Jenkins, of Walworth, prayed the Baptist denomination, was formed ordination - prayer, and addressed at Camberwell, near London. In the pastor, from Acts xx. 27; Mr. the evening there was a public Coxhead, of Wild-street, prayed; ineeting; at which several ministers Mr. Upton, of Blackfriars, preached from London were presen., to recog- to the people, from 1 Peter v. 10.; nize and improve the important and Mr. Ready, of Peckham, conunion. Mr. Carr, who has statedly cluded with prayer.

CHAPELS OPENED,

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Jan. 4, 1803, was opened Be. In the morning, Mr. Hanforth, of thesda chapel, Liverpool, a new and Gatley, introduced the service by commodious place of worship, erect. reading the Scriptures,

and by ed by the Independent congregation prayer; and Mr. Bradley, of Man. under the Rev. John Ralph, late of chester, preached from Ps. lxxxix. Cleck Heaton, Yorkshire. Three 15.-In ihe affernoon, Mr. Theo. sermons were preached by the Rev. dosius, of New Windsor, near ManP. S. Charrier, W. Roby, and S. chester, prayed; and Mr. Roby Bradley, of Manchester, from Ps. preached from Ps. cxviii. 25.-A xc. 16.; Phil. i. 17.; and i Cor. xii. chapel was very much wanted in 27.; Messrs. Johnstone, Davies, this populous village; and there is Sharp, Bruce, and Alexander, en- a pleasing prospect of usefulness. gaged in prayer in the different ser, vices.

We have the pleasure to hear,

that the chapel at Teignmouth, DeA private house was opened for

von, built by the late Rev. Mr. preaching, in the ancient town of Holmes, of Exeter, is again opened Corfe Castle, on the 20th of January for public worship, after having last, by Mr. Banister, of Warehain.

been shut up for a considerable Mr. Sedcole of Swanage, and Mr. time. The people are now faroured Banister, have engaged to preach with a regular minister, the Rev. there alternately, every fortnight. Mr. Trap; and we hope the great

May 5, 1803.-A neat and com- Head of the church will be pleased modious place of worship was open- to bless his labours in that place of ed at Cross-Street, near Manchester. genteel resort.

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DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE,

We are very much concerned to and teach in any meeting or assem. learn that an Act of Assembly has bly of negroes, or people of co. been passed in Jamaica, which sub. Tour,” to be deemed and taken to jects all persons “not qualified ac- be rogues and vagabonds ;” and cording to the laws” in that island, accordingly, such are liable to be and who shall “

presume to preach apprehended and committed to the

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE

315 common gaol ; and upon conviction sionary called and sent of God, Mr. before three magistrates, may be Cecil paid an honourable tribute to “ committed to the workhouse, the memory of the late venerable there to be kept to hard labour; Mr. Swartz, the Danish Missionary, for the first offence one month, and who died in India, Feb. 13, 1798. for every subsequent offence, six - The church was well filled, and months each." - If a slave, the pe. many evangelical clergymen and nalty for the first offence is the same, dissenting ministers were present. and for each succeeding one a public The Rev. W. B. Williams, late fogging ; - if a white, to suffer such

Curate of High Wycomb, succeeds punishinent as the "court shall see

Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Homerton jis to inflict, not extending to life.”

chapel. Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the guar.

The Rev. Watts Wilkinson, dian care of Providence ; and are

chaplain to the Haberdashers'Almspersuaded that no Prince of the houses at Hoxton, is appointed, by House of Brunswick will sanction the Haberdashers' company, to the any laws which tend to rekindle the Lectureship of St. Bartholomew beflames of religious persecution.

hind the Royal Exchange, vacant

by the death of the late Dr. Finch. APRIL 29th, the Bishop of London held a visitation of the clergy It is a circumstance worthy of at St. Martin's Church, where a general notice, and peculiarly enSermon was preached by the Rev. couraging to the ministers of the Gerrard Andrews, rector of St. gospel, that, of late years, a geJames's, Westminster, from Rom. nerons attention has been shewn by

I magnity mine office :” the British churches to the widow's after which his Lordship delivered and families of deceased pastors. a charge to the clergy.

In addition to former instances of On Sunday afternoon, May 15, this kind, it is with pleasure we re Mr. Frey, a converted Jew, now

cord, that the sum of 162 11. has been under the tuition of Mr. Bogue, for raised by the congregation and missionary labours, preached a ser

friends of the late Mr. Maurice, of mon to the Jews at Sion Chapel, from Fetter Lane, London, for the use of Gen. xiii. 8. “ And Abraham said his family. Unto Lot, let there be no strife, I The death of the Rev. Mr. pray thee, between me and thee,&c. Newell (mentioned in our Obitu. for we be brethren." The texts re. ary) who has left a widow and three ferred to in the discourse, were first children, totally unprovided for, recited in Hebrew, and then in En- will give another opportunity to the glish. A prodigious congregation religious public, who, we trust, was collected, among whom were “ are not weary in well-doing,” to observed about two hundred of testify their regard to the Lord Jethe children of Abraham. After sus, by their kindness to the be. the sermon, several of them came reaved and distressed family, of one into the vestry, and spoke in a of his most humble and faithful friendly manner to the preacher. ministers. Benefactions, we under.

Tuesday morning, May 31st, the stand, will be received by 0. Old. Rev. Richard Cecil, A. M. preach. ham, Esq., of Brook-House, Hola ed before the Society for Missions born; and by the Rev. Mr. Wilks, 40. Africa and the East, at Black of Old-street Road. friar's Church, from Isaiah xi. 3. The Rev. George Burder, late of

Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Coventry, is removed to London, The inoral state of the heathen, having been recently chosen Se. the means, which it is our duty as cretary to the Missionary Society, Christians to use for their salvation, and final Editor of this Magazine, and the motives to stimulate us to instead of the late Rev. Mr. Eyre. the use of such means with energy He has also accepted an unani and fervour, formed the leading mous call from the church, Jale branches of his discourse. In de- under the pastoral care of Mi, lincating the character of a Mis. Maurice, above inentioned.

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