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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. We learn from Holland, where Mr. Kicherer, from South Africa, is are
rived, together with three converted Hottentots, that considerable success has attended his labours at Zak River, where no less than thirty adult persons have been baptized, after giving a satis?actory confession of their faith, together with about fifty of their children. The particulars, which are remarkably interesting and pleasing, will be laid
before the public hereafter. The Trustees of the Missionary quence of your late deputation to
France. Sociсty of Connecticut, to
We behold the brand of a
wonder-working God; and, with a the Directors of the London
pleasing anxiety, wait for informaAfissionary Society.
tion respecting the result of that
Mission. The friendly reception Hartford, Connecticut, April 20, 1803. your Committee met with, and the Christian Brethren,
encouragement afforded them by Your very friendly Letter of influential men, we consider as Nov. 10, 1802, inclosing your An- onens of goed; and while with you anal Address, and the Report of we sincerely deplore the situation of your Committee concerning France, that flourishing and populous nareached us about the middle of last tion, with regard to religion, we month. It was accidentally de- are led to hope that, ere long, evan. tained some time in Boston : a cir- gelical truth will there be more cunstance which we regret, as we generally known, and more univerwere prevented lunger dan sally embraced than at present. — otherwise should have been, from May the measures adopted by you, receiving intelligence which greatly be blessed of God towards the acé rejoiced our hearts.
complishment of so desirable an We join with yo:r, dear brethren, object ! ir ascribing praise to God, with The dispensations of divine Pro. whoin is the residue of the Spirit, vidence, of late years, with rethat he has stirred up the hearts of gard to the nations of Europe, have such numbers in the land of our been truly wonderful; and we canfathers, to interest themselves so not but hope, they are designed to warmly in the advancement of the be introductory to glorious scenes, kingdom of our divine Redeemer.
as respects the church of the living May the Lord increase the zeal of God. It comforts our hearts to the members of your Society! and refeet, that all the convulsions as he is so eminently opening a door which agitate nations, and the great for you to exert yourselves, may changes which take place in gohe give you one heart and one mind vernments, will be over-ruled ta to follow the leadings of his provi. subserve the purposes of infinite dence and may you have the wisdon and goodness. abundant satisfaction of seeing the The intelligence contained in stundard of the Cross erected in your Annual Address, respecting Heathen kunds, through your in- Oraheite and Africa, is very enstrumentality; and of beholding the couraging; and leads us with you, principles of pure Christianity pre- to give praise to that God who hath vail in nations where Antichrist has graciously promised that the Heasa. long been permitted to deceive then shall be given to his Son for the people with his peznicivus an inheritance, and the uttermost crrors !
parts of the earth for a possession, We are greatly animated with the The dear brethren who have has prospect opencd to view, in conse. zarded their lives to visit those ree
405 mote regions, are not forgotten by revival. By late intelligence froin us. We bear them on our hearts that part of our country, we are to the throne of grace; and antici: happy to learn that the rivival conpate, with pleasing expectation, tinues, and is becoming more exthe time when God, of his abund. tensive, though not attended with ant mercy, shall cause the light of such singular bodily impressions as the gospel to beam on the dark at the first. There are diversities corners of the earth; and when the of operation, but only one Spirit; istes, and the inhabitants thereof, and God has infinitely wise reasons, shall sing a new song, even praise though we niay not see then, for uinto our God. How must it departing from his usual mude of quicken and animate your exertions operation, at particular times and to reflect, that you may be co- in particular places. The revivals workers with God, in communicat. in New England have not been ating the light of salvation to nations tended with those effects upon the that are now perishing for lack of body which have characterized the vision! Go on, dear brethren, to work at the southward ; - still we enlarge the sphere of your Mission- are constrained to believe, that the ary efforts, encouraged with the same God, who hath wrought thus assurance, that the friends of the powerfully with them, hath been Redeemer, in all parts of the world, with us in the still small voice. who hear of your proceedings, are Let praise and glory be given to wrestling with God in prayer for him for the displays of his mercy, your success
in whatever manner he may see fit We refer you to the Connecticut to manifest his power and grace! Evangelical Magazine, which will Our Missionary efforts, owing to be transmitted to you with this let- the scantiness of our funds, have ter, for particulars respecting the hitherto been small, compared with state of religion in this country, and yours ; but, from the increasing lithe proceedings of our Missionary berality of the good people of the Society. We trust it will refresh state, and the patronage of our your hearts, and call forth praise honourable, legislature, we hope to to God, to learn that so many be able soon to do more than we places in the United States have have yet done, in promoting the been lately blessed with visitations cause of truth and righteousness.of his
grace. Though infidelity You may think that the amount of and error are permitted to prevail our contributions, for the support in some places to an alarining de- of Missions, is small, considering gree, Göd is manifestly setting up that our Society extends through his standard, and showing that his' the state ; but it should be recolarm is not shortened - that his ear lected, that Connecticut is a small is not heavy. Perhaps in no ante- state. Its whole population is but cedent period has a greater number about 250,000. Of these, une. of places been, at any one time, fourth or upwards are Episcopablessed with sprinklings of divine Tians, Baptists, Wesleyan Method. grace, tho' more abundant showers ists, or other denominations who may have been shed on particular do not unite with the consociated places.
churches of the state in the Mission. In Kentucky, and the back parts ary institution. of some of our southern states, As yet, we have done little for God has, for some time past, been the Heathen on our borders. They carrying on a very singular work of are in a truly deplorable state of grace. This work, as you have ignorance and barbarity; which probably been informed, is remark- loudly calls for the prayers and exable, as respects the numbers ertions of those whom God has wrought upon, and the manner in blessed with the means of knowing which they are affected. In our him and Jesus Christ, whom he has Magazine for March 1802, you will sent. Their situation is also very And the best account we have been peculiar; and, in many respects, able to collect of this extraordinary more unfavourable to the reception of the gospel than that of the inha. men. The present constitution of bitants of the islands in the South the Society was forined about five Sea. Our funds do not admit of years since ; and last fall, the inour forming a Missionary establish- stitution was made a legal corpoment upon an extensive plan : ration, by the legislature of the We have sent a judicious, pious state. Missionary to reside in the neigh- We have abundant reason to be bourhood of some of the tribes, lieve, that the labours of our Misa with a view to his. learning their sionaries, and the religious books language, and occasionally convers- which they have dispersed, have ing with such cliefs as he may see, been blessed, in many instances, as on the subject of their receiving re- a means of keeping alive a sense of ligious instructors; and we indulge religion among the inhabitants of the hope, that God, in answer to the new settlements; and influenthe prayers of his people, will gra- cing them to take measures, much ciously open a door for his future sooner than could otherwise have usefulness; and that this may be been expeeted, for the regular setpreparatory to something more ef. tlement of gospel-ministers. fecinal than has yet been acconi- By inspecting a map of the United plished for these benighted Pagans. States, you will see that we have,
The attention of our Society has within our limits, large tracts of been chiefly turned to the inhabit. country still unsettled. The field ants of our new settlements. We for Missionary labours will, there. have a very extensive country at the fore, be extending itself for many back of us, which is settling with years, if not ages; and will call for an astonishing rapidity, chiefly by increased exertions on our part. If emigration from the Atlantic states. we may be made, in any measure, From a variety of circumstances at. instrumental in sending forth la. tending a country just settiing, a bourers into this part of the vine. considerable time must necessarily yard of our Lord, we trust we shall elapse before the inhabitants will so far promote the cause of truth, be in a situation to support the
regu. and benefit the souls of our fellow. lar preaching of the gospel, and administration of the Christian ordin- We wish to maintain a friendly
We deem it, therefore, correspondence with your Societyi highly necessary, that Zealous, for though the particular fields in faithful Missionaries be sent among which we are called to labour, are, thein, that they may not lore sight in some respects, different from each of the importance of religious in. other; yet our general object is stitutions. It was under these in. the same: - the enlargement of the pressions, as well as with a view of Redeemer's kingdom. If we are uluinately benefitting the Indians, sincere in this, it will be our de. that ibe Missionary Society of Con- light to aid each other by our meciicut was instituted. This So.. prayers, and by mutual communi. ciery, though but recently organ- cations; which may serve to quicken ized in its present form, is in fact our zeal, so apt to grow languid, the oldest institution of the kind in and to stimulate to more vigorous Anerica. For upwards of fifteen and persevering efforts. Sensible years, the clergy of the state liave of the importance of a free and greatly interested themselves in bea friendly intercourse with you, our bulf of the inhabitants of our fron. Board of Trustees have lately de tier settlements. Many Mission- termined to write semi-annually; aries have been sent to those settles and to transmit to you our Vagaments, by whom the gospel has zines, which will inform you of our been preached, churches gathered, proceedings, and of the general and Christian ordinances adminis- state of religion in this western tered, in numerous places, which, world. We hope also to hear from but a short time since, were the you more frequently than in times abode of savage beasts, and the oc- past; and to receive from you such casional resort of still more savage communications as may inform tis
405 respecting the progress of pure and place ainong the nations of the vital Christianity in any part of the earth; and are looking forward, world, that may
witli anxious solicitude, for the knowledge. We are particularly time when the Most High, who desirous of receiving, from time to rulerh over all the earth, shall time, the Missionary Journal which overturn, and overturn, till he you mention is about to be pube comes whose right it is to take the lished; not doubiing but the pe- diadem and crowil. rusal of it will serve to quicken lis We are, delo brethren, in the cause in which we proiess 10
with Christian attection and esteem, be engaged.
Your Feilow-Labourers, We desire with you, devoutly to (In the name of the Trustees) adore the hand of God, in the re* J. THEADWELL, Chairman, markable events which are taking ACEL FLINT, Secretary,
APRIL 20. A new meeting. June 6. The Independent Mi. house was opened at Little Huchart, nisters of the county of KENT, held Herts. The Rev.R.Hill preached their Annual Association in Mr. in the morning, from 1 Cor. ii. 1, 2; Cuodwin's Meeting, at Lenhim. and Mr. Weaver, of Shrewsbury, The evening preceding Mr. Geo. in the afternon, from Mat, xiii. Townsend preached, from Acts 45, 46; Mr. Holme, of Ware; Mr. xxvi. 16. The next morning. a Drake, of Heriford ; and Mr. Lin- prayer - meeting at seven o'cluck, sell (who at present supplies this Atten, Mr. Janie Panuel, reaned congregation) engaged in other from 2 Cor. iii. 13, in the even, parts of the service.
ing, Mr. Tracy, froin Is. Ixii. s.April 27. The EAST KENT As
After sermon in the moming, the sociation of Ministers held their · ministers and people of the asso Half-yearly Meeting at Mr. Atkin
ciated churches present, juined in son's, Margate Mr. W. Mather the ordinance of the Lord's supper. preached in the morning, from Col. In these exercises, Messrs. Legyet, j. 28 ; and Mr. J. Mather in the
Child, Vincent, Ralph, Puppleevening, from Isa. xl. 11; Mr Ato
well, and Arnold engaged in prayer.
The wood preached the preceding even“.
next Annual Meeting is to ing. The next Meeting is appoint. be hield at Greenwich Tabernacle, ed to be held at Mr. Atwood'sy
Mess.Gurteen, Vincent, and Towil, Folkstone, Oct. 19, when Messrs.
send to preach on that occasion, Gore and Cramp are expected to
Previous notice will be given of preach; and Mr. Young on the
the time fixed. preceding evening.
The DEVONSHIRE Association On Whit-Monday (May 30) the of Calvinistic Ministers met ac Apa Anniversary was held at Peppard, pledure, June 23.
On the preced intended to counteract the practice ing evening, Mr W. Rouker, of of revelling on that day, and to Tavistock, preached from 2 Cor. teach the poor villagers the good xiii. 14. Wednesday 11orning, Mr. way of the Lord. On this occasion Smail, of Axminster, from Rom. three sermons were preached by viii. 30 (Justification); and in the Messrs. Couk; Douglas, and Collins evening, Mr. Allen, of Exeter, de. son; Messrs. Leary, Lovegrove, livered a (practical) discourse, from Bickerdike, Schulefield, and Evans john ii. 20; Mr. R. Winton, of assisted in veher parts of the ser. Exmouth, delivered an address to vices; and the children of the Sun. the churches; and Messrs. Dewey, day.Schools sung an hymn coin: Jackson, and Stoat engaged in other posed for the purpose,
parts of the service. Notwithstand.
ing an incessant rain of fifteen hours,
A new Independent the services were well attended. meeting was opened at Holy Cross, June 28. The Rev. H. M.Ken. when two sermons were delivered
near Siourbridge, Worcestershire ; zie was ordained to the pastoral of
on the occasion by the Rev. Mr. fice over the particular Baptist Brewer, of Birminghan. – The church at Bury St. Edmonds. Mr. gospel has been preached in this Cowel, of Ipswich, introduced the
neighbourhood for some years past, business ; Mr. Fenn, of Otley, of in a private house; but the num: fered the ordination - prayer; Mr.
der of hearers having of late been Ward, nf Diss, gave the charge, much upon the increase, it was froin i Tim. ii. 19; Mr. Hall, of Ipswich, addressed the church, aðove mentioned place; which was
thought expedient to from Deut. xxxiv. 8, 9;
done chiefly at the expence of a Thoinpson and Mr. Caddy engaged worthy gentleman near London. in other parts of the service ; and Mr. Simpson, of Diss, preached in
The Rev. R. Winter, late of the evening. - This infant church London, having accepted an invitawas raised, and the meeting built, tion from the Independent church by Mr. Ridley, who died, much re
at Newport, in the Isle of Wight, gretted, nine months after his ordi. the Ministers of the Hampshire mation:
Association, with some other Chris
tian brethres, agreed, at the reFaly 7. The Rev.J. Sloper (late quest of the Society, and its newlystudent at Homerton Academy) was elected Pastor, to spend Weđnesordained over the independent day, the 3d of August, in derochurch at Beccles, Suffolk. Mr. tional exercises at Newport. Mr. Walford, of Yarmouth, delivered Cox, of Fareham, began the mornthe introductory discourse ; Mr. ing service by prayer and reading Newton, of Norwich, prayed the the Scriptures; the general prayes ordination - prayer; Mr. Ford, of was offered by Mr. Hamilton, of Stepney, gave the charge, from Brighton; Mr. John Winter, of Col. iv. 17; Mr. Ray, of Sudbury, Newbury, delivered a short bue addressed the people, from Cor. appropriate address on the Duties xvi. 10; Messrs. Shofilebottom, and Obligations belonging to Pastor Ray, Gardiner, and Craig, engaged and People, and engaged in prayer; in other parts of the service; and Mr. Kingsbury, of Southampton, Mr. Atkinson, of Fpswich, preached preached from Phil. iii. 12, 13, 14; in the evening.
and Mr. Potticary, the former pas. July 13. The Rev. Mr. Theo
tor (who now keeps a respectable dosius was publicly set apart to the academy in Newport) concluded pastoral: office in the Independent
with prayer. In the evening, Mr. church at New Windsor, near Man. Stephenson, of Houndsdown, praychester. Mr. White, of Chester,
Mr.Bogue, of Gosport, preachread thie Scriptures and prayed ;
ed from Psalm lxix. 9; and Mr. G. Mr. Bradley, of Manchester, de Clayton, of Southampton, closed scribed the character of a Christian the whole with prayer. church, and asked the usual que se tionis; Mr. Ralphs of Liverpool, engaged in the ordination - prayer.
LONDON. The pastor received his charge, We are happy in being able to which was founded on 1 Tim. iv. irform the religions public, that ad 16, from his tutor, Mr. Lewis, of erder was lately sent from the Ado Wrexham; and the church and con-. miralty to the different dock-yards, gregation were exhorted to prayer tlrat the shipwrights should not be for their minister, by Mr. Roby, of reqnired to work on the Lord's Manchester. - In the evening, Mr. Þay, unless on occasions of the Sowden, of Bolton, preached from most urgent n’eessity.--It would }s. lxxxii. 6, 7.
give more than the joy of karsest to