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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

551 groes. I beg my respects to the enable us to join in making the re, Ia dies; and am, dear Sir,

sidence comfortable to any good your faithful humble Servant, man. At all events, I will insure

you a salary, and ground to cultie

Waiting your success,

I am, Sir,

your Friend and Servant, To Mr. Baker.

W. H. Aug. 1802. I feel myself much obliged to

To Mr. Baker. for sending you to this estate, to begin your system of in

Sir,

Sept. 5, 1802 structing my negroes in the Chris- I AM so well pleased with the tian religion. Such is my opinion manner you this day used to in. of the use and benefit it will be to struct my negroes in the principles the happiness of them, and as well of religion, that I must request to my interest, that I authorize you you to continue your pious endeato look out for some well qualified vours to convert them to Christi. person of your persuasion, and to anity. In conformity to this my employ him to come and reside request, I desire that my overseer, here, and teach my „negroes the

and all the white people employed Christian faith : I mean the person on my estate, shall countenance to be subject to your doctrine. I your proceedings therein ; and by shall encourage and support him no means attempt to hinder or moin pursuing your mode and pre- lest you, or by any means whatcepts as I have seen and heard. ever, keep back my negroes from J. R. of C- estate, will unite with attendiug you. me in this undertaking, so as to

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MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS.
Collected at the Monthly Prayer-Meeting, Miles's Lane £. i 13
Rev. Isaac Tozer and Congregation, at Taunton
Rev. J. Clark and Congregation, at Brigg
Collected at the Rev. C. F. Steinkopffi's church

3 3 Handsome Collections have lately been made at several places of worship in London, the particulars of which have not been received.

HOME INTELLIGENCE.

To the Editor.

The Plan of using Dr. Hawker's SIR,

“ Poor Man's Commentary on the

Bible,” in Schools or Families. BEING lately present at the exer

cises of a charity-school, in the Three, four, or more of the west of England, I was much children are employed at one and pleased with the method made the same time, in attention to one use of in teaching the children chapter. The third and fourth, the Holy Scriptures, by the or more of the children, previously Plan adopted in Dr. Hawker's to reading the chapter, look out Poor Man's Commentary on the references; and either fold down the Bible ;" and, as I conceive, the leaves at the several places, or, if the same method was more (which is far better) put into generally practised, it might be each place a short piece of paper, useful, I beg leave to commu- for the more readily turning to the nicate it to the religious Public, texts referred to, instantly on their through the channel of your Man being quoted. gazine,

OBSERVER, When this service is finished, the eldest child gives out the chapter far they have been enabled to live intended to be read; reads the in the far of God during the past contents of it, as in the Commen- week. By his speaking to each in. tary ; and then the chapter itself, dividual, he has an opportunity of as it stands in the Bible; all thro'. giving advice suitable to their difThis being done, the second child ferent states. This generally con then reads the first verse ; and if times an hour, and is concluded as there be any notes or observations it began. At six in the evening upon it, the first child reads what the school is re-opened, and the they are, and also tells the chapter young men read till seven: some and verse referred to at the end of part of the Scriptures are then ex the verse. The third, fourth, and plained to them, in an easy famia fifth children, according as they liar manner : after which, a prayer. have found out the Scriptures re- meeting is held for about half an, ferred to, read those Scriptures. hour. Four evenings in the week, When the first verse is finished in during winter, they are taught write this manner, the eldest child gives ing and arithmetic, from six to nine out the second ; and so on the same o'clock; and on the Wednesday plan is observed until the whole evening, some minister frequently chapter is finished. After which, gives them a lecture. There are the eldest child reads the Reflec. at present 135 youths in the school; tions on the chapter..

and such is the general plan on which it is couducted. May simi.

lar attempts be made in other poInstruction of Young Men. pulous and trading towns !

ABOUT fonrteen years ago, Mr. J. T. of Hull, was providentially led to direct his attention to that of Angust last, a Meeting was held

On the giħ, roth, and uth day's class of young men who have not been taught to write or read; and promoting the Spread of the Gos

at Reeth, of a Society formed for are above the age of those who at

pel, by Itinerant preaching, in the tend Sunday-Schools. He open. Four northern Counties of England. ed a room for their reception. Their Messrs. Graham, Ruston, Kay, rapid progress in learning gave him Whitefield, and other Ministers, great satisfaction; and he was not without proof that his religious in, vices of those days. The next

were engaged in the several serstructions had a blessed etiect upon Meeting is to be held at Kendal, their general conduct. They are

on the second Wednesday of Aug. chiefly from the age of sixteen to

1804. Donations, &c. twenty-one. Many of them are

ceived in London, by Mr. Fell, apprentices; and others are poor Tavistock Street; and J. Neal, Esq. labouring youths, who have not

St. Paul's Church-yard. had the opportunity of being in. structed in early life; but em. A Society for the Distribution of brace it now with thankfulness. Religious Tracts among the Poor, The school is conducted as follows:

has becn instituted at Kendal: At nine o'clock, on the Lord's 4009 Tracts have been distributed Day morning, the school is opened in the first year. - A similar sowith singing and prayer; and an

ciety is formed at Haddington, in hour employed in reading. the

Scotland. young men being divided into The labours of the Rev. S. Donga classes. At ten the school is las, of Chelm-ford, Essex, having closed, that each person may go tu been blessed in the conversion of what place of worship he chooses. several persons in Little Waltham, At one o'clock, Mr.T. meets about and its vicinity, there being a pros. thirty-five of them, who are be. pect of a serious congregation from come truly serious; and after sing. some villages adjacent, the people ing and prayer, enquires respecting were encouraged to erect a Chapel; their progress in religion, and how and upon its completion, a numbes

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. of ministers, and others, assembled, at the above place being too small September 15, for the purpose of for the congregation, it became ne, imploring the divine benediction cessary to enlarge it: in conse, there. Mr. Craig, of Barking, be- quence of which it wiis opened on gan the service with prayer; Mr. the preceding evening, when two Števenson, of Castle Hedingham, de. Sermons were preached, by Mr. livered the introductory discourse, Lane, from Psalm 1xxxvii. 3 ; and and then preached to the people by the Rev. Mr. Smelle, of Great from Acts xi. 23; Mr. Morell, of Grimsby, froin Sam. xvii. 29, Liule Baddow, presented the in- The next day, Mr. Cristith, of tercessory prayers; Mr. Frost, of Lincoln, engaged in prayer and Dunmow, delivered a discourse reading; Mr. Clark, of Brigg, fron Gal. vi. 14; Mr. Corbisley, preached in the morning, froin Ps. of Abbot's Roothing, concluded. cxviii. 25: after which the suffer

SEPT. 20. The Protestant Dis. ings and death of the Great Re.. senting Ministers of the Inde. deemer were commemorated. In pendent denomination, held their the afternoon, Mr. Newman, of Half-yearly Meeting at the Rev. Sleaford, prayed; Mr. White, of Mr. Mark's, at Weathersfield. Mr. Mablethorpe, preached from 'Ps. Pritchard, of Braintre', began the lxxxiv. 10; and Mr. Smelle con. service ; Mr, Taylor, of Colches

cluded. In the evening, Mr. Lane ter, prayed ; Mr. Frost, of Dun- prayed; Messrs. Bean and Grif. mow, preached froin Heb. ii. 10,

fitlis preached from Ps. cxxii. 1, “ It became him," &c. ; Mr.

and Gal. i. S; and Mr. Thompson, Craig, of Bocking, concluded. The of Guyhern, concluded. These next Meeting of the Association is

services were well anıt seriously at-,' appointed to be holden in May, tended. - The next Meeting is 1804, at Mr. Pritchard's, Braintree. appointed to be at Lincoln, on the Mr. Taylor to preach.

second Wednesday in April, 1804.

Messrs. M. and Å. Thompson to Sep. 28. The Rev. T. Roome, preach on that occasion. late Student of the Rotherham Inje. pendent Academy, was ordained to

Oct. 6- The Union of Christi, the pastoral charge over the Inde- ans, forined at Bedford, held their pendent church at Suttun- Ashfield,

Autumnal Meeting at Newport Nottinghamshire, lately under the Pignel. In the public worship at care of Rev. Mr Kirkpatrick. Mr.

Mr. Bull's meeting house, in the Hinkliffe, of Alfreton, introduced

forenoon Mr. Sutcliff, ot Olney, and the service by reading and prayer ;

Mr. Morris, of Dunstable, engaged Mr. Phillips delivered the intro.

in prayer; and Mr. Morell, of St. ductory discourse, and proposed Neots, preached from Palin cxxii. questions to the church and candi

7. In the afternoon, the friends date; Mr. Burgess, of Chesterfield,

who had assembled, discussed a prayed the ordination prayer, which practical subject, appointed at a was accompanied with imposition foriner meeting of this kind. In of hands; Dr. Williams gave the

the evening, Mr. Hennell, of charge from Matt. iv, 19; and Mr.

Wolleston, engaged in prayer; and Boden, of Sheffield, preached to

Mr. Hillyard, of Bedford, preached the people, from i Cor. xvi. 10.

from Prov, ix. 1-6. There was a respectable and nu

OCT. 12. The Rev. Dr. Patoun, merous assemblage of ministers and late of Collinsburgh, was set apart people; the congregation was pe

to the pastoral charge of the conculiarly attentive ; and it is hoped the impressions then made will be pregation in St. Andrew's Sireet.

Chapel, Aberdeen. An appropriate indelible.

was preached by Mr. J. The Tenth General Meeting of lart!cy, of Dundee, Irom John the Lincolnshire and Nottingham xvii. 36." My kingdom is not of shire Association, was held this world ;” and a solemn charge Swineshead, according to appoint. given to Dr. Patolidi, and the ment, Sept. 28, 1803. The chapel church

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with prayer.

The Rev. William Graham, who standing, in Huntingdon; and the has itinerated in Cumberland, under superstructure from those of a the patronage of the Itinerant Soci. building, originally designed for a ety, since the spring of 1802, having playhouse, near Yaxley barracks. received an unanimous call from The public services, at the opening, the Independent church at Dar. commenced with reading the ScripHington, Durham,. was ordained tures and prayer, by Mr. Hillyard, to that charge, Oct. 26. On this of Bedford ; Messrs. Toller and occasion Mr. C. Whitefield preach. Fuller, of Kettering, preached in ed the introductory discourse, from the forenoon; and Mr. Hall, of Acts xiv. 23 ; Mr. Kay proposed Cambridge, in the evening ; Mess. the questions ; Mr. Graham deli- Morell, of St. Neots; Greatheed, vered his confession, and the church of Newport Pagnel; Chaplin, of recognized their call; Mr. Caruson Bishop's Stortford ; and Fearey, of offered up the ordination prayer, Bluntisham, engaged in prayer. with laying on of hands; Mr. Hill Notwithstanding the unfavourable. gave the charge, from 1 Pet. v. ness of weather, the attendance was 2, 3, 4; and Mr. Cook concluded greatly crowded; as it was also on

The second service the following Lord's Day, when the began at seven in the evening, when stated ministry of the gospel at this Mr. Kay prayed; Mr. Cook place, was introduced by Mr. preached, from Rev. ii. 19. last Greatheed, and Mr. Smith, a stu. clause ; Mr. Arundel gave an exhor- dent of Mr. Bull's academy, at tation to the congregation; and Mr. Newport Pagnel, who has engaged Whitefield concluded with prayer. to preach at Godmanchester, and The house built last year, and several places in the neighbour. opened at the beginning of this, was hood, till Christmas, as an itiner. crowded, and the congregation at. ant, under the direction of the Bedtentive and devout.

ford Union. Nov. 8, was opened a new chapel Nov. 9, was opened at Leicester, at Godmanchester, near Huntingdon, a commodious chapel, intended for where the gospel is not known to the use of the Independent congrehave ever been statedly preached. gation, under the care of the Rev. At various periods, occasional ef- Mr. Mitchell. In the forenoon the forts had been made by Evangeli- service was introduced by suitable cal Clergymen, and Dissenting and portions of Scripture, and a short apMethodist Ministers; and these propriate prayer, by Mr. Jacombe, were revived, within a few years of Leicester; the general prayer past, chiefly by Members of the was then offered by Mr. Davis, of Union of Christians, formed at Bed- Wigston : after which a Sermon, ford. Encouraged by their assist- adapted for the occasion, was ance, some respectable inhabitants preached by Mr. Moody, of Warof Godmanchester exerted them. wick, who also preached in the evenselves to erect a commodious place ing: Notwithstanding the extreme of worship; the foundation of unfavourableness of the weather, which was formed from the mate- a considerable number of hearers rials of a church - steeple, lately attended the solemn services,

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MISSIONARY PRAYER MEETINGS, 1804.
Jan. 2,
Fetter Lane,

Rev. Mr. Burder
Feb. 6, Barbican

Towers
Sion Chapel

Various
Apr. 2,
Crown Court

Various
May 7,
Rotherhithe

Townsend
June 4,
Islington Chapel -

Jones
July 2,
Union Street, Borough

Hunphreys
Aug. 6, Holywell Mount

Platt
Sept. 3,
Orange Street

Various
Jewry Street

Ball
Camomile Street

Reynolds
Haberdashers' Hall

Brcoksbank.

Oct. 1,
Nov.5,
Dec. 31

POETRY

ODE

ON

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THE NATIVITY OF OUR SAVIOUR.

What glowing beams the heav'ns adorn! What music hails the rising morn!

What angel hymns are these?
Hark! dulcet notes from golden lyres,
Atcun'd to raptur'd seraphs' fires,

Announce the Prince of Peace,
In strains like these the wond'rous plan
Of peace and pardon seal’d to man,

Th' unfolding skies proclaim;
Bid earth, rejoicing, own her Lord,
At whose primeval potent word

Arose the beauteous frame.
In empyrean realms of light,
Grown vocal with the new delight,

Angelic natures know:
To God be glory : God is love."
Lo! Mercy leaves her throne above,

To dwell with man below.

Mercy and truth's united strains
Declare — “ The world's Great Shepherd

reigns :

“ Ye nations own his sway; “ Who feeds you with a shepherd's love, “ Who leads you to his rest above,

By truth's unerring way." Why doth not Israel own her God? Who bears the royal Judah's rod,

Whom all the prophets sing.
Levi-behold the Virgin's Son;
Elijah see his Lord forerun,

Proclaiming Israel's King.
Oh, Solyma, thy sous no more,
In thy bright portals shall adore,

Once Heav'n's adopted race.;
No more in spiry columnas rise,
Thine altar's incense to the skies,

Circling the throne of grace. A Gentile race shall now impari Truths that shall purify the heart;

Give faith's aspiring eye, With transports, clearly to behold What thy dark oracles foretold,

A life beyond the sky. Heav'o's banner o'er their heads shall

wave,
Alike to conquer or to save,

Invincible be found :
The fiery darts the foe shall wield.;
Against faith's adarnauti:ne shield,

Shall fall extinct around.
Salvation shall their helmet shine,
Immanuel's righteousness divine,

Clothe like a sup their breast;
Theirs be the Spirit's piercing swold;
Bright etfluence of th’ Eternal Word,

Pointing to endless rest.
Pure zeal their fearless feet shall guide
O'er ev'ry ocean's unknown tide,

Salvation's sound to hear;
Ferocious roaming hordes to tame,
And raise their earth-bound spirits airn

To Heav'n's immortal sphere.
The sacred soul-exalting fore,
From pole to pole, from shore to shore,

Glad proselytes shall gain;
From the low cottage to the throne,
That, till the world expires, shall owa

Messiah's righteous reiga.

The golden age begins to run;
See on the world, Salvation's Sun

From orient climes arise.
Worshipp'd by all th' angelic choir,
He comes,

expectant world's desire, In poverty's disguise. Prophetic of his mental sway, Enlighten'd by his wisdom's ray,

See Wisdom's sons adore.
In homage to the world's great King,
Arabia's richest odours bring,

And Sala’s golden ore.
The rocky wilds with roses bloom,
Unsightly thorns exhale perfume,

Whose fragrance fills the skies : Majestic mountains bow their head, With cedars and with palins o'erspread,

And lonely vallies rise.
Pure streams the thirsty desart grace,
Where the gaunt lion's tawny race

With tender lambs shall feed;
And Innocence, with fearless air,
Play near the dragon's reedy lair,

And docile leopards lead. From Judah's pastor-king, whose fold Confess'd a shepherd's care of old,

Shall earth's salvation spring. Seraphic music fills the air, Again glad tidings shepherds bear,

And hail the new-born King.

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