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her childrens' salvation ;'--for it Singular Providence in prepar- is to be observed, that she had ing i Preacher for the Indians. joined the Papists in the neighbourEleazer Williams, a youth of about hood where she married. 22 years of age, who is now under Her grandson Thomas, paid a the tuition of the Rev. Mr. Hale, visit in 1797, when it was proposed of Westhampton, in North America, to him to send one or two of his with a view to the Christian ministry, sons to be educated. In Jan. 1800, is a great-grandson of Eunice wil he came with two of them, Eleazer liams, who, in the year 1704, when and John, and left them there ; but seven years old, with her father, in 1803, he returned, and said, that the Rev. John Williamas,, minister unless he took back with him one of Deerfield, Massachusets, and the or both of his sons, the priest, rest of the family, was taken cap-, who was much offended, would extive by the Indians. The rest of communicate their mother. the family were redeemed; but she Eleazer, however, continued ; was obliged to continue among the and has made good progress in Indians, and soon lost her native various branches of knowledge, language. Great efforts were made and is earnestly desirous of devoto redeem her, but in vain ; an ting himself to the instruction of over-ruling Providence rendered his fellow-sinners, and especially of them ineffectual, no doubt, for wise the Indian tribes, in the glorious purposes. She was married, in religion of tbe blessed Redeemer. early life, to an Indian whose name He is kindly, supported by some was Turroger. She had eight chil- libéral Christians in pursuing apdren. One of them, Mary, who propriate studies, to qualify hiin lived to be married, had one son, for the office of a Missionary. viz. Thomas, the father of the We transcribe the postscript of a youth first mentioned.

letter written by him, which fully The Rev. John Williams never expresses his views : ceased to labour, hope, and pray Will

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believe me, Sir, when for the redemption of his daughter I tell you, that wo tong'ic can exEunice ; tho'he did not live to reap press the feelings I have for my the fruits of his endeavours. But poor red brethren, who are now after his death, Dr. Williams, his sitiing in the region and shadow of son, obtained an interview with death! They koow not the God this long-lost dear sister. This who inade them; they are igavrant took place in Albany, in 1740. – of the Saviour, who is styled the Eunice, with her husband and chila Way, the 'Truth, and the Life; but I dren, were then prevailed upon to have this consoiation, that the tinc accompany her brother and others is coming when the glorious gosto Longmeadow, where they spent pel of the blessed God shall sound a week in receiving the attentions in their ears, and ihat God will and caresses of a crowd of friends, make them willing in the day of who flocked from all the towns in his power to embrace it. It is my the vicinity. The scene was singu- earnest prayer, that God would rit lar, striking, and impressive. and enable me, by his grace,

to Twice or thrice, after this, she among my brethren according to and her husband renewed their the flesh, and preach to them the visit; and at one time staid several unsearchable riches of Christ! iponths, Great offers were made to them if they would stay and

SPAIN. settle in that country; but Eunice Wiex the Regency of Spain positively refused, offering only took their oaths of office at Cadiz, bis reason :-That living among according to the new constitution,

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on the 19th of March last, they being produced by Mr. Williams, Mr. placed their hapds on the holy Bentham, and Mr. Thomas, the ReGospels, and swore to defend and corder expressed his consent that li. maintain the Catholic, Apostolic,

cences should be granted. Roman Religion, without permit. The Annual Meeting of the Benevoting any other in Spain.'

lent Society for the Relief of the

Widows and Children of the ProtestIRELAND.

aut Disseoting Ministers of the counties

of Essex and Hertfardshire, will be at We rejoice to hear, from time

the Sun Inn, at Hitchin, oo Wednesto time, of the increasing zeal of duy, the acth of this month (May). A our Hibernian friends, in extend: sermon in the evening by Mr. Parry, of ing the knowledge of the gospel in Wymondley. Ireland, where in so many places The Annual Meeting of the Somerset “gross darkness cover the people;' Association is to be held at Broadway, --where the harvest is so plente. Dear Ilminster, on Wednesday, the ous, and the labourers 'so fcw.'- 27th inst. (May) Mr. Buck to preach A Missionary Fund has been esta

in the morning ; and Mr. Goldiog in blished by the Rer: W. Cooper and the evening. his friends at Plunket Street Chapel,

The Annual Meeting of the Beda in order to aid the various plans of fordshire Union of Christians will be usefulness adopted in the united held on the same day, when Mr. T. P. kingdom. Out of this fund they Bull is expected to preach oņe of the have already contributed to the

sermons. Missionary Society, to the Baptist

RECENT DEATŅS. Mission, to the Hibernian Bible Socicly, to the London Society for

Died March 17, at Taunton, of an the Jews, &c.

inflammation on the lungs, aged only 29, the Rev. William Heudebourck,

Pastor of the church and congregation Provincial Intelligence of Protestant Dissenters at Bishop's

Hull, near Tauntone
At the Chester Sessions, H. Bow..

As the Rev, Mr.Codling of Kimbolton, ers, P. Williams, J. Thomas, and R. was preaching froin Psalm 118, I shall Bentham, made application for licences not die, but live, and declare the works to act as preachers. The former, on

of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened producing a certificate of his being at- me sore ; but he hath not given me tached to a "particular congregation, over unio deaih. Open to me the took the several oaths; but the Re gates of righteousness; I will go into curder objected to the armission of the them, and I will praise the Lord, he others, from a dediciency iu ihe testi- suddenly stopped short, and exclaimed monials of the specific appointments I can't !- I can't ! and immedi, which they produced.

ately suuk down in the pupit, and al. Mr. Cross, on behalf of Mr. P. Wil. most instantly expired. He was only liams, addressed the Court, and ob-, 32 years of age. (Times, April 13.) served that oumerous difficulties have

On the morning of Lord's Day, April lately occurred in obtaiving licences, 5, the Rev. J. Bowden, left his house, which were never heard of till the late

at Tooting, Surry, in his usual health, niet construction was put on the Tole

and rode on horse-back to Hammerration Act.

smith, to preach at the chapel of the Mr. Recorder. We are to follow Rev. Mr. Rafiles. He prayed and af-* the rule laid down by the Court of terwards commenceit his sermon on King's Bench. Does the applicant James iv.7, Submit yourselves to God." apply merely as a teacher or preacher? He had preached about 20 minutes,

Mr. Cross.--A6 a person pretending when his countenance was observed to. to holy orders.

changc; his speech faltered, and he I answer 10 several questions hy sunk down in the pulpit, in an apo.. the Recorder, Mr. Williams said, “ He plecuic fit. He was immediately con, had not been ordained. He has a sepa- veyed to friend's house, was bled, Tale congregation, to which he is ap. spoke a sentence or two, then fell into pointed at Kiunerton, although he is

. a sluyor, and expired about two o'clock not particularly confined to one place in the following morning. Mr. B. * of worship.

He was a Certificates of distinct appointments truly pious and zealous ministere,

was about 65 years of age.

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Anniversary of the noissionary Society.

The Annual Meeting of this Society will, with Divine permission, he held in London, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of May. The arrangement of the intended ser. vices is as follows:

SURRY CHAPEL-Wednesday Morning. The Rev. MATTHEW WILKS to preach.

TABERNACLE.- Wednesday Evening. The Rev. John Love, A. M. Minister of Anderston, near Glasgow, to preach.

SILVER STREET.-Thursday Morning. The Directors, Members and Friends of the Institution will meet at the Rev. Mr. Jones's Chapel, to transact the visual business of the Society. The Report of the Directors for the past year will be read, and the Officers and Directors for the

year ensuing will be chosen.

TOTTENHAM Court CHAPEL. Thursday Evening. The Rev. ALEXANDER STEILL, of Wigan, will preach.

St. Bride's CHURCH, FLEET STREET. Friday Morning. The Rev. EARLE Gilbec, D. D. Rector of Barby, in Northamptonshire, will preach.

The Members will meet at the Committee Room, Sion Chapel, at Four in the afternoon, on the business of the Society.

Sion CHAPEL.- Friday Evening. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be administered to the Members and Friends of the Society, who are Stated Communicunts with a Christian Church, of whatever denomination, maintaining evangelical principles; who inust produce Tickets of Admission signed by their respective ministers. Strict attention will be paid to this necessary regulation, to prevent the admission of improper persons, and to secure that solemnity of behaviour wbich is necessary to The due celebration of this sacred ordinance.

TONBRIDGE CHAPEL, SOMCRs' Town.-As a far greater number of persons have lately sought admittance at Sion Chapel thau could comfortably be accommodated, the Directors lave resolved (by way of experiment, for this year) that the Lord's Supper shall be adıninistered at l'unbridge Chapel also, at the same hour. A limited number of Tickets, adapted to the size of the place, will be issued ; and no persons admitted, except into the galleries, without them.

All the morning services will commence at Half-past Ten ; and the evening services at Six.

A COLLECTION, for the benefit of the Society, will be made at the close of each service; and as the Society have been under the necessity of ex. pending, during the last year, about Two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds inore than their income, it is earnestly hoped that the liberality, of British Christians will be eager to supply the deficiency, and enable the Directors not only to support the present missions, but greatly to increase them.

A Collection of Hymns adapted to Missionary Occasions, both in town and country, may be had at the Publishers of this Magazino, or at the doors of the chapels, price Sixpence.

Tickets for the Cornmunion may be had of the Rev. Mr. Tracy, No. 4, Bartlett's Buildings, on Friday, May the 8th, and on the following day, or on Sunday the ioth, of the Ministers connected with this Society ;-and by Ministers from the country, in the vestries of the public incetings, on Wednesday and Thursday.

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MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

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May 4, 1811, stating that some of the Missionaries were then about to reElizabeth Town, Upper Canada, Nov. 20, iste ved Smart, dated Town; where he intended to winter. - A Letter bas also been received' from Mr. Pritchett, Calcutta; and one from Mr. Hands, Billary, dated : August 1911, with his journal to that time.

DR. VANDERKENP, The Directors, Subscribers and Friends of the Missionary Society, desirous of paying a public tribute of respect to the memory of the late Rey. Dr, Vanderkemp, their excellent and useful Missionary in South Africa, assembled on Thursday morning, March 26, at Surry Chapel ; wben the Rev. R. Hill read saitalile portions of Scripture, the Rev. Johu Townsend prayed, the Rev. A. Waugh preached an adınirable sermon, adapted to the mournful occasion, on 2 Tim. iv. 7, 'I bave finished iny course;' and the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff concluded the solemn service by prayer. We are sorry that the sermon is not printed; but the character and outlines of t!e life of the truly apostolic Vanderkemp are How before the public, in the Memoir published by order of the Directors.

ADDRESS. The Directors of the Missionary Society once more earnestly irrite their constituents, the subscribers, Friends to the Society,' to favour them with their presence at the next Annual Meeting. Could they ulter this call in a manner equal to their wishes, it should be heard to the utmost shores of the British istes, and should inspire in every minister, in every Christian, an ardent desire to come up and assist in the consultations and devotions which have for their object the diffusion of the knowledge of Christ, whose dear namc awakes to rapture every boly heart throughont the universe.

The London Directors are aware that it may be thought they feel pone of the hindrances which prevent their country friends from attending. But while they are thankful for the superior opportunities which they enjoy of sharing in the labours and pleasures of a Society which lies near iheir hearts, the present address is dictated by a Director, who resides nearly a hundred miles from London, and who can therefore enter into the feel. ings of his country brethren. Some churches contribute annuilly to replenish the funds of the Society, which are annually exhausted by the demands of old inissions and the establishment of new ones. But it is much to be regretted that so many congregations have not yet adopted this most excellent custom. It is calculated that one single county furnishes a third of the whole sum contributed by all the counties of the Britisn isles; · ret those churches which make an aunưal collection, find that the season is looked forward to with eager desire, and is the most pleasant and protitable in the whole year. The pastor is delighted with fresh discoveries of the power of reliğion in his congregation ; and the flock is pleased and animalcu with his grateful acknowledgements of their devotedoess to the cause of Christ. Let none refuse to furnish annual contributions, becaose the sum would be small; for it would perhaps increase every year ; and sanall annual collections from every congregation in the kingdom would enable the Missionary Society to establish new inissions. But without this it will soon be necessary to confine itself to those already established, and Icare all the rest of the heatheu world unrelieved.

The ministers who regularly attend the Annual Meetings of the Society, find great edification and delight; and return to their respective charges with new animation. For this, some who can but ill afford it, submit to the expence of a journey to London ; but as some are compelled to forego this pleasure, it is much to be wished that the churches would defray their minister's traveling expences.

Tüs genuine philanthropy which was displayed by our blessed Room deemer and his Apostles, and which is also the genuine result of Chrism tian principles, was happily revived at the formation of the Missionary : Snciety, when Christians of various denominations, inspired with an are, dent desire for the salvation of the perishing Heathen, united their exer. tions, to communicate to them the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The Christian zoal which then burst forth, has led to the formation of various institutions for the diffusion of the gospel, both at home and abroad: but in no instance has its influence been more remarkably felt than in the formation and extension of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Here Christians discover common ground upon which they may meet and act in concert with each other, to promote the interests of their Redeemer's kingdom, without sacrificing any principle which they may deem of inportance. Auxjliary Bible Societies, by means of Sub-committees, visit the habitations of the poor, and obtain an accurate knowledge of the state of that class of society with regard to their want of the holy Scriptures.

Their enquiries have ascertained, that, notwithstanding the apparent plenty of Bibles in this kingdom, many thousands of families are destitute of the word of eternal life. Means have been taken to supply thein with it, either gratuitously, or, which is in general preferable, by sale at very low prices; and, in the latter case, they are sometimes paid for by small weekly instalments. By these means, we trust, the tiine will shortly arrive when every poor family will be in possession of that invaluable treasure, a Bible.

In addition to those noticed in our Magazines for January and February last, we have been informed of the following Auxiliary Societies which have been recently instituted z viz. at Halifax, York, Knaresa borough and Harrowgate, Scarborough, Burlington, Darlington, Dundee Leith, Glasgow, Cold field, Sutton Cold field, Dorby, Stafford, Chesterfield, Tewkesbury, Bath, North Cornwall (at Launceston), Maidenhead, Hert. ford, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford, Blackheath, and one composed of La. dies, at Westminster. Several of the above have Branch S cieties upon an extensive scale, and others have Bihle Associations, or Penny Societies, connected with them. They all embrace Churchinen and Dissenters, co-operating in the panagement of their concerus, and are under the immediate patronage of persons of the first respectability in the Brisish em- . pire. While we rejoice in the opportunity of giving this information, we would earnestly entreat our readers to consider, whether associations somewhat similar to the above might not be forined in aid of the MiSSION-. ' ARY SOCIETY? The order of time in which providence raised up the two Societjeș, is highly instructivei Missionary Societies must always precede Bible Societies. It is by means of Missionaries first sent into all lands, that the Bible must be translated into all languages. Without the living voice of the preachers of the gospel, the Bibles sent into heathen countries will lie there as dead lumber, exciting no attention, and meeting no disposition to read them ; nor is it less necessary that Missionaries should, by their preaching, give the clue to the understanding of the Scriptures; for it is the preuching of the Cross, not the mere reading of the Bible, which is made the wisdom and the power of God, and by which he has ordaiped to save them that believe. “This is proved also by present facts, and hy an instructive occurrence recorded in the Seriptures. Are there not towns and villages, and rural parts of this kingdom, where there are many readers who possess Bibles, wbich lie neglected on their shelves, and are sealed bools, for want of one of those preachers of the gospel, who are employed by the Lamb to Juose the seals, to open the book, to cry,' Come and sce, and to pour the light of the Scripture upon the mind? It is only where the gospel is preached that men read their Bibles to profit: and is not this taught is in the history of the Bible itseit? Suppose a Bible Society to bave put the Scriptures into the hauds of the Etbiopian Eunucha :--see liow juefectual this is without a Missiudasy!-

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