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The following interesting Letter is just received from Mr. Read,

dated Cape Town, June 26, 1811,
Dearly beloved Brethren and Fathers in Christ,

*God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform. A chain of providences has cast our lot, disagreeable as it is to us, for the present again in Cape town, at which our friends will not be so inuch surprised, having received our Annual Report for 1810. You know, dear brethren, that our prayers and desires have, for a long time, been incessant, that the sufferings of the poor Hottentot nation might come to a termination.: It hath pleased God, I trust, to make use of my letter to you in 1808, te effect, at least in part, this great and important circumstance, for which we desire to be thankful. We left our dear Bethelsdorp the 28th of March, with many cries and tears on both sides; and the wbole institution led us out about a quarter of a mile from the village, and then, with almost broken hearts, we paried; but were followed, no doubt, by many prayers and supplications. I left, for different reasons, my dear wife and family at Bethelsdorp. In the first place, an increase in our family was expected in about six weeks; secondly, the knitting-school could not spare her; and, thirdly, we were afraid of the expence of the journcy, and the residence at Cape Town. We were received by the governor, and other persons of government, with soine degree of friend. ship; and our business hitherto nas been treated quite congenial to our wishes. We are ignorant as yet if government will bear our expences, or not; but we shall takic llie liberty of enquiring. I heard, verbally, a few days ago, that Mrs. Read was delivered of a fourth daughter ; but have received no letter from Bethelsdorp since our departure. Our journey back to Bethelsdorp ight have commenced perhaps by this, but vi the 11th of this month I was suddenly taken ill, and as yet am not quile restored; which has retarded our business with the commission. I found on niy' arrival at the Cape my hands full; I have preached four times a week to the soldiers and others, who attend at the meetinghouse, and it seems not without a blessing; and likewise in Dutch. Among the soldiers the work of the Lord seems greatly flourishing; and there appear many precious souls wlio belong to Christ, and cleave to bin with full purpose of heart. There are about seven or eight who preach in turns, and wbo have been the neaps of carrying on this good. work. Among these is our brother Avderson, who is a man of sound judgment and amiable piety; and there are others of such shining talents and godliness, that I wish often that they were added to the list of Missionaries among the Heathen. Among the Dutch is a greater revival than we ever saw; one speaks to the Christians on Saturday evenings, and another instructs the slaves on the Sunday evening. Mrs. Smilh and Huyser, like two Deborahs, are indefatigable in their labours, instructing the slaves, admonishing, attending prayer-meetings, &c. The Lord seems to be stirring up a few simple Christians to begin the work in earnest; and there are several honourable women who are ornaments to Christianity:

On Friday, the 7th of June, Mrs. Smith, Brother Vanderkemp, and I, were together at a friend's house, a little before, twelve at noon; when a sudden clap, like the salute of great guns, took place, and shook the house in which we were. The troops returning through the streets from exercise,' wo thought of nothing, for a moment, but the discharge of gans, er explosion of a powder niagazine; but the concourse of people in

the streets, some crying, others fainting, so that the streets were thronged ; and the sick were dragged from the houses, we soon found it to be an earthquake. We did not feel much of the shock; but, by exainina. tion, found few houses but what were damaged, more or less ; even our own house, where we resided, was rent in several places. A universal consternation was visible; and all faces gathered blackness. Another was expected, but did not take place till the 19th, and that not so heavy as the first. I was then lying sick in bed, and brother Vanderkemp with me in the room. We heard it coming on, at least the noise under the ground, till it apparently came under our house, when the house seemed lifted up under us, and it seemed to take its direction, under the Bay eastward. The inhabitants are, however, still in continual fear, and run . by hundreds to the church and chapel. What may be the issue I know not, Indeed, this is a guilty country; the blood of the innocent cries for vengeance. May the blood of Christ interpose, and speak peace!

July 29. I have laid this letter aside till now; but a mail being open for England, I shall endeavour to finish it if my health will permit; for as yet it is not restored. I begin to suspect my disorder to be something of a bilious nature; and what will be the end of it I know not. Letters from Bethelsdorp inform us, to our joy, that all things are well there. Brother Wimmer and Ullbricht are in a low state of health :--the last writes to us of the death of one of our Hottentot sisters, who went triumphantly to heaven. She has been mentioned in one of our Reports, about six years ago, when she was suddenly taken ill, and longed so much to die and ge to Christ

She has at last her desire. She was one of ihe pillars of our church. She, like Enocb, walked with God, and is not, for the Lord hath taken her. The Lord's way with her has been wonderful. She was permitted to fall into sin, but not to continue: the Lord soon brought her back. She was generally part of the day in the bushes, in communion with God, and experienced inexpressible things, so that, if what she often said she experienced be reality, she has often boen (as it were) in the third heaven. She was generally melted in tears at the Lord's Supper, and often could not help breaking out in exclamations to her Saviour when the emblems of his body and blood were reached to her ; -- and after church she went with tcars of joy to the bushes (the Hottentots' inward: chambers). She was generally, even at the Sacrament, dressed in a black or greasy caross, or garment of sheeps' skins ; but all glorious within.

Not long before our departure from Bethelsdorp, our sister Antjé Kakkalak, wite of brother Cupido, is likewise mentioned in our Report, from, I think, Botha's Place. These are souls, I trust, now before the throne, praising God for the Missionary Society; and ought to be encouraging to its friends. Our coming to Cape Town seems to be of no small import

We have morning and cvening lectures in our own hiresl house, which, in the evening especially, is not only crowded, but numbers who cannot come in, hear from the open windows. There seems not only a great revival of religion among the pious, but several apparent instances of conversion. Among others, is a man and his wife of good fortune: he, like Zaccheus, has oficred the half he has to the poor. He had built a large house for himself; but has now devoted it to the service of Christ; and will, I trust, be of no small service in fulure to the cause of Jesus, and to the Missionary Society.

There is a young man who has been dumb five years, and lately began to speak! and his language testifies that he has bçen taught of God. He prayed, after I had preached, a little time back before a large assembly,' to the astonishment of all present! I have commenced a Sunday School for the poor slaves ; which is likely to be of important service :-there are numbers of young friends who will supply it, and carry it on, as the hearts of many are open at present; and much good we hope will be done. The same revival seems visible in several parts of the country as at Siellenbosch, Tulbach, and by brother Vos, at the Zwartzberg. We believe


the eartbquake is a mean of helping forward this good work. About a fortnight ago, a lady at the pla; house begged to have a seat near the door, through fear of the earthquake:-this was on the Saturday evening, Sunday evening she played at cards; and at supper dropped down and expired. Your unworthy son in, but willing servant of, Christ,



sent to places very destitute of the Theological School. Scriptures. It is a rule of the So

ciety not to give a cupy where one The General Assembly of the was previously possessed. Presbyterian Church in the United

We find that, in the course of the States of America, has addressed a

last year, Six additional Bible SoLetter to the Churches, under their cieties have been forined in Amecare, proposing the Establishment rica. The whole nuniber is not 15. of a Theological School : intended A curious circumstance has octo increase the piety and learning curred: --A person, pretending to of candidates for the holy ministry, a Missionary, sent out by a soas well as to procure a larger sup- ciety established at St. Louis, in ply of ministers for the wants of the Upper Louisiana, for the conversion churches.

of the savage tribes, coll cted conIn this letter the friends of re.

siderable sums of money at Alexanligion are reminded that the pro. dria, and other places in Virginia ; gress of population in that country but being delccted as an impostor, is going on in a ratio four time's

he went off, leaving behind hiin greater than the increase of the most of the money which he had ministers : that there are nearly collected. In consequence of which 400 vacant congregations within the Rev. Messrs. Barclay, Muir, their bounds; and that the frontier

Bunn, and Gibson, ministers of the settlements are every year loudly Episcopal, Presiyterian, and Mecalling upon them for Missionaries. The Assembly, therefore, pro- dria, have sent the money, 546 doi

thodist congregations at Alexan. poses the establishment of a School, Jars, to the Bible Society in Philain which several professors may be del, hia. supported, and an adequate library furnished, together with the means of affording gratuitous instruction

Provincial Intelligence. and board to a number of pious youth. Every true friend of

Oct. 26. At a numerous and reChristianity must beartily wish

spec!alle Meeting held at the towie them success in the name of the

hall, High Wycombe, Lord Viscount Lord.

Mahon in the Chair, an Auxiliary

Bible Society was institusel. Amen Bible Society in Philadelphia.

the persons presen!, who took an active

part in the Meeting, were Sir. T. Bar.. This Society has published ing, Baronet, M. P. for the Burough, their Third Report ; from which it the Rev. J. Price, Vicar, and the appears, that, altho' the year past Rev. Mesers. Scott, Marsh, and the has not been inarked with any event

Secretaries of the Pareni Suciety';

Messrs. Owen, Hughes, and Steinof peculiar maguitude in their con

kopff. The Marquis of Buckingham cerns, it bas nevertheless been dis

was chosen President, and several tinguished by that uniformity of

orher Nobleinen and Gentlemen Vice happy results in the management Presidents. of their ordinary business, which

Oct. 21.

The Rev. T. Raffles. de. enlivens hope, animates exertion,

livered an appropriate Address to a and dictates gratitude to the Author

numerous Assembly, on laying the first of all good.

stone :of a new Chapel at Waltham The managers have distributed,

Green : the building is already covered . during the last year, 8185 Bibles and in, and expected to be opened in the Testaments, many of which were spring,

Oct, 31.

Dec. 10,

A neat and coinmodious in the East; Mr. ford commenced, by Chapel was opened at Guisborough, a reading the Scripiures a:d prayer ; respectable market towa, ia Cleave. Dr. Winter stated the nature of a gos. land, Yorkshire. In the moraing, Mr. pel church, and put the regular ques. Jackson, of Green Hammertoo, suppli- tions to the cliurch and minister ; Mr. cated the divine blessing, and preached

Wilks offered up the ordination prayer ; from Isa. 1v..11. In the afternoon, Mr. G. Collison gave the charge ; Mr. Mr. Neale, of Thirsk, from 2 1. Clayton, sen. preached to the people; In the evening the place was crowded ; and Mr. Chapman concluded by prayer. when Mr. Hinmers prayed; and the The various services above mentioned, people having been disappointed of are stated to have been very aumersome of their friends in the ministry, ously aud respectably attended. Mr. Jackson adressed them a second time, "rom Gal. i. 24, and concluded

was formed the Suffolk the pleasing services of the day with

Bible Society, at a respectable meetprayer. Mr. Hinmers preaches here ing at the town - hall, Ipswich. Two and at Stokely every Salbath, and also

letters were read from the venerable at Great Ayton once a fortnight, be

bishop of Norwich, expressing his full sides visiting several villages in the approbation of the design, but excuse neighbourhuod on week days.

ing his personal attendance, and re

commending the Rev. Mr. Cobbold tu. Nov. 7. The Rev. J. Smith, late af

fill the chair in his stead, to which he Melhourne, ia Derbyshire, Wis set

was immediately appointed.

The apart to the pastoral charge of the priocipal speakers on this occasion Dewly formed Independent Church at were Sir W. Middleton, B. E. DillingWickford, six miles from Billericay, in ham, Esq. Mr. T. Clarkson, and the Essex. Mr. Parker, of Barking, in.

Rev. Messrs. Julian, Gurdon, lsasted, troduced the service with reading, &c. ? Atkinson, and the three Secretaries of bir. Thosatou, of Billericay, offered the Parent Institution. Books were up the general prayer; Mr. Douglas, of opened, and Subscriptions put dowa to Chelmsford, delivered a discourse froin the amount of 1200l. Phil. i 2; Mr. Smith, of Brentwood, An Auxiliary Bible Society has beza soncluded. Mr. Parker preached in also formed at Cambridge, Lord Hardthe evening. The gospel has been wicke in the Chair. The Rev. Dean preached io this village about twice a Milner, Mr. Simeon, Professor Farish, mɔgih for several years. A small and the Secretaries of the Society in meeting house bas lately been erected ; London, spoke on the occasion; and and the Society now formed was the sims collected amounted to dear. branch from the Independent Church ly ool. including a donation of 52 ac Billericay.

Guineas from his Royal Highness the Nov. 20, 1811. A néat Chapel was

Duke of Gloucester, Chancellor of the opened at Codford, Wilts, when thrre University. sermons were preached; that in the moroing by Mr. Jackson, of Stockwell, at Bedford, was formed another Auxi.

Nov. 28. At a respectable Meeting Surry, from Ezek. xxxiv. 26; that in the afternoon by Mr. Wilks, of lon- liary Bible Society. On this occasion don, from Hebrews vii, 25; that in

the Duke of Bedford opened the Meele the evening by Mr. Jay, of Bath, from ing, expressing his high sense of the Gal. vi. 15. The devotional exercises

importance of the object proposed. by Mrs. C. Sloper, Wilks, jun. Ilaw.

He was supported by Mr. Whilbreal kins, Rodgers, and Sleigh.

M. P.; Mr. Forster, of Biggleswade;

Mr. Forsier, of Brickhill; and the fol. Nov. 26. A bew Chapel was open- !owing Clergymen and Disseatiog Mied ai Feltham, near Hounslow, when Qisters :--the Rev.Messrs. Beachcroft, three sermuns were preached; that in Richmond, Anthony, llillyard, Marthe niorning hy the Rev.Dr. Winter; in tin, Grimshaw, Whittingham, FrecThe allercoon by the Rev Mr. Leif. man, and the three Secretaries of the child, of Kensington; and in the British and Foreign Bible Society in evening by the 'Rev. Nr. Torling, of London ; Messrs. Owen, Hughes, and Harlington.

Steinkopff: 650l. was subscribed ai the Nov. 27, the Rev. Andrew Reed, meeting, and we doubt not of its being who lately closed his preparatory rapidly augineuted. - We are happy to studies for the ministry, ainder Mr. Col

nolice the increase of these Societies; Jison, at blackney Academy, was ors, and should be glad to see them estadained over the Church of Christ as. blished in every considerable lown in sembling at the New Read, St. George's the kingdoni.


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The Cheshire Voion have published blished Church, througlout Enge the Report of their proceedings, dur- land and Wales. ieg the past year. The labours of their

The sote object --- to instruct and Itinerants have been much blessed. Mr. T. Hitchen has settled at Taidening, works of industry, and the

educate the poor in suitable learn18@8. Numerous hedrers attend in the principles of the Christian Relineighbouring villages of Barton, Tilegion, according to the Established son, Bickerton, &c. Mr. Niel and Mr.

Church. Wy. Hitchen labour in and about Mid- The Archbishop of Canterbury dlewich. At Peover there is an appear- for the time being, President,-the ance of success. The gospel has also Archbishop of York and the other been introduced to the populous vil- Bishops for the time being, Vice fåge of Over. At Minshull à chapel Presidents, with ten temporal is erected and a church formed. At March field also a wide and effectual

peers or privy counsellors and door seents to be opened. Aremarkable

other vice-presidents for the prechange for the better has taken place in future.

sent, and as vacancies may happen amongihe inhabitants of Haslington which, before the gospel was introduc

A Coinmitted of 16 to manage ;ed, was remarkable for its profaneness. a General Meeting in May or Juné, Bere a neat chapeli is well attended, man Apnual Report ;---Subscribers and a Sunday School established. The of One Guinea annually, or benefacword has been much blessed to the tors of Ten Guineas at one time, are people at Sandbach, where it was ina qualified to attend. troduced by Mr. Silvester, about, five

His Royal Highness the Prince years ago. of this little flock, says 'Regent has significd his approbaihe Report, we say with much plea: tion of this listitution, and consure, the Lord has done great tuings descended to offer to become its for them, &c. The Report contains a pleasing account of the support and

Patron. coinfort afforded to several members The Universitics of Oxford and of the Union, whom it has pleased God Cambridge have also expressed to take to himself. The Union apo their concurrence in the plan, and pears to be liberally supported by the have subscribed handsome sums various congregations which compose tuwards its support. it; and the prospect of further useful. ness in this county, is truly encourag

· All who wish well to the rising. ing.

generation, will sincerely rejoice

in the cducation of the children of LONDON.

the poor, and pray that the prin.

ciples proposed to be inculcated, NATIONAL EDUCATION may be really and iruly the prins in the Establisheit Church. ciples of the Church of England,' Ar'a Meeting of a number of

as expressed in her Árticles, Lipersons, friends to the Establish- turgy, and Homilies,—and not such inent, holden on the 16th of Octo

as have lately been held forth to us ber, 1811, his Grace the Archbishop events, an institution enabling, the

in certain publications.

At all of Canterbury in the Chair, a Sor whole body of the poor to read the ciety was formed for the purpose of extending the Benefits of Educa- holy Scriptures, must have the tion, on the principles of the Estab- good wishes of every Christian. lished Church, to the Poor through

Education in Scoilund. out the kingdom. A Committee was then appointed, to consider of LORD Justice Clerk, in an Ad. rules and regulations; which Com- dress delivered to the Council mittee made their Report to a ge- Court, Glasgow, in the year 1808, neral meeting on the 21st of De- after making some remarks on the tober. The rules are, in substance, great increase of commerce and as follow :

manufactories in that cit and Title.-The National Society for neighbourhood, observes, that it promoting the Education of the had been stated a few years ago, by · Poor, in the Principles of the Esta. a political writer, “That one Quar.

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