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ments which are given to the Peni- decay in Christian churches, and to tent. These most important sub- revive religion where it has unhapjects are here stated in very plain pily eclined, that we sincerely and forcible language. The wri. wish it may be read in every conter has given a peculiar interest to gregation in the united kingdom. his composition by a judicious selection of anecdotes, and by appro- Social Prayer recommended, Objecpriate quotations from the best of tions answered, and the Obligaour old Divines; but that which will tions of Christians to attend 10 This endear this valuable little treatise important Duty, stated, in a Lelto every sincere Christian, is, that ter, affectionalely addressed by spirit of liberality, tenderness, and the undersigned Pastors to the parity, which breathes through- Churches under their care. 60. out.
This is an affectionate address The Decline of Religion : an Inc from several ministers to their peo.
quiry into the Causes of the De. ple, on a very important subject. cline of Religion in Chrislian Among the means which it bath Churches, and the best Means of pleased God to bless of late years, effecting a Revival. A Sermon for the spread of his gospel in Bripreached before the Hampshire tain, we may safely number the inAssociation, at Ringwood, April crease of social meetings for prayer, 23, 1812, and published by their
which are in most places (where desire. By John Griffin. Second practicable) weekly and not conEdilion, price 1s. 60.
fined, as formerly, to the members
of churches, but including the more The text is Rev. iii. 2. Be serious part of the congregations. watchful and strengthen,' &c. from There is yet, however, rooin for which the preacher points out the improvement. Some congregations following causes of decline,-a cul- have no prayer.meetings; in others, pable inattention to the things they are ill-attended, especially by which are necessary to preserve the the more wealthy; an exhortation, spirit and life of religion, the per- therefore, to this duty, on which nicious tendency of erroneous sen- the comfort of the minister and the timents, the destructive influence success of his work so much deof a worldly spirit,- the neglect of pend, was needful, and does honour scriptural principles in conducting to the miuisters who signed it: viz. the affairs of the church,-a fastidin the Rev. Messrs. Arrow, Godmanous and false taste,-and, an ineffici- chester ; D. W. Aston, Buckingham ent ministry.
T. P. Bull, Newport Pagnel; Samuel Under these general heads is pro- Hillyard, Bedford; and T. Morell, duced a mass of most important in- St. Neot's. It is also recommended struction derived from the sacred by the Rev. Mr. Bull, sen. We Scriptures, from experience, and hope this little tract will be much from the careful observation of a read (if read from the pulpit, so sound mind. There is so much ex- much the better) and be produccellent matter contained in this ser- tive of much advantage to the inon, so well adapted to prevent Churches of Christ.
SELECT LIST OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. Hymns, partly collected and The Danger of confiding in the partly original, intended as a Sup- Promises of an Enemy: a Sermon plement to Dr. Watts, by the Rev. at Camden Chapel, by H. Draper, W. B. Collyer, D. D. 24mo, 5s. D. D. 8vo, Is 6d. bound ; fine paper, 6s. ; 18mo, 6s. ; Memoir of Mr. T. Atkins, by C. fine, 7s. ; post sro, 16s. bound. Buck. 8vo, Is.
A New Edition of Dr. Williams's Ordination of the Rev.W. Milne, and Mr. Boden's Appendix to ditto, Missionary to China. 18mo, 4s. bound.
A Funeral Sermon for Mrs. Dobell's Selection, ditto, second Crisp, by J. Dennant, Ilalesworld. edit.(near 800 Hymns.) 18mo, 55 6d. 840, 6d. ; five paper, Is.
Appearances here, so far as the in. Society in Philadelphia for
terests of vital piety is concerned, Foreign Missions.
are more favourable than among
the Cherokees : several of the naThe following Extract of a Letter tives appear to be under serious im
from Philadelphia, announces this pressions; and one of their headimportant and pleasing intelli- men, of the name of Barnet, has gence.
become eminently pious. His fa“ It will afford you pleasure to znily, with himself, have received know, that a Missionary Society baptism ; and his children are under has lately been established in this the care of our Missionary: -Oh! city, whose object is to proinote that the time were come when the Foreign Missions. The Society is
heathen shall be given to Christ for composed of Presbyterians, inde his inheritance, and the uttermost pendents, Scots Presbyterians or
parts of the earth for his possession ! Seceders, German Lutherans, Cal
In the mean time, let us be careful vinists, and Methodists ; their board that our prayers, our patience, and of Managers was elected a few faith do not fail. evenings since. This, I hope, will be followed, as in the instance of the
SOUTH AFRICA. Bible Society, by other establish- Extracts of Lelters from the Female ments in the United States. How Hottenlots who visited England inuch- may be accomplished, under in 1803, to the Directors of the the divine blessing, by the united Missionary Society. exertions of Christians in England
[Translated from the Dutch.] and America, but alas! the threatened interruption to the peace of
Graaf Reinet, our governments, casts a gloom on
Dear Brethren, Oct. 4, 1811. our hopes in this particular! The There being now an opportuLord reigneth ;' and here must our nity of sending you a letter, I could dependence be placed."
not neglect writing to you, as, I
trust, you will be pleased to learn MR. BLACKBURN's Mission among that the Lord has hitherto shewa the Indians is at an end : he had so himself to me as a God of salvation. injured his health, and, indeed, 0! what am I, and what is my fabroken his constitution by his exer- ther's house, that He has granted tions in that service, and his nu- me his blessings! Yet, certainly, merous and ardent endeavours to do if it had not been his pleasure to good, that he was compelled to re- make his free grace shine forth on sign his appointment as a Mission- the worst and unworthiest of the ary at the last meeting of our Ge- children of men, I should never neral Assembly. We are looking have been an object of his eternal for a successor, but have not as yet love. But it was his will to reveal found one; if, however,none should to babes what he has concealed ever be found, tbe effort made will from the wise of this world. O! not be lost. A considerable buin- how delightful is it to me to sit ber of the youth of the Cherokee down, like Mary, at the feet of our tribe of Indians bave been so well Saviour, for the purpose of being instructed in the schools of Mr. instructed by him! The little time Blackburn, both in literature and that I shall bave to live, and which religion, that they are able to teach probably will be very short, I shall schools themselves, and are likely endeavour to spend entirely in his to do it. The whole nation is ra- service. pidly advancing in civilization. The means of
grace are not defiWe have also another Indian Mis- cient here. We have abundance of sion ainongst the tribes at Sandusky them; and every one who feels the aud ils vicinity, in ze western least inclination to the service of parts of the state of Pennsylvania. our Saviour, has nothing more to do than to accept, thro' faith. I clare, · O God, now I must perisk can safely say, that no Christian, for ever!' - but no fear; the sea congregation in Africa receives may sometimes threaten with its greater spiritual blessings than waves to destroy the ships that are this *. The only thing we want in the midst of them, – but Jesus amongst us, is the true huvger and Christ is able to save us, and make thirst after righteousuess. Many us arrive safe in the port of eternal suppose
themselves rich, enriched rest. with the means of grace, and there- We are not in want of the means fore they do not value them highly. of grace. Thousands of blessings
This evening we had the blessing we enjoy here, of wbich many of to go, accompanied with a great our fellow-creatures are deprived. many, consisting of Christians and 0! that we may acknowledge it! Heathens, to our prayer meelingt ; that we may never give occasion to and, with one mind and soul, we our worthy ininister to perform his could prostrate ourselves before the labours with sighs! throne of grace, and pray for our It will not be necessary for me to country and people, and the ex- write about our private meeting, tension of the kingdom of Christ. which consists of twenty-four sisTo-morrow evening we shall have ters; I shall merely say, that I am our private meeting of twenty-four always very happy to be present. females; when we unite in prayer Every time that I am present I reand supplications to our Saviour, collect those agreeable moments that he will give us courage to de- when I was present in your meetfend and propagate his cause. Dear ings. Yes ; often when I think of brethren, we request you will also them, tears of joy are in my eyes. pray for us when you have your I recommend myself to your meetings : He who hears your prayers, and remain prayers will grant us his assistance. Your unworthy sister in Christ, Here I shall finish my letter, re
MARIA S. VAN Roor. commending me to your friendship, and remaining.
INDIA. Your unworthy sister in Christ,
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Pril. MARTHA ARENDSE.
chelt at Vizigapatum, in his Bro
ther, duice Jun. 13, 1812, Graof Reinet, Dear Brethren, Ocl. 4, 1811.
VIZICAPATAN is in a very
mountainous country. The Mis I am very glad to meet with an sionary Settlement is in a valley, opportunity by which I am able to about a mile from the sea; and the send you a letter, though I have stiliness of our nights is disturbed nothing particular to mention only by the distant roaring of the wbich you do not yourselves know suf upon the sounding shore, aid. by experience. It is only this that, ed by the re-echoing of the mounI must confess, I perceive daily, tains. I suppose that the air of the more and more, that I am in my country is
etty salubrious. We own eyes blind and foolish, but that
have generally plenty of wind, and Jesus Christ is all and all, and ever (probably ou that account) no fog. will be faithful in his love and I suppose, in the summer season it is grace; for he will never relinquish warın enough otherwise; and, were the work of his own bands. If it the people not 'mad upon their was possible that any change could idols, it would be a most delightful be found in Jesus Christ, I should place. O that the river, the streams eertainly be the first who must de- wbereof make glad the city of God,
* The ministry of Mr. Kicherer (formerly Missionary at Zak River) who is settled here, is remarkably useful, both to the whites and Hottentots.
+ On the first Monday evening of the month, when meetiegs for prayer are held in many parts of the world, for the spread of the Gospel.
(and Britain's favoured isle) would live in forming Auxiliary Sociehow hither also and cheer this ties. - On Wednesday, August 26, dreary waste! You wonder at the one was formed at BALLYMENA. Divine forbearance in England! The Bishop of Down expressed his but there you have little, compara- cordial approbation by letter. tively, to wonder at! How long, O The next day another was form. Lord, will it be ere thou shalt arise ed at ANTRIM ; the Earl of Massaand plead thine owo cause! You reene, who was in the chair, was cannot conceive how deeply these chosen President, and the Earl of, people are entrenched in tlfé strong O'Neill Vice President. hold of igaorance, prejudice, pride, Another will shortly be formed and obstinacy! -- if you come near at DROMORE, which is expected to their food, you pollute it; – to be publicly sanctioned by the pour water on their hands out of Bishop and Clergy, at the next Visia vessel, is a sin, &c.; but still it is tation. We have not room for our duty to go on, putting our more particulars. trust in Jehovab. O for Truth and Patience !'
By the Report of the Dublin Tract Society, lately published, it ap
pears that in their first year they IRELAND.
have printed 130,000 'Tracts; of We rejoice to hear that addi- which they bave sent into circulational Bible Societies are forming tion nearly 90,000 : that they have in Ireland, which, we trust, will received by Donations and Subprove, in the best sense of the scriptions £ 142; by sale of Tracts phrase, Catholic Emancipation, or £ 93; total £ 235 ; out of which deliverance from the tyranny of they have expended more than Rome.
€ 200, leaving a balance of about The Belfast Branch ofthe Dablin £ 30 only, and about 40,000 Tracts Society has been particulariy ac
BRISTOL MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
[Iaken from the Bristol Journal.] In the History of the Christian Church the religion of the Lord Jesus has, perhaps, seldom assumed a more lovely forın than that in which it appeared in this city in the course of last week (Oct. 6, 7, 8.] Much interest had been previously excited in the minds of pious persons of almost every denomination, by the expected meeting of the Friends of The Missionary Society. It had for several weeks been announced, that Serinons were to be preached for that truly-Christian Institution, and that it was hoped a Society would be formed in Bristol for the purpose of aiding its important operations. This information was ardently hailed by almost all descrip.. tions of religious people; but every fond anticipation appears to have, been exceeded. Indeed, the services were distinguished by that impressive solemnity and sacred joy, which could not fail to raise the minds of the devout worshippers to the celestial temple, where zeal for party dis.. tinction is superceded by divine ascriptions of glory, and honoar, and blessing to Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and to the Lamb for ever. The Missionary Cause, which has for its object the illumination of ibe
dark places of the earth, which are full of the habitations of cruelty,' is worthy of the best exertions of the best of men; and appears to awaken the zeal of every pious heart in proportion to the prevalency of the heavenly principle within. In truth, were the various speculations respecting ibe final siate of the leathen for ever abandoned, still the claims of kumanity are imperious on every Christian nation for the diffusion of Christian-light. The miserable victims of the superstitions of the heathen world are to this day enduring incredible tortures, and the blood of thousands of the livman race annually stains the earth, through the mistaken action of thus bribing the friendship of Heaven. It is well-known
that, prior to the introduction of Christianity in Britain, human victims in great numbers were thus sacrificed ; and among various tribes of Pagavs these horrible practices still prevail, particularly amongst some of the Hindoos, whose custom it is to select, in the bloom of life, those who are most remarkable for their beauty, and on public festivals to offer the unoffending. ' victim to their gloomy goddess, in all the pomp of tremendous sacrifice! There is a national custom still prevalent, which brings a widow, after having just closed the eyes of her husband, to be burnt to ashes at his side; and 30,000 at least of such victims are said to perish annually in the East Indies. In China too, a country so much celebrated by modern philosophers for the wisdom of its institutions, more than 10,000 children appcar lo be annually exposed; that is, abandoned to a cruel death.
In attempting to rescue the barbarous nations of the earth from horrors like these, it surely becomes Christians to unite all their influence, and to be more than careful that lesser differences do not impede their course in so glorious a career. Such is the fundamental principle of The Missionary Society, which was founded in London in 1795. Like that noble monument of British philanthropy, The Bible Society, it knows nothing of the names of Churchman or Dissenter, of Calvin or Luther, of Episcopalian or Presbyterian ; the best of men from amongst all these are enrolled as its most zealous supporters, and it concentrates all its energies in the exclusive dissemination of the knowledge of Christ, among heathen and other unenlightened nations. Since its establishinent, this Society has sent out upwards of 100 Missionaries, and supports at present about sixty, whose different stations are in South Africa, India, the West Indies, North America, and New South Wales. To these many more might be added, were the funds of the Institution adequate to the pious zeal of its benevolent patrons. So truly liberal are its principles, that it enjoins on its Missionaries nothing in religion which is merely ceremonial or circumstantial: hence members of the Church of England, and of the Church of Scotland, and those who dissent from both, are all under its patronage ; and, as Christian Ministers, are left to the free and unbiassed exercise of their own judgment in things confessedly indifferent. At some of the stations, therefore, these good men read the liturgy of the Church of Eng. Jand, and in other instances the worship is conducted without it;-but all are zealously employed in promoting the salvatiou of the lost. If then there be any institution on earth worthy the universal suffrage of Protestant Chrisiians, those institutions are the Bible and Missionary Societies. It was to us, as we are persuaded it must have been to every truly liberal mind, a charming sight when we so lately beheld Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Dissenters of various distinctions mingling bearts and hands, and nobly vying with each other in holy zeal for the advancement of so divine a cause! Ephraim did not envy Judah, nor did Judah vex Ephraim ; all reverently bowed to the authority of the King of Saints, and inutual harmony and love were the blessed företastes of that fuluess of joy which in the heavenly world awaits the sons and daughters of the Lord God Almighty.
The first of these delightful services to which we refor, was celebrated in Redcliff Church, in the presence of a truly noble assembly. The prayers were read with great seriousness and propriety by the respectable Vicar of the parish; after which a sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Wilcox, of London, from Neh. viii. 10: Go your way, cat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy unte: our Lord; neither be ye sorry, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. To do justice to the preacher in few words were impossible,--and more our limits will not admit. We must, therefore, content ourselves by merely stating, that the discourse evidently exhibited all the characteristics of a superior mind ;--its doctrines were founded on the truth as it is in Jesus ;' its views were too lolly i