Imatges de pÓgina

“Oye, who know and revere the has never been prohibited to the Cath. Bible, which yet remains the Bible of olics. The Council of Trent only all religious parties, lend your aid in states,-Indiscriminata lectio Sacra promoting it: Ye who, on the brink Scripture interdicta est. Well-informof the grave, can dispose of your ed Catholics took this always in that property at pleasure, think on the sense only ; that not all the books of words of the just Judge of the world, the Bible promiscuously, should be put I was hungry and ye gave me meat; I into the hands of the common people, was thirsty, and ye guve me driné. If referring chiefly to some books of the the blessing be already so great for Old Testainent. Besides, this prohim who ministers to the bodily wants hibition of the Council of Trent has of his fellow-creatures, how much never been admitted as binding by the greater will it be for those, who, con. whole body of the Roman Catholie strained by the love of Christ, provide clergy in Germany ; but so much is for satisfying the hungry after the liv. true, that all blind bigots of our church ing word of God, and lead thirsty have always spread the opinion, that souls to the pure wells of salvation !" it was entirely forbidden for all lay men (p. 41.)

to read the Bible : and this prejudice From the Letter of a Roman is, alas! still deeply prevalent among Catholic Priest in Swabia we gladly the greater part of the people. There extract a few passages.

are, however, at present, many of our “I had the pleasure to learn, from clergymen, both in Swabia and Baa copy of your letter, addressed by varia, who strongly recommend the Mr. Tobias Kiesling, of Nuremberg, reading of the Bible, chiefly of the the great number of zealous friends of New Testament; and do every thing the Bible in London, who are filled in their power to promote it. I have, with a noble desire to send out the for my own part, distributed many pure word of God, as the best preach. New Testaments, and some Bibles, er, into the world. This account ex- among better enlightened Catholics; cited in my breast the most heartfelt and several of my dear brethren in joy and gratitude towards that God, Christ do the same.

how. who is the only Giver of every good &

ever, not able satisfy all the de. perfect gift ;' but I felt also lively mands for Bibles.” (p. 43, 44.) emotions of unfeigned love and affec- “ I am sure we could dispose of tion for you, and for all the members good number of Bibles and New of that venerable Bible Society, for Testaments. The people seem to whom I wish a thousand blessings. get more and more desirous of the May the Lord Jesus, through whom Bible ; and the number of clergymen all blessings are communicated to us, is increasing, who not only would tol. be the beginning and end of their erate, but commend the reading of it, praiseworthy undertaking! and may “ I feel a very great desire to wit. his name be glorified for it to all eter- ness the formation of a similar Bible nity!

Society amongst the Roman Catho. * What particularly induced me to lics; and indeed I will make some write, was your question, Whether attempts, though I foresee many dif. the Bible was still prohibited to the ficulties; and can hardly suppose that Catholics ? Being convinced thereby so many active and benevolent friends that you was mindfuleren of the poor of the Bible are to be found amongst Catholics, I was particularly moved the Roman Catholics, as would be and cdified; for indeed nothing is requisite for such an undertaking. more affecting than that love which Your question, however, respecting embraces all, without the least dis. the Catholies, inspires me with the tinction ; for God is love; and he hope, that your Society is desirous to that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God extend its beneficialinfinence likewise and God in him.' I felt myself, to the Catholics, wishing only to therefore, constrained to thank you, know, whether a dispersion of Bibles in the name of all honest and well- amongst them would be practicable ; disposed Catholics, for these your --and indeed it would not only be fraternal sentiments.

practicable, but desirable in the “ In answer to your question, I ob- highest degree. (p. 44.) serve, properly speaking, the Bible “I cannot express, in terms suffi,

We are,


ciently strong, the fervency of my without a petition for the Bible So. joy, and

love towards all who, ciety and Heathen Nations.” (p. 60.) througbout England, heartily believe in Jesus Christ as their only Saviour, and zealously endeavour to extend the Redeemer's kingdom. I em. brace them all as the beloved and Iy May, 1805, the Edinburgh Mis. elect of God, as friends and brethren sionary Society set apart four young in Christ, let them be of whatever men, viz. John Mitchell, Robert Pin. name, or belong to whatever church kerton, George Macalpine, and James or denomination. The more distant Galloway, to join the Mission among. the countries, and the more different the Tartars, in the neighbourhood of the outward forms and establish. Mount Caucasus. They sailed im. ments are, the more I rejoice, if I mediately for Russia. The two first am privileged to hear, that our ever- of these young men were educated faithful Lord and Saviour is gathering at the expense of the Society, and from amongst them a flock of believ- through the kindness of a member, ing people. Truly, God has a nu- who long resided in Russia, were inmerous Army of Reserve in England, structed in the Russian language ; who do not bow before the Baal of which will enable them to pass through the age, nor sacrifice to the God of the empire without the aid of an inthe times. Let all who know his terpreter.

They have also been name, glorify him for this mercy! taught the art of printing, and have May the peace of God, and the all. carried with them a printing press, sufficient grace of our Lord Jesus and a font of Arabic types, which is Christ be with you all !” (p. 45.). the character used in the place where

We add one more extract : 'it is they expect to reside. Mr. Brunton, taken from a letter dated in North the missionary, who has for some time Wales, Feb. 22, 1805.

resided at Mount Caucasus, has sent “ There are none of our poor peo- home an Arabic Tract; being an ad. ple willing to live and die without dress to a Musselman, on the subject of contributing their mites towards for Religion, intending to expose the at. warding so glorious a design. Their surdities of the Koran, and the wick. zeal and eagerness in the good cause, edness of Mahomet. This tract has surpasses every thing I have ever been reprinted in London. before witnessed. On several occa

Evan. Magsions we have been obliged to check their liberality, and take half what The Religious Tract Society in they offered, and what we thought London, as appears from their annual they ought to give. In very many report, May 9, 1805, since 1799, when instances, servants have given one the institution was formed, have isthird of their wages for the year. In sued from their Depositary, more than one instance, a poor seri ant-maid two millions of tracts. Pleasing acput down one guinea on the plate, be- counts of the usefulness of these ing one-third of her wages : that it publications are frequently received. might not be perceived what she put A clergyman writes thus to the So. down, she covered the guinea with a ciety ; “ I have dispersed a few hun. halfpenny. One little boy had with dreds of your tracts in my chapelry much trouble reared a brood of and neighbourhood, during the two chickens : when the collection came last years ; and thank God, he has to be made, he sold them all, and made them a blessing to many: gave every farthing he got for them “ When I entered on my ministry towards it; and this was his whole here, less than one fourth of the in. stock, and all the living that he had. habitants attended public worship Innumerable instances of a similar Sunday mornings ; few or none in the nature might be mentioned. Great afternoon. Now I have often the satjoy prevails universally at the thought isfaction of meeting two-thirds of that the poor Heathens are likely soon my neighbours at chapel, morning to be in possession of a Bible; and and afternoon on the Lord's-day. you will never hear a prayer put up, Communicants, for the last two years, have been double the number they joy and delight in my soul ; and could were before ; and an earnest desire not help weeping so much, that I forto grow in grace, and in the knowl- got myself, and remained sitting in the edge of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'is in church. My heart has ever since general manifest in our little village. been fixed upon our Saviour alone;

“I hare reason to conclude, that and I often weep for Him. Now I God bas wrought this happy change know truly what you mean by feeling among us by the means of your tracts, our Saviour near and precious to the as much as by all my feeble efforts soul, and experiencing his great love united.

ibid. for sinners ; and that it is not enough

to be baptized, and to enjoy other

privileges in the congregation, but XISSION OF THE UNITED BRETH- that every one ought to be able to say REN AT LABRADOR.

for himself, “ My Saviour is mine ; From the forty-first No. of the pe. he died for my sins, and received even riodical accounts relating to the Mis

me as his child." "This I now feel in sions of the United Brethren among my heart, and am both humbled and the heathen, it appears that there has thankful before him.” been a pleasing revival of religion among the Esquimaux, in a time

JEWS. of scarcity and distress. During For three years past, Mr. JOSEPH their greatest sufferings they came to SAMUEL C. F. FREY, a converted church (says the Diary) with friend- Jew from Germany, has been preach. ly and cheerful countenances, and ing to his brethren, the offspring of some would say, “ If we only feel in Abraham, the gospel of Jesus Christ, our hearts, the presence of our Sav. in a very interesting and impressive iour, who has loved us so much, and manner. He was in London in Sep. died and shed his blood, that our sins tember last, where he had two months miglit be forgiven, we may well be before established a Saturday evening cheerful and contented, though our

lecture. outward circumstances are difficult, It is contemplated to collect, and and we have not much to eat; for we form into one Christian church, the trust that He will also care for us in converted Jews from different parts that respect, and look to him for of Europe. Information of more than help."

twenty has been already received. " Their whole behaviour during this If this important measure can be car. time of trial, gave us much pleasure ried into effect, it may be a mean of exand encouragement. There was a citing among the Jews generally, a spigeneral and powerful awakening rit of inquiry into the truth of Chris. among them, which first began to be tianity. Such a society would afford al. perceived in some women who were so a refuge to those, who, on embrabaptized last winter.

cing the religion of Christ, are obliged “One of the above mentioned women to forsake father and mother, and being asked, How she was first led to earthly substance. reflections so much more serious than A prayer meeting among a few conformerly, she replied, That a mission. rerted Jews has been established on ary had been speaking, at a meeting Friday evening, at Mr. Frey's apart. of the Esquimaux,concerning the great ments, where his brothren are invited pains which the Lord Jesus Christ had to converse with him. endured for our sakes, in soul and

Esan. Mag. body, and his readiness now to accept the worst of sinners, who plead the A letter from London, of Sept. 16th merits oí' his blood. “This," added 1805, to one of the Editors, speaking she, “ I had often beard before, but I of Mr. Frey, says, “ He is a most innever felt what I then felt. I thought teresting preacher. The Jews, howeven for me, a wretched creature, who

ever, oppose him most bitterly, so that lived worse than a dog in every kind his life has been frequently in danger. of abomination, as our Saviour suffer- The converts to Christianity, among ed so much, and he will now receive the Jews, are treated with the greatest even me, and have mercy upon me! barbarity, by their relations." At the saine time, I felt a singular

MR. KICHERER, THE CELEBRATED On the 30th of May, 1805, the an

MISSIONARY TO SOUTH AFRICA. nual general meeting of the Charity

This distinguished servant of God Schools in London took place in St. appears to have been prepared in a Paul's Cathedral. The number of peculiar manner for missionary la. children was upwards of 6000, be. bours. At an early period of life, he sides whom 7000 persons were suphappened to read Cook's Voyages: posed to be present. The spectacle his mind was then led to contemplate was grand, and highly gratifying to the miserable condition of the human every benevolent mind. A sermon race sitting in the region and shadow was preached on the occasion by the of death. His soul longed for their Bishop of Bristol. Christian Obsero. salvation; and be eagerly desired, if possible, to be instrumental to that end. But he had no conception of any means whereby this could be accomplished, We have learned with real satis. nor did he know there was a mission. faction, that the venerable Bishop of ary in the world. For many years, London has interfered to prevent the however, the ardent desire of evangel- continuance of those subscription izing the heathen dwelt on his mind. concerts, which have been performed At length, the Missionary Society was at the houses of differept noblemen, formed ; when being one afternoon to the disgrace of a Christian counat the house of a friend, a Dutch min. try, on a Sunday. His Lordship's reister first informed him that British monstrances, it is hoped, will be effec. Christians were devising means to tual, without the necessity of resortsend the gospel to the heathen. It is ing to legal measures. If not, we impossible to express the joy afforded are assured that he will be deterred him by this intelligence. From this by no considerations of rank and inmoment Mr. Kicherer exulted in the fluence from pursuing the path of his bope, that he should one day gratify duty, by suppressing these outrages the dearest wish of his heart, in be. on public decency, and bringing decoming the messenger of Jesus to the linquents to justice. His Lordship benighted world. Application was has succeeded in preventing the entersoon made to the society, and he was tainments at the opera froin encroachaccepted as one of their missionaries. ing, as had been the practice, on the Relig. Mon. Sunday morning.


Literary Intelligence.


and is actually distributed in the ANOTHER building has been clear. Mediterranean, by the numerous ed from the ashes which buried the channels of which our naval superior. city of Pompeii, in the year of Christ ity gives us the command. It is said 79. Vases, coins, inusical instru- to be perused with avidity, not only ments, and several fresco paintings, in the Grecian islands, but on the have been found in good preserva- coast of Asia Minor, and in the retion.

gencies on the coast of Africa. This At the town of Fiesole, near Flor- is an efficacious means of increasing ence, a beautiful amphitheatre has the importance of our occupation been discovered, and the greatest of Malta. The illumination of a part of it cleared from the rubbish. free press judiciously directed, may It is supposed capable of containing operate powerfully in dissipating the at least thirty thousand persons. mists of error and deception, whicb

have enveloped the wide horizon of MALTA.

the Mediterranean. The Italian lan. A WEEKLY paper, in Italian, has guage is the common medium of inbeen some time printed at Malta; tercourse round that sea, and this exVol. I. No. 7.





tensive range is placed completely “ The present times are peculiarly within our influence, so long as we distinguished for the necessity of possess Malta.

Christ. Obsero. calling the minds of Christians in

general, and of the world at large, to

the genuine dictates of the standard The Tylerian Society has decreed of truth. We have seen the plainest the gold medal to Jacob Hafner of passages of Holy Writ wrested from Amsterdam for his prize essay on

their evident import; and passages the following question : “What has confessedly difficult, have been trium. been the influence of missions in dif. pliantly adduced as demonstrations of fusing Christianity during the two folly and imposture ; without inquirlast centuries ; and what may be ex. ing whether accurate information pected from the Missionary Societies might not render them clear and ea. now existing ?"

sy. Influenced by these, and by other considerations, of which the public

cannot be ignorant, and desirous of A new Academy of Sciences has

vindicating truth, and promoting piety been founded at Munich, under the

and knowledge, the editors presume direction of Count RumFORD, who

to think they could not have rendered has been named its President. To

a more acceptable service to the

interests of religion, than by reprintthis, Sommering, and other men of

ing a work of established reputation, learning, have been appointed with handsome salaries. A large observa

in which, from the nature and form of

it, any article that can be desired may tory has been built, and furnished in

be instantly found in its proper place, a very complete manner.

satisfactorily explained in a simple and perspicuous manner.

" This work is the production of MR. ARTHUR YOUNG is arrived at

thirty years professedly devoted to it; Petersburgh, on a statistical journey it has ever been esteemed a complete through the Russian empire, in which

library of scripture knowledge. It he purposes to employ twelve months.

has been translated into most lanHe has been received with the re

guages, French, English, German, spect due to his pursuits and his

Dutch, Spanish, &c. Its authority character.

has always stood very high ; not a From the last report to the minis

commentator of repute has appeared ter of public instruction, it appears since the publication of it, who has that the schools throughout the em. not either quoted from it, or appealed pire amount to 494, the teachers to

to it. No library has ever been deem1425, and the pupils to 33,484. The

ed complete without it: but its use. maintenance of these seminaries

fulness is not confined to the learned, amounts to 1,727,732 roubles of 215,

or to the library; it is calculated for 9561. sterling. These seminaries are the service of all who'wish to "give exclusive of various civil and military

a reason for the hope that is in them," academies, as well as of all female

or who wish to understand, for them. schools. Private individuals emulate

selves, that sacred volume on which the government in their benefactions

they build their faith. for the promotion of public instruc- « This celebrated dictionary we tion. Counsellor Sudienkow has give have printed in quarto, as a more en 40,000 roubles for the erection of eligible size than folio; we have schools in Little Russia. The nobil.

accommodated it to English readers, ity of Podolia have contributed by our mode of publication, by 65,000 roubles to found a military

arrangement, &c. and, to render it school in that province. A number complete, we have annexed one of the of similar donations have been made

most entertaining, as well as instructive in various parts of the empire. works, which have issued from the

English press; forming an assemblage Mr. C. TAYLOR, of London, has of the most curious and pertinent ex. published an improved quarto edition tracts from voyages and travels into of Calmets dictionary of the Holy the east, which illustrate an infinity of Bible. The following' is his address scripture peculiarities and incidents, to the public:

by the same customs, manners, and

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