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be in vain to expect that the gospel will about fifteen years, to have the word ever widely spread in this country, till of God translated and printed in all the God so blesses the means as that native languages of the east. Our situation men shall be raised up, who will carry is such as to furnish us with the best the despised doctrine, brought into the assistance from natives of the different country by the Mleeches, into the very countries. We can have types of all teeth of the brahmins, and prove from the different characters cast here ; and the scriptures, that this is indeed the about 700 rupees per month, (part of Christ that should come into the world. which I hope we shall be able to furWe hope we see the dawn of this.” (p. nish,) would complete the work. The 426.)

The mighty argument that sic languages are, the Hindoostanee, Mahlences every opposer is, that Jesus arastia, Oreea, Telingua, Bhotan, Bur. Christ has done what no man else ever mah, Chinese, Corkin-Chinese, Tondid, or had compassion enough to do. quinese, and Malay. On this great He bore our sorrows, and made his work we have fixed our eyes. Whethsoul an offering for sin. In all the ex- er God will enable us to accomplish amples of their gods, they find nothing it, or any considerable part of it, is unlike this. Although their ideas of sin certain.” (p. 456.) are extremely deficient, yet this amaz- The periodical accounts given by the ing instance of Almighty love strikes Baptist Missionary Society, (No. 12.) them at once, as fitted above every of the superstitions and abominable ithing for the helplessness of man, and dolatries of the Hindoos, are very afworthy of all acceptation. You can have fecting. On the 18th of April, 1804, but little idea of the impression which three women were burnt with the this one truth has begun to make on this corpses of their husbands, on one pile, heathen country. It does not strike a near the house of the missionaries. converted person in England with such This horrid act is considered by the novelty and fitness, as it does here, natives, as a strong proof of the truth where the wits have been racked for of their religion !! The British govern. 80 many centuries, to find a way of life our, to prevent this dreadful mischief that should be accompanied with its in the districts subject to the English leading to God and heaven ; and government, has issued his proclamawhere, for so long a time, the guilty tion prohibiting the practice. It is conscience has sought in vain for some notwithstanding continued ; and 30000 solid ground to rest upon.” (p. 427.) women, at least, perish annually by

" It would give you great pleasure, this diabolical superstition. could you drop suddenly among us, on an ordinance day, and see the lively af- The Sunday School Society, from its fection with which such a number of institution in 1785, to Sep. 1804, it appersons of different colours and nations pears from their report, had establishunite in commemorating the dying ed or assisted 2232 schools, in which, love of Christ. You must not suppose 200,787 scholars have been instructed; however that our brethren are without and they have distributed, beside spell. faults, or that their knowledge and ing books,42,680 testaments, and 6,583 steadiness are equal to that of the same bibles, beside donations of more than number of christians in England. We £4000 sterling in money. have to contend with the versatility of On the 31st of May, 1804, according their minds; to bear with their pre- to annual custom, opward of six thoucipitancy; to nurse them like children sand charity children, attended by their in the ways of knowledge ; sometimes patrons, masters, and matrons, went to rebuke sharply, sometimes to re- in procession to St. Paul's church, firain for the present, sometimes to ex.

where excellent postulate, sometimes to entreat, and preached by the Bishop of Lincoln, ofien to carry all to the throne of grace, from Matt. xi. 5. " And the poor hade and pour out our complaints to God. the gospel preached unto them." They have however never showed any propensity to go back to idolatry, and The annual conference of the preachwe have, on the whole, reason to re. ers in Mr. Wesley's connection, was joice in them all.” (p. 438.)

held in London, 30th of July last. In « We have it in our power, if our the minutes of their proceedings, the peans were equal to it, in the space of numbers in the society are thus statede



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In Europe, viz. Great Britain, preaching of the gospel and the adIreland, the Norman Isle,

ministration of its ordinances in a statand Gibraltar,

120,322 ed manner, there is generally manifestIn the British dominions in A.

ed a growing attention to the things of merica,

1,410 religion. A more than usual anxiety, In the West Indies,


and more vigorous exertions have also Whites,

been manifested by vacant congregaColoured people and 14,164

tions to have the institutions of religBlacks,

15,796 ion statedly among them. In several In the United States, Whites,

places the highly important duty of 87,020

catechising has been more attended to Coloured people and 22,650 than formerly, and has produced those Blacks,

109,670 salutary effects, which we have reason

to expect will always flow from it.

247,098 The prospects with respect to the The number in Europe is somewhat Indians are highly encouraging. А less this year than the last; owing, it school has been established among the seems, to a considerable falling away in Cherokees, in the state of Tenessee, Ireland. Yet there is an increase in under the care of the Rev. Mr. Blacka the whole amount of between 11,000 burn, with Aattering prospects. Some and 12,000, since the last conference. of the Indian tribes to the westward

seem also favourably disposed to reUNITED STATES.

ceive the gospel, and have expressed Report of the committee on the general

an earnest desire to have schools es. state of religion exhibited to the Gener. 'tablished among them. The school a. al Assembly of the Presbyterian Church mong the Catabaws, established by the in the United States of America, May,

synod of the Carolinas, is also continu1805.

ed ; and several young men of differThe information, which has been re- ent tribes have received, and are now ceived, respecting the state of religion receiving, their education under the within the bounds of the General As. care of the synod of Pittsburg. sembly during the last year, exhibits a Whilst there is very satisfactory evvariegated scene. Whilst, on the one idence to believe, that there has been hand, it presents many things which a great and glorious work of God carare just cause of gratitude and rejoic- ried on throughout a widely extended ing; on the other, it brings into view, portion of country to the south and some, calculated to produce humiliation west, within the bounds of the General and regret. In several congregations, Assembly, and that many souls have particularly on Long Island, in the been savingly brought home to God ; bounds of the synod of Albany, and in it is proper to observe, that in general the western parts of the Presbytery of this has been accompanied with very New Brunswick, there have been con- uncommon andi e atraordinary effects siderable revivals of religion. The on the body. There appears also reanumber of adults who have been re- son to believe, that, in certain places, ceived into the church in different some instances of these bodily affecparts, by baptism, as well as those who tions have been of such a nature, and have been admitted to the sacrament proceeded to sueh lengths, as greatly of the Lord's Supper, has been consid- tended to impede the progress, and to erable. Such as have been added to tarnish the glory, of what, in its first the church, during the revivals which stages, was so highly promising. That have taken place in times past, have God has all the powers both of our generally, and indeed almost universal mortal and immortal part absolutely ly, proved steadfast in the faith, been under his direction, and subject to his progressive in their christian course, control, and can intiuence and affect and evidenced the sincerity of their them according to his sovereign pleasprofession by the holiness of their lives ure, will not be doubted by any who and conversation ; whilst instances of acknowledge Him as the framer of our apostasy have been very rare. Praying bodies, and the father of our spirits ; societies have been established in ma

and that in him we live, and move, and ny places, and generally well attended. have our being Experience and the In those congregations which enjoy the very reason and nature of things also Vol. I. No. 1,



(June, manifest, that human nature may be these wild extravagances, or consider. deeply affected and even overpowered ed any bodily exercises as a criterion by particular views and impressions of by which to form a judgment of a per. spiritual and divine things. But it is son's character' or state ; but have equally manifest, that these effects may formed their opinion in this case from be, in a considerable degree, produced the conformity of their views and exa by natural causes, or by the agency of ercises to the word of God. The As. spiritual and subordinate beings. Sa- sembly are happy to find, that the pertan may transform himself now, as well nícious and destructive principles of as formerly, into an angel of light. It infidelity and philosophy, falsely so is enjoined upon us not to believe every called, continue to lose their influence, spirit, but to try the spirits whether or are less avowed. Whilst, at the they be of God. As the magicians en- same time, they have cause to lament, deavoured by their enchantments to that formality and lukewarmness in imitate and discredit the miracles per religion seem to prevail in some of our formed by Moses, so has it been an ar- churches and that the sacred insti. tifice of Satan, in every period of the tutions of the gospel are attended with church to endeavour to obstruct and so little power. Multitudes continue bring a reproach upon a revival of re- careless and secure, perishing in ignoligion, by counterfeiting the operations rance and in sin, whilst the love of ma. of the spirit of God, and exciting those ny waxes cold. A respectful and se. who were concerned in such revival, rious attention, however, to the insti. to extravagant and disorderly pro. tutions of religion, seems pretty genceedings. True religion is a most ra. erally to have prevailed, and an in. tional and scriptural thing. One of the creasing union and harmony in societies unhappy circumstances usually attend. which are composed of presbyteriane ing a revival of religion is, that some and congregationalists. who are engaged in it, are prone to We are also happy to learn by the consider all its concomitants, and eve. delegates from our sister churches of ry thing connected with it, as sacred. Connecticut, that the highly usefid This affords the adversary an opportu. practice of catechising has been more nity, unsuspected, of sowing tares a- than commonly attendedto amongthem, mong the wheat, to the great preju. that their churches are in peace, and dice of the approaching harvest. In that there is a generally increased at. times of the revival of religion, it high- tention to the things of religion aly concerns us carefully to guardagainst grieving the holy spirit of God, Upon the whole, the Assembly find and provoking

him to suspend or with no inconsiderable cause to bless and draw his gracious influence, either by praise God for the tokens of his good. resisting, or not duly improving his op- ness. They find also many things which crations; or by yielding to the sug- are cause of humiliation before him. gestions and influences of Satan. All They feelthemselves called upon, from religious experience is to be brought the circumstances in which they are to the test of divine truth, to the law, placed, to renewed and vigorous exerand to the testimony ; if it be not con- tions in the cause of their God and Re. formable to these, it is because it is deemer, in hope that their labours shall spurious. God is a God of order, and not be in vain in the Lord. And do not of confusion ; and whatever tends earnestly exhort all the people under to destroy the comely order of his wor. their care to activity and perseverance ship is not from him, for he is consist- in the christian course, looking to the ent with himself. Whilst, then, the mercy of God unto eternal life, through General Assembly mourn over, and la. Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom be ment, those irregular and disorderly glory in the churches, world without proceedings which have taken place end. Amen. Ass. Miss. Mag. in some parts, and which have tended to obscure and tarnish the glory of this Extract of a letter from Virginia, Sept. gooi work of God ; they rejoice, that

1804. in general they appear to subside ; “ It gives me much pleasure to be that the minds of the people are re- able to inform you that the revival of verting to more rational and scriptu- religion, of which I have formerly ral views and exercises ; that but few spoken, continues to extend. There of the ministers in their connection is every reason to hope that its effects have countenanced or encouraged will not be transitory: for in many

mong them.

parts of the country decent houses for county, who always have a sermon at publick worship have been lately erect. their monthly meetings, have, we hear, ed; and where such accommodations agreed that for the present year the are wanting, multitudes assemble, and sermon be on the subject of the Trini. continue encamped for days in the o- ty, or the divinity of Jesus Christ ; al. pen fields. This is a crisis, of which so that one of their number exhibit an enlightened and influential christians essay on one of these subjects at each should avail themselves"

of their meetings. The middle association of Essex

Literary Intelligence.





GREAT BRITAIN. Mr. Parkinson, surgeon, has in the In Portugal, a strong disposition has press a work, entitled, “ Organick Re. been lately manifested to patronize mains of the former world displayed.” those studies which benefit mankind. In which the Mosaick account of the This has been indicated by the patrondeluge is shown to agree with the pres. age afforded to Mr. Bartolozzi, after ent appearance of the globe.

Britain had declined to engage his serMajor Rennel has been comparing vices any longer; and by a commend. the Geography of Scripture, with his own able attempt to construct a map of that local observations, which have fully es- country from actual measurement, and tablished its accuracy. We have not a series of triangles. This map is heard whether the result of this inves- published in an advanced, though not tigation has been made publick. in a complete state.

Mr. Barrow, who lately published the second volume of his Travels into

The Literary Society of the county the interior of Africa, was, a year since, of Mansfield, in Saxony, have opened a about to bring forward the Account of subscription, for erecting a monument his Travels in China.

to LUTHER, at Eisleben in Saxony, the Mr. Park, the celebrated African place of his nativity. The king of Traveller, has undertaken another

Prussia patronizes and supports the journey of discovery, into the southern undertaking. part of Africa.

The Elector of BAVARIA has purA series of Letters has been publish- chased for the University of Wiirs, ed in England, written from South A burg, the Blánkian Cabinet of Natural merica, by an English gentleman, de. History consisting of 28,000 specitained a prisoner by the Spaniards, in

mens. The library of the University Paraguay, in the years 1797-8,descrip- has also been enriched with the books tive of the Country, Government and

that belonged to the secularized clergy. Manners of the Inhabitants, adorned

The number of works which apwith highly finished engravings.

peared at the last Leipsick Fair, was The Rev. T. Wood, of Huddersfield,

1404; among which were 125 novels ; has issued proposals for publishing by 36 dramatick pieces, and more than subscription, a work entitled, "An

300 translations. Historical, Geographical, and Chrono.

M. Harding, of the Observatory at logical account of the progress of Lilienthal, near Bremen, who has Christianity on its first promulgation ; been employed on an atlas of all the also a sketch of the primitive Christian stars down to those of the eighth magChurch ; with remarks on the revival nitude, which lie within and near the of religion in the present day.”. This orbits of the two new planets Ceres and work was to have been published in Palas, discovered on the first of Sept. April last, price 5s. boards.

1804, a THIRD NEW PLANET. Its An improved edition of Miss Han- place, as settled by Dr. Olbers, on nah Adams? View of Religions has Sept. 8, was at M. T. 8h. 11m. 20d. been published in England, revised 29m. 395. dec. in south Od. and corrected by the Rev. A. Fuller ; 47m. 19s. : its motion in A.R. is about to which is pretixed, an original Essay 7m. 56. retrograde, and in declination on the Nature and importance of truth.

about 12m. 24s. south per diem. It is


A new review commenced with this assistance of the New British and year, in London, called the Eclectic Re Foreign Bible Society. siew. The design of the Editors is ex- We have seen the three first num, pressed in the following motto, which bers, “ The object of this work is to they have prefixed to their work. rescue good writers from the partial

" Cicero gives us an account of the ity and abuse of Socinian and high various opinions of philosophers in his church criticks.” The work is ably age ; but he himself was cf the Eclectic and impartially conducted, and on evsect ; and chose out of each of them, ery account is worthy of publick pat. such positions, as, in his judgment, ronage. came nearest to the truth." Watts' All the above works harmonize in Improvement of the Mind.

their design, with the Panoplist, and The numbers appear monthly, con- from them the Editors expect to de: taining 80 pages Svo price 1s 6d ster- rive much assistance. ling. The profits are applied to the

(To be continued.)


Nov. 26. At Bath, aged 82 the the science of its mysteries, and in Rev. ARCHIBALD MACLAINE, forty fact taught every one to be his own eight years minister of the English physician. His “ Domestic Medicine church at the Hague. His funeral is doubtless one of the most useful Bermon was preached by Dr. Gardi: books on the subject, in any language ; ner, of Bath, who stated many partic. and bis “ Advice to Mothers" cannot be ulars which strongly indicated the too much recommended. truly christian frame of mind in which A letter just received from Edinthis venerable minister of the gospel burgh, from the secretary of the soci. departed this life. Dr. Gardiner ob- ety in Scotland, for promoting Chrisserved, as we have been told, that on tian Knowledge, announces, with retiring to bed, Dr. Maclaine thanked deep regret, the death of Rev. Dr. God, that while the heathens, naming John Kemp, the late worthy secretaSocrates in particular, were so much ry of the very respectable Society ain the dark about their future state, he, bovenamed. This intelligence (to who had been a grievous sinner, had, use the language of the letter) “ will through the mercy of God, such a perhaps be as sincerely lamented, blessed hope, and added, " I know though not so extensively felt, on the in whom I have believed." Dr. Gard- other side of the Atlantick, as it is in iner represented the Dr. to come as a his native country. In July last the penitent to the throne of grace, lean- doctor was visited by very alarming ing only on the cross of Christ, filled symptoms both of paralytick and apowith gratitude to God ; that Christ plectick affections, which led his phyJesus and eternal salvation were his sicians to order him to retire to the constant theme, and that he was filled country, where he chiefly resided with the hope of glory. His last since that period. For a considera words to his friends were, Weep ble time previous to his dissolution, not for me, Oye of little faith.” his health seemed to be rather in

In Scotland, Dr Join ROBINSON, proving; but on Tuesday last he had professor of Natural Philosophy in the a severe stroke of an apoplexy, and University of Edinburgh. Dr. Play- expired on Thursday," the 18th of fair, exprofessor of Mathematicks in April. We shall improve the earliest the same University has succeeded opportunity to communicate some him. Dr. RoTherax, professor of sketches of the character of this exNatural Philosophy in the neighbour- cellent man. ing University of St. Andrews, died In Mohegan, (Con.) MARTHA, a. about the same time! Also, Dr. ged 120; widow of Zacarah, one of WILLIAM BICHav, aged 76 ; in his the Nobility of the Mohegan tribe of death the medical world has lost one Indians, and many years an Agent of its most valuable members : a man from said tribe to the General Assem. who, perhaps beyond all others, sim- bly of Connecticut. plified the language and doctrines of Drowned, in Salem harbour, Mr. medicine, and, by adapting his style Jouy Edwards, rigger. He, with his io ordinary understoudings, stripped son and another man, were returning

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