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Professor Ware's Questions are as themselres acquainted with our religion follows; and there can be no hesita- as it is fouud in our books, and to examine tion in characterizing them as alike the evidences of its truth and divine judicious and comprehensive:

origin? 1. What is the real success of the

"16. Are there many respectable nagreat exertions which are now making tives who are willing to have their children for the conversion of the natives of India educated in the English language, and in 10 Christianity ?

English learning and arts? “ 2. What the pumber and character

17. What benefits have arisen, or are of converts?

likely to arise, from the translation of “3. Are those Hindoos who profess the Scriptures into the languages of the Christianity respectable for their under. East? Are they read by any who are not standing, their morals, and their condi. already Christians? And are they likely tion in life?

to be read generally even by those who “4. Of what caste are they generally? are? This question is suggested by the And what effect has their profession of representatious which have been niade, Christianity upon their standing ?

that converts to Christianity are mostly, • “5. Are they Christians from inquiry if not altogether, of the lowest and most and conviction, or from other motives ? ignorant classes of society. Is this repre

“6. Of what denomination of Christians sentation true? have the Missionaries been most success

“18. Will any important impression ful; Catholic, Protestant, Episcopalian, favourable to Christianity ever be made, Baptist, Trinitarian, Unitarian ?

except by the conversion and through the *7. What is the number of Unitarian influence of persons of education and of Christians? And are they chiefly natives the higher classes of society, who can or Europeans ?

read our sacred books in the original, or “8. How are they regarded and treated at least in the English version ? by other Christians? Is it with any pecu- been made, faithful; free from sectarian

“19. Are the translations which have liar hostility? : “9. What are the chief causes that influence, as to the expression of Chrishave prevented, and that continue to pre

tian doctrine? vent, the reception of Christianity by the

“20. Are there any particular parts of natives of India? May much of the want India or of the East, where efforts for of success be reasonably attributed to the propagating Christianity or preparing the form in which the religion is presented way for it, might be made with better to them ? '

hopes than in others?"-Pp. 4–6. "10. Are any of the causes of failure of such a nature, that it may be in the power bis Answers to these Queries, is dated

The letter of Mr. Adam, containing of Upitarian Christians to remove them?

11. Are there any reasons for believe Calcutta, December 24, 1823. It is ing that Christianity, as it is held by Uni- copious in its detail

, and bears the tarians, would be more readily received by marks of a sound mind, fairly stating intelligent Hindoos, than as it is held by whatever might afford means of judgTrinitarians ?

inent to others, earnest in its desires “12. Can any aid be given by Unitarians for the spread of Christian truth, and to the cause of Christianity in India with a reasonable prospect of success? If any yet weighing those difficulties faith

not disposed to sink under difficulties, can be given, of what kind,—in what fully, and giving such results, whereway,–by what means? 13. Would it be of any use to send

ever required by truth of fact, as may Unitarian Missionaries with a view to discourage the more sanguine, and their preaching Christianity for the pur

check the expectations of some who pose of converting adult natives? through ignorance may have raised

"14. Would it be useful to establish them too high; yet in the midst of all, Unitarian Missionary schools for the in- giving such an insight into the real struction of the children of natives in the bearings of the case, and such enradiments of a European education, in couragement to those who know how the English language, in Christian morali. to work for the future, that we are ty, miogling with it very little instruction persuaded it will damp ardour only relative to the doctrines of Christianity; where it is undisciplined, and will leaving them chiefly or wholly out of view point to good hopes to those who to be learnt afterwards from our books, desire always to abound in the work and our example?

“ 15. Are there many intelligent natives of the Lord. who are willing to learn the languages of

Much of the information which Mr. Europe, to cultivate its literature, to make Adam gives to our · American bre

thren, is such as could have been in abilities and acquirements, both Eurogiven by no other. He betrays no pean and Asiatic, nor in Christian zeal confidence ; but he removes much of and exertions, are sincere enough to conthat false glare which is thrown around fess openly, that the number of their conthe missionary services of orthodoxy, verts, after the hard labour of six years, by shewing us the plain fact

; and were does not exceed four; and in like manner, we of that party, we should thank whose resources are much greater than

the Independent Missionaries of this city, him for his unvarnished tale. It will be our object in the next that their missionary exertions for seven

those of Baptists, candidly acknowledge, number, to give some of the varied years have been productive only of one information to be derived from this convert."-Corresp. p. 126. Correspondence, which may enable “The result (says Mr. Adain) of my our English Unitarians to judge what own observations, of my examination of course they should pursue, and will, the different missionary accounts to which we think, induce them to co-operaté ! have hađaccess, and of my inquiries with our American brethren in follow. from those who, in some cases, have had ing the call of Providence, and (with better means of knowing or of being in. out forgetting the worthy labourer at of native converts, properly so called,

formed than myself, is, that the number Madras, William Roberts) saying to now living, and in fall communion with Rammohun Roy and his able co-ad

ove or other of the Protestant Missionary jutor, What we can, we will do, with Churches, does not exceed three hundred. full purpose of heart.

It will give me pleasure to see it proved To shew, however, how little has that there are nearly a thousand baptized hitherto been done, we will extract two natives; but it will not surprise me if an passages from the Correspondence at accurate investigation should shew that the close of the answers to the first the number of such persous is even less inquiry; the first by Rammohun Roy; than that which I have stated. What the second, more detailed, by Mr. ever be the number of real converts, Adam :

however, many of them have relations,

children, friends and acquaintances, who, “The Baptist Missionaries of Ser. although not converts, may be considered ampore have repeatedly given the pub as belonging to the native Christian populic to understand, that their converts lation, on account of their being brought, were not only numerous, but also respec. in a greater or less degree, within the table in their conduct; while the young sphere of Christian instruction. The Baptist Missionaries in Calcutta, though number of these it would be still. more not inferior to any Missionaries in India unsatisfactory to compute.”—P. 42.

POETRY

HAPPY HOURS.

Happy hour in which I rise

From the mists of selfish cares,
From this vale of vanities,

From this scene of woes and tears,
Seeking a sublimer goal,
For a heaven-aspiring soul.
Happy hour in which I hold,

Sweet communion with my God;
When the book of life unrolld,

Shews the upward, onward road,
Which conducts to heav'n, where rest,
Peace and joy, await the blest.
Happy hour in which I taste

Some sweet promise of the day,
Which the present and the past

Light with hope's 'serenest ray;
Throiving o'er a future bliss,
All the brightest beams of this.

HUMILITY.

Lord! from its deepest, most retired recesses,
Thee my check'd spirit treinblingly addresses ;
And all its weakness, all its fears confessing,
Implores Thy blessing !
My life is full of error. Hadst Thou set Thee
To mark my faults, as I, Lord! to forget Thee,-
Hadst Thou been swift to punish, I had found me
With terror round me.
But Thou art merciful, though pure, and writest
No strict account against me, but delightest,
Not in our bane, but bliss. We are surrounded
By love unbounded.
If I should wander, call me back t'obey Thee;
Lead me, and sanctify, and save, I pray Thee;
Pour out Thy light, Thy love, Thy bounty o’er me
To peace restore me.
Thy peace, which makes my heav'n—Thy love, unclouded,
Which shall shine out at length, however shrouded,
O let them bless me, and desert roe never,
Now and for ever!

ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP.

Not with trees of Lebanon

Would we raise
Altars—Thou all-blessed One

- To thy praise.
No! our altars, Lord ! shall be

Bosoms of sincerity.
Not with blood of goats or kine,

Would we pour
Offerings to Thy name divine ;

But adore,
In the meekness and the peace
Of our spirits' loneliness.
Not with incense steaming high,

Would we mount
To Thy temple, in the sky,

Glory's fount !
But in hymns as gently breath’d,
As the dews by twilight wreath'd.

ADVENT OF CHRIST.

Single voice.
Lo! he comes, the Lord of glory,

Peace and triumplr in his train;
Lo! he comes, by angels guarded,
Over all the earth to reign.

Death and darkness
Would arrest his course in vain.

Chorus.
Lo! he comes, the Lord of glory,

Sin and sorrow scatt'ring far ;
Lo! he comes, and at his presence
Woe retires and wasting war.

Bow before him ;
Bow before yon orient star!
Lo! he comes, the Lord of glory,

Shouts of joy his path attend ;
Lo! he comes. Let tribes and nations,
Grateful and rejoicing, bend.

He has triumph'd,
Saviour-Conqueror-Master-Friend.

THE INFANT'S GRAVE.

Dim is the eye-ihe

eye

of blue-
No more shall its brightness glow;
And the locks that play'd so gracefully,

Repose on a forehead of snow-
Not a tear bedews that innocent face,
Nor the smile of joy finds a resting-place.
Mute is the tongue--the prattling tongue,

That whiled the dull hour away;
The artless wish ne'er shall move it again,

The impulse of love give it play-
Its accents were sweet-more sweet than the tale
The nightingale tells to the evening gale.
Pale is the form—the beauteous form-

It is laid in a lowly bed;
The blossom of promise is perished, alas !

The gay dreams of hope are all fled:
From the spoiler's hand could not innocence save ?
See! the cypress waves o’er the infant's grave.
Pure is the spirit-it lives! it lives!

Nor to death's dread influence yields ;
The flight of a seraph it wings sublime,

It alights on Elysian fields ;
It tastes the pure joys of the blest above,
And dwells in the rays of eternal love.
So fades the gem—the fragrant gem,

That peeps from beneath the shade;
Drooping it falls from its lowly stem,

In the dust its beauties are laid ;
Its colours are lost-neglected it lieg-

But still it is sweet--the perfume ne'er dies.
Iminster, January 30, 1825.

E. W.

OBITUARY.

1824. April 7, at Philadelphia, Wil- three battalions of foot for the defence LIAM Rogers, D.D., in the 73rd year of of the province, of which he was aphis age. He was born, 1751, in Newport, pointed Chaplain. Not long after, he Rhode Island; his parents being respec- was promoted to a Brigade Chaplaincy table and pious members of the Particular on the Continental Establishment, where Baptist denomination. Early impressed he continued during the war, witnessing with the importance of religion, he made the iucessaut alternations of defeat and a profession of his faith by Baptism, and victory which marked that eventful copbecame a member of the church, of which test from its rise to its termination. In he was an ornament to the latest period these conflicts, he mingled with corresof life. At the age of twelve years, he pondent emotions of sorrow or of joy. commenced his preparatory studies for After an immense expenditure of money the ministry, and in two years entered and of blood on the part of Britain, sucthe College at Warren-which was after. cess crowned the cause of his native counwards removed to Providence. In 1769, try, which he had warmly and generously he finished his studies and took his de- espoused. In 1781, he exchanged the gree of A. B. He was one of the first theatre of war for the scenes of a bepupils of this Institution, for which he loved privacy, and which he has been retained a predilection to the day of his heard to declare he never would have decease. His gratitude to his Alma Ma- quitted, but for the amor patriæ which ter could not be obliterated. Under the glowed so vividly in his breast. In his superiutendence of Dr. Asa Messer, it is Ictters to the writer of this article, he become one of the most flourishing Uni- often touched on the favourite topic with versities in America. It was indeed to delight, never mentioning the celebrathe suggestign of Dr. Rogers, that Brown tion of the return of the 4th of July, the University stands indebted for that valu- day on which American Independence able accession' to its library, the books of was proclaimed, but in terms of raptuthe late William Richards, of Lynn, who rous exultation. Having once cougraadmired the broad' basis on which it tulated him upon the tranquillity of their was raised-at once favourable to the rising empire, he, in his reply, spiritedly right of private judgment, and to the retorted, '“ 'Talk' not, my dear friend, claims of Scriptural Christianity. In after this manner. You forget, we are 1771, Dr. Rogers was called to the a vast Republic, having on this side of the Christian Ministry. Soon after, he left water neither empires nor kingdoms Newport, where he had taught an Aca. amongst us, and of course neither kings demy, and settled at Philadelphia. In nor emperors to disturb our tranquillity." March 1772, he took the pastoral charge, The watchful patriot is never found by ordination, of the first Baptist Church slumbering over the hallowed liberties of in that city. Here commenced his mi- his country. pisterial career arnidst a people who re- The public situation held by Dr. Rocognized his merits; whilst he, in return, gers during the war, brought him fredid every thing in his power to promote queutly in contact with General Wash, their improvement. In this station he ington, who seems to have entertained would have remained, pursuing the even a more than ordinary regard for him. tenor of his way, had not an event oc- Indeed, he was of great service in introcurred which had been for some time ducing certain British emigrants to the anticipated, and by which the Continent illustrious President of the American Rewas convulsed to its foundation. This was public; one of which interviews was thus no other than the revolt of the Colonies, communicated by a young mau to a friend which brought on a war of seven long in this country :- " We waited (June years with the Mother Country, but the 1793) on Dr. Rogers, a most entertainsaccessful issue of wbich ranked the Uni- ing and agreeable man. We were with ted States among the nations of the earth! him great part of the time we remained At this momentous crisis, the energies, in the city, and were introduced by him intellectual and moral, of Dr. Rogers to General Washington. The General was were of too high an order to be suffered not at home when we called, but while to remain 'dormant. In these spirit-stir- we were talking with his private secrering times, he was selected to take an tary in the hall, he came in, and spoke assigned station, where he discharged his to Dr. Rogers with the greatest ease and duties with singular fidelity. In Juue familiarity, immediately asking us up to 1775, the Peonsylvanian Legislature voted the drawing room, where was Lady Wash

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