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in Christ Jesus. Through mercy, Mrs. M. is quite restored. Mr. M. is considered out of danger, but is extremely feeble, and will be obliged to keep his bed for several days.


Our dear Dr. Macgowan has not been quite himself from the time he was maltreated by the Turkish soldiers; he was ailing during September and part of this month. On the 17th instant, he was so far recovered as to be able to proceed to Hebron for change of air. On the 21st, he intended to return to Jerusalem, but was so exhausted and fatigued that he remained at Bethlehem until after Sunday. The following Monday we were alarmed by the report that Dr. Macgowan was seriously ill at Bethlehem. Mr. Bergheim immediately proceeded thither; Mr. Critchlow, our architect, and myself followed soon afterwards, and found the Doctor in what we considered a dangerous state: he did not speak, and was quite unconscious, at intervals, delirious. I remained there the whole of that day and night. In the evening the Pasha's doctor, a Greek. gentleman, who was sent for, came; remedies were applied, and in the morning the Doctor was a little better.

On the 26th, I went again to Bethlehem, and was most thankful to find that our good Doctor was up again, though very feeble. He is still at Bethlehem, where he is daily gaining strength.



On the 13th instant, I was agreeably surprised by the arrival of three Germans, who had been sent as a Deputation from sixty German families now residing in Georgia, to the Holy Land, in order to see whether they could settle here as colonists. As far back as

1817, a large number of Germans, all natives of the kingdom of Würtemberg, emigrated towards Palestine, believing that the second coming of Christ was at hand; but they could not then reach the promised land. Alexander, the Emperor of Russia, engaged them to settle in his dominions, which they did, near Tiflis, in Georgia. They established seven colonies, but on condition that whenever there should be an opening for them to settle in the land of Judah, they should be permitted to leave Russia. Twenty-five years have since elapsed, but these Germans have constantly had their thoughts directed to Jerusalem. They had of late heard that a Protestant Bishopric was established in the Holy Land, and they thought again

-"The time is near at hand." Thus they sent three of their number to inquire into the state of things in this part of the world, and to bring them word again, if they could safely settle as tillers of the ground. They asked and received permission from the Russian Government to set out on their journey. When they arrived in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, they had a long interview with the Russian Ambassador, who informed them that, according to existing regulations, if they settled in any part of the Turkish Empire as farmers, they would have to become rayahs, i. e., Turkish subjects. They felt this to be so great an obstacle, that they were inclined to return immediately; but being so near Palestine, they thought they would go on to Jerusalem. They brought a letter of introduction to me from Constantinople, and I rejoiced to see them.

These are exactly the men whom we need in this country, but there is at present no opening for them. They had already seen sufficient of the country before they arrived here, to make their report to their employers. They had been at Bethlehem, at St. John, and at Aboocoosh; the latter place they liked very much, and remarked, that a fine colony could be established there. I introduced them to our Bishop,

who felt greatly interested in them. There they met with Dr. Schulz, His Prussian Majesty's Consul, who gave them a great deal of information. However, as they had failed in their mission, they stayed here but three days, and then returned to Russia. All here who feel an interest in the welfare of the Holy Land, were extremely sorry that circumstances did not permit their settling here.


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Sunday, October 15, was a very interesting day for our little community, it being the birth-day of his Majesty the King of Prussia. The Bishop preached a sermon in the morning, with special reference to that interesting fact: the Prussian Consul, Dr. Schulz, attended the service in uniform. The text was Psalm cxxii. 6,- "They shall prosper that love thee." After having proved that the passage referred to the literal Jerusalem and her people, and after having shown that our love for Zion must appear ;first, in our attention to, and interest in it; secondly, in our sympathy; thirdly in our efforts; and fourthly, in our prayers ;-his Lordship remarked, "Now, my brethren, in all these respects his Majesty the King of Prussia has, in a most remarkable manner, manifested his love, and it is our privilege, as well as our pleasing duty, in common gratitude, to make mention of it on this sacred day, in our assembly on Mount Zion, as it happens to be the commemoration of his Majesty's birth. Not looking with indifference, but with attention, to the state of this wonderful country, sympathizing with it in its low estate, seeing it almost totally destitute of those blessings which she was the first instrument of conferring upon others his Majesty followed it up by active exertions, and in a most noble, disinterested spirit, in order to make the efforts as strong and as effectual as possible, proposed to the country and Church of England to undertake the work, not even

wishing to let his name appear in the plan beyond the assistance which he so nobly offered; and the result has, in the most wonderful providence of God, been our being here this day. Now this may, in itself, appear to many of little moment or importance; but whatever it be, it marks, in the strongest possible manner, his Prussian Majesty's love for Jerusalem, the city of God's love; and though, in the public service of our Church, we have no prayers provided for such an occasion, I trust, brethren, our hearts will this day be lifted up, in humble prayer to Almighty God, that he may be pleased to spare his Majesty, as well as our gracious Majesty Queen Victoria; that they may long be the supporters and protectors of the simplicity of the truth as it is in Jesus; that they may, in spirit and in truth, be nursing parents to our infant establishment here; and that they may be permitted to see the good of Jerusalem all the days of their lives, yea, and peace upon Israel."

In the afternoon, I preached from the words, "Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness” (Isaiah i. 27), and alluded to the interesting circumstance, that we were permitted to celebrate in the Holy City the birth-day of that Protestant King, to whom most of us were indebted for the privileges we enjoy here.

On the 16th, our Bishop, some members of our congregation, and myself, paid our respects to Dr. Schulz, as his Prussian Majesty's representative in the Holy City, to congratulate him on the occasion. The Bishop read an address. Dr. Schulz replied most kindly, and stated, that he would not fail to forward the address to the Prussian Government, together with a statement of the mode in which the first birth-day of his Sovereign, during his residence in the Holy City, had been celebrated, and expressed his good wishes for the prosperity of our undertaking here for enlightening, by an example of true religion, the nations of the East, together with his hope, that the

united efforts of England and Prussia, in this respect, would be crowned with success.


Nov.-There has been but little variety in my proceedings this month. Almost every day has been occupied in the same glorious work of instructing candidates for baptism. Next Christmas, Dr. Kiel, Mrs. and Miss K., Mr. Ducat's daughter, Mr. Max, and Mr. L. will (D.v.) be baptized. The number of secret inquirers is increasing, most of whom are under regular instruction. The work of the Lord is gaining ground in the Holy City and in the Holy Land. We receive most encouraging accounts from the brethren at Safet. The Lord bless and protect them! Rabbi Judah Levi's wife and children, are still among the Jews; his faith has been put severely to the test, the Jews endeavour all they can to bring him back; but hitherto the Lord has given him strength to remain firm.


Only three times during this month have I been able to visit the Jews at their own houses; nevertheless, these few short visits have, I trust, been blessed by the Lord. I had a serious conversation with an aged Jew at his room; he had been with me several times, when I gave him some tracts, which he read, and confessed that they contained good things. At another time I visited one of the chief Talmudic schools of the Sephardim, where I was very civilly received, and invited to sit down among the rabbies, with whom I conversed. I had also some.conversation with three Jews lately arrived from Russia, to whom I pointed out the way of salvation.

A short time since a Jewish family arrived here and met one of our converts, who was a countryman of

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