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INDIA. that he had reason to praise God A LETTER has arrived from India, for what he had taught him, outdated as late as Aug. 31st, 1802. of his word, of the way of salva. The intelligence it contains, in addi. tion; wherefore it was now his duty tion to what has been received beto make use of the means of grace,

fore, is, that applications have been and not to rest till he should have

made to the Missionaries by mes. the promises of Christ and his sal.

sengers forty iniles off, requesting vation, through faith, in posses.

them to visit their part of the counsion.

try:--that this request was complied “Visiting a sick man, named Jeph

with, and that great numbers of peota, I asked him, if the Lord should

ple were found to have thrown off call him to die, upon what ground he

their cast; 200 in one place, and as should enter eternity > He answered,

many as 2000 in another,--and that he did not know, I enquired, if he

on conviction of the wickedness of did not think that his frequent at.

Hindooism and Mahomedism; yet tendance on the worship of God,

without any knowledge of the right and his not being so wicked as other

way :-tbat when they heard of the Heathens, was not a good ground

Gospel, they sent to enquire after it; to trust that God would be gracious

and on hearing of one of the Mise to him? He replied, No; this

sionaries coming, were all assembled ground is not good. – I then asked

to welcome him. There is every him, if it was not better to seek, as

appearance of their receiving the a lost condemned sinner, his salva.

Gospel with all readiness; but the tion only in the Lord Jesus, — who

result must be left to the Lord. At ,came to seek and to save that which

present, there seems to be an open was lost. He answered, he believed


A. F. that was the right ground; and that

P.S. The following passage is in it was through grace that he had a

Mr. Marshman's Journal of May 5, desire to seek his salvation in that

1802, “Received a most affectionate way."

letter from Dr. Vanderkemp, dated Extract of a Letter from a re Nov. 2, 1801, in answer to one we spectable Friend in one of the

had sent him in February.. He

mentions many particulars which principal Cities in France.

you must receive another way, be. “ In consequence of the very high fore this can reach you. He was. price which the bookseller who pos- then at Graaf Reinet, in a state of sesses Protestant books, demands blockade, the Christian inhabitants for them, the minister has obtained around him having risen, to avenge about 100 New Testaments from on him the pollution of the church Geneva, and is about to order an by the admission of Hottentats ! equal number of Old Testaments. He promises a continuance of his If the English Missionary Society correspondence, and requests the would make an offer of that kind same on our part; with which we in favour of the French churches, shall joyfully comply." it would have a most astonishing effect towards the spread of the

New York. · Gospel aniongst them (whether it Those friends of the Rev. J. M. were by giving away or selling at

Mason, who have expressed some low prices) by sending to the min ;

anxiety to hear of his safe return nisters of the reformed churches to America. will read with much a proportionate number of Bibles

pleasure the following and other edifying books,- since almost the whole were burnt when Extract of a Letter from a Lady as the decree was promulgated against

New York in a friend at Walmoorth, divine worship, and scarcely any are

cely any are dated New Work, Oct, 20, 1802. How to be seen in France, but such “Mr. Mason and five other mi. as are procured from Flanders, nisters have arrived safe in this Switzerland, and Geneva."

city; whcie he found his family m . in. and friends in general well.

<< Last Sabbath week he preached he gained into Christianity was his first sermon. I may call it a rapid; especially as our beloved comment on the first epistle of St. minister was expounding the Acts John, ist chapter, particularly the of the Apostles. - Hearing a disseventh yerse in that chapter; and course, in the month of January, the second verse in the second upon the conversion of Lydia, and chapter, - Christ the Propitiation," her public profession of Christi. It was a very solemn sight to see anity,-he waited upon Mr. Dew. the church crowded within and hirst the following day, to declare without. Mr.Mason, with a psalm, what God had done for his soul, called on all things to praise God, and express his desire of being bap. and then offered up a very solemn tized. The interview was pleasing prayer; and when he spoke to his and affecting; the account he gave church and people, it was very af. of his conversion was simple, clear, fecting indeed; and all seemed much and striking. After this he was impressed. I can speak for one, it waited upon by a number of Chris. was a refreshment from the Lord's tian friends at different times, who presence."

were more than satisfied with the

account he gave. On the first Sab. The Conversion of a Jew. bath in March he was baptized,

when, before a very numerous and Six, To the Editor.

crowded audience, the service was Desirous of communicating to the conducted in the following manner. religious public an event calcu.

after singing, Mr. Dewhirst offered Jated to display the efficacy of di- up a solemn prayer;-then deliver. vine grace, and to gratify devout ed an introductory discourse,-after and fervent wellwishers to the which the following questions were cause of Christ, we transmit to you

proposed : “ Solomon Joseph, as the following short narrative :

your parents were Jews, and as you George Paul, Deacons.

were educated in the Jewish prinAbraham Maling, JL

ciples, what induced you to embrace Bury St. Edmunds,

the Christian faith? What are March 12, 1803:

your reasons for believing that Jesus. The gospel of late, in this place, of Nazareth was the Son of God has been attended with great suc As you know that you are a guilty cess. Accessions to our church condemned sinner according to the have been numerous, and the sweet the law of Moses, how do you ex. influence of vital religion increas. ject to be saved ? ingly felt by us all. Among other To these he made yery satisfac. instances, is a Prussian Jew, of the tory replies, and was then baptized name of Solomon Joseph, who has according to the mode used in the been in this kingdom upwards of independent churches. Immediately thirty years, and, three or four of after his baptism, he was unani. them, a resident in this town. . inously admired a member of the

From the earnest and repeated church; and then Mr. Dewhirst ad, entreaties of his wife, who is a se. dressed him upon his public profes, rious Christian, he was induced, near sion of Christianity, the church of twelve months ago, to hear among which he had become a member, us the glorious gospel ot God our and the surrounding audience; cun. Saviour. The subject to whichour cluding by prayer for the extension esteemed Pastor (the Rev. Charles of the Redeemer's kingdom. Thro' Dewhirst) was providentially din the whole of the service, which rected at that time, was founded on was near two hours, solemnity filled Heb. xiii. 10-13. After his first the place; and at pari:cular sea. attendance, he began to suspect his sons, the whole congregation was own religion, and was influenced to much affected. pray that " God Almighty would In the evening an appropriato lead him into what was truth." serinon was preached by the Rev. From that time he omitted no op. William Hickman, of Watrisfield portunity of attendance. The light from John xx, 29.

Colonel Despard. Being again pressed on the same The trial and execution of Col.

subject, he said, “ I have fetçers Despard for high treason, have been

on my legs; do not endeavour to put

fetters on my mind.” He also ob. reported to the public through 50.

served that he had studied Theology many clannels, that it is scarcely necessary for us to mention then;

a great deal, had attended all sorts nor should we take any further no.

of places of worship, and, liad many rice of Irim, but on account of the

years ago made up his mind on that spirit of infidelity by which he seem.

subject; adding, that he did not be. ed to be actuated, living and dying.

lieve the truth of religion. He This unhappy man, after having

seems to have persisted to the end thrown away his life, by making

in the same irreligious state, justí, proposals, to a set of ignorant fel

fying his political conduct with his

last breath, and rejecting the Salows in an ale-house, to murder his Majesty, and overturn the present

viour of the world. ' To such awful

hardngss of heart may inen attain, system of government in which it is hard, to say, whether weakness or

who have forsaken God, and who

may therefore justly leave them to wickedness had the greatest share)

strong delusion, that they may be, appeared to be totally insensible of

lieve a lie, because they receive not his guilt, and avoided the very

the love of the truth, means of conviction. When the Rev. Mr, Winkworth, an evange. lical clergyman, and who is Chaplain to the Surrey Gaol, kindly of.

Bedford Union. fered his services, he declined them, and refused to enter in any religious

“The seventh general meeting of. conversation. He also' declined the Union of Christians formed at reading Dr. Doddridge's Evidences Bedford, is expected to be held on of Christianity, saying to Mr.

Wednesday, the 27th of April, Winkworth, " Sir, I might with The

The Rey. Rowland Hill, A.M. has equial propriety request you to read engaged (God willing) to preach this book,” shewing him a Treatise on the occasion, at Bedford, in the on Logic which he had before him. fprenoon of that day."


hili, delivered the charge to the congregation, from Phil. ji. 29. Mr. J. Wilson, of Northwich, and several other ininisters, engaged in the afternoon and the preceding evening,

* JULY 15, 1802, Rev.D. Jones, late student at Wrexham, was solemnly set apart by the imposition of hands, to the pastoral office in the inde rendent congregation at Holywell. The service was introduced by Mr. D. Davies, of Welchpool; Mr. T. Jones, of Newmarket, read a portion of the Scriptures; Mr. G. Lewis, of Llanuwchllyn, delivered a dis. course on the nature of a church, pertinent on the occasion, and asked ihe usual questions, to which satis factory answers were given, Mr. W. Brown), of Wrexhain, then prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. J. Lewis, of Wrexham (his tutor) addressed the minister, from 1 Cor. i. 13.; and Mr, B. Jones, of Pulle

Nov. 18, 1802, Moses Eisker was ordained pastor of the particular Baptist church of New Brentford. Mr. Uppedine, of Hainmersmith, began the seryice, with reading 2 Tim. ji. and then prayed ; Mr. Button, of Dean-street, explained the cause of dissent froin the estabe. lishment, and received the account of the Lord's dealings with this church since its commencement; the church avowed their call; M .

Fisher signified his acceptance, and gation was numerous and attentive;
gave a confession of his faith ; Mr. and solemnisy marked the whole of
Phillimore, of Kingston, prayed the the service.
ordination prayer; Mr. Upton, of The members of this church
Blackfryars, delivered the charge, gratefully acknowledge the kind.
from Tim.virt--14.; Mr Hutch ness of the friends in Mr. Wesley's
ings, of Unicorn , yard, preached to connexion, who atorded them the
the church, from 1 Cor. xvi. 10; use of their chapel in Old Brens.
Mr. Torlin, of Harlington, com ford, for the occasion.
duded with prayer. The congre.


Dee. 27, 1802, a small chapel by Mr. D. Davies, of Welchpool.. was opened at Verwood, Dorset, sie who also dropped a few hints on tuated in a most dreary part of the the privileges of Dissenters, to cau. Old Porest, about seven miles froin tion against persecution ; Mr. Fordingbridge. Though the popu. White, of Chester, preached from lation of the neighbourhood" is Acts xvii. 30; Mr. J. Lewis, of small, the mental darkness of the Wrexham, from Prov. viii. 31. aud inhabitants is extreme, and justie concluded by prayer. fies the benevolent zealot the Christian friend who stepped forward to

Wł are happy to hear that the rear this little tabernacle for God.

town of West Cowes, in the Isle of Mr. Lewis, of Ringwood, explained

Wight, which, in the summer seathe advantages of public worship,

son, has long been a place of fashtrom Psalm xlii. 2.; Mr. Button,

ionable resort, possesses now, what of Downton, prayed ; and Mr,

will be deemed by the serious famiLoader preached, from Ezek xxxiv.

lies who may be disposed to visit it, 11, 12, -For some years, two or

one great advantage, - a stated mithree plain Christians, and occa.

nistry of the gospel. Mr. Styles, sionally regular ministers, have held

when preaching some months at forth the word of lite to the people,

Newport (at the request of Mr. not without some tokens of success.

Walker, who sometimes preached a Greater hopes are now entertained

lecture on a Lord's Day evening) from a Sunday-school, which is to

visited Cowes occasionally ; and. be formed on one half of the Lord's

on quitting that scene of his labours, Day. Hitherto, whole families have

by the unanimous wish of the lived and died without being able

people, undertook to preach statedly to read the Scriptures, which alone

at Cowes. The progress of the are able to make us wise unto sal,

gospel has been great during the

last six months. The place occuvation,

pied for divine worship which is a FEB. 23, 1803, was opened, a new storehouse fitted up for the purchapel in Bagell, near Holywell, pose) is not by any means large Flintshire, under the pastoral care enough to contain those who are of the Rey. D. Jones, The ser willing to attend, and to contribute vice was introduced by Mr.J Jones, to the support of the cause. A of Liverpool; Mr. W. Brown, of commodious mecting-house, there

Wrexham, preached from Is. XXV. fore, is now being erected and it ·s; and Mr. T. Jones, of Beau is hoped, it will be completed about

maris. fron 2 Chron. vi. 20. - In the time when the company visit the afternoon, the service was begun this watering-place.

- 67 Having received many complaints of the Abridgment of this Department, through the late Arrival of Intelligence, we are happy, this Month, to give an Additional Pagę, by way of Compensation.


FROM THE late William Corper, Esq.


: The works of man tend, one and all, As needs they inust, from great to small And Vanity absorbs, at length, The monuments of human strength; But who can tell how vast the plan Which this day's incident began? Too small perhaps the slight occasion For our diminishid observation ; It pass'd unnoticed, like the bird That cleaves the yielding air unheard ; . And yet may prove, when understood, An harbinger of endless good! Not that I deem, or mean to call Friendship a blessing, cheap or small; But merely to remark, that ours, Like some of Nature's sweetest flow'rs, Rose frord a seed of tiny size, Which seem'd to proinise no such prize, A transient visit intervening, And made almost without a meaning; Hardly th' eifect of inclination, Much less of pleasing expectation, Produc'd a friendship thus begun, That has cemented us in one ; . And plac'd it in our pow'r to prove, By long fidelity and love, That Solomon has wisely spoken, "A threefold cord is not soon broken."

Mysterious are his ways, whose pow'r
Brings forth that onexvected hour,-
When minds that never met before,
Spall meet, uoste, and part no more
It is th' allotment of the skies,
The hand of the supremely wise,
That guides and governs our affections,
And plans and orders our connexions :
Thus when we settl'd where you found us,
Peasants and children all around us,
Not drcaining of so dear a friend,
Deep in th' abyss of Silver-end ;
Thus Martha, e'en against her will,
Perch'd on the top of yonder hill;
And you, tho' you must needs prefer
The fairer scenes of sweet Sancerre,
Are come from distant Loire + to che
A cottage on the banks of Ouse.

This page of Providence quite new,
And now just op'ning on our view,
Employs our present thoughts and pains,
To spell and guess what it contains !
But day by day, and year by year,
Will make the dark ænigma clear,
And furnish us perhaps at last,
Like other scenes already pası,
With proof that we, and our affairs,
Are part of great Jehovah's cares :
For God unfolds, by slow degrees,
The purport of his deep decrees; ,
Sheds ev'ry hour a clearer light, ..
In aid of our defective sight;
And spreads at length, before the soul,
A beautiful and perfect whole,
Which busy man's inventive brain
Toils to anticipate in vain.

Sav, Anna, had you never known The beauty of a rose full-blown, Could you, though luminous your cye, By looking on the bud descu; Or guess, with a prophetic pow'r, The future splendor of the flow'r? Just so, th' Omnipotent, who turus The system of the world's concerns ; From mere minutiæ can adduce . Events of most important use, ..' And bid a dawning sky display The blaze of a meridian day!


Thy gospet send from shore to shore ; To guilty souls it brings release,

And makes the sinner thee adore. The mountains level, vallies raise,

And give it universal spread; Let it inspire our souls with praise,

And raise to life the sioners dead. Bid, Lord, this conq’ring word go on;

Bless who the gospel message bear; Let it destroy the tempter's throne,

And Nations in its blessings share.
Our brethren bless in southern isles;

Success to ev'ry effort give ;
Let them enjoy thy gracious smiles,

And bid th' untutor'd heathen live.
Let those abroad, and these at home,

Be uscial to the souls of mens .. Through them to Christ may sipoers corn Lit all the people add Amen! Bodborough

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• The place where Mr. Cowper then resideda

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