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INDIA.

A Letter hasarrivcd from India* dated as late as Aug. 31st, 1802. Tlic intelligence it contains, in addition to what has been received before, is, that applications have been made to the Missionaries by messengers forty iniles off, requesting them to visit their part of the country:—that this requestwas complied wilh, and that great numbersof people were found to have thrown oft' their cast; 200 in one place, and as many as 2000 in another,—and that on conviction of the wickedness of Hindooism and Mahomedism; yet without any knowledge of the right way :—that when they heard of the Gospel, they sent to enquire after it; and on hearing of one of the Mis. sionaries coming, were all assembled to welcome him. There is every appearance of their receiving the Gospel with all readiness^ but the result must be left to the Lord. At present, there seems to be an open door. A. F.

P. S. The following passage is in Mr. Marshman's Journal of May 5, 1802, "Received a most affectionate letter from Dr. Vanderkcmp, dated Nov. 2, 1801, in answer to one we had sent him in February. ■ He mentions many particulars which you must receive another way, before this can reach you. He was. then at Graaf Rcinet, in a state of blockade, the Christian inhabitants around him having risen, to avenge on him the pollution of the church by the admission of Hottentots! He promises a continuance of bis conespoiidence, and requests the same on our part; with which we shall joyfully comply."

•' A man, named Goliath, said, that he had reason to praise (Sod for what he had taught him, out of his word, of the way of salvation; wherefore it was now his duty to make use of the means of grace, and not.to rest till he should have the promises of Christ and his salvation, through faith, in- possession.

"Visiting a sick man, namedjephta', I asked him, if the Lord should call him to die, upon what ground he should enter eternity? He answered, he did not know. I enquired, if he djd'not think that his frequent attendance Oh (he worship of God, and his not being so wicked as other Heathens, was not a good ground to trust that God would be gracious to him? He replied. No-; this ground is not good. — I then asked him, if it was not better to seek, as a lost condemned sinner, _his salvation only in the Lord Jesus, — who came to seek and to save that which was lost. He answered, he believed that was the right ground; and that h was through grace that he had a desire to seek hit salvation in that way."

Extract of a Litter from a respectable Friend in one of the principal Cities in France.

"In consequence of the very high price which the bookseller who possess* « Protestant books, demands for them, the minister has obtained about 100 New Testaments from Geneva, and is about to order an equal number of Old Testaments.— If the English Missionary Society would make an offer of that kind in favour of the French churches, it would have a most astonishing effect towards the spread of the Gospel amongst them (whether it were by giving away or selling at low prices) by sending to the ministers of the 'reformed churches a proportionate number ot Bibles and other edifying books,—since almost the whole were burnt when the deotee was promulgated against divine worship; and karcely any are now to be seen in France, but such as are procured from Flanden, Switzerland; and Geneva."

New York. Those fnends of the Rev. J. M. Mason, who have expressed s'onie anxiety to hear of his sale reiuni to America, will read with much pleasure the following

Extract of a Letter from a Latiy at ti'cw Xork la a friend at WaJwoilA, dated New York, Oct. 20, 1802.

"Mr. Mjion and five other ministers have arrived sate in this city ; where he found his family and mends in jentral freli.

"Last SaBbath week he preached his first sermon. I may call it a comment on the first epistle of St. John, ist chapter, particularly the seventh verse in that chapter; and the second verse in the second chapter, " Christ the Propitiation." It was a very solemn sight to see the church crowded within and without. Mr. Mason, with a psalm, called on all things to praise God, and then offered up a very solemn prayer; and when he spoke to his church'and people, it was very affecting indeed; and all seemed much impressed. I can speak for one, it was a refreshment from the Lord's presence."

The Conversion of a Jew.
Sir, To the Editor.

Desirous of communicating to the religious public an event calcukited to display the efficacy of divine grace, and to gratify devout and fervent weilwishers to the causeof Christ, we transmit to you the following short narrative: — George Paul, T.Deacons

Abraham Moling, J uelcons-
Bury St. Edmunds,
March 12, 1803.

The gospel of late, in this place, has been attended with great success. Accessions to our church have been numerous, and the sweet influence of vital religion increasingly felt by us all. Among other instances, is a Prussian Jew, of the name of Solomon Joseph, who has been in this kingdom upwards of thirty years, and, three or'four of them, a resident in this town.

From the earnest and repeated' entreaties of his wife, who is a serious Christian, Jie was induced, near twelve months ago, to hear among us the glorious gospel of God our Saviour. The subject to whichour esteemed Pastor (the Rev. Charles Dewhirst) was providentially directed at that time, was founded on Heb. xiii. 10—13. After his first attendance, he began to suspect his own religion, and was influenced to pray that " God Almighty would lead him into what was uuth."— Troth that time he omitted no opportunity of attendance. The light

he gained into Christianity was rapid'; especially as our beloved minister was expounding the Acts of the Apostles.—Hearing a discourse, in the month of January, upon the conversion of Lydia, and her public profession of Christi- 1 a«ity,—he waited upon Mr. Dewhirst the following day, to declare what God had done for his soul, and express his desire of being baptised. The interview was pleasing' and affecting; the account he gave of his conversion was simple, clear, and striking. After this he was waited upon by a number of Christian friends at different times, who were more than satisfied with the account he gave. On the first Sabbath in March he was baptized, when, before a very numerous and crowded audience, the service was conducted in the following manner. after singing, Mr. Dewhirst offered up a solemn prayer;—then delivered an introductory discourse,—after which the following questions were proposed: -'Solomon Joseph, as your parents were Jews, and as you were educated in the Jewish principles, what induced you to embrace the Christian faith? What are your reasons for believing that Jesus . of Nazareth was the Son of God {— As you know that you are a guilty condemned sinner according to the the law of Moses, how do you ex, i«cct to be saved?

To these he made very satisfactory replies, and was then baptized according to the mode used in the independent churches. Immediately after his baptism, he was unanimously admitted a member of the church ; and tlwnMr. Dtwhirst ad, dressed him upon his public profes* sion of Christianity,—the church of which he had become a member,— and the surrounding audience; concluding by prayer tor the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. Thro* the whole of the service, which was near two hours, solemnity filled the place; and at paiticular seasons, the whole congregation was much affected.

In the evening an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev, William Hickman, of Wattisficltf from John xx. 29.

Colaiwl De?p,ard.

Ithe trial and execution of Col. Dtespard for high treason, have been reported to the public through so many channels, that it is scarcely necessary far us to mention them; nor should we take any further notice of him, but on account of the spirit of infidelity by which he seem, ed to be actuated, living and dying. This unhappy man, after having thrown away his life, by making proposals, to a set of ignorant fellows in an ale-house, to murder his Majesty, and overturn the present system of government (in which it is hard.to say, whether weakness or wickedness had the greatest share) appeared to be totally insensible of his guilt, and avoided the very jueans of conviction. When the Rev. Mr, Winkworth, an evangelical clergyman, and who is Chaplain to the Surrey Gaol, kindly offered his services, he declined them, and refused to enter.in any religious conversation. He also declined reading Dr. Doddridge's Evidences of Christianity, saying to Mr. Winkworth, •« Sir, I might with cqtfal propriety request you to read thus hook," shewing him a Treatise on Logic which he had before him,

Being again JU?6SS«d 0T» ♦!>» Vme subject,Tie said, " 1 have fetter*' on my legs ; do not endeavour to pi#. fetters on my mind." He also obr served that he hadftudied Theolqgy a great deal, had attended all sorts, ofplaces of wprship, and, had many years ago made up his mind on tbajt subject; adding, that he did not believe the truth of religion. H* seems to have persisted to the end in the same irreligious state, justju, fying his political conduct with his last breath, and rejecting the Sa. viour of the world. To such awful hardness of heart may men attain, who have,forsaken God, and who may therefore juftly leave them .to strong delusion, that they may be. lieve a lie, because they receive no; the love of the truth.

Bedford Union.

*' The seventh general meeting of. the Union of Christians formed at Bedford, is expected to beheld on Wednesday, the :17th oT April. The Rev. Rowland Hill, A.M. has engaged (God willing) to preach on the occasion, at Bedford, in the; forenoon of that day."

ORDINATIONS.

July 15,i&oz, 'Rtv.p.Joaei,late student at Wrexham, wus solemnly set apart by the imposition of hands, to the pastoral office in the inde, pendent congregation at Holywell, The service was introduced by Mr. t> Davies, of Welchpool; Mr. T. Jones, of Newmarket, read a portion of the Scriptures; Mr. G. Lewis, of Llanuwchllyn, delivered a discourse on the nature of a church, pertinent on the occasion, a,nd asked the usual questions, to which satis* factory answers were given | Mr. ■\V. Brown, of Wrexham, then

rayed the ordination prayer; Mr, Lewi5, of Wrexham (his tutor) addressed the minister, from 1 ©or. ii. i}.; and Mr, B. Jones, pi I'wll

hili, delivered the charge to tl« congregation, from Phil. ii. tg. --jr Mr. J. WiUon, of Northwjch, and several other ministers., engaged in. the afternoon and the preceding evening,

Nov. ig, i»o», Mtxs Fisher was ordained pastor of the particular Baptist church of New Brentford. Mr. Uppedine, of Hammersmith, begap the service, with leading » Tim. ii. and then prayed; Mr. Button, of Pean-str,eet, explained the cause of dissent from the estab. lishment, and received the account of the Lord's dealings with this church since its commencement ;-»t the church avowed their call; M*. Fisher signified his acceptance, and

fav« a confession of his faith ; Mr. 'hiUimore,«f Kingston, prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. Upron, of Blackfryars, delivered the charge, from i Tim.vi n—14. j Mr Hutchjn.js, of Unicorn . yard, preached*? the church, from 1 Cor. xvi. 10; Mf. Torlin, of Harlington, con. cj-ided with prayer. —The congrc

gation was numerous and attentiveand 5ple.tnnUy marked the whole of the service.

The members of this church gratefully acknowledge the kindness of the friends in Mr. We»ley'« connexion, who afforded them the use of their chapel in Old Brent, ford, for Um: occasion.

CHAPELS OPENED.

Dec. »7, iSos, a small chapel was opened at Femeod, Dorset, situated fn a most dreary part of the Old Porest, about seven miles from Fordrogbride,e. Though the popu-( lation of the neighbourhood is' small, the mental darkness of the inhabitants is extreme, and justifies the benevo'.ent zeal ot the Christian friend who ,-tepped forward to Tear tJ.is little tabernacle for God. Mr. Lewis, of Ringwood, explained the advantages ot public worship, irom Psalm xlii. >.; Mr, Button, of Downton, prayed; and Mr. Loader'preachfd,from F/t-k xxxiv. 11, ix. — For some yc.irs, two or three plain Christians, and occasionally regular ministers, have held forth the word of life to the people, not without some tokens of success. Greater hopes are now entertained from a Sunday-school, which is to pe formed on one half of the Lord's Day. Hitherto, whole families have lived and died without being able to read the Scriptures,—which alone are able to make us wise unto salvation.

Feb. 13,1803, was opened,anew chapel in Bagiil, near Holywell, Flintshire, under the pastoral care of the Rev. D. Jones, The service was introduced by Mr. J Jones, pf Liverpool; Mr. W. Brown, of Wrexham, preached from Is. xxv. 't; and Mr. T. Jones, of Beaumaris, from j Cliron. vi. 10. — In tax tftCraponjthjeseTvicc was begun.

by Mr. D. Davies, of Welcfrpoef, who also dropped a few hints ou the privileges ot Dissenters, to caution against persecution; Mr. White, of Chester, preached from Acts jtvii. 30; Mr. J. Lewis, of Wrexham, from Prov. viii. 31. and concluded by prayer.

Wt are happy to hear that the town of West Cowes, in the Isle of Wight, which, in the summer season, has lung been a place of fashionable refort, pos^es-ses now, what will be deemed by the serious families who may be disposed to visit it, one great advantage, —a stated ministry of the gospel. Mr. Styles, when preaching some months at Newport (at the request of Mr. Walker, who sometimes preached a lecture on a Lord's Day evening) visited Cowes occasionally j and, on quitting that scene of his labours, by the unanimous wish of the people, undertook to preach statedly at Cowes. The progress of the got pel has been great during the last six months. The plate occupied for divine worship (which is a storehouse fitted up for the purpose) is not by any means large enough to contain those who~aYe willing to attend, and to contribute to the support of the cause. A commodious meeting-house, there* fore, is now being erected j and it is hoped, it will be completed about the time when the company \ ...t this watering-place.

gd" Having received manv complaints of .the Abridgment of thi« Department, through the late Arrival of Intelligence, we are happy, this Month,, to give an Additional Page, by way of Compensation.

EXTR ACT OF A LETTER.

FROM THE

late William Cozcper, Esq. TO A LADY.

The works of man tend, one and all, As needs they must, 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 jv-rhaps the slight occasion. Eur oui diminish'd observation; Ii pass'd unnotictd, like the bird That cleaves the yielding air unheard \ And yet may prove, when understood, An harbinger of endless good! Not that I d*em, or mean to call Friendship a blessing, cheap or small; But merely to remark, that ours, Like some of Nature's sweetest now'rs, Ro^e from a seed of liny size, Which serm'd to promise no sruch prize, A transient visit intervening, And made almost without a meaning; Hardly th' eiTect of inclination, Much less of pleasing expectation, Prouuc'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."

FOR THE MISSIONARY MEETINGS.

Etehnal Sivionr, Prince of Peace,
Thy gospel send from shore to shore J

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 sinners 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.

<Jnr brethren bless in southern isles;

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

And bid th' untutor'dheathen live."

Let those abroad, and thesc,at home,
Be useful to the souls of men > . .

Through them to Chritt rnay sinners come,
Let jll'thc jvoplc add Amen!

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Mysterious are his ways, whose pow'r
Brings forth that unexpected hour,—
When minds that never met before,
9iwll meet, unite, and part no more I ,
It is th' allotment of the skies,
The hand ot the supremely wise,
That guides and governs our affections,
And j'lans and orders our connexions:
Thus whtn we scttl'd where you found us,
Peasants and children all around us,
Not dreaming ot so dear a friend,
IVop in th' abyss of Silver-end *; *

Thus Martha, e'en against her will,
PerchM on the top of yonder hill?
And'yno, tho' you must needs prefer
The fairer scenes of sweet Samtrre,
Are come from distant Loire + to chu.3
A cottage on the banks ol Oust-.

This pare of Providence quite new,
And new jusc op'ning on our view,
Employs our p.csenf (noughts and pains.
To speil and guess what it contains I
But day by day, and year by year,
Will make the u.:rk acitignia, clear,
And furnish us perhaps at last,
Like other scenes already pas:,
With proof that we, and our affairs,
Are part of great Jehovah's cares:
Eor 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 eye,
By looking on the bud dcixlj;
Or guess, with a prophetic poto'r,
The future splendor of the fiViw'r?
Just so, th'Omnipotent, who uiros
The system of .the- world'* concerns j
Fnun mere minutix can adduce
Events of most important use,—^ . .' *'
And hid a dawning sky display
The blaze of a meridian day 1

* The nlace where Mr. Cowivt then residVtL

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