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he had a peculiarly happy method (his eyes being closed) he seemed of explaining and applying the va. to exert himself that he might anrious parts of Christian experience. swer, “I sleep, but my heart An humble sense of his own un- waketh !” Several hours before he worthiness, and a cheerful resigna. died, his speech left him ; bur tion to the Divine Will, were lead. even then, his looks, every moveing truits in his character. What ment, appeared to bespeak the ever difficulties might occur in the peace of his mind, and the strength dispensations of Providence or of of his confidence. - At eleven grace, they were all solved and re- o'clock in the evening, the immormoved by the application of this tal spirit left its remnant of clay, to one sentence, “ Even co, Father, join the innumerable company of tor so it seemeth good in thy sight.” saints above.
Having thus borne an honourable The providence was improved testimony to the reality of religion by Mr. Parsons, from Ps. lxxiii, 26. and the power of godliness for the
J. B. space of fifty years, he was at length called to confirm and strengthen that testimony by a corresponding
JOHN WINLAW. temper and deportinent upon a On the 30th of July, 1802, aged death-bed. He had long accus. twenty-seven, died john Winlaw, tomed hiinself to reflect upon the bitcher, in Berwick - upon-Tweed. event of his final dissolution,-and His death was matter of sorrow to a could, therefore, view its approach number of the people of God in this without any emotion of fear and place, who have sustained a loss dismay; and in the inidst of all which only can be made up by so. his sutterings, he “rejoiced in hope vereign grace calling others, as it of the glory of God.” A few days was manifested in plucking him, as previous to his departure, he was a brand out of the burning. He re. favoured with some delightful fore ceived religious impressions when tastes of that glory, which was soon about sixteen or seventeen years of to be more fully revealed ; and, age, and at a time when placed fron that circumstance, was per- amongst those who had no fear of suaded that his time on earth would God before their eyes. Having be very short. Early in the morn. tasted that the Lord was gracious, ing of July 19, with unusual he began to ask the way to Sion, strength and clearness of voice, he with his face thitherward; and was comınitted all his concerns for time instructed in the way of the Lord and eternity to the care of a faith more perfectly by some experienced ful and unchanging God. To his Christians. He soon joined a prayer. aged wife, he said, “I have Hea. nieeting, and was a constant attend. sen upon earth." --She asked him,
aut, and an ornamental member what must become of her when he until the time of his last sickness. should be gone to his final home? He was likewise a useful member of He said, " I leave you in the Lord's the gratis Sabbath Evening Schoolhands : he has provided for you so Suciety in this place, and cheerfully far, and he will provide to the end ; assisted as a teacher in one of the and will shortly bring you to your schools. In his worldly calling, our eternal rest in the most im deceased friend was honest and uppressive manner, he soon after ex right; and accompanied by the bles. claimed, lifting up both his hands sing of God, his business was in a in an attitude of astonishment, prosperous way. As a Christian, he 56 How little!: how mean! how had a conversation becoming the vain! do all created things now gospel of Christ, and was remarka. look within sight of the promised ble for artless simplicity and gorlly land * -- His bodily weakness con sincerity; insomuch, that even those tinued to increase, with evident who care for none of these things, symptains that the springs of life were constrained to speak weli u were nearly exhausted; but hear him. He esteemed all who love our ing 1. ticho ask if he was asleep Lord Jesus Christ, and cordially joined with them in the work of the leave you ; but my God shall sup. Lord, although they did not see ply all your need. He hath proevery thing in the same light as he mised to be a husband to the wi. did. On the Lord's Day, July 18, dow, and a father to the fatherless. after he came from public worship, O train up the children in the nur. he found himself unwell; he con- ture and adınonition of the Lord, tinued so for several days; but was that they may early know the God not thought dangerous. During of their father.” It now became this time, he appeared comfortable apparent that his departure was at in his soul, and resigned to this pro- hand; he several times wished to vidence, saying, he was in the hands speak to those around hlm, but was of a merciful God, who had shewed unable; and, a little before he exhim much kindness. On the 25th, pired, he seemed as if engaged in being the Sabbath, he expressed a praising God with his last labouring wish that none but pious people breath. might come in to his room; and desired a friend to read him several
RECENT DEATHS. portions of Scripture; " these,” said he, “ have been refreshing to On Sunday, the 2d of January, me in time, past. The righteous died Charles Townsend, Esq. of riess of Christ is all my desire ; and Homerton, in the parish of St. John, I trust this alone for my everlasting Hackney, after a short illness, which salvation." The fever, which in. was closed by a happy dismission zil now had been moderate, began into the world of spirits ;-and, on to increase. The surgeon asking, the Saturday following, Edward if a physician might be called on; Hanson, Esq. of Clapton, in the he replied, they might do so; but same parish ; who, after patiently he placed no dependence on human waiting, entered into his desired rest. aid.
Some particulars relative to these Mrs. W. being much distressed gentlemen, and to the liberal things on his account, he said unto her, devised by them for the poor, and “ My dear, it seems to be the will for the interest of religion, we shall of our heavenly Father that I must lay before the public in a future No.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Directors feel a peculiar pleasure in recommending the following
Letter to the serious attention of the religious public. They notice, with gratitude to God, this auspicious commencement of a inost important Mission, which was in their own contemplation at the formation of the London Society; and can do no less than warmly commend it to the benevolent patronage of those who long, and pray, and exert
themselves, for the glory of the Redeemner's Kingdom. To the Rev. J. Eyre, Secre- great caise in which they are entary to the London Mission- gaged, the very remarkable coun.
tenance which the Divine Proviury Society.
dence has given to the late atEdinburgh, Dec. 28, 1802. tempts of the Society, and the Sir,
strong encouragement which it now The Directors of the Edinburgh holds out, to prosecute their Missionary Society would be deti schemes with increasing vigour. cient in the gratitude which they For sever..I years past, our atten. owe to God, if they embraced not tion had been directed towards the the earliest opportunity of laying northern shores of the Caspian before you, and other frieuds of the Sea, as a situation peculiarly fit for the establishment of a Christian done their duty; and that, should Mission. The more we examined it promise to succeed, the friends the map of the world, and considers of the gospel would come cheerfully ed the moral and religious state of forward to furuish them with the its inhabitants, the more deeply did means of carrying it into effect. 'this idea impress our minds. Al It was a circumstance for which most in the center of the Old Con- they desire to be thankful to God, tinent on the confines of several that, when they formed this resoof the greatest empires in the world, lution, the Rev. Henry Brunton, having Persia on the south, Turkey who had formerly given proof of on the west, Russia on the north, his prudence and zeal as one of their and Tartary on the east; - sur Missionaries among the Susoos, in rounded on every hand by numer- Africa ; and who had afterwards ous tribes of men, all sunk in the proved his capacity for the acqui. deepest ignorance and depravity ; sition of foreign languages, by some of them indeed, professedly composing several religious tracts Christians, though altogether in the Susoo language, was then not strangers to genuine Christianity; only unemployed, but zealous for the rest, either Mahommedans, hazarding his person in such an atfollowers of the Dalai Lama, or tempt. The Society, therefore, Heathens of some other creed, - committed to him, in conjunction what a wide field of usefulness here with Alexander Paterson, a young for faithful Missionaries! What man of whom they had every reason an inviting situation for scattering to think well, and whom they had some handfuls of the corn of Hea- been educating for two years preven! and what rich returns might, ceding for Missionary labours, the by the blessing of God, be expect- execution of this very difficult and ed in the conversion and salvation hazardous work. After having of perishing millions !
been separated for their work, and Obvious, however, as were the committed to the protection of advantages of this Missionary sta- God, they set sail for St. Peterstion, difficulties of a formidable, burgh in the inonth of April last, Aay, apparently insurmountable taking along with them Gillorum nature, presented themselves to ac. Harrison, an African youth, who curate observers. These we shall had been committed to Mr. Brun. not at present detail. Suffice it to ton's charge in Africa. Our hearts say, that for a while they damped followed them with many anxieties the courage of the most confident, for their welfare, trembling often, and checked the ardour of the most not only for the issue of their miszealous. Hence, opportunity of sion, but even for their personal preaching the gospel in this exten- safety. sive and uncivilized part of the Blessed be God, who has disap. globe, was an object rather of de- pointed our fears, and exceeded our sire than of hope.
hopes! The Society has reason to Yet the magnitude of the object erect a stone of memorial, and to seemed to demand that an experi. ' call it Ebenezer: because hitherto ment should be made. The Edin- the Lord hath helped. After a burgh Missionary Society, there prosperous voyage, our Missionaries fore, after collecting information reached St. Petersburgh the beginfrom every quarter to which they ning of May. There they received had access, and after many consul- many civilities from the persons to tations together on the subject, and whom they were recommended; frequcnt prayer for divine direction, and although for some time they resolved, notwithstanding the dis- met with many discouragements approbation of many, and the fears respecting the object of their misof more, to risk the small remain- sion, and almost all classes of perder of their funds on a Mission of sons with whom they conversed, Inquiry to Astrakhan, and the agreed in representing the difficulty countries adjacent ; satisfied that, and extreme danger of fixing their if the attempt should fail, they had residence in the southern parts of the Russian empire ; and still more, ing, in some respects, an unsuitable of atteinpting to convert the natives situation for commencing their to the Protestant faith,-insomuch, Missionary labours, they left it on that they almost despaired of ob. the 10th of August, proceeding taining liberty even to travel thro' south-west towards the country of the empire, yet, at length, through Georgia. Their intention was to the good hand of God ipon them, have settled in Teftis, or its neightheir fears were dispelled, the ob- bourhood. But here again Provi. structions to their progress re- dence kindly raised up for them a moved, and their way made pros protector, counsellor, and guide, perous. He, in whose hand are the General Knoring, the Governorhearts of all men, unexpectedly General of these provinces, disraised up for them a friend in M. suaded them, on account of the unNovassilzoff, a Russian nobleman, settled state of the country, from in the confidence of the Emperor, proceeding into Georgia ; and diand a Lord of his Bed-chamber. rected them to move towards Cir. Through his means they obtained cassia, They halted, therefore, not only the permission, but the for some time at Georghiyersk, and approbation of the Russian govern- then procecded to Constantinement. Passports were granted gorod, at the foot of the mountains them, with liberty to travel thro' of Caucasus; the governor of the empire, and settle in any part which, by the General's orders, furof it they chose ;-post-horses were nished them with a guard to enable ordered ; - private letters of in. them with safety to explore the troduction were given them; - surrounding country. At length, and an open letter was written by after some days scarch, they found M. Novassilzoft, recommending a most eligible spot; and have them to the protection and kind at taken up their residence at Karass, tentions of all civil and military a Tartar village in the neighbourofficers. Thus the difficulty which hood of that fort, inhabited by the Society were taught to consider above 500 souls; where they lodge as the greatest, has not only been in tlie sultan's house, and enjoy the removed, but a degree of public protection of a Russian garrison. countenance has been given to the God, who has promised to "lead Inission, of which those wlio were the blind in a way they knew not ; most sanguine in their expectations, and in paths which they have not never entertained the inot distant known," has thus given our Mishope.
sionaries favour in the sight of Encouraged by these tokens of strangers; has led thein in safety the care of Providence, our Mis- through a long and dangerous sionaries proceeded by the way of journey, by sea and land; has preMoscow, Tambou, and Sarepta, to served them in health, though they Astrakhan ; - and performed a passed through various cliniates in journey of about 1400 English the sultry season of the year,-and, iniles, which occupied them nearly during three months, slept seldom two months, without accident or under a roof; has conducted them other inconvenience beyond what to a place which appears peculiarly inust be considered as unavoidable adapted for a Missionary station ; in such a journey through such and has opened to them a wide countries. Everywhere they met door (May it also be 'an effectual with kindness. The magistrates one!) of usefulness to multitudes of of the places through which they immortal beings involved in ignorpassed, were forward to assist ance and guilt! What may we not thein; and many private individ, hope from such anspicious begin. wals received them with hospita. nings? Shall we say, that he who lity, particularly the Moravian has led them, as by the right hand, Brethren at Moscow and Sarepta; from their native horses to the foot and, after they reached Astrakban, of Caucasiis, intends, after all, to Mr Brenner, a German banker. defeat our expectations? Rather
? he city of Astrakhan appear. let us hope, that God has many
souls in these dark and desolate re- plans, would bet ray a' fickleness of gions, for whose sakes he has con- temper unworthy a Society erected ducted them thither; and that, ere for the diffiision of the truth; and, long, the light of the glorious gos- after the very striking testimonies pel shall diffuse, through them, its of the divine approbation which cheering rays !
you have already received, would Look into the map of the world, be to counteract the apparent intens and see in what a desirable and tions of Providence, and to obstruct hopeful station Divine Providence the very cause which it is the prohas placed them. Observe that fessed design of your institution to parrow slip of land which separates promote. By all means persevere. the Euxine from the Caspian Sea. Hasten to them the necessary supe Towards the northern extremity of plies. Send them, with all speed, this, at an equal distance of 400 fellow.labourers to comfort them versts (somewhat less than 300 in their solitude, and assist them in miles) from each, near the source their work. " Trust in the Lord, of the river Cubane, which sepa- and do good." Though the beginrates the Russian from the Turkish nings are small, the latter end nay empire, is a Tartar village, Karass; greatly increase. the inhabitants of which are Ma The Directors of the Society are hommedans; and in which, as it is eager to follow the counsel wlaich composed of natives of all the sur- you gave them. They are anxious rounding countries, six or seven to send them the necessary supdifferent languages are understood. plies; and, if possible, by the in its neighbourhooil, on one hand, month of April, tiree young men is a horde of Nagay Tartars; sub who have been educating for the ject to Russia. A little more than service, under their inspection. At a day's journey on the other, are the that time, they wish to send out Cubane Tartars; subject to Tur- Mrs. Brunton and her family; and key. All around them are Circas. they are convinced that, to give effisians, Kabardians, and Abyssinians, ciency to the undertaking, several Here, amidst darkness, and vice, more Missionaries should accom. and misery, are two men who have pany them to the same spot left their country and their friends; But, Sir, what can we do? To who, for the sake of Christ and the will is present with us; but how souls of men, have parted with all to perform the good that we would, that men hold dear; — who have we find not, We are deficient both devoted their lives, that they might in Missionaries and in money. The be the messengers of good, the he- expences of the undertaking, tho' salds of peace and salvation, to the hitherto smaller than we could have wretched natives. Are they to be previously imagined, you cannot abandoned to their fate ? or shall doubt, must have been consider. they have sympathy and support? able ; and the funds of the Society Shall we recall thein, and shut the are insufficient, not only to send out door of hope to the Heathen and the number of Missionaries which Mahommedans around them; which we dećni necessary, but even to God has thrown open? or shall we send out the few who are under our follow the leadings of Providence, charge, and only wait our orders to send them the necessary supplies, join their friends in Circassia. and, in particular, hasten to them Nor would you be surprized at the others to take part with them in low state of our funds, did you their labours?
know how few donations we have We anticipate your reply. To of late received, and how we have abandon your Missionaries, you employed what the liberality of the say, in such circumstances, were friends of the gospel has committed inhumane, and, after the assure to our charge. 'I he Society have ances of support which they must educated and maintained sixteen have received, would be perfidious. Missionaries, some of thein with taTo recall then before experience milies. Besides, unwilling that demonstrate the incfliciency of your their lunds should remain unocoyo