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pied, when they had not immediate occasion for them themselves, they have, at different times, given considerable sums of money for the support of the Moravian Mission?; and of the Baptist Mission in the East Indies i and particularly of the London Missionary Society, after the heavy loss they sustained by the capture of the Duff. They supported for several years an expensive Mission on the coast of Africa; and are at this moment supporting, in union with the Glasgow Society, though for two preceding years without any aid, a still more expensive Mission in the island of Jamaica; where, we me li tion it with gratitude, appearances have of late become promising; and where we art anxious, if possible, not only to continue, but increase our exertions.
We do not accuse ourselves of precipitancy in embarking, with exhausted funds, in a new Mission to the north-west of Asia. We promised much on the liberality ot the lovers of Christ and of souls, of •which not only our Society, b"t many other benevolent institutions, have had repeated experience. We said, Let us exert ourselves in ile, vising schemes for the enlargement of the Mediator's kingdom, — and trust to that God whom we serve, for the means of execution. Let us show to his people, that we are active in his work, that he has given lis wisdom tp conduct it, and particularly, that his providence appears to favour our undertakings; and then their hearts and hands will open to our aid.
We hope that we have done sp, and that we shall not be disappointed in our expectations. No i it shall net be said, that the zeal which a few ycafs ago burned in sp many breasts with such ardour, has been so soon extinguished. This sacred flame will spread wider and wider. It-will not expend its fires pn a few undertakings pf easier execution, playing only around the stands of the sea, and along the hores pf the ocean; it willpeneratr. to the center of the great Coninent, in prayers and exertions for he salvation of the millions whp
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kindled for the natives of the southern parts of Asia; and India has felt its blessed effects. Let it also inclose within its circuit the inhabitants of Northern Asia j and aid us in our endeavours for their deliverance. Souls are precious in) whatever region they are found ! — Between the Euxine and Caspian they ha»'e peculiar claims on our pity. The darkness is extreme 1 Even their temporal misery is great. Besides, circumstances exist which give hope of their conversion. Many of the Georgians, Circas. sians, and Armenians, call themselves Christians, though they know not vh.it Christianity means. The M"homniedan inhabitants of these and the adjacent countries, have little knowledge of their religion, and little of that intolerant zeal which prevails in many other re* gions. The Pagan superstitions are weak, because formed into no regular system, and diversified according to the fancy of each particular tribe. The Russian government is strong, to give effectual protection to our Missionaries, and friendly to whatever tends to civilize the half-barbarous inhabitants of the extremities of the empire. Every thing invites to vigorous measures tor enlightening these "dark places pf the earth;" and who knows if Christians in this country be not deficient in duty to their Saviour, but, thro'the blessing of God, the spark kindled at the foot of Caucasus may burst into a flame, which may spread through Turkey, Persia, and Tartary, till it reach India on the south, and the confines of China on the east i
Sir, We therefpre request your prayers for our success. Direct us to persons of approved piety and prudence, whom we may employ as Missionaries. Do what you caa for our aid. Exert your influence among your godly neighbours and acquaintances;—and may the blessing of many in Asia, that are ready tp perish, come upon you!
Signed, in name and by appointment of the Directors of the. Edinburgh Missionary Society, by James Ptt/ilir, President. Walter Buchcwflit, Sec.'
Society for educating the Children of Debtors, under ConJinement in and near the Metropolis.
At a meeting of the committee held the 14th of December, j8o*, Joseph Reyncr, Esq. in the chair, the following Address to the public was ordered to be printed.
"Amidst the various calls for liberal support of charitable and benevolent Institutions, the Society for educating the Children of confined Debtors, instituted in 1796, feel themselves, in consequence of the reduced state of their finances, again under the necessity of appeal, ing to the benevolence of the public. — Impressed themselves with the laudable object of their primary Association, and consoled with the success attending the progress of the work, they are only desirous of exciting in the public mind a more extended, as well as livelier interest, than appears yet to have discovered itself on tiie important occasion.— In the course of the extensive circulation which is purposed to be given to this address, it is probable that it will meet the attention of many individuals, who have hither, to remained ignorant of the very existence of this Society; but whose benevolence would otherwise have prompted them to aid a cause irhich powerfully appeals to the finest feelings of the human heart, and ha* a tendency to exalt the standard of morality aid public virtue.
'* It will be remembered, that the great philanthropist, Mr. Howard, was perhaps the first happy instrument in turning the attention of the real friends of humanity to this degraded class of the community. — And let it be remembered by those who are blessed with affluence, and, who are yet strangers
to the, painful vicissitudes of life, that many of these children who now claim their patronage and sympathy, were the endearing pledges; of once happy unions; that they have been fostered during infancy, and the first rudiments of their education, with great parental tenderness; and even in the unpropitious hour of removal from their dcu mestic circles to the confinement of prisonf, were innocent victims of the misfortune, extravagance, and. even profligacy of their unhappy parents.
"To afford an asylum to such as these, from misery and wretched* ness; to -shelter them, during the day-time, from a familiarity with, scenes of gross licentiousness and profanity; to extend to children of this description, of both sexes, the privileges of a guarded, moral, and religious education, are the leading, and may it not be said, the digmfijd objects of this Institution?
"The Society, through the medium of its committee, has the happiness of assuring the public, that the schools in the city and the borough of Southwark are both well appointed: the masters and mistresses, in addition to the necessary qualifications for instruction, are serious and exemplary characters and discover a lively interest in the welfare and improvement of" the children. —Many grateful teftirnonials have been received from parents discharged from prison, of the benefits derived fro-n time to time by their children.
''About Iooo children have been educated since the opening of the schools in 1796; and there are nowremaining in the achool, sixty-two boys, forty-eight girls."
Subscriptions are received by H.Thornton, Esq. M. P. the treasurer; Mr. Stiff, the collector; aqd, by the committee.
Collection y.t the Tabernacle, Glasgow, towards defraying the Expence of printing the French and Italian Bibles, by the Rev. Greville E\ving — /•. . 6a 3
from a Congregation at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, by Mr. .
D. Philips — — _ 31 10
£. T. Woulcr, Northumberland — — 3 a
Sept. 15, ltoz, the Eighth Ge. neral Meeting of the Lincoln and Nottingham Associations was held at Great Grimsby. On the preceding evening Mr. Mather, of Hull, preached from John x. 17.
Next morning the ministers met, according to their usual custom, for prayer, and the arrangement of the business of the day. In the forenoon Mr. Griffith prayed, and read suitable Scriptures 5 Mr. Bean preached from Rev. i. 12, 13. ; and concluded that service. The Lord's Supper was afterwards administered.—In the evening service,Mr. Clark prayed, Mr. Griffith preached from 1 John iii. 1. and Mr. White from Psalm cxviii. 25. latter el.; Mr. iSmelle concluded.— In the afternoon, a conference was held among the ministers, when it appeared troin the account given, that the interest of tnte religion increases in this part of the country. May the great Head of the church prosper his own work.!
The next Meeting is to be held, at Mr. Bean's chapel, at Alford, on the last Wednesday in April, 1X03. Mess.SmeUe and Griffith to preach.
ORDINATIONS. CltAPELS OPENED.
Aug. 19. Mr. Brook (late of Rotherhara academy) was ordained to the pastoral charge of the independent church at Tittbury, Staffordshire. Mr. Gawthorn, of Derby, began the set vice by prayer and reading; Mr. Phillips, classical tutor of the Rotherham academy, delivered the introductory discount, &c.; Mr. Dawson, of Sheffield, offered up the ordinationprayer; Dr. Williams, divinitytutor of the above academy, delivered the charge, from 1 Tiru. iii. . 15. middle clause ; and Mr.Boden, of Sheffield, preached to the people from John xv. 12. and concluded with prayer. Mr. Shaw, of Ilkiston, preached in the evening, from Isaiah Iv. 1.
Tutbtiry is a place that has been lon^ e:ivelo*r>pcd in almost midnight (Urkness; but of Ute, we trust,
Dec. 28, a Meeting of Ministerj of the county of Cornwall, was held at Tregony. The morning, service was commenced by Mr. Cope, of Launceston, with prayer $ Mr. Wildbore, senior, of Falmouth, preached from Isaiah xliii. 10.; Mr. Anger, of East Looe, concluded; the ordination of the Lord's Supper was afterwards administered. In the afternoon, Mr. Wildbore, junior, prayed; Mr. M'All, of St. Ives, preached from Phil. i. 27.; Mr. Baron, of Bodmin, concluded. In the interval of the two services, the ministers agreed upon an Half-yearly Association, to be held alternately in the eastern and western parts of the county; and upon a statement of the number of places opened for the preaching of the gospel, but unaijje separately to support a stated pastor, It was resolved, To obtain three itinerants to labour in thecoumy; and a variety of resolu tions thereupon were agreed to.
The next Meeting was appointed to be held at St. Ives, provided the new meeting-house there be finished. Messrs. Paddon and Cope to preach.
the Lord hasdone wonderous things, whereof we are glad!
Sept. 8, the Rev. Mr. Crockford was ordained to the pastoral office at Nottingham, in the Methodists' chapel, Hallifax L:tnc, where a numerous and respectable congrc. gation attended,—Sion chapel, the stated place of worship of this church and congregation, being con- ■ sidercd too small tor the occasion. Mr. Start, of Newark, introduced the service by reading and prayer; Mr. Alliot, of Nottingham, delivered a suitable introductory discourse, asked the questions, and received the confessions of laitlv; Mr. Gawthorn, of Derby, offered up the ordination prayer; Mr. Brewer, of Birmingham,, delivered a, solemn charge from iTim. ii. 15, '* Study to shew thyself approved unto God." The service of kthe
day being divided, the congregation assembled in the evening in Castlegate-mteting; Mr. Froom, of Sutton Ashfield, ottered up the general prayrtj Mr. Burgess, of Chesterfield, preached to thepe»ple irora Phil.i. 27.; after which Mr. Brewer preached from 2 Pet. i. 7. "Precious faith." A sermon was preached the preceding evening at Sion-Chapel, by Mr. Burgess, from Psalm xciii 5.
Dec. 7, 1801, the Rev. Mr. Johnson, late student at the Hoxton Academy, was ordained pastor of the Independent church of Christ at Warrington, Lancashire. Mr. Toothill, of Rainford; Mr. Wilson, of Northwich; Mr. Davies, of Liverpool; Mr. Parsons, of Bamford; Mr. White, of Chester; Mr. Hanforth, of Gatley; Mr. Raban, of Macclesfield ; and .Mr. Kenworthy, of Norwich, who was, some time ago, the pastor of this church, engaged in different parts of the service. Mr. Bradley, of Manchester, delivered the introductory address, and proposed some suitable questions to the minister and the church. Mr. Ralph, of Liverpool, presented the ordinatiou. prayer, with imposition of hands; after which, Mr. Roby, of Man. Chester, recommended the ministerial example of Christ to the newly oid.iined pastor. That the lively
Oct. 7, a small chapel was opened at Rcdbourn, Herts. Two sermons wen- preached on the occasion; one by the Rev. S. Binder, of St. Albans, from Mark. xvi. ic; the other b) the Rev. T. P. Bull, of Newpo; t-Pagnel, from Acts iv. 20. The place was very much crowded, and has been well attended at every subsequent service.
An omi.'sitr. it the account t/Wrawby chafe!, Limo'.t shire, in our Ust, obliges m to repeal this artii le.
About twelve years since, a little
attention of the people might not be fatigued, the congregation was then dismissed; and the service was renewed in the afternoon; when Mr. Sharp, of St. Helen*, gave a seasonable address to the church and congregation, from 1 Thess. v. 13. In the evening, Mr. Smith, of Manchester, concluded the services of the day with a discourse from Gal. iv. ■<>.— Through the whole, the audience appeared to be uncommonly impressed; and we hope it will be a day long remembered.
The Rev. J. Fowler, late of Sheerness, having accepted ao unanimous invitation from the church and congregation at Tottenham and Edmonton chapel to settle over them, the same was publicly recognized Jan. 11. la the forenoon Mr. Buck., of London, read appropriate Scriptures and prayed; Mr. Towers, of Barbican, asked the necessary questions and prayed; which was followed by a discourse to the minister and people by Mr. M. Wilks, frcm Ezek. xxxvii. 17.; and thp service was closed with prayer by Mr. Piatt, of Holywell Mount.— In the evening another sermon was preached by Mr. W. H. Collyer, of Peckham, from Psalm cxviii. »$. latter clause.
mud-walled place of worship was occupied by the friends of Mr. Westley, in this village; but the proprietois changing their sentiments, it was occupied soon after by Calvinistic Ministers ; and several persons having been converted under the ministry of Mr. Cla/k, who lias the cue of two congregations at Brigg and Wrawby, new cliai els have Lecn built at both places. The former opened about three years ago; and the- latter oil the 17th of las; October, ci» which occasion the service was conducted as stated in our last.
PSALM CXLV. ic.
jSt! tby 'worts shallpraise lbre,0 Lord, and tby Saints shall bless tbee.
Great God! how wonderful art Thou
In all thy works and ways! To Thee should all thy creatures bow,
And meditate thy praise. Bright seraphs that surround thy throne
Their mblest honours bring; From bliss to mortals yet unknown
Superior praises spring.
In mystic harmony above,
The planets roll along,
In nevet-ccasing song!
By thee directed, breathe;
Or drop in show'rs beneath. From darkest shades thy lightning breaks,
And darts thy glory near:
And fills the wretch with fear.
The sea a drop abides j
And foams or gently glides*
The summer's heat, the winter's cold,
The season» all proclaim: As each their various scenes unfold,—
Thy goodness still the same. In flow'rs, and fruits, and trees, and herbs,
The earth thy bounty gives; And men and reptiles, beasts and birds,
And ev'ry being lives.
Thy mighty hand, thy watchful care,
And Nature's countless forms declare
Yet in thy law alone, we view
Thy justice and thy grace;
And Reason could not trace.
We learn the wondrous plan,
To teach rebellious man.
His doctrine: teach, his deeds explain,
The first and best of truchs we gain,
THE UNCLOUDED SUN!
On the Motto to the Earl of Rosslyn's Arms.
Illaso lumine Salem.
Th' unclouded son ! —While I survey Th' appointed ruler of the day,
My spirit ardent cries , Enlighten, Lord, my darken'd mind; By Truth's bright beams I fain would find
Salvation's blessed prize.
Th' unclouded sun ! — How it displays In its reviving, — cheering rays,
An Image of my Lord *! O Sun of Righteousness arise, Revive, and cheer, and make me wise!
Health to my mind afford f.
Th' unclouded sun !—an emblem bright Of the approaching world of light,
Without a dark'ning veil* 1 Knowledgeshallshine resplendant there, Nor clouds nor tempests interfere,
But light and truth prevail.
Their Sun shall never more decline,
Throughout eternal days I
And sing his worthy praise!
• Psalm Ixxxiv. n. -f- Malachi iv. a. J Isaiah lx 19. §Rev.xxii. 4.
Nov/ when they saw the boldness of
The doctrines we boldly profess,
Compel prest and scribe to confess
The plague of the heart is reveal'd,
The power cannot be conceal'd,
For we with Christ Jesus have been.
The practice which flows from this faith. Most clearly by all must be seen,
While each taketh know ledge, and taith, That we with Christ Jesus have been