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Extract of a Letter from a respectable Gentleman, dated New London, july, 1807. “We had a delightful day yesterday. Seven were added to our church; all of them, I trust, ordained to eternal life. The complex: ion of all our late converts has been very uniform and satisfactory. Two were propounded yesterday. About ten are in a hopeful way; besides which, four children, of about 12 years of age, have all together appeared on the side of religion, with the features of a new creation on their souls. This event has given a new animation to the friends of religion. On the whole, i am inclined to think, that our awakening is on the increase.”
-GREAT BRIT A. IN.
London Missionary Society.
0xe of the missions of this society in South AF Rica (viz. that station. ed at Klaar TWater) appears by the last account from that quarter to be in a flourishing state. The number composing the settlement is stated to be 784, of whom 80 can read. There is among them, it is said, “a great desire to hear the word of life; and numbers are brought to a saving knowledge of divine things.” The mission at Zak river, under the Rev. Mr. Kicherer, does not seem to enjoy the same degree of prosperity. A long drought had occasioned a disPersion of the settlers, and the depredations of the neighbouring Boschemen placed both the lives and the property of those who remained in imminent danger. The school however still contained 31 children and 11 adults, and the whole number in the settlement was 103.
A missionary, Mr. Creighton, has been sent to the newly captured coloby of Bue Nos AvR 2's, containing a Population of 70,000 souls.
A free school is about to be o- med by this society for the instruction of thildren of jewish descent, both male and female. Grown up females of the same race, who wish for instruction, may have it at the same place from ladies, who attend daily to su.
Perintend the girls' school. C. ob.
An address has recently been circulated, signed by about twenty respectable merchants and others in London, containing proposals for a new institution, to be called “T H E Lo N Do N FEMALE PEN 11 ENT1Aky, the object of which shall be to afford an asylum to unfortunate females, who shall have deviated from the paths of yirtue, and are anxious to be restored, by means of Christian instruction, moral discipline, and the formation of industrious habits, to a respectable station in society.” All who are acquainted with the extensive prevalence, and the fatal effects of the evil which it is intended to remedy, must feel a lively interest in the formation and progress of such an institution. The Magdalen charity, however excellent, both in its design and in its effects, is obviously inadequate to meet more than a very small proportion of the enormous mischief in question ; and it must therefore be admitted, that one or more additional institutions of the same kind are loudly called for. We only hope that they will be formed with a due regard to the extreme delicacy of the case, and with the same prudence and circumspection, which have distinguished the management of their prototype. Ch. O5.
WE formerly mentioned that a society had been formed under the title of “The Hibernian Society,” for the purpose of diffusing religious knowledge in Ireland. The committee apFo to conduct its concerns, have atcly published a report, which, if correct, is highly important, and ought to call forth the warmest exertions of the friends of religion and hamanity, in order to rescue our fel. low-subjects in Ireland from their present state of barbarism and moral degradation. In the south, the proportion of Papists and Protestants is said to be 20 to one ; scarcely any of the former, and few even of the latter, possess a copy of the holy scrip. tures. Schoolmasters are much wanted in every part of Ireland ; and such is the solicitude manifested by
Rev. Mr. Sutcliffe, of Halifax, England, has translated a seventh volume of Saurin's Sermons. This volume consists of twelve discourses on the following subjects, viz. The Delay of Conversion; Perseverance ; the Example of the Saints; St. Paul's I)iscourse before Felix and IXrusilla ; the Covenant of God with the Israelites ; the Seal of the Covenants ; the Family of Jesus Christ; St. Peter's denial of his Master; and the Nature of the unpardonable Sin. The Editors of the Eclectic Review, speaking of the Translator of this voiume, say, “We are free to acknowledge, that in placing himself by the side of Robinson and Hunter, he has assumed no rank, as a translator, which he cannot honourably maintain.” “As the general character of the whole of these interesting discourses,” they observe, “that while they display the talents of the orator in a manner little inferior to any of his sermons hitherto translated, they are superior to most of them in exhibiting the earnestness, the solemnity, and the faithfulness of a conscientious ambassador of Jesus Christ.” We hope the American Editor" of the six volumes of Saurin's discourses, will speedily gratify his subscribers with this additional volume.
* Rev. Mr. Collier.
editions of the New Testament and Common Prayer books, a Welch New Testament, and a beautiful nonpareil Bible have already proceeded from the Cambridge press ; which will soon be followed by other editions, both at Cambridge and at Oxford. The London press of Mr. Andrew Wilson has produced an edition of Entick's Dictionary, which, for beauty, accuracy, and cheapness, surpasses, it is said, all other editions of that work. Various smaller works are now publishing from the same press ; and Mr. Wilson has announced that correct, well-printed stereotype editions of the following works, at reduced prices, will be in the course of publication during the year 1807, viz.
L'HFet. de Gil Blas de Santillane.
The friends of Mrs. Chapone are preparing a volume of Letters and othtr Writings of that lady, hitherto unpublished ; with an account of her Life and Character, in contradiction to some injurious statements lately printed.
From the Report of the Central Vaccine Committee for the year 13, it appears, that 125,992 persons have been inoculated in the course of that year in 42 departments, from which the returns had been received. A progressive diminution of deaths is reported in those places, where vaccination has been introduced ; and an increase in the number, where the practice has been neglected.
A canal has been projected upon a grand scale, to unite the Rhone with the Rhine, and thus connect the North Sea with the Mediterranean. Its extent will be 71 leagues, and it is to receive the name of Bonaparte. The expense is estimated at 14 millions of livres. M. Koeh, member of the Tribunate, pronounced a discourse on the subject, at a meeting of the Legislative Body; in which he gives a historical account of this project, which was first suggested under the Roman Emperors. He enumerates also the advantages which not only France, but Europe at large, will derive from the execution of this scheme.
so large a demand is expected for the New French Catechism, that a bookseller has purchased the copy
ight for 25,000 dollars. It is to be stereotyped.
A historical column is to be erected in the Place Vendome ; denominated the column of Austerlitz. It is to be 120 feet in height, and entirely cov
ered with bronze. It will display the most memorable events of the campaign of 1805 in basso relievo. The subjects to be represented will be distributed to different artists, who wall furnish designs. The pedestal of this column is already begun.
Twenty years since, there were but two booksellers’ shops in Moscow; the returns of which did not amount to 10,000 roubles per annum. The number is now twenty ; and the yearly return is about 200,000 roubles . The increase of the trade and circulation of books in Moscow, is principally owing to the exertion of Mr. Novikow. He procured translations from foreign languages, established libraries, studied and anticipated public taste, and traded in books with acuteness and success. Not more than 600 copies of Moscow newspapers were formerly sold , but under his management, the demand increased, in ten years, to 4,000 copies ; at present their sale has reached 8,000.
The University of Dorpat, in Livonia, established in 1802, has made great progress in opening schools under its direction, throughout the four provinces of Livonia, Courland, Fionia, and Esthonia. Attention has hitherto been chiefly directed to those establishments, which are especially destined for the instruction of youths intended for commerce, trade, or the arts; and as preparatory schools for those, who are subsequently to make literature their profession. The parochial schools, where the first elements of education will be taught, begin also to be organized : of these, every town, however small, will contain two ; one for children of each sex ; and similar institutions are formed in the country. But, as able teachers are greatly wanted, five seminaries have been formed in the district of the university, for the express purpose of training and qualifying schoolmasters. The Emperor has
ranted 42,000 roubles per annum, for the support of these five seminaries; which will continue in full activity for three years. Each student receives, while in these seminaries, 300 roubles yearly ; and engages to take the charge of one of the public
Elements of Therapeutics; or, a guide to health being cautions and directions in the treatment of diseases. Designed chiefly for the use of students. By Rev. Joseph Townsend, M. A. Second American edition. Boston. 1807. Etheridge & Bliss. An illustration of some difficult passages of Scripture on the doctrine of absolute predestination : attempted in a sermon by William Woodbridge, A. M. Middletown. 1805. J. & B. Dunning. The Victim, in five letters to Adolphus, by the author of “the Guide and Refuge.” Hartford, 1807. Lincoln & Gleason. An Address delivered before the Right Worshipful Masters and Brethren of the lodges of St. John, St. Peter and St. Mark, at the Episcopal church in Newburyport, on the anniversary festival of St. John the Baptist. By Joseph Dana. Newburyport, June, 1807. E. W. Allen. Sentiments on Resignation, by Rosewell Messenger, pastor of the first church in York, Maine. Portsmouth, N. H. 1807. W. Treadwell. A sermon preached at the ordination of the Rev. David Thurston, over the church of Christ in Winthrop, Maine. Feb. 18, 1807. By Elijah Parish, A.M. Augusta, 1807. Peter Edes. A sermon, occasioned by the death of Capt. Cyrus Bullard ; and preachcd at Medway, May 25, 1806. By Luther Wright, A. M. pastor of the first church in Medway. Dedham, 1807. H. Mann. A discourse, delivered before the members of the Female Charitable Society of Newburyport, at their fourth anniversary, May 20, 1807. By
James Miltimore, A. M. minister of the gospel in Stratham, N. H. Newburyport. E. W. Allen. Mr. Dufief, of Philadelphia, has published a new edition of his work, entitled “Nature displayed in her mode of teaching language to man; or a new and infallible method of acquiring a language in the shortest time possible, deduced from the analysis of the human mind, and conse. quently suited to every capacity. Adapted to the French.” Valuable improvements are made in this edition.* A discourse, delivered at the Fune. ral of Mrs. Mary Woodward, consort of the late Hon. Professor Woodward, in the meeting-house near Dartmouth college, March 29, 1807, By Roswell Shurtleff, A. M. professor of divinity in Dartmouth college. Hanover. Moses 1)avis. A new edition of the Boston Orations, commemorative of the Fifth of March, 1770. Boston, W. T. Clap. The Seasons in England. Descriptive Poems. By the Rev. William Cooper Taylor, A. M. Boston. Jo. seph Greenleaf.
the religious world, from the birth of Christ to the present day. Tcgether with an accurate statement of the most remarkable transactions and events recorded in ecclesiastical history. By Charles Buck. This work is in the press. Thomas Dobson proposes to publish by subscription an Elegant Edition of the New Testament, very large print, with those very full marginal references, known by the name of Canne’s notes. W. W. Woodward intends publishing in ten handsome quarto volumes • Dr. Gill’s Exposition on the whole of the Old and New Testaments, critical, doctrinal, and practical. In which are recorded the original of mankind, of the several nations of the world, and of the Jewish nation in particular: The lives of the Patriarchs of Israel; the journey of that people from Egypt through the wilderness to the land of Canaan, and their settlement in that land; their laws, moral, ceremonial, and judicial ; their government and state under judges and kings; their
several captivities, and their sacred
books of devotion ; with a copious exposition on the books of the prophets, shewing that they chiefly belong to gospel times, and a great number of them to times yet to come ; and a dissertation on the several apocryphal writings. Containing a correct copy of the sacred text; an account of the several books, and the writers of them; a summary of each chapter; and the genuine sense of every verse; and throughout the whole, the original text, and the versions of it are inspected and compared ; interpreters wf the best note, both Jewish and Christian, consulted : difficult places at large explained; seeming contradictions reconciled, and various passages illustrated and confirmed by testimonies of writers, as well Gentile as Jew. The European edition is nearly out of print, and cannot be imported and sol in America under two hundred dollars. An American edition, much superior, can be printed by subscription for sixty dollars. B. B. Hopkins & co. Philadelphia, propose publishing by subscription, Dr. Campbell's Lectures on Church History, in connexion with his celebrated Essay on Miracles.
A Dissertation on the Prophecies, that have been fulfilled, are now fulfilling, or will hereafter be fulfilled, relative to the great period of 1260 years ; the Papal and Mohammedan Apostasies ; the tyrannical Reign of Antichrist, or the infidel Power; and the Restoration of the Jews. By the Rev. George Stanley Faber, D.D. Vicar of Stockton-Upon-Tees. Boston. Andrews & Cummings, and L. Blake. Proposals are issuing for publishing Lewis and Clark’s tour to the Pacific ocean, through the interior of the continent of North America, performed by order of the Government of the United States, during the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. The work will be prepared by Capt. Meriwether Lewis, and comprised in three volumes octavo, embellished with a great many maps and illustrative plates. Detached from this work, will be published Lewis and Clark's map of North America, from longitude 9 deg. west, to the Pacific Ocean, and between 36 deg. and 52 deg. northlat. with extensive marginal notes. The Life of Washington, by Dr. Ramsay, is ready for and will shortly be put to the press. Several gentlemen, who have seen the manuscript, do not hesitate to pronounce it, what would naturally be expected from the author and the subject, a work of the most classic elegance. It will be comprised in one volume octavo, and printed in an elegant manner. An English Poet, of the name of Northmore, has been a considerable time engaged in writing an epic poem, to be completed in ten books, entitled Washington, or Liberty restored. The basis of the work, exclusive of the imagery, will rest solely on historic truth. Proposals have lately been offered by Mr. Pelham, a Bookseller of Boston, for publishing, by subscription, a new system of notation, by which the variable sounds of the vowels and con