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wearied you, "even in the land of peace wherein ye trusted," the kingdom of the Messiah, as you Call it. "What, gentlemen, will ye do in the swellings of Jordan," when the Lord shall come in like a flood; when he shall, as he certainly will, "make inquisition for iniquity;" what will ye do in that day? Would it not be well to consider this, and turn to the Lord "for a lengthening of your tranquillity." Dan. iv.24. I would fain further exhort you thereto, but my limits will not allow; I must, without more preface, proceed to the examination ofyour first annual report, than which, never was published a work more fraught with mischief, nor more full of calumny against those whose cause you pretend to vindicate or advocate. Speaking of the Count Van der Recke, a German nobleman, you say, page 6—" Promi"nent as this personage is, we may not think him solitary, or "even singular, in his Jewish philanthropy."v The writer of

the report ought to have said ian philanthropy, or

philanthropy towards the Jews; for Jewish it is not. Their philanthropy teaches them not to disturb the happiness of

mankind; they will not bribe a ian to become a Jew;

as they know such ian sells his happiness, he becomes

miserable; he is not a Jew, though such outwardly; his service is not acceptable to God. Religion, whether Jewish, ian, or Mahomedan, must be from the heart to

be acceptable; the judgment must be first convinced, and bribes will not do it; therefore that philanthropy which

leads to offer bribes, pecuniary assistance, &c. is ian

only, and not Jewish. Such was the philanthropy of the London Society, and, I much fear, such is the philanthropy of the American Society.

You introduce, page 7, "Apathy to the miseries of the "circumcision is no longer popular." "Miseries of the cir"cumcision!" what is that, pray? are Jews then miserable because they are circumcised? You might as well talk of the miseries of baptism. In my present state of mind, with my present religious impressions, I should be truly miserable, should I be baptized. Am I, therefore, to presume that

ians, with their impressions and religious opinions,

being baptized, are miserable. What then, are they supposed to think themselves miserable, who have the sign of the covenant of God sealed in the flesh? Far from it, gentlemen; it is their glory, their boast. They believe, they know they are the sons of God, peculiarly chosen to his service among mankind, having the seal of the covenant made by God with their fathers for them for that purpose, indelibly impressed, cut and torn in their flesh.

You say, page 7, "The London Society for promoting

"ianity among the Jews was formed in 1809, and con

"sisted of different denominations of ians, until 1815;

"when, in consequence of many embarrassing difficulties, it "fell amicably into the hands of members of the establish"ment." This is an ominous member of a paragraph. What! is it then acknowledged that the London Society Fell! "How are the mighty fallen!" "How art thou fallen, O Lucifer, the son of the morning!" Be careful, gentlemen, tread not in their steps, or you may meet with a like fall. Remember the London Society "expended seventy thousand pounds" sterling, upwards of three hundred and ten thousand dollars, before they fell! And what did they do for all this? "made their proselytes worse characters than they

were before." So writes a professing ian, a church

member, a religious man, one who had opportunity of knowing what he asserted. "Jjmicably." How amicably?

"I could a tale unfold" !!!" But the secrets of the

prison-house are forbidden me." I must not be personal nor censorious. "Reverend gentlemen All!" « Into the "hands of members." Mark how careful! "of members!" the definitive article The is purposely omitted; it is no mistake! the world must not read, Into the hands of the members, meaning all the former members; but,into the hands of members; some few remaining members. The noble, the truly philanthropic, the real friend of Jews, « His "Royal(highness The Duke Of Kent, has withdrawn his "patronage from the institution." Some others of the members have also withdrawn, some of whom we know where, and others nobody knows, neither does anj one care or wish to know where. England has been taught; He who touches Israel touches the apple of his eye.

Our reporter next informs us, "The publications of the "Society" (the London Society meaning) were read with eagerness; many gratifying proofs of their utility were rehearsed. Literally this means nothing; it says not by whom read; neither does it positively say proof was produced, but rehearsed. Wind, gentlemen, mere wind, as have been all the reports of the London Society from its first institution.

To the charge of being a repudiated race I can only say, "Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement?" and "To which of my creditors have I sold you?" Isa. 1. 1.

The Auxiliary Society of Bristol, R. I. page 10, expresses "gratitude and joy, on the report of the exertions which are making for the conversion of the Israelites" (the

Jews meaning) "to the ian faith." But is it not a false

report they have heard? Are any exertions made with that view, and likely to answer that purpose? I boldly say, none! none have ever been undertaken commensurate to the pretended, the avowed purpose. Exertions have indeed been made to raise money, and money has been wrung

from credulous ians, to do that which, if ever done

at all, (and which does not appear the intention,) must be done without money. "Ye have been sold for nought, and shall be redeemed without money;" Isa. lii. 3. so says the unerring word of truth. If, then, the redemption here

meant is to be by and through their becoming ians,

this must be done otherwise than by being colonized, which costs money; they must neither receive pecuniary assistance, nor pay for their redemption; money must not at all be used; and if used, it is an unsanctified mean, and will not answer any good purpose. The mean must suit the end. We want conviction—not temptation. It is not to be doubted, you may get some to apostatize and play the hypocrite; you may, you will, get such proselytes as the London Society did get; nay, you have already got what you will not avow in your yearly reports.

An argument is drawn in this report, page 11, from Isa. xl. 1.—" Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." "He addresses us, saying, Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," &c. We will analyze this. "He," God,

"addresses us," ians, or the members of the society,

"saying," to us ians, "Comfort ye, comfort ye,"

ians, " my people," the Jews, &c. This is granting

that the Jews are God's people, not repudiated, not rejected. Then all ye are here commanded to do is to comfort them, and not to bribe them. In that case, condolence, comfortable words, is all that is required of you; you are not required to speculate on the poor, ignorant; and hypocritical Jews, setting them to improve and raise the

value of lands for the benefit of the church of , or

American societies,or for any purpose whatever; you are not then required to minister to their temporal comfort; and to put it beyond doubt, the prophet continues, "Speakye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her." You are, consequently, only commanded to speak, not to pay. As I have elsewhere said, preach to us, write to us, but do not, instead of comforling us, offer to bribe us, to rob us of our integrity. Thus, according to your own method of perverting the words of the prophecy, you are incorreot.

But the Hebraist will smile, and bid you read, Be ye //> / .! comforted. It is God who comforts his people the Jews, and his people the Jews are desired to comfort Jerusalem, and not you, gentlemen; not you, reporters; not you,

ians. But think not, gentlemen, there is no com- y )

mand at all for you. You will find it, Isa. chap.; xli.—Keep Silence before me. O Eeyern; and which ye •

translate, O islands. But it is the Hebrew proper name for all the descendants of Japheth, and them only! Gen. X. 5."-" From these are descended (Hebrew, spread abroad) the Eeyi of the Gentiles." Amongst these are counted, Madai,the Medes, Javan, the Greeks, Ashkenaz, the Germans, Rephaz, the Gauls or French, Togarma, the Turks, and Tarshish, the Spaniards, who dwelt on the continents of Europe and Asia. The word is derived from Ee, a wild beast; and when applied to any of the family of mankind, means, in the original sense, uncivilized; and this was the case with all the descendants of Japheth; and that

part of them now called ians were longest in that

state It is then you that are commanded to keep silence, that God's people (the Jews) may renew their strength; and I must render you due praise for obeying this command, as you appear determined to keep silence before me!

The next in order I cannot let pass unnoticed; 'tis my brother Mason's gift to the society of his medal. I trust he has not, and will not forget that cement which binds the different nations and persuasions in one social bond. I do not doubt his philanthropy, but am sorry for the misapplication. I am nevertheless in his debt for good intentions. If I had his address, I would send him a series of the Jew.

Page 11, 12—" It is well known to all the friends cf the "Jews who have informed themselves on the subject, that "their condition, especially on the continent of Europe, is "grievous in the extreme, and the obstacles to their con"version numerous, and ordinarily insuperable. On this "point speculation must be silent, and facts must be heard." And what are these numerous facts which are thus to silence speculation? It appears they are All contained in that precious casket, the correspondence of the Count Van der Recke, and numerous as they be, are all put into one sentence, one member consisting of eight words, and might be put very expressively in two. The words made use of by the Count are these: "How are we to support ourselves

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