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English language and the principles of religion. Every Sabbath we read prayers and preach to such of the military and others as are disposed to attend the Church. Every Wednesday evening Brother Squance preaches in Portuguese, and every Friday I preach in English. The congregations are pretty large and attentive ; and we hope some profit by hearing the word of truth. Monday evenings we meet our class, consisting of about 20 members, Dutch, Portuguese, soldiers, and one native headman, or Modelier, as they are called here. Some of these are under serious impressions, several of them young men, who seem very promising. We sometimes preach in the public market through the means of an interpreter. Here we meet many different characters; Mahometans, Malabars, Dutch, Portuguese, Cingalese, &c. We visit some of the schools where the Cingalese are taught their own language. To these schools, on days set apart for the purpose, the people crowd to be baptized and married, to the number of 6 or 700 and upwards. We generally seize such opportunities of declaring to the people the way of salvation. These things, together with studying languages, keep both our bodies and minds in a state of activity. Truly we may exclaim, the harvest is great, but the labourers very few. Hinderances there are in the way to the spread of the Gospel in this island; but, through Divine assistance, these difficulties are surmountable. The work is the Lord's. O that we may ever confide in him, feel our dependance upon him, and labour on at his command. Thanks be to God, my soul is happy in the enjoyment of his favour; and if I were now in Europe, surrounded by my relations, and the friends of Jesus, .whom i sincerely love; at the Divine call, with the sacred flame I this moment feel in my heart, I would break away from their affectionate embraces, bid farewel to the land of my nativity, brave the dangers of the watery deep, encounter every difficulty, and consider myself highly honoured and greatly privileged in having an opportunity of preaching, through Jesus, a free and full salvation to the poor heathen. Earnestly requesting to have a place in your prayers, with every sentiment of respect and affection, I am, dear Fathers and Brethren, Yours, most sincerely, GEORGE ERSKINE.
From Mr. James Lynch. My dear FATHERS AND BRETHREN,
In my last from this place, I stated to you the death of Brother Ault; since then, thank God, we are all pretty well; and nothing particular has taken place amongst us. We greatly lament the loss of the ship Arniston, off the Cape of Good Hope, in May last. Our warm and kind friends, Lord and Lady Molesworth, and a daughter of our much esteemed friend, the Hon. and Rev. Mr. I'wisleton, and two sons of the Rev. Mr. Chater, were among those who perished. We also regret that many of our letters for Europe, (all mine,) were lost. I have lately visited a few places in the country; several Brahmins heard, and rather wished to engage me in listening to them, than that I should address the people. We have lately established an Auxiliary Bible Society here, and have a larger Sunday School. Brother Squance is rather on the recovery, and preaches very frequently. By this day's news, from Madeira, I find a ship is to sail for England in a few days. Being apprehensive she may sail before this reaches Madras, I write but short. I bless God that my health is good, and feel resigned to his dispensations. I feel the want of help. I received a letter lately from Madras, signed by five serious persons who appear to experience the power of religion. They have received much light in the doctrines of the Gospel," by reading Messrs. Wesley's and Fletcher's Works, and most earnestly request one of us to visit them : at present, it is not in our power, for want of sufficient help. I remain, Dear Fathers and Brethren, Your's in the Gospel, Juffna, Oct. 7, 1815.
THE INQUISITION. Rome, April 17. The reform in the tribunals of the Inquisition and the Holy Office is continuing with activity; and will extend to all the countries where this institution exists. In the briefs addressed by his holiness to the Congregation charged with the la. bour, his Holiness says, “ Do not forget that the way to render religion powerful in all States, is to show her divine, and bringing to mankind only consolation and benefits, the precept of our divine Master, Love each other,' ought to be the law of the universe."
The Holy League. The Emperor of Russia has addressed a letter to the courts of Europe, stating that his Holy League with Austria and Prussia has no other object in view, than peaceably to found the eternal peace and happiness of States.
The Jesuits. .The Prince Regent of Portugal refuses, in the most absolute manner, every proposition to restore the Jesuits in his dominions; and declares the acts for the abolition of the Order to be in full force.
FROM TAB AUBURN GAZETTE, (N. Y.) JUNE 26, 1816.
Auburn Auxiliary Missionary Society. We are happy to announce, that that spirit of Christian munificence, whose effects have of late been so extensively experienced, and which has wrought such marvellous changes in the empires of Paganism and Infidelity, is beginning to discover itself in this village, in a manner highly gratifying to the truly philanthropic and Christian soul.
About six weeks ago a Missionary Sermon was preached by the Rev. Elisha P. Swift, a Missionary, and a proposition made to the young people of this village, for forming a Society, co-ordinate with the Branch Societies of the Grand Mis. sionary Society of the Western District. The discourse was solemn and impressive, and the effect pleasing and satisfactory. A Society is formed, and nearly one hundred have already united themselves to it, apparently eager to assist in the general effort for the universal spread of the Gospel of Peace.
On the 17th inst. a Constitution was adopted, and the following gentlemen were elected officers, viz. Horace Hills, President ; Noble D. Strong, Vice President; Joel W. Bacon, Secretary ; and William H. Brown, Treasurer.
While we express our happy astonishment at the remarkable spirit of unanimity and liberality manifested by those . who have already engaged in the cause of religion and of mon, we must also express our hopes that other towns and villa ges will not remain idle and indifferent to the grand, s
scenes which are acting under the auspices and guidance of Heaven.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.
July 23d, 1816. I observed on the cover of the Christian Herald, a notice of books and papers suitable for Sunday Schools. It brought to my recollection, a little piece styled The Happy Mun, which I present to you, Sir, for publication, if you think proper. It was handed to me when a child, by a pious aunt, with an injunction to commit it to memory. I obeyed the precept, but thought little more of it; and it lay buried in rubbish for more than fifty years ! But when the Day Star arose in my heart, and the Sun of Righteousness began to gild the mental horizon, one piercing ray consumed the. rub. bish. Then memory, that grand faculty of the soul, opened her depository, and there seemed quite a new resurrection of things teeming into life. Out sprung The Happy Man with
all its concomitants, every word as perfect as when I first learned it; and a whole host of little hymns and psalms, and songs, spiritual and divine; catechisms and Scripture proofs, which I had little more sense of, when committed, than their bare words ; but they brought with them, meaning, beauty, and sentiment. The following is a copy of the piece above mentioned
THE HAPPY MAN. The Happy Man was born in the city of Regeneration, in the parish of Repentance unto Life; he was educated in the school of Obedience, and lives now in Perseverance; he works at the trade of Diligence, notwithstanding he has a large estate in the country of Christian-Contentment, and oftentimes does jobs of Self-denial; he wears the plain garment of Humility, yet has a better suit to put on when he goes to Court, called the robe of Christ's Righteousness; he walks in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes climbs the mountains of Spiritual-Mindedness; he breakfasts every morning on Spiritual-Prayer, and sups every evening on the same;
he has meat to eắt that the world knows not of, and his drink is the sincere milk of the Word.
Thus happy he lives, and happy he dies. Happy is he who has Gospel submission in his will, due order in his affections, sound peace in his conscience, sanctifying grace in his soul, real divinity in his breast; true humility in his heart, the Redeemer's yoké on his neck, a vain world under his feet, and a crown of glory over his head.
In order to attain which, look to Christ, pray fervently, believe firmly, wait patiently, work abundantly, live holy, die daily, watch your heart, guide your senses, redeem your time, love Christ, and long for Glory.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN'S MONİTOR.
REVIVALS OF RELIGION. An account of the Revival in Sug-Harbour, Long-Island,
by the Rev. John D. Gardiner, Minister of the Gospel in that place.
The Redeemer has established his empire in the earth. Its extension in this world of darkness and sin, gladdens the hearts of all his subjects. To hear of the triumphs of the cross, is animating tò all the friends of Christ. At such seasons, the glory of God shines with peculiar lustre; the power of Gospel grace is displayed; the kingdom of Jesus built up; and many stones
polished after the similitude of a palace,” are laid in the temple of Zion. To know that the Lord is carrying on his work;' is pouring out his spirit in different parts of the Churches, is no small consolation to the people of God; especially, to those who are destined to labour in the barren parts of the Gospel vineyard, and who are not spectators of those happy scenes.
With these views I have forwarded to you a short account of the late revival of religion in this place and its vicinity.
From the commencement of my ininistry here in the year 1812, nothing special of a religious nature occurred until about the middle of October, 1815. Though the ordinances of God's House were decently attended, and additions made to the church, from time to time; still there was great coldness among professing Christians to the things of the kingdom. It was a season of awful declension. A death-like sleep seemed to have seized alike the saints and the sinner. The Church was clothed in sackcloth; she appeared forsaken and desolate. Her state was melancholy : few, very few, came up to her solemn feasts —Her children were discouraged ; like Israel in a strange land, they seemed to have sung out their song, hung their harps on the willows, and sat down to die. The scene was truly dark and foreboding, and became more and more so every day._"O my leanness, my leanness," was the cry of God's people. The wicked sat their mouths against the heavens ; vice, with giant boldness, marched through the streets ; Sabbath-breaking, profaneness, and intemperance, threatened to sweep away every vestige of religion : the word of life mouldered on the shelt; the ordinances were barren, and the Spirit of prayer seemed to have taken its everlasting flight to heaven ;-this place was indeed a valley of dry bones. I ascended a neighbouring hill; I surveyed with anguish the whitening ruins that lay below; my heart sunk at the prospect; and I exclaimed, in the language of the prophet, “Can these dry bones live ??? Scarcely was the exclamation ended, when, to my utter astonishment, the breath from the four winds came; the slain began to stir—the dead to live. The spirit of the Lord was there. This was about the middle of October last.' The scene now changed: the people of God began to awake; their hearts, were comforted. The strong expectation that the Lord was about to appear in his glory to build up Zion, excited them to servent supplications, to vigorous exertions. Meetings for conference and prayer, were multiplied. Religious conversation was introduced : the attention of the whole congregation was soon aroused. The house of God was crowded : the silence of the grave pervaded the assembly; the seriousness of eternity set on every countenance. Every ear was open, every eye was fixed; while the truth of God appeared to sink, deep into every heart. The wicked were brought to a stand ; the consciences, of many were awakened. Fearfulness surprised the hypocrite ; sinners in Zion trembled. The anxious inquiry was heard, “ What shall I do to be saved?” The terrors of the law seized the hearts of many. The work of the Lord increased daily : sinners were born to God. The prison-doors were open, the chains knocked off; and numbers, delivered from the bondage of Satan, were made to rejoice in the liberty of the Gospel.
The work gradually progressed until bout the middle of December, when the Lord seemed to rise in his might, and make bare his arm. His Spirit now, like a mighty rushing wind, seemed to sweep all before it: the youth, the middle aged, and the man of years, fell alike prostrate at the foot of the cross ! Often did the cry for mercy, and the song of praise, at the same moment vibrate on the ear. The footsteps of Emmanuel were seen in every family, and his power felt by almost every heart. The people of God who had witnessed several revivals, filled with astonishment, would often says: " that they had never beheld such a day as this before."" Whenever they met, there was a cordial shaking of hands and a smile of joy; while every other feeling of the soul seemed to be swallowed up in mutual love. So transporting was the scene, and so elevated were the joys of some elder Christians, that they confidently believed that the glorious morn of the latter day had pow ushered in.
This season of divine power, when Christ rode forth from conquering to conquer, continued until about the first of March. During this period of about two months, more than one hundred and twenty persons expressed their hope