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will tend to perpetuate the work, to pre pare fit instruments for carrying it on, and to enlarge its sphere, even beyond the limits of our own country, as God may grant us opportunity. As in the case of missions to the heathen, our example will, it is hoped, excite, in other places, similar endeavours, so that we may in that way be the instruments of more good than our own hands can perform.
appropriate education was therefore given him; and, as his endowments seemed well adapted to the work, and his heart deeply intent upon it, it was resolved, at the period of our last annual meeting, that he should commence his labours. They have been continued to the present time, accompanied with tokens which encourage us to hope that we have not misconstrued the providential will, and cause us to desire to enlarge our endeavours. At this stage of our progress, it would have been highly gratifying merely to say, that considerable attention had been already excited among the Jews; but to that, we trust, we can add, that more than one soul has been brought to the Saviour of sinners; and that others are also, in a humble frame of spirit, desiring the knowledge of his name. We have, besides, made the important discovery, that latent convictions of the truth of the gospel exist in the breasts of many Jews, who, under the countenance which a judicious course of measures adopted by the Missionary Society would afford, might be led openly to avow their convictions, and attend public ordinances.
A field of vast importance, and of inviting appearance, thus presents itself to our view, although the entrance to it is not without difficulties, and the cultivation of it will require peculiar wisdom and discretion. In such a cause, obstacles, whatever they may be, are to be contemplated, not dreaded; and, after much deliberation and prayer, we have resolved to press forward in our labours, with increased ear. nestness and additional efforts.
The limits of this address will not allow us to specify what are the means, in our judgment, best adapted to the desired end. Some of these will be common to every attempt to spread the gospel; others must be dictated by an attentive consideration of the genius and actual circumstances of the people to whom we are more immediately sending it. We can only say, generally, that pointed appeals will be made to them, from the press, to rouse their attention to the subject of religion; addi. tional opportunities of hearing the gospel, from the mouth of one of their own brethren, Mr Frey, will be presented, means of religious instruction, and of other necessary information, will be provided; protection will be afforded to such as are exposed to persecution for the sake of the gospel; and the offices of humanity and charity performed towards deserving objects, who may require them at our hands; Bor must such means be overlooked as
The subject itself, and the considerations connected with it, will be more fully presented to view at the next annual meeting of the society; and a discourse, suited to the circumstances, will be delivered by a much respected brother, whose heart always expands with generous ardour in the prospect of new attempts to extend the kingdom of the Redeemer. We anticipate with high satisfaction, the day in which hundreds of British ministers, and thousands of British christians, with a few of the dispersed of Jacob, will unite their supplications for the speedy accomplishment of all the good which God hath spoken concerning Israel.
But, brethren, before much attention can be expected on the part of the Jews, a more lively interest in their behalf must be felt by christians. How much, alas, might our closets and pulpits upbraid us for forgetfulness of the state of the Jews! Let us review the glorious promises of God, with respect to their restoration; let these promises be carried by the prayer of faith before the heavenly throne; let ministers aid their own and their people's intelligence of the subject, by bringing it to notice in their public ministrations; let christians stir up each other to a remem. brance of their duty in regard to the Jews; and as there are few places in the kingdom where Jews do not reside, let prudent and affectionate measures be taken, generally, to call their attention to christianity; induce them to consider the evidences by which it is supported; and, above all, to convince them, personally, of their need of that salvation which it brings for their acceptance.
We cannot but take this opportuntty of reminding our brethren, that the extensive and extending sphere of the exertions of our society naturally occasions heavy and increasing expenses. The new and impor. tant object now proposed to your consideration will, naturally, enhance those expenses. How necessary it is, therefore, that you should manifest the desire you entertain for the conversion of Jews and Gentiles, by a liberal support of the mea
sures tending to those ends, needs not to be stated.
Earnestly entreating your prayers, that wisdom, fidelity, and zeal may be impart ed to us, and that we may be directed to those measures by which the divine glory shall be promoted, and desiring that grace, mercy, and peace may be with you, brethren, and the whole Israel of God,
We subscribe ourselves your willing servants in the gospel of Jesus Christ, The directors of the Missionary Society, GEO. BURDER, Sec.
Mar. 17, 1806.
AT Philipstown, in the county of Rensselaer, and state of New-York, on Wednesday the 9th inst. Mr. John Younglove, Jun. was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry, and installed pastor of the united congregations of Union village, Union, and Stephentown, by the presbytery of Columbia. On this occasion, the Rev. Mr. Chapman preached the sermon from 2 Corinthians, ii. 16. " And who is sufficient for these things?" The Rev. Mr. Coe presided, made the ordaining prayer, and gave the charge to Mr. Younglove. The Rev. Mr. Fullerton addressed the people
All the parts were performed with great decency, propriety, and solemni y, in the presence of a numerous, respectable and attentive assembly; which appeared impressed with the interesting and solemn
It is peculiarly pleasing to see with what rapidity congregations are forming, churches organizing, and the gospel spreading, in the northern parts of this state. For though we have great cause to lament our misimprovement of the inestimable privileges which we enjoy, and want of zeal in the service of our Lord and master; yet there is much reason to rejoice, that the interest of religion is gradually progressing, and the boundaries of the Redeemer's kingdom enlarging around us. The torrent of immorality and vice, which but a little while ago, was sweeping all before it, is arrested in its mad career; and the public morals and public sentiment are very much corrected and meliorated, under the benign influence of the gospel. In several places there has been a serious attention to religion, and considerable additions have been made to the church, of those who were hopeful trophies of redeeming love. Although that religious
ardour has much abated, yet its happy effects are still visible, in the regular lives and unshaken attachment of the subjects of it, to the ordinances and institutions of religion.
Encouraged by these animating pros pects, we humbly look up to the great head of the church, to carry on his own work with power, "until his dominion shall extend from sea even to sea, and from the rivers unto the ends of the earth." Northern Observer.
July 22, 1806.
Two of the missionaries belonging to the London Society, and whom we lately mentioned to have arrived at Tranquebar, have proceeded to Vizagpatnam, with the view of establishing a mission among the Gentoos in that quarter. At this place they met with a cordial reception from the prin cipal Europeans, one of whom, a magistrate, had been in the habit of performing divine service himself, in the court-house, before the gentlemen of the settlement, the soldiers in garrison, and some half cast people. On the arrival of the missionaries, they were requested to undertake this of fice, to which they readily assented; and their services have since been remunerated by a small salary.
The town of Vizagpatnam contains about 20,000 inhabitants, chiefly idolaters, and the neighbourhood is also very populous: but the missionaries must defer the commencement of their labours among the natives, until they shall have made themselves masters of the language spoken in that district which is the Telinga or Gentoo. Their study of this language has been providentially facilitated by means of a manuscript dictionary given them by a gentleman who was about to return to England. In the mean time they have an opportunity of preaching to the Europeans in garrison, and of engaging in the instruction of youth; employments which may be relinquished in favour of fresh missionaries, as soon as they themselves shall have attained a com. petent knowledge of the Gentoo. This language is spoken throughout Golconda, and with little variation in the Cattack and Mahratta countries; so that these Missionaries have ample space for the exertion of their talents and zeal. They are urgent with the society to send more missionaries to their aid.
The names of the two Missionaries who have settled at Vizagpatnam are Messrs.
Can and Desgranges. Mr. Ringeltaube has remained at Tranquebar and proposes to labour in the Tamul country.
Two other missionaries from the same society, Dr. Taylor and Mr. Loveless, who
On the 25th of February, at Edinburgh, In the prime of life, the Rev. DAVID BLACK, one of the ministers of that city. He was a most amiable man, a most exemplary christian, and a most useful and faithful labourer in his Lord's vineyard. He was taken ill on the fifteenth, but no danger was apprehended for some days: but on the 20th some alarming symptoms made their appearance, and on the fifth day from that time it pleased God to take him to himself in the midst of his days and use. fulness, being in the 44th year of his age and the 21st of his ministry. His disorder, which appeared to be an inflammation in the brain, prevented him from leaving his dying testimony to the truth and excellence of that blessed religion which he understood and loved so well, and exemplified with such happy uniformity in his conduct and conversation, in his public ministrations as a pastor, and in every private relation of life. His death was deeply and generally lamented as a public loss, and will long be felt by his congrega. tion and friends.
were appointed to form a mission on the opposite side of the peninsula, at Surat, had arrived at Madras on their way thither.
At Glasgow, on the 17th current, in the 68th year of his age, DAVID DALE, Esq. of Rosebank, late one of the magistrates of that city. The character of this good man comprehended in it so many points of excellence, that only an imper. fect outline of it can here be given. He had not enjoyed the advantage of a polished or liberal education; but this want was compensated by a large share of natural sagacity and sound sense, by an accurate and discriminating knowledge of human character, and by a modest and dignified simplicity of manner, which secured to him universal respect and attention. A zealous promoter of general industry and of the manufactures of his country, his schemes of business were extensive and liberal, conducted with singu. lar prudence and perseverance, and, by the blessing of God, were crowned with such
abundant success as served to advance his rank in society, and to furnish him with the means of that diffusive benevolence which rendered his life a public blessing, and shed a lustre on his character, that has been but too rarely exemplified. Impelled by the powerful influence of that truth which he firmly believed and zealously taught, constrained by the love, and animated by the example of his blessed Master, his ear was never shut to the cry of distress; his private charities were boundless; and every public institution which had for its object the alleviation or prevention of human misery, in this world or the world to come, received from him the most liberal support and encouragement. For while the leading object of his life was the diffusion of the light of truth in the earth, he gladly embraced every opportunity of becoming, like the patriarchs of old "eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame," and of causing "the widow's heart to sing for joy." In private life, his conduct, actuated by the same principles, was equally exemplary; for he was a kind parent. a generous friend, a wise and faithful counsellor, "a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate." And now having thus occupied his talents he hath "entered into the joy of his Lord." "Mark the perfect and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
The remains of this eminent servant of God were interred on the 21st instant. The funeral was attended by the magistrates, by ministers of all denominations, and by between two and three hundred respectable inhabitants. The concourse of spectators was immense. Several hundreds of poor received a small gratuity in money, after the interment. He honoured God while he lived; he was honoured by all descriptions in his life, and at his death: and though dead will long live in the affectionate remembrance of thousands,
MISS REBECCA ALBRIGHT, Or Basingstoke, Eng died on Monday, April 22, aged 20. It appears that she had been seriously impressed with the impor. tance and worth of her soul for about four years; and the impression was increased by means of a lingering affliction, under which she laboured for the last three years. Death at a distance appeared dreadful; but as it approached, she was enabled to view it with composure. She told a friend a little time before her decease, that had she died when very ill about seven years before, she should have been lost; but now, she thanked God, she had a good hope, and could look death in the face without dismay. In this comfortable frame she continued till about Sunday, 14th April last, when her weakness permitted her to attend only in the morning at the meeting. Her mother perceiving she was preparing to go, thinking her too weak to attend, endeavoured to dissuade her; but with a very expressive and animated countenance she replied, "Oh, my dear mother, if you knew what enjoyment I have had this morning (referring to private devotion) you would not attempt to prevent my going to the house of God, for I hardly knew whether I was in the body or out of the body I am constrained from gratitude to go for while the Lord has done for me; and if this body sinks under it, it does not matter." The sermon was from Matt. x. 32, "Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men," &c. During the discourse she was almost in raptures. Her love to the house of God was so great, that nothing but total incapacity could keep her from it; and her attachment to her minister so strong, that it was always with great pleasure she saw him come into the house; for he had been the means of her establishment in the truths of the gospel.
From the time of her confinement she addressed all who came to see her on the important concerns of their souls, though before remarkably reserved on religious matters. To a young woman who came to see her (and who had lived with her some time) she said with earnestness, "My dear Fanny (clasping her in her arms) make religion your main business; do, promise me you will attend to it more than ever you have done it is this only that can support you in the time of affliction, and in the hour of death. Oh, what could I do without the presence of God at this time! I had," said she, "a comfortable sleep last night; and, what was better, I had a little of the presence of God with
me! Oh, how sweet n was! I dreamed that there were four angels standing to convey me to the upper regions of bliss." On the Friday before her death, she expressed a wish that her mother might sit up with her that night, saying, at the same time, that she might probably sleep out of the body, and that it was on her mother's account she wished it; "for," said she, “I know it wouid have grieved you if 1 had gone while you were asleep." To a friend she said, "Oh, what mercy there is in God! who felt his bowels move with compassion towards his rebellious child! This was my case." She frequently la mented that she knew religion so late, that she had so little time to glorify God; and had not now an opportunity of he nouring him in an open profession, by joining the church.
On Sunday, the 21st, she was quite in ecstacies, saying, to her friends around her, she longed to be gone to her dear Jesus; and with extended arms to Mrs. S. she exclaimed, “Oh, my dear Sally, that I could take you and all my dear friends with me to glory!" To a young person who came to see her, she earnestly said, “My dear Sarah, I want you to go to heaven as well as myself! I hope you do seek the Lord. See here, I am just going to die. What a mercy it is that I was not suffered to perish in my sins! Se vile a sinner as I am found mercy! and so will you, if you go to God for it. See what religion will do nothing but real religion could support me now. You have, my dear, a parent that prays for you, and longs for your salvation: oh, attend to her good advice!" To another friend she said, "I sometimes fear that my faith will not hold out; that Satan will be too strong for me; but I desire to trust in the Lord, who has said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." To Mrs. P. she said, she was just going to pass the river Jordan; “but to me (lifting up her foot at the same time) it is no more than stepping over a rivulet." To Mr. T. she said, "I used to be afraid that you would talk to me about my soul; but now I cannot but speak what God has done for me;" Mr. T. said, God has opened your mouth to speak for him;' "Yes," said she emphatically; "neither you, nor all my friends could have done it: it is God that has done it." At another time she said, "I have been thinking how happy I should be, if I were permitted to look down, and be able to tell you when I am gone, that I have got safe to heaven. Ob how differently do I think now to what !
did when in health!" Thus she continued till about twelve o'clock on Monday, when she altered so much for the worse, that her friends were apprehensive she was about to take her flight. "Death," said she, with the greatest cheerfulness, "is advancing;" and with a placid smile said, she was going to heaven. Soon after, Mr. T. called, when she addressed him, "My dear sir, I have been disappointed; I thought I was gone to glory; but you see I am come back again; I am still in the land of the living;" he said, "Not my will;" she immediately added, "but thine be done." About three o'clock Mrs. C. called, found Mrs. T. Mrs. A. her mother, and sister Fanny with her: she was sitting in an easy chair; a mere animated skeleton; yet so serene, comfortable, nay, even joyful, in the immediate prospect of entering into the eternal world, as astonished all her friends. After speaking to those who came to see her, she paused a little, and suddenly broke out in those words of Dr. Watts,
"With joy we meditate the grace, “Of our High Priest above;" and sang the hymn nearly all through with such animation and strength of voice; that surprised all around her. Expressing a wish that Mr. T. might be sent for, he came, and about the same time another friend called to see her; "Come, my dear friend," said she, "and see what the Lord has done for my soul! Come all my christian friends, and join with me in singing praises to my adorable Saviour!" and immediately began singing, "Great God, I own thy sentence just;" and sang it to the last verse with uncommon fervor, "Then shall I see thy lovely face
"With strong immortal eyes; And feast upon thy unknown grace "With pleasure and surprise."
Those whose feelings would permit, joined with her; while others who were too deeply affected with the scene, sat overwhelmed in tears. After the hymn was sung, she requested her friend to engage in prayer. She afterwards continued to speak of her hopes and prospects, or sang hymns or psalms descriptive of her feelings, as far as her strength would admit; but at times, was so much reduced as not to be able to articulate.
In this happy frame she continued till about seven o'clock, when the adversary of souls was permitted to approach with his fiery temptations. She perceived the storm drawing near, and said, "Oh these clouds that are coming over my mind! Oh that dreadful darkness which is approaching! Pray, O pray, all my friends, that the tempter may not be permitted to come." At length the gathering storm began to break, and in vain did her minister and Mr. T. endeavour to comfort her. She refused every argument. About nine o'clock she was exceedingly agitated, wrung her hands, moaned in the most piteous manner, exclaiming in the most doleful accents, "I am lost! I am lost! I am lost!" Thus she continued till about eleven o'clock, when she said, "The conflict is now over; the victory is obtained; and now I am going to glory!" Addressing herself to Mr. T. she said, "My dear sir, what would you have thought of all my professions if I had died in that state?" I should have thought, my dear,' he replied, you were gone to heaven." "Yes, sir," said she, "I am now going! the conquest is won!" Oh death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? and immediately broke out in songs of triumph; which she continued till her voice was lost in death. Evan. Mag