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The third appears to have had no male heir, in default where. of his daughter seems to have patronised the Hebrew infant, Moses. And she not only rescued him from the general massacre; but gave him a princely education, on purpose to qualify him for wearing the crown of Egypt after the demise of her father. For Moses himself informs us, Exod. ii. 9, 10, that, after he had been nursed for a time at the expense of Pharaoh's daughter, he was “ brought unto her, and became her son. And she called his name Moses.” St. Paul also says, Heb. xi. 24–6. “ By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.
In corroboration of this sentiment, we learn from Josephus, in his second book of Jewish Antiquities, chap. v. that her name was Thermutis; and that previously to the birth of Moses, the royalty had been transferred to another family. But who was the immediate predecessor, or immediate successor, of her father, is a matter of which neither Josephus nor the scriptures have given us any information. He says, however, that Thermutis, having no offspring of her own, adopted Moses for her child on account of his divine beauty and excellent understanding; and that she also presented him to her father, as one that should succeed him in his kingdom; and that, after the death of her father, Moses, by divine instruction, addressed himself to the Hebrews, and prevailed on them to accept him for their leader in departing out of the land; and then presented himself before the king, who had newly as. sumed the reins of government, and expesulated with him on the subject of their liberation. But the king's name he has not men. tioned. Neither can the point be ascertained by an appeal to the testimony of any other historian of Jewish or profane antiquity. For the chronological succession of the first kings of Egypt is so deeply enveloped in obscurity, and all that Herodotus, Diodorus, Eratosthenes, and others, have written on the subject, is so replete with mutual contradictions, that it has been considered by many learned men as in a great measure fabulous and uncertain.
The declaration of Jehovah, in the passage before us, appears now to be simply as follows. “ For this cause have I exalted thee from thy former station to the august throne of Egypt, that in thee I might display the boundless extent of my power; and that, by thine instrumentality, I might declare my name (all the awful and adorable attributes of my essential character) throughout all the earth!"
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. We are favoured with the following letter a remarkable instance before our eyes, of
from Capt. Benjamin Wickes, dated Lon- the partition wall, between the Jews and don, April 2d, 1806, which has lately gentiles being broken down, and probeen received by his friends in this posed, that we should join together in place.
prayer, and praise, which was readily I wrote you a few days after
agreed to, although the Jews had not my arrival
heretofore at this place, and gave you I think some
seen such a thing, and perhaps general account of what had happened to the time of the apostles, if then. I lead
such a thing had not taken place since me since I saw you; but as I do not remember particulars, perhaps I may in this and the
Jew minister concluded. When the
in the exercise, the missionary followed, repeat some things I have already men. exercise was over, the Jews took us by tioned. We are going from London to Cal- our hands with such expressions of love cutta; two missionaries with their wives and brotherly affection as was truly gratiare going with us from the baptist society, fying: The evening before last, I went to and a young woman espoused to a mis- take tea with the missionaries at their sionary already in Bengal from the London lodgings, where I found a large company society, and there to be married. On the of Christian people of different denomina12th of last month, the baptist mission. tions assembled. Mr. Füller, Sutcliff, and aries were ordained at Oxford, and set a part for the mission at Bengal. I went to
several other ministers, were among them Oxford on this occasion, and was witness
also the Jew minister,and several of his Jew of a very solemn scene, and was treated converts, the way being opened last week with all that tenderness, that would have the Gentiles. Here we held a very solemn
as mentioned above, for their mixing with been due to an eminently good and useful man. Alas! for us, how easy is it for exercise in prayer and praise. I was again man to be mistaken! These people went appointed to lead, a missionary of the so far in a full meeting of their mission. London society followed, the Jew minis
ter succeeded, and Fuller and Sutcliff ary society to vote me their thanks for the part I had acted in favour of their concluded. When the exercise was over, mission, and requested that I would set
the Jews were again taken by the hand, for their limner in London, to take my ceived in the bonds of brotherly love, as
by both ministers and people, and relikeness, to be deposited among the most noted of those that have been, are now,
alive from the dead. Yesterday morning and may hereafter be, engaged in this I had on board the ship to breakfast, the work. This bas been done, and what. missionaries and their wives, several miever may be the consequence, I take it nisters of different denominations, and as I think it is meant, an expression of others to the number of about thirty. I gratitude to a stranger who has given would fain have had the Jews among some proofs of favouring their cause. On them, but they could not come. Here my return to London I found that the
we had an exercise of prayer and praise, Lord had blessed the ministry of the Jew until near twelve o'clock, committing the minister, and given him several seals to missionaries, the ship, and the crew, to his ministry from among his brethren. the care of the blessed God, and praying One evening last week, I went with one
for the spread of the gospel among the of them issionaries that is going with me, heathen. In the evening there was a with two or three others, to drink tea meeting held at one of the baptist meetwith the Jew minister. While we were at ing houses, for the purpose of dismissing tea there came in two Jews that were
the missionaries from their country and awakened under that sermon which you kindred, to go among the heathen in heard me speak of hearing him preach Bengal. This was a crowded and solemn last fall, which was the first fruits of his assembly. After two ministers had pray. labours. Those took tea with us, and ed, Mr. Fuller gave a word of exhorta. after tea was over, there came in three tion and advice to the missionaries, that other Jews the fruits of his ministry. was truly affecting and impressive. Now When they had sat down I counted our
what shall we say to these things, cannot number, and found there were an equal we conclude that God is really with us, number of both Jews and gentiles, six of and take the comfort of it? cach, on which I observed that there was
BENJAMIN WICKES, Sen. Vol. II.
MISSIONS IN INDIA. not have been presented to any one, who The Rev. Charles Buchanan, A. M. wished to investigate the state of the naVice Provost of the college of Fort Wil tives of India, with a view to their moral liam, has lately published a memoir con- and religious improvement." cerning ecclesiastical establishments in “Under the auspices of Marquis Well India, which contains much curious and lesley, who, by favour of Providence, non valuable information. The subject is no presides in the government of India, a less than that of giving christianity, and version of the holy Scriptures may be er. with it civilization, to myriads of human pected, not in one language alone, but in beings, now sunk in the grossest igno. seven of the Oriental tongues; in the rance, and abased by the most atrocious Hindoostanee, Persian, Chinese, and Ma. superstitions. For the promotion of this lay; Orissa, Mahratta, and Bengalese; object, Mr. B. divides his tract into three of which the four former are the primary principal parts: the first relates to the and popular languages of the Continent care and preservation of the christian and Isles of Asia. faith among his own countrymen settled “ In the centre of the Pagan world, and in India ; the second treats of the prac- at the chief seat of superstition and idol. ticability of civilizing and converting the atry, these works are carried on; and the natives; and the third states the progress unconverted natives assist in the translaalready made in that civilization, and in tions. The Gospels have already been the planting of christianity. Under each translated into the Persian, Hindu ostanee of these headls is contained many articles, Mahratta, Orissa, and Malay languages; which deserve the attention of every per. and the whole Scriptures have been trans. son anxious to promote the progress of lated into the Bengalee language. One the Redeemer's kingdom; and which fur- edition of the Bengalee Bible has been nish motives for encouragement for mis- distributed amongst the natires; and a sionary men to proceed in their labours. second is in the press for their use. A
The following facts are stated in the version of the Scriptures in the Chinese dedication:
language (the language of three hundred “ New sources of information on all millions of men) has also been undertaOriental subjects, have been opened by ken; and a portion of the work is already the College of Fort William in Bengal. printed off.” Those persons who have held official situ- The second division of this memoir ations in that institution during the last treating of the practicability of civilizing four years, have had constant opportuni. and christianizing the natives of Hindosties of observing the conduct, and of learn- tan, will be read with increasing interest. ing the opinions, of the most intelligent The following are some of his observanatives. There are attached to the col- tions on this subject lege, at this time, upwardsofone hundred " To civilize the Hindoos will be conlearned men, who have arrived from dif- sidered, by most men, our duty; but is it ferent parts of India, Persia, and Arabia. practicable? and if practicable, would it In such an assemblage, the manners and be consistant with a wise policy? It has customs of remote regions are distinct. been alleged by some, that no direct ly described; and their varying sen- means ought to be used for the moral timents, religious and political, may be improvement of the natives; and it is not accurately investigated and compared. considered liberal or politic to disturb
“Of the learned Hindoos who have their superstitions. been employed as teachers, there were " Whether we use direct mears or lately two from the Decan, who profess not, their superstitions will be disturberi the Christian faith; and comport thcm- under the influence of British civilization. selves according to Christian manners. But we ought first to observe that there Two Protestant missionares have also are multitudes who have no faith at all. been attached to the institution; one of Neither Hindoos nor Mussulmans, outwhom is lecturer in the Bengalce and casts from every faith; they are of them. Shanscrit department; and has been for selves fit objects for our beneficence. many years employed in preaching in the Subjects of the British empire, they seek Bengalee language to the natives in the a cast and a religion, and claim from a North of Hindoostan. The other is a just government the franchise of a human teacher of the Tamul or Malabar lan- creature. guage; and has been long attached to a “ And as to those who have a faith, mission in the south of the Peninsula. that faith, we aver, will be disturbed,
“More desirable means of obtaining whether we wish it or not, under the inaccurate and original intelligence could fluence of British principles: this is a
truth confirmed by experience. Their “ You will sometimes hear it said that prejudices weaken daily in every Euro- the Hindoos are a mild and passive peopean settlement. Their sanguinary rites ple. They have apathy rather then mildcannot now bear the noondav of English ness; their hebetude of mind is, perhaps, observation: and the intelligent among their chief negative virtue. They are a them are ashamed to confess the absurd race of men of weak bodily frame, and principles of their own casts. As for ex- they have a mind conformed to it, timid treme delicacy towards the superstitions and abject in the extreme. They are pasof the Hindoos, they understand it not. sive enough to receive any vicious imTheir ignorance and apathy are so ex. pression. The English government found treme, that no means of instruction will it necessary lately to enact a law against give them serious offence, except positive parents sacrificing their own children. In violence."
the course of the last six months, one “ The moral state of the Hindoos is re- hundred and sixteen women were burnt presented as being still worse than that alive with the bodies of their deceased of the Mahometans. Those, who have husbands within thirty miles round Cal. had the best opportunities of knowing cutta, the most civilized quarter of Benthem, and who have known them for the gal*. But, independently of their superlongest time, concur in declaring that stitious practices, they are described by neither truth, nor honesty, honour, grati- competent judges as being of a spirit vintude, nor charity, is to be found pure in dictive and merciless; exhibiting itself at the breast of a Hindoo. How can it be times in a rage and infattiation, which is otherwise? The Hindoo children have no without example among any other peo. moral instruction. If the inhabitants of the plet" British isles had no moral instruction, would they be moral? The Hindoos have no moral' books. What branch of their ted as systematic into any religion on mythology has not more of falsehood and earth, may be considered as the last efvice in it, than of truth and virtue? They fort of mental depravity in the invention have no moral gods. The robber and the of a superstition to blind the understand. prostitute lift up their hands with the in- ing, and to corrupt the heart. fant and the priest, before an horrible idol of clay painted red, deformed and *“ From April to October, 1804. disgusting as the vices which are practised before itt.
f" Lord Teignmouth, while President of the Asiatic Society in Bengal, deli
vered a discourse, in which he illustrated * “ The Christian missionary is always the revengeful and pitiless spirit of the followed by crowds of the common peo. Hindoos, by instances which had come ple, who listen with great pleasure to the within his own knowledge while resident disputation between him and the Brah. at Benares. mins; and are not a little amused when “ In 1791, Soodishter Meer, a brahthe Brahmins depart, and appoint another min, having refused to obey a sommons day for the discussion. The people some. issued by a civil officer, a force was sent times bring back the Brahmins by con- to compel obedience. To intimidate them, straint, and urge them to the contest or to satiate a spirit of revenge in himagain."
self, he sacrificed one of his own family.
On their approaching his house, he cut †“ The Hindoo superstition has been off the head of his deceased son's widow denominated lascivious and bloody. That and threw it out. it is bloody, is manifest from the daily “ In 1793, a brahmin, named Balloo, instances of the female sacrifice, and of had a quarrel with a man about a field, the commission of sanguinary or painful and by way of revenging himself on this rites. The ground of the former epithet man, he killed his own daughter. I be. may be discovered in the description of came angry, said he, and enraged at his their religious ceremonies: “ There is in forbidding me to plough the field, and most sects a right-handed or decent path; bringing my own little daughter Apmun. and a left-handed or indecent mode of ya, who was only a year and a half old, I worship.'
killed her with my sword.' “ See Essay on the Religious Ceremo. “ About the same time, an act of ma. nies of the Brahmins, by H. T. Colebrooke, tricide was perpetrated by two brahEsq. Asiat. Res. vol. vii. p. 281. That mins, Beechuk and Adher. These two such a principle should have been admit. men conceiving themselves to have been
“ No truth has been more clearly de 8 times, and admitted 5 persons to church · monstrated than this, that the communi- fellowship; assisted in embodying 3 small
cation of christian instruction to the na. churches; heard 16 sermons, and one tives of India is easy; and that the bene. chapter expounded; addressed 2 compa. fits of that instruction, civil as well as nics of militia, and prayed with them, moral, will be inestimable; whether we. while under arms, at 2 several times: consider the happiness diffused among so catechised children once, and spent one many millions, or their consequent at. day in a church fast, where there was tachment to our government, or the ad. no preaching. vantages resulting from the introduction In most places the people are tolerably of the civilized arts. Every thing that can ready to hear, and in some places uncombrighten the hope or animate the policy monly attentive. At Schoodic, Robinsof a virtuous people organizing a new em. town, Peasant River, Steuben, Paris, &c. pire, and seeking the most rational means there is some attention. On Penobscot under the favour of heaven, to ensure its river also there are hopeful appearances. perpetuity; every consideration, we aver, God has been pleased, I have reason to would persuade us to diffuse the blessings think, to make his word, through my unof christian knowledge among our Indian worthy lips, a means of quickening his subjects."
dear children, awakening sinners, and of
the hopeful conversion of a few. All the The following is an abstract from the glory is due to his holy name. I spent six Journal of Reo. Mr. Sewall, a missiona- the use of the society' 30 dollars. I spent
Sabbaths in Eastport, and received for ry from the Massachusetts missionary also seven Sabbaths in Hampden, Bangor, society.
Chesterville, May 14, 1806. and Orrington, on Penobscot river, and From May, 1805, to May 1806. I spent
lectured on week days in the destitute thirty-eight weeks in the service of the places in the vicinits, and receired of Massachusetts missionary society. In the those towns 42 dollars. On the whole, I time I travelled 2587 miles, preached 330 by missionary labours in this district looks
think the prospect of good being done sermons, made 169 family visits, (besides the places where I lodged) expounded quite as favourable as last year. That God chapters to small assemblies 12 times, may direct and prosper the exertions of
the Massachusetts society, is the prayer attended 11 conferences, 9 church meet. ings, 6 prayer meetings, 2 associations,
of one of their servants in the gospel. and 5 funerals; visited 26 sick persons
JOTHAM SEWALL. and 4 schools; baptized 7 adults and 60 children; administered the Lord's supper
November 20th, 1805. The Presbytery injured by some persons in a certain vil. of New-Castle, being met, at Church lage, they brought their mother to an ad. Hill church (Maryland), ordained Mr. jacent rivulet, and calling aloud to the Charles WALLACE to the work of the people of the village, ‘ Beechuk drew his gospel ministry, and installed him pastor scymetar, and, at one stroke, severed his of the congregations of Church-Hill and mother's head from the body; with the Jarmin's Bridge. The Rev. Dr. Thomas professed view, as avowed both by parent and presided, and the Rev. John E. Latta
Read preached the ordination sermon, and son, that the mother's spirit might forever haunt those who had injured
the charge. them.' Asiat. Res. vol. iv. p. 337.
“ Would not the principles of the April 2d, 1806. Being met at the Rock christian religion be a good substitute for Church, ordained Mr. John Waugh to the principles of these brahmins of the the work of the gospel ministry, sine titulo. province of Benares ?
The Rev. John Burton preached the of “It will, perhaps, be observed, that dination sermon, the Rev. Alexander these are but individual instances. True: Mitchel presided, and the Rev. John E. but they prove all that is required. Is Latta gave the charge. there any other barbarous nation on carth Attest, JOHN E. LATTA, which can exhibit such instances !"