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Forgive my fondness, sir, whilst I tell you, when, in the scarcity of bread, my repining heart spoke its fears, how it was reproved and relieved by a little girl, who, with the ingenuousness of youth, called upon me to remember how the young ravens, such as we found in the wood, were fed by Gód when they cried to him; and how, the next holiday, we saw them bigger, and able to fly, and leave their parents' nest! Now, indeed, they mark their hymns whenever they mention roses and lilies, or woods and streams; and ask, whether they may not look for such when they take their Bibles in the country with them next time.
Another pleasure which I derive is, that I understand our minister better, and feel great delight as I associate with his lively descriptions those days of recreation which pointed out to my view the works of creation; and I hope I do not cease to bless God for permitting us sinners to see the works of his hands, so much more curious, wonderful, and complicated than the works of mán, although we execute them with labour; and, at last, are obliged to confess them to be imperfect: but I shall trespass too much; and an, sir, your constant reader.
[From the Christian Observer.) TO THE EDITOR. " Allow me to propose the following subject for discussion in some of your future numbers:
Is it proper that a woman should mark her christian principles by any, and by what particularity in her dress? Is all orna. ment, or is only a profusion of it forbidden by the gospel? in what measure is it right to endeavour to be fashionable in the article of apparel? And ought any degree of economy which is much more than common to be observed in this respect?
Any of your correspondents who shall offer some families remarks on this not unimportant topic, will much oblige, sir, your very obedient humble servant,
THE FATHER OF A LAROE TAMILT.
THE IRRELIGIOUS GESTLEMAN!
[From the Evangelical Magazme.)
“I: he can think it possible to be a true gentlerian without any sense of true hono ir or religion; or if he dares call him religious, a thinks tim deciris of biogreni, toko, borrel
his whole life be little enough to prepare for it) yet grudges to spend one minute of his time to gain it: if he have the charity to account him pious, who suffers his soul to starve for want of spiritual food, and yet can feast and pamper upon his lusts every hour: if he can have a true sense of honour, who can fancy himself happy in Satan's service, and oftener upon his knees to him, than to his God; who makes his soul the very drudge of his body, and his carnal appetite the mistress of his life, and every one of his members the slave of some lust or other: if that man can rationally be thought to set a just estimate upon an honest reputation, who had rather be dabbling in the dirt and wallowing in the mire of sin, than walk in the pleasant paths of holiness, and in the highway to heaven: if to behold God's own peculiar servants and ambassadors lie starving in the streets for want of some few morsels of that bread which they grudge not, by whole loaves, to throw to their dogs: if to sit still all the day idle, and laugh at those who are working in the vineyard: if such be the infallible characters whereby we may know a gentleman, then, indeed, I must of necessity confess, we haye yet more than enough such gentlemen in this poor England.”
ANECDOTES. A NOTORIOUS swearer, who was a sawyer, being employed in cutting coffin boards, and finding one of the pieces of timber out of which they are cut, harder than usual, said to his companion, « This is a d-d hard piece; it will make somebody a d-d good coffin.” He had no sooner uttered these words, than he fell backward, and expired immediately. It is remarkable that his own coffin was made from that very piece of wood of which he had been speaking.
Serious matters, like death, should never be spoken of in a light and jocose, much less in a profane manner.
A scoffing infidel once accosted a poor but pious woman, by saying, “So, I find you are one of those fools who believe the Bible!” “ Yes,” said she, “and with good reason, while so many infidels exist, to prove the truth of its testimony, that, in every age, there will be a generation of fools, like you, to blaspheme it."
Should there appear to be a degree of tartness in the above reply, the reader will remember that Solomon hath said, it in sometimes necessary to answer a fool according to his folly.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Report of the Directors to the twelfth gene. received a letter, which the honourable
ral Meeting of the London Missionary governor has done them the honour to Society. Concluded from page 448. write, addressed to their treasurer and CEYLON.
secretary, the recital of which cannot The directors now proceed to give fail to afford sincere satisfaction to the an account of the mission to the island society, and to be considered as one of of Ceylon, committed to the superintend. the most interesting parts of this report. ance of their much valued brother the It is as follows ; Rev. Mr. Vos, assisted by Mr. Ehrhardt, “Gentlemen, and Mr. and Mrs. Palm. They must also “ I have received your letter of the include some notice of Mr. William Read, 10th Feb. 1804, from the hands of the who accompanied them from the Cape of Rev. Mr. Vos, who arrived here about Good Hope, with the approbation of Mr. two months ago, accompanied by Messrs. Vos, and though not vet taken into full Ehrhardt and Read. As I had been long connexion with the society, as one of its seriously afflicted at the gross ignorance authorised missionaries, will, they hope, of our holy religion, which prevails aconduct himself so satisfactorily as to in. mong the numerous inhabitants of this duce them in due time to recognise his island, who profess themselves chrisrelation to them. It has been already in- tians, I was sincerely rejoiced at the artimated, that Mr. and Mrs. Vos, and Mr. rival of those experienced and worthy Ehrhardt proceeded to Tranquebar in the men, from whose endeavours I expect same ship with the brethren Ringletaube, the greatest advantage. The ordination Cran, and Desgranges: from this place, of Mr. Vos, as a presbyterian minister, Mr. Vos made an excursion to Negapathas enabled me to place him at Galle, nam, where he preached six times both and to give him a legal pastoral authoriin English and in Dutch to about a hun- ty over the extensive district dependent dred people, and administered the Lord's on that settlement. The inhabitants of supper to Malabar, Portuguese, and the town have already expressed themDutch christians. He felt great pity for selves in an address to me as highly these people, some of whom requested grateful for his pious and intelligent care him with tears to remain among them. of their spiritual welfare. The two youngSoon after his return, the providence of er gentlemen, his companions, are like. God called him to a painful act of sub- wise employed under his direction; Mr. mission to his holy and sovereign ap. Ehrhardt at Matura, and Mr. Read at pointments, by the decease of Mrs. Vos, Galle, and as they are occupied in acquiwho died in the faith and hope of the gos- ring a knowledge of the Cingalese lanpel, in the hospitable house of a friend guage, I trust they will exercise their at Tranquebar. On the 23d Jan. they duties in a very profitable manner. I beg sailed for Ceylon, and reached Manaar leave to assure you, gentlemen, that I on the 25th, where Mr. Vos preached in will not fail to promote as far as I am a building formerly used for divine worable, the good intentions of the society, ship, to about fifty people. At this place and that I remain, with high esteem, there are about a hundred protestants gentlemen, your most obedient humble without either minister or schoolmaster, servant, and many thousand worshippers of Bud (Signed) FREDERICK North." dah. On the 4th of February, they came the society will receive this commuto anchor before Columbo, and immedi- nication with much satisfaction, and conately waited on the honourable and Rev. sider it as an intimation of the favouraMr. Twistleton, who rejoiced at their ar ble designs of providence towards this rival, and introduced them directly to distant settlement, that he has been pleashis excellency the hon. Frederick North, ed to place over it a governor, whose the governor of the island, to whom they enlightened mind discerns so justly the delivered the letters of introduction in beneficial influence of our holy religion, their behalf, with which the secretary of and prompts him to extend his powerful, state bad kindly furnished them; and al
em; and al- and fostering influence, in favour of those so that from the directors of this socie. who have devoted themselves to its inty. In this interview Mr. Vos, very pro. terests. They will also feel suitable grati. perly, presented the instructions under tude to the honourable and Rev. Mr. Twiswhich he was to act, to his excellency, tleton, for the christian affection, and lia who was pleased to express his approba. beral countenance which he manifests tion of them, and requested to take a co towards our brethren, and which is of so py thereof. The Directors have lately much importance both to their comfort VOL. II.
3 Q and success.
Not long after these brethren arrived, sures too high and sacred to receive their they were joined by the brother and sis- destination from the plan and determinater Palm, who were received with equal tion of man. They are the chief blessings kindness, and have been appointed to re- which belong to the administration of side at Jaffnapatam. The liberality of go- our exalted Lord; and it is by attending vernment provides in part for the sup- to the great acts of his providence among port of each of these missionaries, by the nations of the earth, that we receive which the funds of the society will be re- the safest and most valuable intimations lieved. They are actively engaged at for the prosecution of missionary objecte these various stations in acquiring the Cingalese language; in preaching to those
CHINA who understand the Dutch, and in in- In their last report, the directors instructing their children. The importance nounced their intention of sending three of their labours may be inferred from the or four missionaries to the Prince of following extract from Mr. Vos's letter. Wales' island, as a measure preparatory * The state of the church in this island to a mission to some part of the Chinese is expressed in this one word miserable. empire, if the providence of God should One hundred thousand of those who are hereafter open their way thither. Thes called christians, because they are bap- stated also, their desire to connect with tized, need not go back to heathenism, this great object some collateral ones, for they never have been any thing but especially the circulation of religious worshippers of Buddah. O Lord have tracts, and probably a mission to some of mercy on the poor inhabitants of this po- the Malay nations. For these purposes, pulous island! You may freely send to two of their accepted missionaries have me two or three additional missionaries been selected, and for some time past by the first opportunity, and I shall thank have been employed in the study of the vou very much for those who have been language, in which they have till lately two full years under the Rev. Mr. Bogue's been assisted by a native of China, DOW instruction."
in London; and as it also appears, that The directors cannot entirely quit the an acquaintance with some branches of snbiect of these missionary measures on the mathematics, and with the medical art, the continent of India, and in the island is likely to facilitate their introduction of Cevlon, without expressing the grati- and settlement in that country, they are tude ishich is due to the providence of engaged in these pursuits; and the soci. God, for the many auspicious circumety are under great obligations to some stances which have attended them, and respectable gentlemen for the advantswhich they humbly accept as the proof of ges which they enjoy in relation to these his gracious approbation, and the pledg studies. Well satished as the directors es of his future blessing. They contem. have reason to be with the devotedness, plate with mingled solemnity and satis application, and acquisitions of these faction, those wise and holy appoint- brethren, yet from the respect which the ments, by which fifty millions of heathens Chinese nation is known to attach to have been brought into a direct relation age, and the contempt which they er with this christian country; and consi. press for youth, it has appeared to them dering that the universal spread of the very desirable that an elder christian kingilom of Christ, is the ultimate end of should accompany this mission. Feeling the divine counsels in the government of its transcendant importance, their atten the world, and that the operations of his tion has been naturally directed towards providence bear an immediate or remote their highly respected and experienced relation to that event, it appears to them missionary, the Rev. Dr. Vanderkemp highly probable, that the chief reason on They have conceived it to be probable account of which these extensive acqui. that the ample supply which has been sitions of heathen territory are permitted sent to Africa, may render it desirable to be inacle, by a nation possessing the that he should remove to some new stapure principles of christianity, is for the tion. . introduction of the gospel dispensation This subject they have therefore reinto them. On this ground it becomes commended to his consideration, and me the especial duty of missionary institu- quested him to determine thereon arcuttions to foilow these footsteps of divine ding to his own views of the dirine will providence; and on the foundation of respecting him. Towards the end of the the British government, to endeavour to present year it is probable that those w bu superinduce the inestimable privileges of are to proceed from England, will em: the ridermer's birigdom. These are trea. bark for Prince of Wales' Island, her
there is a considerable number of Chi- rior advantages, and executed in a near. nese, and where it is expected that they er conformity to the genius and spirit of will find an opportunity of attaining a the inspired writings. The brethren will competent knowledge of the Chinese lan- rejoice in being able to assist in any deguage, after which it is intended that gree in so interesting an object, and they Ehey shall translate the holy scriptures will act agreeably to what may hereafter anto it.
appear to be their duty, when they are The directors have contemplated this more fully acquainted with this subject: as a measure of peculiar importance, and In the mean time it is a very satisfacto. connected with the highest interests of a ry circumstance, that in the college of third part of the human race. They think Fort William, the means of receiving retherefore, that an erroneous or imperfect gular instruction in the Chinese language translation, which might discourage the are to be found, of which our missionaattempt to produce a more correct one, ries will be able to avail themselves, would be attended with pernicious conse- should they be disappointed in this re, quences. It has appeared to them, that spect at Prince of Wales's island. in order to accomplish this work in a satisfactory manner, the translators should MISSION TO THE JEWS. . be well acquainted with the Hebrew and Having stated the transactions of the Greek tongues, in which the holy scrip- society in relation to the heathen world, tures were
po principally written;'as also the directors now proceed to give an acwith that of the Chinese into which they count of the humble attempt which they are to be translated; and lastly, that they have made to introduce the christian mi. should have a judicious and comprehen. Ristry among the Jews. This is a measure sive view of those great and leading prin- which was referred to in the last report, ciples, which evangelical christians have and at that time the directors expres. generally considered to be derived from sed their earnest hope that its prosperithe word of God. These are the qualifi. ty and success might lie with great weight cations which the directors were desi- on the hearts of christians. In the month Tous of combining in the execution of this of July last, the Rev. Mr. Frey, who had great work. It has however recently been been three years in the missionary semiascertained, that a version of the scrip. nary at Gosport, opened his course of lectures into the Chinese language is now tures to the posterity of Abraham at Jew. commenced under the patronage of the ry street chapel; the Rev. Mr. Ball and college of Fort William in Bengal, by congregation having very kindly accommeans of a native of China, who is a pro- modated the society therewith. These fessor of the Chinese language, assisted lectures he proposed should consist prinby a Chinese Moonshee. He is an Arme. cipally of a statement of christian docnian christian, and translates from the trine ; an explanation of the types and Armenian bible. Should this be accom- ceremonies of the Jewish dispensation ; plished with fidelity and accuracy, it will and an exposition of select portions of of course render another translation su. scripture; and to this plan he has gene. perfluous, and the directors will unite rally adhered: it has also been his cuswith the whole christian world, in a tri• tom on these occasions, to read a part of bute of gratitude to the conductors of the Old Testament in the Hebrew lanthat institution for rendering so eminent guage, and then pronounce the translaa service to the cause of Christ. At all tion of it in English, sentence by senevents, they are entitled to great com- tence, accompanying the whole with suits mendation for employing the best instru- able remarks. These lectures have been ments within their reach in so important well attended, and particularly by chrisa work.
tians. For a few weeks after their coinAs the Chinese professor is not ac. mencement, a considerable mumber of quainted with the Hebrew or Greek lan- the house of Israel were present. This guages, and may not perhaps have those number afterwards decreased, as might just views of the evangelical doctrines have been expected, from various causes. which to the directors appear so desi. Some of them had not courage enough Table; and as those who patronize the to stand against the insults, mocking, work, it is presumed, are unacquainted and imprecations, to which they were exwith the Chinese tongue, and are there. posed froin their brethren who crowded Tore incompetent to judge of the fidelity the street; and many were prevented from and accuracy of the translation, it must attending by their superiors and relations. Semain for the present doubtful, whether Notwithstanding these discouragements, his work will supersede the necessity some few have been always perceived listV another, to be undertaken with supc ening to the word of truth, whilst no