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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. Extracts from the Report of the Directors. The missionaries express their deep
of the Missionary Society, to their regret that human sacrifices were still eleventh General Meeting, held in Lon• frequently offered by the chief, to render don, on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May, his god propitious; and that the cruel 1805.
practice of murdering infants was also OTAHEITE.
continued, which, with the causes before In the course of the last year, we have assigned, contributed to the speedy dereceived the journals of the missionaries population of the country. at Otabeite, from October, 1802, to April, An event took place on the 3d of Sep. 1803. The civil war in that island, which tember, 1803, the consequences of which had placed our brethren in a critical situa. the missionaries were unable to foresee. tion, having been happily brought to a The Dart, an English brig, employed in close, they were enabled to pursue the the seal-skin trade, touched at the island, object of their mission without any mo. in consequence of some disappointment lestation. The brethren Jefferson and in the object of her voyage; by which Nott, afterwards the brethren Bicknell circumstance, our brethren received a and Wilson, made a preaching tour small supply of necessary articles. When through different parts of the island, and the Dart was about to leave the island, published the glad tidings of salvation and was plying in and out of the bay, by Jesus Christ to the natives, some of waiting for some provision which had whom gave them an attentive hearing, been promised, the chief (Pomarre, father but the greater part treated their mes. of the reigning prince Otoo) was prosage with levity and disregard. The ceeding in a canoe to the vessel with two brethren first mentioned bad an opportu- of his people, but being suddenly attack. nity, in the course of their journey, to ed by a violent pain, he dropped the padaddress nearly four thousand adult per. dle from his hand, fell down on his face sons, which is probably more than half in the canoe, and never uttered another the total inhabitants of the island, for by word. The canoe returned to the shore, the ravages of war and disease, the mis. and Pomarre shortly expired. sionaries had reason to conclude that the This chief having long been the power. inhabitants are reduced to the number ful friend and protector of our missionaof six or seven thousand souls. Their ry brethren, it was natural for them to increased acquaintance with the people feel some apprehensions on his sudden has discovered a dreadful degree of removal. They therefore prudently remoral turpitude, generally prevailing quested the captain of the Dart to defer among them, which has, no doubt, been his sailing till the next day, that they much aggravated by the intercourse of might have an opportunity of ascertaining wicked Europeans among them. Their whether they might indulge the hope of principal desire has been by every means continued safety under the successors of in their power to procure firearms and Pomarre. The result of such inquiries ammunition, which they employ every as a few hours admitted of their making, opportunity that occurs for accumulat. was, “they trusted they might rely on the ing; a circumstance by no means favoura. assurances of Otoo and Edea, that they ble to the missionaries, who, however, should remain unmolested in the exercise consoled themselves with this glorious of their mission, whatever changes might truth, that “the Lord God omnipotent take place in the government.” The misreigneth."*
sionaries appear to have been generally treated with civility, and sometimes with
kindness, in the tours they made; and, • The directors enjoyed the satisface
though the greater part of the persons
who heard them preach the gospel, were tion of conversing with a gentleman who had resided some months on the island, and whose account of the state of things there, corresponded with the journals musquets. He observed that the misand letters of our missionaries. He con- sionaries seemed to be satisfied as to firmed the information above mentioned, their own personal safety, and thought concerning the avidity with wbich the there was no occasion for their friends natives procured fire arms, and said he to entertain any painful apprehensions believed they migbt possess about 120 concerning them VOL. II.
careless and inattentive, yet a few listen. means of intereourse with them are so ed with becoming regard, asked ques. rare and so difficult; nor can the directions, and wished for further information. tors conceive of any practicable mode of “ On the whole,” says our brethren, communication, but by encouraging some “ although we can give no flattering mercantile persons in New South Wales, hopes of the success of the gospel, yet by a suitable bounty, to fit out a vessel we believe the means are not used in from thence, to be employed in the seal. vain. The names of Jehovah, and Jesus skin trade, or some other commercial Christ, are universally known, and seve. engagement suited to the country, and ral truths respecting them; and, as God who may thus be induced to visit Ota. has appointed the preaching of the word heite, and convey to them the needful for the salvation of sinners, we hope in supplies, and thus open a channel of due time, that blessed end will be an- communication with the society, provided swered in Otaheite."
that the missionaries find it their duty The directors regret that they have to persist in their labours on that island, received no communications from Ota- or to make an attempt to evangelize some heite, of a later date than September 3, other of the Society Islands. This impor1803; and it was no small addition to tant measure is now under the most setheir concern, to be informed by the Rev. rious consideration. Mr. Marsden, of Port Jackson, in New
[ To be continued.) South Wales, in a letter dated 10th August, 1804, that the supplies request. British and Foreign Bible Society. ed by the missionaries and sent out in Extracts from the Appendix to the the ships Albion and Cato in 1802, and Report of the British and Foreign which had been forwarded by the Alexan- Bible Society. der, captain Rhodes, bad not been landed The first is an extract of a letter from at Otaheite; for the captain, hearing of the Rev. Dr. Dalrymple, one of the mi. the renewal of the war with France, relin- nisters of Ayr. quished his design of going to Otaheite, “I give you joy, and would take some and after having been at sea some small share of it myself, that we have lived months, returned to Port Jackson; in to the day of a British and Foreign Bible consequence of which, the goods were Society. In the 82d year of my age, and re-landed, and were found to be much 59th of my ministry; next to both deaf and damaged. A further supply of necessary blind; it is little that I can do in an acand useful articles for the mission was tive way to assist in so glorious a design: sent out in November last, by the Argo, but that little shall not be wanting. This captain Baden, but of their arrival at evening I intend to overture our synod New South Wales, in order to their con- for a collection, after the good example of veyance to Otaheite, the directors have the presbytery of Glasgow, and I hope to not yet been informed.
succeed'.” (p. 34.) When the state of this mission was Mr. Kiesling a respectable merchant maturely considered at a special meets in Nuremberg thus writes. ing of the directors, September 24, 1804, “ Your letter afforded me such joy it was unanimously resolved, “That a that I could not contain myself, but im. competent supply of necessaries and con- mediately went to the Rev. John God. veniences for the missionaries be annual- fried Schoener, one of the most respecly provided, and forwarded to Otaheite, table ministers of our city, in order to either by a direct conveyance, or through communicate to him the joyful news from the medium of the Rev. Mr. Marsden, a far country. He was no less affected New South Wales; and also, that a than myself; and we agreed to appoint a credit to the amount of 3001. be lodged meeting of christians friends on Ascen. with him, to be applied discretionally by sion-day, at which we unanimously rehim to such exigencies as may occasion- solved to unite for the formation of a ally occur.” In pursuance of the former Bible Society, and by a printed letter, to resolution, the supply last mentioned was invite our christian friends throughout sent out.
Germany and Switzerland, to assist us The directors feel a painful concern in so noble an undertaking for their brethren at Otaheite, whose “When sometimes I am privileged to patient continuance in well-doing, amidst give away a Bible or New Testament, so many dangers and discouragements, father and mother, son and daughter, are entitles them to every exertion in their running after me, thanking me a hunbehalf that can with propriety be made. dred, and a thousand times, kissing my It is much to be regretted, that the hand and my coat, shedding tears of
joy, and loudly exclaiming; 'May God lively emotions of unfeigned love and afbless you: may the Lord Jesus bless fection for you, and for all the members you in time and to all eternity,' Really of that venerable Bible Society, for whom I felt sometimes a foretaste of heavenly I wish a thousand blessings. May the joy, so that I could not sufficiently bless Lord Jesus, through whom all blessings God, for having entrusted me with the are communicated to us, be the beginhonourable commission of steward of the ning and end of their praiseworthy unkind benefactions of others. But the dertaking! and may his name be glorifi. more I disperse, the more the petitions ed for it to all eternity! both of ministers and schoolmasters in “What particularly induced me to crease, not only from Austria, but like write, was your question, whether the wise from Stiria, Carinthia, and Hungary, Bible was still prohibited to the cathoinsomuch, that I am afraid to present lics? Being convinced thereby, that you their petitions.” (p. 36.)
was mindful even of the poor catholics I The address circulated by the Nurem. was particularly moved and edified; for berg Bible Society throughout Germany indeed, nothing is more affecting than closes with the following appeal.
that love which embraces all, without the * We confidently hope for the success least distinction; “ for God is love; and of our undertaking. If in England, ac- he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, cording to the latest accounts, even hard and God in him.” I felt myself, therefore, working artisans have contributed their constrained to thank you, in the name of mite towards the support of the Bible all honest and well disposed catholics, Society, can we suppose that less zeal for these your fraternal sentiments. for the good cause will be displayed by “In answer to your question, I observe, our German and Swiss reverers of the properly speaking, the Bible has never sacred writings?
been prohibited to the catholics. The “ The inherent value of the book, the council of Trent only states, Indiscri. religious wants of the people, the critical minata lectio Sacræ Scripture interdicta est. circumstances of the times, the present Well informed catholics took this always tranquillity of the States; all these, be in that sense only: that not all books of sides many other urgent reasons, loudly the Bible, promiscuously, should be put call for attention to this important under into the hands of the common people, taking
refering chiefly to some books of the "O ve, who know and revere the Bible, Old Testament. Besides, this prohibition which yet remains the Bible of all reli- of the council of Trent has never been gious parties, lend your aid in promoting admitted as binding by the whole body it. Ye, who, on the brink of the grave, of the Roman catholic clergy in Germacan dispose of your property at pleasure, ny; but so much is true, that all blind think on the words of the just Judge of bigots of our church have always spread the world, I was hungry, and ye gave me the opinion, that it was entirely forbidden meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. for all laymen to read the Bible; and this If the blessing be already so great for prejudice, is, alas! still deeply prevalent him who ministers to the bodily wants of among the greater part of the people. his fellow creatures, how much greater There are, however, at present, many of will it be for those, who, constrained by our clergymen, both in Swabia and Bavathe love of Christ, provide for satisfying ria, who strongly recommended the read. the hungry after the living word of God, ing of the Bible, chiefly of the New Testaand lead thirsty souls to the pure wells of ment; and do every thing in their power salvation !” (p. 41.)
to promote it. I have, for my own part, From the letter of a Roman catholic distribited many New Testaments, and priest, in Swabia, we gladly extract a some Bibles, among better enlightened few passages.
catholics; and several of my dear bre. “ I had the pleasure to learn, from a thren in Christ do the same. We are, copy of your letter, addressed by Mr. however, not able to satisfy all the de Tobias Kiesling, of Nuremberg, the great mands for Bibles.” (p. 43, 44.) number of zealous friends of the Bible in “I am sure we could dispose of a good London, who are filled with a noble de number of Bibles and New Testaments. sire to send out the pure word of God, as The people seem to get more and more the best preacher, into the world. This desirous of the Bible; and the number of account excited in my breast the most clergymen is increasing, who not only heart-felt joy and gratitude towards that would tolerate but commend the reading God, who is the only Giver of every of it. good and perfect gift;' but I felt also “ I feel a very great desire to witness the formation of a similar Bible Society several occasions we have been obliged amongst the Roman catholics; & indeed, to check their liberality, and take half I will make some attempts, though I fore. what they oftered, and what we thought see many difficulties; and can hardly sup- they ought to give. In very many instanpose that so many active and benevolent ces, servants have given one-third of their friends of the Bible are to be found wages for the year. In one instance, a amongst the Roman catholics, as would poor servant-maid put down one guinea he requisite for such an undertaking on the plate, being one-third of her wa. Your question, however, respecting the ges: that it might not be perceived what catholics, inspires me with the hope, that she put down, she covered the guinea your society is desirous to extend its with a halfpenny. One little boy had with beneficial influence likewise to the catho. much trouble, reared a brood of chick. lics, wishing only to know, whether a dis. ens; when the collection came to be persion of Bibles amongst them would made, be sold them all, and gave every be practicable: and, indeed, it would not farthing he got for them towards it; and only be practicable, but desirable in the this was his whole stock, and all the highest degree.” (p. 44.)
living that he had. Innumerable instan“ I cannot express, in terms sufficient. ces of a similar nature might be mentionly strong, the fervency of my joy, and ed. Great joy prevails universally at the love towards all who, throughout England, thought that poor heathens are likely heartily believe in Jesus Christ as their soon to be in possession of a Bible ; and only Saviour, and zealously endeavour you will never hear a praver put up, to extend the Redeemer's kingdom. I without a petition for the Bible Society embrace them all as the beloved and and heathen nations.” (p. 60.) elect of God, as friends and brethren in Christ, let them be of whatever name, or belonging to whatever church or deno. For the Evangelical Lit:lligencer. mination. The more distant the countries, On Lord's day, Feb. 16th Jast, a neat and the more diflerent the outward forms stone meeting house, 55 feet by 45, was and establishments are, the more I re- opened for the worship of Almighty God, joice, if I am privileged to hear, that our in Tredyttrin township, Chester county, ever-faithful Lord and Saviour is gather. Pennsvlvania. It belongs to the Baptist ing from amongst them a flock of belier. church in that place, who, for many ing people. Truly, God has a numerous years, have found their ancient house of Army of Reserve in England, who do not worship too inconvenient for their inbow before the Baal of the age, nor sa creasing congregation. The day was crifice to the god of the times, Let all unusually pleasant for the season of the who know his name, glorify him for this year, and the concourse of people which mercy! May the peace of God, and the assembled, was unusually numerous. all-sufficient grace of our Lord Jesus The exercis: s, which were solemnly Christ be with you all!” (p. 45.)
impressive, were conducted in the fol. We add one more extract. It is taken lowing mamper. Reading of selected from a letter dated in North Wales, Feb. scriptures, hymn, first praver, & a sermon 22, 1805.
from Epb. v. 20, by the Rev. Dr. Rogers “ There are none of our poor people of Philadelphia. Hymn, second prayer, willing to live and die without contribut. and a sermon from Psalm cl. 1, by the ing their mites towards forwarding so Rev. H. G. Jones of Roxborough. Ilyin, glorious a design. Their zeal and eager- concluding prayer, and the benediction, ness in the good cause, surpasses every by the Rev. David Jones, pastor of the thing I have ever before witnessed. On church at Tredyffrin
MEMOIRS OF MRS. HANNAH HODGE. was chosen one of the first deacons of [Concluded from page 46.]
the church which, as we have already In 1745, as nearly as can be ascertain. seen, was formed by an association of the ed, the subject of this narrative was mar particular friends and adherents of that ried to Mr. High Hodge. He too was eminent preacher. Mr. Hodge “ used one to whom the labours of Mr. White. the office of a deacon well;" sustaining field had been remarkably blest; and it with great fidelity and reputation to
the day of his death. On his side, as both hopes and fears, in regard to the well as on that of his wife, a regard to real piety of her son, told the writer of religious comfort and improvement had these memoirs that she had passed many a governing influence in the choice which an hour in musing on what was probably they made of each other as partners for his eternal state.“ After all,” said she, life; and experience fully demonstrated, “it must be left entirely with a sovethat on both sides a wise and happy reign and holy God; but I may, must, choice had been formed. Seldom has and do hope, if I get to heaven, to find religion appeared to more advantage in him there.” the conjugal relation, than in that which The death of her daughter, who was subsisted between Mr. and Mrs. Hodge. her first child, she bas been heard to afFor nearly forty years they were empha- firm, gave her very little disturbance. “I tically “helps-mete” to each other in had been married eleven years,” said she christian duty, and in their journey to the to an intimate friend, " and had no heavenly rest. “ They walked before the child. Nor was I very anxious on the Lord in all his ordinances and command. subject, till on a certain occasion, I was ments," with a blamelessness of which the much interested in seeing an infant devot. examples are rare.
ed to God in baptism, in our church. I was Coming together with a very small then forcibly struck with the thought, portion of worldly property between them, that a christian parent possesses an unthey had to provide for their subsistence speakable privilege, who gives birth to by their own efforts. These efforts were an immortal being, and is permitted to mutual, strenuous, and constant; and by give it away to God, in this his instituted the smiles of Providence, such was their ordinance. On the spot I fervently pray. success in business, that they were able ed for this privilege, if it should be connot only to live in a comfortable and re. sistent with God's will to grant it; and I putable manner; but to show a most solemnly vowed that if it should be grantamiable example of hospitality, to per. ed, I would, by his grace assisting me, unform numerous acts of charity and libe. reservedly devote to him the child which rality, to be among the foremost in the he should give me. My prayer was answersupport of the gospel, and, after all, to re- ed, my vow was performed, and my child main possessed of a handsome capital. was taken to God, all within a year.”
This pious couple had two children, a During the life of deacon Hodge, his son and a daughter. The daughter died house was constantly open for the recep. in infancy; but the son lived to grow up, tion of all evangelical clergymen who to receive a liberal education, to study visited the city. The cordial welcome physic, and to give promise of future which always met them there, and the usefulness to the world, and of comfort pleasure which they both gave and re10 his parents. But these expectations ceived, made them love to resort to this were soon blasted. During the revolu. happy dwelling. To many of them it was, uonary war, he went to sea, on a voyage for several years, a hoine, to which they of enterprize, with a number of other went with as much freedom as they promising youth of the city of Philadel. would have felt in going to a house of phia, and no certain information was ever their own. Such, indeed, was the deep received afterwards, either of them, or the interest which both Mr. and Mrs. Hodge Fessel in which they sailed. The probabili. took in every thing that related to the ty is that all were buried together in the church, such their eminent piety, and bosom of the ocean. The anxiety which such the influence of their opinion upon Mr. and Mrs. Hodge experienced through others, that their sentiinents on many a long period of time, during which there interesting subjects, were asked by their was some hope that their son might be clerical visitors, and are well known to alive, and the grief which they sutiered have had weight in several important When they were at last obliged to con- public concerns. sider it as a melancholy fact that their ,' The house of deacon Hodge was also only child was no more, can better be remarkable as a place in which religious supposed than described. It is of more associations, and assemblies of various importance to remark, that their distress, kinds, were frequently held. Pious conBreat as it was, never sunk them into de- ferences, prayer meetings, and the ex. section or despondence, never brought hortations of the ministers of the gosrom them any unavailing or unchristian pel to as many as the house and yard complaints, but was borne with a resig. could contain, were here always welcome, hation truly christian, and a fortitude often witnessed, and in many instances truly exemplary. Mrs. Hodge, who had eminently blessed.