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which their doctors, both ancient gion, favourable to good morals, and modern, give of them, but ra- and essentially usoful to the country, ther an unhappy cffect of the babits which can only regard idle men as which the privation of the free exer- dangerous citizens. cise of their industrious faculties has Moreover, the Grand Sanhedrim made them contract :
invite the Israelites of the two That it results, on the contrary, states of France and Italy to acquire from the letter and spirit of the Mo- landed property, as a unean of atsaic legislation; that manual labour taching themselves more to their was held in honour among the Chil- country, of enabling them to redren of Israel; and that there is no nounce such occupations as render mechanical art which is interdicted men odious and despicable in the to them by name, since the holy eyes of their fellow-citizens, and to Scripture invites them and recom- do all which depends upon us to acmends to them to occupy themselves quire their esteem and good-will. in this manner:
That this truth is demonstrated by the collection of the laws of Moses, and several particular texts, such Extract of a Letter from a pious as the following, among others :
Peasant in Austria. Psalm cxxvii, “When thou shalt On that I could find words to ex. enjoy the labour of thy hands, thou press the great goodness of God, and shalt be fortunate, and have abun- magnify the holy name of the Lord dance."
of Zebaoth, who in this year again Prov. xxviii. 29.-“He who cul- hath manifested himself in so many tivates his lands shall have abun- ways to us poor beings of clay, by dance; but he who lives in idleness his love and grace, patience and longis in famine.”
suffering, giving and forgiving, bearMisna, Traile d’.Avot, ch.i.“ Love ing us, comforting us, and providlabour, and shun idieness."
ing for us ! Tbroughout this whole That it follows eventually from year we have experienced the great these texts, not only that no honest faithfulness of our all-merciful Lord. calling is interdicted to the Israelites, Though every thing else come to an but that religion attaches merit toond, God's love endurett for ever! the exercise of their callings; and when I contemplated the state in that it is agrecable to the eyes of the which the greater part of the inMost High, that every one should habitants of Austria were,--to what follow some calling, and make it, a pitch luxury had risen,--how unias far as depends upon himself, the versaly levity, avarice, and profuobject of his occupations.
sion prevailed, I thought within myThat this doctrine is confirined by self, this state of things cannot last; the Talmud, which, regarding idle- some judgment must come over us; ness as the source of vice, positively God's faithfulness is too great; he declares, That the father who does has the welfare of mankind too not teach a profession to his child; much at heart to suffer it: and since educates him for the life of a rob- many will not be led by God's goodber. l'ide Kiduschim i.
ness to repentance, we have assur Therefore the Grand Sanhedrim, edly to expect that terror and disin virtue of the powers with which it may will come over us, in order to is clothed,
stay the farther progress of depraOrder all Israelites, and particu- vity, to chastise levity, to sweep lariy those of France and Italy, who away the hoards' accumulated by nevertheless, enjoy civil and political avarice, and to impose restraint rights, to ascertain and adopt the upon sensuality; and bebold, ere we most proper means to inspire a love were aware, the fury of the enemy of industry in youth, and to direct broke in upon our borders :- terá it to the exercise of arts and callings, ror and dismay now reigned every as well as liberal professions ; consi- where ; ---the distress was great and dering that this praiseworthy exer- universal; and yet it might have cise is conformable to our haly reli- risen to a greater height. But why did it not ? This we have to attri- accomplished with some, for that is bute solely to the everlasting mercy worth every thing!
When recolof God in Christ Jesus, who hath lection is awakened, and a living dealt compassionately with us. The faith in the Lord of glory is brought mighty hand of the Lord hath helped about, then will love also more us through, that we have not been abound ! What is good will be wholly consumed. There are in- sought for and encouraged ;-eyer deed some who have lost all their mouth, and heart will be directed to possessions,--some, even their lives, Jesus Christ, the Author, Mediator, or their healths; but whoever is a and Finisher. How many such fruits little in the practice of self-exami- have not already appeared ! - how nation, must confess that we deserv- many a soul that hath long remained ed far more than we bad to endure: in bondage, has now recovered its that we have been dealt with, not liberty! God's ways are marvellous according to our transgressions, but ways ! so Where nothing seemed according to mercy, Oh that God's to be doing, wonders are brought to wise purpose may now have been light!" Hallelujah !
THE THIRTEENTH GENERAL MEETING
HELD IN LONDON On the 13th, 14th, and 15th Days of May, 1807. The present age has been called, ever arduous, and however expenby some judicious persons, os 'The sive, afford them a pure and exalted Era of Voluntary Missions." Mul- happiness, because they are the gra. titudes of Christians, knowing the tification of their purified and ardent joyful sound, and feeling its power desires. It is God's kingdom which and its joys, have tenderly pitied the they pray may come, and which they deplorable condition of the Heathen, exert themselves to extend over all and have anxiously endeavoured to the kingdoms of the world, equally communicate to them that divine re- for their spiritnal and temporal in. velation which has proved the source terest; and they know that it shall of all their spiritual improvement. come, because it is his kingdom ; be. “ They feel the force of the coin- cause he hath said it, and because his mand, and of the gracious promise is the power, and his the glory." of Jesus, who said,
“ All power in - The nearer the times approach Jlcaven and in Earth is given to me. to that period fixed by the prophe. Go ye, therefore, into all nations,- cies of sacred Scripture, when all the preach the gospel to every creature; ends of the earth shall see the sal. and lo! I am with you ways, even vation of God, men will exert them. to the end of the world !” As taught. selves in greater numbers, with more by the Lord himself, they pray to purity, unanimity, perseverance, vi. their Father in Heaven, “ 'Thy king- gour, dependence on God, and sucdom come !" Their prayers are not cess, in sending that Bible and that the mere service of the lip: they are gospel which are a light to the Genthe ardent desire of their souls for tiles, who are sitting in darkness, things agreeable to the will of God. and in the region of the shadow of These desires, which constitute their death.!! * prayers, regulate and excite their
Such have, for nearly twelve years, conduct. They are quick-sighted bceo the views, the desires, the exin discovering, and diligent and per: ertions, and the prospects of the severing in using the best means of Missionary Society in London, whose promoting the object which they ar. late anniversary we aow record. deatly desire. These exertions, how- Numbers of ministers and Christians,
* Bee Sermons on the Universal Promulgation of the Gospel, in a volume of sermons, by the late Dr. Bryce Johnson, of Hollywood, just published.
from various parts of the country, were confirmed. A full report of repaired, as usual, to the metropolis the proceedings of the Directors, on this pleasing occasion, and, toge- during the last year, was then read ther with many of its inhabitants, by the Secretary, and cordially rethronged the largest places of wor- ceived by the Society. This Report "ship, where the Missionary Sermons will shortly be printed, together with were delivered. The first of these the Sermous preached at this anni. was at
versary. The increasing extent and
success of the Society, as detailed in On Wednesday morning, May 13,
the Report, afforded sincere pleasure Mr. Hill, the minister of the place,
to the members, whose attendance, presented to the throne of grace example, shewed the increased inter
in numbers far beyond any former the fervent desires of the numerous assembly, in the words of the Esta
rest which is taken in the concerns of blished "Church. After which, Mr. the Society. Kidd, of Clcek-Heaton, in York
While the Committee, appointed shire, prayed in the pulpit. Mr.
to nominate new directors, instead Newton, of Witham,in Essex, preach of those who retire by rotation, were ed a sermon, from Ps. Ixxii. '17," All withdrawn into the vestry, an intenations shall call him blessed.” From resting paper, containing extracts wbich the preacher pointed out the of an address from a number of state of the nations destitute of the protestant ministers at Hernhuth, in knowledge of Messiah -- the genuine Germany, to the Missionary and effects of that knowledge where it is Bible Societies in England, was read; obtained -- the universal prevalence and a letter in reply to their friendly of it hereafter; and the duties incum- communications was presented and bent on'us who are favoured with adopted. Some observations on the it. The prayer after sermon was by
utility of forming Auxiliary Socielies, Mr. Luke, of Alton.
in aid of the funds of the institution, were read by Mr Hunt, Mr. Gaunt
were made, recommending a plan lett, and Mr. Waller.
for that purpose, which appeared in this Magazine for January last ;
printed copies of which were dispersOn Wednesday evening, a very nu- ed among the ministers for the use merous congregation fiiled this large of their congregations. place at an early hour. Prayer was Mr. Hill, one of the tutors of the offered up by Mr. Ralph, of Liver- seminary at Homerton, delivered a pool. · Mr. Jack, of Manchester, suitable and acceptable Address, ex: preached on Isa. xxvii. 6. “He shall pressive of the great importance of cause them them that come of Jacob Missionary undertakings. A hymn to take root : Israel shall blossom
was suny, and Mr. Cooke, of Maidenand bud, and fill the face of the ead, concluded with prayer. The .earth with fruit." From hence a perfect harmony with which the buview was taken of the future pros. siness of this Meeting was conducted, perity of the Church in its number, #as peculiarly pleasing to the friends vigour, beauty, fruitfulness, joy, of the institution. stability, and extent, as the effect of divine influence. After serinon Mr.
Was crowded, as usual, in the T. Jones, of Oat Hall, prayed. Mr. Farmer of Leeds, and Nir. Hende evening; and the service was com
menced before the tiine proposed, burgh read the hymns.
the place being rull. Mr. Hluckwell HABERDASHERS' HALL.
read the prayers of the church. Mr. The Society met in this place in Codman, of Boston, in America, the morning, at half-past ten o'clock, prayed before serion. Mr. Griffin, Mr. Tardcastle,. the Treasurer, in of Portsca, delivered a discourse on the Chair. The Meeting was open
Psalm cii. 13, “ Thou shalt arise, ed with prayer, by Mr. Bull, jun. of and have mercy on Zion; for the Newport l'agnell. The origilial plan time to favour her, yea, the set time of the institution was read, and the is come.”. In this discourse Mr. (. minutes of the last annual meeting considered the signs of the times fa
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vourable to the cause of Missions, ministers appointed to distribute the viz. the Present State of Society in elements ; by which means great deEurope and America — the analogy corum was secured. between the events of the last three Dr. Haweis presided at the sacrahundred years, and the present af. mental solemnity; prayer, at suitafairs of Europe — the relative situa- ble intervals was offered up by Dr. tion of Britain, and the aspect of Haweis, Mr. Smith, of Brentwood, prophecy on the success of Mission- and Mr. Hill. Exhortations were ary efforis. Mr. Philp, of Aberdeen, given by Messrs. Styles, Buck, Masconcluded the service by prayer.
len, and Slatterie. The hymns were The hymns were given out by Messrs. given out by Mr. Bruce, jun. Mr. Allen, Kent, and Castledine. G. Townsend, Mr. Henry F. Burder, $T. SAVIOUR's church.
Mr. Douglas, and Mr. Hyatt. On Friday morning a great con
The bread was distributed by eighgregation assembled in this ancient teen ministers, viz. Messrs. Bogue, edifice. The prayers were read by the
Kingsbury, J. Townsend, Hainilton, Rev. Mr. Mann, one of the ministers
R. Winter, Lewis, Kirby, Wilson, of this church, and the sermon was
Fowler, Crackwell, Macdonald, preached by the Rev. Dr. Draper, of Browning, Raban, Chapman, Sloper, London; the text Matt. xxviii. 18 to Morrison, Whitefoot, and Gauntiett. 20, “ And Jesus came, and spake
The wine was conveyed to the unto them saying, All power is given
cominunicants in like manner, by unto me in Heaven and in Earth. Go Messrs. Harris, Hopkins, Fletcher, ye therefore and teach all nations,
Wood, Cloutt, Dunn, Jackson, C. baptizing them in the name of the
Hyatt, Hartley, Cobbin, Gore, Wil. Father, and of the Son, and of the liais, J. E. Jones, Hilliard, Hitchin, Holy Ghost ; teaching them to ob
Brooksbank, Brich, and Collison. serve all things, whatsoever I have
This concluding service was pecucommanded you.
And, lo, I ain
liarly solemn and impressive. It was with you alway, even to the end of
exceedingly pleasing to observe so the world. Amen."
great a number of Christians (it is In this Scripture the preacher di- supposed about two thousand) asrected the attention of the Society
sembled to commemorate the dying to The command of Christ to disse
love of the Saviour of the world. minate his gospel among all nations
Christians of a great variety of de- His instructions as to the manner
nominations, who laying aside the of doing it; and the promise of his lesser distinctions by which they are presence as the ground of encourage- known at other times, unite on this ment to Christian Missionaries. occasion, as Christians only, directWe believe that all the Sermons af ing their affectionate regards to forded a high degree of satisfaction to their common Lord,“ of whom the the Society and its numerous friends whole family in Heaven and Earth
is named ;” and thus signifying their
cordial agreement with each other A very great assembly was con- to promote and extend the common vened at an early hour of the after- cause of Christianity among their noon, long before the time fixed for fellow-men of all nations. the beginning of the service. The A collection was made at each of saine measures as before were adopt- the places, and a handsome sum was ed to prevent the intrusion of any contributed at each, amounting in persons, except the stated commu- the whole to upwards of 8607. nicants of some evangelical society, It may not be improper here to by the previous distribution of tick- mention, that, a short time since, a ets, thro' the hands of the ministers, pious lady presented to the Society in their various connections. The a beautiful diamond ring, of consi. whole area of this large place was derable value, desiring that it inight devoted to the accominodation of be sold, and the produce applied to the communicants; and the several the objects of the Society, especially parts of it distinguished by large to the support of their mission to the figures, for the direction of the Jews. Such an instance of zeal in
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sacrificing a costly, but unnecessary considers the immense injury that is ornament, to the service of Christ, continually done to the morals of affords a bright example of female the rising generation by the propiety, worthy of imitation.
fane stories, ballads, &c. nhich are Thus closed the anniversary; every circulated, to an immense extent, heart rejoicing in God; thankful throughout the country, --- to learn for his gracious smiles on the past that the efforts of the Society to labours of the Society, and looking counteract such publications, by the forward with eager expectation to circulation of a series of cheap enthe time when Jesus shall take unto tertaining Tracts, in a similar form, him his great power and reign, when has succeeded, and is increasing to a all men thall be blessed in him, when very considerable extent; and that all nations shall call him blessed. it promises the most beneficial That the Lord may hasten this glo- effects. The religious public might rious period; and if it please Him, materially aid this important object, by the instrumentality of Missionary by encouraging the Hawkers to purSocieties, is the ardent desire of thou chase the Publications of the Society sands of thousands; and let every for sale, in preference to any other reader say Amen and Amen. article of that description.
It appears that, at Liverpool and ANNUAL MEETING
Readmg, Societies to promote the
Distribution of Tracts have been the Religious Tract Society. formed; the Members of which are
The increasing attention to the composed of religious persons in the diffusion of divine truth, by the dis- Establishment, and among the varitribution of Religious Tracts, was
ous branches of Dissenters, united happily evinced at the eighth Annual for one general object, -a more Meetiog of the Religious Tract So- enlarged ditfusion of religious knowciety, on Thursday the 14th of May;
ledge. We should he happy to see when the large room at the New
these examples followed in every London Tavern was crowded beyond large town throughout the kingexpectation.
the beneficial effects which A most satisfactory Report was
might reasonably be expected from presented by the Committee; from
incalculable. which it appeared, that since the
Societies have also been formed for commencement of the Institution similar purposes in various parts of in the year 1799, upwards of Four the country; for the encourageMillions of Religious Tracts have
ment of which, the Committee have been issued under the auspices of the adopted the measures stated in our Society; and that considerably more Magazine for the last month, p. 239. than one fourth of that number Several very encouraging inhave been sold during the last year.
stances of the blessed effects of It also appeared, from tbe keport Tracts in the conversion of sinners of the Commitee, that as the con
from the error of their ways, and cerns of the Society have augments of awakening the attention of others, ed, they have been so conducted as who had hitherto neglected divine to enable them, with the aid of oc
ordinances, were rela.ed by various casional Collections for that pur- person's present; and an interesiing pose, to extend their gratuitous dis- account of their reception by the tribution of Tracts to the Army and
Roman Catholics in Ireland, was rcNavy, to foreign Prisoners of War, lated by a respectable clergyman, and to foreign parts, in a very con
who has been actively engaged in siderable degree.
distributing tbein thro' a considerIt is a circumstance that must able portion of the southern part of afford pleasure to every one who that bitherto neglected country. MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
S. d. Rev. Mr. Wildbore and Congregation, Falmouth
19 0 Mr. Lewis and Congregation, Union Chapel, Islington 81 Mr. J. Bellin and Friends, Chigwell, Essex