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circumstances in providence by which they bigotted to their own faith, and do not seem have fallen into our hands, and that here to rejoice at our arrival. they are brought together, from the midst Of all the places I have seen, since I of beathens and Mohammedans, to learn came to this quarter of the Russian emthe knowledge of the true God, and of his pire, I have seen none that will bear a comSon Jesus Christ, through whom, at least parison with Karass. It is delightfully si-, some of them, I trust, will become heirs of tuated on the side of the Besh-Taw, and God, and joint heirs of Jesus Christ :--when surrounded with land of the finest quality. I think on these things, I feel what I am There is a beautiful plain on the east, about not able to express. Por my part, I know a verst from this, extending from the foot not where a more pleasant sight, or a more of the mountains to a considerable disagreeable family, is to be seen. But if I tance. In the midst of it are two Tartar am Glled with wonder when I think how villages. On the south we have a fine billy these young people have been brought to- country; and on the north and west, the geiber, I am equally so, when I consider mountains of Caucasus raise their towering taion Providence has given them for an in. heads to the clouds. The sides of them structor. Who could have thought that a are covered with excellent hard-wood; Mohammelan Priest was to give up his the beech in particular abounds here, and charge among bis own people, come and grows to a prodigious size.- We could not live with us, notwithstanding all the danger wish to be better situated for wood and waand obloquy to which it exposes him, and' ter: the former we have in abundance, employ himself diligently in teaching the about a mile and a half off, and the latter children the principles of Christianity. This runs past our door in a plentiful stream that is wooderful indeed, and perhaps unprece- comes down from the mountains. Owing dented in the history of missions ! This en- to various circumstances, we have not yet courages us; and will, I hope, induce many had it in our power to get any thing done with you to pray more fervently, tbat Zion about the land that is to be assigued us ; may stretch forth her curtains' over the but I hope, that we shall be able in our next lands that are groaning under the cruel bon- letter, to give you satisfactory information dage and horrid superstition of Moham- on this bead." medanism, that so they may be delivered, The funds of the Society which supports enlightened, and blessed with the liberty this promising mission are by no means in wherewith Jesus Christ maketh those free a flourishing state. who truly know his name!

Should any individual wish to employ a “ Many of the people around us begin to little money in ransoming one or more Tarperceive the absurdity of the doctrines,' tar slaves, with the view of having them which they have hitherlo professed, and instructed in the Christian faith, the miswould willingly come and settle along with sionaries will cheerfully undertake to be . us; and not only so, but embrace Christia. the almoners of his bounty. On this subnity, from a persuasion that it is a better re- jeet more accurate information may be ligion, could we afford them protection from. obtained from the Rev. Walter Buchanan, their lyrappieal chiefs, who rule over them

of Edinburgh, Secretary to the Society.
with most despotic sway. Several of them

have come and told us so themselves. No
farther back than yesterday there came

An account bas lately appeared of the two men here, who had a long conversation

progress of the methodist missions among with Mr. Brunton, and pleaded with him

the poor negroes in our West India Islands; earnestly to go to the Russian General, to

wbich, in the almost utter neglect that they see if he would afford them and their famis experience at the hands of the Church of lies protection, should they come and settle

of England*, can not but impart satiswith us, which, they said, they wished to

faction to every feeling mind. do, for the express purpose of learning the truths of Christianity. Nor is it one or two * We wish to take this opportunity of families, but many that wish to do this ; correcting an error which has been pointed and if we could give them protection, we out to us by a respectable correspondente are persunied that many would soon flock We had stated, in our number for Decemto this place. At the same time, as I ob- ber last, our belief that of the clergyserved before, it must be owned, that great men sent to the West Indies by the Bishop numbers of the people, and especially of of. London in the capacity of missionaries, those about this village, are excessively none now remained there. In this bow. CHRIST. OBSERY, No. 50.




In St. Christopher's, the mission is said his surprise at the unfounded charges to prosper in a singular degree. “The against some of his clerical brethren which simplicity, zeal, and piety of thousands of have been advanced by Mr. Pearson, in a the negroes in that island call for much tract reviewed by us in December last. thankfulness and praise to God,” and it is Mr. Woodd for one is so far from neglecting added “ that their uprightness of conduct, the duty of catechizing, that he has no less their fidelity to their masters, and all the than 500 children under his immediate suChristian virtues which they manifest in perintendance, to whose religious instructheir lives, afford strong reason to believe tion he devotes, in addition to the afterthat the work in general in that island is

noon of the first Sunday in each month, deep and established. And what is perhaps two, and for the greatest part of the year still more pleasing, the white people begin, three mornings in each fortnight, during many of them to delight to attend the which he makes the Church Catechism the preaching of the Gospel. At Dominica the basis of his catechetical labours. Mr. society had increased from 50 to above Woodd has at the same time obligingiy 1000, but the Chapel at Prince Rupert's sent us a copy of the tracts which he has Bay had been blown down by a hurricane, published for the benefit of the young. and the poor people were unable to rebuild These we have read with cordial approbait, which proved a considerable hindrance tion, and we recommend them without reto the mission. The funds of the mission

serve to all who are concerned in the eduare also stated to be inadequate to the ex

cation of youth, as excellent manuals of pence. Since the persecuting act of the religious knowledge and sound instruction. legislature of Jamaica has been disallowed The tracts are as follow : by his Majesty, the mission to that island

1. A Card containing Morning and Evenhas again resumed its activity; and could ing Prayers and Hymns for Children, with the means be obtained of erecting places

a short summary of the Christian religion. of worship, the prospect of usefulness is

2. A Card containing a Catechism ou stated to be considerable. Missions are

the Duties of Children to their parents. also established with various degrees of

3. A Card containing a Catechism on success in the Islands of Antigua, Tortola, the Duties of Servants. Spanishlown, St. Bartholomew's, St. Vine

4. A short Introduction to the Church cenys, Grenada, Barbadoes, and in the Baha- Catechism, designed as a first book for na Islands, Bermuda and Demerara.

Children. Price 2d.

5. The Same with the addition of the CATECHIZING.

Church Catechism, with 'short Questions We have been favoured with a letter and Scripture Proofs, and the Card No. 1. from the Rev. Basil Woodd, Minister of Price 4d. Benlinck Chapel, Paddington, expressing

6. An Explanation of the Church Cate.

chism, containing a plain Account of the ever we were mistaken. Two of them,

Christian Covenant, Creed, Duty, Prayer, the Rev. Messrs. Territ and Nankivel, we

and Sacraments, with a short Statement of are informed, still continue their labours as Baptism, Confirmation, Church Governmissionaries. To the latter a regular liv, ment, the Inspiration of Scripture, &c. &c. ing had been offered; but he had declined 12th Edition. Price 6d. the offer in order that he might bestow all 7. Abridged Explanation of the Church his time on the poor negroes, hundreds of Catechism, with an Appendix containing whom tlocked to hear him, and among Cards 2 and 3. Price 2d. whon, it is added, he has had some suc.

8. A concise Statement of the two CoveWe understand that it is in the nants. Price 3d. power of a clergyman in Yorkshire, to fur- 9. The Faith and Duty of a Christian, nish a particular account of the proceed. chiefly taken from Bishop Gastrell's Chrisings of these missionaries. Should this be tian Institutes. Price 3d. the case, we shall be extremely obliged to

10. Advice to Youth, principally design. bim for any communications on the sub- ed for young People leaving School. Price. ject which he may deem it adviseable to 1s. These may all be had of Watts and make.

Bridgewater, Hatchard or Rivingtone,



losses in the West, by seizing some of the CONTINENTAL AFFAIRS.

Turkish provinces which form the Eastern The treaty of peace between AUSTRIA boundary of her empire. Many circumand France has at length been published.

stances concur in giving proba to this By the articles of this treaty the constitu- statement, particularly the advance of an tion of the Germanic empire is completely Austrian force to the Turkish frontier: and overthrown; and yet the King of SWEDEN

we have little doubt that in a short time is the only member of it who has dared to

some attempt will be made, for which the complain. Bonaparte may be considered

existing iusurrection in Servia and the as lord paramount of Germany; nor is there

neighbouring provinces will furnish both any one of its powers who can now venture convenient pretexts and tempting facilito more without his permission. As for

ties, not only by the Austrians from Hunthe Emperor he is thrust out from all con. gary but by the French from Dalmatia, to gern in that country of wbich he continues dismember the Turkish Empire. Any atthe nominal head. He seems even to have tempt of this kind will naturally excite the renounced his ancient title of Emperor of the jealousy of Russia, and may lead her to Romans, at least no mention is made of it in anticipate the blow with which the Otto-' the treaty; the 5th article of which also ac

man power is threatened. What may be knowledges the French Emperor to be the effects of these rumoured movements it King of Italy. And with this title the ab- is impossible to state. One effect, as is not solute dominion of those parts of Italy improbable, may be the downfal of Ma. which had previously been annexed to hommedanism in Europe ; an event, which, France is coufirmed to Bonaparte ; to- if we may believe those who have made getber with the entire cession of all the the prophetic writings the object of their territories of the quondam Venetian Repub- study, is so closely connected in point of lic. Austria is thus driven out of every time with the restoration of the Jews to part of Italy. The whole of her German their own land, and with other still more dominions also, including all the territory awful and affecting changes, as to excite a stretching from Gravenau near the river peculiar interest in the breast of the chris. Iltz to Braunau on the Inn, the Tyrol, and tian observer. We are aware that we whatever she possessed in Swabia and on tread on tender ground, and we therefore the borders of Switzerland, have been di- gladly retire from it. The transient glance, vided between the new Kings of Bavaria however, which we have ventured to cast and Wirtemberg, whose kingly diguity is at the possible www.se of future events, naacknowledged in the treaty without even turally suggests to us, (and we wish to press the form of consulting the States of the the thought on the attention of our readers) Empire, and the Elector of Baden. Per- how very incompetent the wisest politimission is also given to the first of these cians are to appreciate the intrinsic value, three powers to seize and occupy the free and the real tendency, of any of those ocimperial city of Augsburgh.

lo short,

currences which, in their turn, excite the Austria has lost, as has been calculated, opposite and conflicting feelings of hope 1300 square miles of territory containing and fear. The battle of Austerlitz, for ex2,716,000 inhabitants, and yielding a reve- ample, calamitous as it has appeared to us nue of upwards of 16 millions of florins, be- to be, may possibly only bave paved the sides all her influence and power in Ger- way for the more speedy developement of many and Italy. The only return made " those scenes surpassing fable," which by the treaty for all these cessions is the form the subject of the ardent prayers and territory of Wurtzburg in Franconia, which longing expectations of every true Chrishas been given to the Archduke Ferdi- tian. Indeed under the pressure of events nand, as an indemnity for some fragments still more distressing, the true Christian, reof the Electorate of Saltzburgh which have lying on that word of promise-"all things been taken from him, and added to the shall work together for good to them that Austrian dominions.

love God:” and confidently believing that This treaty is supposed to contain all the revolutions of empires are tending some secret articles, by which Austria to that glorious consummation, when “ all is encouraged to seek an indemnity for her the kingdoms of the world shall become the

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kingdoms of our God and of his Christ,” nication with the continent. What a crisis is will not want for sources of consolation, that at which we seem to have arrived! It He will indeed be assiduous in the full- is indeed a fearful one; but fearful to many, ment of every civil, social, and relative chiefly from the apprehension that our new duty, and so much the more as he sees ministers may be reluctant to risk their the day approaching ; but he will at the popularity by the adoption of those novel same time cast his cares on God, and com- and energetic measures of policy, which mit himself, and all his dearest interests to the new and unprecedented emergency in him, in well doing, with a perfect confi- which they are piaced loudly calls on them dence in his wisdom, power, and love. to pursue. For our own part, we shrink

The Fınperor of Russia, probably with from the discussion of a subject which so a view to the threatened movements of much exceeds our comprehension. Austria and France, is said to be busily By an article from Genoa it appears, augmenting his force both naval and mili- that a considerable commotion had been tary in the Euxine and Ionian seas. excited there by the levy of a number of strains of adulation, poured on him from conciliation and confidence, on which his all quarters, and the most flattering decree's successor will have little difficulty in erecte of triumphal monuments could make it. ing a durable superstructure. Sir George The senate, met hien in a body, and Barlow who was next in council succeded offered him “the homage of the admiration, to the Government on the death of the the gratitude, and the love of the French Marquis, and fully adopted, as is said, the people.”

The great body of the French army, men to be emploved in the occupation of lately employed in Moravia, is bending its Venice. A proclamation issued on this march homewards, and is destined probably occasion by Le Brun, after using several to resume its menacing position at Bou- soothing arguments, thus concludes: “Oh! logne, where the most stupendous works, do not compel me to lay aside the character intended to facilitate the proj<cted invasion of indulgence, and to punish those whom I of this country, have been continued without have sworn to render happy. You are surinterruption. A large army, lowever, still rounded by an armed force. If a word be continues cantoned in Sivabia and its vici- spoken you shall all be punished, INNOCENT nity, for the purpose partly of extorting con- OR GUILTY." But it is not merely the tributions from the prostrate powers of Gera horrid ferocity of this proclamation, but many, and partly probably for that of over- the evidence it affords of the progress France awing PRUSS!A. The contributions imposed is making in the augmentation of ber milion Frankfort alone, have amounted to near tary power, which clains our attention. No 4.200,000. These merciless exactions sooner is Genoa finally incorporated with manifest, more than any words can do, the France; than its inhabitants are made to rapacity, the contempt of all engagements, bend under a cruel system of conscription. and the unbridled despotism, which mark Her martial bands thus augment in proporthe career of Bonaparte.

tion to the extent of her acquisitions: and The fate of Naples has probably been in this way does the ambition of her chief decided some weeks since. The French appear to be laying the foundations of unie force under Massepa had advanced as far as versal empire. Rome in execution of the decree of Bona- Bonaparte returned to Paris on the 26th parte that the present Neapolitan Dynasty of January. Previously to his return a letter had ceased to reign. The British and Rus- from him was delivered to the senate ansian troops who had landed at Naples have nouncing the peace of Presburgh, and the probably re embarked; and that kingdom marriage of Prince Eugene Beauharnois, must of course fall an easy prey to the “my son," with the Princess Augusta of arms of France.

Bavaria. “ I cannot resist,” he adds, It has been reported that a body of “ the pleasure of remaining with the young Spanish troops was on its march to Poitu- coupie, who are models of their seres." This gal, with the professed object of compelling letter was foilowed by another, communia that power to shut its ports against Eng. cating a decree of Bonaparte by which he Jand. And fears have also been entertained adopts Prince Eugene as his son, and contest the free towns in the north of Germa. stitutes him and his descendants heirs of ny, and even Prussia herself, should be re- the crown of Italy, which in the case of duced to the necessity of completely ex- his having no issue, is to devolve on one of cluding all English commerce.

the nearest relations of the prince of the In short, it seems the determination of imperial blood, who shall then sway the Bonaparte to extinguish the light of free- sceptre of France. What must be the dom wherever he can exert his power. By destinies reserved for the imperial brotherhis dark decrees, Europe is to consist hood of Bonaparte, if his stepson is already henceforth only of tyrants and slaves: and appointed to the inheritance of a kingly to give these decrees effect, Great Britain throne ! must be cut off, let the design cost wbat The return of Bonaparte to Paris has been acts of violence it may, from all commu- made as grateful to him as the most fulsome The House of Representatives, however, seems a very doubtful point.

economical, unambitious, and pacific views The north of Germany has been evaeu- of his predecessor, He has since, we are ated by the allied forces. The British happy to add, been confirmed in that of. troops have all returned to England. Prus. fice by the unanimous vote of the Coort of sia has in the mean time taken possession Directors. of Hanover. This occupation is stated to A monument to the memory of the Mar. be in consequence of an arrangement con- quis Cornwallis in St. Paul's, has been cluded with Bonaparte, and the professed voted by the House of Commons. object of ic is to prevent the north of Ger

AMERICA. many from becoming the theatre of war,

The constitution of the United States reHis Prussian Majesty is to keep it till the strains Congress from abolishing the Slave conclusion of a general peace: but whether trade prior to the 1st of January, 1908. it will then be restored to its lawful owner

anticipating their constitutional power, EAST INDIES.

sent up a bill for prohibiting the importaWe announced at the close of our last tion of slaves into any State in the Union, number the lamented death of the Marquis from and after the 1st of January, 1808. In Cnrnrallis, Governor General of India, the senate the Bill was opposed, and, after This amicting event took place on the 5th a great struggle, rejected, on the obvious of October last at Ghazeepore, in the pro- principle, that the restriction in the constia vince of Benares, where his Lordship had tutional act postponed the right of legislaa arrived, in his progress to assume the per- ting for such a purpose, and not merely sonal command of the army, and to effect, that of giving an earlier operation to the if possible, an adjustment of all existing law. The words of the restriction are, difl'erences with the native powers. Dur. " the migration or importation of such pering a long and active life this illustrious no- sons as any of the States now existing shall bleman was eminently distinguished by the think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited most honourable and persevering exertions by the Congress prior to the year 1808:” and in the service of his country. As a patriot, they appear scarcely compatible with the a statesman, and a warrior, he will ever passing a prospective prohibitory, act in rank in the first class of British worthies, 1805. Yet such is the impatience félt in To bis wise and benevolent arrangements America at the temporary toleration of during his former adıninistration, may our the slave trade, by any State in the Union, empire in India be said to be indebted, that this violent strain of the constitution auder Providence, for the bappiness and was twice supported, even in the senate, prosperity to which it has attained ; anid to by considerable majorities, and was dea the great object of restoring and consoli. feated at last only by the Vice-President's dating that happiness and that prosperity, casting voice. he may be considered as having sacrificed This decision took place on the 18th of his life. The sacrifice we trust has not December last, and is detailed in The Newe been unavailing. The short space during York Evening Post of December 23. The which it pleased Providence to continue him account adds," it was allowed on all hands, in the government of India, was most assic that, as soon as the time arrived when the duously employed in repairing the errors Congress shall possess tbe constitutional of the preceding administration; in re- power of probibiting the importation of trenching unnecessary expences; in eco- slaves, it would be proper for them to exnomizing the company's resources; and ercise it.” above all in allaying the jealousy and dis. The only American State which admits trust which late events had naturally ex. slaves into its ports is South Carolina, and cited, in the minds of the native Princes, this proceeding, as was formerly stated, respecting the projects of British ambition. (vol. for. 1804, p. 678) gave very great and It is to be deplored that he did not live long general umbrage throughout the Union, enough to perfect the work of peace which A motion was lately made in the legislature he had so happily begun. We hope, how. of that State for renewing the law which pver, that he has laid a solid foundation for interdicted the slave trade. The bill was

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