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joined us are young persons : some of them a few months ago were exceedingly wicked and depraved. One conversion is remarkable, and worthy of more than ordinary' notice. The Youth who is the subject of this gracious change, was abandoned to every vice. On Easter-Eve he spent his time in rioting and dancing, and other excesses, nor did the party of pleasure separate, till the break of morn on the Sabbath. His way home lay past the chapel. It was then the hour of prayer; for we have a prayer-meeting every Sabbath morning at six o'clock. He felt inclined to enter the place; while one was calling on the name of the Lord, he was deeply awakened; and his convictions increased under the sermons that day delivered. Since that day, he has become “a wonder unto many;" even the wicked admire, while they hate the change.
While we thus rejoice in the grace of God, as seen in the lives of our members, we have no less reason to rejoice in the happy end of those who have lately been numbered with the dead. This year has already witnessed the removal of four from among us into the eternal world. They were all the fruits of this Mission; they were all brought to God in Barbadoes : and here they all died in faith. Surely, this may afford great encouragement, if no other good had resulted from Missionary efforts in this colony.
I have nothing to state concerning my congregation in town more than I informed you of in my last. It continues very large. The chapel is frequently far too small for the number of hearers on the Sabbath-evening. In the country, at the only estate to which I have access, some faint dawnings of good appear; but my expectations of success are by no means sanguine. WILLIAN REECE, Esq. the proprietor, is still very friendly with me, and willing to accede to every proposal I make, for the more effectual spread of Christianity amongst his slaves. The main difficulty is, the slaves themselves have no desire to be instructed; they had much rather be left alone in ignorance and sin.
I am very happy to inform you, that we have been able to form an Auxiliary Missionary Society. A meeting was held for this purpose, in the Wesleyan Chapel, on the 20th of May; SAMUEL PARTRIDGE, Esq. M. D. in the chair. We were also favoured with the assistance of two Baptist Missionaries, who touched bere on the way to their respective appointments; the Rev. MR. Tinson, bound for Jamaica, and the Rev. MR. BOURNE, bound for Honduras Bay. Those brethren preached the preparatory serions on the preceding Sabbath. The Mis. sionary Meeting was tolerably well attended. The collections, on the Sabbath and on the following day, were very good; some individuals gave liberally. I cannot ascertain exactly the sum we shall be able to raise ; but we expect to make an annual remittance of not less than £50 sterling.
Two additional Missionaries, Mr. TURNER and Mr. WHITE. have arrived at New-South-Wales, on their way to New-Zealand.
The Church Missionary Society, and the Baptist MisSIONARY Society, are prosecuting their Missionary operations in the East-Indies, with increasing success. May the light of Divine Truth illuminate every part of this part of our globe !
LONDON Missionary Society. From the deputation to the South Sea Islands. the scenes of Missionary triumphs so interesting, we give another affecting letter. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. D. TYERMAN, to a Lady in England, dated Taheile,
Nov. 24, 1821. All our brethren, the Missionaries, received us with the most cordial affection, while the natives were not backward in giving us every proof of their joy on our arrival. The power and wisdom of God, as displayed in the structure of this wonderful island, can only be exceeded by that stupendous and marvellous change which has taken place among its inhabitants,--a change which fills me with incessant astonishment and joy. Had I opportunity and leisure to describe the former moral condition of this people, it would be unnecessary that I should do it to you: suffice it to observe that it was peculiarly the place where Satan's seat was, and if ever that awful being were allowed an incarnation, it was here: The details of this wickedness, given us by the Missionaries since we have been here, are enough to fill us with horror. How many human victims almost daily bled upon their cruel altars! Two-thirds of the infants born were instantly mur, dered by the hands of their own mothers. I saw one woman the other day, who had destroyed eight of her own offspring; I have heard of another who killed nine, another seventeen, another twenty !!! The god of thieves, for there was such'a god here, was faithfully served, while crimes of other kinds, too horrible to be named, every where defiled this beautiful land. All the worst passions of human nature were indulged in the utmost possible extent. But, where sin. abounded, Grace much more abounds!
God has done great things for this people. The faithful and holy exertions of his servants are most amply rewarded. The prayers of the British churches are indeed heard ; and all the expenses which have been incurred are now fully repaid 0 that you and all whose hearts are engaged in doing good to the heathen, could but witness what I have already seen; it would fill your soul with amaze, ment and gratitude.
Where I have been, the Sabbath is universally regarded; not an individual is known, whether among the chiefs or the common people, who does not attend divine worship on the Lord's Day. The engagements of that holy day commence with a prayer-meeting, conducted entirely by the natives themselves, at sun-rise. Knowing the backwardness of Christians in England to attend early prayer-meetings, what do you think my surprise has been on going to these ser, vices, to find their large places of worship literally filled. This is the fact at all the situations which I have visited; the whole congregations indeed attend. At nine o'clock in the morning, and at three in the afternoon, there is public worship and preaching, when their places are crowded. The congregations make a very decent appearance; all is solemn and becoming. They have congregational singing, and it is conducted with great propriety. In the intervals of worships there is catechising of both young and old. The natives dress all their food on Saturdays; not a fire is lighted, not a canoe is seen on the water, not a journey performed, not the least kind of woridly business done on the Sabbath. So far as outward appearances go, this day is here kept indeed holy: by multitudes, I doubt not, it is kept really so.
Jews Society. The agent of the A. S. M. C. J. the Rev. Mr. Frey, is pursuing the object of his mission with success. In New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, &c. much Christian liberality has been manifested, as will be seen by the list of collections and donations, which we publish every month. - R. MILFORD BLATCHFORD, Esq. of this city, has been elected Treasurer of the Society; and to him all communications relating to the pecuniary concern of the society must be addressed.
It is stated in many papers that the society " is now negociating for 20,000 acres of land on the canal in” this state " to give employment to emigrant Jews from Europe," &c. The late revered president of the society devised 4,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania, for supplying Jewish settlers with farms of 50 acres each, and left it optional with the society to receive that, or $1000 within two years, A committee of the Directors have this subject under consideration, but as yet they have been unable to make any very definite report to the board.
Donations.-Received by the American Bible Society, during the month of Jangary, 1823:
To constitute ministers members for life, . . . . . . . . . $90 00 To constitute laymen members for life, ..... .. 30 00 Donation, $3-annual subscriber, $3 . . . . . . . . . .
6 00 Donations from Bible Societies, . . . . . . . . . . . . 575 13 · Payments for Bibles, . . . . . i . . . . . . . . . . 3331 77
$4032 90 Bibles issued 1805, and 2443 Testaments---value, $2,079 93. Eight new auxiliaries were recognized in January. Received by the United Foreign Missionary Society, during the month of De cember, 1622, $616 67
Received by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, from 13th December to 12th January, $4,085 67, also, part of a legacy, $750, and donations in clothing, &c. amounting to about $1000.
Received by the American Education Society, during the month of January last, $1,765 25.
India.-Late intelligence received from Mr. Fyvie, at Surat, state that 10,000 Guijuratee tracts have been given away since the press began to work there. The New Testament, in the same language, has been printed in eight parts, and 1000 have been distributed. A second native school, of about 50 children of the Dhera Hindoos, who eat carrion! has recently been established. In printing the Old-Testament they had proceeded to the end of Leviticus, and expected to have the whole of the pentateuch printed off by the olose of March last.-Secman's Magasine.
New-YORK METHODIST TRACT SOCIETY.—THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM THE Rev. Daniel DR VINNE:-Through you I would inform the society, that I have disposed of all the tracts sent me, except the French ones. These I think have been very profitably scattered from the Walnut Hills to Lake Ponchaitrain, and from the Mississippi to Pearl-River. After distributing nearly 10,000, I have no hesitation in saying, that this means of disseminating religious truth, is highly owned by the Lord. I might adduce instances of this, but time does not permit. Suffice it to say, that many have been reproved, quickened, consoled and instructed ; and some within my knowledge, have been awakened to a sense of their lost situation by reading them. Upon the whole, I think, the society has great cause for thankfulness and encouragement. There seems to be but one course before them, and that is, honward,” and not be weary in well-doing. I have fifty dollars for them, and a good prospect of forming some auxiliaries in this country.
CaHawBA DISTRICT.-A letter from the Rev. William Pattan, mentions e revival of religion on Franklin circuit, in the bounds of this district. He obo serves, that at a “Camp-Meeting held in April last, there were about one hundred who professed to be converted; and at another meeting held on the same circuit there were between thirty and forty professing to find the same blessing. In another neighbourhood, where religion had been for some time in a low state, there has been a very considerable revival of religion. A society of upwards of fifty, nearly all new converts, has been established in that place."
LOCAL PREACHERS CONFERENCE FOR THE New-HAVEN DISTRICT :The New-Haven District Conference of Local Preachers, met at Middlebury, Feb. 4, 1823. There were present twenty-two preachers, members of Conference, besides a number of others. Four were licensed to preach, two recommend ed to travel. It was a time of peace and love; every thing appeared to be done in the spirit of prayer. Much of the Divine presence was manifested to the Brethren. They felt a renewal of spiritual strength, and an increased attachment to the cause of God. A oneness of soul pervaded the whole, and we were often overwhelmed with a sense of the trutb, love and goodness of God. They were not only in union among themselves, but they declared themselves to be equally so, with their Brethren, the travelling preachers. It was truly delightful to hear them speak of their growth in grace, of the deep interest which they felt in the prosperity of Zion, of their belief in the doctrine, discipline and government of the church. It was a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. They parted with their souls alive to God, their hearts warmly united, fully resolved to live and labour more for the Lord Jesus Christ They were thankful that the General Conference instituted the District Conference, for they found it a signal blessing to their souls, the means of uniting them more and more to each other, to their Brethren the travelling preachers, and to the cause in general It was in short a very religious season, and I should say that there was not a feeling contrary to love, not a sour look, nor a hard word, witnessed through the whole Conference.
SAMUEL MERWIN. Nero-Haven, Feb, 28, 1823,
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'. From the Wesleyan Methodist Magasine.
A Tale founded on Fact. Mine is a tale of former time,
Of cares terrestrial he found But hitherto untold in rhyme.
The preacher in his applioation :: In England, tow'rd the eastern shore, He was addressing every station : (The muse omits to mention more)
Dealing to every one bis part, There liv'd a man who till'd the earth;
And taking aim to reach the heart. Fix'd to the spot that gave him birth,
“ Ye men of wealth,” his doctrine ran, Patient of toil, with ceaseless care,
“With honesty, gain all you can." He broke the clod, and drove the share.
Where is our hero? every trace This life he liv'd through many a year;
Was alter'd of his former face. His gains, though nothing large, were clear,
Misty and dull erewhile, his brow And, carefully laid up and counted,
Was brighten'd up with pleasure now. Had now to something great amounted.
This was to touch the only chord Tis said that in our life's decay,
That rang responsive to the Word. When youthful follies pass away,
Interest intense his features show; Some passions riot uncontrollid;
"The doctrine's good," quoth he, “ I know Strongest of all,--the love of gold.
No rule can shine with clearer light 'Tis said, the hand, though firm no more, Than this ; I've always acted by't.” Grasps eagerly the glittering store.
“ And next,” the Minister pursued, The man, to whom these lines refer,
“Save all you can.”_“Yes, very good; Was thought in this respect to err.
My conduct to a hair ! In sooth, 'Twas then, when God's uplifted hand
This is a man that knows the truth ! In mercy shook this slumbering land,
Have I not acted on this plan? That Britain heard the Gospel call,
Charge me with error here who can!" From one who labour'd more than all;
“Now to our third advice proceed ; Of stature low ;-but in his soul
bo need." Give all you can,-to those who need.”
. Dwelt greatness that might grasp the pole
This was an unexpected blow ;Benevolence, whose wide embrace
An ambush springing on the foe. Encircled all the human race
Hast thou beheld the blank amaze And zeal, whose pure and lambent flame
Of those, who on the portent gaze, Shone as in heaven, from whence it came.
When the terrific thunder-stroke That deep concern for sinners felt
Rends from the top the knotted oak ? Brought him to where our hero dwelt.
Such was our hearer's visage now, Who shall attempt to paint the throng
His lengthen'd face, and clouded brow. That now, to worship, press'd along?
“His first 'was good,” said he, bis second Passing particulars--we mention,
Agreed with what I've always reckon'd; Great were the silence and attention ;
But that which he now bas let fall,
Truly, I do not like at all.”
Run not too hastily away He thought of cows, and then of sheep;
With part of what the Scriptures say. And which to sell, and which to keep.
What though they search thy inmost soul, Returning from this lengthen'd round
Impartially apply the whole.
Bold Infidelity, turn pale and die! "
Say, are they lost or sav'd?
Reason, ah, how deprav'd!
POR JAY, 1823.
From the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine.
1 PETER I. 11. ..
(Concluded from page 127.) H. When the Spirit of Christ foretold that “ Glory” would follow his sufferings, his intention was to teach us that it would follow them as an effect follows its cause, designedly and necessarily, and not casually, or by accident. Such sufferings as the Son of God endured, could not but lead to the most glorious results. Whether we advert to the manner in which they developed the character and perfections of the Deity, and the great moral influence which they consequently exert over the fears and feelings of men; or whether we refer to the powerful appeal which they make to the sinner's understanding respecting the hopelessness ·and peril of his state, had they not been appointed; we must conclude, that either of these particulars separately, and still more the two conjointly, must needs put forth an influence highly persuasive and commanding, and necessarily drawing after it the most triumphant consequences.
« Touch'd by the Cross, we live, or more than die;
The ghastly ruins of the mouldering tomb." But, (to reason independently of these happy consequences naturally fowing from the sufferings of Jesus Christ,)-did not the great Sire covenant or decree glory to his suffering Son? What. Vol. VI.