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THE

ASIATIC JOURNAL

AND

MONTHLY REGISTER

FOR

British India and its Dependencies :

CONTAINING

Original Communications.

Missionary and Home Intelligence, Births,
Memoirs of Eminent Persons.

Marriages, Deaths, &c.
History, Antiquities, Poetry.

Commercial Intelligence.
Natural History, Geography.

Shipping Intelligence, Ship Letter-Mails,

&c.
Review of New Publications.

Lists of Passengers to and from India.
Debates at the East-India House.

State of the London and India Markets.
Proceedings of the Colleges of Haileybury Notices of Sales at the East-India House.

and Fort William, and the Military Times appointed for the East-India Com-
Seminary at Addiscombe.

pany's Ships for the Season.
India Civil and Military Intelligence, Ap- } Prices Current of East-India Produce.

pointments, Promotions, Births, Mar- India Exchanges and Company's Secu-
riages, Deaths, &c. &c.

rities.
Literary and Philosophical Intelligence. Daily Prices of Stocks, &c. &c. &c.

VOL. IX.

JANUARY TO JUNE 1820.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR BLACK, KINGSBURY, PARBURY, & ALLEN,
BOOKSELLERS TO THE HONOURABLE EAST-INDIA COMPANY,

LEADENHALL STREET.

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THE

ASIATIC JOURNAL

FOR

JANUARY, 1820.

ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

ESSAY ON MISSIONS TO THE EAST.

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(Continued from Vol. VIII, p. 536.) The Fourth Dispensation is next the three progressive disclosures to be considered. The imperfec- of the Divine will resting on the tion of language may excuse both positive monuments of revealed parts of this term. This myste- instruction. rious province of a veiled theocra- The spirit of this indirect Discy, is the “ fourth” only in respect pensation is powerfully asserted, to the order in which the four are we may say clearly revealed, by surveyed ; for in the order of time St. Peter in the Acts : it is not successive to the others, truth I perceive that God is no but collateral with each. As one respecter of

persons ; but in

every of the direct Dispensations follow- nation he that feareth him, and ed the other, a line of events cir- worketh righteousness, is acceptcumscribing their operation has ed with him,” x. 34, 35. He rebeen coeval with them all. The peats this article of faith, and word “ Dispensation " is applied principle for action, in the First of to this branch of the Divine ad- his Epistles, i, 17. On this point ministration only as a comparative St. Paul has already been cited. term; for although it has been one (See above, Vol. VIII, p. 427). It of the ways of Providence, since the were easy to multiply proofs that Dispersion, to leave portions of man- there is no difference as to the kind, either to the influence of ground of acceptance between religious traditions of obscure ori these two eminent Apostles. In gin and high antiquity, systems of addition to such as have already faith which assume the authority been referred to incidentally, thé of revealed instruction while they following texts may suffice. 2 Cor. want the support of historical evi- v. 10.-- Ibid. ix. 6.--1 Tim. vi, 17 dence, or to suffer the rejectors -19. of such traditions to pursue the Where shall we find brighter unassisted deductions of reason examples of practical virtue than from the face of nature, we must araong the Parsees? I refer partibe cautious to distinguish this mode cularly to that tribe of these anof dealing with mankind from a cient emigrants who have found direct Dispensation, from each of a new country at Bombay, and

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