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231 S. So then you are sure of salvation | pened to be at bis aunt's, at a time when through believing? B. Yes; for by the the Priest was anointing a poor dying works of the law, none can be justified in beggar-man, that had found shelterithere his sight; for by the law is the knowledge in his last illness. A profuse sprinkl ng of of sin. S. O then! if you are sure of holy water, it seems, takes place on those salvation on believing, you may do all occasions, and the by-standers rece ve it evil imaginable: good works are not ne- from the Priest in their right hands, with cessary on your plan. B. A good work all religious veneration. While the Priest was indeed necessary, even all the obe- was liberally dispensing this favour, he dience of Him who was made under the perceived young H standing aloof ar law, and who is the Lord our righteous- as great a distance as the extreme comer nes: but if I drew the conclusion that of the house would permit; and, being you do, and sinned that grace might somewhat surprised, called to him to come abound, my damnation would be just. I forward and receive the holy water. But was indeed the servant of sin, but have H- without alledging any reason, rebeen called through the knowledge of mained where he had taken his station. Christ, to be the servant of righteousness. The Priest, in a rage, commanded him to S. How came you to be acquainted with be brought to him, and poor H, on his these strange notions? B. By hearing approach, lodged both bis hands, for want the word of God, the gospel of my salva- of other shelter, in the waist-band of his tion. S. How? for I suppose you do not small-clothes. The Priest directed him understand the Euglish well. (It should to hold out his right hand, but H-, though be remarked, that they conversed from trembling, refused to draw it out; and the beginning in Irish.)
B. It was
when asked by the Priest, the cause of by hearing the Irish Testament read. his unaccountable conduct, young H S. If these things are true, it is well that replied, with great simplicity,“Why, Sir, you paid such attention: many, I pre- I have read the Testament through and sume, have heard the Irish Testament through, and I have not met in the whole read, who understand little about it. book, in the words of Christ or his apostles, B. Alas! I am sure it was not my at- one word about holy water! and if it was tention, but the goodness of God, for I any good, Sir, would not they have comdesired not to hear it; and when I first manded it?" The Priest, though a turheard it, I hated both it and those who bulent man, kept his hands off the poor read it.'s. If you thas hated it, how boy, but resolved to inflict exemplary came you to believe it? B. I know not; punishment on the mother. The next Sunin hearing it frequently, it got into my day, he proceeded, before a full congregamind, and I became persuaded that it tion, to excommunicate her, with all the must be true. I found myself a sinner, awful appendages of ringing the bell, ex. and that what it declared answered my tinguishing the great candle on the altar, case. In this way I was brought to believe and closing his book; pronouncing her and love that which I before hated. separated from the church of God on
After much conversation of this sort, earth and in heaven, and confirming the and many questions put to him by S sentence with a fervent prayer and hearty all of which he answered with great Amen. The poor woman, unintimidated quickness and earnestness, and almost en- by all this, still continues her son at the tirely in Scripture language; S- thought school. proper to let him know, that he was of I may add, before I close my religious the same mind with him, a debtor to the intelligence for this time, that the poor same rich and sovereign grace, and en- young man (J. B.) mentioned in my last, couraged him to persevere in the good caught the fever from H.'s family, and was way, trusting in the Lord. On asking at the point of death. During the whole of him if he could read English or Irish, he his dangerous illness, he manifested great answered in the negative; and added resignation, and was very happy in his with great emotion, that had he gold to mind. His mother, who had heard of his cover the ground about him, he would situation, came to attend him; and, as he give it to be able to read the Testament. seemingly drew near his end, she became
very importunate to get the priest to anoint From the same. Nov. 25, 1814.
him. He was, for some time, lying with A child, about the age of ten or twelve very little signs of life; but, on hearing years, the son of a poor woman who lived her, and the subject of her importunity, in a wretched hut, had been long in C's he revived, and, to the astonishment of all school, and had been secretly continued present, though he had not spokea for some there by his mother, notwithstanding the time before, he addressed his mother, and general orders of the Priest to all his told her he would have no priest, nor any parishioners to take their children from of his rites; but if she would insist on that school, and his threats of punishment bringing him, he would speak to him as and excommunication in case of disobe- the Lord should enable him; and, perhaps, dience. Young H- was in the English added he, the Lord may make use of my Testament class, and had committed much dying words to rescue him from the to memory. Some time since, he hap. I wretched situation he is in.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. 4. A Selection of the best ideas found
The Periodical Accounts, No, XXVIII. among Hindoo writers relating to the duhas made its appearance since our last; ties of life. The Apostle Paul plainly but on glancing it over we do not find in shews us what use may be made of the it much of interest that has not already writings of Heathens themselves, in exposmet the public eye, through the medium ing the folly and sin of idolatry, when in of our own and other Journals. We, how- addressing the Athenians he quotes Araever, find an article relating to the esta- tus to prove that we are the offspring of blishment of Schools among the Hindoos, God. As far as such Selections accorded which we perused with considerable plea- with the law of righteousness they would sure; and after the striking proofs of their prove a valuable auxiliary; and their deutility in another quarter, which have ficiency might be improved to the highest been given in the last article, we think it advantage, by shewing the necessity of a of importance to lay the substance of it be better guide. fore our readers,
5. Selections from the Sacred Oracles. SCHOOLS.
We do not recommend Selections from the 66 We now come to a part of our work Sacred Oracles because we forbode any which becomes increasingly important, evil consequences from the introduction of that of supporting and superintending the whole, but because we think that to Native Schools. To this object we have children so little accustomed to reading as long turned our attention as to one of the are the children of this country, five thick most probable means of spreading the oetavo volumes could not be profitable, as knowledge of God in India, and the num- a small part only could be read while at ber of Schools in the various parts of the School. And as some acquaintance with Mission amounts to nearly twenty, Hi- the Old Testament is requisite for the therto we have supported the whole of the right understanding of many parts of the expence ourselves; but as the experiment New, we propose making Selections from has now beep fully made, it seenis desira- the whole, still retaining the language of ble to extend this means of doing good be- inspiration. yond what the funds of the Mission alone The Funds. The sum wanted for the are able to meet; and indeed so much does support of these Schools would be triding the utility of Schools seem to have come compared with their importance. If gramended them to the minds of men in ge- tuitous superintendance could be obtained neral, that many who do not warmly sup- in some instances, and in others superinport Missions, would gladly encourage tendance at a sinall expence, each school Schools. The importance of the object on an average would scarcely exceed the has therefore made us turn our thoughts to expence of ten rupees monthly, including the business of Schools as a system. the teacher's salary, the rent of a place,
To extend Schools in any considerable books, and rewards for diligence. If each degree so as to render them eficient, three school contained forty boys, (and in a vilthings are required: Suitable Books; Due lage they would not often contain more,) Superintendance; and Funds. To each these forty boys would be insructed for of these we have turned our attention, and three rupees each annually. Thus twelve submit to you the following ideas respect thousand rupees (£1,500.) annually would ing thein,
support a hundred schools, containing four The Books. The books which shall thousand children: and whoever considers form the means of conveying knowledge that these four thousand youths will proto a nation at present immersed in worse bably impart to their connections the than Egyptian darkness, become an ob- knowledge they have received, and the jeçt of serious consideration. While the degree of influence the knowledge of importance of imparting to them the words history and geography(to say nothing of the of everlasting life is fully acknowledged; gospel of Christ) will give them in society, it is still proper to keep in view the state -must be convinced that such a sum could of the people, and the probable effect of scarcely be expended in a more profitaSchools. Even in Britain, where Chris- ble manner. tianity is professed by all, no one thinks of We will not, however, attempt to conconfining children at School wholly to the ceal circuinstances which may appear disScriptures. On the contrary, certain other couraging. It is possible that in some inbooks are necessary, not only for the pur- stances groundless fears, and in others a poses of life, but even to make them enter spirit of opposition may so operate as to thoroughly into the beauty and glory of prevent or at least to retard the establishthe Sacred Oracles. In a country there- ment or the progress of such Schools. These fore where all is darkness, this applies difficulties, however, would be surmounted with still greater force. This has led us by patient continuance in well-doing. But to think the following books necessary:- these instances will be comparatively few:
1. A simple and concise Introduction and the disadvantages of the children thus to Arithmetic.
debarred from the privileges enjoyed by 2. A concise System of Geography.. their enlightened neighbours will be so
3. A Chronological Epitome of General severely felt as to overcome every prejuHistory.
dice, to disarm the most bigotted opposi
253 tion. At all events, we cannot conceive case which, if there be any truth in the of any plan of generally diffusing know- Bible,never existed since the world began ledge which promises to be equally effec- nor ever will! Are the members of the tual. To the serious consideration and Missionary Society all turned Arminians ? liberality of our friends, under the bless- These fifty persons must either be in a ing of God, we cheerfully submit the converted or an unconverted state: If in whole.”
the latter, their minds must be enmity
against God; and so far from entertaining It is with much pleasure we learn that any desire of having “ their sins pardoned Mr. Hall of Leicester is on a Missionary and their hearts renewed,” the genuine tour through Wales,supplying the place of breathings os their souls must be, “ Dethe late lamented Secretary, and we hope part from us, for we desire not the know. the important services which he is able to ledge of thy ways.” Thus Paul stated the render to the undertaking, will in future matter, Rom. x. 20. when describing the be liberally offered.
blessed God as manifesting his mercy to the
heathen of bis day, “ I was found of them LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. that sought me not, I was made manifest
unto them that asked not after me.” If We have just been put in possession of on ihe contrary, we consider them to be in the Twenty-first Report of this Society, a converted state, then, from the very naprefixed to the four Sermons which were
ture of the thing, their sins must already be preached at the last Annual Meeting. Of pardoned, and their hearts renewed, for the Sermons we hope to give some account these blessings are the never failing effects in our Number for September, and there- of faith in Christ, without which there can fore shall at present confine ourselves to be no conversion! The directors of the the information contained in the Report. Missionary Society appear to us not to Here our attention is first directed to the understand their own creed-or if they do
SOCIETY ISLANDS, SOUTH SEA. they are imposing upon the ignorance of By a letter dated Eimeo, April 23, their readers. 1314, the directors are informed that“ the
JAVA. good work of conversion appeared to be Messrs. Kam, Supper, and Bruckner, going forward; and that the number of who embarked for Java at the close of the those who had renounced their idols and year 1813, arrived at Battavia on the 26th desired to be considered as the worship- of May, 1814. They were kindly receive pers of Jehovah, amounted to Fifty. ed by Rev. Dr. Ross, the venerable Dutch They report that these persons are, in ge- minister of the city, and introdued by him neral, regular in their attendance on the
to his Excellency Governor Raffles, who means of instruction; that they are in the treated them in the most polite and condehabit of retiremeut for secret prayer; that scending manner, and they had the pleamany of them pray in theis families, and
ture of witnessing soon after their arrival, ask a blessing on their food ; that they in the Governor's house, the establishment carefully observe the Sabbath, associate of an Auxiliary Bible Society, of which to hold meetings for prayer, and that their Mr. Supper was appointed Foreign Seos moral conduct is greatly improved. Some
cretary. of them appear to have experienced an in.
Mr. Supper was earnestly requested by ward change, evinced by their loving Dr. Ross to be become his colleague in the what once they hated, and hating the evil church, there being far more ministerial ways which once they loved; that they are duty than one minister is able to perform. desirous of having their sins pardoned, Mr. Supper's appointment, as well as and their hearts renewed; and that they that of the other brethren, was cordially seem to be sensible of the need of divine approved by the Governor, who shewed influence to effect this. They add, that in himself perfectly ready to forward the consequence of this profession, their neigh- views of the Society. Mr. Robinson, a bours deride them, and distinguish them | Baptist Missionary, of whom our brethren by the name of Buree Atua-“ the pray- speak very respectiully, preaches every ing people.” In this pleasing intelligence Sunday afternoon, in ine same church, in every member of the Society will doubt the Malay language. Jess rejoice, and give glory to God. Ilereafter, let no Missionary, in any age or
CHINA. country, however long his patience may
The directors have received during the be tried, despair of final success. The last year a number of printed copies of the word of God shall not return unto him New Testament, translated by Mr. Mor. void."
rison into the Chinese language. With inThere is to us something so utterly inex- expressible delight they view these fruits plicable in this statement, that we cannot of his successful labours, and humbly antipass it over without remark. Here are cipate from their dispersion the most benefifty persons said to be “ desirous of hav- ficial results. It affords a gratification of ing their sins pardoned, and their hearts no ordinary kind, that the holy book on renewed,” &c. and, of course, are waiting which our eternil hopes are founded, is, for “ divine influence to effect this," a' by their laborious Missionary, translated
into a language jwhich may be read by which we observe in regard to the full hundreds of millions in China and other and explicit mention of names. countries—perhaps by more than one- H--d, a young man about the age of third of the human race.
thirty, whose family and connections are The important business of distributing both numerous and respectable, was a few this sacred volume has occupied the seri- months ago, apprehended in the vicinity ous attention both of Mr. Morrison and of the metropolis, upon a charge of counterMr. Milne, who have neglected no oppor-feiting Bank of England notes. If we do tunity of giving it an extensive circulation. not mistake, he was by profession a
drawing master; and so extraordinary
were his talents in the line of his proNEW PUBLICATIONS. fession, that, as we have been told, he On Terms of Communion, with a par- actually manufactured them without havticular view to the case of the Baptists ing recourse to the common operation of and Pædobaptists. By Robert Hall, M.A. a printing press, but simply by means of a Button & Son. 5s.
pen and pencil, with common and indian Memoirs of Mr. JAMES H. Wood, late ink. The officers of justice seized him in Surgeon, &c. to the Dispensary and Work the very act, and he was committed to the house, at Blackburn, Lancashire. Includ- prison of Newgate. When the time of ing his Conversion and happy Death. By the Sessions came round, and he was called the Rev. Thomas Wood. With a Portrait. upon for his defence, he pleaded guilty to Butterworth, Baynes, Blanshard, &c.
the indictment, and in defiance of all that The True Christianity of the venerable judge and the attending counsel, he per
could be urged to the contrary by the John Arndt. Edited by William Jaques. sisted in his plea, declaring that such was 2 vols. 8vo. (with Portait). .£l.
the conviction of his own mind, from the Memoirs of Mrs. R. NEWELL, Wife of very moment of his seizure, that he knew Rev. S. NEWELL, Missionary to India from his life was deservedly forfeited to the America. With a Funeral Discourse. By justice of his country, and he would not Dr. Woods.
aggravate his guilt by denying the charge. The second edition of the Rev. JOAN No trial therefore took place; but he was Bunyan's Life. By J. Ivimey, 12mo. remanded to prison there to await his Plates. 5s.
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happy case excited considerable interest, intends reprinting all the most valuable also of many, both for himself and them. Religious Authors, in a uniform mannerAmong others, he was visited by Mr. A. octavo size; the first of which, Baxter's the minister of Elim Chapel, who entered Saints' Everlasting Rest, will make its into close and serious conversation with appearance in weekly numbers, 6d. each. him respecting his state, not merely as
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and consequently conThe public prints of the present week demned by the holy law of God. He was have furnished some truly affecting details so happy as to gain his attention, and obof the sacrifice of a number of our fellow tained from him a request that he would creatures to the injured justice of the repeat his visit. This was done twice acountry. This is a subject over which week for several weeks, and every rehumanity is often called to weep; yet our newed visit acquired additional interest. hearts are sometimes gladdened on hearing He soon gave most satisfactory evidence that the unhappy victims, whom a regard that the word of the truth of the gospel to the public safety obliges the civil magi- had entered his mind, through the power strate to deprive of life, find mercy at the of the Holy Spirit, and reached conviction hands of the great Sovereign of the uni- to his heart. The Scriptures became his verse; being rescued as brands from the delight; and the glorious ground of hope burning; and privileged to quit the world, which they presented to his view, in the even under the most ignominious circum- death and resurrection of the divine Sastances, rejoicing in the well-founded hope viour, disarmed his guilty fears; infused of eternal life. As it is impossible that any calmness and serenity into his mind; and who have themselves tasted the sweets of made him joyful even under his awful pardoning mercy should hear of instances circumstances. He now declared that he of this kind without perceiving in them could meet the king of terrors without motives of gratitude to the God of all dismay; and even wished the period argrace, we deem it our duty to lay before rived that was to launch him into eternity, our readers some interesting information expressing something of a cautious fear of this nature, for the truth of which we lest the delay of his execution, surrounded can pledge ourselves. Every reflecting as he was with vicious company, should iu mind will, we are sure, excuse the delicacy any measure tend to alienate bis mind
255 from the truth, or darken his views of that by christian love. They seemed indeed sovereign remedy which he found in the to have only one wish, and that was to gospel for all his woes. But, ah, how in- die together! In this, however, they scrutable are the purposes of God, and were not gratified. O. was executed on his ways past finding out! He who had the morning of Wednesday last, and H. extended mercy to his soul, had gracious on the succeeding morning. designs to accomplish, by his means, to- Their separation was a painful stroke wards another of his fellow-prisoners, and scarcely less so than death itself: but it till that was brought about, his execation was anavoidable. I have reason,” said could not take place.
O. the day before he died,“ to bless God Confined with him in the same prison, that ever I came into this prison : till then was (d, a young man about five and I never named the name of God but in the twenty, under sentence of death for a way of cursing and blasphemy; and yet rape. The parents of the latter, who such was my ignorance that I then thought reside in the suburbs of the metropolis, myself very good.” When his friends are in good circumstances, but total came to take leave of him, they were astostrangers to whatever bears the semblance nished at finding him “rejoicing in hope," of religion. The father, we believe, has a thing which they could neither underfor many years kept a gambling-house, stand nor account for. He addressed them and his son had grown up without knowing in a most pointed and solemn manner, any other restraints to his vicious propen- warning them of the consequences of sin, sities than his own inclination or the dread and calling their attention to the gospel of punishment. He was, however, not which alone could make them happy in beyond the reach of sovereign grace, and life, or secure in death, and charging them H. was made the happy and honoured in- to attend where it was preached. May strument of communicating to him the they lay these solemn things seasonably to knowledge of the way of salvation. heart! The confidence of neither forsook
At the time of his commitment, and in them, to the very last. deed long after that, he was one of the On the morning of his execution, 0. most thoughtless of mortals, totally regard- addressed such as were around, and said, less of his soul, and unconcerned about his
“ It has been for some days past my ferawful state. But having an opportunity vent prayer to God, that I might expeof witnessing some of the interviews be rience the truth of his promise, ' As thy tween H. and his friends; hearing the day is, so shall thy strength also be,' and I former express his confidence in the di- bless his holy name that he has been faithvine mercy, it arrested his attention; ful to his word.” When the officers came and observing that he drew all his hope to lead H. forth to execution, having reand comfort from the Bible, he became moved his irons and fixed the rope upon encreasingly desirous to be possessed of his shoulders, they paused to allow time one, that he might know what it con- for any thing he wished to say. He spoke tained which was suited to make a dying only a few words, the substance of which sinner happy. He at length ventured to was, “ My friends, you see me ill in body, mention his wish to H. who promised to but I am not so in mind I wish you to speak to some of his friends when they know, and I wish Mr. A. to know, that I next came, and to get him one. While die happy.” (This gentleman had been in this anxious state, casting his eyes with him most of the preceding day, and around, the room in which he was con- from six to eight o'clock in the morning of fined, he observed some old books on a his execution, but'unable to bear the last shelf, and eagerly examining them, he scene, declined to accompany him out of was delighted to find among them an old his room.) In short, the deportment of ragged Bible buried in dust. This was both these unhappy men on this awful oca treasure indeed, to him of inestimable casion, exhibited a striking proof of the value. He read it with fixed attention, power of the gospel to support the human and had recourse to H. upon every occa- mind, in the most desperate circumstances sion for instruction. A pleasing change -its power to wound and to heal; to kill soon became apparent to Mr. A. and and to make alive; to subdue the stoutothers who visited the prison, and it is hearted and such as are far from righteousdelightful to hear how his views of di- ness, and to give confidence and good hope, vine truth became encreasingly expanded, when flesh and heart fail. Their compowhile all the fruits of faith were ap- sure and serenity in the view of death, parent in his whole behaviour-genuine and under the dreadful circumstances in contrition for his sin, humility and meek which they stood, seemed to strike with ness, with scriptural confidence in the surprise even the sheriffs and officers of
Partakers of the same justice, who could not but remark its sinfaith and hope, they now became fellow- gularity. If this very imperfect narrative helpers to each other's joy, and were excite any interest in the mind of the prepared to participate in each other's reader, let him bless the Lord for the sorrows Their acquaintance commencing riches of his grace, and bind the gospel to under circumstances so adverse, quickly his heart. ripened into friendship, and was cemented London, Saturday, July 29,