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mayest seek and obtain pardon and forgiveness ?" A. "Yes, 1

Both soul and body would I surrender unto Him, if He would but have compassion on me.”

Having been reminded of his past life, how he had persecuted the congregation of believers, seduced many from the path of life, despised the word of God, and pronounced the Christian religion an imposture, &c. the question was put to him, “ Dost thou now believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Creator of all things; and that He came down on earth to save Thee by His sufferings and death, and to take away THY sins by His precious blood ?” Upon this, he made so affecting a confession of his faith in Jesus, that all present were melted into tears ; and the work of grace wrought in bis heart by the Holy Ghost, was made manifest in the most striking manner.

Brother Dencke then explained to him, that the mere rite of baptism could avail him nothing, unless he experienced in his heart, through faith, the purifying power of the blood of Christ; whereupon he exclaimed, “I believe! I believe! Do ye also have pity on me !"

He was now asked the following questions, which are put to candidates for baptism from among the heathen; and which he answered in the most affecting manner. Minister. “ Dost thou believe that thou art a sinful creature, and dost, on account of thy sins, deserve the wrath of God and eternal punishment ?” Answer. “I do believe it." - M. “Dost thou believe that Jesus Christ became a man for us, and, by His innocent life, sufferings, blood-shedding, and death, reconciled us sinners to God?” A. I verily believe it." - M. “Dost thou believe that He hath purchased for thee, by His blood and death, remission of sins, life and happiness?" A. “I verily believe it."

– M. “Wilt thou in this faith be baptized into the death of Jesus, and be washed from thy sins in His blood ?" A. "That is my

sincere desire." - M. “Dost thou also desire to be delivered from the power of sin and of Satan, and to be received into the fellowship of Jesus Cbrist, and of those who believe in Him?" A. "That is my sincere desire ; and I renounce the Devil, and all his works and ways."

Brother Dencke then prayed fervently to the Lord in his behalf; entreating him to show mercy unto this repenting enemy of his Church, who longed for deliverance from the bondage of Satan; to pardon all his sins and transgressions; to cleanse him with His precious blood; to receive bim into the communion of the saints in light, and into the fellowship of the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost: expressing also the most heartfelt thanks for the mercy of God already displayed towards this grievous offender, in baving awakened him to a sense of his lost state by nature, and led him to seek the salvation of his soul in his dying moments. This prayer was attended with a flood of tears, shed by the candidate for baptism, and by all present.

He was then baptized into the death of Jesus, by the name of Leonard. The whole transaction is more easy to be conceived than described, and will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. The anxiety of heart of the newly-baptized now immediately vanished, and his troubled soul found rest and peace.

On taking leave, brother Dencke reminded him, that, as he had been active in the service of his former master, the Prince of Darkness, he ought now to show the more zeal in the cause of his present Lord, who had granted him remission of bis sins, and would soon receive him unto Himself, into the realms of endless bliss and glory. This he cheerfully promised, and afterward faithfully performed; saying, on all occasions, to his friends, “Formerly I spoke evil words to you, to dissuade you, when you desired to be converted : forgive me for so doing, and follow my dying advice to you, which is, to forsake your wicked ways, or you will be lost! Turn to your Saviour: experience what I now feel, and you shall live !"

The assistant, Jacob, also spoke to him in a pathetic manner; and rejoiced greatly at the baptism of this repenting sinner, All our Indians were delighted on the occasion, and expressed their joy, saying: “Onim, our enemy, is become our brother Leonard.” They also diligently visited him.

From the time of the new convert's baptism, almost till be breathed his last, on the morning of the 13th, he continued day and night, only now and then slumbering a few minutes at a time, to pray to Jesus his Redeemer, and to exalt bis mercy; inviting all to come unto Him, and to obtain pardon and remission of their sins. After he became speechless, the motions of his hands plainly indicated that he was still conscious; and his mind continued to be engaged with the same subject. At length, at bis dissolution, his hand dropped upon bis breast; and the spirit of this late enemy of the crucified Jesus winged its flight to the mansions of everlasting bliss, in humble reliance on the all-atoning sacrifice made by our Saviour for sin.

His remains were brought here the day after, March 14th, and interred in our new burying-ground, being the first corpse of an adult buried there. At his funeral, the Indians, who had assembled from their sugar-camps on the occasion, were addressed from the text, Mark xvi. 16: He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned. They were exhorted to unite in praising our Lord for the great victory gained by His Word and Spirit, in the conversion of this late distinguished enemy and opponent of the gospel.

He had reached a very advanced age; which cannot, however, be exactly ascertained. It pleased the Lord to make him “a miracle of grace,” in the fullest sense of the expression; and to display in him the all-subduing power of His Holy Spirit, over the most hardened of sinners.

The conversion and death of this extraordinary man will 'speak volumes to the hearts of his late bearers; and the impression made thereby on his heathen countrymen cannot but, under God, prove bighly favourable to the cause of the Gospel.

CHRISTIAN PARADOXES,

OR THE CHARACTERS OF A BELIEVING CHRISTIAN.

HE praises God for his justice, and yet fears him for his mercy. He is so ashamed as that he dares not open his mouth before God; and yet he comes with boldness to God, and asks him any thing he needs. He is so humble as to acknowledge

himself to deserve nothing but evil; and yet believes that God means him all good. He is one that fears always, yet is as bold as a lion. He is often sorrowsul, yet always rejoicing; many times complaining, yet always giving of thanks. He is the most lowly-minded, yet the greatest aspirer; most contented, yet ever craving.

He bears a lofty spirit in a mean condition; when he is ablest he thinks meanest of himself. He is rich in poverty, and poor in the midst of riches. He believes all the world to be his, yet he dares take nothing without special leave from God. He covenants with God for nothing, yet looks for a great reward. He loseth his life and gains by it; and whilst he loseth it, he saveth it.

[Bacon's Works.]

MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHTS. THE Moravians seem to have very nearly hit on Christianity. They appear to have found out what sort of a thing it is -its quietness-meekness-patience—spirituality-heavenliness-and order. But they want fire. A very superior woman among

them once said to me—that there wanted another body, the character of which should be combined from the Moravians and the Methodists. The Moravians have failed, ir making too little of preaching; as the Methodists bave done in making too much of it.

Atheism is a characteristic of our day. On the sentiments, manners, pursuits, amusements, and dealings of the great body of mankind, there is written in broad characters-without God in the world!

I have often had occasion to observe, that a warm blundering man does more for the world than a frigid wise man. A man, who gets into a babit of inquiring about proprieties and expediencies and occasions, often spends his life without doing any thing to purpose. The state of the world is such, and so much depends on action, that every thing seems to say loudly to every man, “Do something.”_"Do it"-- Do it."

[Cecil.)

Heligious Intelligence.

SUMMARY OF MISSIONARY INFORMATION.

THE reports hitherto received, are rather The obstacles which are opposed to a deficient in their information respecting rapid spread of the Gospel in Continental CONTINENTAL India. We are not, how- India, we conceive to be briefly these :ever, surprised at this, because we have The multitude of languages and dialects been convinced, that the greatest obstacles by which so many nations are distinguished, to the universal spread of the Gospel are to and which prevents, and must for a long be looked for from this quarter. We can- time prevent, the free diffusion of the word not enter into detail on this interesting sub- of God. The warlike spirit, and active inject at present, but a brief notice may be telligence of most of the Asiatic princes, expected by, and is certainly due from us who, from love of dominion and restless areto, our readers.

bition, abhor a state of peace; and, from If any one will take the trouble to cast pride, as much as from superstition, refase his eye over the map of this vastly populated to be instructed in any new way the country, and consider of what various re- deep hold which the various systerns of beligions and languages it is constituted-not lief, whether purely heathen, or mered forgetting that the religion of the Redeemer with Mahomedanism, have upon the fears makes scarcely any part of the former, and and the hopes of their benighted subjectst that the Holy Scripture is recorded in com- these, with many others, which might be paratively few of the latter, he will cease to enumerated, will long strew thorns in the wonder that the labours of the Missionaries path of the Ambassadors of the Cross; have produced such small effects, and that obstruct the progress of Missionary labours there has been so little to record of the con- and present discouragements to the ardeot version of the heathen.

friends of Missionary undertakings. Before, It is very natural for a sanguine and be. however, we quit our reflections, and denevolent mind, glowing with zeal for the scend to facts, we must be allowed to ask diffusion of divine truth, to suppose, that the one question. Supposing a corresponding Gospel has only to be announced, in order desire to receive the Gospel in India, with to its being received ; that such is the Gos- the great efforts which are now making to pel message, and so deplorable the state of send it, where should we find the labourn! those to whom it is sent, that the glad ti-The handful which Europe and the l'nited dings will fall on ears ready to admit its States could present for this work, would cheering sound, and appeal to hearts which not be as one to a million. Even now, with bound to admit its consoling doctrines. so confined a field of exertion, how insustAlas! in the midst of that blaze of light cient are the number to the work! “Cone which illumines our path, how often do we over, and help us," is the general cry; and, experience the direct contrary of this !- though numbers obey the call, and leare al And, if, in a Christian country, with the which can endear them to their native land, word preached in season, and out of sea- to encounter unknown difficulties and suffer son; if, with the Bible in our hands, and in ings, yet many stations are unfiled, and our own tongue, we still find millions who every account which we receive, records, reject its sanctifying influences, need we be at least, one instance of premature death, in surprised, if, in heathen countrics, its pro- consequence of Missionary exertions. gress should be so slow, and the Divine ines. The result, to our minds, appears to be sage shonld be so long resistor

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