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to some popular Reviews and Maga- friends particularly. There are few zines," ihe writers of which, from Ministers who might not circulate it behind the ambush of Literature, among the young people of their scatter abroad principles of sccplis congregations with great advan. cism and infidelity *:"
tage, and it will be peculiarly proIn the last division of the sermon, per to introduce it into Reading-soMr. Claylon enumerates several con- cieties. We hope the author will siderations to guard his readers enjoy the satisfaction of knowing against this injurious practice. The that his labours are rendered the first respecis the nature of sanctiti- happy means of guarding many cation ; the second relates to the
against the immense danger of readscriptural requisitions as to the ing bad books, and directing their choice of our society; the next, attention to such as will render them, ariscs from the acknowledged ex. by the blessing of God, wise, good, istence of an inexhaustible variety and useful members of society. of excellent books on all topics. The principal end of reading is then pointed out; and, lastly, Our re
The Uncertainty of the Morrow:
Fulham sponsibility to God for the manner
a Sermon preached at in which we employ our time. A
Church, on Occasion of a fire in serious and faithfui application to
the Neighbourhood, by which a students, to parents and instructors,
Gardener was burnt to death. By
the Rev. J. Owen, A. M, is. to young persons, and to Christians m general, concludes this useful and It is wise and good in the minisinteresting discourse, the value of ters of religion to improve those which will be enhanced to many awful events in their vicinity, which readers who have not had oppor. are calculated to arouse the attentunities of knowing the characier of tion of thoughtless inortals, and to authors in general, by a lon, Voie improve such occasions for the inat the close, containing a List of culcation of gospel doctrines on their Looks which may be read with- minds. Mr. Owen has done this out danger.”
with his usual ability and spist; and We can very cheerfully recom- we trust that the perusal of this dismend this discourse, to our young
course will be useful to many.
* The author very properly takes occasion to commend “ The Eclectic Review,” which was projected on purpose, as an antidote to the poison of the press. The literary reputation of this work is allowed to be considerable ; and it deserves a much warmer support than is has yet obtained from the friends of evangelical and vital religion. It is difficult to account for the conduct of those persons who continue to countenance and support Socinian and Sceptical Reviews, while they withhold their assistance from a work of much merit, calcu. lated to prevent “ the danger of reading improper books."
SELECT LIST OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. Christian Classics, vol. I, 12mo, Blessedness of the Righieous boards, 38 61,--and 6s Gil fac. Dead: a Funeral Sermon for Mr. W.
Remarks on a Meceni Ilypo be. Sedgwick, preached at Beagal, by sis, respecting ihe Origin of Moral W. Ward. Svo, ls Evil. By W. Benneti, 8v«), 2s 6d The Danger of Philosophy to the
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MISSIONARY SOCIETY. LETTERS and Journals have just been received by the Buffalo, from the Missionary Brethren at Olaheite, dated Mirch 8, 1976; which contain little that is new or interesting. The lcthrea continue to labour among the natives; but complain of the same inaitention and disregard as before.
An unknown writer, under the signature of Amicus, has circulated, in some of the periodical prints, a false report, injurious to the character of the Directors of the Missionary Society. It is expected that the publishers of those papers will be candid enough to insert a full refulation of the charge, which, we understand, has been transmitted to them. It may, however, he necessary to state the case briefly in this Magazine.
It has been pretended, in the papers alluded to, that l'apine, a native of Ołaheite, was commissioned by Pomarre, the kie chief of that country, to come over to England, that he might be instructed in the Christian religion; and then return to preach the gospel to his countrymen; and that, on application having been made to the officers of the Missionary Society, they refuser to take any care of him; and that he must have perished, unless he had been taken under the protection of an individual, who has supported and instructed him; and now solicits the aid of the public in his behalf.
· The fact is this: South Sea whalers frequently touch at Otaheite and other islands; and when they want hands to work their ships, induce some of the natives to go with them; and when they have thus answered their purpos., turn them adrift in London. The Missionary Society have helped several such persons, and sent them back to their own country, or at least to New Souih Wales; for it has generally been found, that they cannot support the cold of our climate.
The person in question appears to have come in this manner. He left Otaheite on board the Betsy, was afterwards shipwrecked, and was several years before he reached England, about a year ago. On his arrival by the Warley, Capt. H. Wilson, he wa't mentioned to the Treasurer, who applied to Capt. W. Wilson, formerly of the Duff, who kindly took him iuto his house, clothed and fed him, and gave him money, designing shortly to send hiin back to Port Jackson by his ship, the Spring Grove; but the destiny of that vessel being altered for South America, he continued at Mi: W. Wilson's about nine months, till another conveyance should offer. In the mean time Mr. K. who now eatertains him, called, and frequently took him abroad with him; and in a little time, he manifesicd dissatisfac. tion with his situation, behaved improperly, and left the house. During all this time, he never once said that he had been sent over by Pomarre ti learn and teach religion. This story appears to have been afterwards irvented for some interested purpose. It is allowe!, that he was rello known to the Missionaries at Otaheite, that he worked for thean as a sawyer, and behaved himself to a friendly manner. Testimonies to this effect were given him by various persons, some of which have been made public for a purpose never intended by the writers, and without theiç knowledge. Such was a paper given him by Gilibam, the surgeou, which has been published without any authority from him. Mr. Gillham corroborates the truth of the above statement, in the papers intende. as
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. an answer to the charge against the Directors; and declares, that during the nine months Tapige was at Mr. Wilson's, be never heard him once speak of being sent by Pomarre to become a teacher of religion, though. he conversed with him almost every week. Indeed, whoever considers for a moment the dislike which Pomarre discovered to the gospel, can never believe he would send one of his people to England to learn it. Alas! he and his subjects have constantly shewn for several years, that they" care for pone of these things.” We trust, therefore, that no friend of the Missionary Society will judge the Directors to have been deficient in their duty in this affair.
CEYLON. By Letters received from the island of Ceylon, the aspect of affairs, as they relate to the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Vos, appears to be far more encouraging than before.
By information from this island, we learn that the Rev. Mr. Vos, by a strict, faithful, and zealous attention to the important duties of his of fice, had created himself such powerful enemies at Columbo, that he has been deprived of his seat in the Consistory, and also of his Church. This is scarcely a matter of surprize, when it is recollected that the greater part of the Christians there have nothing more of Christianity than the name; and, consequently, live in the violation of all the holy precepts of Christ. The scandalous lives of many of the clergy have contributed greatly to this evil. When the people have been reproved for their lewd conduct, and re. minded of such passages of Scripture as I Cor. vi. 9, 10, some of them have holdly replied, " If our teachers, who are learned men, allow them. selves in these things, why should not we be indulged in the same ?”
“ At Matura,” says Mr. Erhardt, “ where I reside, matters are much in the same state as at Point de Galle and Columbo. The congregation is very small, consisting only of about 50 or 60 people, of whom not more than 13 or 14 attend on a Sunday; and most of these are children: but I must patiently wait till the Lord's time shall arrive, and till I have made sufficient proficiency in the Cingalese language, to be able to preach in it to the Heathen. I intend to solicit Government for a piece of ground; on which to erect a Cingalese school. Many of the Cingalese, formerly baptized by the Dutch clergy, openly attend the Heathen temples ; and even offer sacrifices there, which formerly was done only by stealih. It is really astonishing to see the crowds which throng the temples when there is a sacrifice ! I lately happened to be a spectator of one of these festivals, The offerings consisted chiefly of flowers, linen, and oil. Fireworks were afterwards displayed, which attracted great numbers of people, - at least 5000 persons were presenl; 3-fourths of whom had been baptized. It may be easily inferred from hence, what hard work it will be for a Missiunary to la. hour among a people who expect, by the offering of a few flowers, to obtain from their idols eternal happiness ! 'To convince them of their errors must be the the work of God, and not of man: He alone can furaish us with those gifts and graces which are necessary for our work; and, therefore, we greatly need the fervent intercessions of all those who are interested in the spread of the gospel."
The Rev. Mr. Vos writes as follows: "O how would you pity us, if you could form a just idea of the people here ! Yet, if I compare the number of the Dutch congregation at present, with what it was at my first coming hither, I have abundant reason to be thankful; and probably they would have been far more numerous, had not the Dutch clergy opposed nie as much as they possibly could. Within these few weeks, however, the people have discovered a great hunger for the word of God; so that the hemier of my hearers is very much increased ; and, therefore, although I had determined to leave the island, I hare resolved, in consequence
having received many petitions from the people, to continue longer with them. · The Consistory finding that they cannot prevent my administering the Sacraments, bave determined to punish the people for receiving them in any place except the church ; and yesterday a paper to that effect was read from the pulpit.
“ However, I begin to rejoice in all this; for it appears to me that the Lord our God is aboul to establish on this barren island a little church for himself; and that Dagon is beginning to fall before the ark. My hearers are now endeavouring to purchase a large house for me to preach in : but as they are very poor, I hope the Society will allow a sum of money for this purpose. Some of the people have assured me, that if the Society would send out another ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church to supply my place, should I return to the Cape, they would support hin, -- separate themselves from ike dead church, and build a place of worship for him Do as much as you can, my dear Sir, to assist me; for this seems to be the appointed time to do some good in Ceylon." Columbo, March 12, 1807. TO J. Hardcastle, Esq.
The Directors are also informed, that Mr. Erhardt was about to remove to Columbo, in order to perfect himself in the knowledge of the Cin. galese language, auder an abler teacher han ald be obtained at Matura. so that it may be expected he will soou be qualified to preach the gospel to the native heathen.
Oct. 14, at Mr. Atkinson's, MarAn Association has been lately gate, a Meeting of the East Kent formed, denominated “ The Middle
Association. Mr. Morris preached sex and Hertfordshire Union of Pro- in the morning, from Heb. xiii. 8, testant Dissenting Ministers.” Their
Mr. Chapman in the evening, froni first meeting is to be at Hertford,
Rom. ;. 16; Mr. Dawson the preon the Wednesday after the first ceding evening, from 1 Thess. i. 10. Sabbath in April, 1808. Mr.White
The next Meeting at Ramsgate fuot, of Enfield, to preach, on the (Mr. G. Townsend's) on the WedNalure, Advantages, and best Me. Desday nearest the full moon, in thods of conducting Religious As- April next : Mr. Mather, Mr. Tom'sociations.
lin, and Mr. Giles to preach. Sept. 23. At Brigs, the Eighteenth General Meeting of the Lincoloshire Association,
Mr. Blin- Sept 30, at Wiveliscombc, Somerkom, of Walcot, preached in the
set, Mr. Joseph Buck (Independent) morning; aster which the Lord's Late student at Axminster. The Supper was aslıninisiered. Mir. Bean, following ministers engaged: of Alford, preached in the after. Prayer, &c. Mr. Heudebourck, of noon, from John vi. 12; and Mr. Bishop's Hall, introduciion, &c. White, of Mab!ethorp, in the even
Mr. Golding, of Pitminster ; ordiing, from Isa. 11. 2; which was fol. nation-prayer, Mr. Tozer, of Tauolowed by another sermo:1, by Mr. ton; charge, Mr. Small, of AxminGladstone, from Isa. ii. 3.' Mests. ster (the tutor); introductory prayHobson, of Driffield, Smelle, of
er, Mr. Gardiner, .of Barnstaple; Grimsby, Collins, of Barton, and sermon, Mr. Saltren, of Bridport ; Clark, of Brigg, engaged in other and Mr. Ajlen, of Stringslone, conparts of the services. The next cluded. meeting at Walcot, near Toking- Oct. 28, at Guyhorn, Cambridgeham, on the last Wednesday in' shire, Mr. M.538 Davis (indep.) late April, 1508.
The services of the
day were conduced by Mess. Wood- the head, who fell from his horse ward, of Pinchbeck, Griffiths, of and died immediately. While the Chatteris, and Cogett, of St. Ives. other gentlemen were attentive to
Oct. 21, at Wednesbury, Stafford: their friend, the murderer escaped. shira, Mr. J. Pickering, pastor of
On Monday afternoon a party the Independent church. Introduc
of soldiers went in search of the tion, Mr. Hudson, of West Brom- traced by some country people to
murderer, whose footsteps had been wich; ordination-prayer, Mr.Grove, wards a wood. of Walsall : charge, Mr. Dagley discovered and driven out; but
He was at length 1 Tim. iv. 6; sernion, Mr. Bennett, of Birmingham; Mr. Theodosius, finding his pursuers close at his of Gomall, begal, and Mr. Morris, heels, he ran into a pond, where of West Broinwich, concluded with One of the party shot himn dead.
On his person was found the watch payer.
of which he had robbed Mr. Rhodes. Oct. 28, at Penzanse (Baptist
Thus“ Liist," or inordinate dechureh) Mr. G. Smith was settled as
sire of money, “ when it was conpastor. Introduction, Mr. Griffin, ceived, brought forth Sin; and Sin,” of Falmouth ; charge, Mi. Birt, of speedily after its accomplishment, Plymouth ; sermon, Mr. Gray, of
brought forth Death.' It must Plymouth; prayer, Mr. Ragsdell; be regretted, however, that the vioof Plynouth, and liv. Rowe, of lence of resentment should thus preRedruib.
vent the more slow and solemn proNov. 2, at Eastcombe, Glouces, cess of jasiice, which might have tershire, Mr. Heury Hawkins. In- been more uscful to the public. troduction, Mr. Elint, of Uley ; chargc, Ur. Burchell, of Tetbury; sermon, Mr. Winterbottom; Mr.
LONDON. Saunders, of Frome, prayed, and in the evening preached.
On Lord's Day, Nov. 8, a dinner was given by the lale Lord Mayor
to his successor in oílice, and other We rejoice to hear thai a com
members of the corporation, at the modious chapel is to be erected at City of London Tavern, in BishopsCheltenham, which is now become gate Street. They had been, we a place of great resort. Theatres,
are inforured, to qualify themselves ball - roonis, and card - rooms are
for vílice at the Lord's Table, and prepared for the entertainment of then assembled at theconvivialboard the gay and worldly : the lovers of ai ihe tavern; and at an hour, three the gospel will also, we trust, be o'clock, when their more pious felacconiniodaied. The liberality of low-citizens were going to church. in few individuals has already pro. Such an open violation of the sacred diced 2001 towards this oljeci; but
dav, such a gross and indecorous the aid of the religious public, we action, uc believe, was never before bear, will necessarily be subcited. commilied by the magistraies of
It has certainly cxcited On Sunday, Nov. I, about 12 at strong sensations of indignation in noon, a robbery was connitted on the miuds of those numerous citi. the London road, about six miles zens of London, who are extremely f.om Chichester, on a Mr. Rbodes, concerned io
witness such apan attorney of that place. When proaches as these towards the vicithe affair was reported there, ihree ons and profane practices of France, gentlemen, well-mounted and ainu- which, if indulged, may be followeri, set out in search of the villain ; ed by the infidelity and anarchy of and, alier abouě two hours ride, that couniry. discovered him's wheit, finding that On Monday, the 9th, when the ibe gentlemen gained ground upon, late Lord Mayor, and the Lord holti, ne turn round, ard shot Mr. Mayor elect, atiended in the Court of Sergeant, vnc of the prisuers, thie? Exchequer as usaal, the Chici Baron