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of work done, and of progress made in nens to the Lord, and of his singular the cause ; but the Report of last year adaptation for his profession,—his spirit recorded the scattering of some of the having been so thoroughly infused into most honoured of their labourers, and children and teachers, as to be abiding the disabling of others; extreme doubt still, though he has departed. At the and uncertainty where to send the several recent annual examination, in the preMissionaries who had no settled post of sence of a large and deeply interested dury, along with an empty treasury, af- audience, amongst whom were many fording little encouragement to send them Jewish parents, the pupils, amounting anywhere. This darkness and perplexity to nearly a hundred, were examined in enveloped the whole Missionary field German, Hungarian, and Hebrew, in all except Constantinople; and even there the ordinary branches of a good educait was only in the German branch of the tion, and in Christian doctrine. Their Mission that encouragement was afforded, respectable attainments in all, and reevery opening amongst the Spanish Jews markable proficiency in some, of the having proved temporary or delusive. branches, and the depth and readiness of Pesth was still closed ; Jassy had been their religious knowledge, called forth abandoned, and Lemberg was occupied expressions of surprise and admiration only from day to day ; Berlin was af. from the Christian Clergymen and teachfording no comfortable or hopeful field of ers who were present. Since the examilabour. It is therefore with unfeigned nation, a remarkable increase has been gratitude to God, and with a great dis made to the school by the enrolling of a burdening of their own minds, that the hundred new scholars, so that it will Committee have now to report that they have been resumed with at least 170 have been graciously delivered from all pupils. perplexity, all the Missionaries having Lemberg.-The Committee feel the more work than they can overtake, all greatest difficulty in doing justice to Mr. occupying positions of a certain measure Edward at Lemberg, ever afraid lest, by of security and comfort, and all desiring publishing too much, they might occaonly to be sufficiently assisted in their sion his removal ; while by entire silence allotted spheres.
they might weaken the interest and imPesth has been again providentially pair the prosperity of the cause at home. opened to our Missionaries, Mr. Smith The simple circumstance of a Protestant with his family having been there during evangelist being permitted to live and the winter, and having recently been labour in a part of the Austrian domijoined by Mr. Wingate and his family. nions, (where, till recently, no MissionIn the outfield of the Mission, the de- ary might enter,) and to hold forth the mand for the Bible grows,—the seed lamp of life in the centre of the dense previously sown on the yet stony soil of night that reigns round and round, is an many hearts bas by these been scattered opening, the importance of which can over many more, and has not been lost scarcely be exaggerated. A large numby the lapse of years, but seems in some ber of Bibles have been eagerly bought, to be striking deeper than the surface, while the purchasers have also received and the number of earnest inquirers is at both a tract and a living message conpresent considerable. The colporteurs, cerning the Saviour of sinners. Conwho are converted Jews, and well in- siderable access has been obtained to structed in Christian doctrine, have again Jews influential in their own community, set forth with their precious treasures on and manifesting interest on the subject their summer excursions amongst their of Christianity ; frequent intercourse has brethren throughout flungary, and report been held with inquiring Jewish stuthat their business prospers wherever they dents and teachers, and either through go, and that the word of God is now these or directly, with students of the looked upon as the only stable inherit. Greek and Roman Churches ; while by ance that belongs to men. During the Mrs. Edward a commencement has been course of the year Mr. Philip Saphir has made of conveying instruction to the been removed by death, having finished Hebrew children. his course and kept the faith. This one Amsterdam.—At Amsterdam, where instance alone of the fruits of the Mission there is a Jewish population amounting to Israel is a sufficient seal to the work to twenty-five thousand, Mr. Schwartz is by the Lord, and a sufficient recompense succeeding beyond his most sanguine for all the labour and outlay bestowed expectations. He has been cordially on it by man. And now that he has welcomed by the Christian friends of rested from his labours, his works are Israel there ; has obtained a recognised following him ; for his school remains a footing for the Free Church in the city; living monument, both of his devoted. is preaching weekly to congregations of eighty or a hundred Jews, some of that end, and lately a prayer-meeting them rich and educated, and the whole was held in the Lutheran church at presenting a most interesting sight. Amsterdam, attended by not less than
Constantinople.-At Constantinople, three thousand persons. This indicated the German Jewish Church, under an amount of interest in this cause which Messrs. Allan and Kænig, was visited a one would rejoice to see more frequent year ago by a respected Minister of the nearer home. The Doctor stated fur. Free Church, who found it in a most ther, in regard to the Israelitish school interesting and healthy condition, and at the Hague, over which he had prewas refreshed by witnessing on Sabbath sided for so many years, that it still cona congregation of a hundred Jews, to tinued to prosper,—that one young man, whom the Gospel was preached in Ger. Nicodemus-like, appeared before him in man. Since that time, the little Church the character of an inquirer, from time to has been confirmed and established. time,-that another, a few months ago, The schools amongst the German and received Christian baptism, after making Italian Jews are prospering, the Italian a confession of his faith,
and that a school having nearly doubled its number third, who had been baptised, was anx. during the year. The children are a ious to study theology, looking forward channel of access to their parents, many to the Christian ministry, although he of whom are themselves becoming as knew that this would expose him to children, and eagerly receiving instruc- numerous hardships, and lead him to be tion. The Missionaries' wives and driven from his father's family as an female Teachers instruct in their own exile.......... Besides these indications for houses the Jewesses past the years of good, and besides many individual cases childhood, who touchingly plead for of conversion which were referred to in more instruction than they can thus the Report, he could not help alluding obtain, and entreat to be visited every to a statement in the important work of day; but this apostolic teaching from Da Costa, the friend and countryman of house to house would require many Dr. Capadose, on the Jews and Gentiles. labourers. A prosperous school has In that work he states, that during been fairly established by Mr. Thomson twenty years not less than five thousand a nongst the Spanish Jews, great in baptisms of Jews had taken place in numbers and influence, but hitherto hard Germany alone; and not a few of those of access; yet it may be now at length become Christian Missionaries, admitting the wedge, which, driven by Ministers, and even Professors in Christhe Lord's hand, will split the solid tian Universities. mass asunder,—when He takes away the The Beni-Israel at Bombay (said Mr. veil from the eyes of Israel, and opens NESBIT) number about ten thousand their hearts to receive his Word. It is persons, and their name was a sufficient indeed already beginning to open the indication of the race to which they way to others besides the scholars; but belonged. On asking the boys their Mr. Thomson being alone since Mr. dames, they would reply Abram, SoloDeniston's removal, the school itself im- mon, Jacob, and the girls Sarah, Reposes too much work on a single Mis- becca, Leah, and so on. All their sionary; so that the Committee are names, in fact, bore certain indications called on to supply his loss of a col- of their origin, and their countenances league with the least possible delay. bore similar testimony, as well as their
The Rev. DR. LORIMER, of Glas- traditions and customs. Unlike the gow, stated in the late General Assem- black Jews of Cochin, referred to in Dr. bly of the Free Church, that he had Duff's work, they were nearly pure derecently received a letter from Dr. Capa scendants of the family of Israel. They dose, of Holland,—the Christian friend were noticed by the first Christians who and brother whose visit to this country visited Eastern India, and the agents of and to this Assembly, four years ago, the American Board of Missions were had delighted them so much. The the first who entered the field. The Doctor's conversion as a Jew to Chris. American Mission established schools in tianity was remarkable, and the record Bombay and the neighbouring towns ; of it, translated into different languages, but, after continuing for five years, they had been productive of much good. In found themselves unable to support his letter, Dr. Capadose stated, that in them; and the Scottish Mission, having all the leading towns of Holland Com. more funds at its disposal than the Amemittees had been formed to seek the rican, entered upon the field, took up spiritual welfare of God's ancient people. the American schools, and planted more. Prayer-meetings were regularly held for These schools had been under the Scot
tish Mission during the last twenty them was an aged, patriarchal-looking years, and the work of preaching had man, who expressed, in the most touchkept pace with that of teaching. The ing terms, his anxiety to make a public schools were ten in number, and accom- profession of the Messiah. The glistenmodated four hundred children, about a ing joy which shone in the eyes of that half boys, and a half girls.
man, was enough to arouse one's whole DR. DUFF said : In Madras, last soul. He expressed himself to the effect, year, I found residing in the Mission- that he could not rest or sleep ; so full of premises several Jews and Jewesses apprehension was he lest he should be under instruction, with a view to their called away before he could make public being ultimately admitted into the Chris- profession of his faith in Jesus of Naza. tian church by baptism, if qualified. reth as the Messiah,—as the Messiah At Calcutta also we have had much to promised to the fathers. He and ano. do amongst the Jews during the last ther of these converts have since de. twenty years. There are there about parted to their rest ; but, after witness. two or three hundred resident Jewish ing their death-beds, I would say, families, and as many more travel to and Would that every one who bears the from the Arabian Gulf every year. At. name of Christ could encounter the tempts have been made to preach and swellings of Jordan as they did ! Theirs organise schools amongst them, and in was a brief career as Christian believers; some of our institutions they have often but their lives were lives of growth in been sheltered. Several Jewesses have the faith, and the death of each was a found refuge in the Female Orphanage, death of triumphant faith. With refer. supported by the Ladies' Association of ence to the aged saint to whom I have our Church, In Mr. Ewart's school alluded, I can testify that his latter days there are many Jewesses under Chris- seemed to be rather one continued scene tian instruction. Boys have also been of ecstasy and rapture. When I asked accommodated and instructed. And it him, on his death-bed, how he felt under was felt to be a remarkable fact that, his affliction, with brightening eyes he soon after the Disruption, about half-a. would, in substance, exclaim, “O hapdozen Jewish inquirers, including five py, happy! I only long to be with adults, came forward, seeking admission Him whom my fathers crucified; but in into the Church; and, after a full and whom, through grace, I have found the searching examination, were found quali- Messiah, the Shiloh, the Star of Jacob, fied, and all baptised at once in the pre- Emmanuel, the Lord my Righteous. sence of the Free Church there. One of
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22. DIED, March 9th, 1847, at Guis. though amid the cares of a family and of borough, in the Stokesley Circuit, Mrs. business she often secretly wished to Pulman, in the seventy-ninth year of her unite with God's people, it was not till age. She had often been heard to say, that 1833 that she joined herself to the Me. the prayers and example of her excellent thodist church. Shortly after this union, parents produced very beneficial effects she was encouraged to exercise faith in on her mind, even in the days of her the atonement of Christ, and obtained childhood. She was the daughter of the blessing of pardon by the powerful Mr. Thomas Corney, who became a Me. application to ber mind of the words, thodist in 1759, was one of the first “It is your Father's good pleasure to members of the Society in Guisborough, give you the kingdom.” During the continued to adorn his profession by a fourteen years she was connected with “meek and quiet spirit” through nearly the Society, she continued to walk “in half a century, and ended a life of trial the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort and conflict (peculiar to the early days of the Holy Ghost." She was called to of Methodism) in the full triumph of endure painful domestic bereavements, but faith, in the year 1807. She was fre- was happily sustained through them all quently heard to speak, with much plea- by the “exceeding great and precious prosure, of the visits of Mr. Wesley and mises” of Scripture. While, however, Dr. Coke to her father's house. Though she was called to suffer the will of God, she was the child of praying parents, and she knew that she must also do lis will,
and was therefore ready to every good her mind was painfully exercised with word and work.” Her active and bene- regard to the means by which a sinner volent mind led her to seek the well- can be saved : her views of faith were being and happiness of her fellow-crea- obscure and defective. At length, howtures, in different ways. In everything ever, she was led by the Holy Spirit of relating to Wesleyan Missions, she God to discover the simplicity of the proved herself a firm and liberal friend. plan of salvation. One morning, in the
Her last sickness was long and pain. spring of the year above noted, as she ful; but her mind was delightfully stayed was going a short distance from home, upon God. She in variably replied to the her mind was engaged in serious refleca questions of her friends, " I feel my soul tions on the death of Christ, and the in the enjoyment of settled peace." Her necessity of a personal interest in His conversation was eminenily spiritual. merits. She lifted up her heart to God The writer always felt it a privilege to in prayer ; in answer to which a flood of visit her. She seemed to “sit in hea- heavenly light was vouchsafed to her. venly places in Christ Jesus." She was She was enabled to repose confidence in much afraid lest she should grieve the Christ, and obtained peace with God. Holy Spirit by becoming impatient Two years after this she joined the under her protracted sufferings; but even Wesleyan Society in Heskett, near Carher strong “ desire to depart, and to be lisle; where, with exemplary consiste with Christ” was graciously kept in ency, she walked with God. Sabbath“ subjection to the obedience of Christ.” school teaching was an employment in It was frequently a subject of remark, which she long took a zealous interest. among those by whom she was visited After the Conference of 1844 she was during her sickness, with what calmness married. From this period to that of she conversed about her approaching her death, she exhibited qualities which end. It was evident that, in her case,
commanded the esteem of all in her the last enemy would be stingless. She
circle. had a “lively hope" of future bliss; Her conversation was “as it becometh and knowing that death would not only the Gospel of Christ.” In her domestic release her from pain, but introduce her relation she was affectionate and sympainto the presence of that God with whom thising. As a friend, she was upright, is “fulness of joy," and at whose “right trustworthy, “ready to distribute.” At hand are pleasures for evermore,” she
the Conference of 1846 she removed with felt as the Psalmist when he exclaimed, her husband to Dandee. Although her “ Yea, though I walk through the valley health was impaired, no immediate dan. of the shadow of death, I will fear no ger was apprehended. But from increasevil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and ing debility it soon became manifest that Thy staff they comfort me." She conti- her race was almost run. nued in this happy state till her pains pect of dissolution she was led to reflect ended, and mortality was exchanged for on the past. She saw that her manifold eternal life.
and peculiar privileges had been inadeGEORGE GREENWOOD. quately improved. On Sabbath, the
21st, a great change took place. The 23. Died, at Dundee, March 22d, earthly house of her tabernacle began to aged thirty-nine, Anne, the wife of dissolve. But God graciously heard and the Rev. David Edgar. She was for
She was enabled to several years a member of the church of take firmer hold of Christ; and, with a England, and in general had the fear of loud voice, she exclaimed, “ Glory to God before her eyes; remaining, how- God !” Early in the morning of the ever, a stranger to the power of religion day of her death, she rehearsed the story until she began to attend the earnest of her conversion to God,-a heavenly and pointed ministry of the Wesleyan smile beaming on her countenance. She Methodists. When first awakened, she added,had great conflicts of mind. Sometimes
“I'll praise my Maker while I've breath." she was tempted to think there was no mercy for her, and that she had com. During the afternoon, she was much mitted the unpardonable sin. She was, occupied in prayer, to be fully ready for again, assailed with blasphemous thoughts the coming of her Lord; and she exof God, which greatly harassed her soul. pressed the delight she felt in anticipatIn after-years she used to say, “None ing His approach. She was much comcan have proper sympathy with those forted by the pleasiog impression that who are so tempted, but such as have many of her sainted kindred were wait. passed through similar trials." In 1837, ing to welcome her to the skies. A
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short time before she died she testified and His righteousness, and all these that she felt Christ still present.
things shall be added unto you.” It DAVID EDGAR, was at this place that he was first led to
join the Wesleyan Society. He obtained 24. Died, April 1st, at Preston, in mercy, and adopted the resolution,the eighty-first year of his age, Mr. “ This people shall be my people, and William Crankshaw. He was born at their God shall be my God." Forty New-Church, in Rossendale. At the years he continued a steadfast and sin. age of five he was by death deprived of cere member, and manifested the great his father; and when he was only seven, change which by Divine grace had been his mother also sickened and died. He wrought in his heart. was thus left an orphan, cast upon the Throughout his life, his conduct was mercy of the wide world, with but few to exemplary and consistent. In Septem. wipe away the tears of sorrow from his ber, 1843, he began to be seriously ill ; eyes, and none to train him up in the and he never recovered. For three years way in which he should go. But He and seven months, he was the subject of who has promised to be a “Father to deep and various affliction ; and he often the fatherless," directed him, through longed to be dissolved, and “to be with many changeful scenes of life, to the en Christ, which is far better.” Sometimes joyment of that religion which ever he thought that his anxiety to be relieved affords peace and happiness to the mind. from the burden of the flesh was too Throughout his early years, he was great, and would often say, often deprived of all the comforts of life; will, but Thine, be done." Severe nerhe often had to endure cold and hunger, vous depression often caused perplexity; with no friend to succour, and none to but, towards the close of life, his contisympathise. His early life was passed dence was unshaken, and he could say in disregard of his eternal interests; with Job, “ I know that my Redeemer and, until the age of forty, he lived liveth.” His earnest desire for the sal. “ without God, and without hope in the vation of all his family was often mani. world.” About this period, he was pro fested by affectionate counsel and earvidentially led to reside at Langcliffe, nest prayers. During his last twelve near Settle, Yorkshire. Until this time, days of suffering, he was enabled to rethere seemed to be no blessing of Divine joice in God his Saviour. Many exProvidence upon his engagements in the pressions fell from his lips which betoworld. He was led one evening se. kened his firm reliance on God; and riously to reflect upon his past life, and his last words, addressed to his sorrowing then earnestly to pray. In after.life he wife, and uttered with uplifted hands, experienced the fulfilment of that word, were,-“ Glory be to God! Farewell." L" Seek ye first the kingdom of God,
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FEB. 28th, 1850.–At Kamptee, India, Major During the last year it was manifest that the James Woodward, of the Madras army. He was Lord was deepening His work in her soul. The the fruit of Mission labour in the Lord; and was last date of her meeting in class was February never ashamed to acknowledge that the ministry 27th ; when she received a rich baptism of the of the Wesleyan Missionaries was, under God, Holy Spirit. This she regarded as a preparation the instrumental cause of his conversion. By for some great trial that awaited her. The Sunhis unexpected removal, the Missions in India day following she attended the chapel twice; have lost a kind, sympathising, and faithful after which she wrote out the following lines :friend, and a liberal supporter. His last illness
" The holy calm within my breast was of a distressing nature; but he left to his
Prepares for that eternal rest : family and friends satisfactory evidence that he
How sweet the Sabbath thus to spend, was fully prepared for his change.
In hope of that which ne'er shall end!"
Her health had been for some time declining ; March 16th.-At Hutton-Rudby, in the Stokes but she grew much worse on the following Wedley Circuit, Mrs. Sarah Smith, aged thirty-two nesday, and continued so till Saturday, when she years. She was convinced of sin under the gave birth to a son, after which she never rallied. preaching of the Rev. Robert Young; and soon She departed in great peace, and entered into after received a sense of the pardoning love of rest, on that day week. During her last illness God, which she held fast to the day of her death. she was graciously supported, and quite resigned