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was shewn to carry into effect any whatever denomination you be, to well-concerted measures for their aid us in this part of our plan. We relief.
want to build commodious SchoolIf it be said, that it is unreasonable houses near to the Chapel, where to expect, that those who dissent they may be instructed with greater from the Church of England should convenience, and without that great exert themselves to promote its inter- annual expense which is entailed ests; we do not ask them to promote upon us by the rent of houses for its interests. What we want, and what
that purpose. The liberality of the we are labouring to accomplish, is, the public will be well bestowed for this conversion of the Jews to the faith of object also ; and a separate fund will Christ; and that, not in England on- be alloted to it. ly, but all the world over. For this
It is thought by some to be a vain end we have provided with great attempt. But why should it be any labour, and at great expense, a more vain for us to seek the con. Translation of the New Testament
version of the Jews, than it was for anto pure biblical Hebrew : and we
them to seek the conversion of the are wishing to circulate it through Gentiles ? Were not the idolaters of every country under heaven. It is
former days as far from God as they? well known that the Jews will not read the New Testament in the ver
Were not the people of this land, for
instance, in as hopeless a state as the Dacular languages of the countries
Jews at this day can be ? Yet be. where they live ; (the experience of hold what God has wrought in this many hundred years has fully evinced
country ; and shall we despair of this :) but if it be written in the He
them? But God has told us, that brew language, that language which
the work of converting them is much they so highly venerate, they will
more within the limits of rational ex. read it.
pectation than that which has already But there is another part of our
been wrought in u$ : “ If thou (says plan which must also be approved he) wert cut out of the olive-tree of by Christians of every persuasion, which is wild by nature, and wert I mean the education of Jewish grafted contrary to nature into a gooợ Children. We all know how neglect Qlive-tree, how much more shall these ed the Jewish children are by their
which be thë natural branches, be own parents : and it is a joy to us to grafted into their own olive-tree" see what zeal has been of late exer.
It is a mistake to imagine that God cised by the Christian world, in the
will convert the Jews without means, education of the children of the lower
for in that place where God most classes throughout the land. In all strongly declares that he will restore Missionary plans too, we see how
them to life, Ezek. xxxvii. 1-6. he prominent a part the education of commands the prophet to prophesy children bears in all efforts for the
unto them : and never till he proconversion of the Heathen. And this phesied did the dry bones begin to is one great object also with the London Jews' Society; an object
but on hiş prophesying as he from whence we hope that great
was commanded, they arose a great
army. This shews us in what way benefit will arise, not to the children
alone we are authorized to expect only, but to the parents also. Have
the work of their conversion to be none of you ever heard what benefits
accomplished. have accrued to parents from the attendance of children at 'Sunday
But, say others, the time is not
But who, I would ask, is auSchools? or can you be insensible of
thorized to affirm this? Who has been the influence which these children
the Lord's counsellor, so as to be may obtain over their parents, and perfectly acquainted with the times other members of their own nation, and the seasons which he has reserve when they themselves shall be in
ed in his own power? Supposing that structed in divine truth, and be en
God were to tell us, as he did David, abled to impart the knowledge they that the time for erecting his temple have received? We call you then, of among them was not yet come, would
he not at least commend us for having be increased an hundred fold. But it in our hearts to build his temple ? still we must not on that account and should we not, like that pious neglect the Jews: for the Jews have, monarch, labour to provide materials. in reality, a prior claim. God has for it? He spent not less than eigh expressly said, that his salvation is teen millions of money in, preparing sent to the Jew first, and nect to the for the temple, though he knew he Gentile ; and those who were first was not to build it: and surely all commissioned to preach it, were to the efforts that we can use should be preach it beginning at Jerusalem. put forth to prepare the way of the The Jews have a claim upon us, Lord among them; and we should which none of the Gentiles have. account it an honour to sow, though Who were they who composed and we knew that we were sowing for delivered to us the lively oracles? others only, and that others were to Jews. Who was the Saviour of the enter into our labours.
world himself? A'Jew. Who were In confirmation of the former ob they who first sought the salvation of jection, it is further said by some, the Gentile world, and even laid that we have expended much, and down their lives for us? Jews. Say done little. That our success has then whether the Jews have not a not yet awhile been great, I readily claim on us ? But see what St. Paul admit: but in truth it is not till the has said in Rom. xi. 30, 31. present hour that the fittest means ye in times past have not believed haye been used, for effecting the God, yet have now obtained mercy conversion of the Jews : for in com- through their unbelief; even so have parison of the translating the New these also now not believed ; that Testament into Hebrew all other through your mercy they also may means are of little worth.
obtain mercy.” The meaning of this But, after all, it is not fair to say passage is briefly this : “God made that little has been done. If there the Jews the depositories of his word had been but one truly and savingly for us ; and he now makes us the converted, it ought not to be called depositories of his word for them. little ; since one soul is of more value We came to the enjoyment of this than the whole world. But is it lit- blessing through their unbelief : but tle to have accomplished the trans- they are to be restored to the enjoylation of the New Testament into ment of it through the mercy vouchHebrew ? No man
safed to us :' and God expects that would say so, who knew what efforts we should improve our mercies for have been necessary to effect it. It their good, This therefore is our is, in truth, a great national work, an bounden duty : and if we neglect to honour to our country : and it has do it, we do not answer the end for laid the foundation of all that we which
our present mercies were hope hereafter to behold in the con- vouchsafed unto us. Now what version of thousands and myriads by would any of you, who, if ye have means of it. At this very hour it is committed a sum of money to his producing a spirit of inquiry among steward to lay out for the benefit of the Jevs upon the continent to a some distressed Jews, say to him, if great extent: and we trust that the he withheld it all from the Jews, and new edition of it which we are about spent it on himself? Would you to issue from the press, will give a commend him as a just steward ? very effectual answer to this objection. Would you not rather regard him as
A fourth objection is, that there is a thief and a robber? What then will work enough for us to do among the God think of you, if, when he has Gentiles. There is ; and I rejoice committed the blessing of salvation that God has stirred up the hearts of to you for the benefit of the Jews, his people to consider their case, you withhold it from them, and leave and" to send to them the light of his them to perish for the want of it ? truth: and so far am I from grudging Truly, it is no good account that you the exertions of Christians for the will give of yourselves to him. I do Gentiles, that I pray God they may not mean to say that you can with
innocence withhold the light from you also, that there are other most any : for you are not to put your important measures which we conlight under a bushel, but to set it on ceive would be of the greatest utility, a candlestick, that it may give light if we could carry them into executo all who are within the sphere of tion ; but we must suspend them till its influence: but this I must again your liberality shall enable us to prosay, that your first obligations are ceed with them. That time I trust to the Jews, to make them partakers is now speedily arriving; and I hope of the richness of their own olive, that what you shall do in this opulent from which, for your sakes, they city, will be a pattern for Christians have been broken off.
in every part of the empire. I will notice only one more objec- I feel persuaded that the members tion, and that is, that because we of the Church of England will shew have reduced our expenditure to our
themselves not unworthy of the cause income, our income is equal to our they have undertaken, and that they necessities. But this is far enough will now arise as one man to redeem from being true. We have retrench- the pledge given in their behalf, and ed in every thing to the utmost of never desist from their labours till our power : and we hope in one or they shall see Jerusalem a praise in two things to be able to effect a yet the earth. further retrenchment; but I beg leave to assure you, and the public Letter from Mr. Morrison to the Rev. at large, that there are many great
Henry Colman. and important objects which we are Canton, China, Nov. 13, 1817. compelled to decline for want of SIR-I this evening saw a gentlefunds to meet them.. You have just man with whom you are acquainted, heard from the Secretary the urgent
and who desired from me some acand pressing entreaties of that great count of this mission to communicate and good man, Leander Van Ess, to you. You are perhaps aware that (so justly called upon the Continent, the primary object of this mission was Luther the second,) to take under the acquisition of the language, in orour care two pious Jews, who are der to translate the Scriptures into it. desirous of embracing Christianity,
object has been, during the last and of devoting themselves to the Years, steadily adhered to. In study of it in order to qualify them- 1818 we hope to finish the whole selves for future usefulness in dissem- scriptures. When that is done we inating its blessed truths. And you shall have more leisure to teach and haye heard the answer of the Com- to preach. But in China there is no mittee just sent to this great and good opening. Every attempt must be man, that " though we wish them made in secret. It is amongst the well, our funds do not admit of our islands chiefly that those efforts must rendering them any assistance." be tried. What a heart-rending thing is this ; Mr. and Mrs. Milne of Malacca, that to entreaties in behalf of persons with their family are here for their so recommended, we should be con- health--Mr. Milne is very poorly. strained to return such an answer, The station at Malacca is, I trust, dobecause we dare not to run ourselves iug well. The monthly Tract in Chiin debt, or to contract obligations nese is calculated to impress favourawhich we are not able to fulfil ! And bly the minds of the natives. After I am expecting that many, many all it is not, as you well know, in the such applications will soon be made power of man to change the heart, to us from the Continent, where our We use the means--sow the seedname begins to be known, and where but it is the blessing of Heaven alone some of our friends, together with a that can give the increase. converted Jew, are now gone (but
China does not appear in a very not at the Society's expense,) to en
settled state. Many predict a change ; quire into the state of the Jews, and but I do not calculate on such octo circulate the Hebrew Testainent currences. My hope is in God our among them. I beg leave to assure Saviour. He can quicken the dead:
SOUTH SEA ISLANDS.
convert infidels ; turn the nations to published at Madras, may not come, himself. Knowing this we go on- the following short abstract, of the ward.
very important objects carrying on Excuse the brevity of this and be at Bellary, is given.-The Rev. lieve me, for the sake of our LordMessrs. Hands and Reeve, together Yours sincerely.
with a very promising young man, a R. MORRISON. Mr. Taylor, preparing for Missionary Rev. Mr. COLMAN.
i labours, had under their charge six
Schools : Extracts from the Indo-Chinese
Num. of Child. Gleaner, No. II. Aug. 1817. 1 A boarding school,
24 2 A school in the Fort,
31 By accounts lately received from 3 Native school for Canara and our brethren in Eimeo, the affairs of Gentoo children,
50 the Mission seem to be prospering 4 An English school for Native greatly~362 persons had requested
26 to have their names registered as can- 5 Another Native school, didates for christianity-and their 6 Four other Native schools in schools contained 660 scholars. An the villages, near to Bellary, 150 attempt had been made by the idola. trous chiefs, to exterminate all who
336 had renounced Heathenism, by a The Brethren have received con. general massacre, (on the night of siderable assistance from the Ladies the 7th July) but their purposes were and Gentlemen of that Settlement, inercifully disappointed. The Rev. as well as of Madras, for the support Mr. Marsden, senior chaplain of New of these schools. South Wales, bears testimony to the patience, perseverance, and con- TRANSLATION OF THE SCRIPTURES. stancy of the Missionaries, feeling
Mr. Hands had completed the confident of their final success. Nine
translation of the four Gospels, the additional Missionaries have embark- Epistle to the Ephesians, the three ed for Eimeo, acquainted with sevEpistles of John, and several detache eral mechanical employments ; -and ed parts of other books of the Scripthe Directors of the Missionary Soci- tures. ety have it in agitation, to introduce the sugar-cane, cotton, and hemp into the islands, for the purpose of pro•
With peculiar pleasure we learn, moting the civilization, and exciting the commercial spirit of the natives,
by letters from the west side of India, the laudable exertions of several of
the Chaplains of the Church of EngThe Rev. John Gordon, from Vize land, to promote Christian knowl, agapatam, was at Madras, in May
edge. Jast, revising the Gentoo Translation, At SURAT, the Rev. Mr. Carr, of the Gospels, and intending, if pos. besides the usual duties of the Sab sible, to print them there.
bath, keeps a school expressly for In the schools, at Madras, there the children of European soldiers,— were about 250 native, and 150 Por- a class, which very much requires tuguese and Country-born children, the attention of all, whose object it under the care of our brethren. The is to instruct those that already proRev. Messrs. Knill and Mead were fess christianity. labouring hard at the Tamul.
At BOMBAY, the Rev. Mr. Davis, At Roya-Pettah, the Rev. Mr. has commenced a course of lectures, Render has, under his charge, 160 on our Lord's sermon on the mount; children.
and has opened his own house for preaching, on the Thursday evenings.
Those who attend have manifested a For the sake of those into whose commendable spirit, in liberally conhands--- The Missionary Circular,” tributing the sum of 1,500 Rupees,
for lighting up the place of worship, also, the wives of these officers, emand other necessary expenses.
ploying their talents in writing use
ful tracts and books for children,-ROMAN CATHOLIC ZEAL.
engaging in the superintendance of It is rather remarkable, that among native schools and schools of indus. the many opulent christians in India, try,—as well as in visiting the cotand in England, so very few have as- tages of the poor, administering to pired to the honour of supporting a their bodily wants, and endeavouring Mission at their own individual ex- to conduct them to the knowledge of pense.
JESUS CHRIST. A rich Roman Catholic gentleman To persons who are anxiously obat Madras, has, it is said, sent to Goa, serving the progress of christianity in for six PRIESTS, to come and teach India, these are circumstances of no the Roman Catholic religion to the ordinary interest ; and the Minister natives.
He intends to support or Missionary, who has such useful these Priests himself. This is an ex- co-adjutors planted around him, in ample highly worthy of being imita- the scene of his labours, may truly ted by opulent Protestants in India. say-" The lines are fallen to me in
pleasant places !" BRITISA OFFICERS IN INDIA. The daily increase of pious Offi- RECENT ANNUAL MEETINGS. cers in the army in India, and the The Massachusetts Congregational truly laudable manner in which some Charitable Society held its annual of them employ their influence and meeting, on Monday, 25th May, at talents, are things calculated to af. 11 o'clock, A. M. at the Vestry of ford pleasure of the most refined na- the First Church, Chauncy-Place. ture to the lovers of truth. In the Officers rechosen, with the exceparmy, the cold sneer of infidelity, is tion of Levi Hedge, Esq. Secretary, now seldom met with ; and not a in the room of the Rev. Dr. McKean, few in it are the warm and judicious deceased. friends of the Gospel. Many of them Hon. Peter C. Brooks was elected being persons of liberal education, a member of the Society in the place and well acquainted with the langua: of the Hon. Judge Wendell, and the ges of India, are capable of rendering Rev. John Pierce instead of Rer, great service to the cause of chris- Dr. McKean. tianity. By letters from various quarters, it appears that some engage Tuesday 26th May, at 3 o'clock in in translating parts of the Holy Scrip- the afternoon, the Society for promo. tures others in correcting and revi- ring Christian knowledge, piety and sing former Versions. Some assist in charity held its eleventh annual meet. superintending the education of na- ing at Chauncy-Place. The Rer. tive children others liberally con- Jacob Flint, of Cohasset, delivered a tribute to their support. Some il discourse on Moral Freedom, from lustrate the history and customs of Isaiah lxi. 1. - The spirit of the Lord the countries around them by their God is upon me,” &c. A collection writings, and thus furnish a collateral was then taken. Officers chosen auxiliary to the spread of divine for the present year :-Rev. W.F. knowledge ;-others encourage the Channing, Rev. Dr. Bancroft, Rev. instruction of the children of Europe. Joseph Allen, Rev. N. L. Frothingan soldiers. Some take the lead in ham, Rev. J. Tuckerman, Dea. SanıBible Associations ;-mothers have sev- uel May, Rev.John White, Rev. Dr. eral schools, taught under their own Harris, Trustees Mr. Elisha Clar, personal inspection, and supported Treasurer. solely by themselves and their families; there is one instance in which In the evening, the nineteenth anthrée schools, containing 300 chilo niversary discourse was delivered be. dren, are superintended by an Eng- fore the Massachusetts Missionary lish Officer !We cannot but ob- Society by the Rev. Ebenezer Porter, serve, with delight, the pious LADIES D.D. Bartlet Professor of Sacred