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Various Auxiliary Societies, Female, and other minor Associations, have been formed in different parts of the British Empire; one of which is at Calcutta in the East Indies; and a Ladies' Association has also been formed at Boston, North America. Last year this Society expended about £6359 in this cause. About eighty Jewish children are receiving Christian education. Nearly two hundred have passed through their schools. Lectures are regularly delivered to Christians, pointing out their obligations to Jews; and others are preached to Jews, to prove the Messiahship of Jesus. An Episcopal Chapel has been built for converted Jews and others, and one is about to be opened at Amsterdam in Holland for the same purposes. The whole NewTestament has been translated into pure Hebrew, and printed by the Society's press. A number of copies have been circulated among Jews at home and abroad; and a second
edition is called for, the first being nearly exhausted. Tracts in several languages have been printed, and distributed in some instances with good effect. The Church Liturgy is about te be translated into Hebrew. A monthly work, the Jewish Expositor, is published for the benefit of Christians and Jews. A Committee visits and relieves poor and distressed Jews at their own habitations, and the Printing-Office gives employ to converts. Many Jews have actually embraced Christianity, and some have died in the faith; and a spirit of religious enquiry is excited in England and in foreign countries. Three adult Jews, and thirty-nine children were baptized last year in London. Some young men are educating as Missionaries; one of whom, the Rev. B. N. Solomon, a converted and ordained rabbi, is now, in company with the Rev. L. Way, on a journey of research among the Jews. They have travelled several thousand miles thro? Holland, Prussia, Poland, and Russia, and are now in the Crimea. This journey will prepare the way for missions to this long-neglected people abroad. The emperor of Russia and others patronize this good cause, and at home it is promoted by high and low, rich and poor.
This Society comprises the chief designs of Bible, Missionary, Tract, and other benevolent Institutions. Every person, who collects 18. per week for it, will receive, on application to the Secretaries of the Parent Society, or of any of its Associations, a copy of the Jewish Expositor every month; one of these Records every half year, and one of the Reports once a year. Other ways of aiding this cause, are, by Ladies endeavoring to place out the girls in service or business; by pious tradesmen taking Jewish boys as apprentices, and by Societies or individuals giving employment to the printing-press.
The following extract of a letter from the Rev. N. Solomon shews what reason there is to hope that a door is opening for him to preach the gospel of salvation to his brethren in Poland.
"I am happy to tell you that what we have witnessed amongst the Jews
during our abode in Poland has exceeded all my expectation, and in some instances, quite overwhelmed me with astonishment. Their old prejudices against the very name of Jesus, which have so long darkened their minds, and have been a bar against all enquiry and reasoning, are now marvellously dispersed, and they are inclined and even desirous to speak about the Christian religion with every possible freedom. It was truly pleasing to see the avidity with which they received the Hebrew Testament from our hands, and the thirst which they uniformly manifested to know its contents. Wherever one was granted them, numbers of Jews were immediately after seen in the streets in rings and one of them reading it aloud. Where we remained awhile, they used to surround me in the market places, or come to the inn in numbers, asking explanations of some passages or making objections to others. All were patient for an answer, and whilst sometimes a person stood up against it, others at the same time heard gladly and even manifested joy in their countenances at what I had to say to them of Christ and his Gospel.
"At Minsk above Two HUNDRED of the most respectable and learned Jews in the town assembled, to hear me speak to them on religion, at a few hours' notice. I assure you the sight of that assembly struck me so much at my entrance into the room, that I was, thank God, able to speak to them in a manner which I would perhaps otherwise not have done, and the whole inspired me with greater hopes of success among them than I had ever entertained before.
"Surely the time is approaching, when the Lord will have mercy upon Zion, and will yet choose Jerusalem, and make her a praise in the earth."
PORTLAND FEMALE CHARITABLE SOCIETY.
The Female Charitable Society of Portland, Me. celebrated their seventh anniversary last week; on which occasion a Sermon was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Ten Broeck, at the Episcopalian Church, and a Contribution taken to aid their funds.
Their Report states the receipts the past year to be $190 42, and observes,
With this sum, together with a few articles from individuals, they have assisted 68 families by distributing 129 garments, which have been thankfully received-20 sick families have been rendered comfortable, by the loaning of bedding and clothes. The school under the care of the society, has consisted of 58 girls, though not more than 35 of that number have generally attended. In the selection of scholars, the most wretched and deplorable objects possible are sought for, and those who have the least advantage in any way at home, compose the greater part of the school; but with justice, they may be commended for their obedience, good behaviour, and industry.-Nine hundred and eight verses from the Bible, with a number of hymns, have been recited by one child-103 articles of clothing have been made, and 158 yards of various kinds of cloth hemmed-five pair of stockings, and several pair of suspenders, have likewise been knit. Thus, they confidently hope, if in no other way good has been done, these children are in some little degree benefitted, and in some measure prepared to make good members of society; the seed sown is imperishable, being the word of God, and may hereafter produce a glorious harvest; "it cannot return void, but must accomplish that which He pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing where unto it is sent."
PORTSMOUTH PEACE SOCIETY.
THE agreeable intelligence has just been received that a Peace Society has been formed at Portsmouth, N. H. consisting of eighteen respectable members. It takes the name of the Portsmouth Peace Society; but at a meeting of the Society, Nov. 19th, a vote was passed "that this Society be Auxiliary to the Massachusetts Peace Society and subject to its regulations." The officers are
Joseph Haven, Esq. President. John W. Foster, Secretary. The Massachusetts Peace Society has now six Branch or Auxiliary Societies, and in all 533 members, whose names have been reported.
On the 1st Dec. the Rev. ISAAC LEWIS was installed Pastor of the Church in Greenwich, Con. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Lewis of the same place, father of the Candidate. The interest of the occasion was greatly increased by the unusual and affecting circumstance of a Father, in the decline of life, voluntarily resigning the charge of a kind and affectionatc people, and of aiding, at the request of that people, in committing the charge to his Son!
At Newburyport, Rev. Hosea Wheeler, over the Baptist Society in that town. Ordaining clergy, Rev. Mr. Kimball, of Methuen, Rev. Mr. Bolles, of Salem; Ordaining Prayer, Rev. Mr. Keeley, of Haverhill; Charge by Rev. Dr. Baldwin, of Boston; Right Hand of Fellowship of the Churches, Rev. Mr. Ellis of Exeter; Concluding Prayer by Rev. Mr. Convers, of Rowley.
Died in Boston, Mrs. Sarah Learnard, aged 72.
Mr. Joseph Roby aged 70.
Mrs. Hannah Austin, wife of Hon. Jona. L. Austin, aged 62.
Mrs. Sally Parkman, wife of Rev. F. Parkman, aged 27.
Mrs. Dorcas, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Pierce, aged 86.
Mrs. Abigail, wife of Mr. George Bender, aged 64.
In Lynn, Mrs. Lucretia Bourne Orne, widow of the late Mr. Joshua O. of Marblehead, aged 60.
In Plymouth, Mr. George Morton, aged 59.
In Portsmouth, Capt. Peter Cowes, aged 86.
In Hardwick, Mr. Moses Page, aged 52.
At Roxbury, Capt. J. Payson, aged 80.
At Brighton, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, wife of Mr. Aaron Fuller, aged 33.-Widow Abigail Baker, aged 71.
At Dorchester, Dr. P. Holden, aged 76.
In Providence, Martin Scamers, Esq. aged 83.
In Litchfield, Con. Reuben Dickenson, aged 103.
In Camden, S. C. Major G. R. Drake, aged 45.
In Worcester, Mrs. Mary Thomas, wife of Isaiah Thomas, Esq.
In Brookline, Gen. J. S. Gardner, aged 60.
In North Brookfield, Mr. David Watson, aged 64.
In Dunbarton, N. H. Mrs. Elizabeth, relict of Mr. Samuel Evans, late of Leominster, Mass. in the 75th year of her age.
In Lunenburg, Mr. Levi Houghton, aged 82.
In Sutton, widow Elizabeth Chase, aged 65.
In New-York, Mr. Solomon Wheeler, aged 73, a native of Massachusetts.