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gods, as they have been accustomed to asked them, if they had duly reflected do, they felt very great uneasiness, as if what was required of a disciple of Jesus; they were committing sin. Another that Christ does not promise his followtime, they spoke as follows: • We have ers earthly happiness and honours, but been zealous followers of the doctrines rather reproach among men; and that of Shakdshamuni, and bave studied the he calls those blessed who, for his sake, books containing them attentively, but willingly and gladly submit to unme. the more we studied, the more obscure rited reproach. I reminded them, fure they appeared to us, and our hearts re- ther, that this step would cause great mained empty. But, in perusing the sensation among their friends, and pere doctrines of Jesus, we observe the re. haps give much offence : I begged them, verse: for the more we meditate on his therefore, to examine themselves, as in words, the more intelligible they be the presence of Jesus, whether they come; and, at length, it appears as if were free from every thing that might Jesus himself were talking with us.' prevent their becoming his entire pro. Many speeches of this kind, all bearing perty; for that he, who, in order to retestimony to that life among the dead, deen fallen man, in mercy offered himof which our Saviour speaks, John, v. self as a sacrifice once for ever, and 25, occurred during my conversations who thereby purchased us unto himself with these men.
It would be taking up by his bitter sufferings, blood-sheddivg, too much time to enumerate them all. and death, could not accept a heart de
" I had frequently remarked, that voted half to him, and half to sin and there seemed to be something upon their the world. The worst of all would be, minds, which they were on the point of if, after having become members of disclosing; but that they always suddenly Christ's family by baptism, they should checked themselves, and entered upon again choose to return to the old way; other subjects. A short time ago, they either on account of persecution and brought me their translation of the 21st, affliction, or out of levity and indif22d, and 23d chapters of St. Matthew. ference. After we had completed the revision They replied, that they had well and correction of these chapters, they considered these things, and that the were, contrary to custom, quite silent; words of Jesus himself, on this subject, for, in general, they had various ques- had caused them no small anxiety and tions to propose, and required many ex. struggle. They mentioned, particularly, planations. At length I broke silence, the parable of the sower, and the differby saying, 'Well, my friends, what have ent kinds of ground upon which the you to say to me to-day ? Upon this, seed fell; also the words of Jesns, Matt. the elder of the two, after an evident X. 37, 38; likewise our Saviour's address conflict with himself, expressed himself to the youth, who would first go and thus : • We have lived in ignorance, and bury his rather—Let the dead bury their have been led by blind guides. We dead : further, wliat he says of himself, have followed the precepts of Shakdsha. The fores have holes, and the birds of the muni (the Fo of the Chinese) without air have nests, fc. But they declared, fnding rest. By God's mercy, we have that it was their firm determination to been chosen to translate the Gospel of be followers of Jesus, and to share in his Son into our language; and, for this his reproach, if that were their lot; end, have been brought into connexion though they, at the same time, did not with you. You have illustrated the deny their wish, that such trials might things unintelligible to our darkened not befal them too soon, on account of minds, in a direct and satisfactory man. their weakness in the faith. They said, ner. We acknowledge Christ Jesus to the esteem in which they were held by be our God and Saviour, and are deter- their friends, and their influence, were mined to know none other : we have, considerable ; and that it was their sintherefore, made a resolution to leave cere desire, that many of their nation, our former superstitions, and to adopt being convinced, like themselves, of tha the Christian faith. What advice would truth of the Gospel, might turn to Jesus : you give us?'. The younger Saisang that they did not intend, as yet, to in. confirmed all the elder had said, as ex- form their friends of the change that had pressing bis own sentiments.
taken place with them; in order to pre“ This address was quite unexpected vent, as much as possible, all mistakes to me. I answered, that I certainly ap- and prejudices during their absence: for proved their determination, considering that their nation imagined, that, as soon it as wrought in them by the Holy Spirit, as they became Christians, they must through the Gospel, and as demonstra- become Russians (of which both they ting the power of that Gospel: but I and the Calinucs have great borror):
that this idea was dreadful even to cious. The harvest in the immense re. They, personally; for they did not gions of the Russian empire is truly wish to forfeit their nationality. They great, but few, very few, are the latherefore hoped, that the Emperor would bourers. Surely the fervour which fills grant to thein, and to all who might be my soul, while I am writing this, will converted, liberty as to their manner of likewise inspire those who read the life, so far as is consistent with the pre- Report. cepts of the Gospel; and, more espe
I. J. SCHMIDT. cially, that faithful teachers might be
Feb. 23, sent to their nation, to point out to them the truth, and to guide them in the way of salvation.
“ I approved their plan; but begged them to be quite passive, and to take no. steps on their part; but merely to state INTELLIGENCE RESPECTING their ideas candidly to me, knowing that
The Rev. Deocar Schmid, a mishave employed among their nation, measures would be taken to procure sionary from the Church Missionary them : but that they should not forget Society, in a late communication, dated to apply, in all their concerns, to Him, Madras, October 8, 1817, has mentioned who loved them far more than men
a conversation he lately had with an could love them; who had begun the Armenian Bishop, froin Jerusalem. Afgood work in them, and would complete ter stating a few particulars respecting it, if they only ubeyed his voice in all
the present state of Jerusalem, he obo things; and who would find means to re
serves :-" But by far the most remark. move all external difficulties, if it were
able thing which I heard is, that there his will.
is a number of about 80,000 persons in * After this, I had two or three conver
Persia, called Sophis, who, about ten or sations with them, in which we spoke on
twelve years ago, openly renounced Maseveral of the principal points of the homedanism, abolished circumcision, Christian faith. These conversations
established separate places of worship, gave them great pleasure: but they in and adopted a peculiar dress to distino quired, why I bad not told them all this guish themselves from Mahomedans.
I answered, 'You are, as yet, They are said to speak highly of Christ; but babes in Christ; and, with such, the
to revere the scriptures; and, on the pure milk of the Gospel agrees best: as
whole, as the Vicar expressed it, “to you grow in grace, you will be able to come into the Christian way. They bear strong meat, and will also receive would receive copies of the Bible, and it. But always recollect our Saviour's especially of the New Testament, with significant words—Except ye be converted, the greatest joy and gratitude; and and become as little children, ye shall not
would support with the greatest zeal all enter the kingdom of heaven. All of us, attempts to enlighten the Persian nation. without exception, have frequent occa
They have their most learned teachers sion to become as little children again: 1 in Shiraz. They have a book in the if we neglect doing this, we may indeed
Persian language containing their relibecome learned divines, but we lose the gious principles, which the Vicar prospirit of the Bible, which reveals unto
mised to procure me for my perusal. us our insufficiency and defects, and di.
" Are these not wonderful accounts ? rects us to Jesus. You would thus be Are these not mighty calls to be diligent in danger of becoming such men as you in the work of the Lord ?" have found the Pharisees and Scribes of old to have been, and now know a great number of your own Lamas to be, in your own country.
BAPTIST MISSION. “ I conclude my Report with that fervent wish, that this nation, and especially these two awakened Saisangs, may be an object of the serious deliberations
Tre Committee of the Baptist Mise of the Elders' Conference of the Unity, sionary Society, insert the following exas well as of the prayers of all my bre.
tract of a letter from their Serampore thren and sisters, to whom the exten- brethren, in compliance with their ear. sion of the Redeemer's kingdom is pre- nest request. Of the report alluded to,
the Committee was not aware, before myself, worship God together every this communication came to hand, morning and evening, in their cabin.
It is an honourable fact, that the mis- We frequently pray for the many dear sionaries have generously assisted their friends whom we have left, and hope indigent relatives in this country; but that we are not forgotten by them. On this has ever been wholly and solely the Saturday after we sailed, it was profrom the produce of their own labour, posed to the captain, that we should and not from the funds of the Society. have public worship on the Lord's day,
when the weather would permit. OA “ We have been given to understand, the third Sabbath we assembled on the that reports have unhappily prevailed deck, under the awning, when I adin England, that our relatives enjoy re- dressed them and Mr. Sutton yesterday. gular allowances from the money col. They were, upon the whole, serious and lected by the Society, and that no small attentive. degree of uneasiness has existed on this account in the minds of those who con- January 26, 1818. --Since the above tribute to the mission. We are sure you date, we have accomplished the greater will concur with us in the opinion, that part of our voyage, and are this morning. nothing could be more injurious to our at five o'clock, nearly alongside a homecredit as a body, or more distressing to ward-bound East Indiaman, by whom, if our individual feelings, than the circu- the weather permit, we shall send letters. lation of such a suspicion. We, there- to our friends. Yesterday, at twelve fore, earnestly intreat you to take the o'clock, we were, by observation, in most effectual measures for contradict- south lat. 13. 36. east long, 86. 34. ing so unfounded a report ; and we We had been perunitted to preach only would farther solicit you to indulge us, four times, when the seamen testified hy inserting in your printed Reports a considerable unwillingness to attend; correct statement of the fact, that your on which account the captain declined explanation may extend as far as the continuing the public services. The report has prevailed."
word of the Lord, however, if it has not a free course, is and will be glorified. I subjoin an extract from my Diary of
yesterday, being Lord's day-Rose this Extracts of a Letter from Mr. William morning at five, and saw the sun rise ; Adam, to Friend in England. but enjoyed greater pleasure in observe
ing, what I hope, under the continued « At sea, Nov. 1817. operations of the Spirit, will ultimately “As we expect soon to meet with some
appear to be the dawning of the Sun of homeward-bound India ships, I will righteousness on the mind of one of the embrace the opportunity of sending you has been irregular and rebellious; con
boys. Although yet young, his past life a few lines. I have been much troubled victions of sin, however, have of late with sickness, and the heat has been so
begun to force themselves on his mind oppressive, that if I always experience he reads the Biblem-prays and listenas much exhaustion and lassitude as Ied, with apparent seriousuess and conhave done some days past, I fear I shall
cern, when I this morning attempted to never be an active and zealous missionary. The captain and officers are in explain to him his real condition in the general respectful and obliging; but all sight of God, the character of the Sarja
our, and the nature and design of his the ship's 'company are deplorably is work. May God work, and none shall norant on the subject of religion, and let. I have had also of late several most thoroughly imbued with the spirit conversations with one of the officers; of the world. Many of them, though but he is stout-hearted, and far from not all, are addicted to the use of pro; righteousness, fane and intemperate language; and
If the winds are at all favourable, occasionally to the abuse of spirituous
we expect to reach Saugur Island in the liquors. Since I came on board I have been excited to earnest prayer on their have followed us all our voyage. We
course of a month. Goodness and mercy behalf, and feel very desirous to be use.
have had a few fresh breezes, but not a ful to their souls. May God bless our
single gale of wind. weak attempts, and hear ur imperfect prayers. Mr. and Mrs. Sution, and
Domestic Religious Jntelligence.
BAPTIST MISSION. specting the state of the negroes, in Ja
maica; and mentioned, that Mr. Coul.
tart's visit to England was not merely for On Thursday, July 30, a public meet the recovery of his health. This, through ing was held, at the Baptist Meeting the kindness of Providence, had been, in house, Badcox lane, Frome, for the pur- some measure, attained ; but, ere he repose of setting apart Messrs. Christopher turned to Jamaica, he was exceedingly Kitching, and Thomas Godden; as mis desirous of assistance, towards erecting sionaries to Jamaica.
a chapel in the city of Kingston, for his A number of friends having collected numerous and increasing biack congrefroin the surrounding country, early in gation. In concluding, Mr. Saffery call. the day, there was a service at 11, A. M.
ed on Mt. Kitehing, to give some account when Mr. Saffery, of Salisbury, delivered of the manner in which he had been led a serious and appropriate discourse, to devote himself to the service of Christ, founded on Luke, xiii. 28, 29, 30, “ There as a Missionary ; and, to mention what shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, those doctrines were, on which he meant when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, to insist, in the course of his future minisand Jacob, and all the prophets, in the try; These questions were subsequently kingdom of God, and you yourselves addressed to Mr. Godden, and were an. thrust out. And they shall come from swered by each, in a manner highly sa. the east, and from the west, ånd from the tisfactory to the numerous congregation. north, and from the south, and shall sit Mr. Kitching, it appeared, had been down in the kingdom of God. And, be- reclaimed from a course of vice and folly, hold, there are last which shall be first, through the instrumentality of a worthy and there are first which shall be last.”. minister of the Independent denominaFrom this interesting passage, the tion, in the north of England. Under preacher took occasion to remark, the the auspices of this valuable friend, he stability of the kingdom of Christ, not- was preparing to enter into connection withstanding all opposition--the vast in. with the London Missionary Society, créase which it should ultimately receive when his attention was arrested, by the - and the solid happiness enjoyed by all account given in the Evangelical Nagaits faithfol subjects. He concluded by ob- zine, of the alteration of sentiment, in serving, that the language of the text was Messrs. Judson and Rice, on the subject calculated to check presumption-- to of Believers' Baptism. This induced him counteract a spirit of despondency-and to pause, and finally, he was led to adopt encourage exertion, in the cause of the same views; soon after which, he of Christ. Prayer was offered, before ser
fered himself to the Baptist Missionary mon, by Mr. Dyer, of Reading; and, at Society, and was sent to Bradford Aca. the close, by Mr. March, of Frome. demy, where he has been, for a consider.
The evening service began at half-past able time, pursuing his studies under the fire, and at that early hour, this spacious direction of Dr. Steadman. place of worship was completely filled. Mr. Godden stated, that, early in life, After singing “O'er the gloomy hills of he had entered into the royal navy, and darkness," Mr. James Coultart, lately for several years experienced the usual compelled by ill health to leave Jamaica, vicissitudes attending that profession. for a season, read the scriptures, and en- His career was terininated, by a captivity gaged in prayer. Mr. Saffery introduc-of eight years duration, ať Arras, in ed the special business of the evening, France, where he sustained great hardby noticing the obligations of Christians, ships, and saw many brave companions to propagate the gospel, and the general around him, sink under the pressure of inattention to this duty, which prevailed their sufferings. Here, however, it for ages. This led him to glance at the pleased Him, who is wonderful in counmissionary exertions, which have distin- sel, and excellent in working, to deliver guished the present day, and to apprize him from a get more degrading captivity, the audience of the immediate sphere, and in the best sense, to make bim free which the Missionaries before them were ipdeed. This joyful change was effectintended to occupy.
Here, he intro- ed, by means of a fellow-prisoner, who duced various interesting particulars, re
was accustomed to speak to them the
words of salvation. Released, at length, suggested to his younger brethren, that hy the conclusion of the war, he return- the words contained a striking picture of ed to his own country, united himself to the difficulties to which they were expos. the Baptist church, at Newbury, and was ed, and the dangers they would have to soon after called by them to the work of encounter-an express reference to the the ministry.
authority under which they acted-and At the close of Mr. Godden's address, suitable admonition, as to the course they the ordination prayer was offered, with were to adopt, in prosecuting the labours much solemnity and pathos, by Mr. of their office. Under each of these Saunders, the minister of the place; and heads, much judicious advice was offered, Dr. Ryland proceeded to give the charge, in a manner truly paternal; and, at the from the words of our Lord, to his dis- close of his discourse, the Dr. earnestly ciples, recorded in Matt. X. 16, “Behold, besought the friends of Christ present, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of to aid the missionaries, by their prayers, wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, in the arduous undertaking, to which and harmless as doves.” After briefly they were now devoted. adverting to the history of the text, the Mr. Tidman, an Independent minister, Dr. remarked, how difficult it would be lately removed from Salisbury to Frome, to reconcile such language as this, with closed the highly interesting service, in the denial of original depravity; and then I prayer.
Account of Monies received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary
Society, from May 1, to August 1, 1818; not including Individual Subscriptions.
FOR THE MISSION.
£ s. d. Rugby, Female Penny-a-Weck Society, by the Rev. E. Fall
10 10 0 Plymouth and Dock Auxiliary Society, by William Prance, Esq..... 50 0 0 Birmingham, Cannon-street Auxiliary Society £ 103 18 @
149 19 101 Collection
46 Bond-street Auxiliary Society...
27 17 5 Sution in the Elms, Collection, by the Rev. E. Burdett
20 0 0 Foxton, Mr. Sturges, and Friends
2 0 Legacy of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, late of Leicester, by Messrs. Yates and Carrye, Executors
40 Liverpool, Subscriptions and Donations at, by W. Hope, Esq.
56 Tewkesbury, Collection and Subscriptions, by Mr. S. Jones
41 2 A Friend, by the Rev. Mr. Trotman
0 Melksbam, Subscriptions and Collection, by the Rev. Dr. Ryland 6 18 Aberdeen Auxiliary Society (including its Branch at Foggie-lane,
20 0 0
3 2 3 Batb, collected after two sermons, by the Rev. R. Hall, and Rev. Thomas Roberts
0 10 Buckinghamshire Auxiliary Society, by the Rev. W. Groser, Junior 60 0 0 Henly-on-Thames, Society in aid of Missions, by the Rev. J. N. Goulty 10 10 0 Westbury Leigh, Collection and Subscriptions
17 4 0 Earl's Barton,
by Mr. S. Deacon.. 8 5 Weston, Northamptonshire, ditio, ...... by the Rev. Mr. Clark 12 0 0 Northampton, small Society at
24 0 Taunton Collection and Subscriptions, by the Rev. R. Horsey
6 15 6 Bridgewater, ditto, at a Monthly Prayer Meeting, by Rev. Mr. Viney 2 5 Bradnioch, dillo, at ..... ditto..... by Rev. C. Sharp
1 19 0 Miudleton Cheney, by the Rev. R. Davis .....
0 17.0 Anquis, for the Baptist Mission, by the Rev. Joseph Ivimey
0 10 6 Ilford, Missionary Society, by tbe Rev. Mr. Smith
32 0 Friend, a Donation, by the Rev. J Phillips, Clapham
10 Legacy of the late Mr Joseph Urry, by Mrs. Walker
6 Pen.y a-Week Society, at Totilebank, Lancashire, by Mr. Harbottle
0 jat Broumley. Northumberland, by Mr. Rowell 6 5 0 Newcastie, Friends at, by the Rev. R. Pengilly
12 15 6