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select authors, thus increasing the" ises of the Bible, he was gradually stock of intellectual acquirement;-to brought to the knowledge of Christ, a critical acquaintance with them and was enabled at length "to rejoice he cultivated a fine taste for polite in God his Savior, and to have no and elegant literature: exploring the confidence in the flesh." His worthy delightsome fields of science, and ailendant prayed by his side, when culling liberally Wher
choicest the interesting youth 'rose on his sweets," he took a wide and ex. knees in bed, and earnestly poured tensive range. He was intimately forth all the energies of his soul, that acquainted with ancient and modern he might find "acceptance in the history, which appears to have been Beloved," that He, who fell compashis favorite pursuit, and it may not sion for the guilty thief on the cross, be improper to mention, that, in the would also have compassion on bim, acquisition of geographical knowl.
remove bis load of sin, and receive edge, being blessed with a strong his soul. He observed to the minisand retentive memory, he perhaps ter that he still apprehended he should stood unrivalled by any of his con- be lost; but that if he could only ob. temporaries.
tain a slight manifestation, or token, His mind was richly fraught with that his prayers were graciously an. useful instruction, and he promised swered, he should die happy. He to become an ornament to the bar, proposed that another pra er might the profession of his choice.
be offered up, during which a more During the severe and trying indisa bright and glorious prospect opened position with which he was utilicied,' upon his astonished view, and lie was such was his calmness, fortitude, and
enabled to cry out, in the full assurresignation, that no impatience, com- ance of faith, blessed be God, he hath plaint, or even murmur was head 10
given me the glorious manifestation escape from him. Comparatively tew that I so ardently desired; my sins indeed are the number, who, in leave are all pardoned; I have found Christ ing this vale of tears have experienced precious to my soul; O "He is all my greater man festations of the Divine salvation, and all my desire," "He is presence and support, than he was
the chiefest among ten thousand, and enabled to evince, in his last mo. altogether lovely." I have it here, ments. When, in answer !0 his laying his hand upon his breası; there request to be informed of his real
was the charter to his "heavenly insituation, it was announced that no
hieritance." Observing his mother to hopes were entertained of his recor.
be deeply affected-he stretched forth ery; and he was convinced that the his hand which she clasped in her term of his dissolution was fast ap
own, and, with a sweer and expresproaching, be said with some emo- sive smile which strongly pourtrayed tion, and must I die! then farewell in his countenance the tranquillity of world, and all earthly enjoymenis. his soul, addressed her; "Why weep. Would that I could say, welcome mother, when I experience such con. death. His only desire was to obtain solation and hope; am so completely an interest in Jesus Christ, and thus lappy, and am winging my speedy find reconciliation with his God. He flight to tlie arms of my blessed Je acknowledged himself a great sinner; sus?” These, my dear son, are tears was brought to see his lost and un
of joy, she replied, because God has done condition by nature and his need dealt so graciously with you. Then of a blessed Mediator; expressing pain. weep on, my dear affectionare molber, ful doubts that his sins could not be such tears should surely be indulged, pardoned. But from the consoling but see that you grieve not. He took conversation of a pious minister who leave of his weeping family, and visited him by his own particular de friends, with the utmost composure, sire, and which was maintained addressing each in the most soleme ihroughout in a mild, persuasive, and and impressive manner, declaring, engaging manner, by adducing appro- that there could be no happiness with. priate textsof Scripture suitable to the out religion, recommending them state of his mind, and exposing to his most urgently to seek "the one thing view the calls, invitations, and prom. needful,” and then folding his hands upon his breast, most fervently thank. grave where is thy victory." Death ed God, that, he had been pleased to has no longer any terrors for me, the preserve his intellectual faculties un. sting is taken away by my blessed impaired to the last period of his life; Redeemer. and had given him unspeakable hope “All--all on earth is shadow, all be. in his deaih. He shortlyaf erlquietlyre. yond signed his "soul to Him who gave it? Is substance; the reverse is Folly's in prospect of a glorious and joyful creed. resurrection, triumphantly exclaim. How solid all-Where change shall ng "O death, where is thy sting, O be no more."
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Ertract from the Report of the behavior in society, they are es.
Society for Promoting Chris- teemed to possess more probity tian Knowledge for the Year and better dispositions towards 1799.
social kindness, than any other
natives. I was surprised to see Extract of a Letter from a respecta. a man of the late Dr. Robertson's ble Gentleman in India, io the Rev. learning and research introduce Dr. Vincent, communicated to the
into his “Ancient India' a stigma public in evidence of the Utility and Importance of the Society's Mis.
on the native Christians from a sion in that Country.
book called, I think, "Sketches
of the Hindoos. One reflectiori, «With regard to the question however, naturally arises on this which has been agitated at home, error of the learned historian on the expediency of sending Why are not such accounts pub. Missionaries, (a question highly lished of the state of Christianity disgraceful to its opposers) it in India, as would have shewn may be sufficient to know that the truth? Such accounts could the native Protestant converts, only come from residents in Inare, when compared with a like dia acquainted with the language number of other natives, the of the country, and who had paid most orderly and respectable some attention to the subject, class in the country. Their num- with a view to publication. The ber is very considerable; I should annual proceedings of the Socithink about three thousand. That ety at home shew by the corresthey consist of the lower or Pa. pondence of the Missionaries, the riar cast is a vulgar error; and present state of the Mission: but instead of being, as is often as. I do not find any where a collectserted, despised and contemplu, ed statement of the numbers, &c. ously treated by their fellow na- of the native Christians actually tives they are universally re- in India. These proceedings are spected. By the latter term, I little, if ai all, read by European koirld be understood to say, that gentlemen in this country; and on account of their general good when I have shewn my copy of VOL, V. New Serics.
the book to some, who ought to gentleman of very respectable have been better informed, I character and great philanthropy, found them unacquainted with it. I holding a high station in the speak particularly of the volume Company's civil service, obserywhich contains a letter from the ed to me that the Missionaries Jate Mr. Swartz to your secreta- would be of great service in ry, in reply to observations said promoting among the Company's to have been made by the late servants a knowledge of the Mr. Montgomery Campbell, on country languages; but, what is the subject of sending out Mis- the use of making converts? The sionaries, and the present state people do just as well in their of pative Christians.
present state. At this you will “You may ask five gentlemen be but little astonished when I out of six, who return from India, tell you that gentleman's relig, their opinion of the state of the ious creed; which is, that our native Christians; their reply will Savior as well as Mahomet, was probablybe,that theysee no use in a prophet or person professing the endeavors to propagateChris- that character; that as he led an tianity here; and this will be fol- exemplary life, and propagated lowed by a repetition of the com- his doctrine by persuasion, not mon-place idea, transferred from by force, he was entitled to the one to another without examina- highesi respect; whereas Ma. tion, "What can a black fellow homet was a blood-thirsty enthu. know about Christianity?' I have siast, and deserved abhorrence; heard one gentleman, acquainted but as to any portion of divinity with the Malabar, (Tamulian,) attaching to our Savior's characturn into ridicule the Malabar ter, he could not conceive it. questions and answers of the “This I assure you, my dear catechism, &c., and assert that Sir, is a true representation of no native knew any thing more that gentleman's religious te. than the mere routine of answer nets; and let me add, that we ing by l'ote, like a parrot. Now find here but few who give I am perfectly certain, that this themselves the trouble of going gentleman spoke entirely at ran- into the subject of Christianity, dom, and that he never had taken What they possess, in general the trouble, though he so well arises from good impressions possessed the means from his given them before they arrive in knowledge of Malabar, to exam. India, by their parents or schooline the subject: another thing is, masters; but, as before the age that he himself knows less of of sixteen years those impres. Christianity than the very people sions can rarely be founded on a whom he ridiculed. It is from due examination into the subject this sort of cant and jargon of and its proofs, such impressions, ignorance and indifference, that losing the support of those who false ideas respecting the native first gave them, and receiving converts have been instilled into no aid from an effectual study of the minds of many at home: they proper authorities, gradually wa. also confound as
one and the ver and fall. same thing, Protestant and Ro- “In such a state of society, (I man Catholic converts. Another would be understood to speak