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will itch ; and they are so weak, will yet be listened to in England.' that they have not so much power God grant that it may be so ! - and as to shew me their tongue out of I trust' it will. They would not their mouth!
change their septiments, if they • If every thing in the hospitals heard all the blessings that are iii. were the reverse of what it is, they voked on them from Heaven, and would be useful. In Their present
saw the tears of gratitude that state, people may die in them, but sparkle forth their praise, and can with difficulty recover their whereof I am a daily witness ! health, si
For Dr. Domeier, the English
physician, necessary steps have heen Extract of a Letler from the Rep. taken by our government, He will
Mr. Largus, Stockholm, dated be welcome wherever he goes; and
he is longed for everywhere,
God Your letters of the 8d, 7th, and grant that the corn for seed, which
your Committee so kindly have sent, 14th of March, are duly come to hand; the last of them contaming rangements are taking for the gra.
may also come safe. Proper aran order for £500 ; wbich sum has
tuitous distribution of it among the already been drawn for, and added poorest of the peasantry; and may to our funds.
the fields that British charity thus To-day I received yours of the 21st and 281h of March. I feel a
sows, be protected by Him who goheavenly bliss in being Member of ful reaper may, in the day of har:
verns the seasons, so that the gratea Committee, whose sole object is to alleviate the misery of distressed glad heart ! and when he clasps the
vest, sing forth his praise with a humanity; and, blessed be they ripe burden in his lifted arms, bless through whose means I have been
those who pressed him, though a called to this sacred office! O, that the changes that have taken place
stranger, to their friendly bosoms!' here, may not change their senti- *** The smallest Donations are ments towards our poor destitute thankfully received by Mess. Hardbrethren! You gladden my heart castle and Reyner, Treasurers, Old in one of your former letters, when Swan Stairs ;'J. Butterworth, 43, you say, “Let politics' he what they Fleet Street; and Mess. Coutts and may, the cries of a suffering world Co. Bankers, Strand.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY,
MAY 10, 11, AND 12, 1809. We have once more the pleasure of communicating to our numar. ous readers a particular Account of the Meetings of the Missionary $ociety,
Meetings which gladdened the hearts of thousands, and evkindled vew zeal in the glorious cause of propagating the gospel among the Heathen !
We shall heg leave to introduce our narration, by a delightful paragraph from the first sermon preached on this occasion :- It is the honour of the Christians of the present day, that their zeal has opened innumerable channels for itself, which did not oceur to our fathers, or occurred only as objects of desire ; and that the new streams in which it flows have deepened as well as widened, and continue to roll with increasing rapidity in their progress towards futurity. Although we fall short of some former generations of Christians in solidity of Scripture-knowledge, and perhaps also in individual eminence in grace,-yet i dare not, on the whole, say, that the “ former days were better than these.' Christians have learned not only to conceive noble plans for extending and perpetuating the Re-: deemer's tame, but to combine their exertions, in order to carry them into
practice. The union of hearts, and purses and kands, have rendered that practicable ; for which solitary efferts would ha ful been totally inadequate. How would it have gladdened the hearts of our pious ancestors to have wil nessed what (thro' divine mercy) our eyes have seen! May I add, with what inexpressible delight must they (looking down from their thrones) behold the activity which at present prevails among the friends of Jesus furthe propagation of his name !. Some calling forth the strength of their own religious denoinination, and others uniting the exertions of all the lovers of Christ, overlooking, in their zenl for the great object, their petty quarrels and minuter differences of sentiment; rivalling, but not opposing one another in their zeal for our common Lord. Some directing their efforts tv one particular object or description of persons, and some to another ; but all labouring for the honour of Jesus and the salvation of souls ; some attending to the interests of the gospel at home; and others stretching their views and their arin to the ulteriost parts of the earth. Schools erected in all quarters for the religious education of the young asylums for the reformation of the abandoned, and places of worship for dispensing the ordinances of the gospel io lhe poor ; the rude inhabitants of the villages enlightened, and the wild mountaineers tamed, by the communication and influence of evangelical knowledge; und the Jewish sirap ger within our gates, neglected till now and despised, receiving our cominieration and aid !
Societies formed, funds collected, and prayers daily offered up for all the inhabitants of the world. In a word hands skilful and zealous at work, not only at home, buč in Tartary and India, to translate the Scriptures into languages which never before ex. pressed the blessed name of Jesus ; - missions sent to the frozen shores of Greenland, and to the burning sands of Africa; and faithful men devoting their lives to the service of Christ and of precious souls, on the western, aş well as on the eastern continent, among the wretched Hottentots, and in the remotest islands of the Southern Ocean.
What a glorious sighi ! Can such fire have been kindled without a live coal from the altar of God? or, Can it exhaust itself in vain, when the Seriptures are made to speak all languages, and the servants of Jesus, like the angel mentioned in the Revelation of Joha, are flying to every nation and kindred, and tongue and people, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth? Is it possible that the name of Jesus shail not in due time be made known to all the world, and continue to be remembered in all generations : These efforts are indications of the Divine intention, means which he will bless for accomplishing it, - and tokens that the days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.'
. His name shall endure for ever ; his name shall be contiaued as long as the Sun; and men shall be blessed in him ; all nations shall call him blessed.' • This shall be written for the generation to come ; and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord.'
Mr. Hill, the stated minister, commenced the public services of this anniversary, by reading the Liturgy of the Established Church, with appropriate portions of Scripture. After which, extemporary prayer was offere ed by Mr. Bowden, of Tooting. Mr. Peddie, of Edinburgh, then delivered an excellent discourse on Psalm xlv. 17. • I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shail the people praise thee for ever and ever. He directed the attention of his audience, ist, To the pro. mise in the text, -- that the name of Christ, shall be remembered in all generations; and, 2dly, To the means which God has employed, and will employ for its performance.' Under the first head, it was observed; that many names, once celebrated, have been for ages buried in oblivion; 10 vestiye; remaining of their splendid achievements or ingenious performances, but that one name survives (may it live for ever!) a name of more value than ten thousand of those which form the prominent figures
in the page of the historian ; and this survives notwithstanding all impedie ments, and the hostility of Hell and Barth. The means by which this name has been and will be preserved, were then pointed out, -The rolume of Scripture, the ordinance of preaching, - and the active exertions of the lovers of Christ,' - which paturaliy led to a recommendation of Mission
Mr. Banister, of Wareham, concluded with prayer. Mr. Hill picaded The pecuniary cause of the Society; and read an affecting passage from a letter laledy received from one of the Missionaries. The collection was liberal beyond example.
In the evening, Mr. John Clayton, junior, preached a discourse, well suited to the solemn occasic, on Isa, xxix. 8. • It shall even be as when a hungry man dreameth, and behold he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty : or as when a thirsty man dreamell, and behold be drinketh ; but he awaketh and behold he is faint, and his soul hath appetite; su shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion.'
From these words the preacher proposed, 1st, To take a view of the Church's enemics ; 2dly, To examine their expectation of success; and, 3dly, To expose their tinal overthrow. The conclusion was properly adapted to promote the great ohjects of the Missionary Institution.
Mr. Collison, of Hackney, offered up the prayer before sermon; and Mr. Geary the concluding prayer.
MOOR FIELDS. Thursday Morning. - The annual business of the Society was condact. ed at the Rev. Mr. Wall's meeting house, the former place of meeting not being sufficiently capacious; .nor, indeed, was this, great numbers, it is said, being unable to procure admission. The gradually increasing atten. tion of the religious public to the Report of the Directors, is a strong proof of the increasing interest which is taken in the progress and prosperity of the Society. The chair was occupied, as usual, by J. Hardcastle, Esq. Treasurer of thc Society. Mr. Waugh solemnly implered the Divine presence and benediction, by an introductory prayer. The original plan of the Institution was read by Mr. Plalt; and the Minutes of the last Annual Meeting by Mr. Buck: The Report, which was very copious, was read by the Secretary ; aod, we believe, proved a source of great satisfaction to the numerous assembly, who heard, with heartfelt delight, that God hath, to many poor heathens, in difforent parts of the world, granted repentance oto life. The conversion of many of the Hottentots in South Africa, and of a very considerable number of slaves in the Western world, occasioned znany thanksgivings to Gud. While the Committee withdrew to nomi. nate Directors for the following year, Dr. Collyer delivered a very ani. nating address to the Society, whose satisfaction and delight was too great to be altogether suppressed. The 133d Psalm, descriptive of the harmony which pervaded the assembly, was then sung; and Mr. Hoge Fate of 'Thrapston, concluded the pleasing solemnity with prayer.
TOTTENHAM COURT CHAPEL. This spacious place of worship was filled at so early an hour, that the service commenced soon after five, instead of six o'clock. The prayers of the church were read by Mr. Huckwell, the curate of the chapel. The prager before sermon was offered by Mr. Mark Wilks, junior, of Salisbury. Mr. Richards, one of the Ministers in the connexion of the late Lady Hon. tingdoo, and who has for several years statedly resided at Hull, preached the serinon, on Ezek. xvi. 60, &c. • Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. Then shalt thou remember thy ways; and be ashamed, when thou shalt remeire thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger,
(Sodom and Samaria) and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.'-The preacher first noticed the pleasing promise made to the Jewish nation, – that, notwithstanding their transgressions, God would remember his covenant, &c. ; 2dly, That they should painfully remember their former ways of sin and folly ; 8dly, That Jew and Gentilo shall in due time be happily united in the Christian Church ; 4lhly, That there will be the nearest relation, as well as the closest union, between them ; 5thly, That some of the unworthiest and vilest characters shall be made partakers of pardoning mercy and gospel grace; and, lastly, That all these happy effects shall be produced by a New Covenant. The improvement of the subjeet included gratitude for the covenant of grace, the encouragement it affords tó backsliders, &c. the motives it suggests to' mutual love among Christian professors, and a powerfu! incitement to the Missionary Society to ths exercise of faith, prayer, and exertion.
ST. BRIDE'S CHURCH. The use of this elegant and spacious structure was again kindly granted to the Society, by the Rev. Rector and the Officers of the parish. A very Jarge congregation was early assembled ; when the prayers were read by Mr. Jones, the Curate. The sermon was preached by Mr. Martyn, jun. Curate of Pertenhall, near Kimbolton, Huptingdonshire, The text, Psal. xcvi. 10--18. • Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth,' &c.-In discoursing on which, he considered, 1st, The nature and extent of the kingdom of God; 2dly, The duty and privilege resulting from them ; and, 3dly, The encouragement afforded by the present times. The sermon concluded with an animated exhortation lo exertion and liberality.
On Friday afternoon, the usual business was transacted at the School Room of Sion Chapel,' when thanks were veted to the Ministers who had proached the several sermons, with a request that they might be printed for the benefit of the Society; thanks also were voted to the Ministers and Gentlemen who had granted the use of their several places of worship
The Sermons, we understand, are already in the press; and, it is hoped, will be published July 1.
SION CHAPEL. The last public Meeting was held in this place, for the commemoration of the death of Him, whose glorious gospel it is the sole object of this Society to promulgate. A vast number of communicants attended ; and in consequence of some new regulations, a greater degree of regularity was preserved than on some former occasions. Mr. Bogue presided, and gave an introductory address, &c. Prayers were offered up by Mr. Hunt and Mr. Hill. Exhortations, during the service, were given by Dr. Smith, Mr. Roby, Mr. Cockin, Mr. J. Townsend, and Mr. Wilkş. The elements were distributed, and other parts of the service conducted by Messrs. Evans, Edwards, Cloutt, Breech, Hunt, Ball, T. Williams, Bannister, Da: vison, W. Hopkins, Hopkins, Griffiths, Dr. Winter, Messrs. Cobbin, Jackson, Smith, Lewis, Maslin, Raban, Sowden, W. Williams, Duon, Platt, Buck, Meffia, Dryland, Gore, Sloper, Kirkman, and Hilliard.
The following Ministers also assisted in the devotional parts of the forma er services :- Messrs. Lewis, Griffith, J. W. Perey, Smith, Cobbin, Brooksbank, Mumford, Raffles, and Hyatt.
Thus concluded the Fifteenih General Meeting of the Missionary Society, - a meeting which, we believe, afforded a high degree of gratification to the thousands who attended its various services. No abatement of Christian zeal, love, and harmony, was observable; on the contrary, the early and numerous attendance of the congregations, and especially the unparalleled liberality evinced by the collections, seem to indicate a growing concern to spread the name of Jesus to the uttermost ends of the earth.
A printed papër, giving a general statement of the various missions undertaken and supported by the Society, was distributed at all the places of worship. This not only presented a view of the multiplied engagements of the Society, and the degree of success which has attended them, but exhibited also the present condition of its funds. For the information of our Readers who were not in town, we shall here subjoin the latter part of it :A General Statement of Receipts and Disbursements, from May 1, 1808,
to May 1, 1809.
d. Amount of Collections,
Disbursements made on Subscriptions, Dona
account of the sevetions, &c.
3822 16 0 ral Missions, &c. .... 6871 15 Amount of Dividends on Stock, &c.
966 13 6
N.B. The expenditure within the past year, has exceeded the income of the Society £.2082 5s. 9d. ; part of which has been discharged.
By the Sale of Exchequer Bills, to the amount of .......€.1027 19 3 The balance remaining due to the Treasurer, May 1, 1809, is 1054 6 6
2.2082 5 9 From this statement of the accounts, is will appear that the most strenuous exertions of the friends of the Society are absolutely necessary to recruit its funds, that the future Directors may be enabled to support the Missions already established, and to commence others, in plaees to which the providence of God may direct their attention.
This representation, enforced by the Ministers at the close of their sarmons, called forth from a generons public new and unexampled efforts. The Collections were as follows:
Surry Chapel... 2.386 15 7
174 3 2
184 10 0 Sion Chapel...... 180 10 0
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. On Wednesday, May the 3d, this Society held their Fiftla Annual Meeting at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, wbich was most numerously and respectably attended. The Right Honourable Lord Teignmouth, the President, read the Report of Proceedings during the last Year. His Lordship tben delivered a brief Address, which, by its simpli. city, energy, and piety, produced a sensation throughout the whole Assembly, which no descriptiva can represent. The Bishop of Durham, in movo ing the Thanks to the President, expressed in very empbatical and impressive language the satisfaction it gave him to be connected with the Society, and to witness the happy effects with which its exertions had been attended; and Mr. Wilberforce, in seconding this Motion, as well as alterwards in moving the Thanks to the Secretaries, delivered his sentiments to the same effect with his usual eloquence and festing. After reading Extracts of Correspondents from different parts of the world, each of the se