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away from its words. The Holy Spirit, foreseeing what actually ensued, that the peculiar features of this prophecy would excite the prejudices of some, and in others, its obscurity induce neglect, judged it necessary to employ a special precaution against its falling into contempt, or oblivion.
Thus it appears, from a rapid induction of particulars, that the Bible is common property, over which there is no control; that, as all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," so it is all "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly nished for every good word and work."
(To be concluded in our next.)
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL
We last month laid before our readers, interesting Extracts of two letters received from Captain Bromley, who is bending all his efforts to establish a colony of Indians in our British settlements in Canada, (See our Magazine, p. 284, &c.) and we have just received a still more recent communication from the same Gentleman, which we have much pleasure in subjoining.
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
MY DEAR FRIEND,
towards the poor savages, that the moment they saw me, they poured out such a volley of abuse upon ine, in consequence of my attachment to the Indians, that I was obliged to travel the whole night through the woods, which brought on a fever for several days. I have also to observe that many of the dissipated Indians who cannot be prevailed on to work, appear as inveterate against me, and the good Indian Chief, and his people, as any of the whites, and would injure us were it in their power, as they have an idea that they ought to partake of the provisions and other supplies given to the more infur-dustrious Indians. This reminds me of the words of the great apostle of the Gentiles, In perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the wilderness, &c." and surely this should serve to animate me to greater fortitude, but without Christ I know I I waited on the Earl of Dalhousie, who can do nothing. On my return to Halifax received me with great kindness, and who shewed me a Letter received from Mr. Stonard, which he observed he thought very discouraging. I however told His Lordship that I was of a different opinión, and added that the Society for the propagation of the Gospel could not be supposed to favour the interference of a Romish Priest;" indeed I could not think of acting as an agent for the Society under such circumstances. I am however happy to say that the Indian Chief and his people appear resolved to act under my directions in opposition to the repeated Bulls and threats of the Priests, who are constantly thundering out their Anathemas against us, and I have the fullest conviction that the means which God has been graciously pleased to put into our hands will eventually loosen the double yoke of popery and paganism among the Indians, who are however so far enlightened as to perceive that the advice I have given them is according to truth, and profitable to themselves; indeed the Indian Chief has been repeatedly heard to say that God surely sent me to this country for the benefit of Indians, and although he has not shook off the popish yoke, yet his conversation is at times evangelical, and his moral conduct eminently exemplary. You may recollect that this was the case with my dear friend the Priest Marcelino in Spain, who wrote to the Bible Society-Pray have you heard any thing more of him? I trust if he is spared, he will become another Luther in that country, yet I have serious fears at times that he has found his way into the Inquisition; if so may Daniel's God be his keeper and preserver! I hope our friends of the Bible Society who considered a time of war an unseasonable opportunity for the circulation of the gospel on the Peninsula, are now of a different opinion, for my part
As I wish to avail myself of every opportunity of writing, I shall endeavour to forward this by a Midshipman | of the name of Latouch, the nephew of an eminent Lady of that name in the City of Dublin.
Since my last, some changes have taken place in our plans and operations in the propagation of the Gospel, which are rather interesting.
I availed myself of a fortnights vacation to pay a visit to my Indian friends, who have really done wonders, and notwithstanding the prevalent opinion of the whites, that the Indians are too degenerate to become useful members of Society, yet I am perfectly satisfied that if the neces-poor sary aid shall be afforded me, either by the government or private individuals, an extraordinary work under Divine Providence will speedily take place among these people.--They have exceeded our sanguine expectations, in the cultivation of this land since the last winter, and their crops of potatoes, &c. really appear equal, if not superior to many of the whites, and the influence of the Romish Priest is evidently decreasing.-As I was under the necessity of walking to the Indian settlement, a distance of 50 miles (instead of 45 as I before stated) I was under the necessity of calling for refreshment at a tavern at midnight, but such was the cruel animosity of the people
have thereby contracted among the Colo-
I remain yours most truly,
I always thought that God had some wise end in view in permitting the sword to be unsheathed in that country, and I sincerely hope that the seed already sown in consequence of the war will bring forth fruit abundantly.-But I am digressing. I must return to the Earl who acceeded to my wishes in allowing £25. to be laid out of the Provincial Treasury in addition to the sum voted by the House of Assembly, for the extension of a road to the Indian Settlement, and he also requested me to draw out an estimate of the sum required for the purchase of winter grain for about 20 or 25 acres of land which the Indians are preparing to receive. I am therefore of opinion that should the Societies at home condescend to grant a further supply, that in 2 or 3 years the Indians will be entirely inde- Paradise Chapel, Paradise Walk, Chelpendent of the whites, and will no lon- sea; having undergone some repairs, was ger rely on the chase for a scanty suste- re-opened for public worship on Wednesnance, which has hitherto had the effectday, the 24th September, 1817, for the of keeping them in the most brutal igno- use of the Baptist Congregation lately rance, and totally precluded the possi-assembling in Sloane-place Knightsbridge. bility of introducing the use of letters Three Sermons were preached on the among them, as their wives and children occasion; that in the Morning, by Mr. always accompany them in their excur- Ivimey of Eagle street, in the Afternoon sions, and the system hitherto adopted by by Mr. Pritchard of Keppel-street, and the Society of taking the children from that in the Evening, by Mr. Chin of Waltheir parents at an early age, and bind-worth. Messrs. Bunce, Morrison, Dunn, ing them out as apprentices to the white Elvey, Shepherd, and Clarke, engaged in people, has generally proved a curse the devotional exercises. instead of a blessing, as the vices they
Translations from Latin Poems in Dr. Watts's Lyrics.
TO MY BROTHER PROCEEDING ON A
Go, my Brother, speed thee well,
May no winds with furious sweep,
Cautious turn thy steady prow,
Fearless do thou spread thy sails,
Thou whom Ocean's waves obey,
EXCITING MY HEART TOWARDS
How long my soul wilt thou delay
Nor burst thy prison-door?
Born from this flesh a thousand foes
Aud ceaseless tumult bring:
To plunge her venom'd sting.
No pleasures on this earth appear,
Then prune thy wings and stretch them wide.
But he may cleave the sky-
NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,
ON THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.*
[From Mr. M'Lean's Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews.]
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace? For ye know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompence, saith the Lord.' And again, The Lord shall judge his people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." HEB. X. 26---31.
and despising or contemning the word of the Lord: but the apostle shews that to sin wilfully against the gospel is a more heinous sin, and deserves sorer punishment than was inflicted on those who despised Moses' law, ver. 29.
1. To "sin wilfully," does not | oaths, not wilfully, but through mean every sin which we commit fear. Matt. xxvi. 74. The expreswith the consent of our will; for sion to sin wilfully seems to refer it will be hard to mention any sin to Num. xv. 30, 31. where it is in which the will is not more or described as doing ought preless concerned. We find in scrip- sumptuously, or with an high ture many of the approved chil-hand, and as reproaching the Lord, dren of God falling into such sins as necessarily implied a consent of the will for the time; yet they are not said to sin (exovos) wilfully. Paul was a blasphemer of Christ, and compelled others to blaspheme him; he was a persecutor and injurious, breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, Acts ix. 1. xxvi. 10, 11. 1 Tim. i. 13. Yet it is not said that he did this wilfully, but ignorantly, in unbelief. Peter though he had much to learn, was a sincere lover of Christ, and resolved to die with him; yet he denied him with imprecations and
This sin cannot be committed till "after we have received the knowledge of the truth;" hence Paul could not commit it ignorantly in unbelief. The knowledge of the truth here is the same with being once enlightened. ch. vi. 4. Peter admits, that some, after they have known the way of righteousness, and escaped the pollutions of
*Our readers will recollect a paper on a subject nearly akin to this, in a former number of our work, namely, "On the sin which is unto death," (See New Evan. Mag. Vol. II. p. 193.) The difficulty attending the subject, however, appears to us to justify the insertion of a more full and able elucidation of it, from the pen of this great master in Israel, EDITOR.