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unsearchableness of Providence, greater celerity, with less expence, Various Sources of the Christian's and with more certain and substanJoy, Christ's Power to protect tial effect, than the ordinary pracand bless, -- The Duties of Chris- tice of instruction.' P. 15. To extiani Ministers, The Possessione cite due zeal in the prosecution of and Privileges of Christians, this method, he refers to the expeChrist, the unspeakable Gift of God, riments already exhibited in many

Sell-denial, ---Union with Christ,' districis; and he adds, • 'That the &c. We can cordially recominend Disseniers are active, and, as it is there Evangelical od Practical Dis- said, successful, in adopting the new courses ; and beg leave to add, that nodes of teaching, which owe their we widerstand they are prinied for origin to a Member of our own the benefit of hisamiahleand mourn- church, is an additional call upon ful Kclict, deprived of a most affec- our zeal and activity, which shouid tionate husband, in the 32d year of be proportionate to the excellence his age, and in the fifth of his mi- of our cause. Let not the Church nistry. The accont of his beha- of England he surpassed by any viour in sickness and death, as re- Christian community, either in the Jaied in the Preface, lends, more

prompt supply of charitable funds, than a litle, to recommend these

or in those persoal labours which Sermout, by which their worthy anthor, though dead, yet speak. plication,

are necessary to their successful ap. eih.'

This sentiment, every good man,

whether Churchman or Dissenter, A Sermon, preoched at St. Paul's, that Christians of varions denomi

will cordially approve.

It is ihus June 16, 1808, at the Yearly nations shou!d provoke one an, Jeeting of the Charily Scho018. By Dr. Wer dhouse, Dean of Litch

other to love and to good works;' field; to which is annexed, An

and thus the general cause of reli-1ccount of the Society for pro gion will be far better promoted

ihan by those invidious reflections moling Christian Knowledge.

wirich are too often thrown out on From Matt. x. 8,' Freely ye have these public occasions. received, freely give,' the author takes occasion to recommend Missions to the Heathen abroad, and

LITERARY NOTICE. the support of Charity-schools at home. In respect of the latter, he The Rev. W. Moorhouse, jun.is adverts to the new mode of teach- preparing for the press . A candid ing, according to the plan of Dr. Examination of Dr. Williams's Em Bell (and Mr. Lancaster); which he say, on the Equity of Divine Gosays promises lo confer the neces. verament, and the Sovereignty of sary acquisitions in knowledge, with Divine Grace.'

SELECT LIST OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS, Reflections on the Books of Holy Vol. I, of the History and AntiScripture. By P. Allix, D. D. À quities of Dissenting Churches, new edition, from the corrected copy Chapeis, &c. in and about London ; of the Bishop of Llandaff, 8vo, bds. with Biographical Anecdotes and 10s. 60.

Portraits. By Walter Wilson, 8vo, Pious Remains of the late Rev. 17s (continued in Numbers). Ja. Moody, with his Life and Por. Theological Dissertations, by the trait, 12110, 5s.

lale Dr. J. Erskine. Second elit. A G spel-Glass, representing the with his Life, by Dr. Davidson. 1200, Miscarriages of English Professors. 48. 61. By the late Rev. Lewis Stuckley. Chrisi exalted and Gentiles saved : A new edition, recommended by Dr. a Serinon at Salem Chapel, Read. Ryland. 12ino, 53. boards. ing. By T. Wood, Is. 6.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

JAMAIGA.
Extract of a Letter from a Planter.

(Continned from our last ) . I think that no one man in fifty is married; but most have their concubines. The mothers of young women (of colour) ofien look out for men to take their daughters into keeping ; and, among the better girl, the price is frequently two new negroes, waich are settled upon the woman. I myself was walking in the streeis of Kingsion with a gentleman, who asked a woman how much she would take for her daughter, who was standing at the door with her ; she answered, • Tur new negroes.' We stopped at anvther house to get some spruce, and, seeing some decent young women with their inother, he put the same question to her. The giris inweiliately withdrew, and the saother answered, she knew boller than to dispose of her daughters in thai shameful manner; and would rather S'C them married to poor men, than kept by rich ones. On enquiry, I found that she attended the Methodist chapel, and was acquainted with the hoiy gospel of Jesus Christ, which lepi her froin compiying with the sins of the island.

• I knew another remarkable instance of the good effected by preaching the gospel. A Guinea Negroe, named Nogo Daphne, was abominably wiched, ani dealt in Obinh (their naine for witchcraft); and, as the negroes are very superstitious, they entertain greai fears of Obiah spells. She went to chapel, and it pleascd God su to bless the word, tal she becaine a real Christian. She then threw her paper-box, containing all her pretended enchantments and Obiah traffic, into the sea ; and coulmues to behave as becomes the gospel.

• Mr. Lyle, a black Baptist preacher, was, ag I ain credibly informed, remarkably well qualified io instruct ihe negroes and poor free people of colour, and did a great deal of good among them by his evangelical labours ;

but he has been silenced by this abominable law; as also a very worthy, pious schoolmaster, from Scotland, who occasionally delivered lectures in his school room.

Yet, when I consider the enormous wickedness of many persons of wealth and power, I do not much wonder at the probibition of that preaching which condemns their practices. A certaio gentleman, who is among the most zealous to persecute the Methodists, is remarkable for pro!ane swearing; and his usual oath is, D-my salvation!' li is also to be regretted that several Roman Catholics (who are not very likciy to approve of zealous Protestant preachers) are permitted to noid.commissions, both civil and military.

• When you hear of dreadful hurricanes, drough's, blasts on the sugar canes, and caterpillars among the cotton, you need not wonder, Even a pour old negro man made the following observation, in my hearing :--. God is angry with Buckraman; dem drink dram, drunk, dem swear too much, never look in de book,

- men't learn poor negro book. If poor negro savy (knew) they would pray to God; but Buckra sa vy, yet dem no pray, nor learn poor negro to pray; so God angry with Buckra, anid dat make him shake ground, and send storm to punish dem.'

• Such were the too just reflections of a black slave! May God of his infinite mercy turn the hearts of the persecutors, that this wicked law may be repealed, and encouragement given to honest, faithful, and zealous ministers of Christ ! that the chapels and meetings for the negroes, which have been shat up, may again be opened ! and may their labours be crowned with success" So prays

your aifectionate friend,

A COFFEE PLAnter.'

- dem get

never pray, London.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The next Annual Meeting of this Society will be held (by divine
permission) in London, on Wednesday, the 10th of May, and the
Two following Days.

The Rev. Mr. MARTYN, of Pertenhall, near Kimbolton; the Rev. Mr. Peddie, of Edinburgh ; the Rev. Mr. John CLAYTON, jun, of London ; and the Rev. Mr. Richards, late of Hull, are expected to preach. Further particulars in our next Number.

MISSION TO THE JEWS. Mr. Frey has voluntarily relinquished his connection with the So. ciety, as their Missionary to the Jews. We understand that, although the Directors did not think proper to comply with some expensive proposals made to them by Mr. Frey, for the future management of this Mission, they are, nevertheless, determined to pursue the original object by every method which appears to them scriptural and practicable.

Another stated preacher, instead of Mr. Frey, is provided for Artillery Street Chapel, who, in conjunction with various ministers, will preach to the Jews at that place, visit the sick, instruct ihe children, and distribute suitable tracts ; some of which are in the press.

As many worthy Ministers, resident in the country, occasionally visit the metropolis, the Committee for the Jews will feel ihemselves much ob. liged by their gratuilous assistance in preaching to the Jevs, in Artillery Street *. If such ministers will previously inform the Committee when they cxpect to be in town, arrangements will be made accordingly. It may be hoped, that many of the servants of Christ will be gratified by an opportunity, at least for once, of expressing their pious wishes for the salvalion of the children of Abraham. The services of a variety of ministers may prove an inducement to their attendance; and, by ihe power of the Holy Spirit, the means of their conversion to Christ. - Letters (or this purpose may be addressed to the Rev. Mr. Buck, Primrose Street, Bishopsgate Street; or to Mr. Langton, No. 9, Old Swan Stairs, Thames Sireet.

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HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. The Hibernian Society have been supplied very liberally with Bibles and New Testaments, by various Congregations in Town and Country; which has enabled them to send to Ireland, during the last year, 1464 Bibles and 2226 Testaments. As this supply, however, is very inadequate to the wants of the poor Irish, the Society affectionately solicits vther cone gregations to assist them in this benevolent work. No charity, in point of importance, can surpass that which has for its object the immortalinterests of mankind; and while we are atteuding to the salvation of those who dwell in the uttermost ends of the earth, we surely ought not to overlook those whóm Providence has placed so near us.

The Society will be at the expence of sending to Ireland any number of Bibles or Testaments with which they may be entrusted; and their Cor. responding Committee in Dublin, will mosi cheerfully take the trouble to distribute them to the best advantage. J. CAMPBELL, Secretary.

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* The usual services are on the morning and evening of every Lord's Day, and on Friday evenings.

Parcels of Bibles for the Hibernian Sociely may be sent to T. Pellatt, Esq. Ironmongers' Hall, Fenchurch Street; Townsend and Co. 10, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London ; Mr. Hope, Liverpool; Mr. W. Wooles, Old Market, Bristol; Mr. Bowden, Hull; and Mr. Wilson, Nottingham.

The Annual Meeting of the HIBERNIAN SOCIety, for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge in Ireland, will be held at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, London, on Tuesday, the 4th of April, inst. at Eleven o'clock.

The Chair will be taken precisely at Twelve, The Annual Meeting of the British And Foreign Bible Society will be held at the New Londou Tavern, Cheapside, on Wednesday, the 3d of May, at Eleven o'clock. The Chair will be laken precisely at Twelve.

The Annual Meeting of the RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY will be held on Thursday, May 11, at Seven in the Morning (not at the former place, that being too small; but) at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street.

GENERAL CONGREGATIONAL UNION, Tue London Committee of the General Congregational Union, find it necessary to remind their Friends of the denomination which this Union is designed to embrace, of the importance of establishing Committees in the country, for the purpose of examining Petitionary Cases, previously to their being forwarded to town. By this introductory attention, much unaccessary delay may be superceded, while every desirabie facility will be afforded for obtaining the most ample satisfaction concerning the merits of cases.

The Committee deem it necessary to state, That every place of worship for which public benevolence is solicited, must be vested in the hands of Trustees, before their recommendation can be given. They have, likewise, to request that all cases, in favour of which their sanction may be desired, be transmitted to one of their Secretaries (the Rev. T. Hill, Homerton, near London; or the Rev. Charles Buck, Primrose Street, Bishopsgate Street, London) that they may be duly examined, and the parties informed of the result, in order that no obstacle may, on this account, be opposed to the bearer of the case on his arrival in town. Drury-Lane Theatre.

ing engines pour in a flood of water; Ir is but five months since we the neighbouring houses were, inhad to record the destruction of deed, preserved by the efforts of the Covent Garden Theatre by fire. It firemen ; but ihe vast body of fire is very

remarkable that, in so short within the walls, mocked all ata space of time, the other principal tempts to extinguish it, or even theatre of the metropolis should be lessen its force. The furious flames destroyed in a similar manner. On ascended to heaven in a kind of the evening of Friday, Feh. 24, pyramid, illuminating the metro. 1809, about a quarter after eleven, polis and its neighbourhood for the fire suddenly broke out at the inay miles around in a most unend of the building in Bridges common degree, and resembling Street, The flames spread with a rather the eruption of a burning rapidity and violence not to be mountain than the effect of a comdescribed ; so that, in about half an

Indeed, the spectacle bour, every part of this building, was awfully grand, especially when exiending near 400 feet in length, beheld from the bridges; and, in

mon fire.

; and, before 12 o'clock, the judgmeal or perhaps a hundred the losty roof, and the figure of thousand spectators, cxceeded any Apollo '(17 feet in beight) which thiug ever remembered in this kings surmounted the whole, fell in with dom. The thick and lofty walls, a terribie crash.

being built partly with tirnber, gave In vain did a number of surrouud. way duriog the night, but fell in

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such a direction as, we believe, not religious persons said, “This house to injure the firemen or others. can never prosper ! Thus, in the small space of two Besides the evils ordinarily con, hours, this vast edifice, which is said nected with a playbouse and its ento have cost £200,000, besides the tertainments, there has been too scenery, machinery, wardrobe, &c. much reason to complain of some was reduced to a glowing heap of recent performances, imported from ruins !

the German school, injurious to In reflecting on this catastrophe, good morals as well as to religion ; we cannot avoid calling to mind a and the indecencies allowed in the circumstance respecting its erection Jobbies, have been often referred to in 1794. To expedite the work, in our newspapers, and other prints, the completion of which was so oven by those who are advocates ardently desired by the lovers of for theatrical amusements. pleasure, the managers scrupled There is one circumstance which Dot to set at open defiance the laws it would be unpardonable in us pot of God and the country.

It is well to mention. We refer to those remembered, that crowds of work- vain and presumptuous boasts which men were openly employed about were ultered on the stage in the the building, even to the annoy. Epilogue, composed by Mr. Colance of pious persons, who were man, and spoken by Miss Farren passing that way to their respective (now the Countess of Derby) on places of worship. This nuisance the night of opening the new was in vain complained of; but theatre.

Our pile is rock, more durable than brass,
Our decorations, gossamer and gas;
Weighty, yet airy in effect, our plan
Solid, tho' light, - like a vain alderman :
! Blow wind, come wreck ;' in ages yot upborn,
! Our castle's strength shall laugh a siege to scorn.'
The very ravages of fire we scout,
For we have wherewithal to put it out:
In ample reservoirs our firm reliance,
Whose streams set conflagration at defiance.
Panic alore avoid, let pone begin it,
Should the flame spread, sit still, there's nothing in it,
We'll undertake to drowo you all in half a minute.
Behold, obedient to the Prompler's bell,
Our tide shall flow, and real waters swell;
No river of meandering pasteboard made ;
No gentle tinkling of a tín cascade;
No brook of broadcloth shall be set in motion;
No ships be wreck'd upon a wooden ocean ;
But the pure element its course sball hold,
Rush on the scene, and o'er the stage be rollid *.
Consume the scenes, your safety still is certain,

Presto, for proof, let down the Iron Curtain t.'
This was truly heathenish Jan. the moth.' Presuming on

the guage, appropriale indeed to the strength of their • castle,' they defy sort of people who vented and ap- the stormy winds, which, in spite plauded'it ; butfextremely contrary of men, fulfil the word of the Alto that modesty which becomes de mighty; and, firmly relying on pendent mortals, who, with all their their

RESERVOIRS,' they boasted woriss, are crushed before 'scout the ravages of fire.' The late

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* The curtain was here drawn up, to shew a piece of water on the stage, filled from the reservoir on the roof of the theatre. A bridge was thrown over the water with an arch, and a man rowed in a boat under the arch, while the music played . The jolly young Waterman.'

# The Iron Curtain was afterwards dropped in joints, and the stage was completely separated from the audience. Several men then came forward with sledge hammers, and beat the curtain, to convince the audience that it was iron.

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