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in the first step to a dissolute life) he be- they observed his peculiar diligence and

gan to saunter away his Sabbaths in attention, and the respectable manner idle amusements; often closing the day in which he acquitted himself in the sa

at that popular resort of the pain and rious branches of learning; and we look herbs giddy, the pantheont (as it was then back with pleasure to see how ProviWhy called) in Spa Fields. This Luz has dence thus prepared him for those al

since become a Belhel, and been high- tainments in the eastern languages, in hi ly honored with the presence of the which he was afterwards peculiarly em. zamonto God of Israel. Happily, at this time inent and useful. and he formed an acquaintance with one He had not been long at college be ribet person of a more serious character, who | fore le cultivated the acquaintance of The led him to White-Row Meeting, where the most serious students, who were al

Mr. Trotman was theo minister; and ready engaged in a devotional society, The in the evening,to Mr. Newton's Lecture, which was new modeled by his exer

at St. Mary's Woolnoth. It is notions. They met for social prayer and known whether it was by any partic- expounding the scriptures,twice a week, ular discourse at either place that he besides a more private meeting of a se. was savingly impressed the means of lect few at his own rooms on the Satgrace were, however, blessed to him, urday evening, to prepare for the devoand he was soon introduced to Mr. tions of the Sabbath.--Thus, while his Newtou as a young convert of consid-literary studies were pursued with the erable promise ; and his conversations greatest ardor, he was bot unmindful of with that eminent man led him to de- the study of his own heart, of human na vote his talents to ministerial usefulnessture, and of theology,--subjects pecil-in the church of England.

liarly connected with his intentions as Jo August, 1791, he was admitted to to the Christian Ministry. He observes Queen's College, Cambridge, under the in one of his letters to a friend, on re

care of the excellent Dr. Milner, the pre-viewing bis situation, " You see how si sent Dean of Carlisle. Here he continu- | wonderfully the Lord is blending his

ed to reside,almost without intermission, sweets with my bilters. An university

for full four years; filling up his vaca- is a difficult place to preserve a gospel pletions by preparing himself for exercises spirit in; but it certainly is an excellent heeft in the higher branches of mathematical school for Christ's disciples, as they are wie and classical literature; to which he ex- exposed to trials of various descrip

pected to be called in the subsequent tions.” In another letter, anticipation termas. His own mind inclined to the the scandal of the cross, he says, " I ological studies, as more essential to his am not yet distinguished by the pame

future prospects as a gospel minister ;|of Methodist; but I foresee I shall price but his university friends (among whom | shortly. How the Lord will assist me

were Dr. Jowett and Mr. Simeon) ur- in that trial I know not:-I know I sha!! is ged him, for the credit of the gospel, || fall, unless he hold me up. At present inly not to come behind any of the scholars | I am in favor with my tutors : indeed, I of the in his literary attainments. He attend. am more respected than many; but Is i

ed all the lectures; and it was matter when my principles are published, 'tis oth of surprise, even to the tutors, when hard to say whether I shall not forfeit

their esteem. Be it so: 'If ye suffer † An accident occurred here, during this

for period, which may deserve to be mentioned

my sake, happy are ye!' as a caution to thoughtless and active young

In a letter dated April, 1792, he gives people.--4 lad, about 18, apprentice to a a very detailed account of his employtradesman in the east end of the town, amu- ments, and complaios of the langour sing himself nne Sabbath-day in jumping down brought on his devotional duties by exthe steps of what is now the chapel house, cessive study; and of the want of that dropped down dead; which was found, on

examination, to have been occasioned by the animation in reading the Bible, and that eral sudden rupture of the gall-bladder, through || pleasure in meditating on divine things,

his violent exertions.--How often is it seen, which he had formerly experienced.that in the midst of life we are in death!"

His pious friends at the university, how.

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ever, urged him to persevere until his i Rer. R. Whish, of Northwold, in Norexcessive attention to learning brought folk. This lady left India to return to on symptoms of declining health, and England before Mr. B. for the educa. even threatened a pulmonary complaint.tion of her children; but, to his great He now determined to spend a part of grief, she died upon the passage. Ву the next vacation by the sea-side: but her he has left two daughters. on receiving an intimation from his In 1800, was formed the college of mathematical tutor, that he meant to go Fort William, in Bengal; of which the through two branches of natural phi- late Dr. D. Brown was appointed Prolosophy (mechanics and optics) in the vost, and Mr. Buchanan Vice-Provost next term, he abandoned his design and and Professor of the Greek and Latin prepared himself to meet the lectures | Classics. Ainong the other professors on those subjects, not merely as a nov was Mr. (now Dr.) W. Carey, the Senice:-hut after this he had a more seri-ior Baptist Missionary at Serempore, ous attack, and was obliged to relax, for the Sungskirt, Bengalee, and Mah. and pay a visit, we believe, to Harrow raita languages. This institution, degate. The means used were blessed signed to encourage Oriental Literature, to bis recovery, and by a more prudent was very friendly to the translation of attention to his health in sulisequent the Scriptures into the eastero languastudies, he was spared to bring thein to ges, and particularly the Chinese; in an honorable termination,

which Dr. Marshman, another Baptist In the latter part of 1792, Mr. B. ac Missionary, with one of his sons, and knowledges to a confidential friend, two sons of Dr. Carey, were recently that he had been in great heaviness thro' employed, while nIr. Morrison vas purthe former part of the year; but recent- suing the same object at Canton. ly it had pleased the Lord to reveal to him more of Christ than he had ever before experienced, insomuch as for The Rev. JAMES RICHARDS, jun. Dassome nights to interrupt his sleep, and en Poon, HORATIO, BARDWELL, BENto give a tincture of religion to his JAMIN C. Meigs, with their wires, and dreams. At the moment of writing, the Rev. EdwaRD WARRED, missionaries however, he says, “This ardor is lan- to the east, sailed from Newburyport on guishing ; but I hope it will never en-Monday, 23d of Oct. on board the brig tirely leave me.'

Dryad, Capt. Buflinton for the island of In September, 1795, Mr. B. was or- Ceylon. The day was very pleasant. A dained by the late Bishop Porteus, and large concourse of people assembled soon after introduced into the Church on the wharf at which the vessel lay, as Curate to the venerable Mr. Newton, and on the adjoining wharves, and at at St. Mary Woolno?!?, Mr. Thorntov, other places which cominanded a near who had borne the greater part of his view of the scene. The deck of the college expenses, had now a nearer op- vessel was filled with visitors, mostly feportunity of judging of his abilities and males, the particular friends of the mis. character; but in a few months he was | sionaries, assembled to bid them a finai appointed Chaplain of Fort William, in farewell. The time approaching whep Bengal.

it would be necessary for the vessel to Mr. B. left England as a single man ;|| avail herself of the tide, between 1 and and two accomplished young ladies | 2 o'clock, P. M. the Rev. Dr. Spring went out passengers in the same ship. I addressed the throne of grace. The The remarkable seriousness of his de- utnost stillness and solemnity pervaded portment became a subject of raillery, the attentive multitude. A missionary which he returned wiih equal wit and farewell hymn was then sung to the good humour; and the impression of tune of Old Hundred. Many were his talents and piety was so much in his deeply affected and bathed in tears.favor, that he afterwards found in one of After the hymn, the visitors on deck them an accomplished and pious help- immediately stepped on shore : the brig meet :--Miss Whish, daughter of the left the wharf, spread her sails to the

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breeze, and quietly entered on her ! Rev. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, course, followed by the gaze of many

President. deeply interested spectators. The con Rev. CALEB TODD, .. tinual fair winds that prevailed for seve

Vice-President. ral days afterwards, accompanied by Mr. Loring S. WILLIAMS, clear weather, bore her pleasantly, we

Secretary and Treasurer. doubt not, far on her destined way.

William Griswold, Esq. We commend the little company and Mr. Ezra Maynaril, their floating mansion, to the guidance William D. Ford, Esq.

and protection of the Head of the Dr. Isaac Sears, s Church, whose providence extends even Dea. Cyrus M. Johnson, » to the sparrow and lily, who makelh Mr. Amos Brockel,

the clouds his chariot and walketh upon Mr. Reuben Kelsey, the wings of the wind.

The Rev. WILLIAM WILLIAMS is anChristians, friends of missions, they pointed to deliver an Address at the go as almoners of your bounty. They next meeting of the Society. have left fathers and mothers, houses and lands for the service of Christ, and LETTER FROM DR. NAUDI TO THE SEC: to bear your offering of love to the Gen RETARY OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY tiles. They go as your messengers, to say among the bepighted healhen, that Malta, Valletta, Sept. 3, 1814. God reigneth on a throne of grace, rec My Dear Sir, oncilable to the guilty. Let the breath REFERRING to a letter which I wrote of prayer, then, speed them on their lately to you, I shall not repeat what I voyage. Let them share, while on said about the young man, Jerome Patheir embassy of love, an affectionatena, already prepared to leave Malta, remembrance in your intercessions and and to be engaged under your Society, your alms.

God grant that they may as one of those young persons whom be faithful in delivering their message, you commissioned me to send out to that many Asiatics may welcome it be educated for the future benefit of with faith, and come at last with them North Africa. to the heavenly Zion, with everlasting I had latciy much conversation with joy upon their heails.

PAN. a gentleinan from. Derna, an important

place in the neighborhood of Tripoli.

He had been in almost every corner of The Salisbury Society for the Promo-that territory, and had travelled much tion of Good Morals.

about the Deserts of Barca. That part A number of the inhabitants of the birth to such great Christian men, and

of the ancient world, which once gave towns of Salisbury, Manheimn and Fairfeld, convened on the 25th of Novem- where the Church of Christ greatly field, convened on the 25th of Novem-Hourished, is now the most neglected, ber last, agreeably to previous appoint- and is reduced to a state, very little difment. The Rev. Caleb Toul, was cal ferent from that of the Hottentots and led to preside as Moderator, and Loring other savages of Africa. A well dispoS. Williams appointed Secretary. Alter an appropriate prayer by the Mod. sed man, er dowed with such individual

and Christian qualifications as are reerator, and an address by the Secreta. | 19, they unanimously agreed to forin quisite for the purpose, would effect a themselves into a Society for the sup- ent tribes. There are among them a

great deal of good among thuse differpression of vice and the encouragement inultitude of Jews; and in the late of virtue. A Constitution was then pre-troubles, a very great number of this septed, read, discussed and adopted.The meeting was the actjourned to the people inigrated from Europe to Cairo,

and other parts of Egypt, and to Jerusafirst Thursday in January, when the fol

Jem. It is very singular to observe, lowing gentlemen Fere elected officers

that, in the short period of two years, of the Society for the prescut year.

many unexpected conversions from the

Jewish to the blessed religion of Jesus || red, who were lost to us in the fatal bare taken place all round the Mediter- year 1813. ranean.

Since the beginning of this month I I had the other day a second letter have been in mourning for my sister from the Bishop of Nicotia in Cyprus, Rosi, who was ill when I wrote to you in answer to one sent to him from one last. She ended her life on the last day of my friends here, John Suappottolo, of July. Every thing possible was atwho is much interested in promoting tempted to prolong her life, but in vain. the knowledge of the Gospel. He took I passed three mouths with her in the upon himself to procure for us two good country, at a' spot which is considered persons from Arabia, in order to be sent the best for consump:ive diseases. We for better education to your benevolent are very much distressed by this loss, Society for the ullimate benefit of North and my mother is almost inconsolable. Africa. Fully persuaded of the es. But let me die the death of the righteous, sential good which will follow from and lel my last end be like his! Her last your exertions in that part of the world, words, just a minute before she died, he promised to send to us shortly these were : « Lord Jesus, receive my spirit ! two young men from Alexandria, well Father, I commend it into thy hands." educated according to the custom of I continue that work which I began their country, and of good characters ;\ when I was with you, about the present and it will be all at his own expense till state of Cliristianity round the Mediterthey arrive in Malta.

ranean and in the Islands. But I want We are always lamenting here the a great deal of information for rendergood persons lost by the plagne lasting it complete. year. 'Before my coming to England Tive case of the Jews must be consiIve had, as you koow, a new Society, dered as mysterious, in respect to their well adapted for religious purposes, in present conduct. Notwithstanding they this island, which was called the “ So- are at this time tolerated in Turkey ciety of Francisco," after the Founder. more than before, and in a great measThis good man died by the plague; and ure protected in all the Levant and the with him dicd a great part of our bene- || islands by that falling empire of the Mavolent people. These perished, because, hometans, yet their conversions to the more than others, they exposed them. Christian Religion were never so freselves to the contagion. All those mem-quent as they have been in these latter hers of the Society who took an active times. I have received various accounts part in visiting the sick, and giving the relative to this important subject. I Lord's supper to the dying, lost their greatly desire now to go to Syria, to lives. Their zeal was a great blessing Palestine, and particularly to Damasto the dying; but all of thein failed, cus, in order to examine into the presand are lamented.

ent condition of that people, and their The other young man whom I men-true situation. Perhaps I shall do it tioned to you, and whom I meant to ben Mr. Jowet arrives. send to the Society, lost his father and Remember me when together to the gister by the contagion : in consequencere-pectable members of your Society. of which lie is obliged to support the I never fail to commend them to the business of bis father, and to decline, Omnipotent, that their zeal and their with great regret, accepting your propo-means for spreading the Gospel may insal. He desires me to give you this crease, and their plans for promoting statement, and begs to be considered the grand object may have vigor and always as an intimate friend of the So-success; till, at last, the true religion of ciety. We have lost about twenty-four our blessed Savior shall cover the earth Priests, who were, for the most part, all over.

I remain with true respect, eminent persons for character and pie

Yours, &c. ts. At the burial ground, near town, about 6000 of our inhabitants are inter (Signed.) CLEARDO NAUDI,

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UTICA CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE.

Vol. III.

MARCH & APRIL, 1816.

No. 9 & 10.

ON THE SABBATA.

NO. VI. | to do what God in his providence has The Sanctification of the Sabbath. rendered impossible. In my last number, after briefly But, although no invariable rule can showing what is implied by remember- bé given, it is certain, that reading, or ing the Sablath day, and what is meant hearing the Scriptures read, should emby keeping it holy, I proceeded to spe-ploy some part of every person's time cify some of the appropriate duties and upon the Sabbath. Sickness, unless if services of holy time; viz. serious medi-be extreme, furnishes no exception. lation, prayer, and self-examination. Every sick person has friends, or atI now proceed to remark,

tendants, who can read to him; and 4. That some portion of every his being sick is an additional reason Lord's day ought to be spent in read- why he should turn his most serious, ing the Scriptures and other religious attention to that blessed volume, in books. Whether the time devoted to which life and immortality are brought this object shall be one hour, or two, to light. If the lively oracles may not or five, or more, in any particular case, be neglected on any other day, withit is obvious, that no general rule of du- out incurring the Divine displeasure, ty can be laid down with exactness. much less may they be neglected upon The rule must necessarily vary accor-the Lord's day. ding to circumstances. Those persons, How glorious, how, precious, is the who have the whole day to themselves, light of revelation! See how bright it can read more than the heads of young| shines upon this fallen and benighted families, who are bound to devote a world! It is the Bible, that reveals to very considerable portion of the Sab- us the perfections of its infinite Author. bath, to the care and instruction of It is the Bible, and no other book, that their children. The healthy can read informs us how a sinner can be justimore than the weak and infirm, and fied before God. It is that holy volthose who live near the house of God, ume, which points us to the Lamb of more than others who live at a consid-|| God, which taketh away the sin of the erable distance, if, in each case, they world--that speaks to the trembling regularly attend public worship. believer, son, daughter, be of good

The same person, also, has much cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee-that more time for reading on some Sab-contains a balm for every spiritual baths, than on others. On one Sab- wound, a cordial for every sorrow. It bath, it may be his plain duty to spend is the Bible, that guides the steps of more time than usual in prayer; the the weary pilgrim, through the wildernext in religious conversation; and theness of this world, and sheds the light third in attending public worship; inof heaven upon the darkness of the each of which cases, he will have less grave; a light which pierces the thick time for reading. Nor have sickness gloom of the valley of the shadow of and health, whether personal or among death, and directs the eyes of the befriends, less influence in varying the liever to realms of eternal day.nule of duty. If I am confined to my Animated by the hopes which the Bibed with a fever, or if my family is ble authorizes, supported by its consosick, it is plain that I am not required! lations and promises, thousands have

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