Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

preted to you. Let some portion of any other part of the world, than the
Scripture, selected at a venture, be mountains of Malayala, He pointed
accurately examined. You can com- out to me by name the Christian pa-
pare the whole at your leisure hereaf- rishes which I had visited, but most
ter.' They turned over the leaves of of the churches were concealed by
my Bible with surprise, having never the trees. The Christians are forbid-
seen a printed Syriac Bible before. den to have steeples, as they would
After some consultation, they pro- appear too pre-eminent among the
posed that the 3d chapter of St. Mat- pagodas of the heathens.
thew's Gospel should be critically While I surveyed the Christian
compared word for word, in the east- districts all around, I reflected on the
ern Syrian, western Syrian, and Eng: inscrutable counsels of God, in finding
lish.

St. Matthew was selected, I this assylum for the Bible during so believe, at the suggestion of Thomas, many ages; and yet in confining it for who had got his Malayalim translation so long a period to this region of the in his hand.

heathen world. I indulged the hope It was an interesting scene to me that the same Providence was about to behold the ancient English Bible to unfold itself by dispensing the Bible brought before the tribunal of these throughout the East, by means of this simple Christians in the hills of Mala- people. bar. They sat down to the investi- I passed two hours on the top of gation with great solemnity; and the this hill. I do not know its name. people around seemed to think that But I called it Pisgah; for I believed something important depended on the that I had a sight of kingdoms promised issue.

to the Messiah in the Second Psalm. I held a Greek Testament in my "I will give thee the heathen for hand, and proposed that the sense of thine inheritance, and the uttermost the Greek copy should be first ex- parts of the earth for thy possession.' plained, as the New Testament was I proceeded into the interior of the first given to the world in Greek. country, to visit the Syrian Chris

In the vicinity of Rannial there is tians who inhabit the hills at the bota high hill, from the top of which the tom of the great mountains of Malaypeople told me I night have an exten- ala. The weather was cool and pleasive view of the country. The hill sant. The country is picturesque was steep, and of laborious ascent, and highly cultivated, diversified with and I left my servants below. When hill and dale, and winding streams. I had gained the summit, I felt myself These streams fall from the mounmuch fatigued, and sat down to con- tains, and preserve the vallies in pertemplate the delightful prospect. The petual verdure. The Christians remountains of the Ghauts were at ceived me courteously, seeing I trasome distance, but from their great velled in some state, escorted by the height they appeared to be close at Rajah's servants. But when they hand.

found my object was to look into their In a few minutes I saw a man com- books and religion, they surveyed me ing up from a village below, with a with doubtful countenances, not well cocoa-nut in his hand. I drank the understanding how an Englishman cooling water, and was much refresh- could have any interest in the Chrised. He said he was a Christian ; that tian religion. And the contrary was seeing me ascend, he thought the only proved to them by long and sericocoa-water would be acceptable. I ous discussion, and by the evidence of said I was a Christian too. He smiled facts which for the first time came to doubtingly, looking at my English their knowledge. dress. He said he was never farther from home than the adjacent mountains, where he sometimes went to

The Cause of Christianity in India. fell wood. He did not seem to under

(An extract from the British Review.) stand that there were Christians in The cause of Christianity in India

[ocr errors]

a son.

[ocr errors]

is a great and holy cause; and it well “tion. The style is fine and clear ; becomes a people who lay claim to “the arguments close, cogent, and the titles of benevolence and piety to 166 irresistible. May the King of embark in it with all their powers. “ Kings, whose glorious cause you Nothing can be more awful than “have so well defended, reward your those efforts which selfishness op- "pious labours, and grant that I may poses to the safety and happiness of " be found worthy, through the memillions. Nothing can be more affect- 66 rits of Jesus Christ, to be an eyeing than a disposition to trifle where “ witness of that happiness, which I so much is to be done.

And as our “don't doubt he will bountifully beolder soldiers fall in the breach, or “stow upon you ! In the mean time, sink upon the plain, it is for those in " I shall never cease glorifying God, whom the tide of life beats full and “ for having endowed you with such strong, to buckle on their armour, and useful talents, and given me so good go forth under the banner of the cross

Your affectionate father, upon the field of benevolence and duty.

6 THOMAS LYTTELTON." Shall India come into contact with

His death was exemplary; and on our country in vain ? Or rather, shall his part expected with calm and des she only contract pollution by our touch; and graft upon her heathen he died he said to his physician,

vout resignation. Two days before stock the European fruits of indiffer- “When I first set out in the world, I ence and infidelity ? Shall she dis

66 had friends who endeavoured to cover nothing, when brought within the circle of our influence, but that « Religion. I saw difficulties which

< shake my belief in the Christian nova cohors febrium”..a new progeny of evils---the disastrous produce

staggered me ; but I kept my mind of commercial monopoly, and of grip- sand doctrines of Christianity, studi.

open

to conviction. The evidences ing exaction? Shall Christianity be

“ed with attention, made me a most presented wrapped round in all the

"firm and persuaded believer of the hideous trappings of' avarice and worldliness ? It is time that we should

« Christian Religion ; I have made

6 it the rule of my life, and it is the awake, and shake ourselves from the dust of this dishonourable inactivity,

“ ground of my future hopes.”' and let India feel that subjection to England is an elevation in the scale

ON FAITH. of nations; and that whatever mour- Ou! could the muse to Heaven aspirner lays hold of the hem of our garment, there goes out of it, in the On the swift pinions of the rising name, and by the power of the Mas

moro, ter whom we serve, virtue to heal all Through fields of argent wing her their diseases, to staunch their wounds,

boyant way, and raise them to life, and peace, and View

the bright regions of eternal day, glory.

And, upwards gazing, with ecstatic

eye, LORD LYTTELTON.

Catch the pure strain of Heaven's In the early part of his life he had high minstrelsy; been led to entertain doubts of the Then might she dare to weave her truth of Christianity : but upon a se

earth-born lays, rious investigation of this most im- Strike the bold lyre, and chaunt her portant of all questions, he became a Maker's praise. zealous believer; and in 1747, pub- What, tho’ mortality forbid the flight, Lished his “ Observations on the con- And clouds impervious shroud the version and apostleship of St. Paul." Throne of Light, His father's letter to him on the sub- Nor seraph music, wafted on the ject of this work is very interesting :

spheres, "I have read your religious treatise Sound through this dreary vale of woe

with infinite pleasure and satisfac- and tears ;

ing, borne

Yet Faits divine, with mystic influ- with four Stations vacant ; nineteen ence, pour's

School-masters, whose salaries togeHer tranquil sunshine on our darkest ther amount to 2901. and five Schoolhours ;

mistresses, whose stipends amount to Opes Heaven's blest regions to the 45l. raptured view,

In New-Brunswick-Eight MissionThen whispers---"God who promised aries at 2001. each, with one Stais true."

tion vacant ; nine School-masters, Christian Observer. whose salaries make 1151. with two

vacancies; and one School-mistress Report of the S.riety (in England) at 101. per annum.

for the Propagution of the Gospel. In Cape-Breton--- One Missionary at Delivered February 21, 1817. 2001. per annum.

This Society, incorporated by char- In Upper Canada-One Missionter of William the Third, renders an ary at 2751.; two at 2201. each.;, five annual account, as the charter di- at 2001. each; and one at 100l. ; with rects, to the Lord Chancellor, the a School-master to the Mohawks at. Chief Justice of the King's Bench, 201. and a Catechist at 101. The and the Chief Justice of the Common Missionary at Kingston, the Rev. Pleas, of the money received, and of George Okill Stuart, is also Missionthe management of the revenues. ary to the Mohawk Indians; and the

Beside the members elected from Rev. Robert Addison, Missionary at time to time by the Corporation, the Niagara, is also appointed to visit the following twelve persons are appoint Indians. ed, by the charter, members for the In Lower Canada-One Missionary time being :- the Archbishops of Can- at 215l. and four at 2001. each. terbury and York, the Bishops of London and Ely, the Lord Almoner, the Deans of Westminster and St.. Paul's, the Archdeacon of London, Scotia departed this life in the month

The venerable Bishop of Novathe Regius Professors of Divinity in

of February, 1816, after more than Oxford and Cambridge, and the Margaret Professors of Divinity in the fifty years devoted to the service of

Religion in the North-American Cosame Universities.

lonies ; first as a Missionary in the RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS.

United States, previously to their seThe Receipts of the year, from paration from the Mother Country; Contributions and Dividends on Stock, and afterwards as the Primary Enghave been 52081. 7s. 2d. In addi- lish Bishop in those Colonies, which tion to this sum, Parliament has grant- are now designated British Northed, in aid of the expenses of the So- America. The Society, under whose ciety in the North-American Colo- auspices this exemplary Prelate connies, the sum of 78601.; making the tinued for the greatest part of his disposable receipts of the year, 13,0681. long and laborious life, were ever 75. 2d.

sensible of the value and importance Of this amount, the sum of 12,1471. of his unwearied exertions in the cause 18s. 9d. has been expended in Sala- of virtue and religion. The prosperies and Gratuities to Missionaries, rity of the Church, in those distant Catechists, and School-masters; and parts of his Majesty's Dominions, is in Exhibitions to Scholars at the principally owing to his active superinCollege in Nova-Scotia.

tendence; and his frequent correspoňMISSIONARIES.

dence with the Society bears full tes. In Newfoundland, the Society has timony to the zeal and ability with five Missionaries at annual salaries of which he executed the functions of his 2001, each ; and eight School-masters high office. at salaries amounting together to 1151.

The Rev. Dr. Stanser, Missionary In Nova Scotia -One Missionary at Halifax, has been appointed to sucat 400%. and fifteen at 2004. each, ceed to the See of Nova-Scotia.

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE BISHOP OF NOVA

SCOTIA.

MADRAS SYSTEM.

A Society has lately been established in It has been for some time a favour- North-Carolina, distinguished by the name

of The Missionary Society of the Protestite object with the Society to intro

ant Episcopal Church of North Carolina." duce the Madras System of Educa. It is provided in the Constitution, that tion into the North American Colo- persons be appointed in various parts of nies; and, during the last summer,

the State to solicit such aid for the sup. independent of many previous efforts, port of Missionaries as the pious and well

disposed may be inclined to contribute. they have been enabled to carry this Every person subscribing two dollars anobject into execution with the most nually will be considered as a member of favourable prospect of success. At the Society, and twenty dollars will entithe recommendation of the Committee the to membership for life. of the National Society, they have

For the present year, the Hon. Duncan

Cameron, of Orange county, is President, engaged with Mr. West, at a very li

and John Stanly, Esq. of Newburn, Secre. beral salary, who had been educated tary of this Society. at Baldwyn's Gardens, to embark for The following extract from the Society's Halifax, and superintend the forma

Address to the public exhibits the design

for which it was formed, as well as the tion of a School upon the. Madras

declined state of the Episcopal Church in Principles. Information has been re

North-Carolina. ceived, that the establishment has met " There is no Church whose members with a very favourable reception

are so much distressed. There are no among all classes of the inhabitants. members who stand more in need of the The patronage of his Excellency the gospel and ordinances of Christ. What Earl of Dalhousie has been obtained, of North Carolina ? Is Christianity gain

is now the state of religion in the Church a considerable subscription has been ing or losing ground? Does the Church raised, a School-room has been fitted which the Son of God purchased with his up, and the names of many Scholars blood still retain her numbers ? Or are have already been entered

not her numbers wofully decreased ?' And the upon

is not her spirit bowed down and sunk? books. The School opened on the The most inattentive observer among the 2d of December; and there is every followers of Christ cannot but see and reason to hope, that under the pro- lament over her .solitary places; cannot tection of the Bishop, and the zeal- but shed a tear in contemplating her as

once flourishing and prosperous. ous superintendence of Dr. Inglis, the

“With a view to remedy this lamentaexpectations of the Society will not ble state of things, and correct the deplo. be disappointed ; and that the several rable evils that have resulted from it, the Schools in the North-American Colo- present Society has been instituted. Its nies will be induced to adopt the Ma- object, is to send into the destitute parts dras System of Education, when the of

this state, pious and devout ministers

of the Church, to give comfort and aid, great facilities afforded by it are made instruction and consolation to the memmanifest.

bers of her Zion dispersed in almost every

section." MOHAWK INDIANS. The Rev. George Okill Stuart an

BIBLE AND COMMON PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY, nounces, that, at the earnest solicita

A Bible and Common Prayer Book Societion of the Mohawks at the Bay of ty forthe counties of Washington, Essex, Kenty, he had been induced to ap- and parts adjacent, was established in point John Hill, Reader and Cate- September, 1817. The following are the chist, in conjunction with John Green, Hobart, ex officio, President; Rev. Mr.

officers elected: The Right Rev. Bishop School-master. Originally, the offi- Jewett, 1st Vice-President; Dr. Zina ces were united in one person ; but the Hitchcock, 2d Vice-President; Rev. C. difficulty of procuring a sufficiently W. Hamilton, 3d Vice-President; Wads. discreet person for the functions of worth Bull, Esq. Treasurer ; Martin Lee, the offices, rendered the appointment C. Martingdale, Corresponding Secretary.

Esq. Recording Secretary; Hon. Henry frequently vacant; and it has been deemed more expedient to separate them, that, in case of sickness or other publication of June last.

The following is taken from an English impediments, the one might supply “ A measure proposed by the chancel. the place of the other.

lor of the exchequer is now before the

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

House of Commons, for facilitating the dral Church of Chester, at, a general erection of places of worship in connexion Ordination, Dec. 22, 1816. 4to. with the Established Church, in those pa.

Reflections on the Influence of Inrishes where the existing churches and Episcopal chapels are insufficient for the fidelity and Profaneness upon Public public accommodation. The details of Liberty; two Discourses preached at the measure are not yet completed; but Laura Chapel, Bath, March 9, and our readers will rejoice with us that some.

March 16, 1817. By the Rev. E. W." thing, at least, is to be at length done to a subject of such vital importance both to

Greenfield, M. A. Svo. the interests of the Established Church,

The Churchmąn dissuaded from and of Christianity at large.”

becoming a Member of the Bible Society, and the extent defended to

which Education is carried in the LATE PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLAND. Schools of our Church: a Sermon

A Defence of the Divinity of our preached at Bridgwater, September Blessed Saviour, in answer to some 6, 1816. By John Matthew, M. A. Letters by Mr. T. C. Holland, in 8vo. which that Doctrine was attacked, Sermons on various Subjects. By with Remarks on the Personality of the late William Bell, D. D. 2 vols. the Holy Ghost. By Edward Law, 8vo. A. M. 12mo.

Fifty-two Lectures on the CateOn the Impropriety of conceding chism of the Church of England. By the Name of Catholic to the Church the Rev. Sir Adam Gordon, Bart, M. of Rome and its Members, as a Title A. 3 vols. Svo. of Distinction : a Sermon preached “ All the Counsel of God.” A at St. Mary's, Nov. 5, 1816. By Word in Opposition to Fanatical, Vaughan Thomas, B. D. 8vo. Calvanistic, and Solifidian Views of

Attachment to the Church, the Dus Christianity; in a Farewell Sermon, ty of its Members : a Sermon preach- March 23, 1817. By the Rev. Ried in the Parish Church of St. Julian, chard Warner. 8vo. Shrewsbury, July 17, 1816. By the The Claims to Infallibility by the Rev. J. B. Blakeway, M. A. F. A. S. Church of Rome considered. By 8vo.

Rev. John Cousins. 8vo.. A Sermon preached at the Parish Christian Unity, Doctrinally and Church of Wakefield, July 4, 1816, Historically considered ; in eight Serat the Annual Meeting of the Wake- mons preached before the University field District Committee, to the So- of Oxford, in the year 1816, at the ciety for promoting Christian Know- Lecture founded by the late Rev. ledge. By the Rev. C. Bird, M. A. John Bampton, M. A. By John Svo.

Hume Spry, M. A. 8vo. A Sermon preached at Wakefield, An Introduction to the Critical Study May 30, 1816, at the Visitation of the and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures; Rev. Archdeacon Markham, M. A. by Mr. T. H. Horne. By the Rev. C. Bird, M. A. 4to.

The Sceptic; an Inquiry concerning the Dissertations on the Prophecies of proper objects of Philosophy, and the best the Old Testament, by D. Levy; searches ; Philosophical Researches con

mode of conducting Philosophical Recontaining all such Prophecies as are cerning the lower Animals ; and Memoirs applicable to the Coming of the Mes of the public and private Life of the Right siah. Revised and amended by J. Hon, George Ponsonby; all by Dr. Roche,

Memoirs and Correspondence of the King, Esq. 8vo.

late Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton.;--The PoA Series of Discourses on the Fes- etical Remains and Memoirs of the late tivals and Fasts (and other peculiar John Leyden, M. D. ;-and Letters on Days) of the Church of England, English History, by Mr. Bigland. originally delivered in the Parish Printed and published by 7. J. Sworde, Church of Great Coggeshall, Esssex. No. 160 Pearl-street, New-York; where By Brooke Bridgos Stevens, M. A. Subscriptions for this Work will be received 8vo.

at one dollar per annum, or 24 numbers.

All Letters relative to this Journal must A Sermon preached in the Cathe- come free of Postage.

« PoprzedniaDalej »