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and future events to answer the objections of their enemies. Instead of giving up the object of their Institution, they were solicitous to improve the lesson of prudence and circumspection, which adversity had taught them. This solicitude gave rise to new and judicious regulations. The plan of giving temporal relief to the Jews has been altogether abandoned, from long experience of its evil effects. It has also been determined, that Jewish converts, when appointed as missionaries, shall be accompanied by Christians of tried and established fidelity to the cause. Miss Hannah More, in a letter, dated June 1818, observes, that since the London Society has purified itself of its corrupt members, I trust with God's blessing it will make renewed progress." This appears to be the case, particularly abroad, and it ought ever to be remembered, in estimating what the London Society has done, that its proceedings have not been confined to Great Britain, but extend to all parts of the world, where there are Jews. The two large editions of the Hebrew New Testament which they have published, have had an extensive circulation in Europe, and a considerable number been sent to Asia and America. This measure has been approved by all denominations of Christians; the Society of Friends, in particular, have been zealous in promoting this object. A respectable member of this Society observes, that “the proceedings of the London Institution in translating and circulating the Hebrew New Testament appears to me wholly and unexceptionably pure."*
The London Society have appointed the Rev. Mr. Solomon, as a missionary to the Jews of Russian Poland. This gentleman accompanied Mr. Way in a journey undertaken by him at his private expense, for the purpose of ascertaining, by personal observation, the religious state and disposition of the Jews inhabit-' ing the northern provinces of Europe. The favourable disposition of the Jews in Poland towards Christianity, is related by Mr. Way, and also by Dr. Pinkerton, who has recently made a second tour through that country, and has communicated the following remarks on the religious state of its Jewish inhabitants. “ During my late tour through Poland, I no where found the Jews unwilling to converse with me on the subject of Christianity. I distributed about seventy copies of the Hebrew Testament among them, which were always well received. I repeatedly entered their synagogues and schools, and with the utmost possible freedom argued the points at issue between them and us; and I never found the smallest interruption, but, on the contrary, a great desire in many people to hear and to read. Nor is there scarcely a town in Poland, where frequent instances of Jews entering Christian communions are not to be met with.
* Letter from Rev. Mr. Hawtrey, November 1819.
The London Society conduct their operations in Poland under the auspices of the Emperor Alexander, who, in 1818, published three Ukases in favour of the Jews. The number of the Jews in Russia is reckoned to exceed two millions. The London Society, therefore, to use the words of the Rev. Mr. Hawtrey, their Secretary, “considered the Emperor as their warm and decided friend, and most powerful human coadjutor."
The London Society are now about to print a Jewish German New Testament; but it would swell this article to too great a length to mention their numerous exertions in various parts of the globe. To conclude with a remark of the Right Hon. Lord Erskine, when addressing the Society, "I wish with all sobriety to consider this subject; but I own to you, it is my opinion still, (supposing it not to happen to any of the generations of men for ages to come, to see the deliverance and restoration of the Jews,) that this Society stands its ground upon the grand principle of Christian benevolence, in spreading the advantages of the Christian system to all people of all descriptions; and as we have been told, they, that are sick have need of a physician, and not they that are whole, the Jews of all other persons in the world, are best entitled to stand first in being restored to that situation, which has been foretold from the beginning to close the grand scene of prophecy, even the binding up of the whole human race, in one fold, under one Shepherd.”
Evangelical Missionary Society.—This interesting Society still continues to labour in its appropriate field of christian benevolence, and, in proportion to the extent of its funds, its success
has not been inconsiderable. Founded as it is, on truly Catholic, evangelical principles, it is eminently entitled to the patronage and support of those, who wish to diffuse the blessings of christianity without the alloy of bigotry and sectarianism. In the selection of its missionaries, it has had reference rather to the temper and life, than to the peculiar mode of faith; and, in consequence, has exhibited the delightful spectacle, (and, with one exception* perhaps, no other society has done it) of fellow labourers of different views, deriving their support from a common source.
There is another circumstance, which gives this Society a preeminence over most others, whose objects are similar. It does not send its inissionary over an extensive tract of country, to scatter abroad a few seeds to be “scorched by the sun," or "ga-' thered by the fowls of heaven," but stations him in one place, to
* We refer to the “Society for Propagating the Gospel among the ludians and others in North America."
till the ground he has broken up, and to water and nurture the seeds he has sown. Hence, whilst probably few, if have derived permanent advantage from a transient visit, by the persevering labours of the missionary, a church has been formed, and a religious society collected, or a broken, disjointed church has been reunited, and the divided, wandering members of a parish gathered, and thus enabled without further assistance from abroad, to support their own minister.
Another feature in the character of this society is worthy of notice. Its missionaries are instructers of children and youth, as well as preachers of the gospel, and their exertions in this way have been highly beneficial. Young persons, of both sexes; have been qualified for the office of instruction, have gone out into other places, and have diffused abroad the knowledge they had themselves received.
In addition to the employment of missionaries, the Society distributes religious tracts, and will receive and faithfully appropriate, any monies that may be entrusted to it, for the support of foreign missionaries, or translating the scriptures into foreign languages.
The claims on this Society are numerous, and continually increasing. Its funds are by no means adequate to meet them. It remains with the christian public to decide, whether a denial shall any longer be given to them, who, in the most pressing manner are calling, as in the language of the Macedonian to Paul, Come over and help us.
We earnestly recommend this object to the attention of the pious and liberal, and we know not that we can present them with a more worthy object of their patronage. Those are justly commended, who labour to alleviate the bodily sufferings, and to promote the temporal comfort of their fellow creatures. How much nobler the attempt, to raise them from a state of spiritual darkness and degradation, to impart to them the blessed light, the cheering consolations, the sustaining, animating hopes of heavenly truth, to feed them with the bread that came down from heaven.
Christians, freely you have received, you should freely give. Remember that you are stewards. Remember how much you owe for the inestimable gift of the gospel, and that great is the reward of those who are instrumental in turning many to right
Church at Eastport.-We are happy in receiving very favourable accounts of the state and prospects of the Congregational Society at Eastport, Washington county, state of Maine. This society is composed at present of between fifty and sixty families,
and is receiving new accessions. They have at a considerable expence erected a very commodious and handsome church, which has recently been dedicated. Mr. Andrew Bigelow, of Cambridge University, being then engaged in preaching with them, officiated at their desire on the occasion, and delivered an appropriate and serious discourse from Luke xvii. 20. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” We are happy to learn, that he has complied with their request to continue his labours among them for a limited period.
The unanimity and liberality, which have marked the proceedings of this society are entitled to much praise, and may be regarded as an earnest of their future prosperity. We consider this settlement in a religious view as highly interesting. Eastport has already a population of 2300, and is advancing in commercial importance. It is, therefore, probably destined to exert a considerable influence on the religious character of the county, throughout which, as we have understood, there is now but one regular clergyman. We hope the same spirit of harmony and zeal, which has seemed to actuate them, may continue and increase. They have a just claim upon our co-operation and prayers.
We are also much gratified in the favourable situation of the Congregational Society at Belfast, Maine. This Society, it may be remembered, was for a long time in a broken and unhappy state, and unable to provide for themselves even for a short period, the benefits of the ministry. Since the settlement, however, among them, of the Rev. Mr. Frothingham, who was sent to their aid upon their application to the Evangelical Missionary Society, and who afterwards became the pastor of their united choice, their divisions have been healed, their numbers have multiplied, and there is an increasing seriousness and attention to the ordinances of religion. In the flourishing condition of this Society, now no longer in need of any assistance, we have a convincing proof of the wisdom of the plan, that has been adopted with regard to our missionaries, and a most animating encouragement to new and extended efforts.
Public Education. Considerable attention has of late been excited to the important subject of our Public Schools, and particularly to the support and patronage required for the Latin Grammar School in Boston. The liberal system, which has been adopted for the last few years, has been greatly satisfactory to the friends of learning, and has raised this school to a very high reputation. Believing that the interests of learning are intimately connected with the still nobler interests of morals and religion,
we quote with satisfaction the following passage from the charge of the Hon. Chief Justice Parker, recently delivered to the Grand Jury at the opening of the Supreme Judicial Court in this county, and at their request communicated to the public. We quote from the Daily Advertiser of April 27, in which this admirable charge may be found.
“The reputation which a country may acquire by its wealth or its military strength, does not satisfy those who feel interested in its true glory : it is the cultivation of a literary taste, a respect for Jearning and learned men, works of literature and science, (together with the public and private virtues which these are calculated to produce,) that our country must be indebted for her reputation abroad, and for that place mo history, which all ber sons must wish her to sustain.
“It is not true that nothing is acquired but the dead languages in studying them. The history of ancient times, of the glorious struggles of pobie states and men to procure or regain their liberty-the magnanimous devotion of citizens to the welfare of their country-the most profound lessons of moral philosophy--the most delightful flights of poetic fancy, these are all communicated to the minds of the young, in a form calculated to make the most durable impression, and to lay the foundation of that high eharacter, which forms the true glory of a people.
* It is for these reasons, with others equally important, which will suggest themselves to every intelligent mind, that I cannot but hope, that a seminary so eminent in past time, and which, under its present wise and skilful management, is advancing in usefulness and celebrity, will continue to receive the enlightened patronage of the inbabitants of this town, whose child it is; so that in the rapid progress of our country to national greatness, history may point to this as the best nursery of learning and virtue, the place where beroes, statesmer, and public benefactors of every kind, have in sucressive generations imbibed those principles, and laid the foundation of that knowledge, whicb has enabled them to adorn the age in which they lived, and to promote the happiness of their cotemporaries and posterity.”
Tracts.—We solicit the attention of the Christian Public to the Tracts, which we are printing, and many of which may be procured in any number at the store of Messrs. WellS & Lilly. The agents and patrons of the Christian Disciple are requested to apply for them, and assist in their circulation : and the friends of religion will confer a favour by lending pecuniary aid to the promotion of so good an object. The following is a list of the Tracts with their several prices;
Sermon at the ordination of Rev. Jared Sparks, delivered at Baltimore, 1819. By Rev. William E. Channing. Price 124 cents single.-$1 20 per dozen.—$8 per 100.
2. Henry Goodwin, or the Contented Man. Price 17 cents single.-$1 80 per dozen.-$11 per 100.
3. Essay on the Use and Meaning of the phrase “Holy Spirit.” Price 8 cents single.—75 cents per dozen.-$4 per 100. 4. Essay on Conversion. Price do. do.