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under the directions of Providence, he Since the date of the above, Dr. Price has been the means of delivering us from writes to a gentleman in America (April 7), the iron grasp of the Burmans. May - I am happy to have it in my power, God reward him a hundred-fold, and to inform you of the health and safety of prepare him for the future enjoyment of our dear brother and sister Judson. They heaven!

are now in Rangoon, and are waiting to Rangoon, March 22, 1826. take passage to some port under the pro“ We have, my dear Mr. Butterworth, tection of the British government. As for safely arrived in Rangoon, and once more myself, I propose remaining in Ava, to take find ourselves in the old mission house! advantage of the present change of feeling What shall we render to the Lord for all in the Burman government. I think the his mercies?

prospect extremely fair for missionaries, “ You will see from the public prints either under the British or Burman flag; the treaty of peace. We intend going to and I cannot but look forward to no disone of the places retained by the English tant period, when, like Otaheite, they also Government, and endeavour once more shall shake off the trammels of superstition to collect a little church around us. Mah and idolatry; and join to seek tbe one Men-lay and her sister we foundat Prome: living and true God.” they are as pious as ever, and will follow Mrs. Judson again states, in a letter wherever we go.

dated March 28, that “there was a pro“ Burmah will yet be given to Jesus for bability of establishing as many schools as his inheritance! We are not discouraged, could be supported.' but think our prospects brighter than ever. We shall have as many schools as we can Our readers may refer back to our vol. support at Mergui or Tavoy, to which for 1824, p. 592, for an account of the places the Burmese population are flock- establishment and proceedings of the ing in crowds.

Burmese mission.

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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

FOREIGN.

the new constitutional governments, that Portugal. The cortes have met and they haveturned their most anxious attenbegun to proceed to the work of legisla- tion to the education of the people. We tion. The speech of the queen regent, at rejoice to learn from the queen regent's the opening of the chambers, expresses a speech, that Portugal is about to follow strong assurance of the stability of the new this excellent example; and that the inorder of affairs in that kingdom. The In- struction of the people is relied upon as fant Don Miguel has taken the prescribed the best security for good morals, and oath to the constitutional charter, and is for the stability of the constitution. to marry the young queen. Still the speech admits that internal opposition

DOMESTIC. has not ceased; and it virtually betrays Parliament has met; but the only the fact that a still more formidable oppo- professed business for which it is consition is to be found in the hostile feelings vened before the usual meeting in Feof some foreign nations. The govern- bruary, is to grant an indemnity to ment, however, relies upon the decided ministers for the late Orders in Council, support of Great Britain, and the “fra- opening the ports for the admission of ternal reciprocity” of other countries. certain kinds of foreign pulse and grain. Mr. Canning has expressed in parlia- The king's speech--from the plan, of late ment the necessity of our maintaining a years pursued, of including nothing in fleet in the Tagus to keep in check the it which can give occasion to much foreign enemies of the new constitution. difference of opinion, or provoke an Had the late Lord Londonderry decid- amendment to the address is avowedly edly adopted, from the first, that line of barren of information respecting the policy in our intercourse with the conti- views or intentions of government, in nent which the interests and the huma- regard either to our domestic or foreign nity of this country equally demanded, policy. It merely notices the late Orders Spain and Naples, with probably many in Council; expresses his majesty's saother parts of southern and central Eu- tisfaction at the termination of the Burrope, would by this time have been in the mese war; states that foreign powers enjoyment of free institutions, civil and

continue to declare their peaceful views religious; and much treasure and blood- towards this country, and that his mashed have been spared to the nations. It jesty will continue to use his efforts to is among the best blessings resulting from promote peace abroad; and lastly, la

ments that the manufacturing distresses ditable. The nation has great cause to have not subsided so rapidly as his ma- feel humbled in the sight of God, for its jesty boped would have been the case. commercial sins, (including the gigantic No allusion is made to the corn laws, to one of our slave system,) which have Ireland, to the slavery question, and been severely visited by the afflictions various other subjects on which the that have been permitted to fall upon is. public are anxiously waiting for the an. Let us then seek forgiveness from Him nouncement of the plans of government. who, in great wrath, will still remember With regard, however, to the first of mercy, provided we repent; and fear lest, these points, ministers have expressed having been often and loudly reproved, their determination to bring in a bill “if we still harden our necks, we shall upon the meeting of parliament early suddenly be destroyed, and that without next year. Their object is understood remedy." Let us implore him to pardon to be, to allow of the importation of all our national pride, our luxury, our kinds of grain at all times, upon the worship of mammon, which, in common payment of fixed imposts, the adjust- with various other sins, witness londly ment of which is likely to cause warm against us. Let us pray that he would debates. We are happy to add, that his not visit, either upon parliament or the majesty was able to deliver the speech country, the sins of the late election ; in person. His royal brother also, the the drunkenness and gluttony, the bribery Duke of York, is said to have recovered and corruption, the falsehood and slander, from his late severe indisposition. which may have polluted this great na

The last few weeks have continued to tional solemnity. Let us especially feel disclose not a few nefarious scenes of dis- humbled for the sins which have of late honesty and fraud, in connexion with so painfully prevailed in quarters where, some of the joint-stock companies; the if any where, we might have expected to rapid rise and fall of which will long be witness a more holy and peaceful spirit; remembered as an era in our commercial for the spirit of bitter hostility towards history.. Vague censure may probably their brethren which has displayed have fallen on some companies, and on

itself in the very recesses of professed various individuals, not at all, or only truth, religion, and charity; for the sins partially deserving of it; but, allowing of our “most holy things;” the unthe utmost for this just extenuation, the christian weapons which have been undisgraceful proceedings which have been sheathed, even by some of those who disclosed, reflect a most painful light on more decidedly profess to “name the the character of that worldly honour name of Christ," and are therefore more which exists apart from religion, or with solemnly pledged to depart from all only a false pretence 10 it. It is most “ iniquity“ of speech or conduct.-But distressing to find the names of persons

we forbear--let our readers pursue the in various departments of respectable subject in their own reflections; and we life, some even in stations of considerable doubt not they will find ample cause influence or elevation, lending them- both for rejoicing on the one hand, and selves, for sordid considerations, to spe- for humiliation on the other, at the culations the most illusory, and in many survey of our national privileges and our instances to transactions highly discre- national transgressions.

ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Rev. J. Brinkley, D.D. to the Bishopric Rev. R. Jones, Little Leigh P.C. Ches. of Cloyne.

Rev. R. Ridsdale, Kirdford V. Sussex. Rev. J. Pright, Preb. of Combe and Rev. H. A. Rous, Reydon V. Suffolk. Harnham, Salisbury Cathedral.

Rev. R. S. Skillicome, Salford R: Oxf. Rev. W. A. Alderson, Seaton Ross R. Rev.C.W.Hughes,Dulverton, V.Somer. co. York.

Rev. J. Ward, Great Bedwin V. Wilts. Rev. J. Barber, Wilsden P. C. co. York. Rev. E. Wilson, St. Michael's C. Bath.

Rev. J. Baylie, Bloxwich Chapelry, co. Rev. F. R. Hall, Fulbourn R. co.Camb. Stafford.

Rev.C.B. Bruce, Chap. to Duke of York. Rev. F. Close, Cheltenham P.C. Glouc. Rev. T. Henderson, Chaplain to the

Rev. C. G. Cotes, Stanton-St-Quintin Earl of Verulam. R. Wilts.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Clericus; THEOGNIS; and Rusticus, are under consideration.
We are much obliged to J. G. for his communication.

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CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.

No. 300.]

DECEMBER, 1826. [No. 12. Vol. XXVI.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

MEMOIR OF LINDLEY MURRAY, ESQ. has cheerfully met our privations ; (Concluded from p. 648.)

tenderly sympathized with me; and

been cordially disposed to forego her AS young Murray's mind im

own ease, to afford me assistance proved, and his views enlarged, and comfort. She has indeed been he became still more attached to

a great blessing to me; and I have literary pursuits. He wished for a

abundant cause to be deeply thankprofession connected with these ful to God for this unmerited favour, pursuits ; and the study of the law and its continuance to the present particularly attracted his attention ; time. It vields me great satisfaction, but his father took great pains to to perceive that our esteem and divert his thoughts from the subject. love for each other have not dimiHe represented the temptations nished with advancing years. The which he would have to encounter evening of our day has, indeed, been in the practice of the law; and illumined by brighter rays than which, he said, would probably lead those which our morning or merihim to deviate from the principles dian light afforded. And I earnestly and conduct of that religious society hope, that, whilst life remains, we of which he was a member. His shall be favoured by Divine grace to father however at length consented; cherish those sentiments and virtues and Lindley, four years from the which will exalt the happiness of commencement of his law studies, our union, support us under every was called to the bar; and received trial, and prepare our minds for a licence to praetise, both as coun

the enjoyment of a better world." sel and attorney, according to the This passage is copied for the custom of that time, in all the sake of the truly interesting and courts of the province of New York. useful picture which it presents. His business answered the expecta- Fictitious narrative is full of the tions he had formed; and his family delights of youthful attachment : it and friends were satisfied with the is therefore cheering to find, from prospects which attended him.

the occurrences of real life, that About the twenty-second year of there are pleasures and sympathies his age, he married the lady who in reserve for more mature years, survives him. “ We have lived to- when the visions of youthful romance gether," he says, in his auto-bio- have long passed away.

" All the graphical detail, “ more than forty world,” says Mr. Cunningham, with years; and through the whole course

true pathos, " are delighted to of that period, she has been to me watch the young as they grow up a truly affectionate and excellent together : to me it is not less dewife. In all our varied conditions lightful to see the old wear out of life, I have received from her the together to see two creatures, of most unequivocal proofs of attach- distinct tempers and passions, by ment, and solicitude for my welfare. degrees, meeting into one-to see During my long confinement, on how happy those may be, who haaccount of bodily infirmities, she bitually prefer the happiness of CHRIST. Obsery. No. 300.

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another to their own—to see, finally, virtuous persons; and in the perusal real love, like a flower blooming of the sacred volume, and other reamidst ruins, surviving the vigour of ligious books, tending to establish the body, and all those attractions the heart and life in the love and on which it is thought to depend." practice of piety. About a year

Mr. Murray states, that in the after his residence at Islip, the practice of the law, pecuniary inte- country became greatly distressed rest was not his only rule of action. from the scarcity of salt, the British When circumstances would pro- cruisers preventing the introduction perly admit of it, he endeavoured of that article. Young Murray in to persuade the person who was consequence erected

some salt threatened with a prosecution, to works, and was just ready to begin pay the debt, or make satisfaction, the manufacture, when the British without the trouble and expense of forces took possession of Longa suit. In doubtful cases, he fre. Island, and the article of salt quently recommended a settlement was abundantly introduced into the of differences, by arbitration. He country. His loss was considerable; did not recollect that he had ever but the employment which he had, encouraged a client to proceed at in devising and superintending these law, when he thought his cause un- works, was not destitute of advanjust or indefensible. In the retro- tage to him. spect of this mode of practice, he After he had resided at Islip had always had great satisfaction; about four years, he became disand he was persuaded that a differ- satisfied with a mode of life which ent procedure would have been the consisted chiefly in amusement and source of many painful recollections. bodily exercise, and he also per

His business was very successful, ceived the necessity of doing someand continued to increase till the thing that would provide permanent troubles in America commenced. funds for the expenses of his family. A general failure of proceedings in The practice of the law was comthe courts of law then took place. pletely superseded : he had there. This circumstance, joined to a severe fore no prospect of any considerable illness, which had left him in a feeble employment, but by settling at state of health, induced him to re- New York, and entering into mermove to a situation on Long-Island, cantile concerns. Every year now in the district of Islip, about forty added to his capital, till, about the miles from the city of New York. period of the establishment of AmeHere he concluded to remain till rican Independence, he found himthe political storm should blow over, self able to gratify his favourite and the horizon become again clear wishes, and retire from business. and settled. In this situation, he But his pleasant prospects were became extremely attached to the soon overcast : the cup of promised pleasures of shooting, and fishing, sweets was not allowed to approach and sailing in the bay. The loss his lips. A severe fitof illness left him which he sustained, by not suffi- in so infirm and debilitated a state ciently attending, at this time, to of body, and the tone of his muscles literary and professional pursuits, was so much impaired, that he could he considered to be incalculable. walk but little ; and this relaxation The recollection also of the time continued to increase. His friends, which he spent in shooting, and alarmed at his situation, recomidly sailing about the bay, afforded mended travelling. He therefore him no satisfaction in a moral and set off with Mrs. Murray for Pennreligious point of view. That time, sylvania, and soon established himhe says, might have been employed self in Bethlehem, a pleasant town in doing good to others; in the about fifty miles from Philadelphia. society and converse of pious and Bethlehem is a settlement of the Moravians; among whom Mr. Mur- was the term by which he was de ray soon found much to occupy his signated,) that he was welcome mind, and gratify his curiosity. The whenever he chose, to ride in the different houses appropriated to the grounds appropriated to the walks single brethren, the single sisters, of the females. He acknowledged and the widows, with the various the favour of so great a privilege ; economy of the society, were sub. but as he could not think it entirely jects of an interesting nature. The proper to make use of it, he never spirit of moderation, the govern- repeated his visit. He was greatly ment of the passions, and the tran- delighted with the general economy quillity and happiness, which ap- of the society; but he thought that peared to pervade every part of to detach from many of the advanthis retired settlement, made on his tages and duties of society, young mind a strong and pleasing impres- persons in the full possession of sion. In one of his rural excursions, health, strength, and spirits, was le observed a gate which opened a very questionable policy; though into some grounds that were very some important moral uses were picturesque. Without proper con- derived from the institutions which sideration, he desired his servant respected the single brethren and to open it ; and entering he almost the single sisters. immediately observed a group of By the advice of his physician, cheerful, neatly dressed young Mr. Murray determined to try the women approaching. They had effect of a more favourable climate, been gathering blackberries, a rich and to make a short residence in fruit in that country; and each of England; for which country he emthem had a little basket in her hand barked, with Mrs. Murray, near the filled with this sort of fruit. The close of the year 1784. In connumber of this cheerful group was templating the place where they about thirty, between the ages of were to reside, it was their special fifteen and twenty-five. He took desire, that their lot might be cast the liberty of addressing them in in the neighbourhood and society a short speech ; in which he ob- of religious and exemplary persons. served that it gave him particular They had felt, he says, the danger pleasure to see them so happy: of intercourse with persons who that their situation was indeed en- seemed to make the pleasures of viable, and singularly adapted to this life the great object of their produce much real enjoyment, and attention; and had derived comto protect them from the follies, fort, and some degree of religious the vices, and the miseries, of the strength, from the society and exworld: that if they knew the trou- ample of good and pious persons. bles and exposures, which are to In this desire of being settled fabe met with in the general inter- vourably for the cultivation of their course of life, they would doubly best interests, they had the happi. enjoy their safe and tranquil se- ness of being gratified; and they clusion from those dangers, and be considered this privilege as one of thankful for the privileges they the greatest blessings of their lives. possessed. The smiled, and some “Our attachment to England," of them said that they were indeed says Mr. Murray, “was founded happy in their situation. These on many pleasing associations. In young persons reported to their su. particular, I had strong prepossesperiors the whole of this transaction, sions in favour of a residence in with what had been said on the oc- this country ; because I was ever casion. But he found that, notwith- partial to its political constitution, standing his intrusion, he had lost no and the mildness and wisdom of its credit with the elderesses; who sent general system of laws. I knew to inform the sick gentleman, (this that, under this excellent govern

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