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eure that the afinity which Calvinism Mr. Krefting, who has been congratis in many of its parts bears to Paganism, laced by the missionaries. may not facilitate the conversion of
Two new missionaries have arrived Hindoos and other Heathens. The Ro- in Bengal which makes the number, man Catholics have always proved more now there, ten. One who was on prosuccessful in their missions to the Hea- bation in England, has declined; two thens than Protestants, owing to the other probationers have been received. circumstance of their barbarous doc. ' A new place of worship is erecting, wines, and gross ceremonies, befitting partly, we suppose, for the use of the the degraded minds of their auditors. inissionaries at Calcutta. The missionThe accounts which the Baptist Mis- house has been much enlarged by the sionaries transmit home, from time to purchase of some adjoining premises. cime, fami iarize throughout a wide An interesting account is given of a circle, Indian manners, customs, my- missionary journey, undertaken by two thology and history to British minds, of the missionaries, in company with and thus connect the colony more closely two of the native brethren, to Dbarce, a with the parent state. If their design large city, two or three hundred miles should fail, they will have had the merit N. E: of Serampore. On their way, of having laid a mass of informatiou the people of one place desired to know concerning Hindostan before the public, “ what difference there was between and of having made the study of the Creechno (their God) and Christ; character and religion of the Hindoos and whether they were not the popular. The labours of the Asiatic same !" After arriving at Dhacca, they Society interest only the learned. distributed in an hour and a half, no
In our first Volume, p. 493, 194, we less than 4000 pamphlets. Bue they gave an abstract of the 15th number of were stopped by a magistrate, who de the “ Periodical accounts relative to the manded their passports, which they had Mission.” We refer our readers to it not, and forbidden to circulate any for the sake of entering more fully into more tracts, as “ they had created great the epitome with which we now present uneasiness among the people." They them of the 16th number.
therefore left the city for the country. The head quarters of the Mission is in one village they found a cong cgatios at " Serampore, a Danish settlement, a of Hindoo Roman Catholies, consisting of little above Calcutta, on the river Hoog- 500 families! Nothing is said of their ly." Here the Missionaries have always history, but they are described as enterreceived the encouragement from a fo- taining the same blind devotion to the reign people, which they were denied by priesto as Roman Catholics of other their own countrymen. Colonel Bio, the countries. They did not appear howo : Governor, who was very obliging to ever to hold their idols in high vencra. them, died May 18, 1805, aged seventy• tion. The missionaries could not help five. One of them, noting his death in admiring the visible change which eren his Journal, remarks that “ a ray of
so corrupted a system of christianity had hope beamed forth at the last hour. His produced in their manners. It would relations” he adds,“ say that they heard be worth while for the society to make him almost the whole night preceding inquiry into the means by which se his decease, praying most fervently to
many Hindoos were converted; so his Savinur. “As a governor he was a worthy character. His mind had been their missionaries, confessediy able and
many more than have been converted by cultivated by a liberal education, and zealous men, after many years of pain. his sentiments were noble and en- ful labour. larged. He revered a good man, and The missionaries pursue their studies despised modern infidelity.” He was with ardour ; some of them are labourburied by Mr. Carey, who preached his ing hard at the Chinese language. "A funeral sermon.
“ All the
poor kameated his death, exclaiming, • Never young Armenian, Mr. f. Lessor, born
at Macao, and educated under native shall we see another such a master.
Chinesc masters, is in tructing theng. He is succeeded in the government by He bas been employed by a gentleman
in Calcutta, to translate the scriptures them! At the same time, it is but jus from the Armenian bible into Chinese, tice to say, that, with a few exceptions, and has made considerable progress.” the articles drawn up by the mission: Mr. Marshman informs one of his cor. aries offer no violence to commion sense. respondents, that he has committed to Some of the earlier mi aionaries had memory 400 Chinese sentences, and the good fortune to go out in ship befinds the language perfectly attainable. longing to a religious American captain, This gentleman has also drawn up a Wikes, who has ever since befriended memorial on the practicability and pro- the mission. Having lately received a priery of translating and printing the thousand guineas from the society to scriptures, particularly the New Testa- remit to India, he excited his country, ment, into all the languages of India, men to add something to it, and accord. and distributing them among the nao ingly the religious public of the United tives. It is calculated, that for the sum States raised the large sum of 13151. 52. of zoool, two thousand copies in each The finances of the society are in a Language may be printed, 'bound, and flourishing state. The subscriptions in circulated. The brethren have agreed 1806 were, for the general purposes of to add all the Hindoo and Mussulman the mission, 24291. 35. 8d. and for the shasters to the mission library; also to tran-lation of the Scriptures, (inclusive have a lecture in the family, once a of the American contributions) 15731 fortnight, on the languages and religions 145. 9d. The balance now in hand is of the East.
16231. Is. 9d. Within a year and a quarter, forty-two The design of giving the Scriptures persons, chiedy natives, have made a to the natives of India, in their several profession of the christian faith by bape languages, is so excellent, that we think tism. The church at Serampore now it ought to be encouraged by all classes consists of cigbly-two members. A of Christians. And as a separate fund church, consisting of sight members, has is raised by the society for this purpose, been also constituted at Dinagepore, Christians of any denomination may conunder the pastoral care of Mr. Fernan- tribute to this great work without dez, whose history is singular He was being considered as supporters of the born in the island of Macao, on the east creed of Calvin. We should rejoice to of China, of Portuguese or Italian ex- see Unitarians throwing in their mite traction, and was educated for a Roman towards the important object, and thus Catholic priest. His own good sense, proving that, provided the gospel be however, made him, withput any other published, they rejoice with Christian help, a protestant. Two or three more sincerity, regardless of what are the pechurches are soon to be organized. In culiarities of the denomination which planting separate churches, native pas- has set the scheme on foot. We confors are always to be appointed, and sider Unitarianism as Christianity, and native deacons, that the missionaries we believe that Christianity will in the may preserve their original character. end universally prevail: we ought there. Several of the native converts, as might fore to regard the missionaries in India have been expected, have relapsed into as pioneers
, who are opening the way vice, if not idolatry.
for future teachers, who will proclaim In these “ accounts" we are sorry to the truth as it is in Jesus." And nothing scarcely of Mr. Carey's. CHRISTIANS IN JAMAICA. It cannot be supposed that his professor. The Christian slave-bolders in Jamaica, ship in the college prevents his corre. are qually zealous as our prelates at spondence with his friends in England; home, in maintaining good order und and if the cditors of this work have regular spiritual government. They letters or journals of his, and refuse have stepped forward at various times from any cause to publish them, they are for the support of the church as by Law surely chargeable with ill-policy. May Established, and in their wisdom have we bazard the suspicion that Carey's lately passed a law for stopping the procommunications being more sober, or gress of schism among the slaves, by rather less enthusiastic than those of which, these unhappy creatures will be others, are on what account postponed to deprived in a great measure of the only consolations, the consolations of religion, common guolisomnis, or isto; which European avarice and tyranny to a free vegro, a fine of soul and inte had left them. The law i: denominated prisonment in the workhouse for thr: “ An ordinance for preventing the Pro- months, or both; to a slave, imprisonfanaticn of reigious rites ond false war. ment and hard labour in the workhouse shipping af God, under the prerence of for six months, or whipping, or both, preaching and teaching, by illiterate, as shall be in tbose cases resi citively adignorant and ill disposed per ons, and judged. The same penalties to per ons of the mischiefs consequrnt thereon permitting ne ro worship in their houses, Pious legislators! worthy for your godly yards, or any places belonging to them). 2.cal, of the character of prophet! who And it is further ordained, that no percould expect or desire that you and your sons who are licensed and qualified shall seg ocs should have any thing, even use pid'li qorskip, o irlieribün tbe leur religion in common! let them hold truth, of six in tbe morning, or later than søn ef and truth becomes odious; let them in tbe evening,” under the saine penalties possess virtue, and virtue is profuned! as the white man lay under, in the formes Their worship must indeed be fal e, if instance. your's be true; for they assuredly will This glorious statute was passed in not worship the God of “ traders in the common council, in Jamaica, June 15; persons of men.” They worship a Be. 1807, about the time thai" No topery" ing who takes pity on the poor and was resounding in all the streets of needy, a Being to whom vengeance be- London. The Jamaicans a e consistent. longcih ; of su.h a feing, it is politic A half-way negative persecution is ridiin tyrants great and small, to prohibit culous. Mr. Premal, may take a u e. the inention and the thought, within ful lesson from the save torturers, Their dominions, and let them sleup on fore he again a.tempts to tir up bigotry and take their rest, till they and their and ill blood. injured vassais shall meet together at The effect of the law, has been the his tribunal.
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A great variety of communications has been received this month, to all of which dus attention will be paid.
it is with reluctance we decline inserting the very sensible remarks of Quondom Irurencis; hat we cousilur that the subject to which they relate ha been already SiTiciently dis usscd, and that to press it fader on our readers would be impru. dent. OF.'s paper shu I be left for him a: the Printer's.
J. M.'s Defeace of his “ Examination of the Clergyman's Remarks upon Stone's Sermon,” said appear in the two renia ning nu.nbers of the present voiunc.
We irsert, beneath, 11r. Aurten's remarks upon Mr. Hennett's sermon. Impartiziity requires his or us, but we shall enter into no controversy upon the subicct. Uru a ca elulemus on, we see noining obj.ctionable in the Remarks of our Rere ver; and he, pro «bly, wil noi think it necesary to come forward to vindiodby ths ordi...ry pliuscuiusy u. iii. Lwin from the charge of indecency.
IN DECENCY OF MR. BENNETT'S SERMON,
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository.
As a General Baptist, and a friend to free inquiry, I am unwilling that either myself or my brethren should be misrepresented. You noticed, in your Review of last month, Mr. Bennett's sermon preached before the General Baptist Assembly. I heard that sermon, and have perused it since its publication. Mr. B. has as serted in his prefatory letter, that most of his auditors gave him a patient hearing, but I believe that in this he is very incorrect. Mr. B. also observes that he could not see that any one should be alarmed at the idea of Joseph's being the father of Jesus. I believe there was no great degree of alarm excited by that idea, for several who disapproved of the performance were of Mr. B.'s opinion ; and that you, Sir, are under the same misconception, is clear from your observations in the Review, where you say" But we are unwilling to believe that the heads and representatives of the General Baptists, & sect which has always led the way in free inquiry, should have been less ready than an assembly of the clergy to permit one of their nembers to state frarikly and defend temperately his con-cientions belief.” I believe I speak the sentiment of a large majority of the Assembly, when I say, that it was not the liberty of inquiry exhibired in the discussion, that gave such general dissatisfaction, but that such a subject should have been chosen for such an occasion ; for while I am ready to admit fully the utility of free discussion in matters of religion, yet it ought to be recollected that the brethren were not assembled at that time to settle points of speculative and controversial theology. And to do the Assembly justice, it should be understood, that Mr. B's sermon was delivered to a congregation composed perhaps nearly of an equal number of males and females. That care which man ever discovers to preserve from annoyance the delicate feelings of the other sex, constitutes one of the highest features of civilized society, nor is there any principle in the Christian religion that authorises its votaries to intrench on so invaluable a rule of precaution, and thus violate the universally prescribed privileges of female modesty and reserve. That Mr. B. displayed considerable ability I am ready to admit, but I appeal to any one whether a subject, the discussion of which leads to the repetition of the following expressions thirty or forty times in the space of half an hour, was not improperly chosen for a female auditory, (viz.) “ The fruit of thy body"-" The fruit of his Joins"_" Kings shall come out of thy loins"-"Seed of David according to the Aesh"-" The rod that came forth out of the stem of Jesse"-" The branch that grew out of his roots”-“ Jacob begat Joseph"--" The husband of the mother must be the father of the son": - Joseph's commerce with Mary"-"His descent is traced through the body of Joseph"_" An unmarried woman should not conceive
"An eye witness to the miraculous conception"-" The connexion between the Holy Ghost and the mother of Jesus,"' '&c &c. I say, I appeal to the good sense of any person, whether the discussion of such a subject was not highly indecorous and improper.
But, Mr. Editor, that I may not intrude too much on the patience of your readers, I shall merely add, that my personal knowledge of Mr. B. both as a man and minister, forbids the imputation of unfavourable motives to his conduct; but it sometimes happens that the zeal of good men leads them into imprudence. I have taken up the pen merely to exculpate the General Baptist Assembly from the odiunı so inproperly cast upon them. That its members may not mistake cach other's views, and that the well-intended effort of every individual may be marked wich prudence and decorum, is the sincere wish of, Sir,
B. MARTEN Berstong, near Dover,
Octe 4, 1809.