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selves in the lot of this once highly. The assembly insists, that Moses favoured people; or who wish to forbade the taking of interest (Deut. be acquainted with events now pan xxiii. 19) absolutely, among the . ing on the earth, perhaps introduc- Jews, who were to be an agricultu. bory to the brightest days of the ral people; yet, wbre commercial gospel dispensation among mankind. advantage is intended to be mads
The singularity of this assembly, by money advanced, the lender is which certainly has had no parallel permitted to partake a moderale to it for many ages, induces us to share of the profit derived from the offer a slight sketch of its principal employment of the money. We are proceedings. This body was col- of opinion, that the assembly did. lected from the dominions of not enter fully into this subject; France, Holland, part of Germany, and possibly, it is reserved for the and Italy, by an Edict of the French Grand Sanhedrim, to which depuEmperor, dated May 30, 1806. It ties are invited from all nations of included 100 Members, of which the earth; and which is appointed about 24 were Rabbins; and com- to meet in October next, at Paris. menced iis functions July 26, 1806. There is something extremely It sat till Feb. 5, 1807. A number striking in beholding a people. of questions was referred to it for which has, during 18 centuries, beca decision : which may be reduced to the butt of scorn among the patious, the following principles : "Whether and has suffered disgrace and ca. the Jews considered themselves as lumay, distress and anguish, in every citizens or as aliens in France ?”. shape, yet is preserved, while those To this the assembly answered una. nations who triumphed over it are nimously, as citizens ;” and it has annihilated. The empire of Baby»., been recommended to the Jewish lon has long ago sunk in darkness, people to purchase lands; and to the Roman power has for ages ceagsettle, definitively, in that country. ed to exist, yet the Jews remain ; It is evident that such a procedure and so decidedly venerate the instiabandons entirely every hope of re- tutions of their law-giver, as, after establishment in Judea, or 'return the lapse of 3000 years, to appeal to their own land, when the times to them as their rule, to profess obeof the Gentiles are fulfilled." We dience to his ordinances, and to doubt also, whether such a fixed set- justify their opinions by his lantlement be consistent with the de. guage and authority. The very signs of Providence, which seem to fact bears ou it something like the have marked the character of vaga- stamp of divinity: for where arg bond on this people, indelibly, as the institutions of mere mortal, lewell as purposely. " Whether gislators which have maintained Jews may intermarry with Chris.. themselves in vigour, and have reach-. tians?" is a second branch of en- ed our days, though only of one quiry; which is answered by saying, half the antiquity of these? That no law expressly forbids this We should be happy to think that connexion ; but no Rabbi would this, or any other event, might preperform the sanctifications necessary pare
the seed of Abraham for the to the religious completion of mar, reception of the truth as it is in Joriage. A question on the civil sus ; and happy should we be to power of the Rabbies, is answered say to this people, generally, “ Q by denying that the Rabbies have house of Israel, come and let us aạy civil power : but the question walk in the light of the Lord !” which appears to have occupied the assembly most seriously is, that of the lawfulness of taking interest of Sermons and Letters, by the late Rev, money. It seems that Jewish inte.
1. A. GUNN, 8vo, 8s. rest was five per cent, per month ; Tais volume contains 17 Sermons which soon produced such misery and 67 Letters. The foriner were among those who had borrowed at delivered at Farnham, 'when Mr. that rate, as to render the interfe- Guna was curate of that churcb : sonce of the government necessary, - & period which he consider
ed as far the most useful and im- them to Mr. S. the editor. They portant of his whole life, because form an animated portrait of the his labours were then eminently faithful and affectionate Christian blessed. His words are, in a letter pastor ; and contain many incidentą to the Editor, "And now my miof his life, many illustrations of nistry in the town of Feis nearly Christian experience and the walk closing,“What hath God wșought!" of faith, and many proofs how may both of us say: From June constantly he sought to save him: 1782 to May 1792, what a change self and them that heard him. has taken place here ! Were I to live an bundred years twice told, I imagine these would be by far the The Importance of the Gospel Minismost important ten years of my
try considered : a Sesmon preach. life. The Lord has been doing a
ed at Hoxton Chapel, June 25, short, but great work here : I trust
1807, being the Second Anniver, the effects of it will never leave
sary Meeting of the Ministerx edu, F" P. 280.
cated at Hoxton Academy, By At this time, however, it appears
Charles Buck, 18, that in accomunodation to the pre- MR. Buck's text is Rom. x, 14, judices of his hearers, he wrote his 15," How shall they hear without discourses out at length; and, for a preacher," &c. "The principal dethe most part, read them! When sign of this discourse is to display expelled from this place for his fide. the great importance of the gospel lity in the discharge of his ministe- ministry, as it “diffuses sonod knowrial office, he left a number of MSS, ledge, excites pure benevolence, enwith his friend, the present editor, sures real happiness, and terminatos who, since his death has, apparently in the everlasting salvation of imwith much judgment, selected those mortal souls !"
Each of these par: before us as a memorial to his ticulars is suitably illustrated: after friends and hearers, and not with which the preacher proceeds to show out respect to their farther useful how much the character of a minis.
ter of the gospel rises above that of Mr. Gunn's manner of preaching the hero, the philosopher, the pa. is so well known, that we think a triot, the orator, or the philanthro specimen unnecessary, He never pist. aimed at oratory; but be constant. In the improvement of the subJy endeavoured to deliver the most ject, he invites his hearers to thank, momentous truths in the most sim- fulness for a gospel ministry: he ple and appropriate language. His supposes that not less than 10,000, doctrine was always evangelical as inínisters lift up their voices every well as practical; and his address Sabbath-day in Great Britain, to was immediately to the heart and proclaim the glad tidings of salva: conscience of his hearcrs : a me- tion. He considers it also as a mat. thod of preaching, followed with a ter of great thankfulness, that our blessing ; and wbich produces effects religious liberty remains untouch that arlificial eloquence attempts in ed; and that we can promote a goso vain. To Mr. Gunn's numerous pel ministry without being impeded kearers and admirers, however, po: by human interdictions. On which thing need be said to recommend subject he quotes a passage from his these Sernions, but that they are Majesty's late speech : “ It has undoubiedly genuine; to others we ever been my object to secure to all wili oniy add, that they will make a my subjects the benefits of religious valuable addition to the stock of toleration ; and it affords me pecu: sermons adapted for village reading liar gratification to reflect, that durand for private families in the mid- ing my reign those advantages have dle and lower clá sez.
been more generally and extensively Asio tie Letiers, to many readers enjoyed than at any former period. these will be even more interesling Nr. B. also recommends the en. than the Discou.ses. They are couragement of a regular gospel fariously addressed, but most of ministry, and the means which most
effectually promote it. “Somc," Voyages to Portugal, Spain, Sicily, says he, os are too forward in puff- Malta, Asia Minor, Egypt, da ing up those who despise humaa from 1798 19 1801 ; with an His learning; and because they can torical Sketch and Occasional Repreach for an hour together on some flections. By Francis Collins, lato odd text, or spiritualize every thing Lieutenant of his Majesty's Ship they meet with in Scriptore, that, Dolphin, 1200, 48. ~ fine, 6s, therefore, they stand in no peed of
Books of Voyages and Travels instructions froin such institutions
more frequently abound with reflec. as those: but let us never encourage tions and suggestions of an iminoral şuch a spirit, rather let us set our
nature, tban with such as tend to faces against it; and where we can
improve the mind,
We are glado Hod pious and gitted young men, let
therefore, to see an exception to the Ms encourage them to seek those ad general custom, for the author vantages which these seminaries af.
writes like a man who fears God. ford."
and who desires to instruct as welt The preacher introduces several
as entertain his rondors. Anecdotes, which enliven his disa
The book is certainly not written course ; and concludes with the fol
in the first style of elegance, nor ing: -" Finally, let us more than
will it convey much information to ever aim at the conversion of souls, let us tever address our coagre: geographical works; nevertheless,
persons who have read the larger gations as if they were all convert, let us preach to the beart, tive to young persons, especially
it will be found pleasing and instrucbeg of Grd to give us a zealous
as the ancient state of the places and faithful spirit. It is said of mentioned is given, together with Cicero, that, when he delivered his
an account of their prescut condi. orations, the people were so charm
tion. ed, that every eye was fixed on
This work is recommended by hini ; but that when Demosthenes the Rev. John Campbell, author of pleaded against Philip, every cye Worlds Displayed, who observes in was fixed, not on the orator, but on
his Preface, " That among the Subthe object ; *) that the whole cou
scribers te it, there are several of gregation row up and exclaiined; ficers of the navy, whose names it • Down with Philip! down with
is hoped, will introduce the book Philip! - down with Philip !" 0
into more of his Majesty's ships."that we could so preach, that our On the whole, we think it will prove hearers, one and all, might exclaim,
a useful and agreeable book to a Pown with the worid! -dowa with
great number of our readers.
A new edition of Stanhope's The. many valuable hints, and will tend, a Kempis, 12mo, is in the press. we trust, to correct the mistakes of Mr. Wrangham's Buchanan Ser. those persons (if they can read, and mon, on translating the Scriptures will read this sermo ) who prefer an into the Oriental Languages, with iguorant to an enlightened ininistry. Notes, &c. will appear very shortly.
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Quebec, without a bed, I was not
able to undertake preaching the Extraol of a Leiler from Mr. Reid.
Lord's Day I staid in town, except
once in the evening to a number of Glengary, Upper Canada,
Gaelic people I got collected. These Jan 5, 1807. listened to the word with very great The prospect of usefulness in this attention. country is not at all discouraging, Oct. 16. Left Montreal, and came though, as in every place, it is not to Williamstown, in the county of free from obstacles. Through the Glengary, on the 20th, Here I whole of Lower Canadla, and dill you called on the person whose letter ap. come up, perhaps, 40 iniies abovc peared in the Missionary Magazine Montreal, you would be surprized for April, 1806. He gave me a las at seeing so many splendid churches, mentable account of the state of remuch more numerous than they are ligion in the country: After resting in Scotland, all possessed by Roman myself a day or two, I called on the Catholics, without any Protestani minister of the place, and asked liplace of worship, except in Quebec berty to preach in bis meeting house and Montreal.
on the Lord's Day, which he readiThe county of Glengary, where I ly granted. Accordingly word went have taken up my station, is all out, that a New Minister from Scotinhabited by Highlanders, a few land, as they called me, was to English and Dutch excepted; of preach to them on Sabbath; and a whom the one half, if not more, for great many came to hear. They I cannot be certain,
are Roman heard with very great attention, and Catholics. These are divided into some werc in tears, I could scarcely two large parishes; in each they see any Bibles or Psalm - Books have a chapel and a priest. The among them, A great number of others are Presbyterians. The lat- them, particularly those that came ter have four places of worship, but from Bredalbane, exulted with joy only one minister.
that I came to preach among them, In order to give you some notion A new enquiry now began through of my proceedings, and a general the whole country respecting me: view of the religious state of this Whence I had come? who sent country, I shall transcribe a part of for me? -- who was to support me ? my Journal, though it is but ua- -and what was my religion ? To interesting
all these questions they would give I came to Montreal the 6th of answers, ainong themselves, with October, 1806. During my stay the certainty of an oracle. Some there, I was introduced into the said I was a Methodist, &c, When company of various people of dif- they were going home, after hear, ferent sentiinsats ; and some, as it ing me the first day, one of them appeared to me, of'no religious sen- said to his neighbour, I was telling timenis at all, except” that God is you that he is a Methodist,” His infinitely good, therefore he will not neighbour replied, How do you destroy nis creatures for their frail- know it now? and what know. ties, wnich are unavoidable.”Amony ledge have you of the Methodists ?" these, s...ne would disparage my de The man confessed he never heard a sign with a gaeer, others ivould af. Methodist; and the reason why he fect to applaudit; but recollecting, supposed that I was one was, that I that not by might nor by power the proved every thing I said from the teinple was to be rebuilt, but by the Scripture, Spirit of God, I rem ined as I was Nov. 2. Preached in the Indian before, uainoved. In consequence Land, which is at the distance of of having got cold, coming up a ten miles from the place where I part of the river in a boat fiom first preached, to about 250 bearers,
the greater part of whom are from prayer-meetings that ever were held Perthshire. Good attention in the country, nor of many famigiven to the word, and some were lies by whom family-worship is obin tears; but I lay no manner of served. stress on either tears or groans. I do not view these as symptoms of Estract of a Letter from Mr. Dick. any good being done, unless I see that they have received the know
Quebec, March 17, 1807. ledge of the gospel of salvation. Mr. Reid's application for a They were remarkably glad that I supply of Bibles, &c. is a favourable came to the country. I distributod
When the people in any Tracts among them; which they re- place begin to enquire after the seived most thankfully. After I had Bible, it shows that their teachers gone through this part of the coun- call their attention to the Seriptry where Protestants live, I pur- tures, and that their minds are some posed to visit another Gaelic settle. way engaged with what they have ment, called Glenelg. The people heard. Nothing but the word of there are from Glenelg, in the north God will be the mean of opening of Scotland; and, if their means of the blind eyes, and of turning men instruction when at home were from darkness unto light ; yet we scanty, they are now destitute alto- may see the great advantages of gether Few of these, alas! are sending preachers into those places able to read the Bible. Having a where the people are living without letter of introduction to a person the knowledge of God. These that stays there, I came to his house people were not seeking the Scripand presented it to him: on receipt tures until our brother went among of which, he told me, though they them; and though some of them had much need of a churchman (to might wish to have them, yet they use his own phrase) yet they were did not perhaps know how to ob. not fond of me, because I was not tain them. This should animate the of their religion. He, however, minds of the brethren who have brought me to his house, and en- the spread of the gospel at heart, tertained me very hospitably. He to exert themselves to the utmost of asked me, What could my religion their power, in sending out Missionbe, when I was neither a Papist, aries to the destitute parts of the nor an Episcopalian, nor a Proteste world ; when they consider that it ant ? I told him that I was a Pro- is not merely the instructions which testant ; and expressed my surprize such Missionaries administer fronà if he heard any thing to the con- which they may look for success, trary. I then stated my reason for but that they have also good reason eoming to this country,
that it to expect the natural effect of scrip was solely on purpose to preach the tural preaching, viz. attention to gospel of salvation to my country- the Scriptures themselves, which men, who, I understood, were very will naturally lead them to seek to destitute of the means of instruc- hate copies of the Bible.
Thus a and that I would preach no- preacher or two sent to a destitute thing to them but the plain doc. corner, by preaching the doctrines trines of the Bible. When they of the Bible, they become like the heard it insinuated, that they were leaven hid in the measures of meal, in need of the gospel, they gave by which many, it is hoped, will be thanks to God that they had no leavened. The consideration of this reason to complain. On Sabbath, should encourage such of our brehowever, about 150 came together ; thren as have received gitis for pube and were apparently well pleased. lic instruction, to go forth to the After service was over, they thank. help of the Lord, — to the help of ed me for my trouble ; and request- the Lord against the mighty. ed me to come again.
I think there is good reason to Though I bave been going up believe, that many more teachers and down through the country since will soon be wanted in that quarter I came, ! have got no notice of any where brother Reid is now labour.