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which it is built, is immoveable; being infected by those Deistical and thus our faith may receive a re- and Antichristian principles which newed strength, when, perhaps, are now spread all over the world. weakened by the convulsions of the We endeavour likewise to pull age we live in. Besides, all the. down more and more the walls of Missionary efforts which lately Partition, which divide the various have been made from so many vari- denominations of Christians; and ous quarters in your highly favour- to tie still faster the bond of an uni. ed island, afford a most pleasing versal love among all who worship anıl encouraging sight to thousands God in Spirit and in rurh, and of Christians on the continent, who truly believe in his Son Jesus are anxiously waiting for the glori. Christ; and in this view the Mis. ous manifestation of Christ's king- sionary Accounts, which you send dom; and who exult at every fresh us froin time to time, are a very triumph of our blessed Immanuel essential hielp for us, as they are over Satan's kingdom among Hea- sought after with great eagerness, thien idolaters or Christian infidels. Some time ago we paid a more par

Though separated from you by ticular attention to the Missionary seas and lands, we stretch out to Seminary at Berlin, being seriously you the hand of brotherly love, disposed to do every thing in our kindly beseeching you,

power, that this important institustedfast, unmoveable, always a. tion may be countenanced, supbounding in the work of the Lord.” ported, and wisely directed, so that Let no fear nor hinderance slacken it may produce subjects duly qua. your zeal. It is true, the present lified for the noble purposes of the situation of your country seeins a Missionary work. very critical one ; but hope, and be Finally: Farewell, dearly belov. undismayed. Many thousands of ed brethren. We salute you most your Swiss and German brethren cordially; we wish you a thousand are most affectionately concerned blessings; and remain, with neverfor your weal and woe; and if you ceasing love and esteem, could see their closets opened, you

Yours, &c. would see them upon their knees, unanimously imploring Gol's fdo vour and protection in lest the promising seed of the An Account of the Annual Cegospel, which is so richly sown in remony of Blessing the Apyour country, and begins to grow ples, or l'irst Fruits, in the and blossom, should be destroyed Greek Churches. by any tempestuous cloud hanging now over your head. The Lord, Extract of a Letter from Petersburgh, who is with is, is stronger than

datel Airy. 7, 1303 those that are against 115.

YESTERDAY was the day set But, to add a few words concern- apart for the priest to receive and ing ourselves: The Lord has abund- bless the apples, called The Firse antly prospered our feeble endea. Fruits ; before which they are not vours, so that we had the satisfac- permitted to be eaten. The cere. tion to witness a considerable in inony is performed in a very solemn crease of the members and friends

As the morning was fine, of our Society. Our monthly Mil- I took a ride about four or five gazine finds an open door among miles out of town. In going, the friends of gospel-principles. lis imperial carriages passed me, principal design is, to preserve the with the singing men ani boys be. fundamental doctrines of Christi. longing to the Chapel Royal, on anity in their original purity, as their way to a small chapel which they are delivered to us in the stands near the palace. As I reHoly Scriptures, to represent them turned, I saw preparations making in a plain popular way; and to for the reception of their Imperial warn all ranks of people, but more Majesties. I went in, without inespecially the lower classes, against terruption, and waited about half

your behalf,

manner.

con .

an hour. In that time the Bishop, have been seventy-one had he lived and five others of the clergy, ar- till the 24th of next month. He rived, and prepared the dresses: continued composed and cheerful they all put on one and the same to the end. He had been apprized coloured dress, - a rich gown of of his dissolution for some days." scarlet velvet, finely ornamented Extract from a Communication in th: with silver crosses. After I had

Philadelphia Gazette. waited some time, a woman pointed

" Since his illness at Philadel. me to the opposite side of the chapel. I went; and soon after, the phia, in the year 1801, he never redoors suddenly opened, when their gained his former good state of Majesties entered, and came and health. His complaint was stood within the reach of my walk

stant indigestion, and a difficulty of ing-stick t. I was much pleased during this period of general debi

swallowing food of any kind ; but with the great attention which they lity, he was busily employed in paid to their devotion. Two tities of apples were brought in printing his Church History, the

first volume of his Notes on the bags, carried within the aliahl, and kept there for some time: 'after Scriptures, and in making new and which a little table was brought, original experiments. During this

his and placed before the altar; and period, likewise, he wrote covered with a covering of the same

pamphlet of Jesus and Socrates Scarlet and silver velvet of which compared; and reprinted his Esa the priests' vestments were made.

say on Phiogiston. A plate of apples was then brought, Nov. 1803, to the middle of jan.

" From about the beginning of and placed upon the table in a py- 1804, his complaint grew more serie ramidical form. The six priests ous; yet, by judicious medical treatcame out, and stood around the table. The Bishop, with his mitre le, after some time, seemed, if not

ment, and strict attention to diet, on, gave them his blessing, one of the priests perfining them with gaining strength, at least not getincense all the time: after this, he

ting worse ; and his friends fondly threw the incense toward the Em- tinue to improve as the season ad,

hoped, that his health would con. peror, Empress, and Grand Duke. This being ended, an anthem was

vanced. He, however, considered

his life as very precarious. Even sung. The Bishop presented the

at this time, besides his iniscellaneEmperor and Empress each with a little loaf. The Bishop first, the

ous reading, which was at all times priest following, went to the Em the works quoted in his Compa;

very extensive, he read through all peror and kissed his left cheek and rison of the different Systems of right hand ; which salute he retirues : they next went to the tiänity ;', composed that work, and

Grecian Philosophers with ChrisEmpress, and' kissed her hand;

transcribed the whole of it, in less which she returned by kissing than three months ; so that he has Here the ceremony ended. left it ready for the press. During

J.H.

this period, le composed, in one

day, his Second Reply to Dr. AMERICA

Lion. DLATII OF DR. PRIESTLEY..

"In the last fortnight of Jan. his Extract of a Letter from 1. Cooper, larming, his legs swelled, and his

fits of indigestion became more aEsq. of Northumberland, 10 J. Wood- weakness increased. Within two house, Professor of Chemistry in the days of his death he became so weala University of Pensylvania, Feb. 6. that he could walk but a little way,

«Your old friend, Dr. Priest- and that with great difficulty; for ley; died this morning, without some time he fouird hiniself unable pain, at eleven o'clock. "He would

to speak;

buton recovering a little, + None åre perinitted to sit in the Greek church ; all stand, from the highest to

Hh

theirs.

he told his friends that he had ing," added he, " to sleep as well sever felt more pleasantly during as you; for death is only a good his whole lifetime, than during the long sound sleep in the grave, and time he was unable to speak. He we shall meet again." was fully sensible that he had not “On Monday morning, the gth long to live ; yet talked with cheer. of February, on being asked how fulness to all who called on him. In lie did, - he answered, in a faint the course of the day, he expressed voice, That he had no pain; but his thankfulness at being permitted appeared fainting away gradually. to die quiety, in his family, without About eight o'clock, he desired to pain, and with every convenience have three pamphlets, which had and comfort that he could wish for. been looked out by his directions He dwelt upon the peculiarly happy the evening before. He then dic. situation in which it had pleased tated, as clearly and distinctly as the Divine Being to place him in he had ever done in his life, the life, and the great advantage he additions and alterations which he had enjoyed in the acquaintance and wished to have made in each. friendship of some of the best and Mr. took down the substance wisest men of the age in which he of what he said ; which was read. lived, and the satisfaction he de. to him. He observed, “Sir, yon rived from having led an useful as have put in your own language; I well as happy life. He this day wish it to be in mine." "He then gave directions about printing the repeated over again, nearly word remainder of his Notes on Scripture for word, what he had before said; (a work, in the completion of and when it was transcribed, and which he was much interested); read over to him, he said, “That looking over the first sheet of is right; I have now done." the third volume, after it was cor. “ About half an hour after, le rected by those who were to attend desired that he might be removed to its completion ; and expressed to a cot. About ten minutes after his satisfaction at the manner of its he was removed to it, he died; but being executed.

breathed out his last so easily, that « On Sunday, the 5th, he was those who were sitting close to him much weaker ; but sat up in an did not immediately perceive it. arm-chair for a few minutes. Ile He had put his hand to his face, desired that John, chap. xi, miglit which prevented them from obbe read to him: he stopped the serving it. - He was born March reader at the 45th verse, dwelt for 24th, 1733." some time on the advantage he had derived from reading the Scriptures In recording the death of this daily, and recommended this prac- eminent person, we cannot withtice; saying, that it would prove hold our tribate of unfeigned rea source of the purest pleasure. spect to all that was estimable and • We shall all," said he," meet useful in his character and labours. finally : we cnly require different At the same time, on other and far degrees of discipline suited to our more momentous considerations, different tempers, to prepare us for we lament, with heart-felt concern, final happiness.” Mr. coming the degraded employment of his into his room, he said, “ You see, noble talents and uncommon enSir, I am still living." Mr. do:vments to a purpose totally subobserved, That he would always versive of the dearest interests and live. “Yes, I believe I shall : best hopes of sinful man. As a we shall meet again in another and man of moral character and amiable a better world !' He said this with manners, as a sufferer by cruel pergreat animation, laying hold of Mr. secution, as a most extensive genem's hand in both hus own. Af. ral scholar rather than a profound terevening-prayers, when his granit. one, and as a perspicuous writer, Children were brought to his bed- he holds a place of high and mede, ke spoke to them separately, ritej honour. His works in Hisd exhorted them to continue to tory, Criticism, and some import

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lasting monument of his fine and, our readers, pass by his defects as
richly cultivated mind. In his phi- a theological writer. In the pur-
losophical labours, the scientific suit of his end, he appears to have
world has been deeply interested; been too often inadvertent to the
and is under great obligations to his means of attaining it. Of this se.
singular and prolific telicity in ex: rious charge we cannot acquit Dr.
periments, his indefatigable exer- Priestley, when we consider his as-
tions, and his brilliant and truly tonishing and tenacious impenetra.
useful discoveries : for the latter, bility, to evidence which he was
the manufacturers of this country unable to repel; and this not in di-
ought to have no small sense of vinity only, but even in his chemi.
gratitude. la his works on the cal opinions: his awful underva-
External Evidences of Revelation, luing the testimony and the autho.
while we deplore their sad defici. rity of Scripture; and his scauda.
ency, we truly admire his clearness Jous inaccuracy in quoting and
of conception, his masterly arrange: reasoning from the Christian fa-
ment of thought, and his force of thers. Incalculable is the mischief
reasoning But here, alas! we to the immortal souls of men, of
must change the language of re. which, we fear, he has been the ina
vering approbation. For his inde. strument.
fatigable zeal in the diffusion and O that our tears and our regrets
defence of his religious sentiments, çould for ever efface the melan-
we blame him not; yet, О had his choly remembrance, and the awful
diligence been consecrated to a bet, effects of his determined, inflexible,
ter cause l-

and guilty hostility to the glorious We cannot, in justice and can- person, the grace, and ihe gospel dour, as weli as for a warning 10 of Jesu's !

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Falmouth Congregation, by the Rev. Mess. Wildbores 6-23 10 7
Penrhyn ditto,

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ditto Basil Society, Switzerland

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6 From a Number of Friends in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire 915

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wards oae entrusted with part of the Monev.]
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ledge of the Gospel among the Heathen
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HOME INTELLIGENCE.

A PROPOSAL TO MINISTERS

FROM THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. The Committee of the Religious Tract Society being desirous that the Tracts which they publish should have the most enlarged circulation, in order that they may produce extensive and general benefit, it has been thought, after mature reflection, that no means will be so likely to ac. complish this object, as those which shall include the co-operation of Christian Ministers in the several cities, towns, and villages of the United Kingdom. In pursuance of this idea, the Committee respectfully propose to such Ministers as may read this Address,

1. That the important objects of the Religious Tract Society be recominended to the attention of their congregations :

2. That, for the purpose of having a supply of Tracts always ready for sale, or distribution, in their vicinity, Tracts be forwarded to them front the Depository, Stationers' Court, London. The price to be charged as Jow as possible, and credit to be given for six months ; but none to be Sent on return :

3. That one copy at least, of each Tract published by the Society, be retained in their own possession. This will materially assist them in making up their orders:

4. That care be taken occasionally, or periodically, to preserve the subject froin being forgotten or abandoned.

At the same time, Ministers can best determine for themselves on the various modes of carrying such designs into etiect. Some may think proper to mention them in public : - lists of the Tracts may be displayed in their vestries, from week to week: — Societies may be formed; the lembers of which, by a moderate contribution, may be supplied with a certain portion of the Fracts, according to the rules they establish.

The Committee would observe, That the credit for six months will enable those Ministers who may not, in this respect, have the systematic aid of their congregations, to promote, without any inimediate expence, with scarcely any risk, and with considerable facility, the great ends for whieh the Religious Tract Society was instituted.

By the adoption of the measure now proposed, the following advantages will be secured:

1. A Depository of Tracts will aford pious and benevolent persons an occasion of exercising their zeal in distributing appropriate instruction to the poor, the atticted, and the profligate.

2. The interests of religion may be expected to revive, in consequence of such repeated addresses to the understandings and passions of many, who never give the opportunity of tendering them, in any other way than serious advice and expostulation.

3. Thus, the foundation may be laid of a small library for the use or Subscribers, and those whom they may agree to indulge with the same privilege; by which means, it the books are well.chosen, many will be excited to read, and the knowledge of divine truth will be greatly ex. tended

4. If the assortment should be large, a Minister will be provided with Tracts which he may circulate, recommend in his pastoral visits, and in all his journies.

The substance of wliat is here stated, will equally apply to those Ministers and Christian friends to whom it may be more agreeable or conve. nient to obtain Tracts from any other Society. London,

Signed, April 11, 1804.

JOSEFII HUGHES, Secretary. N. B. Applications for Tracts on credit, must be addressed to the Secre. tary, at Mr. Williams's (the Depositary) Stationers' Court.

jan. 5, 1804, was opened a Jan. 26. A neat and commodichapel at-St. yes, in Cornwall. ous chapel was opened at Swindon. The first sermon was preached by The following ministers conducted the Rev. Mr: Wildbore, of Fal. the services of the day : - Mr. mouth, from Hag. ii. 10; Mr. Thresher, of Abingdon, preached Wildbore, jun. preached in the at- in the morning; Mr. Holmes, of ternoon, from Psicxxii. I; and in Farringdon, in the afternoon ; and the evening, the Rev: Mr. Paddon Mr. Elliott, of Devizes, in the preached from Zach. iv. 9: after evening. Messrs. Wase, Baynel, which the sacraient was adminis. Clift, Best, Muston, and Watis setered. The congregations were verally engaged in prayer. Swin. large all day, and were not without don is a populous and genteel town, Cokens of the Divine Presence, situated in the center of several vil.

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