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the rule of duty proposed in the text, nothing can withstand its energy ;
and and then applie's it to the occasion. we are roused to action by a confident He observes, " That this admirable persuasion, that the time is at hand, rule comprites every individual of the when all the world shall fiel the bea human species ; that it is of universal nign and saving influence of the gloriobligation ; that it is not merely a ous gospel of the blessed God!" prohibition, but a command, enforced We are glad to see Mr. Biddulph by the authority of the great Law. strongly insisting upon the duty of all giver of the universe, recommended Christians to exert themselves in supby his own example, and containing port of Missionary endeavours; and an appeal to every affection of the hu- he justly observes (from Mr. Milner, man breast." The author then ap- in his Church History) " That the plies the subject to the occasion, and existence of piritual life, shews, that the soul being of infiniu ly ral mass of Christian professors, may be greater value than the body, a failure inferred from the favourable circumin the duty we owe to the souls of stance of Missionary efforts; and that, men, is far more sinful than any defect on the contrary, there is ground for of brotherly kindness relative to their apprehension, that, when the desire to teinporal interests. The claims of a spread the knowledge of Christ begins fellow-man refer to both the parts of to languish, the spirituality of the his vital frame, but particularly to that church is at a low ebb; for genuinc which is immortal; and his prayer piety is necessarily diffusive. One of resembles that which was successfully its grand characteristics is Charity,” addressed to the Saviour : " If thou &c. caust do any thing, help us." He calls The author candidly introduces the upon his hearers to place themselves, ex postulation of one of the converted as much as possible, in the situation of Hottentots, made in one of our wor. the Heathen: " Fancy yourself to be a shipping assemblies (published in this poor Heathen, wandering in your na. Magazine in December last) and tive woods, without any distinct adds,“ 0, may the affecting considere knowledge of God, or any acquainte ations, suggested by this lisping reance at all with a crucified Saviour, prover, fan the languid spark of zeal yet, conscious of guilt, harrassed by in our bosoms, and excite us to more fear, and destitute of all consolation spirited exertions, and a patient conunder a certain prospect of death, and tinuance in well-doing !" a subsequent state of existence. Now, We have reason to think, the exwhat would you wish that the en. postulation was not made in vain ; and lightened Susoos, enjoying your pre- that it has contributed much to the resent advantages, should do to you? vival of a Missionary spirit. The reLet Conscience determine the part cital of the passage in the church, apo which you would have them to act, peared to make a strong impression on and this is the rule of your own con the congregation; and the liberal colduct, when you again contemplate lection made at the doors (amounting yourselves as Christians." Describ to 2261. 6s.) proved that Mr. Bid. ing the object of the Society, he says, dulph's hearers were properly affected "Our present aim is vast; vast be with the subject. It has been a mata yond all calculation! It is nothing ter of surprize and regret for several less than to evangelize, not merely a years past, that the London Misjonvillage, a parish, a town, a city, a ary Society has not made public colo kingdom; but, if possible, the whole lecrions ai their Annual Meetings. world! The command of God Vast numbers of persons who attend sanctions the effort, and the promise on such occasions, and who are not of God affords encouragement in mak- otherwise applied to on the same subing it. Archimedes assigned to the ject, feel wannly disposed to patronize Lever mechanical powers that are ca- the glorious cause, and would gladly pable of moving the universe ; and contribute towards its support. we know that such power may be al
To this useful Serinou a REPORT tribured, without exaggeration, to the is subjoined, which was delivered by gospel of Christ. If the Spirit of God the Rev. Mr. Pratt, Secretary, to the attends the promulgation of his truth, Annual Mieting of the Society, on
the same day, at the New London subscription, in a duodecimo var Tavern, Cheapside ; an extract of lume, for the benefit of a Dissent, which will be found in our Missionary ing minister and his family (see Intelligence for the present month. advertisement on the cover.' The.
The Aprendix contains an Ad work itself will be very useful in dress to the Rev. M. Renner and P. diffusing a general knowledge of Hartwig, their first Missionarics, just church-history fa branch of inforbefore their departure for Africa, in mation too little regarded) while January last; which contains some the subscribers will enjoy an opporjudicious advice, well worthy the re- tunity of contributing some assist, gard of all Missionaries. This is fol
ance to a worthy man who has en. lowed by a pious farewell-letter to the dured no small share of adversity. Committee, from Mr. Reuner and his companions; another from the Rev. We are informed that the Rev. Mr.Jaenicke, tutor of the Missionary Sir Henry Moncrief Wellwood,, of Seininary at Berlin; a List of Collec. Edinburgh, is preparing for the tions, Benefactions, Subscriptions, &c. press a Volume of Sermons, which
The whole publication is inte. will appear in the course of the xesting, and must afford much plea
winter. sure to the genuine disciples of Christ, who cannot but wish well to every in- to reprint his father's “ Abstract of
Mr I. James, of Bristol, is about stitution that has the glory of the Re- the gracious Dealings of God with deemer and the salvation of sinners in.
several Eminent Christians ;' 12 view.
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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. We have been favoured with the following Letters, relative to the emi
nent Black Preacher, Moses Baker, and the Persecutions in Jamaica; and insert them at the Request of a very respectable Correspondent.. Account of Moses Baker,
him, that Mrs. Baker and myself could
read and write, and wanted to blind him 05 JAMAICA.
of his religion ; but we were going on en(Continued from Vol. XI. p. 365-) tirely wrong. Mr. W. told nim, he ute Honoured Sir,
terly abhorred all contention, particularly CONFORMABL Y to your request, I come
among those that call themselves Chris. ROW to relate the trials and pesecutions I
tians. So Mr. W. sent for me, and said, have met with. As these writings are
w Because you can read, you want to sather too long, I am obliged to contiue
blind this poor man of his religion, in myself to the most material.
order to brighten yourself. I do not call It so happened, that some negroes be.
this religion at all.” Having no means of longing to a property at a considerable convincing him, and as I saw he believed distance, fell into Mr. W.'s hands, who
this man, I told him, Time would try all were not willing to come here. Mr. W. things; and so left him. By this coco told me, that he was going to send for
duct of Keli, our society was brokca up, some of those good people (he called them) and every soul curaed away from me, exa from the place where he first saw me, to
eept one man But I remembered the get them to do a favour for him. I then
word of God: “If God be for thee, wbe begged hiin to send for old brother Wil- shall be against thee.” In this situation kin. Accordingly he did so. The old
Mr. W. left me, and went up to Kings man brought down two other brethren with story, where he gave a very poor account of him: one of whom, named W. Kitt, was
I knew I had nothing to trust in bighly esteemed in Mr. Liele's church, as
but the Lord, while this man had full li one of the judges. After they had seen
berty to go on in his own way. Io a little the work of God here, they were highly
time Mrs. Baker turned against me also ; delighted, and seemed willing to stay.
and became as great a persecutor as any I However, they returned; but left W. had, so that I could nct stay in the house. Xitt, who was determined to stay, and
I was obliged to resort to a desart place, send for his wife. I readily agreed to his
sod there continue fasting and praying for proposals, hoping that God had blessed upwards of six months ; till I was reduced me with a fellow.labourer ; but jo four or
so low, that I was nol able to bear it any five weeks I found out that his manner of longer. I now agreed with Mrs. Baker life was quite contrary to the gospel.
not to follow the Baptist religion any hailed to him, and brought him to the
more ; but to give up these people, and Scriptures, and convinced him, in several leave Mr. W.'s estate. Notwithsianding places, where he was not walking accord.
these resolutions, I was obliged to go back ing to the word; begging him, in the
to the desart again, and there applied my.. name of the Lord, not to set a bad es.
self to God. In this disordered state of ample in such a place, and among such · mind I fell into a slumber; when I weak people as these were. I soon ap- thought I saw myself taken up, with my peared to me, that he was in a state of heels upward, and Hell, as it were, gapfornication t with one that I held in the ing for me, I awoke in the greatest ter. church. 1 immediately told him, that I ror; and falling on my knees, applied could not, by any meaas, hold fellowship to God in prayer, promising that I would with him. On which he wene among the
even lay down my life sooner than deparo people, endeavouring to destroy the work any more from the cause of Christ. I of God. He told them, that I was not
came home irom this place, and went to pruch acquainted with the discipline of the
Mis. Baker, and said, " Seker, my dear, Baptist church ; and was thought very
let us remember the word of our Lord, little of at Kingston : that he was a man
who says, “ Where iwo or three are ga• of their own colour, and better able to thered together in my name, ibere will kach thein than I was. Not satisfied
be in the midst of Thein;" therefore, as with this, he went to Mr. W. and told this poor thing stays with us, why should
the dreadful besetting sin of Jamaica. Alluding to the man who had ais deserted the cause.
I leave the work of God?” This discourse professors left here, and went into a state of seemed to pacity her greatly.
fornication. Finding this out, I told the Not long after this, Mr. W. came people, I would not go with any such home ; and sending for me, told me, that matter to Mr. W. “ As you are his owa there were some people coning down, and property,” said I," you may go if you when they came, he would know which of think fit: but I put you away entirely for us was right. He added, which affected mc, and have no part with you." These me greatly, that a gentleman had told people, however, gave me no little trouble, him, if he kept me here with my religion, contradictiog my words. I here rememin four years time there would not be a bered the words of l'aul to the Galatians, green thing upon the estate. I answered, where he speaks of " false breihren un• * Sir, if there is one fian ready to do a awares brought in, who came in privily!. good thing in the sight of God, there are
spy out our liberty which we have in twenty ready to draw him away from it. Christ Jesus." In order that you should Therefore, Sir, I do not mean to be a not be in anywise deceived, I thought it stumbling block in your place; neither proper to give you a just account, that you shall you stumble me out of the ways of may be able to judge ; and admitting the God. Now, Sir, as you have brought me very great difficulties I have to encoushither, if you'll give me a passage back ter, you may not think it strange that I'll qut your place as soon as possible.". I have been less successful than might He said, • We will try this matter first. Otherwise have been expected. Now, as St. Paul says, “ All things work In the year 1791, an extraordinary cir. together for good ;' and as God had laid cumstance happened here : You must it out (exclusive of W. Kiit's wife) Mr. know, Sir, that in the island of Jamaica, W. had two brethren and their wives, and it is customary, on or before Christmas, one unmarried sister, so there were three for the overseers and book-keepers of ese couple and one. When they came down, tates to make a general search in all the Mr. W. sent them immediately to me; negro-houses (as they are very suspicious and desired they would be very particular or ihe negroes at that time) to see if they in this matter.
They called up the So- can find any guns, ammunition, or other ciety, with W. Kiit. There was one of unlawful weapons. Now, at this tinie, the brethion who could read a little. I Mr. W. had for his clerk a German genihen opened the Scriptures to them, shew- tleman, who wanted something to be done ed them where I hailed him, and called to his chaise by the blacksmith; he being upon him in a kind, tender, loving man. one of the brethren that I held in great
The sister whom he had dcluded esteem, whose name is Charles. He told canie forward, and acknowledged in what this gentleman, that he was just now shoe. manner he had deluded her. She said, he ing one of his master's horses; but would told her that it was no harm for her to go endeavour to serve bim as soon as he had that length with him. The brethren done. At tbis the Germani flew into a hearing these things, having examined violent passion, and looking round the well into the matter, turned round to mes shop, he saw two new cutlasses, which were and said, “Well, brother Baker, we have not handled: he took them up, and said Seeń and heard the Scriptures as well as to Charles, “ These you have made to arm the matter before 11s, and we do not see, the negroes to rebel; and. I will swear in any measure, wherein you are wrong. against you.” He carried them before We are fully satisfied, and find you have Mr. W. and several other persons that done every thing right according to the were with him, and said, “ That fellow, word of God." After this business was Charles, ought to be carried down to the settled among ourselves, the brethren, W. bay, and tried for his life. See, I have Kitt, and myself, went to Mr. W. They found these weapons with him." Mr.W. related the whole to him as above. Mr. immediately sent for me, shewed me the W. being now thoroughly convinced, ap- cutlasses, and said, ' Is not this Charles proved greatly of my conduct ; and turn
one of your Christians ?' – I replied, ing to W. Kitt, said, “ Well, friend, thou “ Yes, Sir, I held him as a Christian." ari no longer fit to speak to my people ; • Well, Mr. S has found those wearous but it thou wilt go and saw for me, I will with him; and he is just now going down hire thee, and pay thee, as it is thy trade." to ihe bay to be tried for his life.' – This But, in a short time after, he took his affected 'me inuch ; and I said to him, wife, and went back to Kingston, where he “Sir, I do not believe that Charles made acknowledged his faults before the
these cutlasses for brethren, and soon after departed this life. that all your negroes have such to clean Thus ended this severe trial of W. Kitt. their grounds with :" and I further said, But soon afterward, three out of the five “ Now, if Charles is going dowa to the
# Schrocter was the clerk's warne
bay to be tried for his life, as it is I that has he done? We hear him speaking nohave taught him, and many others, nov, thing but the word of God.' When he Sir, I will not go home to my i'amily ; but heari them say this, he quarrelled with will go down to the bay, and take this them, telling then he would report them upon in yself, if it is even wito death, that to the magistraies, for refusing to do their Charles, who is innocent, may live.” On duty. The Loud lud ii to me to continue this Vir. W. said, “ Mr. S. do you hear in the grace of God! Accoidingly, I what Mr. Baker has said?'. Mr. S. cailed ine people together the next might. starting up in the most violent manner, ex- As soon as I had raised a hyinn and puc claimed, “ He is a foul; he is mad." -- up a prayer, I saw them moving the chairs • Well,' said Mr. 1. if you think so, out of the house. I called to the brother, you must go on; I will go 0:1 no farther and asked him the reason for doing so. He in the marier. Mr. Baker is ready to go
told me there were several of the magiswith you’- When tey had all heard trates and other gentlemen, as well as lathis, no more was said; but Charles was dies, who were going to sit down in the sent to his work again, the cutlasses were yard to listen io my discourse; and said given cu him, and so ended this attair.
Brother, for God's sake, say but A considerable tine alter this trial, I little ; and take care what you do say." was niuch troubled in spirit : it appeared I told him to stand in his place. It reto me, that I was too much confined un minded ine of the words of Paul,“ Chat Mr. Wi's estate; and that I ought to go
the word of God is not bound." Yet I abroad and try to do some youu with the musi acknowledge that I was a little gospel. I make it my daily study to read daunted at tirst; but soon after, it seemed a little of the Scriptures, and reading that
as if the Lord was with it, and I had utpassage; " Go ye into all the world, and terance with great boldness. I spoke in preach the gospel to every creature," / such a manner as I do not recollect ever could refrain no longer : so I went down
to have done before. After I had ended Jo Montego Bay; and there I gut among my discourse, some of them said, “ This the fishermen. I began to put up the man speaks very well, and we find no word of God to them; and the two or threc fault with him, particularly as he is a that had heard me the first nighi, seemned man of colour.” Others of the said, to receive it jovfully. They soon invited • The fellow's mouth ought to be stopped;' all their acquaintance to come and hear. and in this division they lett ine. The I staid with them several days. Some next day I left the bay. A few days after, time after, they agreed with me to get a
I returned again, and called the society place to serve God in. I gave my part;
together : but there was great fear upon and we got a house at Moniego Bay, for them, and they seemed very doubiful. I 4-1, per ann. After procuring this house, opened the Scriptures and read to them, I thoughi proper to mention it to Mr. W. particularly reminding them how our Lord His answer was, that he had no objection suffered even unto death; and what trials to my going anywhere 10 do the will of and pers: cutions the apostles bore before God. I soon proceeded to recommend it us, for the cause of our blessed Lord. to all that were willing to hear, that every They then told me what great threatea. man should have his own wife, and every ings they had heard ziven out against me: woman her own husband. In a little time, The brother before mentioned (wiio told I was able to form a small society of above me to be careful what I said) took an apo twenty souls. Exclusive of this I had, portunity of speaking to the brethren and at every mecting, a great number of sisters in the following manner: -" The heartrs,
brother does not live among us; he does One night in particular, I called the so- not know what people he has to deal with; ciety together, in order to praise God. and it seems to me that he does not rrgard During the time of duty, I beard a man his lile. This very matter will turn all in the next house groaning exceedingly. the great people against us, and ruin our Just after I had sung a hymn, and said, living.” Notwithstanding this dangerous " Let us pray," i here came in a gentleman discourse, they all agreed to come to duty and tapped ine on the shoulder, sayrog, with me that night, and share the sanie “ Pray, Sir, what is this you are arter?
with me After commencing with sing. There is a gentleman in the next house ing and prayer, there came in iwo or three lies dying, and your noise is distracting gentlemen, who appeared to be much inhim." My answer was, 'Sir, this I am toxicated; one of whom was the persoa going to do, is fit for a departing soul.' who first forbade me, and called the con. He left me immediately, went out, and stables. Soon after, the house was crowd. called two constables
When they caine
ed with more of them. They pusried all to the door, I was speaking the word of the brethren and sisters aside; so they God to the people. He commanded them had ine in the midst of them. But this to take hold of me. They said, 'What thought impressed iny mind, ' That they