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and top of attack upon the denomination l a story which carries suspicion on erentes represent. In humble imitation, the very face of it. We heard ;the lowever

, of the Reviewer's tactics, and so you will calumniate an indi. aquis.) in leaping from the first page to the vidual or a body on report —some utiotel last of my book, I shall, for a mo- gossip's misrepresentation! A pono cement, leap back from the last to pular Baptist minister constrained tament: the first of bis review, just to notice, to feel, and to confess, and to proI there in conclusion, a most extraordinary mise, and so forthi—at the first on. ptism ei paragraph.

“We heard of a po. set! Wbat-strike at once on the 2 procent pular Baptist minister, who lately tirst summons! Is it credible? Is incident

made the very same assertion from it possible? “ Weak” as some of

the pulpit-the argument ours-the us may be, I think our popular t produs populur feeling theirs. Whether he Baptist ministers are not weak

borrowed it from Mr. C.'s newly enough for this! I know not how ieri, od published volume ,we cannot say, to believe it; and have no right to

but when, after the service, this all. do so without some tangible eviAmbra ihe-argument-man was called upon dence. An anonymous statement

by a Pædobaptist minister, who was of an anonymous occurrence may inciples present, for a vindiction of his bras, serve the purpose of slander, but chose he was constrained to feel that he will never carry with it the force of born di had much less than he imagined, to truth. “ This,” it is however ad

confess that be had not been aware ded, " is not a solitary case within J. how much argument there was on olir own knowledge." I am

the other side, and to promise a tainly surprised -1 dare not severecloser attention to the subject in ly retort, but unless names and

future." These are pretty tales for places are produced, I am a sceptic a bap

the amusement of children, and I still. am sorry that your Reviewer should

I am, Gentlemen, have thought so meanly of bis Pæ

Yours very truly, cards dobaptist friends to suppose they

F. A. Cóx. would be amused by such a story~ Hackney, November 8, 1824.

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DEAR SIRS,

To the Editors of the Buptist Magazine. professing Chris'ians, agreeing with us

us to ADULT's only being the proper sub

jects of baptism ;-and wbén last in Many of yonr readers are aware that England, he kindly consented to furthe Rev. W.H. Angns has visited vari- nish a compendions account of his traous parts of the Continent, parily with vcls, in a series of letters, for insertion a view to advance the interests of tho in the Baptist Magazive. Persuaded Baptist Missionary Society, of the that they will prove highly interesting, Committee of which he is a member, I have much pleasure in banding you and partly to exert himself for the inc first of these communications, spiritual benefit of scamen, among which bas just reached from whon many of his earlier years were Brussels. spent. In his varions and extensive

J. D. journies, ho discorered large bodies of Fencourt, Jan. 1, 1825.

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Thames, at anchor, the same evening: fwriterio Bruxelles, Dec. 20, 1924. but the wind dying round in the might to

the eastward, and bringing in with it 80 MY DEAR BROTHER,

high a sea, obliged us to run from our I sit down to redeem my pledge, to anchorage to Sheerness barbour. Here furnish, for the Magazine, a series of de- we rodo in shelter four days. The day ma 18. tail of a journey through Holland, &c. we put to sea again, our vessel struck, in connexion with the Mission. I in her course down the North Channel, must, however, begin by statiog, that upon the hook of the Gunfleet Sand; Earn trick my first residence on the Continent, but, there being fortunately a smooth was solely with a view to prosecute sea, and a flood tide, 'we came off the study of the French and Dutch nearly as we went on. In two days languages, in order, some future day, more, the Dutch coast was in sight; antal to advance the spiritual welfare of sea- but the captain mistook Scheveling men. 'A stay of some months in Rotter- for the Brill, and oversliot his port. dam, brought me into a most pleasing This error was discovered by one of oiset ul acquaintance with Mr.Meschaert,pastor the passengers, a Dutch fisherman, poat

, then of ibe Menonite Baptist Church in wbosc knowledge of the coast the that place. Previons to this, I bad caplain doubted at first, until the other thought the denomination was con- exclaimed, in bad English, and in a fined entirely to England and America. tone of self-confidence and dipleasure: From Mr. M. bowever, I learned, tbat “Vat, I not know mine own town?

I there were not only thirty thousand knows it so as myn right hand." To Baptists in Holland, but that their recover the ground lost by this overchurches were scattered over different sight, it took a day and a night's conparts of the European Continent, in tending against a high wind, and a goodly number. It was scarcely pos- higher sea, before we arrived at Rotsible that a piece of intelligence, to moterdam, the tenth day. The distance at once so new and valuable, could, has been performed in two. In the fail of soon giving birth to the project unusual length of the passage, tho of one day bringing this interesting smallness of the vessel, her crowded class of ians into connexion with state, both as to passengers and goods, their English brethren, and so, if pos- our close and scanty accommodations, sible, to engage them in the good work in all this there was sufficient to onof faith, and labour of love, among the hinge any one in a much more perfect pe sue va heatben.

state of bealih tban our dear, and now, Shortly after my return to England, departed brother Ward; but his deporthaving been absent for nearly three ment the whole way through was altoyears, I thought it somewhat extraor- gether so lovely, that I shall never look dinary that I should hear, by letter, back upon these ten days spent on the from Brother Anderson, of Edinburgh, waters, without associating there with of Mr. Ward, and his intention to visit sentiments of the most delightful the Continent, for the objects of the kind. Mission, provided I would accompany For lack of leisure, let this suffice bim. It easily occurred how greatlġ for the present; whilst, in the hope of the end of such a journey would be following up the above details, promoted by the appearance in person I remain, yours most truly, of one of the Mission's brightest orna

W. H. ANGUS. ments. On a little further reflection, I N. B. I make no apology for having concluderl, that now was the right time here used the term Baptist, in reserto carry into execution my long formed rence to the Menonites, since, in the project. (I think these circunstances different parts of Europe, (except in worthy of beiog related, as they mark France, where they are very numerin a peculiar manner, the leadings of a ous,) in the title-pages of all their relimysterious Providence in the case.). In gious books I have ever seen, as well as a post or two, therefore, every thing from their account of themselves, it is was decided upon relative to the jour- sufficiently evideut that they are known

as much by the one of these names as Accordingly we both embarked, by the other. In France they are August 10, 1820, with a line promising called, or rather miscalled, Anabreeze, and were at the mouth of the baptists,

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familiar Illuftrations of the sacred then rushed into my arms and burst Writings.

into tears. I could sooper have cut off my arm than have then struck him for

bis fault: he had taken hold of my No. I.

strength, and be had made peace with "DEUT. xxxiii. 19.“ They shall suck me.

TOLLER. of the abundance of the seas, and of treaSeres hid'in the sand."

Job vi, 6. “ Can that which is unsa" Afflictions teach ns the worth of roury be eaten without salt? Or is there our Bibles. The Bible is (comparatively) any taste in the white of an egg? but an insipid book before afflictions * This text is exemplified in bring us to feel the want of it, and then

Reproof without commendation, how many comfortable passages do we Admonition without example, find, which lay neglected and unknown Obedience without the principle of before! I recollect an instance in the love, history of some who fled from this Conversation without wisdom, country to that, then wild desert, Ame Preaching withont Christ, rica. Among many other hardships, The ordinances of the Lord without they were sometimes in sach straits

his presence.”

AY. for bread, that the very crasts of their

Folkestone.

J.B. former tables in England would bave been a dainty to them. Necessity drove the women and children to the sea. Remarks on the Argument for Paside, to look for a ship, expected to dobaptism, from the Baptism of bring them provision : but no ship, for Households. many weeks, appeared ; - bowever, they saw in the sand vast quantities of

It is argned, that as all the males in shell-fisb, since called clams, a kind of a household were commanded to be moscle. Hunger compelled them to circumcised, so, from the same mode taste, and at length they almost fed of expression being used, are we not wholly on them, and to their own as naturally to conclude, that all the chiltonishment were as cheerful, fat, and dren of a Christian parent ought to be Insty, as they had been in England, baptized? But are a man's children with their fill of the best provisions. A the only members of what is called his worthy man, one day, after they had all bousehold ;-does not this include bis dined on clams without bread, returned wile as well as his children? Now, thanks to God for causing them to when a man's household is said to be “sück of the abundance of the seas, from its nature, been exclusively appli

circumcised, if this ordinance had not, and of treasures hid in the sand ;"-a passage of scripture till then unoba cable to males, can we suppose that

the wife would not have been included served by the company, but wbich ever after endeared the writings of Moses in the household as well as the chilto them."

dren? While, then, females are to be ROBERT ROBINSON.

baptized, if the old law of applying the ordinance to a man's household is to

be observed, 'must it not include the Isajah xxvii. 5.Let him take hold wife as well as the children? But how of my strength, that he may make peace does this comport with the apostle, twith me, and he shall make peace with spcaking of a believing husband baving

an unbelieving wife? The apostlo "I think I can convey the meaning commands such a believer to remain of this passage so that every onc may with her. Here, then, is an unbeliever, understand it, by what took place in one of his household, and she must my owo family within these few days. cither be baptized, though an unbe One of iny little children had com- liever, or it must be admitted that the mitted a fault, for which I thougbt it law of circumcision, which required my duty to chastise bim. I called that this rite be administered to all the him to me, explained to him the evil of members of a man's household, who what he had done, and told him how wore capable of receiving it, is a law grieved I was that I must punish him which, in the case of Christian bapfor it: he heard mo in silcnce, aod tism, is not to be applicd.

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CONVERSION OF A FEMALE SAVAGE:

An Extract from Robinson Crusoe.

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On the return of Crusoe to bis Island, it is stated, that it was thonglit naces. sary the Foglisb sailors, who had taken the female savages to wise, should be in married by a formal ceremony. The priest considered it desirable the women should be first baptized-but he felt the difficulty of performing that rise, bez sa fren cause they had not been instructed in Christianity. Ai this intimation, William Atkins, the son of a clergyman, but who was a most dissolute abandoned fellow, niet tek went away to converse with his wife on the subject of religion: the following is part of the relation which he gave to Robinson Crusoc, and the priest, tvbytes relating to it,

R. C. Priest." But did you tell her IVife. “Why you say, your God what marriage was?

make all? W. A. “ Ay, ay; there began all opr W. A. “ Yes, child, our God made dialogue. I asked her, if she would be the whole world, and you, and me, and married to me our way. She asked all things; for he is the only true God: me what way that was, I told her there is no God but be. He lives for marringe was appointed by God: and over in heaven. here we had a strange talk together, Wife. " Why you no tell me long indced, as ever man and wilo bad, I ago? believe.

W. A. “That's truc, indeed; but I (“ N. D. This dialogue between W. have bern a wicked wretch, and bavo Atkins and his wife, as I took it down not only forgotten to acquaint thee in writing, just after be told it me, was with any thing, but lave lived without as follows:1

God in the worll mysell. Wife. Appointed by your God! Wife. “What, have you de great why, have you a God in your country? God in your country, you no know

W.A. Yes, my dear; God is in him? No say () to him? No, do good every country.

thing for bim? That no possible. Wife. " No you God in my country: W. A. “ It is tine enough for all my country have the great old Bena. that.

We live as if there was no Gud diuckee god.

in heaven, or that he had no power on W.A. - Child, I am very unfit to earth. show yon who God is : God is in hea.

Wife. “But why God let you do so? pen, and made the heaven, and Why he vo makee you good live? earth, the sea, and all that in them

W. A. “ It is all our own fault.

an is.

Wife. “ But you say me, he is great, Wife.

• No makee de earth ; po much great, have much great power; your God makee de eartli: wo makee can makee kill when he will; why he my country.

no makee kill when you no seen him? ("Will laughed a little at her ex. No say o to bim? No bo good pression of God nut making

her mans? country.]

Wid. “ That is true: he might Wife. * No laugh: why laugh me? strike me dead, and I onght to expect This no thing to laugh.

it; for I have been a wicked wreich, [He was justly reproved by his that is true ; but God is merciful, and wile; for she was more serions than he does not real with us as we deserve. at first

Wifi. “ But, then, do not you tell W. A. “That's true, indeed: I will God. Thankee for that God? not laugh any more, my dear.

W. A. “ No, indeed; I lave not

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It is not generally known, that this popular fiction, in its original form, of the celebrated DANIEL DE-Foe, first published in 1719, contains sentiments the most evangelical, as well as moral maxims the most valuable for the different stations of human life.

The above Extract is takon from Walker's Edition, printed 1808, containing 638 pages, 18mo.

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thanked God for bis mercy, any more W, A. “ No, indeed, my sins are
than I bare feared God for his power. all presumptions upon bis goodness;

Wife." Then you God po God; me and he would be infinitely just if he
no think, believe, he be such one, destroyed me, as he has done other
great much power, strong; no makee men.
kill you, though you makee bim much Wife. Well, and yet no kill, no
angry.

makee you dead! What you say unto
W. A.' What? will my wicked life him for dat? You no tell him tankee
hinder you from believing in God! for all dat too!
What a dreadful creature am I! and W. A. “I am an unthankful, un-
what a sad truth it is, tbat the horrid grateful dog, that is true.
lives of Christians hinder the conver Wife. " Why, he no makee you
sion of heathens!

much good better? You say he makee Wife. “Now me tipk you have great you. mocb God up there (she points up to

W. A.“ He made me as he made all heaven,) and yet no do well, no good the world: it is I have deformed myting? Can he tell? Sure he no tell self, and abused his goodness, and whats

have made myself an abominable W. A. “Yes, yes; he knows and wretch. sees all things: he hears us speak, sees Wife. I wish you makeo God what we do, knows what we think, know me: I no makee be him angry: though we do not speak.

I po do bad wicked thing. Wife. “What! he no swear, curse, ["Here Will Atkins said his heart sunk speak the great den?

within him, to hear a poor untangbt W. A." Yes, yes; be hears it all. croature desire to be taught to know Wife

. “Wheu be then the muchee God; and he such a wicked wretch, great power strong ?

that he could not say one word to her W. 4. “ He is merciful; that is all about God; but that the reproach of we can say for it; and this proves bim his own carriage would make most irto be the true God; be is God, and not rational to her to believe; nay, that man; and therefore we are not con- already she had told him, that sho samed.

could not believe in God, because be ["Here Will Atkins told us, he was that was so wicked, was not destroyed.] struck with horror to think how he W. A. “My dear, you mean you could tell his wife so clearly that God wish I could teach you to know God, secs,' and hears, and knows the secret not God to know you; for he knows thoughts of the heart, and all that we you already, and every thought in your do; and yet that he bad dared to do all beart. the vile things he had done.]

Wife. “ Why, then, le know what Wife

. "Merciful! what you call I say to you now; be know me wish to dat?

know bim. Now shall me know who W. A.“ He is our Father and Maker; makee me? and he pities and spares us.

W. A.“ Poor creature, he must teach Wife. " So theo ho never makee thee: I cannot teach thee. I'll pray kill, never angry when you do wicked; to bim to teach thee to know him; and then he no good himself, or no great to forgive me, that I am unworthy to able,

teach thee. W. A. “ Yes, yes, my dear; he is [The poor fellow was in such an infinitely good, and inšinitely great, agony at her desiring him to make her and able to punish too: and some- to know God, and her wishing to know times, to show his justice and ven- him, that he said he fell down on his geance, be lets fly his anger to destroy knces before her, and prayed to God sinners

, and make examples. Many to enlighten her mind with the saving are cut off in their sins.

knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to par. Wife.“ But no makee kill you yet; don his sins, and accept of his being then he tell you, may be, that he no the unworthy instrument of instructmakee you kill

, so you makee de bar. ing her in the principles of religion ; gain with bim, you do bad thing, be no after which bo sat down by her again; be

angry at you, when he be angry at and their dialogue went on :) other maps?

Wife. " What you put down the

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