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full conviction, that believers are the only subjects of baptism, and that immersion is the only scriptural mode. Therefore, I proposed myself as a candidate to the Baptist church in New York, under the pastoral care of the Rev. A. Maclay, by whom I was baptized on Lord's day, August 28, 1827......

• To avoid every expression in the least calculated to give offence, has been my desire and care; but as perfection cannot be expected in this life, I hope the reader will ascribe every failure in this particular to inattention rather than intention. The persuasion of my friends, a conviction of duty to give a reason' for my conduct, and a desire to be useful to others, have prevailed with me to publish these Essays. Should this humble attempt prove a blessing to the reader, the glory shall be given to Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.'

MR HAWES' LECTURES TO YOUNG MEN.

Lectures to Young Men, on the Formation of Character, &c. orig

inally addressed to the Young Men of Hartford and New Haven, and published at their united Request. Third Edition ; with an additional Lecture on Reading. By Joel Hawes, Pastor of the First Church in Hartford, Ct. 18mo. pp. 172. Hartford : Cooke & Co. 1829.

We rejoice in an opportunity of commending this little volume to the attention of our readers. Neatly printed on good paper, bound in boards, with cloth backs, trimmed and lettered, it is sold, if we mistake not, at thirty seven and a half cents a copy; a price which inust bring it within the reach of every young man who desires to read it; and it may be procured at various bookstores, from the Atlantic border to our great western rivers. It is neither a fine book, nor a coarse book; but it is happily adapted to the wants and wishes of those for whose use it was designed, whatever may be their situation. It contains six Lectures on the following subjects : Claims of Society on Young Men; Dangers of Young Men; Importance of Established Principles; Formation and Importance of Character; Religion the chief Concern; Choice of Books, and Manner of Reading.

These subjects are treated with a benevolence, and wisdom, and earnestness, becoming their nature. Intelligent and affectionate pastors, and parents, and guardians, we are confident, will most heartily encourage the reading of this book. We hope it will soon belong to the library of every Sunday School, and Bible Class, and neighborhood in the United States; and that many an individual who is able, will present copies of it to young men of his acquaintance, as tokens of his affectionate interest in their temporal and their eternal welfare. In its character, as to style and sentiments, it is neither tinsel nor lead ;—it is a solid mass of precious metal, seven times purified; or, to adopt the beautiful language of the Holy Scriptures, it is apples of gold in pictures of silver.

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Our readers will recognize, with pleasure, the hand from which the follow. ing stanzas have been most obligingly communicated.

FAITH.

“God hath not called us to fear.

Fear ye beneath the torturing power
FEAR

Of stern disease to moan?
Faith can illume its darkest hour,

And hush its deepest groan.

Ye shrink from sortow!-Can ye tell

With what benign intent,
Into the bosom's secret cell,

By Heaven's decree 'twas sent?

Man's judgment hath a fearful face !

Approach ; its might declare;
Pursue; behold, its dwelling-place,

Its element, is air.

With many a thorn our pilgrim path

Adversity may sow-
Is there no Hand to check its wrath,

To mitigate its wo?

There's peril even in prosperous days !

God shall their sway control,
Ere to destructive folly's ways

They lure the cheated soul.

There's fear in death!—No, not to those

Who feel it burst their chain,
And bear them high o'er all their foes,
From weeping, change, and pain.

L. H. S.
Hartford, Conn.

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FOR NOVEMBER, 1829.

SUBSCRIPTIONs and donations to the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States, for Foreign Missions, &c. should be transmitted to Heman Lincoln, Esq. Treasurer, Boston. Persons visiting the city, to whom it may be more convenient to call at a central place, can lodge their communications with E. Lincoln, No. 59 Washington-Street, who is authorized to receive moneys for the Treasurer.

BURMAN MISSION.

MR BOARDMAN'S JOURNAL.

In the last Magazine we gave Mr

Chinese Youth. Boardman's letter, containing an ac- Tavoy, Aug. 1, 1828. Another incount of the school established at Ta- terview with the Chinese youth, so of

ten mentioned in the journal for July. voy, in which he referred to a more

Every interview with him strengthens extended plan of operations in relation my conviction that he is truly convert to education, which would soon be ed. communicated to the Board. This ar

At the zayat I had thirty or forty ticle has been received, but is deferred tively, and took away portions of our

hearers, some of whom listened attento the next Number, for the purpose Scriptures. Some, however, inanifestof inserting his journal for August. ed a disposition to compare our doctrine The reader will peruse, in this journal, with that of Gaudama, and to con

demn or approve, according as it disarith deep interest, the desire express- grees or agrees with the dogmas of ed by one of the native converts, that that aspiring atheist. Thus the Burmore Missionaries may be sent to the mans, on first hearing of an eternal stations. Let the expression of this him before the tribunal of Gaudama.

God and Saviour, immediately arraign desire from one recently enveloped in 2. A spirit of serious inquiry perheathen darkness, awaken a deepened vaded the congregation to-day, and one interest in the minds of Christians in man seemed deeply impressed with

the exhibition of divine truth. this land, and lead each one to imitate the woman in the gospel, of whom it Baptism administered. was said, She hath done what she 3, Lord's day. Having repeatedly could. In churches where Primary the two persons who applied for bap

examined Moung Bo, and Ke-cheang, Societies are not organized, let some tism last month, we have felt that we one be excited to originate and put could defor their case no longer; and them in successful operation. Where to-day has been fixed upon for adminthey are already organized, let zeal- after worship, a little band of us, pass

istering the ordinance. Accordingly, ous efforts for accessions be made, ing through that part of the town most that adequate means may be furnish- sacred to Gaudama, bent our way aed for an extension of the Mission. mong pagodas, temples, and kyoungs,

-alike unheeded and unheeding-and Especially, let upited prayers be offered entering the high pagoda road, we passto Heaven, that missionary ardor mayed on till we arrived at the baptismal

tank. be given to those among us, who are

Near the tank was a tall pago

to the qualified to unfurl the banner of the da, pointing its gilded hea

skies. It being Burman as well as cross in heathen lands.

Christian worship-day, the multitudes Nov. 1829.

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were gathered around to pay their de- holding a prayer-meeting with the votions at the gilded shrines. In that school at the same time. Afterwards tank, under the shadow of that pago- we had public worship in Burman, and da, and in sight of their former com- then I catechised the schoolboys. Afpanions, who now gazed with mingled ter dinner, at 2 o'clock, went to the astonishment and malice, the two zayat, when we had an attentive conyoung disciples solemnly renounced gregation. Two persons, in particutheir vain idols, and put on the Lord Jar,

professed to be convinced that the Jesus Christ. O, it was a joyful, memn- gospel is true, and begged for Chrisorable occasion. Some of the heaven- tian books. After tea, had Burman ly host, I doubt not, gazed on the sight worship, as usual. Two Karens from with approbation; and He who prom- the jungle were present. It is propaised to be in the midst of two or three sed to commence, at sunrise, to-morassembled in his name, was, I trust, in row, a daily devotional exercise, at the midst of us.

which the Burman Christians and the Aug. 4 and 5. No hearers at the schoolboys are to meet me

at the zayat. Moung Shway-bwen says house. May the Lord vouchsafe to us the opposition to us has greatly in his gracious presence ! creased since the baptism. Ag he

12. The two persons mentioned on passes the streets the people point at the 9th inst. came again and afforded him and say, “ That is a heretic-he

encouraging signs of an inquiring, if I is crazy, he is a wicked wretch that may not say, of a believing mind. has renounced the religion of his fathers," &c. But he adds, “I can bear Public Support of Schools. it. My mind is decided. I fear not death for Christ's sake, for it would be Provinces, I mentioned the subject of

To the Civil Commissioner for these infinite gain.” The whole town seems to be in an uproar on account of Moung native schools, and he assured me that Bo’s baptism. May we be kept from

a day school for native boys should

This “ rendering evil for evil.”

be supported by government. 7. Had the unspeakable pleasure of appears to be a favorable opening, as hearing from America by letters and

the boys of the boarding school can be magazines. Bless the Lord, O my and can still enjoy the same advan

taught gratuitously in the day school, soul, for the glorious news of the pros- tages of Christian instruction as at perity of the Redeemer's kingdom. Moung Bo came and told how hap

present. py he was, although persecuted in ev- Incident of a Native Christian. ery quarter. Many listening hearers at the zayat. There seems to be some

To-day, one of the native Christians shaking among the dry bones.

finding a book which he had been 8. This morning received the joy writing with much care, torn to pieces, ful intelligence of the effusion of the

“his mind, (to use his own expression) Holy Spirit at Maulamying; in the

rose” to an unwarrantable pitch. Beafternoon, had a very attentive con- ing engaged at the time, I knew nogregation at the zayat. Yesterday thing of the affair till he had left the and to-day are among the most pleas. the poor penitent came and related

the

As soon as I was disengaged, ant days of my life, and the most encouraging as respects usefulness among

whole story to me. He was so ashamthe heathen. O that the shower of ed of his anger, that he could not grace which has begun to fall at Maulook me in the face. It only made me lamying, may soon reach Tavoy. I love him the more.

He is generally seem to see the day dawning: Rise, of a most humble and quiet spirit. Í thou Sun of righteousness, with heal- can cordially forgive him, and I doubt ing in thy wings.

not God has forgiven him. But he 9. It being Burman worship-day, I could not forgive himself. Several had but few hearers. Those few, hours after he said to me, “My mind however, paid good attention to the is still hot, on account of my sin.” On word spoken, and two of them took my telling him that God would show away books to read. May the Lord mercy to those who confess and foraccompany his own word with a di- sake their sins, he seemed relieved. vine blessing 10. Lord's-day. Had worship in

Description of Lord's-day Services. English with my partner and the Chi- 17, Lord's-day eve.

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of the manner of our spending the accompanying Moung Bo, and Lord's-day. At 6 o'clock we have thinking like him." He now professes Burman worship with the Christians a firm attachment to the gospel; and and the school. After this, till break- we have reason to hope he is sincere. fast at eight, we spend the time in Six Chinese came to-day, to conretirement and English reading. The verse with Ke-Cheang. It appears scholars, meanwhile, are taught the that ten or twelve persons, are almost catechism by a Burman Christian. Af- daily in the habit of visiting him at his ter family worship and breakfast, my lodgings, to converse respecting the dear partner and myself, with the Chi. gospel. These circumstances, togethnese Christian, have worship, and a er with a letter I have recently perusprinted sermon is read. At the same ed, from a friend in Singapore, entime the Burman Christians hold a courage me to hope, the Holy Spirit prayer-meeting with the school in an is about to be poured out on “the disadjoining rooni. After this, public persed” of this interesting people. worship in Burman, and catechising

Hopeful case of a Karen. the boys. After dinner, at 2 o'clock,

Aug. 26.

About a month since, a I

go to the zayat, and remain till dark. After tea, Burman family worship, found by Ko-than-byoo, in the niche

very interesting young Karen when one of the native Christians of a pagoda, where he had been fasting prays. From eight till ten o'clock, two days. Knowing only the religion read Scripture, perform evening de- of Gaudama, which he had heard from votions, &c. &c. Mrs Boardman is the Burmans, he had embraced it so engaged in the afternoon and evening far as to practise this austerity, in the in family cares, and in giving religious hope of obtaining a great reward in a instruction to the scholars and domes- future state. Our Karen Christian extics. To-day, while I was catechising plained to him the folly of fasting, as the boys in the hall, the Burmans practised by the Burmans, and invited were holding a religious meeting in the young man to our house, where he the west verandah, and the Chinese paid a very serious attention to ChrisChristian explaining the gospel to a tian instruction. After learning the company of his countrymen in the

way of the Lord more perfectly, he east verandah of our house. On of

took a Christian book and returned to his the Chinese has become so far enlight- native forest. Our prayers accompaened as to refuse to worship images, nied him. We all remarked something by which he has lost his situation. peculiarly interesting and amiable in But he says, “ God will take care of his appearance. I have often wished

to have him live with me, in hope Inquirers multiplied.

that he might become a Christian, and a

herald of the gospel. Yesterday, this Aug. 20. Many Chinese came to con

young man returned to us, with three verse with Ke-Cheang on religion. of his relations, to receive further in

21. Moung Shway-Ken, the young structions. After conversing with me man mentioned on the 11th of July, for some time, and attending Burman called at the house. He has expe- worship with us, he went to Ko-thahrienced opposition for listening to me, byoo's apartment, where I heard them and has sought relief by laboring out talking of the gospel till near midnight; of town, for a month. During all this and at break of day, this morning, the time, he has been thinking of the gos- conversation was renewed. This afterpel, and is almost persuaded to be a

noon, he expressed a wish to live with Christian. O, that he were altogether me, in order to learn more fully about

the true God and Saviour. 22. Moung Shway-Bwen relates inquiring how long he would be willing that a very respectable Burman called

to stay for this purpose, he replied,“ ten at the zayat, and professed a convic

or twelve years, till I can learn fully tion of the truth of the gospel. He about God and Christ. Many of the first heard the truth from Moung Bo, Karens will also come.”

He is a ten days ago, and has since been con- youth of good understanding, quick ap.stantly employed in considering it. He prehension, and amiable manners. Не. professes to be a decided believer.

says, he wishes no longer to worship 24. One of my hearers at worship heaps of brick,* but to know and serve to-day, was Moung Shway-Kyah, a the everliving and true God. reputable and intelligent young man, mentioned in my journal for July 7th,

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