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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

AMERICA.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Evan Johns, Berlin, Connecticut.

Some of our Readers will perhaps recollect, that several months since, by inserting a Letter from the above Minister, relative to the Revival of Religion in America, we incurred some severe censures from the Editor of Tim Christian Observer. These censures, by some means, reached the Author of the Letter; who has favoured us with a Ions; reply. A part of this we insert below, suppressing the jest, because Mr. Johns writes under the1 mistaken notion of the above Editor being a Materialist, — a disciple or Dr. Priestley'} school. It seems, the good man found it difficult to conceive that any Friend to vital Christianity could treat his narrative with so much asperity.

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I REr.Y on your candour for the intertion of what I have to communicate, on a remarkable article in the periodical publication, called The Christian Observer; presuming, that the distance of my residence, in this western world, will plead e-y apology for apparent delay. This :>■.> i, the first time, saw the smbjeef of this animadversion.

It seems, that an account of a few facts, which 1 communicated in a private letter to a friend, without any distant design of publication, came into your hands; and that you thought proper to give publicity to my unadorned statement. I would not be thought to criminate my friend's conduct, nor to iiud fault with yours; hut, surely, I may be permitted to express my surprize at the conduct of the writer, who ifylcs himself" A sincere Friend to the Church of England." Far be it from me to use language unbecoming the liberality of a scholar, the urbanity of a gentleman, or the charitableness and rentleness of a Christian; but I must take the liberty to say, that the pcrmi) in question has, in my opinion, forfeited ali claim to these characters.

After reading my account of the great "apparent seriousness in the congregation at Derhawi, accompanied by a •leath-like stilness; and that, nevertheless, Satan was at work," the writer *ays, that • he was prepared 10 evpeat •ome groat persecution had taken place.' Indeed ! — so, Mr. Observer, you were prepared to hear that a father would turn his daughter out of d., .rs nicely for manifesting her Ijve, grume le, and obedience to her. divine J.md la the puodc which he has jfi-'i'luuJ .' i-.js

sihly, had ynn been told'that a daughter had been immersed in the most dis-' sip;iting amusements, but had, for fashion's sake, partaken of the Lord'sSupper, you would have called her a very good Christian. Be it known unto you, that the state of things in this country, thanks to God for it, i»' very different. We do not admit of such prostitution of a livine ordinance,nor do wc subject candidates for admission into Christian cjiuinunioii to terms unscriptnralty rigid.

This writer, Mr. Editor, speaks of what is derarous, while he would be supposed to despise " absurdity, vulgarity, and cant ;" words which, by the bye,-many persons use with a supercilious air, to conceal their own ignorance, and the triteness of their 'observations; but is it decorous, ingenuous, or consistent -with common candour, to charge a young woman with Soliciting the imprisonment of her lather, because, while innocent and conscientious,she wished to avoidlhedrcnri* fill severity of frequent horse-whipping? And pray, my decorous friend, where did you see any symptoms of her fro-' Ktirdiipts / DH you infer it from her abiding seriousness and concern for the salvation of her soul, after she had' heard the gospel preached'? On the authority of my very respectable informal, I said, that " the rffeti mentioned cannot be counterfeited." Every candid person must at once perceive, that reference wis had to the remarkable manner in which the animal frame was atfecte'l, when Divine Truth nia' e impressions on the conscience and the heart; bat this perspicuous Observer perceives au admission wiih the same breath, that the ciTcct was counterfeited; because, forsooth, somr relapsed. So, Mr. Observer, according to your logic, if two notorious sinners appear, at one time, under deep remorse, and one only of them prove a sincere penitent, the sentiment of remorse, on the part of the unrcformed person, had no existence!

Your eagle-eyed Censor, Mr. Editor, lias penetration enough to perceive, that by observant Christians in this country, violent affections, of a certain kind, arc of no essential value: because those who are subjects of those affections, in the highest degree known, are viewed with suspicion. This is the fact, though we are pleased with a religions assembly silling to hear divine truth, like people hearing for eternity: but then, 1 may take the liberty to ask, How came the gentleman to imagine, that, in the estimation of those who rejoice in the progress of the work of God on this-side of the Atlantic, " impressions from immediate revelation do every thing?" Ah, how blind are we to ourselves I To me, Sir, Satan appears to have'been more busy than Mr. Observer at all suspected; and to have been attempting to secure his empire more effectually, by a professed regard for vital religion.

Let our author know, that the Goners-1 Assembly, as well as individual ministers among the Calvinisms, while I hey rejoice in every instance of apparent solicitude for salvation, most pointedly discourage every appearance indicative of enthusiasm, or bordering on irregularity. Nevertheless, if unusual phenomena present themselves, we think ourselves warranted in givingasimplc statement of fact. For my own part, I have always taken ple:tsure in the study of human nature, under every aspect; ever careful to ascertain facts, but often unable to account for them 3 atall times an enemy to enthusiasm and zeal without knowledge; but pleased with true piety, though, like the precious metals, jt be too often blended with base and heterogeneous principles. Hence 1 have been careful to observe the state of things in this part of the earth; and transmitted my remarks to distant friends. In the short statement which has been the innoccht occasion of the strictures on which f am animadverting, 1 do not wish to have omitted or altered a word. As to the term Impression, used by me as well us another reporter, every candid person will immediately perceive that nothing more or less v.as meant by it, than the effects produced on the mind and heart

of man by the truths contained in the word of God, when attended with bis blessing.

Earnestly praying, that all efforts to promote the glory of our common Lord may lie successful, and begging you not to forget your distant friends, I remain, your brother in the Gospel, Berlin, C&nnrfiicut, £. JonM.

Jan. 19, 1805.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

7a tie Rev. C. Bur/ier, Secretary tr the London Miannary Society.

Worcester (Massaehtuetti) Roy. Sir, March 1, iio5

AcconmXG to the latest information which I have received from your side of the Atlantic, you are now in office as .Secretary to the Loudon Missionary Society. It is upon this supposition that I take the liberty to write to you. If I am under a mistake, you will easily find ;in apology for nic ia the circumstances in which I am placed* Your Society has attracted the notice of the whole Christian world: it ha» produced more extensive and more permanom effects than you probably are aware: Its rise, progress, zeal, and disinterested sacrifices for the propagation of 1 hr gospel among the miserable Heithcn, an exhibited in periodical publications in your country and in our own, have given a new and a powerful impulse to that generous principle which unites and animates the whole body of Christ. Yes, Sir, your zeal has provoked very many. Thousands and thousands, who, among us, are the followers of the Lamb, have been delighted with this restoration of Apostolic enterprise to the rclisious world. The Missionary spirit has diffused Itself from yonr body extensively: it gathers augmented strength with the lapse of time. May it spread farther and farther! and may its effects, in recovering sinners from this apostacy, be as glorious as the intimations of God's word permit us to anticipate!

The Massachusetts Missionary Society, which I have the honour to serve, is one among many voluntary* associations which have lately risen up in flu* country, on the same benevolent plan, which gave existence to your Society. It was organized about live years ago: it began on a smxll scale; its merutHetawere few, and its means scant}"; but the uumbcrof its members and patron* has been coulinuaily increasing; aodt its means, though they will bear no comparison with yours, are now, and we have reason to believe, upon a fair calculation, that they annually will be, adequate to important Missionary services.

At the last Annual Meeting, our Society unanimously elected your President an Honorary Member of our Board of Trustees. This will be understood as a testimonial of the high respect we entertain for your Society, and for the gentleman who presides in it, — of the interest we take in the success of your labours, — and our disposition to co-operate with you io advancing the general Missionary object.

We earnestly wish to he indulged with a correspondence, as far as duties of greater importance will admit; and should be gladof an interchange of publications, as they may issue from out Societies respectively.

If you should be pleased to make any communications to us, you may rely that they will materially contribute to the general interest you have in view.

It is with inexpressible satisfaction that we hear of the great apparent success which has attended the pious labours of our brethren in the South of Africa; and of the hopeful prospects which are presented in New Holland, in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, and among the Hindoos.

May God Almighty watch over your Society, prevent all intermission of zeal, give a new -spring to your exertions; and may these exertions h ive a more and more extended and powerful trSTect, introductory to that glorious period when all shall know the Lord, from the least unto the greatest I

J am, Sir, with grea(*Yespcet, in behalf and by order of the Massachusetts Missionary Society, your Brother in the Gospel,

S. Austin, Secretary.

TONGATABOO. Extract of a l,etter from Mr. R. Hasja.', Paramatta, ,Vc» South Wales, to the Hiv. U. Harder, dated Dec. 1804.

I Am sorry to say, that we have no ■ews whatever from Otaheite.

The people at Tongataboo are extremely ferocious. An American ship, the Duke of Portland, Capt. Lovat virion, touched at that island; and having received a message from a white man, named Doyle, requesting his assistance to repel some invaders, who bad landed |ruin a neighbouring island,

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sent oft* his boats, manned for that purpose, under the direction of Mr. Anderson, the second mate. This duly being performed, the boats rcturnetl to the ship: soou after which, the chief of the island, Ducava, went on board to thank the Captain for his services; staid all night, and went on shore it the morning. He then sent a message to Capt. Melon, desiring him to send his boats next morning, to receive some articles of refreshment for the use of his crow; but the Captain, entertaining tome suspicion of treachery, declined it, aud would not su.Ter the boats to go. Notwithstanding t]|ist order, the chief mate manned anff armed the boats ; one of which returned with the articles promised, accompanied by Doyle (the white man) who, with the ualires on board, took tha first opportunity to surround the captain, chief mate, aud sailors, whom they cruelly murdered, and threw their bodies overboard. Two hoys, however, were- spared j also a black woman, and Eliza Mosey, a woman who had lived with the captain. Anderson the second mate, and most of the crew who were on shore with him, were also murdered; but a decrepit while man and tw o hoys were s.n ed. Thus all the crew perished, excepl one man, four boys, and the two women/ Isut the villain Doyle did not long survive thi» bloody affair; for (akin; charge of the. vessel, he sent the women on shore, retaining the man and boys to assist bint in clearing the ship; which being effected, they seized a convenient opportunity of killing Doyle, and driving the few natives then with them overboard. They then cut the cables, and put out to sea; but whai became of them is not known, nothing having been heard of them since. This happened about the first of June, iPoz. It is supposed that they have all perished.

Since the above, ana'her melancholy event took place at the same island: —■ The ship Union, from New York, left this port in August, 18-4, and pat into Tongataboo the ^cih of September following; and finding the natives friendly, Captain Pendleton the commander, and Mr. J. Boston, late of New South Wales, went on shore with the ship's boa*, manned and armed; but not returning for three days, the people on hoard were extremely anxious for their safety; when the woman before-mentioned, Kliza Mosey (who remained on. the island from the Duke of Portland) appeared at the head of a canoe, and cryinj out, informed them that tut J B

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boat'* crew were all murdered by (lie natives. She then leaped inio the sea, and swam to the ship; where, being received, she related the crueltieMhat had been exercised on Capl. PcmWFtou and his men. Upon which the chief mate fired on the natives, cut his cables, and made for Port Jackson; where, in nineteen days, he arrived without auy further damage. Several of the crew have deposed on oath the above circumstance*, and their testimonies agree.

Since these sad events have been known, two American ships hate left this port, fully intending to visit Tongataboo, and revenue the wrongs sustained by their countrymen; hut us yet, we have not heard of their fate.

A Letter from a respectable Clergyman in Alsace, dated Nov. 3, 1804. £ From the Report of the British and foreign Bible JuciVtj/.]

"accept, my dearest friend, our most unfeigned thanks for the sum of 30/. which you have transmitted to us as a kind present from some English friends, for the purpose of purchasing and distributing French anil (icrinan Bibles among tlie poor inhabitant! of our aud the neighbouring villages, where four different religious denomination* are tube met with; namely, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, and Baptists. May God, for Christ's take, impart his blessing to this act of Christian benevolence, iu order that his name may be glorified, und his kingdom come!

"You will be glad to Ieam some particulars respecting the use which I intend to make of this money.

"I have ordered, and soon expect to get fifty copies of the French Protestant Bible printed as Basil. Though the type is rather too small for country people, yet we have infinite reason to bless God for being enabled to procure even these. In the meanwhile, I have made n list of such persons as 1 consider most deserving of such a present. Among (he large number of individuals and families to whom a Bible is a most welcome present, 1 first put down •itch characters as are niost active in promoting the Redeemer's kingdom, aad in doing good to the bodies aud souls of their fellow-men.

"1. The firtt Bible shall be given as .1 present to Sophia Bernard, who is •ue of tlie most excellent women I know ; ami Indeed au ornamei:' to my parish. » kite unmarried, »uv undvr

took, with the consent of Iicr parent*, the support and education of three helpless boys, whom their wicked father had nf»en trampled under his feet, aud treated in a manner too shocking to relate, when (tho' nearly starving with hunger) they dared to cry out for food. Soon afterwards, she proved the happy means of saving the lives of four Roman Catholic children, who, without her assistance, would have fallen a prey to want and famine. Thus she had the management of seven children; to whom several more were added, l>elonging to members of three several denominations. She now hired a housa and a servant girl; and supported the whole of the family entirely with her own work, and the little money sha got from the industry of the children, whom she taught to spin cotton. At the same time, she proved the greatest blessing to the whole village where she. lived: for it is impossible to be more industrious, frugal, clean, cheerful, edifying by her whole walk and conversation; more ready for every good word and work, more mild and affectionate, more firm and resolute in dangers than she was. Satan so enraged some of her enemies, that they threatened to destroy her old tottering cottage; but God was graciously pleasci to preserve her. A fine youth, of a noble mind, made her an offer of his hand. She first refused; but he declared he would wait for her even ten years. When she replied, that she could never consent to part with her poor orplians, he nobly answered, " Whoever takes the mother, takes the children too!" So he did; and all these children were brought up by them in the most car.4>d and excellent maimer. Latalyt they have taken in some other orphans, whom they arc training up in the fear and love of Clod. Though these excellent people pass rather for rich, yet their income is so limited, and their benevolence so extensive, thai sometimes they hardly know how to furnish a new suit of necessary clothe. To them 1 intend to give a Bihle, considering that their own is very often lent out In difierent Roman Catholic villages.

"J. A second Bible I intend to {rive to an excellent woman, Maria Schcplcr, who lives at the opposite and of my extensive parish; where the cold is more severe, and the ground unfruitful, so that nearly all the householders are poor people, who must lend their clothes to each other wlien they intend to go to tlie Lord's Supper. This poor woman is also a verj uistinguisbcu cii«-> farter, in whose praise I could say much, were 1 to enter into particulars. Though distressed and afllicieil in her own person and circuiiisuiiees, yet she is a mother, Benefactress, and teacher to the whole village where she lives, and to some neichbouring districts too. She takes the most lively interest in all which relates to the Redeemer's kingdom upon earth; and often eroans tintier a sense of all the inroads made by the powers of darkness. She also has brought up several orphans without receiving the smallest reward, keeps a frce-sshooT for females, and makes it a practice to lend her Bible to such as are entirely deprived of it.

"A third Bible-present I intend to make to an excellent widow woman, Catharine Srhcitldcggcr, who is like the former, a mother to orphans, and Weeps a free-school; as also docs another young woman, who instructs little children, in a neighbouring village, in

such knowledge as may render them useful members ol htimauuud Christian society.

"I might easily enumerate many more characters of a similar description, whose eyes will overflow with grateful tears if they arc favoured with the present of a Bible. Let me, however, ouly add thin one remark, Thai it is necessary in our parts, to have a number of Bibles in readiness to lend them out in the neighbouring districts, where all the people are Roman Catholics: for if (hey possess a Bible of their own, (hey are in danger of having it taken away by some blind Popish priests; but if it is only lent to them, they are generally permitted to retura it.

"Finally, farewell! May God be with you, with your congregation, and with all those kind friends who have so nobly come forward to our assistance!"

MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS.

Rev. D. W'ashboura and Congregation, Wellingborough —

J. Fowler and Congregatiou, Edmonton —■

Mr. Rogers and Congregation, Beminster —

J. Ilonvwell and Congregation, Melksham —

S. Bottomley and Congregation, Scarborough —
Anonymous Initials of Letter-Seal J. P. Post-mark, Hampstead

Rev. J. Richards and Congregation, Hull —

lAgacy of Mr. John Robinson, of l'cterhead —
I!ev. J. Vnrdcr and Congregation, Ottcry St. Mary, Devon
Basil Society, remitted by Mr. Bloomhardt to Mr. SteinkofTpt
Itcv. J.Samara and Congregation, by Mr. Wilks, Chcsham

B. l'yne and Congregation, Duxford —
II. D. A Donation

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The Ministers and other Members of the Missionary Societ y residing in the Country, may obtain Copies of the last Report of the Directors at their Publishers (Messrs. Williams and Smith's) if they will order some friend in town to call for them. The cxpencc of sending them to each individual, which would be immense, will, it is hoped, he accepted as an apology for recommending the above method.

HOME INTELLIGENCE.

At Epsom, in Surry, a large meeting-house, w hich had been suffered to fall into decay, having been obtained by some friends of the gospel, and repaired, was opened for divine worship on Friday, July r<j. Mr. Hughes, of Battersea, began with reading and prayer; Mr. (>. Clayton, of Walworth, preached from "1 will glorify the house of my glory;" and Mr. Dore, of London, from " Tlft-o' him that loved iis." Mr. Bowden, of Tooting, con

cluded with prayer; and then requested subscriptions fur defraying the expences of repairs, which amount to 400*. The place is put into trust, and is at present supplied from lloxton Academy.

Whit-Monday, June 3, The Annual Meeting was held at Peppard, in older to shew the dangerous and destructiie nature of revelling. Mr. Douglas, of Reading, preached in the morning to the young people and children of the Sunday-School, from l*s. lxxviii. 5—Si

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