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for publication, under the superintendence bad collected herself a little, she related of Dr. Bretschneider, with the following to me how much sbe bad suffered upon title :- Corpus Reformatorum seu opera my account from her own relations, and que supersunt omnia Scriptorum Sec. how kind Sir Brook Taylor, the British XVI. qui sacrorum Christianorum emen- Ambassador at Munich, had been 10 ber. datione optime meriti, pro patribus et “ After this, Reichardt and myself auctoribus ecclesiæ evangelicæ habendi prayed in the presence of my mother and sunt, M. Lutheri, Phil. Melancthonis, sister, and gave tbanks to the Lord, in Huldar. Zuinglii, Jo. Calvini ; aliorum that he bad granted me to see my mother que, qui in hoc genere secundi ordinis pu- and my sister. My motber and sister, tandi sunt, et ante annum 1555, florue- during their stay at Dusselthal, ate norunt, ut Hutteni, Oecolampadii, &c. thing (for conscience sake) except bread We learn tbat the whole work will be and those things whicb are allowed to divided into five parts, four of which Jews to eat with Christians; and they will be devoted to the Reformers of the even refused to ent with me. Mr. Bobrfirst rank, namely to Luther, Melancthon, man brought to me pork to eat. Zuinglius and Calvin, and the fifth to fused it, and said to my mother, that I Relormers of the second class. As the would not eat pork, on her of Luther are better known, and She was very much affected. a new edition of those of Zuinglius bas “May 10.- I preacbed at Dusseltbal been undertaken by Dr. Scbulthess of in the cbapel of the Jewish Institution of Zurich, (who will add some treatises Count Von der Recke, at the Count's which are still in manuscript in the li- request. My mother and sister, for the brary of Zurich) the new collection will first time in their life, heard the Gospel commence with the works of Melanc. preached : and my mother beard her son, thon, and those of Calvin will follow. and my sister heard ber brother, preach The edition will be in 8vo. and eacb that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiab and volume will be delivered to subscribers for the Son of God! My text was, one dollar (about 4s. 6d. British) printed we preach Christ crucified.' Both my on good paper. Four or five volumes will mother and sister wept aloud, so that the appear yearly till tbe wbole is com- wbole congregation wept. My sister, a pleted.

girl of extraordinary talent, as Reichardt and I found her to be, wisbed, after

Reichardt and myself bad conversed Dusselthal.— The following is an ac- more with her, to be instructed further count of the interview of the Rev. J. in the way of salvation. My sister, Wolff with his aged mother, a Jewess, however, had doubts about the divinity wbich took placc a few months ago at of Jesus Christ; but she herself remarkDusselthal. We give it in his own ed, that the Lord might as well appear in words:

a human body, as he did in the thorn“ Dear brother Reichardt and myself bush. My sister, I rejoice to say, is arrived at Dusseltbal, the Institution of now preparing for baptism, under the dithe excellent Count Von der Recke. Mr. rection of the pious Doctor Krummacher Bobrman, the tutor of the Institution, at Barmen. wbo bad received my mother and sister “My mother, my sister, the Rev. Mr. into bis house, told me that be must pre. Schmidt, and the Rev. Mr. Fludner, pare my motber, lest sbe should be too

were invited to Lady Engel's to drink much overcome. She was walking in tea. Count Von der Recke was likewise the garden at the time, and she came present. I spoke of Christ until my motowards me. As I approached her she ther opened ber mouth, and said with all exclaimed, 'Art thou my dear Sir ? the marks of motherly affection, My replied, “Call me not Sir, for I am dear son, neither myself nor my daughter your son!' My mother wept aloud, and bere, have rest any longer; I must disembracing me, she exclaimed, 'My dear pute with you; you know that I have son, my dear son, my dear son, i bave loved you more than my other children, borbe you to-day, I have borne you to- for you are my first-born son, Rememday, I bave borne you to-day again; my ber, my first-born son, when you were a dear son, my dear son, I have borne you child, you were so ill in health, tbat the to-day, 1 bave borne you to-day again.' physicians gave you up; I put you una My sister, whom I knew not, for she der a tree, and cried to the Lord, like was a child when I saw ber last, stood Hagar for Ishmael. Now, if you are bebind my mother, and wept.

right in your belief, you make many peobraced her, and she exclaimed, ' My dear ple bappy by your present exertions ; if brother, my dear brother!' All who

you are wrong, you make many miserawere present wept. After my mother ble, and yourself also. Wbat an awful

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sight would it be, if your shade, con- When the Missionaries first arrived, demned in hell, were hereafter to pass there were thirty or forty sub-deacons, near my shade! what an awful sight for youths between the ages of fourteen and a mother, to see the shade of her son twenty-two, intended for the order of the condemned in bell! Oh that I may be priesthood : these were brought to the condemned instead of you! After this college by the Metropolitan : some of preface she stated her objections. Simple them could not read their own language, hearted, and unlearned as she was, she and but few were desirous of any knowmade objections as good as those of the ledge beyond that which was absolutely best philosophers in Germany; which I necessary to enable them to obtain admis. answered with equal readiness. This sion to the priesthood : the few who felt conversation with my mother was the some desire after instruction were a good most solemn hour of my life. After I deal damped by the difficulties of acquirbaul proclaimed from Scripture, and had ing it. proved to her that Jesus was the Son of Mr. Doran succeeeded Mr. Fenn in God, I convinced her that the assertions the superintendence of the College in of the Rabbies were nothing but a series July, 1828. Two Reports relative to of untruths. Amongst other tbings I the college, made by Mr. Doran; (one said, “Rabbi Moses Bir Nahman saith, in December, 1825, the other at the end that a Jew who turns Christian, must of April, 1826,) contain the following necessarily bave been born in adultery ! particulars of each of the six classes which My mother exclaimed, ' This is certainly compose the collegeuntrue; and my belief in the Talmud First Class - Five students from se. was shaken by it long ago.' Lady En- venteen to twenty years of age-all adgels, Count Von der Recke, and pastor mitted in the autumns of 1819 and 1820 Schmidt considered that evening as the Virgil and Horace, in Latin ; St. John most solemn, and most interesting even- and Xenophon, in Greek ; Syriac; Enging they ever passed to hear a mother lish ; Euclid ; History. arguing with her son, with all the tender- “ If it please God to spare our lives, ness of a mother, and a son preaching to three of these youths will, in the course bis mother the way of salvation. She of two years, completely exonerate me confessed that she could no longer hate from heavy work : at present, they seem Christ; but the thougbt of not being to feel convinced that the respectability buried with Jews, made her sbrink back of the Syrian Body is identified with tbat from the idea of becoming a Christian." of the college ; and feel the necessity to

make every possible exertion. In res ÍNDIA.

spect of piety I can perceive some good Cottayam College. - Syrian Christians. feeling occasionally, but not evidence of -The Malayala Branch of the Syrian real conversion to God : in concluding, Church of the sect of the Jacobites, bus however, my daily labours with a lecture existed now upward of seventeen centu- on a proposed portion of Scripture, I am ries; during wbich period it bas been vi- often cheered by the answers which I resited, eight or nine times, from its mo- ceive and the feeling which I discover in ther church of Antioch. Colonel Munro, them. the British Resident in Travancore, “ The tenacity of memory in our Slu. found it in a state of great degradation dents is amazing : any thing depending --the priests and the people alike on memory merely, is learnt with great illiterate, por, and oppressed. In con- facility ; but where thought or judgment sequence of his application to the is required, as in arithmetic, &c. I disChurch Missionary Society, Missionaries cover great sluggishness of mind. I am were sent among them. A college was most anxious, in consequence, that mafounded, and endowed by the Govern. thematics should occupy a prominent ment; and additional funds to it pro place in the establishment; and bave, cured by an appeal of the Missionaries to therefore, made a beginning with the the British public : the College has been First Class, whose progress encourages most liberally supplied with books and me to proceed. instruments by the Society : it is, how: “ Second Class-Seven students—from ever, the College of the Syrian Church, fifteen to eighteen years of age—all adnot of the Mission. But the Mission: mitted in September, 1822–Virgil, in aries have identified themselves with the Latin; Greek Grammar; Sanscrit; Sy. Syrian Community, and have lived or riac; English ; Arithmetic; Geography. that close and intimate footing with the I hope much from one or two of this prelates of the church, that all the affairs class : they each repeat to me three of it come under their notice, and not a verses of Scripture daily ; and, on the single act of the Metropolitan is done Sunday morning, recapitulate the whole, without their sanction,

which I make the subject of a lecture. Their knowledge of English is very de- difference tells me that my breath has fective. I have put into their bands the been spent in vain! Still Jebovah rules; Acts of the Apostles in English ; and and this is my only stay. I know that if my great object in drawing their atten- the Spirit be poured out, the heart, tion to this book is, to rouse them to though as bard as a rock, will be melted. the consideration of the nature and ex- Fourth Class - Four students from tent of Christian duty, as practically thirteen to sixteen years of age- admitexemplified in the first Missionary ted July 1826—Cæsar, in Latin ; Sanefforts. I have been occasionally de- scrit; English ; Aritbmetic; Geography. lighted with strong indications of pious “This class, though numerically small, feeling : four of these boys came to me is to me, beyond the power of expression, one day, and said they had something to interesting. A Nair boy, a heathen, tell me : in taking their evening walk, of first rate abilities, is, heyond all they came upon a man wbo was in the

comparison, the most able in the wbole act of praying before an idol temple : establishment. I pray that the Holy they said to bim, "There is but One Spirit may detach him from bis idols; True God, and you must not pray to an and direct bis talents to the glory of God idol.' The man replied, that, among and the immortal good of man. The these ruins was the True God : the boys way in wbich he and another very prosuid, 'No: the very state of the temple mising boy have thrown their minds into is a sure indication that there can be no the genius of the Latin language is equal God presiding over it.' On their adding, to any thing that I have ever seen : the that they hoped that a temple, ere long, Nair knows a good deal of Sanscrit, and would be built upon these ruins unto Je promises well for becoming an able transsus, the man became angry, and they lator. I have much comfort in a third were forced to retire. I mention this boy: his mild and amiable disposition, circumstance because I think it indica- good talents, and attention to business, tive of the very feeling on which we and, above all, bis desire of Scriptural would love to dwell, as it respects the knowledge, all tend to endear him to my Syrian Church. Of one in particular I heart; and assure me, that, under the have much hope : I took him, and one blessing of God, he may become a useful of the First Class, with me to Monor and honourable member of the Syrian Island, where I stopped for three weeks Community. during the last vacation; and his con- Fifth Class,--Six students from nine duct was most encouraging. His even- to thirteen years of age--Selectæ, in ings were usually spent in translating Latin; Sanscrit, English ; Arithmetic ; portions of the Bible for my cook, a hea- Geography then boy; wbile, in the day, he went “Sixth Class. —Twenty-two students, about distributing copies of St. Matthew's three of whom are deacons—from eight Gospel among the people. His head

to twenty years of age-chiefly admitted and his heart give full promise of future in 1826- Elements of Latin; English usefulness.

into Malayalim ; Sanscrit ; Syriac ; Third Class,-Four students; all dea- Arithmetic. cons—from seventeen to twenty years of “On the younger children I am relucage--admitted in 1821— Cæsar, in La- tant yet to bazard an opinion. The natin; Syriac; English.

tural disposition of almost all is, I think, Of this class I have not much hope : mild and amiable ; and their progress they are under the influence of invęte- in English and Latin presents them in rate habits, all of which are most preju- an interesting point of view. Indeed I dicial to study. Their knowledge of look on the youngest boy in the College English is very scanty. I feel, with re- with peculiar feelings, convinced that in gard to them, like a man endeavouring such must be centered our chief hopes. to roll a wheel up a mountain : if he re- Four youths in the sixth class came to move his sboulder for a moment, it will me late : they are intended for Catanars, return with redoubled velocity. Oh that and cannot do much ; it is my purpose, it may please God to rouse their indolent therefore, to confine their attention to spirits to a view of the nature of the sa- to English and Syriac: I shall lead them, cred office to which they are destined, and all under like circumstances, to comand to the necessity of baving them. mit to memory as much Scripture as posselves duly fitted and prepared for the sible. proper discharge of its solemn duties! “ In conclusion, I would say, that the I often exhort them by the sacredness of wbole Establishment rises daily in my their office, by the value of the souls regard. If I know myself, (but who committed to their charge, and by the does ?) I feel more and more willing love of Jesus, to improve their privileges bourly to spend and be spent in its serand talents; but, alas ! subsequent in- vice. Give us only suitable help, and pray that the Spirit may be poured out demon, who has also three eyes, similar from on high upon us, and I am con- in countenance to the male, and crowned vinced that this, even this, may become like him with a wreath of human skulls, as interesting a spot as the eye of a and bearing in her hands the same bloodCbristian would wish to dwell upon in filled goblet. From the bead of the Pagan India.”

male grows out a borse's head; from dsit regards the practicability of edu- that of the female, a boar's, with bloody cating the Syrian Females," writes Mr. jaws. The paintings on the walls are Doran, “I have only to point to a school, not less horrible or disgusting : two sides which Mrs. Baker supports and instructs of the walls are filled with quiescent at her own charge. I never visit this figures, in a sitting posture ; having little establishment, and see the pretty each a halo or glory round his bead, and little children engaged in their equally the bands joined in the attitude of prayer: useful and sacred employments, without on the other two sides are the following mingled feelings of thankfulness and pain: designs ---of thankfulness, that even so much is 1. A black demon, with boar's face, doing ; of pain, that so much is left un- in the right hand a dagger and in the done. Parents are now so satisfied that left a skull : a human body, mangled and their female children are deriving benefit bleeding, lies prostrate under each foot. from being under Mrs. Baker's kind care, 2. A yellow figure, with three eyes; a that many of them are coming forward to dagger in one hand, and a club in the solicit an entrance for more. Mr. Baker other ; sitting on a tiger, and mangling assures me that he might have a school a human body. 3. A black demon, with of 80, bad he but the means to support it. boar's face, gory mouth, and three eyes; Here, tben, is a most promising and in- in one band a mace, in the other a skull; teresting channel, through which Cbris- a human body under ber foot. . 4. A red tian benevolence and sympathy may demon, with three eyes, and chaplet of move: the Christian beart, wbich now skulls ; in the right band a club, in the beats responsive to the calls of Bengal left a scorpion: under each foot a hufemales, will not be insensible to the man body lies bleeding. 5. A human spiritual and intellectual wants of Syro- figure, face half concealed by a mask, Indian females. Christianity (alas ! with a glory round bis head : he is in falsely so called) bas done but little, if sitting posture, drinking blood from any thing for the Syrian women. The skull. 6. Similar to No. l. 7. Two marks of degradation are, I believe, figures, male and female....a legion of equally apparent in Syrian and heathen non-descript animals around.

8. A serwomen. I need not say that female im- pent, with a human face ; body full of provement ougbt to go hand in hand with eyes, coiled over a human body. 9. An tbat of man, if not to precede it. In equestrian figure, with three eyes : beads making these observations, I am but re- depend from the saddle-bow : it is armcording the sentiments and feelings of ed with a bow and arrows: the horse our whole race."

has a dragon's head. 10. A dog, with

human face......and a female human TARTARY.

being. 11. A black demon: across his Temple at Hury-H0.-Extract of a lap is a human body, on the entrails of letter, dated Sep. 1826, published in the wbich he was feeding. 12. An equesMissionary intelligence of the Church trian figure with boar's head; jaws Missionary Society at Calcutta.

bloody; armed with sword and shield: “The temple of Hury-Ho is 60 feet a dragon is sitting on the shoulders of the long, 40 wide, and about 30 bigh. The figure. 13. An equestrian female figure principal object is a demon; with a third of a white demon, with three eyes; eye in his forehead, and a mouth like a breasts exposed ; sitting upon a horse, wild beast : round his head is a tiara of with a human skin, the head and hands buman skulls: a chaplet of men's heads, of which are remaining, for a saddlealternately black and white, reaches from cloth; the reins of the bridle passing his shoulders to the ground : his waist is through two skulls : in her mouth is an encircled by the skin of a tiger, which is infant : under the horse a human female fastened about bim with yellow and is seen with her stomach ripped open. green serpents: a human skull inverted, Eight other figures follow, similar to filled with blood, is in bis left-hand ; and, No, 7. in his right, a bird with wings extended : each foot tramples on a human body: the

EGYPT. figure is of colossal dimensions, being Church Missionary Society. between eight and nine feet: he is in an Krusé, one of the Missionaries of the upright position; together with a female Church Missionary Society, in a letter


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of the 23d of May from Cairo, gives the In a subsequent letter, of the 20 of following account of tbeir proceedings in June, Mr. Krusé thus writesthat city, and of the people among wbom After many useless questions, the tbey live: bis conversations with the priests inquired about the administration Coptic priests show wbere the reform of of the Lord's Supper- bow, and how that church must begin : he writes- often, we administer it; and then told

A few days ago, two priests visited me that they administer it as often as me: one of them has given biniself they go to church ; yea, even every day, much trouble in getting a bouse for us. if requisite; and that it was absolutely When looking at some houses, he saw necessary for the priests to receive it Mr. Mueller, and asked me who be was, every Sunday at least. Not being suffiand wbether he were married. Since ciently acquainted with Arabic to conthat time he always inquires after him, verse freely on this important subject, I and did so now: I told him that he was read to them only two passages-Matt, still in Jerusalern. He asked, 'Will be v. 23, 24, and I Cor. xi. 16, but more marry again, when he returns ?” I said, especially from the 27th to the 30th I did not know_' Is it allowed to a verses : they listened ; and were surprispriest to marry a second time?' 'Yes, ed at these iwo passages, as if they bad he may if he wishes it.'— The priest never beard or read them : my Teacher shook his head, but said nothing. I explained to the others what I meant to asked, Why do you not marry a second say; and called me brother,' wbich he time ?' 'It was so from the beginning bas often one wben conversing on reliof Cbristianity.' -'You think, then, that gious subjects. My priest, indeed, emyou thus live strictly according to ibe braced every opportunity to ask me about precepts of the Gospel ?' 'Yes, I think the rite of baptism, tbe use of the cross, we do.'- Where is it written that a and fasting : as, for instance, when he priest should not marry a second time?' saw us drinking milk in our coffee on I do not know exactly where.'

Wednesday, or when be beard ibat a do I know any passuge to that effect in fowl was killed in the kitchen during their the Bible.'_ Do your Bishops marry ?' fasting-time when they eat fish and no · Yes : and do you think tbis is against meat, be expressed much sorrow; and the Bible ?' Yes, it is.' Then I put questions on those points, to show showed bim the first and second verses me that this was not right; but though of the third chapter of the Second Epis. I never disputed with him, yet I could tle to Timotby, wbich be read like a boy not be silent and leave bim ignorant ; who has just left bis spelling-book and but, by the help of Him who has called begins to learn how to read. Having me, I endeavoured to sbow bim, in love, read tbis passage, he said, 'In our Bible the truth as it is in Jesus—so tbat, not we read "priest," and not “bishop.”! my words merely, but the Holy Scrip-Which translation is true ? I think tures contradicted his scruples. To these priest is the true translatlon.'-'If we priests I gave a copy of the English Liwould find which translation is true, we turgy, in order that they migbt be better must look at the original text; and do you instructed in the rites of our church. I know in what language the Epistle of presented the patriarch also with a simiPaul to Timothy was originally written?' lar copy, which be gladly and thankfully "I think in Hebrew.'-I took the Greek received.'' Testament, and showed bim the passage, “ He found fault with the Arabic Bi

NORTH AMERICA. ble printed in England, alleging that it Boston.-At the head of the Ameriwanted many books, which be numbered can Missionary Society at Boston there. carefully. I took my German Bible and is a committee of five persons, who are read to him all the names of the Apo- called the “ Prudential Committee." crypbal Books: these be gladly beard ; Forty-four auxiliary societies are united and be named some more of the New with the original institution, and about Testament, written, as he said, by Paul a thousand associations collect subscripand Peter and other apostles.


tions for these. Tbe last year they reed my desire to see them ; but be said, mitted to the parent society 30,000 dol* They are very scarce, and I do not pos. lars. This society was established in sess them : you must apply to the patri- 1810, and during the last year it united arch, who possesses them all.'

with the American “Foreign MissionaThe Coptic Priests being ignorant of ry Society," sounded in 1817: thus both the Churches in Europe, make very mi- form one body, comprebending all such nute inquiries respecting them as often as religious parties as are distinguished by we come together. They think their

no peculiar and exclusive dogmas which church the only true one, and ours here might impede or frustrate their exertions, tical."

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