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schools, is, in connection with the Baptist lous island; but even if the means which Missionary Society . . . . 10,000 your Committee could command had been London Missionary Society . , 3,000 sufficient for that purpose, the sphere of Church Missionary Society .. 2,500 usefulness of such an individual must have

been much less extensive than that of a 15,500 Cingalese, who, being sent 10 this coun

try to study our plan, should carry back Your Committee have been very soli- to his native shores a perfect knowledge citous, to avail themselves of the infor- of the British system of education. mation which they have received re- The execution of this design has not yet specting the great want of schools in the been within the power of the Committee; island of Ceylon, and of the circumstance but they anxiously look forward to it, which seems to favour their establish and, in the mean time, have gladly ment. Sir ALEXANDER Johnstone, to opened the Central School to two missiwhom they are principally indebted foronaries, who under the auspices of the directing their views to that island, has Wesleyan Missionary Society, are now most kindly and humanely entered into on their way for Ceylon, and another for their feelings, and aided them with his Bombay, there to join their fellow-laadvice.

bourers of the same Society, who have Their attention has naturally been already, with eminent success, spread turned to the important advantages which knowledge and improvement among the might result from sending out a suitable inhabitants. person to establish schools in this popu

FORMATION OF MISSIONARY SOCIETIES. To our Foreign Missionary Societies, we have the pleasure to add, the recen formation of one at Gibraltar, and another at Madras. Mr. Rees states, that no fewer than seventy collectors had offered themselves, to apply for subscriptions to carry on the work of God in heathen lands, and that they bad entered with great spirit into their work. Mr Pine, and Capt. Tripp, were appointed Treasurers. Mr. Lynch proposed an association for this purpose at Madras, and subscriptions to the amount of between eight and nine pounds per month had been immediately obtained, notwithstanding the infant state of the cause there, with he prospect of increase.

A Missionary Society has also been formed in July last at Lancaster, through the activity of Mr. Dixon. Twenty collectors, and 200 subscribers, have been obtained.

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Contributions to the Missionary Fund, received by the General Treasurers since the account published last month.

£ s. d. Rotherhithe Branch Society at the School Room of S. Jennings, Esq. by J. Bulmer, Esq.

10 12 6 From Spilóby Circuit, by H. Holland, Esq. Treasurer of the Lincoln District :

. . . . For Louth circuit, by Ditto

1000 Llanelly Circuit, by William Morgan, Esq. Treasurer of the First Welsh

District Auxiliary Society
Swansea Circuit, by Ditto
Haverford West Circuit, by Ditto
Carmarthen Circuit, by Ditto
Legacy received from Mrs. Brackenbury, Executrix to

the late R. C. Brackerbury, Esq. Raithby Hall,
Lincolnshire ..

£1000 0 0
Deduct Legacy Duty

100 0 0

- 90000 The Committee express their grateful thanks to an unknown friend, at or near Leeds, in Yorkshire, for the generous and seasonable donation of a piece of superfine black clotlı, presented to the Society.--Articles of a similar kind will be most gratefully received, as whatever assists in the outfit of Missionaries, is a direct contribution to the Funds of the Society.

: POETRY.

LINES Occasioned by reading the Memoir of the Rev. Henry MARTYN, B: D. late Feilow of Sc

John's College, Cambridge, and Chaplain to the Hon. East India Company. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for they rest from their labours, and their ports

do follow them, Rev. xiv. 13. So, bending o'er his dying bed,

For this he preach'd, and wept, and pray'd, When not one earthly friend was nigh, Incessant urg'd the studeni's toi!, TO MARTYN whispering angels said,

And hailow'd learning lent her aid, And watch'd his last expiring sigh : • To bless the long benighted soil. The struggle past, their wings of light On dark Hiudosian's* gloomy skies, Convey'd him to the world above;

The light of Revelation broke; Where linger neither pain nor night,

And Persia's sons may know and prize, The world he soughi, “ Where all is love." The words which the Redeemer spoke. Yes! there the traveller rests at last,

Expos'd lo grief, reproach, and shame, By cruel Tartars urged no more ;

Yet fearless in his Saviour's cause; The fever's fiery rage is past,

In sight of fues of every name The palsied ague's tremors o'er:

He wav'd the banner of the cross :
No scorching sultry suns exhale

Unmoy'd by philosophic pride,
The vital spiri's balmy breath ;
Nor night-dews o'er his forehead pale,

The atheist's or the pagan's sneer ;

The champion of the Crucified, Diffuse the chilling damps of death.

• He lov'd the sacred badge to wear. How chang'd the scene! where glorious now, Among the sons of light he reigns,

By wisdom taught, and sway'd by love, No infidei, with scowling brow,

He tried instruction's gentlest arts; The Christinn minister disdains:

By mild persuasion sweetly strove There no unhallow'd tongues blaspheme

To win to Jesus, Gentile hearts : That Name above all names ador'd; Himself in virtue, meekness, grace, The song of heaven, the angel's theme,

A comment on the truths be taught, Is Christ, his Saviour and his Lord.

Witness'd for Him in every place, That Name how dear! let Albion's coast,

Whose inesnage to the world he brought By whitening cliffs encompass'd round,

His work is done! the Master found Of wisdom, truth, and peace the boast,

The five-fold talent well improp d; With scieuce, love, and friendship crown'd:

No earthly cares his spirit bound, That coast, with all its prospects fair,

His heart was in the heaven he lov'd. Forsaken for a land unknown;

To God, in solitude his friend, Let that attest no name was dear,

In grief his comforter and guide, No cause, but that of Christ alone.

He heard the summons to ascend, Yet not the Stoic coldly breaks

And gladly bow'd his head and died. The bonds he never knew to prize; No ! but the Christian nobly makes

Brother in Christ ! thy flight we riew, His bleeding heart the sacrifice.

Thy works which trace thee to the skies; For one high aim, one work sublime,

Fain would our spirits follow too, He counted life and all things loss;

And to thy height of glory rise. His friends were those in every clime

O might the manile of diy zeal, Who bow'd to Jesus and his cross. •

Thy faith and prayer on us descend! For this across the stormy deep, .

· Might we thy kindling ardour feel, Through Indian wilds, o'er Persian plains : Our all in Jesa's cause to spend. By barren rocks, and mountains sleep, 'Where nature throu'd in terror reigns :

Short has thy earthly journey been, He urg'd his long and lonely way,

Thy spirit found no home below; The dearest joys of life forsook;

Too hallow'd for a world of sin, And there Jehovah was his stay,

Too tender for a world of woe. His counsellor the Sacred Book.

Our course shall too be soon fulfil'd;

O might we for that day prepare ! Inspir'd with apostolic zeal,

See the new heavens and earth reveald, He laboured for his Master's sake ;

And meet our elder brethren there. Nor fainted, though the powers of hell

Combin'd his steadfast faith to shake; To spread the truth from pole to pole, The light to all mankind to give,

• Mr. Martyn translated the Ner Testament In one desire absorb'd his soul,

into the Hindoostanee and Persian languages. For this alone he sought to live.

Printed by T. CORDEUX, 14, City.Road, London,

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THE

METHODIST MAGAZINE,

FOR DECEMBER, 1819.

BIOGRAPHY.

SOME ACCOUNT OF MR. JOSEPH WEBB,

late of Portsmouth ; Who was a worthy member of the Wesleyan Methodist Society more

than THREESCORE YEARS; and whose valuable labours as a Local Preacher, Class-Leader, Steward, and Trustee, are earnestly recommended to the notice of those Methodists, of the rising generation, who may be called to fill these important offices

By JONATHAN EDMUNDSON. . The sacred Scriptures have furnished us with many valuable accounts of holy and useful men, which we should read with deep attention and earnest prayer, that we may imbibe their spirit, and follow their example. Those accounts were not published as eulogies on the dead, but, as instructions and encouragements for the living. The pious dead are removed from this world of sin and sorrow, to a world of purity and joy, where human praise is neither known nor desired; but the gracious dealings of God with them, and their exemplary conduct, while passing through this vale of tears, may be made a peculiar blessing to true believers from generation to generation.

In imitation of the inspired writers, the Christian church has from time to time carefully written, and published, memoirs of good men; who in different ages and nations had adorned the doctrines of God their Saviour; and these have been made a blessing to thousands, and tens of thousands, on their way to a better country. Indeed, it is generally acknowledged, that pious biography is better calculated, than any other kind of reading, to instruct and edify the church of God; especially those articles wbich are written with faithfulness, perspicuity, and brevity. The author of the following account bas endeavoured to follow this plan, and humbly hopes that this memoir, of one of the best of men, will be read with pleasure and profit, by the pious of every denomination. VOL. XLII. DECEMBER, 1819.

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