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their wickedness, impurity, and cruelty. He pointed out the doty of Christians to endeavour to promote their salvation; and he lamented the criminal neglect of this great work. He then suggested fome hints calculated to stipulate and excite the friends of the instirution to union, zeal, and liberality; and particularly ftated, that this Society wished rather to be considered as coadjutors than competitors with other societies. He detailed the steps already taken by the committee, who have adopted the object recommended in Mr. Moseiy's Memoir, viz. the tranfla, tion of the Scriprures into the Chinese language, and their circulation in that immense empire.

BAPTIST MISSION IN BENGAL. We are happy to learn, that the first Number of a second Volume of the Periodical Accounts, relative to the Baptist Misfionary Society, is published, and is expected here in a few days.-By the Baptist Register, we are informed, that it contains a preface-journals of the Miffionaries during the voyage account of the mission from April, 1799, to September, 1800-extracts of journals-Mr. Grant's letter to his father-accounis of the death of Mr. Grant, and of the removal of the miffion to Serainpore-letter from the Miffionaries to Captain Wickes, and to the Society--letters from Messrs. Carey, Thomas, Brunfdon, Forsyth, Marshman and Ward-a description of the quadrupeds of Bengal - an account of the death of Mr. Fountain, &c.-an appendix, with the state of accounts, by which it appears, that the Society has in hands a balance of £2922 14 31. The following are some of the extracts selected by Dr. Rippon.

BENGALLEE SCRIPTURES, &c. “ May 18, 1800. This day brother Carey took an impression at the press, of the first page in Matthew.

“ June 16, 1800. This week we have hegun to print the firft sheet of the New Testainent. We print 2000 copies, of which 1700 are on Patna paper, and 300 on English. We also prigo 500 of Matthew, to give away immediately.

“ Aug. 15. Matthew, Mark, and a great part of Luke, are printed off; and the utmost diligence is employed in completing the whole New Testament. By the end of May, 1801, we hope to have it published. To the goo additional copies of Matthew, for immediate distribution, are annexed some of the most remarkable prophecies in the Old Testament respe&ting Christ. These are now distributing, together with copies of several evangelical hymos, and a very earnest and pertinent address to the natives, respecting the gospel. It was written by Rain Bofhoo, and contains a hundred lines in Bengailee verle. We hear that the

papers are read with much attention; and that apprehensions are rising in the minds of the Bramınhans, whereunto these things may grow. A subscription has been opened for the Bible, at thirty-two rupees, and near fifty copies are subscribed for.

MALDA-THE OLD SITUATION.' “ You will inquire, what is become of those natives concerning whom some hopes have been entertained? What is become of the rising interest of Dinagepore? and is all preaching given up at Malda? Is the school diffolved? and are all the fruits of five years relinquished at once? I answer; None but myself can tell the conflict, and the exercises of my mind on this trying event; but neceffity bas no law. Our resources are too small to permit us to live separately, and the work of printing the Bible requires my inspection. I hope well of Sookman and of Hurry Charron. The very last conversations I had with themi gave me much encouo ragement. Our labours at Dinagepore have not been in vain. The Chriftians also in the neighbourhood of Malda please me much. We hope to visit those places once or twice in the year. The school ar Madnabatty is necessarily relinquished, though not till we have the pleasure of knowing that about fifty lads have been taught to read and write, who would otherwise have known nothing. The name and doctrines of Christ are known by many, so that a foundation is laid for our future efforts to bem come effectual.

COROMANDEL.
Mr. Carey. “I have lately obtained, from a very respectable
correspondent, some farther information concerning the miffion-
aries on the coast of Coromandel. At Vepary are Mr. Ger.
ricke and Mr. Paezold. At Tranquebar are the Rev. Dr. John
and Rolter, and Mr. Caemerer. The missionary at Trichi-
nopoly is Mr. Pohle; and at Tanjore are Messrs. Rohshoffe,
Jaenicke, and Holzberg.”
Letter from Mr. A. Fuller, Kettering, Secretary to the

Baptif Misionary Society, to a Friend in Edinburgh.
DEAR SIR,

Kettering, 7th Aug. 1801. We have just receivel letters from India, the contents of which are very interesting. They have had two baptilings. The first was Mr. Carey's Ton Felix, a youih of fifteen, and who has fince begun to preach the gospel, together with a Hindoo, who, a few months before, difocated his arm, which being set by Mr. Thomas, he took occasion to talk to him about his soul.' His name is Creeshno. His whole family appear to have received the word with him, and, I think, have all thrown off the Caft.

The second baptism was Mr. Fernandez, of Dinagtpore, with

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Creeshno's wife's Gfter, Ifymoney by name. Three others havo given in their profession of Christ's name, with a view to be baptised, but have rather shrunk back for fear. The loss of Cast has raised against them great persecution from their countrymen, as far as their power extends, and excited an am zing aitention both from natives and Europeans. Were not the converts protected by the Danish magistrates, they would be in dan. ger of being murdered, and, as it is, there is great wrath at work against them. But the horrid chain of the Cast is broken! The Lord hath triumphed gloriously. His right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Mockers, who used to deride our attempts as impracticable, are filenced. The work is going on. A door is opened, great and effectual, and there are many adversaries.

That, at which man would have despaired, God hath effected with ease, and in a little time.

We mean to print the substance of the intelligence as soon as poffible, in a fixpenny number. The Governor General seems well satisfied, and it is thought they might now preach, if they pleased, in the streets of Calcutta. We cannot but rejoice in these things, though it be with trembling.

The Cåít, which we have so much feared, may prove the greatest blessing. The renouncing of it may be a test of sincerity, equal to Hindoo treachery.. Were it not for this, we should always be in dread of impofition. But though there may be some hypocrites after all, as is the case every where, yet it inay be prefumed, their number will not be great, as no worldly motive can be supposed to induce persons to give up all their worldly profpects, and be treated as outcasts by all their countrymen. It is generally considered as worse than death.— The New Testament was finished as to the composing part, when the letters came away, viz. Feb. 14, 1801.

It was reported among the Europeans, that the Hindoos were hired by a great sum of money to lofe Caft, and be baptised. A gentleman one day met Creeshno, and asked him what he got by it? Creethno replied, " Nothing but peace and joy." llymoney says, “ She has found a treasure in Christ, greater than every thing else in the world.” Mr. Powell, Mr. Fernandez, and Thomas, who are all members of the church at Serampore, it is hoped, will labour to spread the gospel in Dinagepore and its vicinity. With them allo is a Mr. — who, though not a imember, yet is a cordial friend of the gospel. A Scotch gentleman, and an English lady, appear to have found the way of life among our friends at Serampore, within the last year. The lady is dead.

END OF VOLUME II.

DISCOURSE,

DELIVERED ON THE

ANNUAL FAST IN MASSACHUSETTS,

APRIL 9th, 1801.

BY NATHANAEL EMMONS, D. D.

PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN FRANKLIN.

THE SECOND EDITION

NEW YORK:

Printed by T. & J. SWORDS, for C. Davis.

1801.

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