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fluences of the Spirit of God. In the midst of the severe judgments with which a righteous providence is scourging our land, the desolations of war and pestilence, which eminently prevailed in many parts of the missionary field, the gates of heaven were not closed to the prayers of the faithful; God was not unmindful of the blessed promises to his gospel-accompanying its ministrations with his holy blessing. Many souls will rejoice in eternity for this day of his
In the conclusion of this Summary, we add, to the praise of sovereign grace, God is not unmindful of our own churches. In several of our societies the goings of the Redeemer are now sensibly manifest ; sinners are looking at their danger, and looking for deliverance; saints are pleading before God, and rejoicing in the displays of his mercy. There is reason to hope that the divine Spirit, whose influences have been in a measure, withdrawn from our churches, for two or three years past, is about to return in the fulness of his mercy.-In Hartford, there has been a special work of divine grace, for several months past, which still continues in its happy and powerful effects. There is reason to hope that the work may still continue, to the everlasting good of many. In East-Hartford, there has been, apparently, a striking work of God's grace, for nearly a year. The work has been, at no time, very powerful, yet, steady and genuine, one and another successively opening their eyes to the light of the Sun of Righteousness, and submitting to his holy dominion. The special influences of grace still continue, perhaps, as fully as at any time in the past year, and there are many with whom the Spirit of God continues to strive. In Coventry there is a precious revival, hopefully on the increase, animating the friends of Zion, to labor, thankfulness, and hope. The people of God are rejoicing in the prospect,-seeking to him for the fulness of his blessing. In a number of places, partic ularly, Ashford, Simsbury, Litchfield, and Weathersfield, there are many encouraging appearances of the distinguished presence of God, in the blessings of his grace. In some places, the divine Spirit appears to be silently calling one and another to a holy union with Christ. In others, there are appearances of a commencement of a glorious work of divine grace. The event is with Jehovah, where it may be left with joy. His people have every encouragement to labor and pray, confiding in the faithfulness of his grace. He does not leave us without a gracious remembrance of his love. 'Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?' Con. Evan. Mag.
Extract of a Letter from Josiah Roberts, Esq. dated London, 21st December, 1813, to Robert Ralston, Esq. of Philadelphia.
"From the present aspect of affairs in Europe, sanguine hopes are formed that the period is approaching, when peace, on an enlarged scale, will once more be given to a bleeding world. Let us not cease to look up to Him whose prerogative it is to prepare the minds of men for this desirable blessing, and then to vouchsafe it to
them; some consolation while we are in the midst of these distressing scenes, is drawn from the increasing activity with which the holy Scriptures are circulated in the Armies and Navies; and also amongst prisoners of war, as well at home as abroad; instances of the good effects of which are by no means rare, and in some cases very remarkable. Surely no step is so well calculated to preserve our respective nations from the hateful consequences, in a moral and religious view, which flow from a state of warfare. Recent accounts from Bengal are very cheering. A divine blessing on missionary efforts is more and more apparent; and in some instances Hindoos of high cast have been brought to the acknowledgment and obedience of the truth, simply by the perusal of the word of God, without ever having communication with the missionaries personally. Thus is the incorruptible seed springing up, and God is giving testimony to his word. From the Cape of Good Hope, also pleasing accounts are received, and also of late from Otaheite, the first scene of Missionary labors by the London Society; and where till the present time, there bas been little encouragement; but the laborers in that quarter now express a hope that the King Pomare has felt the power of divine grace, and is become a Christian in reality, after having long manifested a friendship and regard for them. May their hope not be disappointed."
AMERICAN MISSIONARIES IN ASIA.
THE Christian public have been for some time anxious to hear from the missionaries in Asia. The impediments, which the present war has thrown in the way of correspondence with that quarter of the world, are often embarrassing.
It will be recollected, that our last intelligence from Messrs. Nott and Hall left them on board ship, about the last of Nov. 1812. They had taken passage from Calcutta to Ceylon, or Bombay, (being undecided at which place they should attempt to fix themselves,) and wrote back by the pilot boat after leaving the banks of the Ganges. The last that we have heard from Mr. Newell is, that he left the Isle of France for Bombay on the 24th of February, 1813. It was not to be expected that he would arrive there before the date of the following letter; but with a prosperous passage, he would meet his brethren soon after. We have strong hopes, that the apprehensions expressed by Messrs. Nott and Hall have not been realized; and that they were permitted to remain quietly at Rombay till the new charter of the East India Company reached that place; which it probably did in Nov. or Dec. last. After the arrival of this act of parliament, it is presumed that no peaceable, prudent missionaries will be molested by the local governments.
The following letter has the London post mark of Oct. 7; it having been probably enclosed to some person who forwarded it. If the missionaries had been sent to England, as they thought it pos sible they might be, we should probably have heard from them be fore this time.
Messrs. Nott and Hall very properly gave a brief sketch of what they had written in previous letters; and as their summary is judiciously expressed, and may refresh the minds of readers, we publish their whole letter to the Corresponding Secretary of the A. Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
"Bombay, March 17, 1813.
"Rev. and dear Sir, "WE sympathize with you and our distant friends in general, in the grief you must feel at the unexpected war in which our country is involved. We daily unite our prayers with yours to the "Giver of Peace and Lover of Concord," that you may speedily be delivered from the evils which it must have introduced, and that those which you fear may be averted from you. We had hoped, with the friends of Jesus we believe both in England and America, that these kindred nations would have lived in love and unity, and been joined in diffusing their religion far and wide. We hope so still. The prayers offered up by Christ's real friends for this, will not, we trust, remain long unanswered. That there are such prayers, does, indeed, not fail to induce in us the continual expectation of hearing the good news of peace. But you will be more anxious, dear Sir, we doubt not, to learn our situation, than to hear our views of yours.
"We are happy to inform you, that through the goodness of God, we are at length arrived upon the ground which we have chosen as the seat of our missionary labors; though, as you will presently see, not with the most flattering prospects. We arrived on the 12th ult. eleven weeks after leaving Bengal. Five weeks of this time we spent on the Coromandel coast, at the French settlement of Pondicherry, from whence we wrote you our last letter.* Though we shall have room for but little in this letter, we shall, as the events of the war may have prevented your receiving some or all our letters, notice such of the principal occurrences, as will give you a general view of the past, and prepare you to understand our present situation.
"Soon after our arrival in Bengal, which was early in August, we were ordered to return to America in the ship which brought us.— With expectations, which we finally gave up, we obtained leave to go to the Isle of France. Though our arrangements were made, at a very early period, to go to that place, we were detained by causes not under our controul, till we were led by further enquiries to entertain hopes of succeeding in this place, of which we had previously despaired. After this we first thought of coming by the way of Ceylon; but finally obtained passports departing.+ After all this was done, our passage paid, and part of our baggage on board, we were on a sudden informed, that provision was to be made for our passage to England in the fleet then to sail in five days. As both we and our captain had taken the regular steps for departure, we embarked according to our previous arrangements, and arrived at this place as was mentioned above.
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"This field which we chose, we think, after deliberate and prayerful examination, is so eligible, being connected in its language with a country immense and populous, and, as a commercial place, with many countries immense and populous, that we presume, should we succeed in staying, our choice will not fail to meet your highest wishes. Our objections to Birmah were, the unsettled state of the country-its particular jealousy of Europeans-the dangers and difficulties with which the Baptist mission there has been struggling,→ and the fear that an attempt by us would be followed, not only by its own defeat, but likewise by the defeat of that mission. In a word, this is the field we esteem the most desirable ;-but there is some reason to fear, that we shall not be suffered to remain.
"The Governor, (Sir Evan Nepean, Vice president of the British and Foreign Bible Society,) bears the character of a religious man; and is, we have much reason to believe, himself inclined to favor us. The only difficulty arises from the strong recommendation of the supreme government that we should be sent away. This strong recommendation results from their own original desire, and from their displeasure at the manner of our leaving Bengal; with the regularity of which we believe they were not thoroughly acquainted. We have stated our desires and explained our conduct to the Governor; and are informed by him, that he has nothing further to say to us at present. Our hopes of staying are so strong, that we have already commenced learning the Mahratta language.
"As the general government have been offended, you must not be surprised, if, when we write again, our letter should be dated in England; or if you should hear from our own lips the story of our trials and disappointments. God forbid that we should be so severe‐ ly afflicted in this way, and give us rather our sufferings in our work than by taking us from it. Pray for us, that we may never faint in our minds, and may be prepared, if that be the will of God, to enter upon a new course of wanderings and to be baffled by new disappointments.
"We repeat a wish contained in our former letters, that the com munications made to us by the way of Bengal may, for the present, be committed to the care of Dr. Carey.
"As to our funds you may well suppose them low. We hope some effectual method of replenishing them has already been adopted. Should we remain in this place, an economy which you would call rigid, will not more than make our salaries support us. Besides, we shall soon be in need of many native books, which can be obtained only at a very high rate, and we must immediately be at considerable expense for native instructors. We state these things that the truth may be known, and must leave the measure of your remittances to your power and your judgment; assuring you that at present we have no plans of spending, and hope we never shall have, but such as we are willing to submit to you, and that we shall do all in our power for our own support, which can be done without injury to our plans of usefulness. We are thus particular, because we may not soon have another opportunity of writing, and an early
arrangement on these points will be very important to our progress in our work. We beg leave to mention, (if that way has not already been adopted,) as probably the best way of remitting, that your money should be lodged in some mercantile house in London, and they be directed to give us immediate advice. This indeed is the only safe way in our present uncertainty, and will at any time furnish us with money at the least loss. Dear Sir, if we stay here, we shall greatly need your prayers, and the prayers of the Christian public.
"The three islands of Bombay, Salsette, and Carauja, contain about three hundred thousand natives, mostly Mahrattas; and the adjacent Mahratta territories, many millions; while to the south and the north there stretch, unevangelized regions, which present a pitiful but attractive spectacle to Christian benevolence. You will perceive, from the greatness of the field, that we shall desire to be strengthened by two brethren. Nor need they delay to learn the success of our attempt. Should we fail, it will be for reasons which will not effect them, if, instead of coming to Calcutta, they should come to Madras, Ceylon, the Isle of France, Batavia, or even to the Cape of Good Hope, and then directly to this place. We do hope, that be our destiny as it may, this field will not be neglected;-a field than which we believe none possesses more claims or more facilities, both for immediate and final usefulness. In case our brethren must be long delayed or come to Calcutta, we wish they may come thither. They may succeed as many Europeans have done as we hope to do and we will forward to Calcutta some remarks that may enable them to be more discreet than we were.
"To the Prudential Committee, and the Board of Commissioners, ave tender our highest respect and our Christian affection, and in their prayers and yours beg a continual remembrance. We are, Rev. Sir, yours in the Gospel, SAMUEL NOTT,
received, you will know in full Brother Newell is at the Isle of Brethren J. and R. will pursue
Rev. SAMUEL WORCESTER, D. D. "P. S. If our letters have been the history of the other brethren. France, and we hope will join us. a separate mission, having changed their sentiments on baptism, and been baptised at Calcutta."
NEW-YORK BIBLE SOCIETY.
THE fourth annual report of this Society, which was made at the annual meeting in December last, contains a particular account of the doings of the Society during the year preceding. Since the last report 1355 Bibles had been distributed in the city of New-York, on board of vessels and by the managers, and 954 in the country; making 2,309 in the whole.*
The Trustees mention with pleasure the formation of An Auxiltary Bible Society by young men of different religious denominations *Since the institution of the Society, 8,239 Bibles have been distributed.