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are but a few from among the many degra- study the Talmud, and where, producing dations to which they are subject. How have my Hebrew New Testament, I expounded the scales on the balance become reversed ? the whole truth of Christ. For there was a time when Ishmael, the And now, as far as any results from my child of Hagar, was driven out from the Missionary labours, I have every reason to tepts of Abraham, in order that the son of be satisfied and thankful for having been the bond woman might not inherit together the instrument of making known the unwith the son of the free woman. (Gal. vi.) searchable riches of Christ to a great numBut now the sons of the free woman are ber who never heard of them before; for havoppressed by the sons of the bond woman, ing put into circulation many copies of the and in this manner “the stranger that is Word of God among those who never poswithin thee hath got up above thee very sessed a Bible before, and by private conhigh, and thou hast come down very low," versation, as well as public lecturing, many is still applicable to the Israelites in Africa. old prejudices, as well as wrong ideas with As for their literary condition, it is to regard to Christianity, were removed, and be regretted that the noble and learned this is gradually paving the way to the spirit which animated their ancestors in heart of many, I trust, for the reception of Spain is almost extinct, and there is scarcely the Gospel. I might point to eight or ten a trace left of the opulence and freedom for Jewish converts, whom I have, by the blesswhich their forefathers were so renowned. ing of God, brought to the knowledge of the They excel the Moors, however, in the Redeemer, as particular instances of enspirit of commerce, which they monopolise; couragement; some are here in London, and, amid their sufferings and oppressions, others in Gibraltar and Africa, and a few they are able by industry, patience, and have left their native country for foreign superior intelligence in business, to succumb lards, to make a public profession of their to a tyrannical government and people. faith in Christ, since they could not, under

In religious matters, like their brethren such circumstances, find protection or mainof otherlands, they hate the Cross and tenance in their own country. It would be reverence the Rabbie. What else could be needless to particularise, as I have already, the result of the diabolic reign of the in- on various occasions, done so in my report quisition, when thousands agaiost their will to the society; but will only observe that, were obliged to be baptised? And still by the good help of God, I feel assured that (the reformation not having affected the I have not laboured in vain, and the fruit land of the south adjacent) they bave no thereof will appear more and more in due means of bebolding Christian simplicity and scason. Like the gardener, who anxiously tolerance. These disadvantages were great watches the plant, and is glad to see it in when I first went among them, but happily blossom, and wishes for its fruit, and though they are beginning to form a different the plant may be removed to another place opinion of the English religion, as they or clime, still does not despair of its growplease to call it, and to regard it as quite ing there and producing fruit, the Missionary another Gospel from that which the is not disheartened, who has sown the seed Spaniards teach.

of eternal life in the hearts of some who With regard to my operations among may not meet him any more in this world, them for four years past, Gibraltar was my yet he hopes that it will spring up, and, by fixed station, while I occasionally visited the favour of the Holy Spirit, produce fruit. the Jews of the coast and inland towns of For surely the Lord will not suffer His work Northern Africa, from Mogador as far as to fail, nor His word to return unto Him Tunis, scattering in many ways the truth. void, but will prosper the feeble efforts that On my visiting a town, I usually entered are put forth in behalf of His ancient peofirst the synagogue, and then the Estudio, ple, the seed of Abraham His friend. & place where many Jews assemble to

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We have just received the following from Mr. MANNING : Respecting the Missionary work, we are but the committee, I doubt not, as also going on much as usual, though I could the supporters of our cause, will be satiswish there was a little more incident occur- fied with the statements we are able to ring, to give variety to my communications; make. The circumstance of teaching daily

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from fifty to sixty persons the saving truths of the blessed Gospel, cannot be without its effect, and, indeed, it is even now perceptible; but a real conversion of the heart to Goi is His own work, and though effected, is frequently withheld from open manitestation for wise and gracions purposes; the ordinary procedure in the Di. vine economy being, " that one soweth and another reapeth,” but ultimately we shall rejoice together. The desire manifested Among at the Jews to possess the Hebrew Scriptures, I am thankful to say, continues unabated. A few days ago I was visited by a Jewfrom Damascus, the same person that I mentioned to you sometime past, as being particularly interested in an investigation that we made together of the prophetic Scriptures, especially of those parts that had reference to the restoration and conversion of Israel; and he tells me that, since that time, by diligent reading and prayer for Divine teaching, the light has been gradually breaking upon his mind, and leading him to the conviction that the truth must be with us; and he says that, a few weeks since, he was received by baptism into the Church by the Rev. Mr. Robson, one of the Scotch or Irish Missionaries. He tells me, also, that many of the Hebrew Bibles that I sold recently have been re-purchased by the Jews in Damas. cus for more than double the sum I had received for them, and that they were exceedingly anxious for more, and he begged me, if possible, to let him have at least twenty copies to take back with him.

This is an encouraging prospect, accompanied, as it is, with the assurance," that the Word shall not return void;" and no doubt that that will be the main instrument, in the hand of the Lord, in bringing His ancient people to a knowledge of Himself; for wlien le commands it to go forth with power, neither popes nor devils with all their legions will be able to oppose its progress.

I regret to say I have lost, or rather lont, for a time, my assistant in the school, who is now employed as a dragoina: to Colonel Walpole, the same gentleman who lately published a work on this country, and who is now here, raising recruits for the British army. He accomplished his first task in raising 600 cavalry, and has shipped them off for the war; but he suffered so much hindrance from the falsehood and dishonesty of his former interpreters (both of which native vices I could strongly recommend my Joseph as being exempt from), that as a personal favour to Colonel Walpole, I was fain to let him go. In addition to the entire school upon my

hands, and visiting amongst the Jews, I have several sick sailors (of course English) in the Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy, and last week two of them died of the Syrian fever; and as I am the only person staying down here for the summer in the shape of a Missionary, you may suppose I have full employ. We have, besides, as many as twenty English vessels in port, an unusually large number for this place at one time, but many of them are engaged in carrying troops, and horses and mules, to the war; of the two latter, I cannot tell you how many hundreds, for our own and the French army, have been sent off. But my object in mentioning this is to say, that in case my box should be still detained, I should be thankful to have as many English tracts of the narrative series (the "Loss of the Kent” and “Rothsay Castle," &c.) as you can procure for me, as my former supply is now nearly out. Perhaps, too, some of our reverend friends could furnish a few numbers of religious periodicals, such as the “ Evangelical Magazine," “ 'The Christian Observer," “ The Weekly Visitor," &c., which are so suitable to lend out, and which the captains, and such of the men capable of being interested by them, read with much pleasure and profit.

I wish we had some means of getting at the poor Jews, to tempt them to read, if it were only to enlarge their views of things generally; but it is the Lord's will that it should not be so, or they would be provided: therefore we must be contented to labour with such instruments as we have, relying on the promises that abound, of ultimate success. I have just received intelligence of the death of another sailor in the hospital, which is now

so full that they can receive no more, and many of the poor fellows are sent back again to their ships, or to such places as they can get to take them in, and where it is to be feared that many of them will perish for want of proper attention.

We made an effort some time ago, in conjunction with the Prussians, to have a Protestant hospital here, but failed in procuring the means sufficient, though many of the residents came forward and offered very handsomely. Surely it might not be amiss, in such dreadful times as these, to direct the attention of our own government to this object. They have to look to our merchant service for their best sailors, and it is a reproach indeed to Protestant nations, with all their wealth, that they do not keep pace with the Papists in their apparent acts of benevolence."

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MARSEILLES. Amid the terrors of the war-scenes presented in the Crimea, nothing has been so delightful as the many indications of the Holy Spirit's work on the hearts of those called to suffer, and some of them to die there—valiant for their country and faithful to their Saviour. Mr. Couen says

During this month I have had unusual lie down and rise up like a beast; but now opportunities of preaching the Gospel of I say, Lord, teach me to pray. I have Christ to a great number of Polish Jews, heard many Jews say that Jesus was an with whom our city is comparatively crowd- impostor; but when I read the New Tesed; they come hither to embark for Algeria, tament I see His character so unlike it, to which country a great number of them that I sometimes repeat to myself those are emigrating at the present moment; and words which I have read in the Testament, as soine of them remain here for a week or never man spake like this man.' so, it affords me ample scope to bring be

is still fore their minds the truth as it is in Jesus, in the military hospital, where I see him of which most of them are quite ignorant; three times a week. He lost part of his and some of them confessed to me that foot with four toes; he hopes soon to be this was the first time that they ever discharged, but does not know whether the heard the sound of the Gospel. I have dis- government will do anything for him or tributed ten Testaments and three Bibles, not. W-- is to have 250 francs annuwhich were thankfully accepted by them. ally; happily both of them have good

There are two soldiers with me, both of trades, and are willing to work. W-is a whom have been wounded before Sebasto- sailmaker, and H- a shoemaker, and pol, and who, I have no hesitation in say- both intend to make Marseilles their ing, have fcund Jesus Christ as their Sa- home. viour, and will be baptised as socn as I It was intended that R. H-- should shall consider them fit for it. Mr. W-- be baptised at the end of this month, but it who was wounded in the battle of Inker- has been deferred a little longer. She mann, ard who has been with me al- was taken seriously ill about three weeks most daily since April last, told me, the ago, and is still in the Protestant Infir. other day, that when I first told him that mary, and, although she is much better, is we were all sinners, and that it was abso- yet very weak. It is delightful to see the lutely necessary to salvation that we should Christian resignation wbich she manifests be born again, he did not know what to in her illness. The last time I saw her, make of me and my religion. He said, she told me that she had been ill several " I thought my being a Jew by birth was times before, but never did she feel so quite sufficient to take me to heaven; resigned as she did in this illness; she but since I have read the Bible, which said, “ The idea of death always made me yon kindly lent me, I feel that I am a poor wretched, but now I would rather die than lost sinner, and that hitherto I have been live." satisfied with no religion at all. I never I cannot close this without remarking, thought of my soul - all I cared for was that in visiting a military hospital, like this world; but now I have been convinced the one in Marseilles, one can form some from the New Testament, as well as from idea of the cursed system of war. It has my own feelings, that the care of the soul caused me to shed tears when I have passed is the one thing needful, and that it would through it, and beheld groups of fine be dreadful to gain the whole world at the handsome young men, whose bodies have expense of losing one's soul. I used to been mutilated before Sebastopol.

MULHOUSE. Mr. GINSBURG, on returning to his scene of labour, after a short retreat on account of the health of himself and wife, was welcomed with the utmost cordiality by his Jewish friends, who waited his arrival with anxious expectation. On resuming his work he says

Whilst the aged class of my bigoted to despise is an idolatry, and uses every brethren obsticately insist against the means, per fas et nefas, to keep itselt and truth, imagining that to bow the knee its offspring out of the reach of the Missionand worship One whom it has been taught ary or the Bible, the rising generation

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inquire for the cause of the contempt and hatred it is desired to exercise against the unkuown “ Tolui.” To satisfy this inquiry, recourse is happily taken to the first, best, and oldest book,—the Bible. Here the sincere reader gradually and surprisingly discovers that the “ Despised” is of the "seed of the woman who should bruise the serpeut's head;" that He is the fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham; that in His posterity all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; he finds that the Crucified is the antetype of the sacrifices of the Mosaic law; he is found in the books of Moses, the Psalmist, and the Prophets. These disclosures naturally lead the student to examine the life of the Personage who filled the pages of the Old Testament. When he opens the New Testament, he sees the “Word," the “Servant," the “ Priest,” the “ Prophet,” the “King," (by which epithets the Messiah is often styled), declared as the “Son of God," with the power of miracles, full of grace and truth, accomplishing what Moses and the prophets promised. Moreover, he meets with a character diametrically opposed to what he had been wont to hear; One suffering and dying for his sins. His mind is now delightfully occupied with the result of his inquiry. Yet to accept and believe the truth he has just come to, he finds rather dillicult. For as he marvels at the greatness and goodness of Jesus, so he cannot solve the enigmatic blindness of his parents and co-religionists. This I have particularly observed since my return from England, and made the acquaintance of several young men, to one of whom I lave felt happy to impart Christian instruction since the first day after my arrival. M. K

cousin of our dear B, was struck with the question," Who is the Tolui?” put to him by the latter. M- answered: “ The Christian's God." B: “ Why do the Jews hate Him so?” M .." Because He was a false prophet.” B- “Mahomet was also a false prophet, and he is not so despised and hated as Jesus." “ To be sure," replied M“ It is, perhaps, because he was a Jew." “ There have been a great many false prophets of our nation," rejoined B--, “and pone is so contemned and detested as Je. sus. But let me tell you the reason," continued B--: “ Jesús is our Messiah; our rabbonim have wickedly crucified Him; and the aversion and animosity the laical Jews foster towards Christ is owing to the ignorance and darkness they have been thrown into since their rejection of the 'Goël.'” “Then, do you think," asked

the other, “ our ancestors have done wrong in slaying Him?" “ Wrong!” exelaimed B----; "this is the greatest sin our fathers have committed, and this exile, in consequence, is the longest and hardest they have ever endured." “Then you are on the Christian side, are you?” “ Yes," he replied emphatically. Now," M- inquired, "why do Christians omit this and commit that?” To which B answered,

I know the Jews are wrong, and the Chris. tians right, but am unable to settle all the questions you put to me; let us wait till Mr. G-returns, and he, I am sure, will remove your objections. M

was in the meantime recommended by B-- to read the Old Testament, but his father, surpassing Mr. H- in bigotry, decidedly forbade it.

On the first night after my return, Mwas introduced to me. He is eighteen years of age, and a very intellectual, sincere, and interesting youth ; indeed, I thought, when I saw him, & Nathaniel of old. His questions were of great importance and interest; his objections were merely to satisfy his thirst after truth. Since our first meeting he has repeated his visits every night, and often during the day also. But I fear I may lose him, he being obliged to leave for the interior of the country on business.

Two other young Jews have been led to the same inquiry, viz., “ Who is the Tolui, whom we have been wont to curse?” Both are very well inclined towards the truth, and one of them underwent most severe bodily sufferings for reading a tract he received from me, through Br. BOh, may the words they read in the synagogue to-day (Tishah Reab), “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord" (Lamentations iii.40), be the daily watchword of the whole house of Israel!

Our B-- is growing in grace, and in the knowledge of his Saviour, whom he loves and serves; for his brethren, especially the young, learn the purport of the New Testament from his walk and conversation.

Br. B- and his wife live in accord. ance with their Christian profession. He can truly say, with Joseph : “ Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to save much people." His Christian conduct during his month's imprisonment stilled the anger of his persecutors, excited sympathy' among other Jews, and love among Christians. Many Jews who have been prejudicial and hateful, are now visiting him, and when he passes the streets he is saluted and addressed by them.

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LONDON. There are those among our Jewish brethren, men of intelligence and of influence, who are feeling their way into clearer light than they have been accustomed to. They are timidly approaching to Christianity, and, as we trust, are led by an unseen Hand in the way to the Cross and to perfect light. One of the Missionaries writes :

It is about a fortnight ago that Mr. L-, know) a “ruler of the Jews,” he at least a Jewish neighbour, called on me, evidently resembles Nicodemus in coming to me" by with the design of having some further night," and perhaps also in “ not knowing conversation on topics we had formerly these things" of God. more briefly touched upon. He told me His rank and influence among his people much of his own history, detailing his would be likely long to deter him from small beginning and his great prosperity, taking up a cross to follow the Nazarene; dwelling on his responsible cures in regard but it must be that his knowledge, graduto his rising family. Then came a compa. ally, and perhaps painfully acquired, and rison of our views in respect to the subject his convictions, must have an influence both of religion in general; and, lastly, the rela- upon his own conduct and upon the future tion of the law and the Gospel in particular. career of his children. If they never hear I need not describe the truths which I en- him blaspheme the holy name of Jesus, deavoured to urge upon his attention; nor will they, in their turn, be as bitter as their need I say more of his sentiments than forefathers? If his prejudices be broken that he listened with candid interest to down, will not their bias be less strong in what I advanced; and, far from appearing opposition to the doctrine of Christ? And to be offended by my plain-dealing, in tes- if he give occasion to our hope, as an inditimony to the truth as it is in Jesus, he vidual, is there not good reason, as there seemed disposed to enter more deeply into is doubtless fact, to encourage our zeal and the subject than I had anticipated; and, faith, in respect to many others who are from a short interview I have had since, I as yet knowo only as Jews and rejectors of think he is desirous of renewing the con- the ever-blessed Son of God? The Lord Persation. It is only at my bouse he will increase our faith! enter upon it; for though not (so far as I

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The Rev. J. WILKINSON, who in his visits to provincial towns continues to receive the kindest attention and the most cordial co-operation, from ministers and others of different Christian communities, writes in reference to his intercourse with Jews:

I am happy to inform you that I have out against the Messiahship of Jesus, in been furnished with many opportuni- examining such passages as

The sceptre ties, which have been gladly embraced, of shall not depart from Judah," &c., Gen. proclaiming "the glorious Gospel of the xlix. 10;

They shall look on me whom blessed God” to the seed of Abraham-this they have pierced," &c., Zech. xii. 10. And is the work to which I have consecrated my the time of Messiah's appearance, as delife, and to which I believe God has, in His scribed in Daniel's seventy weeks, ch. ix. providence, called me.

Mr. H- told me that a Jew, one day, You will recollect that I mentioned in asked him how he explained the first of my last report the case of a Jew, Mr. H- these three passages; and he gave the Jew with whom I bad had interesting conversa- an answer which appeared to satisfy him,

He continued his visits regularly but with which he did not feel satisfied during my stay at S—, sometimes spend. himself, and resolved not to do so again, ing two, and sometimes three hours at a lest he should have to answer to God for tine. Í made him a present of the Old having led an inquirer astray. In a suband New Testament in Hebrew, for which sequent interview, Mr. H- stated, that he was very grateful. I was pleased while he was a boy he dared not think to find him subjecting everything that was otherwise than that the Talmud was insaid in favour of the Messiahship of Jesus spired; that when he had grown to manto the closest examination; but he frankly hood, he began to question the inspiration adnitted that it was very difficult to stand of some parts, but he found the entertain

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