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ing of such doubts tended to produce in- things as are only typical, and have been difference to religion altogether; so he re- rendered unnecessary by the appearance of gards the Talmud as a guard to religion. the Great Antetype-Christ. Mr. HHe complained very much of the want of began to attend a Christian place of feeling in the synagogue service. He says, worship on the Sunday before I left the "the Jews appear to go to the synagogue place, and became, as far as I can judge, a as though they had been hired to do so; and sincere seeker of salvation through Jesus when the service is over, they appear to be Christ. I occasionally write to him, and glad their work is done." But, he says, “I a Christian gentleman assists him in writlike a feeling religion-a living religion.” | ing to me, and also affords him Christian On a subsequent visit to my apartments, Mr. counsel and instruction, I would add fur. H-- was in trouble because the Jews ther, that this Christian gentleman is so had been charging him with coming to me interested in the case of Mr. H- that he for Christian instruction; and adding, “We is taking steps for the purpose of getting understand you are already half a Chris- his wife over to England. This act of tian.” His sorrow arose partly from the Christian kindness God will most assurfact that a Christian had named it to the edly bless. I think I mentioned in my last Jews, though without the slightest intention

report an interesting interview I had with to injure him; and partly from the fact a merchant, a kind and intelligent Jew, at that bis wife, being still a Jewess in Ger- his own house. The conversation lasted many, and whom he intends to send for as

more than three hours; his lady, a wellsoon as he is able, will refuse to come. There informed Jewess taking part in the appears the strongest affection existing be- discussion. Mr. L-, in a kind spirit, tween them; for though she is now with her opposed Christianity, and attempted to father and treated kindly, yet she tells her defend Judaism. I had subsequent conhusband that she would rather live on a crust versations with him; and on one occasion he with him than on dainties with her parents; went with me to a Baptist chapel on the and he is also as anxious to have her with Sunday morning, to hear me preach, after him. I felt deep sympathy when he stated, which I accompanied him home, and had “I am now afraid that the Jews will try to refreshment with him. Mr. Linjure me in my business, or they may ceived my tracts, read them, and attempted write to my wife, and represent to her that to refute their contents in a manuscript of I am nearly a Christian, and then she will

twenty pages of foolscap. I was pleased not come to me. If I can get her here,” with the production, as it manifested earnsays Mr. H,“I shall be able to persuade estness, and, I believe, also sincerity. I her into my views respecting the Messiah- am sorry that, on account of my numerous ship of Christ.” He continued," I could give engagements, I have not as yet had time up everything for the truth, but cannot at to answer it. I am persuaded that I could present give up my wife.” Nor do I think

not only be fully employed, but well em. it necessary. Oh, that the God of Israel

ployed, in preserving, by letter, the acmay speedily bless both him and his wife

quaintance of a number of interesting and with a knowledge of the truth as it is in intelligent Jews throughout the country, Jesus! Immediately after this interview, whose professed openness to conviction Mr. Hattended with me a Christian renders it most probable that, in the adop. place of worship, and beard the Rev. J. tion of such a course, considerable good Rattenbury preach.

Under the sermon would be done. delivered by this eminent servant of God, On one occasion, after having attended Mr. H- - appeared much impressed, and synagogue-service in the morning at S afterwards expressed his deep interest in I visited the rabbi at his own house, and the service. During a subsequent interview, found seven or eight Jews and Jewesses, Mr. H- fully admitted the Messiahship who listened to me with much respect of Christ, principally from the deep convic- and attention. They all gratefully retion he felt of the need of an atonement for ceived tracts, and began at once to read sin, it being God's plan of forgiving sin on them. The rabbi stated the great pleathe ground of the shedding of blood, and sure it would afford him to have my acthat the blood of Jesus furnished the sinner quaintance, and wished I would remain in with that atonement; but at the same time he that town; if so, he would come to hear me cannot get rid of the thought, that it is the preach every Sunday. duty of every Israelite to continue the cele- After I had left S- I returned, bration of the seast of Passover, Pentecost, by permission, to London, for about a fortand Tabernacles; in fact, to continue the night, prior to my entering upon my labours performance of everything in connexion in L During that short interval with the Mosaic economy, except such Mr. G-, a Jew with whom I bad

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conversed former occasions several | eighteen to twenty years of age, Mr. times, called upon me and expressed his B had met with in Manchester, and desire to have regular religious instruction ; found that he came from Breslau, the he also thanked me for having taken him native place of both ; so they walked toby the hand to lead him to the Saviour. gether to L-, and Mr. B- preached I first met with him in the streets of the Gospel to the younger one along the London, and gave him tracts, and after- road. They regarded my meeting with wards had him several times at my apart- them and speaking to them in the street as ments, in company with a younger Jew, a providential circumstance. I expounded until I left London for the provinces. I the Scriptures to the younger one, who coinmitted them to the care of one of our appeared to be well acquainted with the brethren, and, on my return to town, found Hebrew Bible. I gave them a German and Mr. G had progressed considerably in a Hebrew New Testament, to read along his inquiries after truth. It was truly the road, as they intended to leave for affecting to see the tears rolling down his Hull on the following morning. I also noble Jewish countenance, while I endea- gave them tracts, which they gratefully voured to point him to the Lamb of God accepted ; and on their leaving me, I comwhich taketh away the sin of the world. mitted them in prayer to the care of the We closed our interview on two occasions Good Shepherd of Israel, and besought the in supplicating the mercy of God in Jesus Lord, by His Spirit, to lead them into all Christ. He said to me, on one occasion, truth respecting the salvation of the soul. "I water my pillow with my tears." Oh The youth, who has not yet received Jesus that the Good Physician may speedily grant as his Saviour, gives promise, I think, of him an application of the healing balm of speedily being enrolled amongst the followCalvary! He has written to me since I ers of the Lord Jesus Christ. have been here, and I am happy to say he A short time after my arrival here, I is under Christian instruction, and I hope called upon the rabbi, or rather the chais progressing satisfactorily.

zan, who received me kindly, and I secured Since I came to L-I have been a very friendly conversation with himself favoured with many opportunities of preach- and his father, who was over on a visit. ing the Gospel to the sons of Israel. To The father presented a venerable appearsix or eight Jews at a time, immediately ance, quite patriarchal. I received an after the synagogue-service, I have ad invitation from the chazan to visit him dressed the words of life and circulated again. I thanked him, and promised to do tracts, which have generally been received On the following Sabbath, after the in much kindness. I have preached the synagogue-service, I accordingly revisited Gospel in the streets to several single indi. hiin about four o'clock p.M.; he received vidual Jews. In one instance I was happy me kindly, and we had a most interto recognise a young Jew whom I had met, esting conversation during five hours and to whom I had preached the Gospel, and a half. Two other Jews were present in Bristol. I gave him tracts, which he and joined in the discussion. The converreadily accepted. He told me he had sation was principally directed to the 53rd recently buried a parent in Boulogne, and chapter of Isaiah. The question I raised had just now returned from France. He was the following:-“Who is the person said, “ I am not able yet to think that the described in the chapter as suffering for Messiah has already come." Oh, that he others, and as perfectly innocent himself?” may soon be brought both to see it and to Then, in the next place - Who are the feel it !

persons suffered for ?"

The chazan I met and conversed with two other asserted that the Jewish nation Jews in the street, who appeared much intended by the suffering person, and pleased that I had spoken to them. They that the persons suffered for were the Genaccepted tracts, and promised to come and tiles. I began at once to read the chapter see me on the following morning. They according to his interpretation, but he soon came, and spent an hour or two with me. found himself surrounded by insurmountThe older one, a respectably-dressed Jew, able difficulties. In the first place, to say stated that he had recently come over from nothing about the innocent sufferer being America to Liverpool on business, had' spoken of in the singular, and called a passed through Manchester, where he met | man, it was difficult to reconcile the idea with the young man who was now with that Israel is intended by this innocent him. The elder one, Mr. B-, told me, sufferer, with the account given by the with great gladness, that he was a Christian same prophet in his first chapter respecting Jew, had been baptised in Anisterdain, and Israel, where he says : “ The ox kuoweth employed there for some time as a tract- his owner, and the ass the crib of his distributor. The younger Jew, about | master; but Israel doth not know, my

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people do not consider." And again: have conversed, says, God will restore them "Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with by miracle, or He will give them some proof iniquity, a seed of evil-doers ; children of His clains by a sign from heaven, without that are corrupters,” &c. We found here any reference at all to genealogies. He gave a great dissimilarity between this un. evidence, in the course of conversation, grateful, corrupt, and corrupting nation, that he had read both the New Testament and the sinless character of the person or and the Apostles' creeds. Oh, that the God persons spoken of in Isa liii. While read- of Abraham may grant this Son of Abraing the chapter, I substituted Israel for ham the teaching of the Holy Spirit! the suffering person, to see how it would I generally attend the synagogue-serread, and told all present to bear in mind vice at least once on the Sabbath, and thus that we were row listening to Isaiah hinn- becoine acquainted with the non-resident self, who was part and parcel of the Jewish Jews, who readily converse with me when nation. In pursuing this course, the Jews I afterwards find them in the streets alone; found it amazingly difficult to grapple with indeed, several have visited me at my apartsuch words as “our report ;" * He was de- ments, and accepted tracts and New Tesspised and we regarded Him not;" “ But taments. it was our griefs He bare;" “But He was The synagogue here was originally a wounded on account of our transgressions." Christian, and is capable of These words, and others, evidently de- seating about seventy or eighty males, and scribe the prophet as one of those on whose about ten or twelve females ; but, singular behalf an innocent person is suffering, and to relate, while a number of Jews, varythrough whose stripes spiritual healing is ing from thirty to fifty, regularly attend, to be obtained by himself and others My not a single Jewess is ever seen there. Jewish friends felt considerable difficulty, I asked the wife of the chazan why she did not only in the chapter above referred to, not go, and the only reply she gave me but also with the 9th of Daniel and the was, " It is not customary here." 26th verse, where it is stated that the I find there are about twenty families “ Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Him- resident here; the rest who attend the syna. self,” prior to the destruction of the city gogue travel in the country in the weekand temple of Jerusalem. This conversa- day, and spend their Sabbath in the town. tion, which was conducted in the most There are also in the town another class friendly spirit for upwards of five hours, of Jews, i e. Jews by birth. This is the was adjourned to another Saturday. I more wealthy class, such as merchants; accepted a friendly invitation to take tea tl.ese are found attending the Unitarian with them, and had some passover-cakes, chapel, and never enter the synagogue. On which had been preserved since the fes- my first attendance at synagogue the Jews tival.

were remarkably kind; one lent me a book, While walking about one Sabbath, dur- another came to me to show me the part ing the interval of synagogue worship, I which was being read, and a third told me met with an old man wbom I had observed that the chazan was not clever, but he was at the synagogue in the morning; I spoke the best they could afford to keep, as they to him, and had a lengthy conversation were poor. I was struck with the utter with him in a passage by the side of one absence of everything like devotion. A of the principal streets. His attention Jew who sat beside me, knowing me to be seemed arrested while I dwelt on the aton- a Christian, began to talk to me, and told ing for sin by the shedding of blood, and me he was acquainted with a Mr. Becker, referred to such portions of Scripture as a Missionary of the London Society, sta"blood is the atonement for the soul;"" He tioned at Warsaw, and that he had frewas wounded for our transgressions;"" and quently conversed with him. During the with His stripes we

are healed;" the service, when we reached the 12th article Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us of the Jewish faith, " I believe, with a perall." The old man, Mr. A- said he fect faith, that the Messiah will come; and would examine these passages a little although His coming be delayed, I will closer. I found he was not prepared with still patiently await His speedy appearthe common perversions of Gen. xlix. 10, ance," this Jew said to mem" You do “ The sceptre shall not depart,” &c.; in not believe this: you say the Messiah has fact, he stated that he had no doubt the come." I replied: “Most certainly He has sceptre was still held by the lost ten tribes; come, and if you will come to my apartbut he seemed to have forgotten that the ments after the service, I shall be happy to tribe of Judah was not amongst them. give you my reasons for believing the MesWith respect to the lost genealogies requi- siah has come.” Two other Jews looked site for testing the claims of the Messiah, round, and I invited them to come also. this Jew, like many others with whom I | They all thrce came, and I expouuded the

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Scriptures to them upwards of three hours. During the interview I read to them a con. siderable portion of Leila Ada's letter to her father, which arrested very close attention. They accepted tracts, and one of them has repeated his visits to me several times. I gave this one a Hebrew New Testament, with which he is much delighted.

In bringing these statements to a close, I would call your attention to a most interesting circumstance :-During the delivery of my lecture at the Wesleyan chapel in the village above referred to (I refer to the village where the three guineas were given spontaneously), I recommended the friends to read in the closet the 11th chap. ter to the Romans, and to ask the Holy Spirit's teaching, and they would soon be interested in the conversion of the Jews. I remained the night at the village, and ad. dressed, on the following morning, an interesting day-school; a few adult friends were

present, who liad heard the lecture on the previous evening. After this address, an old Christian man called me aside, and told me that while he sat listening to the lecture, he wished he had been forty years younger, and he would have given himself and his property to God and His Church for Israel's spiritual welfare. He said, “ I took the advice you gave us last evening, and read on my knees not only the 11th chapter, but the 10th also, and I must confess I never before saw the beauty of these chapters in their relation to Israel's conversion. I began," continued he, “to pray for the Jews and for the missionaries engaged in seeking their salvation, but soon felt that I could not consistently pray unless I gave something, so you must put me down £1.” I met the same gentleman at the railway-station on my leaving the village, and here he showed his kindness in another form, by placing a piece of money in my hand to pay my railway-fare.

financial Position of the Society.

UNWILLING, month after month, to give prominence in our pages to the pecuniary concerns of the Society, we would gladly lay them aside, and consider them transferred to the safe keeping and earnest counsel of those who guide the central and collateral movements of the Society. Two or three thoughts, however, are suggested, as another month presents a blank number to view; the first is, that we ought most gratefully to record the tender mercy of our God, who, in so short a period, has enabled us to realise a sum beyond our fears, and that it has come, in numerous instances, fragrant with expressions of love, and breathing sentiments of hallowed devotion. It is quite evident that there is a secret chord in many, many hearts, which needs but to be gently breathed upon, and it will send forth strains of love to Israel, and to those who seek its good-many a folded wing that waits but for a whisper to expand it, and bear the soul upward in earnest prayer for the loved and destitute people of the God of Abraham. The cloud which has gathered round our path mutters no thunder, and though it has not passed away, its droppings have been for medicine and for health-the bow of promise is on it, and brighter skies beyond.

But the Committee are not yet enabled to liquidate the debt, and their desires for the future will not be realised without the help of those who have not yet contributed what we are persuaded will be cheerfully accorded when the claim is understood. Few of our modern institutions have been 80 favoured, in the outset of their course, in the openings for hopeful operations. Suitable men have also been found, but the effort has everywhere been restricted. The Committee have been taught, by painful experience, the necessity of limiting their operations by the means entrusted to them, but they are increasingly impressed with the importance of rendering the Missionary stations severally more efficient by the aid of colportage, itinerant labour, and supplies of suitable publications. They have therefore ventured earnestly to plead that the contributions, which now amount to about £650, may be extended to £2000. The Committee are encouraged, also, to hope that the spirit evoked by recent circumstances will induce very many of their kind friends to take a practical and a prayerful interest in the spiritual agency of the Society, in watching the labours of the Missionaries, bearing them and the objects of their solicitude on their hearts in prayer, in promoting stated or occasional meetings for prayer, and in awakening among Christian friends everywhere, and specially among the young, a devout and intelligent concern for the salvation of Israel. By contributing to the pages of the “ Jewish Herald,” and promoting its circulation, by attending the monthly meetings for prayer at the Office (on the third Wednesday) when practicable, and by communications to the Committee, a new stimulus might be given to the enterprise, and benefit secured, under the Divine blessing, to all. Our Missionaries teach no other Gospel than that which apostles preached to Jews and Gentiles; and they have no hope of success but in those precious influences which they are taught to believe are graciously bestowed in answer to believing prayer, and in connexion with humble and faithful endeavours.

It had been intended to publish a list of Contributions to the Special Fund for the liquidation of the debt, and for enabling the Society to hold on its way with increased vigour and efficiency ; but the hope of receiving large additions to it, and the press of other matter, induce us to delay its publication until the next number, in which we shall hope to give the names of the several contributors, so far as we are supplied with them, as well as a statement of ordinary receipts and of recent meetings.

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JOHN XX. 15. The light of gladness cannot cheer

By those sweet Psalms ye cherish still, The Hebrew's mournful brow,

By blessed David sung, But see those wanderings far and near, And by the raptur'd strains that thrill Brother, whom seekest thou?"

Isaiah's prophet tongue; Rise, sons of Zion, dry your tears,

Can those frail eyes indeed not know For, lo! the Prince of Peace appears. That form that meets ye as ye go? Ye find no rest, in every land

Oh, let those accents find a way Condemn'd and outcast now;

Within that doubting heart, Why stand ye thus a lonely band ?

Like the bright springing of the day Brother," whom seekest thou ?”

When midnight shades depart; He whom ye seek could ye but see,

And let that long-forgotten strain'Tis He hath met and speaks to thee!

My Lord ! my God?" be heard again! From Lays and Laments for Israel.


The Monthly MEETING of Jewish and Gentile Christians, for Prayer and Scriptural Conference, will be held at the Office, No. 1, Crescent Place, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, on WEDNESDAY EVENING, Sept. 19th, at Seven o'Clock. The Meeting is open to all Friends of Israel.

London : Published by JOHN SNOW, 35, Paternoster Row.

Printed by Charles Frederick Adams, of, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, City, and William Gee, of 48, Beward Street,

st. Luke, at their Prin ung Office, 23, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, City.

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