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bours of a public character consisted in preaching five times; addressing church meetings, or week-night congregations, five times; addressing six Sunday-schools; besides organising a ladies' association and committee, as well as a gentlemen's committee. Besides these public labours, I engaged in those of a more private character; having paid between fifty and sixty visits to private houses, and spending in each case from half an hour to two hours in attempting to interest in the great object of my mission all with whom I came in contact. Although the above labours have occupied a considerable portion of my time during the past month, I am happy to say they have not occupied the whole of it. I attended synagogue service on two Saturday mornings in succession. On the former morning there were about fifteen Jews and five Jewesses present; and on the latter, about twenty Jews and eight Jewesses. Upon inquiry I found there were not more than about twenty families in the town. I commenced my visitations by calling upon the rabbi, who resides in the synagogue house, and was by him most kindly received. As soon as he heard my name, he said, "Oh! I have heard of you." I asked, "What have you heard?" The rabbi replied, "I have heard that you' were addressing the Wesleyan schools last Sunday for the purpose of teaching Christian children to love the Jews." I answered, "It is true, and, if I am well, I shall address another large school in the town on Sunday next, and for the same purpose." He grasped my hand and warmly said, "I pray God may bless your work." After a considerable time had been spent in conversation on some of the leading Messianic passages, we walked into the synagogue, and continued the conversation about an hour in the hearing of his children, who were peeping through the railing from the gallery. The conversation then turned upon the Divine institution of the Mosaic economy. Here I asked the rabbi if the following were not the principles on which the sacrificial rites were explained; viz. that God manifested His displeasure against sin by appointing the sacrifice of life-the shedding of blood; but at the same time He manifested His love to the sinner by allowing a substitute-another than the sinner. He admitted the sacrifices could be explained on no other ground. I then stated that these are the very principles on which we Christians receive the death of Jesus as an atonement for sin; so that, in fact, true Christians are only perpetuating the essential principles of Judaism, and in that sense are strictly Jews; while those


who are called Jews are no Jews. Although I left him apparently indifferent to the great subject which had occupied our attention, yet I was happy in having the opportunity of dealing with him in the most faithful manner; and on my taking leave, he shook me by the hand most warmly, requesting me to call and see him again if at any future period I should re-visit that town. When I first offered him a tract, he refused to take it, but afterwards accepted it on account of my taking so much interest in the Jews. I also called upon, and had interesting conversations with, other Jews, principally of a very respectable class, one of whom was evidently a man of deep thought and penetration. He told me he had frequently conversed with clergymen on the subject of Christianity. He certainly manifests in his conversation the greatest courtesy, as well as the absence of bigotry. I found him to be an advocate for reform in the synagogue service. the course of conversation on the subject of Christianity, he observed: "Well, we must improve the gifts and advantages God has given to us, remembering that where much is given much will be required." I looked at him, when he quoted the Testament. Oh, yes," said he, "I am not afraid to quote your New Testament. believe the sentiment I have just uttered as a quotation to be perfectly true in principle. Mr. L is looking for and expecting a Messiah, but he expects, as the immediate consequence of his appearance, the universal spread of peace. The conversation was interrupted by the call of another visitor; so Mr. L invited me to call again on the Monday or Tuesday following. I did so, and renewed a conversation which appeared as agreable to Mr. L as to myself. On my taking leave of him, he, pressing my hand, said, "I shall be very happy to see you at any time when you again visit this town.

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Another Jew upon whom I called is a very respectable man, and one who takes considerable interest in the general weal of the town. When I entered the shop, I saw two young men-sons of Mr L-, one about sixteen and the other about twenty years of age. I asked the elder one if he had any objection to accept at the hand of a Christian a Christian tract; at the same time holding one out to him enclosed in an envelope addressed in Hebrew. The young man looked amazed and half afraid to touch it. He said, "I will go and call my father." I waited a short time, and the father came, a gentlemanly man in appearance, but especially in manners. He declined to accept my tract, stating that he was a Jew, had been born a Jew, and wished to die a

Jew: forgetting that, so far from Christian-
ity taking away from the Jew the Jewish
origin or the Jewish religion, it simply
made him an "Israelite indeed." Mr. L-

said that as he lived on very friendly terms
with Christians, he would rather not con-
verse on the subject of religion at all. I
reminded him that he and I were equally
on probation for another state of existence,
and should soon be gone. How reasonable
and profitable, then, it might be for us
occasionally to speak of what constitutes
the foundation of our hopes of happiness
in the next world, and to see to it that our
foundation bear the test of God's holy
Word! The conversation, which lasted
nearly an hour, was, as it were, gained as
though each succeeding minute would be
the last. The doctrine of the divinity of
the Lord Jesus Christ he could not under-
stand, yet he admitted that the Scriptures
tanght him to expect a Messiah who should
be no less divine than human. He evi-
dently felt the difficulty of his position
without a sacrifice, since God had declared
that blood constituted the atonement for
the soul. He readily acknowledged it to be
a fact deserving of notice, that the Jews
were able to offer their sacrifices according
to the Mosaic code until He came and
died, who professed to "put away sin by
the sacrifice of Himself." I urged upon
Mr. L's attention the passage in Dan.
ix. 26, in which, concerning the Messiah, it
is stated, He "shall be cut off" prior to
the destruction of the city and temple of
Jerusalem. I asked, "Does it not appear
even a greater marvel that Christ should
not have been the Messiah than that He
should?" At the same time reminding him
of the astonishing changes which had taken
place in the world since the advent of

heathen temples demolished,
idolatry destroyed, in proportion to the
spread of Christianity. "In fact, wherever
the name of Jesus has been made known,
and His gospel preached in its simplicity,
the blessings of civilisation and the worship
of the one true God have invariably fol-
lowed. Does this not appear inexplicable
on any other ground than that Jesus was
indeed the Christ?" Mr. L- looked
thoughtful for a short time, as he gazed on
the floor of his shop, and then, raising his

head, answered, "It is indeed astonishing!"
I exhorted him earnestly to examine this
subject, inasmuch as the eternal interests
of the soul stand so intimately connected
with its proper investigation. I was glad
that the two sons, whom I found in the
shop on entering, were present during the
entire conversation. They appeared to pay
very great attention. Mr. L- - was de-
cidedly opposed to any one of his nine chil-
dren reading anything upon the subject of
Christianity; this he had recently shewn, by
prohibiting his eldest son from reading
"Judah's Lion," a copy of which had been
presented to him by a Christian friend.
Oh, that God may bless the seed thus
sown! I called upon the principal portion
of the families in the town, and only in two
instances were my tracts refused: in one out
of these two I was marched out of doors,
but did not fail to urge the Jew, while I
was standing just outside his door, to look
after the interests of his soul, as this life
would soon terminate. He heard without
making any reply; but he must hear, for
his shop was only a small one, and the
door being open and covered with clothes,
he was not able to close it against me.
another case, where I was received rather
indifferently on the first call, I was re-
ceived very kindly on a second call, and
even invited to come again at an appointed
time, and I should meet a learned Jew at
his house. I went to Mr. A's house at
the time appointed, but did not meet with
the friend.



Though we may not be permitted to see
much fruit at present, in the form of im-
mediate conversion, yet we have encourage-
ment in the fact that the Jew, in numbers
of instances, will listen for an hour or two
at a time to the plain exposition of the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
will most assuredly bless the prayerful,
persevering efforts of His servants. I am
fully persuaded that thousands of secret
ones, dissatisfied with Judaism, are read-
ing the New Testament, and examining the
claims of the Lord Jesus Christ. This
state of things evidently indicates a shaking
among the dry bones, and encourages the
Missionary to labour more incessantly, and
to pray more fervently for the promised
outpouring of the Holy Ghost.


WHAT views of Israel are most adapted to excite healthful and useful action for them, and what
shall that action be?

In what respects may action in the cause of the Jews promote our own spiritual progress?

What are the declarations in the Word of God which most plainly indicate His mind and will as to
Israel's spiritual recovery?

What are the points in which Jews and Christians are agreed, and in defence of which they should
arate against the common foe?

The above have been handed to us in the hope of eliciting views adapted to promote the objects of
the Society. Brief, pointed, and scriptural replies will be very acceptable.

Notices, &c.

BAZAAR FOR THE SOCIETY.-The ladies of Bath have made to the
Society an unsolicited present of forty pounds, the result of a sale in De-

Very thankfully will the Committee receive similar proofs of interest
in the good cause from those who have been their most active coadjutors,
and whose aid at the present moment might go far to remove debt and to
stimulate exertion.

of gatherings at a working society towards the support of our female
Scripture reader.

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, February 21st,
at Seven o'clock.

The Meeting is open to all Friends of Israel.

According to present arrangements, the ANNUAL MEETING of the Society
will be held in Freemasons' Hall, on Friday the 27th of April; and the
ANNUAL SERMON will be preached in Bloomsbury Chapel, by the Rev.

To Treasurers of Associations, Collectors, and other Friends.

THE Accounts of the current year will be closed on the 31st of March,
and all sums received after that date will be carried to the next year's
account. The Committee entreat, therefore, that all sums received may
be remitted on, or as much before that date as possible, to Mr. GEORGE
YONGE, at No. 1, Crescent Place, Blackfriars: all orders to be made payable
to him. He will be thankful to receive with each final remittance a list
of the Office-Bearers and Contributors as it is wished that it should appear
in the Report, and also a statement of the dates and amounts of the
several remittances since March 31, 1854. Where no objection is felt, it
would lessen expense to include sums under five shillings in one line.

The Committee earnestly request the kind influence and exertions of
the Society's friends during the present and following month, that it may
be relieved from debt, and at liberty to pursue its way, under the Divine
blessing, with less of difficulty and anxiety. The disbursements of this
year have been considerably less than those of the former; but hitherto
the amount received has not nearly equalled them.

London: Published by PARTRIDGE, OAKEY, and Co., Paternoster Row; and 70, Edgware Road.
Printed by Charles Frederick Adams, of 23, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, City, and William Gee, of 48, Seward Street,
St. Luke, at their Printing Office, 23, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, City.

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As if our Lord had said, It is true my sufferings are an universal remedy, and I have given my life a ransom for many, that the Gentiles afar off might be brought nigh, and that all the ends of the earth might see the salvation of God. Therefore go unto all nations, and offer this salvation as you go: but, lest the poor house of Israel should think themselves abandoned to despair,-the seed of Abraham mine ancient friend, as cruel and unkind as they have been,-go make them the first offer of grace; let them have the first refusal of Gospel mercy, let them that struck the rock drink first of its refreshing streams, and they that drew my blood be welcome to its healing virtue. Tell them, that as I sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, so, if they will be gathered, I will be their Shepherd still. Though they despised my tears, which I shed over them, and imprecated my blood to be upon them, tell them it was for their sakes I shed both; that by my tears I might soften their hearts towards God, and by my blood I might reconcile God to them. Tell them I live; and because I am alive again, my death shall not be their damnation; nor is my murder an unpardonable sin, but that the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, even the sin by which that blood was shed. Tell them you have seen the prints of the nails upon my hands and feet, and the wound of the spear in my side; and that those marks of their cruelty are so far from giving me vindictive thoughts, if they will but repent, that every wound they have given me speaks on their behalf, pleads with the Father


for the remission of their sins, and enables me to bestow it; and by those sufferings, which they may be ready to think have exasperated me against them, by those very wounds, court and pursuade them to receive the salvation they have procured. Say, "Repent ye, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts iii. 19). Nay, if you meet that poor wretch that thrust the spear into my side, tell him there is another way, a better way, of coming at my heart. If he will repent and look upon Him whom he has pierced, and will mourn, I will cherish him in that very bosom he has wounded; he shall find the blood he shed an ample atonement for the sin of shedding it. And tell him for me, he will put me to more pain and displeasure by refusing this offer of my blood than when he drew it forth. In short, though they have gainsayed my doctrine, blasphemed my divinity, and abused and tormented my person, taken away my life, and, what is next valuable to every honest man, endeavoured to murder my reputation too, by making me an impostor, and imputing my miracles to a combination with Beelzebub,-nevertheless, go to Jerusalem, and by beginning there, shew them such a miracle of goodness and grace that they themselves must confess, too good for the Devil to have had any hand in, too godlike for him to be assisting in, that may convince them of their sin, and, at the same time, that nothing can be greater than their sin, except this mercy and grace of mine, which where their sin has abounded does thus much more abound,-" beginning at Jerusalem." DR. B. GROSVENOR.

Missionary Intelligence.

OUR space is limited this month by the promised insertion of a Quarterly Minute of Meetings held and Remittances received. We are therefore obliged to postpone communications which we should have gladly presented, and to confine the Missionary Intelligence to that derived from the agents of this Society. We may state, however, that in glancing over the periodicals of kindred institutions for the last month, we do not perceive evidence of any very powerful impression on the minds of the Jewish community, although instances of individual inquiry and spiritual solicitude meet the eye in each of these records. We have, indeed, to mourn, with our brethren of the London Society, over the expulsion of their missionaries from the kingdom of Poland, not, so far as we are informed, for any fault of their own, but solely at the will of a despot, who having troubled the peace of the world, incurs the fearful guilt of particular enmity against the people of the God of Abraham. It is also affecting to learn how soon impressions made on the Jewish mind, during seasons of peculiar sorrow, have died beneath the frown or the smile of the world. "Now if I was asked," writes the Bishop at Jerusalem, "what has been the moral effects of these calamities on the people at large, I should be obliged to answer, None at all, as far as I can judge.

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