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as soon as his knowledge of English ex- ably extended the circle of my Jewish ac. panded, he became inquisitive and read quaintances, and effected an entrance into with considerable pleasure. He was not several families which were inaccessible above half acquainted with the Epistles before. In one of them, I have reason to and Evangelists, when he became capti- believe, the word preachcd has been accomvated with the purity and sublimity of their panied with power and efficacy, and condoctrines. After many anxious trials he be- strained the husband and father to read came a sincere inquirer after truth, and and investigate the claims of the Gospel through God's grace and love to him he is now, for himself, and thus satisfy his own mind on I trust, a firm and decided believer in the that momentous and most important subject. Lord Jesus. It was only last year that Mr. In another family the Israelite, aster G. was officiating during the celebration of hearing me repeatedly press upon him the the festival in a Jewish synagogue, where necessity of salvation through faith in the he acquitted himself with great honour and blood of Jesus, has at last resolved to regained the esteem of many very respect

ceive Christian instruction, and be prepared able Jewish families, but since he has for openly confessing his faith in Christ. known the truth he has given up all for His wife, it is true, offers the most strenuous its sake; and though he has had nearly opposition to such a step, and will unever since to struggle with want and dis- doubtedly exert hier utmost to prevent the tress, and the Jews are constantly at his carrying of his design into effect; yet the house, offering him every possible induce- fact that all the other members of his ment of a worldly nature to draw him family have become Christians will furnish from his integrity, he yet remains firm, and him with a powerful and overruling ples nobly defends the honour of his Master for his also deciding for the truth. A against any and every assault.

young man, his brother-in-law, who lives Another inquirer, Mr. S-, I regret to with them, seems likewise favourably in. say, has, during the past month, had to en- clined to the truth. I pray that it may be dure a great "fight of affliction.” In a said of this family, as it once was said of letter addressed to Mr. K-recently, he one of old: “ This day has salvation come said, “Oh, how I envy you, that you can,

to this house." through the grace of God, already call With deep gratitude to God, I am peryourself a Christian, that you can press mitted to report that Mrs. S-'s long, the cross to your heart and say, 'Dear obstinate, and bitter opposition to the truth, Saviour, thou art mine!' I am still forcibly has, at length, through the grace and mercy held back from openly confessing my faith, of God, been turned into deep anxiety and and the greatest insults are heaped upon

fervent solicitude for her spiritual peace me. My wife stands between me and my and safety. She found it a hard thing to Saviour; when she sees me on my knees fight against God and oppose His designs she raves and rages, and when I speak to of mercy to her, and when mild and gentle her of the love of Jesus, she only answers measures failed to recover her from her by violent marks of her displeasure. Pray delirium, severe and arousing ones had to for me, dear brother, and I will also give be employed to humble the proud heart, myself to earnest and fervent supplication: and to bring down the lofty looks. “I perlaps the Lord will be entreated of us have richly deserved all the afflictions and and remember us for good."

trials with which the Lord has been pleased I am thankful to say that I am still per- to visit me," is now the tone of her voice : mitted to labour with pleasing and highly

I will kiss the rod, and not demur at gratifying results. Though my duties God's wonderful dealing with me." Yes, often lead through rough ways and rugged she is full of eager desire and earnest longpaths, though I have frequently to sigh ing to be joined to the people of God as and mourn over the depravity, the wilful speedily as possible, and looks forward with blindness, and determined opposition of considerable pleasure and satisfaction to those for whose peace and happiness I am the day when, by the side of her husband, labouring; yet amidst it all, I am enabled to she also will be permitted to testify to all discern the glimmering of that blessed and around what a precious and loving Saviour long-wished-for day, so full of life and she has found. Mrs. S - has a little salvation to Israel; and in the prospect of

sister with her, between the age of seven it, I am even now permitted to reap some and eight years, whom she likewise feels first-fruits of the coming harvest.

anxious to have trained for Christ, and she In a subsequent report, Mr. J.

has already began, in conjunction with her writes :

husband, to lead her gradually and gently

into the knowledge of the truth. During the past month I have consider- Mr. G is also, considering the very limited time he has to spare for religious instruction, making pleasing and satisfactory progress in Divine things. He generally comes to me on a Sunday afternoon, when we spend a few profitable and delightful hours together ; and in addition to

this, I endeavour to see him at least once a week in his business, and to speak to him in the best way I can about the things that make for peace. I hope, ere long, to see him take the decided step for Christ and His cause.

MR. GELLERT refers to some remarkable the same Scriptures, how all the services circumstances, which, in the course of Pro- and sacrifices of the temple did but forevidence, have brought a travelling Jew to shadow Him of whom Moses spake. Rethink seriously of the best things. After turned to London, he presents himself bethe Missionary in London had had several fore the Missionary who had faithfully interviews with him, and had made but striven to instruct him, and through whose little impression by them upon his levity | teachings it was that he had been enabled and carelessness, the Jew left the metro- so well to counterfeit a Christian, while inpolis, to visit, as was his custom as a haw- deed a Jew. " Pardon me," he said, “ that ker of jewellery, a district of the country. I have told a lie, in order to improve my As he travelled along the dusty road, his circumstances, and to dispose of my goods. heart was still unchanged-his purpose was I said I was a Christian, and under the full uprenewed, and not having succeeded very persuasion that I was, the gentleman caused well in his trade of late, he thought, per- me to remain in his house a whole day; he chance, that his Jewish extraction and purchased goods of me to the amount of faith were the obstacles in his way. He four pounds, and welcomed me to his own accordingly resolved, at the next house table; but his joy in welcoming me as a where he should present his wares, if the brother, the tenderness and sympathy of question were put to him, to say that he his kindness, together with his parting was a Christian; when he did so, the gen- blessing, I desire never to forget. If such tleman at whose door he stood at once in- is Christianity, and such the mysterious vited him in, and asked him the reason of and overwhelming love they bear one anohis faith and hope, which compelled the ther, I am persuaded that it is of all things Jew, though perhaps unwillingly at first, most excellent and true, and sincerely deto open the law and the prophets, and to sire to be forgiven my sin of falsehood, that, ransack them for passages in proof of his with an eased conscience, I may learn more Messiahship, whose right it is to reign, and of the Christ and Saviour of the Christian who will reign until he has put all enemies who was my helper and my host." under his feet, and further to show from

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From Mr. Cohen, at MARSEILLES : Among the numerous strangers to whom Bible and religion, the thoughts of which I have preached the blessed Gospel during fill me now with horror. I left Marseilles the past month, there was Mr. S-, to in October, 1854, for Nimes, where I rewhom I had preached Christ more than a mained three months. One day, my wife year ago, and who was then, like most of asked me to read the Bible; but I laughed the Jews in France, an infidel. I then

at her; then she reasoned with me, and told persuaded him to buy a Bible, and I re- me to remember your kindness, and that member that he laughed very heartily there could be no harm in reading it, &c.; When I told him, that if he would only and she would not let me rest until I read read the Bible prayerfully, he might be it. But I shall never forget with what led not only to believe in the God of his feelings I opened that holy book, which I fathers, but also in His Son, who came to so often ridiculed ; my whole body tremsave his soul; and although he laughed at bled, and I was as cold as ice. With the message, yet it pleased the Lord to faltering lips, I read a chapter in the New open his eyes and his heart to believe in Testament, —but what chapter it was I do Jesus. The following I have gathered not know; my wife tells me that it was from the conversations I have had with in John. From that time, I commenced him during his stay here. He said : "I reading the Word of God; but I became first was a Deist, then an Universalist, and so unhappy, that I thought that at every then I became an Infidel; and, being lively step I should sink into hell. I prayed and gay, my company was much sought much, and asked God to lead me into the after, and I was what is usually called a truth. My wife persuaded me to call on happy man ; but-poor happiness with- one of the Protestant ministers, and to tell out God in the world! My greatest plea- him my mind, which I did; but he told sure was, as you know, to laugh at the me that, some years ago, he heard that a

Jew called on a brother minister, and wished to be baptised; but it was believed that all the Jew wanted was money, and therefore he did not like to have anything at all to do with Jews, nor with Catholics, who wish to change their religion. This greatly discouraged me; and having been disappointed in a situation, I became quite wretched. I gave up reading the Bible and prayer; and while in this state of misery, I received a letter from a friend in Constantina, who told me that there was a clerk's place in the same office where he was, if I wished to accept it. I was glad of the opportunity, and we at once left Nimes for it, and we have been there ever since, and it is for the same firm that I am here on business. Two months passed without reading the Word of God and prayer; but I was unhappy, and I was obliged again to take the Bible, and devoted my evenings in considering and comparing the passages which you kindly marked for me; and the Lord shed great light upon my soul, and I felt happy in believing, and feel so still. I attend the Protestant church as a Protestant, and as such I have already several times taken the Lord's Supper." One day, be took my hand and said: “I have to thank you for all this. It is true that I have learned much from my wife, who is, as you know, a Protestant by birth; but if it had not been for you, I do not think that I should have thought of believing in Jesus." I told him to thank God for it all; he said, “So I do; but I am bound to thank you too.” Before he left, he asked me to let him have some tracts or books, which he wished to distribute among his brethren at Constantina; and from his conversations with me and with some friends, during his stay in this place, there is reason to believe him to be a true believer in Christ.

It is now several months since I made the acquaintance of a very interesting young man from the principality of Bavaria, who has been sent hither to learn the French language, with whom I have had several interesting conversations, and who, I believe, is not far from the kingdom of heaven. The other day, he told me that be received his first impressions through their shoemaker, who was a Pro

testant, and who lent him a New Testament, which he read, and that he was at once struck with the sublime character of Jesus, and it was now more than two years since he had ceased to be a Jew inwardly; but that he had no such clear views of the Gospel before he knew me; and as soon as he was out of the jurisdiction of his relatives, he hoped to take that step from which he had been hitherto prevented. Whenever I converse with him, I tell him to read his Bible diligently, and to hold on in prayer, and God would make the way clear for him.

I have met with several soldiers, whose acquaintance I made in the hospital, and it was really very encouraging to see the poor fellows still thankful for my visits, and some of them steadily pursuing the perusal of the Word of God. I do not think that one could have been more glad to see his own brother than some of them were to see me. One of them-a sergeant-who now had a wooden leg, threw his arms around my neck, and would have kissed me in the street. He said: “ I am still reading the Bible, or rather the New Testament, which I understand much better. I wish I could only remain with you for one month; I should learn more during that time, than I could in six months by myself. Pray for me. It is my desire to believe in Jesus, but I find it not so easy as I thought; I feel that my sins stand between me and Christ. Pray for me; I am a poor creature. You know Jesus declares, that 'Except a man be born again, he shall not see the kingdom of God;'” and the soldier's eyes filied with tears. I told him to remember that " it is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, even the chief.' Believe this, and go and plead it before the throne of God." He said, “I wish I could only be with you one month. I am now on my way to join our depôt, from whence I hope to get my dismissal; but should I not return to Marseilles again, I will write to you."

Another told me, that it was only since he had read the Bible which I gave him, that he had been led seriously to reflect about his soul.

BEYROUT. MR. MANNING's last communication is of a peculiarly painful character. We give it in full, hoping that it will awaken sympathy and prayer. We trust that, when the visitation has passed away, it will be apparent that mercy was mingled with the judgment, and that, in the night of storm, some lessons of Divine truth have been brought to the memory and applied to the heart.

After my late communications of the sad was attacked, sent off his little son to state of things here, you will, no doubt, be call his sister, who had only a few days glad to hear from me agnin, though I am previously been confined, and before she sorry to say that no change as yet has could arrive to take care of her mother, the taken place with us for the better. The monster of a parent had fled, and it was cholera still continues to rage, and the not till some days afterwards that it was people to leave the town in alarm, and known where he was.

This will give you among them, some of the consuls, the Eng- some idea of the awsul state of society here, lish and American included. Whilst they when this is a description of the best, and remained, they seemed to impart a certain I doubt not that you will agree with me, degree of confidence to the poor people that

that if ever there was a people apparently could not get away, but their departure ripe for the Divine judgments, it surely must now is like the giving up of the last hope. be this. In addition to our present troubles, My school, I regret to say, is entirely de- we have every prospect of a famine, not so serted, as also the whole Jewish quarter, much from the failure of the crops, as from which looks, I think, more desolate than the great draft that has been made on this any other part of the town. What will be country for grain of all sorts, to supply the end, it is impossible to say, as there are

others. But hitherto, the periodical rains no sanitary measures whatever adopted, not have failed, and it is now past the time for even to clearing out the open cesspools that putting in the seed, so that provisions have run through the streets, the Mussulman be- risen to more than double the price, and the lieving that what is to be will be, and that, measure of wheat that sold for 7 piastres therefore, any effort on his part will be un- when I first came here, is now 43. I availing. I have also been obliged to leave often admonish these poor people of the my own house and shut it up, having evils that are coming upon them, but, as of several times been deserted by servants that old, they hate the light, and cleave to their I had hired at any price they thought pro- false teachers; and sometimes they tauntper to ask; for, unfortunately, we were in a ingly ask me, how it is that I come to be locality that was much visited by the so much wiser than any one else; to which disease, and where the largest number of peo- reply, “It's because I read the Bible, and ple bave been carried off. I am now stay- find it there written what God is about to ing with an English gentleman, similarly do.” And I tell them, if they would but situated to myself, though in times of quie. read it, they would become wise too. I tude he has as many as a hundred people also ask them, what advantage they derive under his control, in a silk factory belong- from their multiplied intercessors, in the ing to a London house; but at present shape of dead men and women, and their there is only one remaining, who acts as ser. belief in the pretended miraculous power of vant to us, and before him we are obliged che priests, who are evidently not able to to exercise the greatest caution that we do turn aside a single judgment of God, nor not complain of indisposition, or he would even to allay the fears excited by it. When immediately leave us to our own resources. the cholera was here before, the priests, The desertions that have taken place with one exception, all ran away with the amongst the inhabitants since the disease people; but this time they have been broke out are almost incredible. A person shamed out of it, though they are sadly put whose house is very near this, and who is to it, in the matter of the last office to the a member of one of the most respectable dead-extreme unction—which the Church families in the country, and secretary to can on no occasion dispense with; and I tell our own consul-general, was the first to them they are deservedly caught in their fles and leave his family of four chil- own trap, for sending poor deluded souls dren, and a wife just ready to be delivered into eternity, trusting in the efficacy of this of another, and, indeed, she was so, two lie. That I am no favourite of this people hours after he was gone. Another man, of you can easily suppose, but hitherto, they similar standing in society, whose wife have not been permitted to do me any

harm, beyond the annoyance of encourag- that which was intended for my hurt, often ing the people to treat me with disrespect, turned out the contrary. Through mercy and my servants to leave me at a time when I am in the enjoyment of health, and the it occasioned me the greatest inconvenience; assurance of the Divine protection. but in most cases the Lord provided, and

The hand of the Lord does indeed lie heavily on the children of the East. May they “hear the rod, and Him who hath appointed it.” The Bishop at Jerusalem states :

At present, this country is quiet; but duced. The little help we can render them during the summer, there have been great is but like a drop of water. It is but the disturbances in Galilee, the mountains of other day that a poor sickly Jew brought Samaria, and the district of Hebron, with his favourite child to me, a nice little girl liorrible blood-shedding and murders. All of about eight years, offering to give her to this in consequence of a bad, or rather me for ever, because he had no bread to weak, government; for it is believed that give her. I had the means of helping him: some of those disturbances have been ex- but there are many similar cases. cited under the influence of foreigners, Now, if I were asked, “What is the rewhose object, it is said, is to render them- lation of the mission to this state of things, selves necessary. Such a state of things, or how is it affected by it ?"— I would say, together with the all-absorbing topic of that its lasting effects cannot yet be exwar, was unfavourable to the mission and to pected to be visible; but the immediate the evangelisation of this country. Added effect of this disappointment of the Jews is, to this, as unfavourable to the spread of the that their prejudices having been softened, Gospel, is the difficulty of the people to the missionaries have a more free access to procure the necessaries of life; for although them; yea, that many Jews come now to the harvest was not bad, the price of all us who formerly would scarcely have sufkinds of provisions is exorbitant, in conse- fered us to approach them. Upon the quence of exportation. Under these cir- whole, I believe that the Gospel has never cumstances, the Jews, who almost all live been so widely preached among the Jews upon alms sent to them from far countries, as it has been during the course of the and in an ever-diminishing ratio, are the present year, although it has again been greatest sufferers. Even during this summer done rather in the way of conversation, and autumn, thousands of them have suf. than in the free delivery at once of serfered terribly. It is heart-rending to see mons setting forth the whole counsel of the emaciated fathers and mothers of fami- God. Such sermons are preached in several lies, and to hear them relate to what amount languages, but very few Jews will attend of privatiou they and their children are re- them.-Jewish Intelligence.

The Officers, Collectors, and other friends are reminded that the accounts of the Society will be closed for the current year on March 31, on or before which day they are respectfully entreated to remit the sums in hand, with lists of officers and contributors, as they are to appear in the Report, as concisely as possible, to save expense : all sums received after the above date will be carried to next year's account. All orders to be made payable to Mr. George Yonge, 1, Crescent Place, Blackfriars: if on the Post Office, at St. Martin's-le-Grand.

The Ladies' Committee at Norwich desire us very gratefully to acknowledge several valuable and acceptable contributions to their intended Bazaar.

The MONTHLY MEETING of Jewish and Gentile Christians, for Prayer and Scriptural Conference, will be held at the Office, 1, Crescent Place, New Bridge Street, Blackfriars, on WEDNESDAY EVENING, February 20, at Seven o'Clock.—The Meeting is open to all the friends of Israel.

London : Published by JOHN SNOW, 35, Paternoster Row. Printed by Charles Frederick Adains, of 23, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, City, and William Gee, of is, Seward Street

st. Luke, at their Printing Office, 23, Middle Street, Cloth Fair, Cits.

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