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confessed that the subject had interested the chapters and verses are all marked; him very much ; but expressed his fear and he assured me that he would neglect. that if he were to continue his intercourso the sacred volume no longer, and not rest with me, he would be forced to acknowledge satisfied without having read every page that the Christian religion was true without of it. even reading the New Testament.
I was advised by Mr. N-(pastor) Mr. C is an intelligent and liberal- to visit Peyrchorade, a small town about minded German Jew; but being of a pbilo- twenty-five miles from B- - ; it is sisophical turn of mind, and having read tuated in a fertile valley on the borders of portions of the New Testament in his boy. the Gane; it contains a Roman Cath lic hood, he has formed a theory of his own population of about 3,000, and is consewith regard to the Christian religion-viz., crated to the Virgin ; almost on every door that Christ in observing all the rites and there is a printed paper with the words, ceremonies of the law, and declaring that Mary, conceived without sin, protect us," He has come not to destroy the law, &c., and over it is suspended a cross of myrtle. made it evident that He never intended the In the midst of this bigoted and fanatical Jews to become Christians; but being en- population many Jewish families took redowed with extraordinary wisdom and fuge at the time of their expulsion from goodness, He underwent the most cruel Spain. They must have been very nusufferings in order to save and rescue the merous once, as there are two cemeteries heathen world from the abominations of already filled, and the third nearly so. idolatry, and to bring them to the know- The little community consists now of about ledge of the true God. I paid him several forty souls ; they live in perfect harmony visits, and read with him portions of the and good fellowship with their Catholic Old and New Testament, to explain to him neighbours. To find out their names and the object of the Messiah's mission. He addresses I entered into conversation with bought a New Testament, with the inten- a Roman Catholic. He spoke of them in tion of examining seriously the truths of high terms, both as citizens and neigh. Christianity.
bours; "of course,” he added, “we know Mr. S-, a young man of a very influ- that they have crucified our Saviour, and ential family, told me that he was thinking blaspheme the name of the Virgin ; we are once of becoming a Roman Catholic, it sure that they will never enter heaven, and being a most beautiful and attractive reli- we always avoid being near them in the gion, whilst Judaism was dull and mean- hour of death : still as long as they are ingless; but he had promised his father, alive, and contribute to the prosperity of with an oath, that he would never change the place by their riches and commerce, we his religion. I had two interviews with are glad to have them amongst us." him, in which I tried to explain to him the I visited the little synagogue, which is nature and character of true religion ; that in the house of Mr. A, the Jewish its attractiveness lies in the fact, that it barber ; being Friday, the room was full of brings peace to the troubled conscience, people, who came to be shaved for the and reveals to us the way to eternal life Sabbath, and I had an opportunity of and felicity. He found my arguments meeting at his house the greater portion of very feasible; but, with a shake of the
the community, and endeavoured to preach head, he repeatedly told me, "What you the Gospel to them ; they listened with say seems very true and reasonable ; but I very great indifference, even to those proam under an oath never to give up Ju. phecies that depict Israel's future glory, daism."
but showed much opposition to everything At Mr. C—'s I met a little group of that had any reference to Christ. Living Jews, and spoke to them about the ap. in the midst of a benighted and superproaching day of atonement, and read to stitious people, the very name of Chris. them Isaiah, liii. They paid great atten- tianity has become odious to them—they tion, and seemed interested in the subject; gladly accepted, however, some tracts, and but when I began to apply the prophecy to even offered to pay me for them. Christ, they became furious, and left the T--The festivals have drawn a room, except one young man, who remained great number of Jews from the neighboarbehind to ask some questions. He has a ing towns and villages to attend the synaBible that has been in the family for about gogue worship in this place, and very frothirty years, but he had never read a page quently I met little groups collected either of it, and he wished to know whether the in private houses or in the court of the interesting chapter that I was expounding synagogue, to whom I delivered the Gospel was contained in his Bible. I gave him the message, and distributed amongst tbem “ Selections from the Word of God," where above a hundred tracts. These meeting
and interviews were very encouraging, still Atonement, nor any of the beautiful festiI can say little about them, inasmuch that vals that rejoice the heart of the Jew, and I was the sole speaker and they the cheer him on in the midst of the trials and listeners. I tried to draw them into con- difficulties of life. He was, however, obliged versation, in order to ascertain their state to confess that no one trembles at the of mind, but they excused themselves on thought of death as much as the Jew, and the plea of ignorance. I am, however, that at the last hour Judaism leaves him in happy to say that I found them quite a a state of uncertainty how long he would different class of people from those I had remain in purgatory, and whether he would to deal with at B- - ; they make no enter paradise at all, &c. I spoke to him of great pretensions to piety, they are un- the Gospel, where life and immortality was assuming, and generally ready to listen brought to light. with attention and respect. This fact is I had several interesting conversations easily accounted for when we take into with the rabbi, At my first call he was out, consideration that for the last thirty years and waiting for his return, I had an hour's the three brothers Courlais, as well as the conversation with his wife, a very intelligent venerable and devoted pastor Chabrand, and pious woman ; her father is one of those have kept up friendly intercourse with the few who are anxiously looking forward to Jews, and both by their exemplary lives the coming of the Messiah, and expecting and by the distribution of Christian books, the speedy restoration of Isracl, and be has the Jews have learned, if not to believe, at instilled the same belief into the minds of least to respect the Christian religion, and his children. She asked me at once ry they have so far gained their confidence that view on the subject; perceiving from my about twenty Jewish children are sent to reply that I was a Christian, she gave me the Protestant school in preference to their at once to understand how much she disown.
liked converted Jews. She very soon, howMr. M-- was very glad to see me ever, forgot her animosity, and continued to again. He asked, whether I had not yet converse on religious subjects, till we were given up the idea of converting the Jews ? interrupted by the arrival of her husband ; and added, to convert the heathen and he received me very cordially as an old teach them the existence of a God, would friend, and told me at once, that when he be reasonable, but to convert a people that saw me about four years ago, he had then possessed a Divine revelation, and were only left the “Ecole Rabbinique,” and had the acknowledged people of God, was never thought about Christianity, but my contrary to all reason. After reading to visit had excited his curiosity, and he had him some passages where Israel's conver- since been reading the New Testament, and sion was spoken of, I appealed to his own had thought a great deal on the subject, and conscience whether his life was in con- was very anxious to have a long interview formity to the Divine will ; he confessed with me, and examine the matter. We that he had often broken the law and spent several hours at ench visit in examinneeded forgiveness, but God desired not ing the principal objections against Christhe death of a sinner, and he hoped to tianity from the “Chizuk Emurah,” (a obtain pardou by repentance, prayers, and controversial book on the Messianic pasalmsgiving. I endeavoured to convince sages). Of course he was very guarded in him that he was building his hope on a his expressions, not to betray his feeling, but false foundation, and that without the he was obliged to confess that not one of shedding of blood there was no remission the objectious would stand the test of of sin.
Scripture, and from the serious and The “ Chazan" was quite indignant when thoughtful manner in which he conversed, I spoke to him of the necessity of being I feel convinced that the Gospel has made reconciled to God through the sacrifice of some impression on his mind, and that he the Messiah,-he thought that his ac- is sincerely examining the claims of counts were all balanced on the Day of Christianity, though he professes to read Atonement, and that no charge whatever the New Testament for the sole purpose of could be brought against him. He pitied finding arguments against the truth of the the Gentiles, because they never could Gospel. Mr. Courlais promised to visit enjoy that peace of mind which Judaism him frequently, and I hope that he will be imparts to the Jew ; they had no Day of able to do him good.
MARSEILLES. It was our privilege, in the last number, briefly to notice the public baptism of a daughter of Abraham, at the age of eighty-three. It is also
referred to by Mr. Gottheil. Concerning another beloved sister in Christ, Mr. Cohen bears the following testimony :
A day after my arrival I called on our is, that when I first made his acquaintance, aged sister, who wept for joy at seeing me. which is now about two years ago, he was, I found her much changed. She had lost like the Jews in France, an unbeliever, and her voice, and appeared much weaker in ignorant of the truth; but on bringing the body ; but she is “strong in the Lord, and message of salvation before him again and in the power of His might." I remained again, in the simplest and clearest manner with her about an hour, when she told me possible, his heart became softened, and he many good things. In speaking of Christ, at last listened to the Gospel without opposhe said, “I long to be with Jesus-my sition. lieart is with Him ;-yes, blessed Saviour, About a week before I left for Lyons I I wish to be with Thee to see Thee face called on him, and as I was telling him of to face ; death will be gain to me." She the joy that was awaiting the believer in said, “I have been reading this morning Christ, he said, "You must be very happy in a book this, – Possessing Christ I pos- then ;" and when I assured him that I was, sess all.” That is what I want to feel he said, “ I like what you say of heaven more-to possess Him-to have Him more and of Christ, but I am too old a man to in my heart--to love Ilim more. Possessing change. I hope God will have mercy on Christ, I possess all."
me." Who can say what Divine grace may She is, indeed, a wonderful old lady. have effected in this man before his death! When I think of her advanced age-of the It is very strange. His wife, who always few years since she has known the Saviour appeared friendly to me, has refused speak-and of the deep Christian experience to ing to me since his death. which she gives vent at times--I feel quite Mr. Cohen adds to his notice :amazed ; and I have often said to myself,
I am thankful to say that I found “Surely this is the work of God.”
Madame z not only stedfast, but growHow affectingly does this instance iog in grace, which greatly rejoiced my contrast with that of an aged Jew,
Mr. G of whom Mr. Cohen says :
was very glad to see me,
and told me that he had missed me very Nothing particular has happened during much. He ged me to recommence our my three months' absence from bome, ex- weekly reading meeting, which I did on cept that an old man, whom I was in the Sunday last. I think I have already made habit of visiting, died about a month ago. you acquainted with the object of these Would that I could have reported of him meetings, which is to read, with Mr. Gthat he died the deatlı of the righteous, and the New Testament through. I remain that his last end was peace and joy in be- with him two or three hours at each time, lieving in Christ! All I can say of him and I terminate each meeting with prayer.
BRESLAU. Mr. SCHWARTZ speaks of the large gathering of Jews at the recent festivals, and that by far the larger number were young persons.
He mentions the following instances as calculated to produce a deeply solemn impression.
I have a case on record which gives in His own time continue and perfect it. me abundant evidence that very serious I also often interceded for him at the thoughts often remain on the mind of the throne of grace, and I am very happy Jew after conversation with a Missionary, now to be able to state that in this hope I who may be yet quite unaware of it. have not been wholly disappointed. Three About three years ago, I became ac- weeks ago, he surprised me by a visit, quainted with a very respectable Jewish and in conversation I learned that during merchant, a native of the Duchy of Posen, a period of three years the precious and who from the beginning took a Gospel had not proved unproductive of very lively interest in the subject of good results to the individual in whose Christianity. But from unforeseen circum- heart it had been deposited. For not only stances he was compelled to leave this place, havo bis convictions not diminished, but and thus our intercourse was shortened, and they have actually augmented and been the only hope I had under these circum- strengthened to a very remarkable degree. stances was, that if the Lord had indeed He related to me all that had happened to begun a good work in his heart, He would him during his long absence. The New
Testament I gave him some three years ago, week (that was the time he remained here), he still had in his possession, and assured instructing him in the truth, and I had me that he studied it and carefully the great satisfaction to see that truth every examined its contents ; but what tended to day more and more developed in his mind, strengthen his convictions most was, an and gradually ascending to Jesus as the illness which confined him to his room for author and finisher of our faith. Thus he nearly five months, when, as he said, the continued till the bour of his departure thought of eternity continually forced itself came, and I had the prospect before me on his mind, and he was much concerned that a goodly foundation was laid upon at his own lamentable and helpless con- which to work in future. lle left me. dition as a sinner who deserved the wrath I promised, however, in the mean time, to of God. The consciousness also of his visit him in his future habitation. This utter inability to fulfil the commandments I did several times, and as he was in of a holy God wrought most powerfully business with a widow in
a country upon his mind, until by degrees, evidently town where he was not so much pressed under the influence of the Spirit of God, and distracted by business, he could he was led to Jesus, whom he now confesses quietly devote some of his time to the openly as his Saviour, and upon whose all- noble acquisition of the truth, and I always sufficient atonement he solemnly relies. rejoiced to find that he gradually came At parting he invited me to come to his nearer to it, and I had well-grounded hopes temporary lodgings, which I did very soon that he would sooner or later be numbered after. I met there six individuals, wlio among those who love the Lord Jesus in listened very attentively to what I had to sincerity. The last time I saw him, he say. One of the party brought a Bible on opened to me his whole heart. He said, the table, from which we read both in the “You see I have an aged father wholly Old and New Testament without tlic least dependent upon my exertions for his reserve, and upon the whole had a very existence. Employment I can only find delightful meeting, and I trust that an im- ainong the Jews, and I cannot abandon pression for good has been made upon the my aged parent." Tears stood in his eyes most present, and may perhaps, in the good when he said these last words, and I could providence of God, lead to blessed results. not but sympathise with tlie upright and
There has also, within the latter end of virtuous young man, well knowing the last month, a case occurred which most trials that awaited him when taking a painfully affected me.
decisive step, and yet I could only point A few months ago, when I was visiting an to the plain path of duty, and bid him drink inn which is greatly frequented by strange the bitter cup, if it is the will of God, even Jews, I there met a young man of the name to the very dregs, as it will assuredly only of Nathan Fisher, a native of B serve for his own good. lIe listened to me He was coming from England, and on his attentively, but gave no decisive reply, and vay home, at the repeated request of his I urged upon him to lay his case before aged father. I found that though he had not God in prayer, which he faithfully promised been successful in obtaining a fortune, for to do. I little thought how near eternity which purpose he went to England, he he then was, and that this would be the did not reiurn empty handed, at least in last time of my conversing with him. A spiritual things. He had caught some short time after wicked hands set fire to the glimpses of the truth whilst in England by unliappy house, which spread in a very coming in contact with various Christiaus, little time to a most fearful extent all over and also Missionaries, and thus was not the place, and poor Natbån Fisher perished altogether destitute of the truth. By his in the flames, whilst he was attempting to mild character and truly inquiring mind, save the lives of the children of his emI very soon perceived that it required only ployers. Those dear Christians in England & steady purpose and perseverance in order who have perhaps known him, and whose to nourish, and by degrees to fan the eyes these lines may meet, I can only tell spark of faith, that laid as yet dormant in that they have been the means of awakening his heart, to a blazing flame. To this pur- the mind of this young man who met with pose, I invited him to my lodgings, where such an untimely end, and it is very prohe willingly followed ine, and there spent bable that he died in the faith of the with him several hours for the space of a glorious Redeemer.
TANGIER. Mr. Lowitz having removed from Gibraltar to Tangier, gives the following account of the scene, and of the opening of his Mission :
I have now been more than one month parts of Africa. At present their condition here, and you will therefore expect me to is somewhat better than it used to be, since send you some account of my proceeding. the despotic laws of the empire are not
Tangiers is situated close to the sea, enforced upon the Jews here as elsewhere. and is enclosed by a species of wall ; it As regards their religious character, they contains a population of about 12,000 souls. are very careful as to outward obserThere are upwards of 800 Jewish souls, the vances; and I can say from experience, rest are Moors and Blacks, with the excep- that their superstition and prejudice to tion of about fifty European families, chiefly Christianity has very much abated since I Spaniards. The Moors have three prin- first visited the place : their ideas and cipal mosques and several small ones ; the feelings are now more reconciled to my Jews have six synagogues and an equal message of salvation, so that the obstacles number of schools ; the Romanists have a for the diffusion of the Gospel are in a great little capella, a schcol, and two priests ; measure removed. One thing, however, but the Protestants have nothing at all, I must be borne in mind, that no Jew is safe am sorry to say, except that the consil with his life to make a public profession of reads the Common Prayers in the English his faith in Christ. He might be protected consulate on the Lord's day. This town provided the consul was to use his influ. has four gates at different points, and an ence on his behalf. iuner sakow or square, near which is the A few days ago a Jew removed his family consular quarter.
Their houses are the from this place, and is now on his way to only respectable-looking buildings in the London with a view to embrace Christianity place. As for the Moorish and Jewish there. I had a short conversation with him houses, they have more the appearance of before he left. He is provided with the buge Eastern tombs; still they are tolerable New Testament and other books. I trust he dwellings, and are well adapted for this will reach in safety, and make a free and country. The interiors of the houses are open confession of his belief in the Messiah, somewhat more pleasing, being generally the Saviour of sinners. paved with glazed tesselated tiles, and are I have not as yet been able to procure continually undergoing the process of clean- any regular inquirers except the one that ing and white-washing. A Moorish house I took with me from Gibraltar. He is is, in a certain sense, a regular sanctum living with us, and is making himself useful sanctorum. No man after a certain age is the house ; and though he is quite conallowed to enter it ; not even the owner's vinced of the truth, yet he fears to expose nearest relative dare cross its threshold himself to the persecutions of the Jews with impunity ; nor can any man look here, and to be compelled to leave this down from the house-top of his own dwell. country. I hope and pray for the removal ing, for in doing so he might chance to of this difficulty, that I may thereby be look into the court-yard of his Moorish more stimulated in my work. neighbour, whereunto all the rooms open to I have daily conversations with Jews on his view, and the women, who ought to be the subject of Christianity, and endeavour invisible, would be seen. I am certain that to distribute tracts among them. I genea Moor is quite capable of firing a musket rally visit their houses and the public at such a spectator. The men are generally places of resort. good-looking, tall, and robust ; and the On July, the 30th, there just happened women on the whole are handsome, but to be the Tisha-Beab, or Black Fast, which uneducated, and are in continual torment. the Jews all over the world rigidly observe, They seldom go out; and when they do in consequence of the first and second they cover themselves with a very large Temple having been burned down on the woollen or cotton blanket, so that nothing same day. Their fast commences on the of them is visible, and they have something preceding evening a little before sun-set, and of the appearance of a tottering ball of they tasto neither food nor drink till the cotton. As for the Jewesses, they dress following evening. They pass the day pery gay in the oriental style; but are kept chiefly in the synagogue or on the cemein great ignorance, according to the rabbi. tery. I visited both places, and bad the nical maxim, that women, children, and opportunity of making known to them the slaves are exempt from the study of God's unsearchable riches of Christianity ; to word, &c.
many I gave tracts, and to one a TestaThe Jews of this place have emigrated ment that I took with me.
Several refrom Spain during the persecutions in that spectable Jews come now and then to my country. They still preserve the Spanish house to converse about religion ; but as language. Their customs and manners are yet they have not made up their minds to similar to those of their brethren in other examine the truth carnestly. My object is