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“ Thy faith has saved thee ; and her daughter was made whole the selfsame hour."

Dr. -- spoke further of the great trembling and fear of the Saviour in Gethsemane, and feeling himself so forsaken of God when on the cross. I explained to him the twofold nature of Christ, and that it behoved Him to suffer thus, that He might be better able to succour and help those that tempted.

It caused me great joy that prefers Christianity to Judaism. He told me that, being a physician, he often witnessed the last supper of dying Christians, and the joy and peace they enjoyed afterwards, and how gladly they looked for death-a circumstance which he never yet once witnessed at the death of a Jew. I related then to


him the death of martyrs of the early Church; with what delight they wished to die for Jesus, knowing that they should enter into life, and that their blood has been the seed for the church, that God in mercy only favoured them to die for their faith-quoting to him the history of Sextimus and Severus, &c., &c.

He told me further that the Counsellor von Bergen, whose family physician he is, had, by his simple, Christian, life, made a deep impression upon him. I could only agree with him, proving to him that the early Christians by their conduct fought through all difficulties, and sowed the seed in tears which has now brought forth fruit abundantly. After giving to his brother-in-law a New Testament we parted most friendly, with the invitation to visit him again.


HULL, Mr. KESSLER writes :Had I not known the Jews to be of a a Jewish woman by a lady who knew migratory character, I should have me, and who is one of the tract distri. found this truth most fully realised in butors in the Jewish locality, she told my second visit to Hull. Some with me that she could not prevail upon that whom I was acquainted last year are Jewish woman to take a tract, nor to gone altogether, whilst new

listen to her; and town missionaries have filled up their places; others have and Scripture readers, both in Birmingchanged their temporary abode, and it ham and Hull, have told me the same : gives me a good deal of trouble before I they cannot distribute tracts among can find them out again.

them,and as to foreign Jews, not even atIt is gratifying to me to find that tempt to speak. And though a Christian Christian friends are glad to see me missionary, labouring among the Jews, again; but I value much more the is perhaps received with more respect, hearty reception I meet with among and treated with greater affability, it the few Jewish friends I have made is to the Jewish missionary that a Jew during my short stay last year. They would open his heart; for who can symseem really to appreciate my being sent pathise with a brother better than a among them a second time for the sole brother, and enter inter into the feelpurpose of attending for a little while ings and arguments of a Jew, but he who to their spiritual weal. It is through claims Abraham for his ancestor. the missionary, and almost exclusively On the first day of Pesach I went to through the missionary, that the bread the morning service at the synagogue, of life is distributed among them. where there was a good attendance, Chapels and churches are open to them, amounting, I believe, to 120 individuals, it is true; but do they ever enter a place but few women among them. The of worship Lectures to the working- place itself is small, nor is it such a fine classes are delivered regularly ; but do building as that in Birmingham. The Jews generally attend : Scripture service, however, is conducted with readers go from house to house; but great decorum, and the reader, who is will Jews listen to them ? will they ac- a well-educated gentleman, and, at the cept tracts from them?

the same time, teacher to the Jewish How, then, can we reach the Jew? children, performs the ceremony with Principally, yea, I may say, solely, great pathos, and seems well qualified through the missionary; and let me for the position he fills. state it here, I think most effectually In the afternoon of the second day, I through a Jewish missionary. Some time met, at the house of Mr. besides before I left Birmingham, when on a his own family, a few Jews, where we Sunday morning I was seen talking to talked over, in a friendly way, the sig. nificance of the Passover; and as it was


in the streets, in the shops—I talk to left to me to be the spokesman, I en- them; they will not always talk to deavoured to draw their minds from the me, however ; nevertheless, I make letter to the spirit, explaining to them

Christ known whenever and wherever I that the deliverance out of Egypt was have an opportunity. The time will typical of the deliverance to be achieved come-yea, may come more speedily than i hereafter; that the smiting of the first- we expect, when their faces are turned born, the blood of the Paschal lamb on Zion-ward and they behold the city sit the door-posts, was typical of the ex- solitary that was full of people; then piatory death of Him who was most they will remember that the Lord is emphatically the first-born, and the true good unto them that wait for him, to Passover; and that the sparing of the the soul that seeketh him; and that it is firstborn of the Israelites was typical of good for a man both to hope and wait the new life whicin would be deprived quietly for the salvation of the Lord. from Messiah's death.

These are, of course, but the heads of what I advanced on the subject, aiming

Mr. Kessler, having subsequently principally to bring them to consider returned to Birmingham, gives us the priestly office of Christ, which topic the following account of the meetoccupied us altogether for about two

ing held in Ebenezer Chapel :hours; and though there were some good talmudical scholars among my The Rev. J. D. Wilson occupied the i listeners, who tried all in their power chair, and after having offered praya, to involve me in a rabbinical contro- and made a few introductory remarks versy, I kept, as I always do, close to

bearing on the subject of the lecturë, the Bible ; for it is my firm conviction, W. Wright, Esq. read the cash stateand based upon experience, that the ment for the last year, regretting that safest way for the Missionary is to the Ladies' Association had lost some argue from the Bible, as the entering efficient collectors, on account of which into talmudical quibbles leads him away the amount sent to the parent society from the main point, and often counter- was smaller this year than in the preacts the success he otherwise might | ceding. have gained.

Rev. John Gill then addressed the auI may mention here that some bigoted dience, which, considering the numerous Polish Jews would not allow me to meetings that had been held the week enter their house on the day of prepara- before, on account of which some of the tion for the Passover and during the ministers could not give up their weekly holidays.

services, was a pretty good one, and The paper written by Dr. Bennett which listened most attentively for more came too late for the first days of the than an hour to Mr. Gill's very interestfeast, but I posted 120 copies in 78 let. ing statements concerning the Jewish ters to Birmingham, enclosing in each mission. one of the Messianic passages of the The Rev. John Angell James, whose Old and New Testament compared and presence at our meeting we cannot set in circulation in Hull; by letter 8; esteem too highly, closed the proceed. by other means 64.

ings by remarking, that we, as dissentForeign Jews arrive but few. I watch, ers, evince considerably less interest in if possible, the various steamers coming the spiritual welfare of the Jews than in from Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, the Church of England, and that it is &c., and see the steamers off from Hull but seldom we hear prayer offered in to London and other ports ; but there their behalf, either from the pulpit or in are very few Jews among them-often the prayer meetings, He deeply denone whatever. Only yesterday, the plored that state of things, and hoped Helen McGeorge came from Hamburg, that all present would commence this and there were but two Polish Jews

night to pray for the Jews, as a pledge among the passengers, who told me that

to always remember them in their there were not many Jews in Hamburg; private communions with God, and and as now that unfortunate war has evince their interest in the cause by conreally broken out, the communication tributing to the funds of the society, through Germany, for people without and help them to carry on the work they passports, is entirely stopped.

are engaged in. Wherever I meet Jews-on the piers, Mr. Wilson concluded the meeting.

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, From 23rd May to 23rd June, 1859. SUBSCRIPTIONS & DONATIONS.

£ s. d. £ d. Bridgewater, collection 2 0 0

Keswick, offerings..

0 150 A Friend, by Rev. W. W. Canstatt, by Rev. P.E. Gott

Kendall, collections

....... 11 11 11 Duke, Congleton 0 10 0 heil 0 18 6 Leeds

8 12 6 Paulkner, Mrs., Riverhead 1 1 0 Carliele, collections

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050 Linton, Mr. Collard

0 10 6 Wigg, Mrs., Peckham ...... 0 10 6 Christchurch

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Church-street, Blackfriars, AUXILIARIES & ASSOCIATIONS.

Mi. T. Taylor

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09 6 Maryport, collection Alston, collection 4 2 3 Cockermouth, collection .... 1 12 0 Mellord, collection

1 13 6 Aspatria, do.

4 11 7 Ditto, Miss Smithson 2 10 0 Ditto, by Mrs. Burgess Barnard Castle 1 9 2 Colchester 12 11 7 Nayland, collection

1 ll 51 Barnstapie, collection 3 7 9 Corbridge, collection..

Newport, Isle of Wight

1 19 1 Battersea, offerings 0 8 8 Downton, collection 2011 Newsrk

6 10 Beccles 3 126 Dunmow, do. 2 0 0 Penrith, collection,

1 166 Bere Regis, collection 1 17 East Cowes, offerings

0 10 11 D to, collected by Miss Bideford, collections.

5 12 9 Fareham, H. Sharland, Esq. 2 0 0 Robinson Ditto, coll. by Miga Ford 2 8 4 Ditto, a poor woman.. 0 0 6 Ross, collection Ditto, Mr. Cunningham 1 0 0 Gospori, collection...

7 4 6 Shrewsbury, offerings

1 Ditto, Capt. Duncombe 0 10 0 Havant, collection

1 S 0 Stockbridge, collection, Ditto, Messrs. Cox 0 10 0 Haverhill, collection. 1 16 1 Stoke-by-Clare, offerings

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Thaxtead, collection Brampton, J. Coulthard, Esq. 1 0 0 Hertford, collection

3.16 Torrington, collection Ditto, Rev. Mr. Thompson 0 2 6 Hexham, collections

4 10 0 Wareham .. Ditto, fmall sums

076 Ditto, Friend, donation.. ) 0 0 Whitehaven, collection Bury St Edmunds, coll. 2 4 73 Hull.....

13 8 5 Wigton, offerings Ditto, Miss

066 Hagreen's DIfracombe, collection ...... 0 10 10 Wimborne, collection

1 School 0 7 0 Ditto, Mr. Jones... 0 5 0 Witham, do.

1 - 6 Ditto, by Mrs. Hooper .... 16 0 Ditto, Master Jones

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THE MONTHLY DEVOTIONAL MEETING will be held, as usual, at No. 1, Crescentplace, Blackfriars, on Wednesday Evening, July 20th, at 8 instead of ī o'clock. The Meeting is open to all friends of Israel.

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

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No. 164.)

AUGUST 1, 1859.

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Ou Palestine and the Jews.

The Holy Land is desolate, for heaven's malediction rests upon it on man's account; and its inherent productiveness is enjoyed by neither the outcast Jew nor its present Mohammedan possessors. How can a country be fertile which has for centuries been the theatre of injustice and rapine? It lies in its winding-sheet; its hands and feet are bound; yet its bosom heaves with life, and it mournfully awaits the all-powerful mandate, “ Come forth," to start into full vigour, and to gladden with its warm embrace its long-lost children. A better day is dawning upon its shores, and it shall yet silence gainsayers, by proving that its heart is full to overflowing.

" What is the condition of the Jews ?” They are depressed, yet cheered by the hope of future good, which sustains their mind amidst the most protracted sufferings. Being of Arab descent, they partake of the constitutional peculiarities of their race; are slow in movement, as time is of small value; are furious when aroused, and violent in action when influenced by passion. Their representatives in Palestine are as distinct from other classes as those whose descendants they are, and who, beneath the willows of Babylon, wept when they remembered Zion. The chosen race may be dispersed, wanderers and outcasts among every people and nation under Heaven; they may live among all races of men, blending and uniting with none; but even in their own land, their habits, manners, and characteristics are neith swallowed up nor lost in the predominating customs of their conquerors. Nowhere have these vanquished ones mingled with their Muslim oppressors;-they are as completely a distinct people as at any former stage of their existence. Perfectly isolated, they follow their own laws, which almost antedate the dawn of civilisation, and spurn the light of more modern times, as unsuited to their condition and their wants.

The Jews, it is calculated, do not exceed 12,000 in the whole of Palestine. They are met with in most of the towns of consequence. In no country have they been more despised and down-trodden than in their own; and in no city have they been so condemned as in Jerusalem. This extraordinary people, who have been the sport of the waves of adversity, have often risen upon the tide, and regained respect and power; and at this hour their heads are being raised above the billows which have so long drowned their supplicating cry.

God blessed them when their faith had


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