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her little strength in toiling for them, in- it is no business of theirs, and that they do stead of trying to make the evening of her. not like to make mischief. But, indeed, it days comfortable, they will, after all, let is your business to watch over the interests her go to the parish, without adding the of those whose bread you eat. You may as most trifling allowance to the pittance she well suffer a tbief to break in, and say it receires from that severe guardian. When was not your duty to call out and give the I call the parish a severe guardian, I intend alarm, as see your master wronged by one no reproach to it. It is necessary and right of his own family, and keep it to yourself. that it should exercise a strict economy in It is a bad principle that makes people so the relief it dispenses to the poor. But I tender to those who do the wrong, and so do mean a sharp rebuke to those covetous upfeeling to those who suffer it. Besides and unnatural children, who suffer their which, there is great reason to fear, that such infirm parents to be beholden to the parish as begin by winking at the disbonesty of for that support which it is their own their companions, will be at length induced bounden duty to supply. It was to this to go band in hand with them.- Pp. 79, 80. kind of wickedness that St. Paul alluded, Young people, when they go out to place, when he affirmed, that “if any provide are apt to grow fine and dainty. The sud- not for his own, and especially for those of den change to good living, from the poor his own house, he bath denied the faith, fare they had been used to in the cottages and is worse than an infidel." i Tim. v. 8. of their parents, is likely to make them A proper childlike affection would lead to think too much about the pleasures of the very different conduct. It would make a table. It would be well, if, instead of beson, or daughter, try in every way to repaying so choice about their eating and drinkisome part of the debt to those friends, who ing, they would sometimes reflect, when did every thing for them, without looking seated at their own plentiful meals, on the for any repayment.”—Pp. 42, 43.
scanty fare with which their poor fathers The sixth Sermon is entitled, and mothers are obliged to put up; for,
surely, this reflection would check a dispoThe Child prepared for going into
sition to gluttony. But a principal danger Service. Did our limits allow, of getting into what are called good families we should gladly insert the whole, is, acquiring a fondness for dress. This is but we can only find room for the a very dangerous taste, and has been the following passages.
ruin of many a poor girl, who once was
modest, humble, and contented with her But there are two kinds of dishonesty, station. She falls in love with finery-apes less glaringly bad, against which I must
her better3-cannot bear to be seen more strongly caution you.
plainly dressed than her fellow-vervants One is, untbriftiness. Many servants
runs into extravagance to gratify her vawill not actually rob their master, yet will nity—and, perhaps, becomes the prey of waste bis property. They never care in
some bad rich man, who tempts her with the what way the food and fuel go, or how
promise of giving her plenty of money to much glass and china is broken, since they buy smart clothes. O that these poor silly bare not to pay for it. Instead of making
creatures knew, how much more respectthem go as far, and last as long, as they able they appear in garments which have can, they seem to take pleasure in making nothing to set them off but propriety and away with them as fast as possible. Now neatness, than when dizened out in feathers this, bowerer common and little thought and founces and ribands! Instead of beof, is a serious fault in God's eyes. The ing admired for their tawdry finery, they crime of the steward, whom our Lord pro
are only pitied by their betters, and are the nounces unjust, was not, that he had stolen, laughing-stock of their equals and neighbut that he wasted his master's goods. Luke, bours. Pp. 82, 88. xvi. 1, &c. Be persuaded that no servant We are aware that some may is really honest, who is not as careful and saring of his master's substance, as if it conceive we are paying too much were his own. And remember, moreover,
attention to a work of small exthat your time belongs to those you serve, tent and price *. We trust, howand therefore wasting it in idleness and
ever, the generality of our readers gossipping is a sort of dishonesty of which
will feel, that the extracts we have a religious servant will not be guilty. The other fault, nearly approaching to
inserted contain important lessons, dishonesty, of which you must beware, is and that the perusal of these exthat of knowing your employers to be cheat tracts will render them anxious to ed by their tradespeople, or by your fellow- procure and circulate the volume in servants, and concealing it. I am aware
which they are contained. that it is common for servants to excuse themselves from telling, by pretending that
* Eighteen pence. JANUARY 1823.
It will be interesting to our friends to The Holy Spirit the helper in prayer.-
the Sanctifier. has engaged the attention of many of the
the Comforter, clergy in England, Scotland, and Ireland,
the Spirit of adoption.' and has also been higbly approved of
the Spirit of promise. and adopted by other denominations of
author of ministerial gifts, Christians.
and edifier of the churches. Resolutions recomm
mmending special prayer On the fruits of the Spirit. for the gracious effusion of the Spirit, have The earnest of the Spirit. passed at many of the public meetings of The believer the temple of the Holy the religious societies. In several large Ghost. towns and cities, courses of lectures have The sin and danger of grieving the Spirit. been preached by different clergymen, in Emblems of the Spirit; the Dove, Fire, rotation, upon the deity, personality, and Wind, Water, Air. offices of the Holy Ghost. In one of the The blessed effects of the outpouring of midland counties the following topics have the Holy Ghost, and the duty of special been preached upon, viz.
prayer for that blessing. The existence, deity, and personality of On the reasonableness of humiliation the Holy Ghost.
before God for past sin in grieving the The agency of the Holy Spirit, as ex- Spirit, and on the necessity of application erted through the instrumentality of the to God through Christ for pardon, and for written word.
a more abundant outpouring of his gracious The work of the Holy Spirit, in re- influences, attended by a correspondent ference to the unconverted.
walk and conversation, The work and offices of the Holy Spirit, In small towns and villages, where these 'as they respect believers.
united exertions could not be conveniently The characteristic and distinguishing made, several of the clergy have called the 'marks of the sanctifying operations of the attention of their different flocks to this Holy Spirit.
subject, by a more frequent reference to A general view of the Scripture doctrine the offices of the Holy Spirit. of the Holy Spirit, especially in reference Ministers of other denominations have to the latter period of the church.
also been very earnest in pressing this subThe importance of a practical regard to ject upon their congregations. Stated 'his ministration, in connexion with the times have been set apart for prayer for present state of the church and the world. this grace, and courses of sermons upon
The duty and benefits of special prayer the work of the Holy Spirit have been for the general outpouring of the Holy preached. The importance of prayer for Spirit.
this gracious effusion has also been felt by In'a populous city, in another county, many devout Christians, on the Continent. a still more extensive course on the follow- Several of their religious publications have ing subjects has commenced, viz.
inserted papers upon the subject, and An introductory discourse on the gene- prayer meetings have been established in ral' importance of a larger effusion of the different places. Among other cities, we Holy Spirit, and the encouragements to record with peculiar pleasure and thankfulexpect this blessing.
ness that at Paris a meeting on the first The deity and personality of the Holy Monday of the month has been commenced, Ghost.
for prayer for the effusion of the grace of The Holy Spirit the author of regeneration. the Holy Spirit. the convincer of sin.
Some very pleasing effects have already -of right- followed these Christian exertions. Minis
ters, have mentioned the increasing per
of judg- sonal comfort they have found in their lament.
bours; greater seriousness bas been vithe guide into all truth. sible in their congregations; their ministry
the glorifier of the has been more blessed to the unconverted; Lord Jesus.
several young persons, and in some cases the witness of the deity of whole families, have joined the communion; Jesus.- 1 Cor. xii. 3.
established Christians have been refreshed received through faith in : and edified; and a greater zeal for the Jesus.--Galat. iii. 14.
spread of the Gospel, and a more tender
9 John, xvi. 8, 15.
compassion for Jews and Heathens, bave ward means used for their conversion may been manifested. Missionaries also have be, unless they have the Spirit of God, been particularly encouraged by hearing of they cannot see his kingdom; when we this spirit of prayer, and have gone forth bear in mind also, that our heavenly Fato their work with fresh ardour.
ther bas eonnected the gift of the Holy It is hoped that this gratifying intelli- Spirit with prayer for this blessing, and gence may, by the divine blessing, excite bas promised to hear our petitions by the heads of families and pious individuals to most tender similes: whosoever seriously more earnest prayer for the gracious in- reflects upon these truths will feel deeply fuences of the Comforter; and that the humbled, that he has devoted so smal clergy may be led with increasing zeal to portion of his time to direct application to attempt to interest their charges in this im- a throne of grace. He will commence the portant subject.
year with these solemn inquiries: WHAT The commencement of a new year is a HAVE I HITHERTO VONE PROMOTE most appropriate season for engaging with PRAYER
THE COMFORTER ?
AND redoubled earnestness in tbis sacred work. WHAT CAN I DO MORE THAN I HAVE When we contemplate the numbers con- ALREADY ATTEMPTED ? stantly passing into an eternal world; that O that these inquiries might be general ! ere another year closes, twenty millions at that in this new year the Church of Christ least of our fellow-sinners will have passed would say with the Patriarch, I WILL NOT bence; that, however extensive the out- LET THEE GO EXCEPT THOU BLESS ME!
MORAVIAN MISSIONS. URGENT DISTRESS AT
Hallbeck, who has the superintendence of GOOD HOPE.
the mission, give more detailed accounts We have been requested to give an early of these calamities. insertion to the following intelligence, in Groenekloof, July 22, 1822.-" The the earnest hope, that some of our friends external distress is here, as every where may come forward and contribute to the throughout the colony, very great, yet not Assistance of the United Brethren at their so overwhelming as at Gnadenthal and present distressing crisis ; and we cannot its neighbourhood. The heavy rains which for one moment hesitate in complying with have fallen in these days, have done much the request.
damage to our buildings and gardens.
Never did I see the Hottentots' gardens The prosperity, both spiritual and tem- in such good order, as when I arrived here poral, of the mission of the United Bre- the day before yesterday; but this morning thren at the Cape of Good Hope, has en- great part of them is turned into a waste, gaged the particular attention and affec- being either imbedded in sand, or entirely tions of many friends to the propagation of carried away by the torrents." the Gospel among the beathen, ever since PostsCRIPT. Groenekloof, July 25, its renovation, in 1792, and more espe- 1822.-“ My letter of the 22d, to which cially since that colory has been united to I subjoin this postscript, gives you some the British empire. The change wrought account of the damage done by the rains in the manners and habits of the Hotten- and floods here at Groenekloof. Little did tots, and the great improvement made in I think, wben I was writing that letter, their external state, being one of the effects that, before I could send it away, my feelof their conversion to Christianity, has ings would be so much altered, and that likewise attracted the notice and approba- it would become my duty to tell so melantion of the Colonial Government, and of choly a tale as I now must do. Alas! all intelligent travellers who have visited my dear friend, not only the gardens are Goadenthal, Groenekloof, and Enon, the almost totally ruined, our large pond filled three settlements of the Brethren now ex- and turned into a sand billock, several isting in that country. From numerous Hottentot cottages tbrown down and their benefactors liberal contributions have been gardens swept away, but the north-west received towards the support of the mission; gable-end of our beautiful church is changed and the help afforded after the destruction into a heap of ruins. It was in the night of Enon by the Caffres in 1819, calls for between the 23 and 24th, that this the sincerest and most cordial gratitude. dreadful misfortune took place, without
These considerations encourage us to any one of us perceiving it till yesterday lay before our friends the present state of morning, when we made the fatal disthat mission, now severely suffering by the covery. The wind had not been remarklate dreadful burricane and foods, and ably high. Our consternation and distress likewise by famine, occasioned by succes- you may more easily imagine, than I can sive failures of the crops. The following possibly describe. Indeed, we are so overextracts of letters from the Rev. H. P. whelmed with care and trouble on all
sides, that as yet we have not been able forty-eight houses have been very materially to think deliberately on the proper measures injured, and rendered uninhabitable for some to be adopted in this great emergency. time, and of this number upwards of twenty, Many thousand dollars (many hundred lie quite in ruins. Besides the loss sustainpounds sterling) will be required to repaired by the falling of houses, our poor Hotthe loss sustained, and no time must be tentots have also lost a great many head of lost, in order that we may save the other cattle by wet and cold. I have just this walls and the roof. But we live now at a morning made a list of all tbe oxen which time, when provisions can hardly he had remain, and by this means discovered, that for moncy, and the expense and trouble of of four hundred head, which they possessed providing for a number of labourers will be on the 26th of May, one half are either very great. God only knows, how we consumed in consequence of the dreadful sball find our way through the surrounding famine, or have perished by the severity of darkness. But after all, there is only one the weather, in the short space of three way for us open, which is, not to cast months. In brief, we are ruined outright, away our confidence, but to keep close to and all the fond hopes of progressive imHim who alone is able to heal the wounds provement, which once cheered the spirit His band inficts. None of the inhabitants of us missionaries, are entirely blighted, remember such a rainy season as bas been unless God disposes the hearts of benevoexperienced in this part of the country this lent friends to come to our assistance. But year. It is quite like the rainy monsoon of why do I torment myself with looking into the East Indies.-I am convinced you bave dark futurity? Is not the misery of the now heard quite enough to make you present moment more than enough for my sympatbize in our grief, and to feel your- feeble strength? Often have I used that self stirred up to lend every assistance in expression, emaciated with hunger, but your power, and I shall therefore not enter never did I feel the force of the phrase so farther into detail. I am indeed not able powerfully as in these days, when my door to do it, for my mind is too much distract- is incessantly besieged by women and ed. Among the Hottentots, who are now children, wbo present to my eyes the busy in clearing away the rubbish, no other frightful reality of what was hitherto only word is heard, but the repeated ejaculation, a faint picture in my imagination. Indeed, • Alas! our church, our beautiful church!' I wonder that after all the distress of Like them, my mind is quite harassed by mind which we have experienced, some of the scene of desolation before my eyes. us have not long ago been laid up with sickFarewell. You shall hear from me again, ness, and rendered unfit for futher exeras soon as I arrive at Gnadenthal.”
tions. It is alone by divine assistance, and The Rev. C. I. Latrobe adds to this ac- by various proofs of God's kind providence, count--" The loss sustained by the damage that I and my fellow-lahourers here are done to the church is so great, that the thus far preserved in health, and have not expense, added to that of restoring the gar- wholly sunk into despondency. Thus we dens and the reservoir, which must be imme- received very lately a very seasonable and diately done, will bring op us a burden not unexpected present of two hundred and fifty to be supported, but by the kind assistance rix-dollars from the directors of our misof our Brethren and friends, to whose libe- sions, by which we shall be enabled to prerality we recommend this case of distress." pare a meal three times a week, for all the
The accounts from Gnadenthal are still poor women and childreu without excepmore distressing.
tion, for the space of four weeks. Upwards
of two hundred are partakers of this chaExtract of a Letter from Brother H. P.
rity; we, however, always set them to do Hallbeck, dated Gnadenthal, August
some work for their own and the public 26, 1822.
good, before they are fed: for instance,
to clean the watercourse, enlarge the bu“ I can easily imagine, that after having rial-ground, clear the channel of the Bareceived such painful tidings from Groenek- viau's Revier, in order to prevent inundaloof, your sympathizing heart will be tions, &c. Wbat we are to do, when the anxious to learn how Gnadenthal has fared. above sum is exhausted, I do not know; The serere weather which made such havoc but it appears to me, as if we should be at Groenekloof and the surrounding coun- obliged to continue this distribution for a try, has been no lesa detrimental to Gna- couple of months longer, from whaterer denthal and its neighbourhood; and hav- quarter the means may be obtained. The ing got this intelligence on the road, I was wretched sufferers may indeed protract their prepared for the worst. By the mercy of existence for a few days by eating grass, as God, however, none of the missionaries' they do at present; but unless they get a buildings had fallen, though some damage meal of warm and nourishing food now had been done to the thatch. But our poor and then, they cannot live long in that Hottentots have suffered most severely; way. And rather than suffer them to perish under our eyes, we must sacrifice Lord will never leave nor forsake us.' A whatever we have to dispose of. People couple of Hottentot women are just busy who are not acquainted with our circum- preparing the dinner, in nine huge pots, stances, and who, by foolish reports, are while upwards of 200 women and children, led to consider this colony as the promised in joyful anticipation of the promised meal, land, may perhaps censure us, not believ- are busy cleaning the watercourses, planting that the wisery is so overwhelming as ing hedges, making new ditches, &c. and it really is : but we would rather incur their I am just bastening to arrange the comdispleasure, than be censured by our con- pany and distribute the dinner. You must sciences, for baving neglected the duties of therefore excuse my breaking off rather humanity, and transgressed the command- abruptly. I cannot possibly deny myself ments of God."
the satisfaction of being present on this
joyful occasion, which reminds me of the Extract of a private Letter from Brother
scenes when our Saviour fed his hungry Hallbeck, dated August 28, 1822. hearers in a miraculous manner. Never, “ I had bardly sealed and despatched the in all my life, hare I felt more honoured letter to your father, when the doleful toan when carrying round the sooty pots, laimentations of the wretched and emaci- and wielding the large wooden ladle," ated sufferers at my door again began to shake my confidence, knowing that our The extreme distress above detailed has means are so very insufficient to meet the induced the Committee of “ The London exigency of our situation. But all at once Association in Aid of the Missions” to open a a Hottentot made bis appearance, and separate fund for the relief of the Hottenhanded over a letter, which he had received tot congregations, and the repair of the in Caledon." (The letter follows, stating, damages sustained by storms and floods. that as a surplus of 80 rix-dollars remained Contributions to “ the Fund for the Disout of the fund appropriated by Gorern- asters of the Cape” are earnestly solicited, ment for the supply of grain to the poor of and will be thankfully received by the 'Treathis district, the landdrost had determined surer, J. G. Lockett, Esq. 1, Upper Conto send it to Gnadentbal, to buy rice for way Street, Fitzroy Square; Mr. H. Chrisdistribution among the poorest in that set- tian, 10, Strand; Messrs. Hatchard and tlement.) “ With what feelings of grati- Son, 187, Piccadilly; Messrs. Morland and tude and astonisbment I first read these Co. 50, Pall Mall; Sir P. Pole and Co. 1, lines you may easily imagine. I bardly Bartholomew Lane, London.
Also by remember ever to have experienced a more Messrs. Ricketts and Co. Bristol; Glenremarkable interposition of God's kind pro- cross and Co. Plymouth ; Sparkes and Co. vidence in my whole life. Certain it is, Exeter; Wigney and Co. Brighton; Mills that as far as regards my own feelings, no and Co. Colchester; Gurneys, Norwich, &c.; encouragement could have arrived more op- Mansfield and Co. Leicester : Atwoods and portunely. My despondency was gone, Co. Birmingham ; Jones and Co. Manchestears of gratitude to our Saviour filled my ter; Ramsays and Co. Edinburgh ; and eyes, and I promised myself anew not to Latouche and Co. Dublin. Clothing, old or suffer myself to be overcome by the sug- new, which is always most acceptable, will gestions of distrust and despondency; for be gladly taken charge of by Mr. H. C. I saw, as it were, with open eyes, that the Christian, No. 10, Strand.
BISHOP OF CALCUTTA. Those who are interested in the prono- sion, he continued his labours for several tion of Christianity in our eastern posses- hours on the succeeding day; but the day sions will hear with unfeigned regret the after his complaint assumed a fatal aspect, death of the Right Rev. Thomas Fanshaw and he died in the evening of July 8, 1822. Middleton, D.D. Lord Bishop of Calcutta. His lordship was distinguished by consiHis lorılship had for some time expressed derable literary attainments. His work on the himself much oppressed by the fatigues and Greek Article is highly valuable, and demonanxieties of bis extensive diocese, and inti- strates the futility of the Socinian insinua. mated his fears that he should never sur, tion, that a critical examination of the Greek vive the fifteen years which were to elapse Testament would prove favourable to their before his return. His friends, however, sentiments; whereas his lordship satisfactowere not apprehensive of his being at all rily demonstrates the very rererse. But the seriously unwell; but a few days before bis great work wbich will confer lasting hodeath, returning with Mrs. Middleton from nour on the Bishop's memory, as long as an airing in the country a short time before the present order of things exists, is the sunset, on the carriage turning a corner, planning and founding Bishop's College at the sun shone full upon him, and he im- Calcutta, for the education of missionaries mediately intimated his fears, that he had and native teachers- a work proceeding received a stroke of the sun which would rapidly and vigorously under his auspices, prove fatal. Notwithstanding this apprehen- and which we have every reason to conclude