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2. Their public ministrations, and mode of instructing the natives.
3. The proper employment, and distribution of their time, in works of labour and works of charity.
4. T'heir manner of life in society, in their own domestic economy, and traffic with the islanders.
5. Whether there should not be some solemn designation of the missionaries to the work before their departure, and what?
6. Miscellaneous observations and prudential precautions relative to their own safety and intercourse with the natives.
7. The probable facility of their settlement, either at Otaheite, or any other of the populous islands.
In a postscript Dr. Haweis acknowledges his obligations to that intelligent and respectable servant of God, the Rev.Mr. Latrobe, for his free and very judicious remarks upon his observations, which, together with some other important communications, are printed, by his permission, in the Appendix, and for which he will be thanked by every gracious person who esteems the results of wisdom and experience, sanctioned by the surest test, abundant success.
The Instructions and Appendix are both so full of matter, and so concisely handled, that they cannot be well abridged ; and if they could, we ought not to rob our hearers of their full satisfaction by attempting it. They will read for themselves; and having so done, they will, no doubt, bless God for the maturity to which the plans of the Missionary Society are evidently advancing. A Memoir respecting an African Mission ; with the Observa
tions of Governor Macaulay. By the Rev. T. Haweis, L. L. B, and M. D. Octavo. 28 pages. Price 6d. Chap
AS the immense field among the heathen offers more calls for missionaries than all the efforts of the religious world can probably supply for many years to come ; it is very desirable to obtain clear views of the parts most accessible, the people most likely to reccive the truth, the difficulties which present themselves, and the means by which they may be obviated.
To awaken such researches the hints contained in this Memoir were first
suggested. It was read before the Directors of the Missionary Society soon after its first formation; and it has since received the singular advantages of Mr. Macaulay's communications, Governor of Sierra Leone, and from whom, it appears, still more precise and expanded views of the subject are expected. It is addressed to all Directors of Societies for sending the Gospel to the heathen; of which we understand several have recently been formed, and are still forming.
The author opens his Memoir with a brief description of Africa - Reasons from evident, sound, and philosophical principles, on the probable healthiness and populousness of the interior, to wbich he directs the attention of the societies--States the difficul
ties and discouragements on the coasts to which we have hitherto had access—Suggests some very favourable circumstances from the Sierra Leone establishment, the Directors of which are so friendly to the Gospel-Mentions a considerable number of black professing Christians brought from Nova Scotia, and settled by the Sierra Leone Company, from whom some may be procured as missionary helpers— Informs us, that he has repeatedly conversed with some of these, and though he gives but an unfavourable account of their proficiency in knowledge, or depth of understanding, he gives a pleasing character of their heart.
An opportunity offering, after the Memoir was drawn up, of obtaining farther light on the subject froin Governor Macaulay, it was eagerly embraced ; and several questions, submitted to him, drew forth a reply of considerable length, which is here subjoined, and which cannot but afford much satisfaction and instruction to any of the societies that may think of pursuing this object. But the Missionary Society, perhaps, being deeply engaged in preparing this first great mission for its destination, may think it prudent to defer the consideration of an African mission, till the promised information from the Governor arrives, which probably will greatly influence their future deliberations. No man is more able to throw light on the subject than Mr. Macaulay, and no man more zealnus for the cause of Christ and suffering humanity.
The Memoir closes with a postscript arising from the recent capture of the Cape, which opens a new door of hope in the southern promontory of Africa, the country of the Hottentots, and the populous regions of Caffraria, as well as the contiguous nations yet unknown.
Whilst Providence seems to be thus facilitating the entrance of Christian missionaries among the numerous and much-injured tribes of that spacious quarter of the globe, the friends of truth cannot but peruse with avidity whatever may tend to direct the efforts of the various societies to spots most favourable for the commencement of their operations. The work does great credit to the ingenious author. It discovers how much the mission lies on his heart, and how carefully and extensively he has carried his researches on the subject. No. I. ( Price One Penny) to be continued Weekly, and com
pleted in 22 Numbers, of Discourses, designed as Hints for my Bretbren's Use, who are going to preach the Gospel to the Heatben; but may be of equal Utility to tbe Poor and Ignorant of the Flock at Home. By the Rev. T. Haweis, L. L. B. and M. D. I 2mo. 20 pages. Chapman.
THIS is the first of a series of discourses to be published weekly, at a price so low as to be attainable by the poorest person.
The preface informs us, that the author speaks exactly in the same manner, and on the same subjects, as he should do, were he himself a missionary actually addressing the poor ignorant heathen ; to come down to the measure of their capacity, and to meet, if possible, tlcir
ideas, being his object. The disccurse itself is adapted to conciliate and draw the attention of his supp sed herrers, by representing the great love to their souls that inclined him and his brethren to visit them, and briefly alluding to the subjects of truth, and the numerous blessings they are come to introduce.
The subsequent sermons will certaioly breathe as this does, the pure Gospel ; and, if they correspond with this specimen, they will attract attention by their singularity of expression. How much use they may be of to the missionaries, in aiding them to instruct the heathen, experience alone can determine ; but the learned author is certainly intitled to the warmest thanks of all good men, for exercising his talents with this laudable design. To those who arc acquainted with Dr. Haweis's stile of writing, it must be evident that it requires no little effort to come down to the lowest step of simplicity, and speak to these children in understanding, in a manner child-like, without being childisb.
We have no doubt but these discourses will be of much advantage to the poor of the Rock at home, by improving their minds in the knowledge of the great salvation. As they proceed, we may probably be induced to offer a friendly criticism to the respectable author. The Mission, a Poem, By tbe Rev. Thomas Beck, Author of
the Passions taugbi by Trutb. Octavo, 24 pages. Price 6d. Chapman; and the Author, Midway-Place, Deptford-Road.
THE author furnishes the following abstract of the contents of this Poem: “ Sketch of the Work of God in past Ages Coming of the Messiah; his Work and Conquest-Sending the Disciples; their Labours and Success-Spread of Religion in England; its Effects– Errors of Popery—The Reformation - The Promises of Future Gospel Glory-The awakening of Zeal in our own TimesProvidence rousing us to Repentance-An Argument thereto from abused Mercies- Abominations of the Slave Trade The Mission begun, though not a national Act-Qualifications of a true Missionary-Difficulties and dangers of the Work-Errors of Paganism various, and hard to remove-A Persecutor converted— The Gospel opposed to all the Vices and Errors of Nature-- Arguments to aid the Design-From past Encouragement, from our past Crimes and national Sins; from the Certainty of Success."
These are subjects which at all times merit general attention, and at present we trust they will meet with it. They are treated with the ingenuity which characterizes Mr. B.'s performances; but the work is disgraced by a number of errors, either of the pen or of the press, which ought by no means to have been exposed to public view. A volume of poems, which the Author proposes to publish by subscription, will appear, we hope, in a state more worthy the Author's genius.
EPIT PH OV BIGOTRY.
BY THE REV R. HILL.
JEIE lies old Bigotry, abhor'd
No more his in duence shall prove
THE MISSION TRY-SHIP,
() destin'd, heavenly-freight-
(there; For, lo! the Leil's ambassadors are Faiih sits at helı, and hope attends the
storm; His eye regards thee, vigilant to save,
Tho'danger varies its terrife form. Black gath’ring tempests, awd by his
con mand, [murs, cease; Their hideous form, in lowly murWhilsto'er the monstrous surge he waves
his hand, Or spreads toe silky mantle of his peace. The Lord of lemenis is Lord of men;
He stills the menace ofthe hostile mind; His servants, soun as the glad port they gain,
[come find. In hearts prepard, shall friendly welLo! southern islanders incline the ear,
And pause, attentive io the sacred word: Heralds of God, your embassy declare,
And win obedient nations to the Lord. Proclaim the cross, the banner lifted high,
And bid a guilty world find refuge there; So shall the praise of miriads rend the sky,
[blessings share. And heaven and earth the mighty Gleams the glad morn? Arise, O King
of kings, Assume, assert thine universal sway ; Till earth, subdu'd, its willing tribute
brings, And distant regions cheerfully obey. Then, big with conquest, bring thy glo
ries down, Let those that love thy name thy praise declare;
[the crown, Friends of the cross, they soon shall wear In peaceful resi, and blisa for ever
And drive away my mental night;
There shall I dwell in perfect light,
A BIRTH-DAY THOUGHT, Nor ever dread returning night;
Occasioned by visiting tbe Place of Nativity, Sorrow and sin shall flee away,
after an absence of forty Years. And joy shall crown the endless day.
EMEMBER the way I have
Thy steps through this valley of tears, . The goodness wit! whici I have fed
And kept thee these forts past years ; Look up to the rock whence thou'r
hewn , To the hole of the pit cast thine eye, Give praise for tie mercie. I've shawn,
And know thai to thee I'm still righ." My heart would obey thv command,
Blessed Lord, and review all thy ways, Would adore all the works of thine hand,
And sing of the triumphs of grace. Ah! touch my cold lips, with a coal
From the altar enflani'd by thy live; And tune ev'ry grace in my stul,
To join with the concert above.
Long have I disregarded thee,
Tho'once thy greatness did not awe, Now may I love thy holy law; Submissive bow before thy throne, And thus thy just dominion own.
May I no more thy wrath defy,
From the hour when I drew my first
breath, To the present, thine arm was my stay; Surrounded with dangers and death,
Yet upheld by thy power each day. When lost in my sins I was laid, As an outcasi, and driv'n from thy
face, My Saviour past by me, and said,
“Live, sinner, and taste of my grace!" For favours so boundless and free,
My soul, what return hast thou made? To him, who hath-so loved thee,
What tribute of gratitude paid ? O’erwhelm'd with confusion and shame, At thy footstool, dear Lord, I would
fall; And, through thine all-prevalent name,
Implore full forgiveness for all.