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button which remained upon my waistcoat, cut it off, and put it into his pocket. Their intentions were now obvious; and I thought that the easier tlrey were permitted to rob me of every thing, the less I had to fear. I therefore allowed them to search my pockets without resistance, and examine every part of my apparel, which they did with the most scrupulous exactness. Bat observing that I had one waistcoat under another, they insisted that I should take them both oft'; and at last, to make sure work, they stripped me quite naked; - even my half-boots (tho' the sole of one of them was tied on my foot with a broken bridle. rein) were minutely inspected. Whilst they were examining the plunder, I begged thein, with great earnestness, to return my pocket-compass ; but when I pointed it out to them, as it was Iying on the ground, one of the banditti, thinking I was about to take it up, cocked his musket, and swore that he would lay me dead upon the spot if I presumed to put my hand upon it. After this, some of them went away with my horse ; and the re. mainder stood considering whether they should leave me quite naked, or allow me something to shelter me from the sun.

Huinanity at last prevailed : they returned me the worst of the two shirts and a pair of trowsers ; and as they went away, one of them threw back my hat, in the crown of which I kept my memorandums; and this was probably the reason they did not wish to keep it.

“After they were gone, I sat for some time looking around me with amazement and terror. Whichever way I turned, nothing appeared but danger and difficulty. I saw myself in the midst of a vast wilderness ; in the depth of the rainy season ; naked and alone ; surrounded by savage animals, and men still more savage. I was five hundred miles from the nearest European settlement. All these circumstances crowded at once on my recollection; and I confess that my spirits began to fail me. I considered my fate as certain, and ihat I had no alternative but to lie down and perish. The influence of Religion, however, aided and supported me. I reflected that no human prudence or foresight could possibly have averted my present sufferings. I inced was a stranger in a strange land; yet I was still under the protecting eye of that Providence who has condescended to call himself the stranger's Friend. At this moment, painful as my reflections were, the extraordinary beauty of a small moss, in fructification, irresistibly caught my eye. I mention this to slew from what trifling circumstances the mind will sometimes derire consolation ; for, though the whole plant was not larger than the top of one of my fingers, I could not contemplate the delicate conformation of its roots, leaves, and capsula without admiration. Can that Being (thought I) who planted, watered, and brought to perfection, in this obscure part of the world, a thing which appears of so small importance, look with unconcern upon the situation and sufferings of creatures formed after his own image? - surely not. Reflections like these would not allow me to despair. I started up; and, disregarding both hunger and fatigue, travelled forwards, assured that relief was at hand; and I was not disappointed. In a short time, I came to a small village, at the entrance of which I overtook the two shepherds, who had come with me from Kooma. They were much surprized to sce me; for (they said) they never doubted that the Foulahs, when they had robbed, had murdered me. Departing from this village, we travelled over several rocky ridges; and, at sunset, arrived at Sibidooloo, the frontier towa of the kingdom of Manding.” Park's Travels, p. 210—241.




I CANNOT, in common justice, lay claim to that disinterested friendship you ascribe to me in our epistolary correspondence. When a merchant lades a bark with the poor produce of an almost barren soil, in expectation of receiving the rich and well-flavoured fruits of a land flowing with milk and honey in return,-can such a man be deemed disinterested? If so, then may I take to myself that merit you are willing to allow

This idea struck me so forcibly, on reading your welcome letter of August 17th, that I could not avoid mentioning it.

I trust I am not ungrateful for your kind communication of the exercise of your mind in your late afHiction. How oft, nay, how constantly does the Father of mercies fulfil his gracious promise, “ As thy day, so shall thy strength be!" I feel a hope, that these frequent chastisements are intended to prepare you for a large sphere of usefulness. May he sanctify them to your furtherance in the divine life, and having been amicted yourself, you will be the more capable of administering consolation to the afflicted ; for preaching alone does not comprize the whole duty of a clergy man. To comfort those on beds of languishing, ought to be a great part of his employment. May you be a wise master-builder, and faithfully discharge the various duties of your sacred office !

Mr. B. has had a severe scàsoning to this climate; for many days we had no hope of his recovery. I verily believe he was spared, in answer to prayer. From the Uth of August to the 6th of October, our chapel was shut, except a few mornings at five o'clock, when our local preachers gave us an exhortation ; for we could not have public worship till he was removed out of town for change of air, the chapel being over the dwelling. house; the noise would have retarded, or probably entirely prevented his recovery. Thanks be to God, who again enables his ambassador to go through his various duties; and certainly the care of five hundred souls is not a small charge!

I rejoice to hear that the intended invasion of our cruel enemy is again laid aside. Hasten, hasten, dearest Lord! the happy time, when “ the nations shall learn war no more ; but shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into prunimg-hooks."

We have been favoured with blessed seasons: the Lord is truly gracious to the inhabitants of this isle; but alas! they do not render according to the benefits he pours down on them! These constant rains, though a general blessing, have been productive of some evils; particularly at Montego Bay, about one hundred and eighty miles from Kingston, some buildings were swept away by the flood; but, through mercy, only three lives were lost. The inhabitants of Montego Bay have dreadfully persecuted the poor Christians; and the Lord has severely chastized them, both by fire and water. Thirteen years ago, they imprisoned a young man, who was the instrument of raising a society of twenty-four people, in five weeks ; and he was obliged to quit the island. When Mr. Fish went there, he was permitted to preach only twice a week, and at such hours as the poor slaves could not attend ; many of whom were very desirous of religious instructions. Some years after, when Mr. Campbell visited them, they countenanced him, till they saw the slaves flock to hear the word of God; and though he promised he would only preach at such hours as would not prevent their doing their owners' work, they threatened to imprison him for instructing them; and he was obliged to return to Kingston: and, although they have been chastised every year with some heavy calamity, yet,“ having eyes, they see not the hand of the Lord, and cannot bear the idea of their slaves being religious; and as to themselves, they 66 are rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” Strange infatuation! What, my dear Sir, are you and I better than our poor fellow-sinners, that God should bring us from darkness to light, and from the power of sin and Satan to a knowledge of himself, and a love of holiness? - A consideration of this fills my soul with grateful love, and at times, I am constrained to say, Let silence speak his praise.

The word of God prevails so far as to influence a few to turn from the error of their cvil ways.

The last three months, we have had an increase of one hundred souls. Kingston

M. A. A.S.

QUERY. Are there any circumstances which may arise in the course of business, cither of a public or private nature (distinct from cases in which life and health are concerned, and which, by our Lord himself, are allowed to be works of necessity) which can justify a professing Christian in an attendance to his ordinary calling on the Lord's Day?

T. M.



To the Editor. Among the numerous institutions for which the metropolis is distinguished, The Religious Tract Society is one of the most important. Mr. Bogue, in his excellent sermon preachel before that Society, in the year 1800, has justly remarked, that 66 The dissemination of divine truth in the world, occupies a far higher rank among Christian duties than one in a thousand has yet assigned it; and that a far larger portion of our thoughts, time, and talents should be occupied in its discharge.

Multitudes of professing Christians have lately felt the weight of this observation. Much good has been done by the circulation of Religious Tracts. Many instances of their great utility have been related ; and many others will probably remain untold until that important periol, when the gracious dispensations of God shall be fully illustrated. But, are the efforts which have been made for the diffusion of divine truth at all adequate to the importance of the design?' May not some means be adopted for a more general distribution of these publications ?

It has very forcibly struck my mind, that if a society were formed in every congregation of persons who would subscribe a penny, twopence, or more per week, according to their ability, for the purchase of Religious Tracts, the annual amount would be considerable; - and, by a careful distribution of the tracts purchased in the neighbourhood where they reside, vice might receive a powerful check, -- the truth as it is in Jesus be advanced, -- and thousands of precious souls converted from the error of their ways.

I am happy to say, that some young men in the village of Ponder's End, are about to establish such a Society. A select Committee is to be annually chosen to manage its affairs : cach person on the Committee is to take a part in the collection of the subscriptions, and to pay the amount every monih into the hands of the treasurer, &c.

It is hoped that many similar institutions will be raised; by which means, the Religious Tract Society in London may be greatly benefitted ; and, through the divine blessing, much good effected at a trifling expence.

I remain, Sir,

J. K.

yours, &c.

We are also informed, that a Society has been formed at Wells Street Chapel, Oxford Road, for the purpose of supplying Villages, &c. with Tracts gratis. The Committee meet there on the last Wednesclay of every month ; where particulars may be had, and subscriptions received.


An attentive and enlightened observer of mankind may distinguishi, at least, three kinds of Meekness : one is, where the natural tem per is easy and amiable ; another appears where reason suppresses passion ; and a third now to be considered, which is the effect of divine grace. This last is properly called Christian Meekness. No truly serious persons are entirely without it; and some are cminent for it. With respect to the discriminating nature of this kind of meckness, Mr. Henry observes, that “it is casiness of spirit, but not a sinful casiness as to be drawn into sin, nor a simple easiness to be imposed on, but a gracious easi. ness to be wrought upon by that which is good.” This is coming very near to an accurate definition ; but, to be more particular, “ Christian meekness enables the soul to submit quietly to the will of God; not to be easily provoked, patiently to bear injuries, and to be habitually mild and gentle." An enlargement on cach of these particulars would exceed the limits of an essay; the present remarks will, therefore, be confined to meckness in relation to man; and, first, I shall endeavour to remove objections, — then shew some principal advantages of being meck, -and conclude with suitable advice.

It is objected, Ist, That meekness tends to check courage, emulation, and other laudable exertions. This is a device of Satan to destroy or injure souls, by promoting the gratification of evil passions ; but spiritual meekness is so far from repressing courage and mental exertions, that it has a direct tendency to invigorate them by regulating all the springs of action. Besides, the history of great men completely refutes this objection. Thus, for instance, Col. Gardiner, after his conversion, was mild ; but to the last day of his life he was truly courageous. Abp. Usher and Sir Isaac Newton were meek; though it is well known they were men of extraordinary strength of intellect. 2. Many think that, if they were gentle, they should be dispirited, and always be open to injuries or insults. Satan, having a peculiar hatred to meckness and humility, makes this a formidable ob jection, and stirs up his emissaries to take advantage of the mildness of serious persons; but let them remember what is recorded in Psalm lxxvi. 9, “God will arise to save all the meek of the carth.” As, therefore, the Lord has expressly declared himself their Protector and Avenger, they may consider themselves com.. pletely safe in his hands. Here, however, I would remark, that it is a great mistake to suppose ihat Christian mcekness prohibits self-defence: - no: when our life, our character, or our property are really attacked, the meek man may use all proper means to defend himself. So likewise, as it is said, we may be angry, and sin not.” Meek persons may shew their marked dislike against sin, and any unjust personal 'insults they receive. On

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