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& will take the first whose heart | yet for the sake of the gospel he
be changed." After a short would give him leave to come. but lively course of grace, which Cornelius joined us, and the continued five or six months, the Lord was pleased to bless the Lord laid him on a sick bed, word of reconciliation to his soul from which he never rocovered. also. At first he cried mightily He now insisted upon being car- to the Lord to forgive his sins, ried to our place of worship, say- and thought to move him by the ing that as long as he could hear, earnestness of his intreaties, yet he would endeavor to catch some he found no peace within, till at of the words of life. Two days length he learned that he could before his death I went to see be justified only by the blood of him. I asked him how he felt. Christ; he then obtained sol I “ A little low-spirited,” was his peace in the contemplation of answer ; “ for though I am the person of our Redeemer.
sure that I have surrendered His heart was filled with admi
every inch of my own self to ration, love and gratitude, and « Christ, from the moment I he felt a strong desire to pro“ first saw his loveliness, yet I claim our Saviour to those who
am not so certain, at present, knew him not. Indeed he tho't " whether he has accepted of my himself called upon to forsake 6 surrender.” I endeavored to his wife and children, and go to satisfy him on this subject ; but distant tribes to preach Jesus to he found no clearness till the them. For half a year he strug. day of his departure, when call-gled against this impulse ; his ing on him again, he said to me, body wasted in this secret con« O Sir, I now see that the Lord flict, for he concealed from every « Jesus love me with an ever-mortal what passed in his bo" lasting love ; that he has ac- At length, unable any
cepted of me, and that he will longer to sustain this burden, he “ be my portion for ever ; and suddenly flung his knapsack over
now, though the vilest sinner his shoulders, and marched off
on earth, relying on his blood into the wilderness. Here he " and righteousness, I will die, fell on his knees to pray ; when 6 and go Christ, and there I those words came powerfully « will wait for you.”
into his mind, “ Thou didst well His eldest son, Cornelius, who" that it was in thine heart ;" was a servant to a Farmer at a but it seemed added “Go back distance, came to visit his father“ to thy house and family, and just at this moment. He burst“ first try to bring them near into tears, and said, " Ah, my “ the Lord ; after this I will let “ father die so happy in Jesus," thee know what thou shouldest 56 and I have no opportunity to do.” Accordingly he return“ hear his gospel.” Moved by ed home, where he conducted his sorrow, I wrote to his master, himself in a pious manner, and requesting he would permit him I have reason to hope that at to come and live with us. some future period he may beceived a very Christian-like let- come very useful to his countryter from him, saying, that altho' men. he would not, on any other ac- If my time permitted, I could comt, part with his best servant, I relate many more instances of
the Lord'sgracious dealings with of Government. He, perceiving
and submit to the righteousness About this time, several Far- of God our Saviour. At length, mers having assembled at our however, he yielded ; and while house, to partake of the Holy at work with Mr. Scholtz, (being Communion, a run-away slave employed in making a dam for made his appearance. We soon the water) confessed that he had discovered who he was, and formerly hardened his heart a. thought of sending him back to gainst the representations of the his master, agreeable to an order / gospel, that he was in a misera
ble state, being unable to do any of Stephanos, a Greek by birth, thing good, as he now clearly and who, for making base coin understood. He acknowledged at Cape Town, had been sententhat till lately he had been full ced to death, but effected his esof prejudices against our doc-cape from justice, a few days trine, having flattered himself previous to that which was fixed that though he had done much for his execution. The rumor evil, he had nevertheless done of this aflair had indeed reached much good also. But now, since my ears, and when he came to God had revealed this great truth my house, in the absence of the to his mind, namely, that he had | Brethren Kramer and Scholtz, given his only begotten Son to who were gone six days journey be a sacrifice for him on the from us with presents of tobacCross, he had been gradually co, to invite more Boschemen to freed from his former prejudices, come and hear the gospel, I especially under a discourse from thought I perceived tokens of Mr. Scholtz, in which the only guilt in his countenance. But source of all good works, the hisconversation was so religious, love of God, had been explained, and his pretence that he came together with the utter inability to assist us in building a chapel, of a natural man to perform so plausible, that I blamed my. good works. “ From that time," self for harboring any suspicion, said he, “ I sought pardon for and therefore permitted him to * all my sins alone from Christ, sleep in the room next to my " and in him I have found it. own. It should seem that he had “ Now, I believe in Jesus, and contrived a scheme to murder “ wish to be his eternal property, me, that he might seize on my
I assured that I shall | waggon and goods, and then deone day be completely deliv- part to a distant horde. In the bi ered from all my sin, and en-night, he actually approached " joy eternal happiness with my bed; but the Keeper of Is“ Christ.” Asking him, whether rael, who never slumbers nor he did not wish to commend the sleeps, was pleased suddenly to truth to others ? he replied that rouse me in a fit of terror, in he did so every day ; and that which I cried out to him, as if his wife already afforded him privy to his bloody design. He some hope that she would yield was disconcerted; stammered to convictions, and this an apology of a pain in his bowcouraged him, he added, to els ; and then went away out of speak to others, declaring to my house. In the morning I them the name of that blessed found he was gone off, having Jesus, who had done such great stolen my gun, and having taken things for him.
with him many of the BoscheBefore I conclude the narra- men, whom he had seduced, by tive of my first stay at Zak Ri- pretending that the white men ver, it is proper to mention were coming to be revenged on another remarkable deliverance, them ; Boschemen, kaving alwhich the good Providence of ways an accusing conscience, God afforded me, from the hands are ever ready to take such a of a person who came to our hint. My Hottentots pursuing house under the fictitious name I them, overtook them in the de
sert; a truce was concluded, the natives who seem to be conboth parties piling up their arms siderably impressed with the suat some distance, when Stepha- periority of the gospel dispensanos was compelled to restore my tion, both to Hindooism and Mafowling-piece, and dismiss our hommedanism ; and who shew Boschemen. Thus, retiring from an evident desire of becoming the country by himself, he was more acquainted with its nature. met by Brethren Kramer and The ties of the cast, indeed, apScholtz, who obliged him to re- pear to have been gradually loose turn to Zak River with them. ening for some time past; and This involved me in a fresh dif- this effect has, without doubt, ficulty, and occasioned me much been accelerated by the translas sorrow; for I was now certain tion of the New Testament into that he was the identical male- the Bengalee language, and the factor who had broken prison at dispersion of Bengalee tracts, rethe Cape. I begged my two commendatory of Christianity, brethren to keep the wretch con- and containing a comparison of cealed at a distance from our its claim to belief with that of premises, with a view to enable the reigning superstitions. A him to make his escape. In the few extracts from the diary of night I met him, gave him
the Missionaries, we doubt not, advice, some provision, and a bi- will prove acceptable to our ble, and suffered him
to go away
readers. towards the Great River, little Aug. 14, 1803. “We stopped thinking what mischief he would at a small village, called Neesthere do to our cause, of which cheendopoor, two miles from hereafter.
Chandoreea, to purchase fish. (To be continued.) About twenty people were as
sembled on the bank of the river, to whom we began speaking the
word of life. Perceiving no brahReligious Intelligence.
man amongst them, I did not begin with the Hindoo system; but told them that they were sinners,
and that for such Jesus Christ Mission in Bengal. died : they heard with unusual AN account of the Baptist willingness, and one old man Mission in Bengal has recently whom I was addressing seemed been published, from which it to shed tears. After laboring appears that between the begin- much to make them understand ning of July, 1802, and the the gospel, I appealed to Bharut, inonth of July last, eleven Hin- Petumber, and Moorad for conroos and one Mussulman had em- firmation : they each came forbraced Christianity and been bap- ward ; and, in a different way, tized, and that some of these were addressed them upon the subject. likely to be useful in instruct- Petumber invalidated, in a very ing their countrymen. But be- striking manner, the Hindoo sides those who have renounced shasters and worship. Bharut their former faith and assumed told them what he had been, and the open profession of Christian- how he had embraced the gosity, there are great numbers of pel; called their attention to
their own sinfulness, and affirm- well as Petumber and Moorady ed that none could save them assisted in explaining to each but the Lord Jesus Christ. His other, and those around as we grey hairs and simplicity render- went along. In the evening I aded his address (to me) truly af- dressed them from these words : fecting. Moorad told them of his We pray you in Christ's stead, be hearing the truth ; of his going ye reconciled to God. I observed to us ; of his returning now again thence that we were at a great to bring the gospel to his own distance from God through sin, village ; and that it was impossi- and could never be reconciled ble to be saved in any other way. till that were removed ; that Several seemed affected, confes-God himself, when man was utsed their danger, and enquired terly unable, had found out a much about the way of safety : way of reconciliation through we told them what we could, gave the death of his Son, which way them papers, and prayed with | I then besought them to acquithem.” (p. 337.)
esce in and accept. One of them, Aug. 15. “ At Ponchetalock- a Mussulman, here interruptingphool, about fifty Hindoos and ly replied, That though all this Mussulmans assembled. Sitting might be very true, yet it was by down in the midst of them, I be- no means necessary for them ; gan with shewing the impossi- for Mahomet, the friend of God, bility of a man's purging away had engaged to get all their sins his sins, or becoming righteous pardoned at the day of judgment. by his own works ; thence de- To this I replied, That even alducing the necessity of God's lowing Mahomet to be the friend sending his own Son, in the like- of God; yet he was but a man, ness of sinful flesh, to condemn and had never died for sinners : sin and save the sinner. The idea he therefore could only save. that God's hatred of sin was man-himself at most. But Noah, Aifested more by the death of his braham, Moses and David, whom Son than it would have been in they allowed to be prophets as the punishment of the sinner, well as Mahomet, had decidedly seemed to strike them very sen- rejected theirown righteousness, sibly. I then entered on the Hin- and trusted in Christ for salvadoo system, exposed the wicked- tion. As for Mahomet, there was ness of their gods, and the ab- some reason to doubt whether he surdity of their worship; thence was indeed the friend of God ; inferring that it could be nothing for, to say nothing of many other but a snare laid by Satan to de-actions, it was well known that stroy the souls of men. I then he had nine wives, which they began to examine the Mahome-themselves knew to be unlawful; tan delusion in the same manner. and that he had commanded all They listened with earnest atten- who would not turn Mussulmans tion ; put all the questions they to be put to death, which was chose as I went along, and desir- contrary to God's command, ed proof for every thing. But thou shalt not kill. To think, though they thus put questions, therefore, that Mahomet could and started objections, yet it was save at the day of judgment was quite in a fair and candid man- à gross deception, as he would ner; and they themselves, as I then have quite enough to do to