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instruction to them. They knew no English, nor indeed any other European tongue, and he was unacquainted with Cingalese or Tamul, and as to the Patois Portuguese, which they knew, it was so different from the genuine Portuguese, that they could not understand the latter when either spoken or read.

Dr. C. next spoke of the ardent application of the young men to their studies, and the depth and extent of their proficiency. In reading, they had gone beyond what could at all have been expected for the time, and can read, and in general understand the Bible and Testament. Though they had previously known nothing of writing, (their own being a sort of engraving, with a steel point upon the talipot leat,) yet they can now write well in English, and have gone through a general course of common arithmetic, and have acquired a good notion of the principles of Geography and Astronomy. • In religious matters, he said 'their improvement had been great. Of the grand principles of the Christian Religion they have a clear and accurate knowledge. From idolatry and all its concomitants, they are completely saved, and believe most conscientiously the whole system of Divine Revelation. Their favourite doctrine of Metempsychosis or Transmigration of Souls, they have totally abandoned ; and the Doctor stated, that he firmly believed that they had not remaining the slightest vestige of their ancient religious prejudices, nor the slightest doubt concerning the Truth of Christianity.

He farther observed, that their hearts as well as their heads, had experienced a powerful change; they loved prayer and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and often experienced gracious influences of the Divine Spirit on their minds ; though frequently they were cast down respecting their religious state ; and especially at their supposed slow advances in religious knowledge and feeling ; deploring the sinfulness of their own hearts, of which God seemed to have given them a clear discovery ; leading them into all the chambers of the house of im. agery, and shewing them the idols set up in the heart against the worship of the true God. Ezekiel viii. 7--10.

Dr. Clarke then observed, that they had long and earnestly desired to be received into the Christian Church by baptism; into the nature and end of which he had taken care to give them the fullest instructions, in order that he might be satisfied that they clearly understood the whole.

Having spoken pretty much at large concerning these foreigners, the Doctor then adverted to the doctrine of Christian baptism. After he had, on this highly important topic, dwelt for a considerable lengib, he left the desk, and came to the font where the Priests were standing, and immediately gave out the hymn beginning thus;

“Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,,

In solemu power come down." When he came to the following lines,

" See these sinful worms of earth,

Bless to thein the cleansing flood," &c.

he laid bis hands upon their heads; when they were immediately melted into tears, and the whole congregation appeared, by the eagerness of their attention, and their death-like stillness, to feel as if the power of the Highest was indeed overshadowing them.

Dr. Clarke then proceeded regularly through the whole service for the Baptism of Adults; to the respective questions in which the young men, though deeply affected, made answer clearly, and distinctly, and with much animation. This done, they both kneeled down, and were baptised in the Name of the Holy Trinity. The eldest by computation, now about twentynine years of age, earnestly requested to have the name of his Christian instructor prefixed to his own; and was accordingly baptized Adaun Sirrah Goano Munhi Rathana. The youngest, now twenty-seven years of age, wishing to take the name of his patron, the Honorable Sir Alexander Johnston, was baptized Alexander Dherma Rama.

The Doctor then most earnestly and affectionately commended them to the prayers of the congregation; that not only the Divine presence might influence and bless them, but that God would bave them in his boly care and keeping during their approaching voyage, taking thein in safety and peace to their des. iined place; but also protect and support them under all the difficulties and trials which, as Christians, and so peculiarly circumstanced as they were, they would necessarily experience: and every heart in the congregation, I believe, was immediately lifted up most fervently to God on their behalf.

Having concluded the service, Dr. Clarke took each of them by the hand, saying " By this baptism administered to you in the Name of the most holy Trinity, and by the suffrages of this congregation, I admit you into the Christian Church."

During the principal part of this service, there were few, if any, of ihe many hundreds assembled, who were not in tears.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was then administered to them, and to many hundreds of persons by Dr. Clarke and Mr. Newton.

I have since heard that Alexander Dherma Rama, who, through fear of death, had been subject to bondage, had, during this service, his fear taken entirely away! O! said he," I not fear to die now: if I die, I go straight to the kingdom of God.”

Adam Munbi Ratbana, upon his returning to his room, prostra. ted himself on the floor, and spent a long time in prayer and praise.

Thus ended a service which to me and to many will be had in everlasting remembrance, and with it a scene I can never again hope to witness ; had you no other fruit of your Missionary exertions than the conversion of these two Priests, you would most unquestionably have reason to Jaud and magnify God, who thus put it into your hearts and those of your brethren to send Missionaries to the island of Ceylon.

The following is an extract from the journal of Mr. NewSTEAD, of Ceylon, taken from the Missionary Notices, No. 51, for March, 1820.



March 15. This morning, at our English service, a heathen, about 28 years old, was received into the Christian Church, by the ordinance of baptism, and named Cornelius Robert. At his own request he gave the following statement of his experience, and of the reasons which induced him to wish for baptism: That his parents and family, with himself, were all heathens, i. e. professed Budhists, and consequently ignorant of every thing relative to Christianity. Thai about two years ago, a Christian School was established in his village (Tempelee,) and sometime after ihe catechist master sent him an order to assemble all the people in his village, both Heathens and Christians (so called) to hear preaching; he himself also attended, and while hearing the sermon, was “trying in his mind to un. derstand it,” he immediately felt struck with the goodness of the things which he was bearing: He then strove to compare all be knew of the religion of Budhu with the Christian religion, and said, that as he examined, he could find neither beginning nor end" to Budhism; but all was "confusion,” so that he could find

no reason for it.” On the contrary, the Christian religion seemed to “shine to him as the full moon,” he seemed as if “before he was quite dark within, and as if sudden light was darted into his mind." From that time, he began to read the · Christian Scriptures in the Cingalese language, and to pray to the Christian's God, and to see more and more that he was a sinner against God," and only could be saved through Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, as taught in the Holy Scrip

tures. He earnestly desired baptism from that time : “ Not," he said, “ that he thought that alone would save bis soul," for he looked to be saved ihrough the faith which God should give him, in his son Jesus Christ; only he wished in this Christian way to be received into the Christian Church, and be acknowl. edged, and looked upon as a Christian. He hoped, he said, that no one would think he took this step to be capable of any office, or place, or honour, or any worldly motive whatever, (a thing very common with the Cingalese who use Christian ordinances as a stepping stone, or ladder of preferment or gain,) but only in the way of saving his soul, and confessing Christianity.” All this be said, through the interpreter, with the utmost clearness and composure, and with much apparent devotion in his looks and deportment. He also gave several very consistent and proper answers to the questions proposed to him. Amongst which he declared his solemn belief in the Divinity and Atonement of our Lord Jesus; his power and willingness to save all the human race, and particularly himself. Again, that one part of his strong conviction of the duty of being a Christian, afterwards arose from comparing the lives and conduct of Heathens and Christians; that he saw the heathens living almost as the beasts, while those who were taught in the Christian religion, were in all things far better. Again, that he believed, though he so much wished to be baptized, that if God should call him to die before he was baptized, he should be saved without it, if he had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; which faith he believed, would save him, though he felt himself to be a sinner before God. As he kneeled down to be baptized, he was evidently much affected, and his first act on rising was to lift his bands and eyes, and utter loud praises to God, regardless of all around. One who stood near him, remarked that he afterwards looked round him on the congregation with the most altered smile of satisfaction, as if he would say " I rejoice that I am no longer shut out from you.” After a short address to him, in which I laid particular stress on the example he should present to his village as a Christian, from his own remark relative to the difference he had ob. served between Heathens and Christians, I presented to him a new Cingalese Testament, with his new Christian name inscribed in it, with which he was greatly pleased. With the whole of this interesting affair, I could not but be highly gratified, and deeply affected, and was powerfully reminded by several particulars in it, of Acts x. 34, 35, and of Rom. ii. 14, 15. On both of which parts of Holy Writ, this circumstance is surely an affecting and lively comment. “For I

say unto you, that God is able of these stones, to raise up children unto Abraham." This man is now one of our native schoolmasters.

For the Methodist Magazine.


Chillicothe, May 3, 1820.


I sit down, agreeably to your request, to perform the pleasing task of giving you a brief account of the present state of religion in our Church in this borough, and more particularly of the progress of the work of God within the last few months.

You will recollect that I communicated to you, about a year since, an account of the great revival of religion during the winter of 1818—19, which was published in the Methodist Magazine, for June, 1819. That period forms quite an epoch in the history of our Society here. In the summer of 1818, it consisted of about one hundred members; and in less than one year there were added about three hundred and twenty new members! The Society has continued in a flourishing state since that time; an unusually large proportion of the new members (most of whom were young persons) remaining “Stedfast in the faith, giving glory to God;" and exemplifying in their lives and conversation the sincerity of their profession and the genuineness of their piety.

It has pleased God, in the riches of his goodness and mercy, to visit us again with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.During the last winter, an increased solemnity and attention in the public worship of God, was very apparent. In the month of February a few cases of convictions and conversions occurred, and a few added to the church. In March the work of Divine Grace became more apparent, and considerably increased. The altar was often crowded with mourners, crying to God for mercy; and at almost every meeting, some were made partakers of justifying grace. Many who had remained impenitent throughout the great revival last year, were now cut to the heart, and brought to cry out, “What must I do to be saved ?": The Divine Presence, as in the former revival, rested upon the assembly at most meetings for public worship; and on some occasions to such a degree as to cause sinners to tremble, while the people of God rejoiced exceedingly. The number who joined themselves to the church that month was very considerable. You will, I am sure, recollect with pleasure the quarterly meeting which you held with us on the 2nd of April. "On that day, twenty-two members were added to the church. The whole number of new inembers received, during the months of March and April, is upwards of fifty; one half at least of this number have experienced the efficacy of the gospel of

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