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Lord was graciously pleased to reveal his love to his soul, and to shew him, by happy experience, that whom the Son maketh free, they are free indeed.' Thus happy in redeeming love, he earnestly desired to publish abroad that gospel, whose salutary effects he had experienced; and Divine Providence soon opened a way, Mr. B. informed me that his labours had been greatly blessed in America; and, indeed, this appeared from many of his letters. A mutual attachment long subsisted between these e two friends. Mr. Bedggood had been dead a few years when the circumstances were related to me; and Mr. Bretherton, a veteran in the. camp of Jesus, went home soon after I enjoyed this interview with him. The mighty acts of the Lord should be recorded :-Mr. Bedggood stauds in the annals of the Church as a monurnent of distinguishing grace. I am, Sir, yours, &c.

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J. F.

My dear and ever valued Friend, South Carolina, Sep. 1767. Ir would afford satisfaction to my mind, were I certainly in formed that you are yet resident among mortals, or could I know what deprives me of your endeared correspondence; but I am involved in uncertainty, and afflicted with uneasiness. If you are still living, remember you have attracted my esteem, and grappled my soul to yours by the indissoluble ties of friendship, and you must not punish me by a wilful silence. I wrote you formerly several letters, intimating my suspence as to the course I should steer, supposing I saw it my duty to leave Carolina. 1 had a strong propensity to return to England; and had your letters afforded me any degree of conviction that I might have been useful there, it is probable I should, before this, have seen my much-loved friend; but you wrote as became you, and I endeavoured to act conscientiously,

I am now again amongst the people of my first charge, at the Welch Tract, where I have much work upon my hands, a large congregation at home, and many calls to preach the gospel abroad. My work is my delight; and my warmest desires with regard to time are, that my labours may be blest to the recovery of immortals out of the suares of death. I would humbly hope my prayers will be answered; but my rod don't blossom much as yet. O! for a firmer faith, a larger degree of patience, with an honest, resolute perseverance! I have gone through many trials since I accepted the call from Charlestown. If I could give you a detail of the whole, it would lead you to pity and to rejoice with ine; but my heaviest and most afflictive trials are from my temptations and my sins,

the invisible, but fiery darts of Satan, and the depravity of my nature: the former I am frequently molested with; the latter gives me perpetual disturbance. While I write, I feel its awful influence; but the precious gospel supports my

hope, with oaths, and promises, and blood.' Here I find a cordial for my heart, food for my soul, wisdom, righteousness, and strength, Jesus, and in him all I want! O, my brother! the gospel should be ever precious, and very precious to us! It is the chariot of salvation, in which the Saviour of sinners rides!it is the power of God, and the wisdom of God to every one that believes! Lord, I believe! help thou my unbelief! Were it not for a free, benevolent, liberal, just, merciful, and generous gospel-were it not for an all-accomplished Saviour, Jesus, God in my own nature, whom it so abundantly reveals, my soul would sink into the most abject, forlorn, and miserable state; but by this I rise, by this I live, in this I make my boast! In this glorious Saviour I trust! I am complete!→ Oh! how vast the idea!-how wonderous the plan of redemption! how salutary the doctrines of boundless grace! They cheer my drooping spirits, they rouze and animate my soul, they give a charming eloquence and amiable glory, even to the dreadful thunders and amazing lightnings of Sinai -They represent, with an overcoming dignity and beauty, the justice and mercy of God in harmony!


Charlestown, Oct. 28.

YESTERDAY I came to town, and found your welcome letters, a cluster of blessings and benefits, for which I thank you, my dearest friend; and, as I sympathized with you in your affliction, I now rejoice in your comfort. Glory, glory, glory to our God in the highest, for such attention manifested, such peace given to man, rebellious man! I am indignant against my ungrateful heart, this poor, degenerate breast, that I do not burn with love, overflow with gratitude, and kindle with a seraph's zeal, at the repeated experience of his marvellous grace! O! how vile am I!-bow excellent the Lord, my Saviour! When shall I be more like him in holiness? When make more grateful returns to the God of my salvation? Pray for me, my dear brother, and praise bu for me too! Since I wrote the former part of this letter, some souls have been awakened, and I find frest: encouragement thereby; but, alas! my love is too languid! What, then, shall I repine? shall I despair? give up? No: I will trust in an Almighty Saviour, and confide in his faithful promises.

My love awaits my Gloucester friends. I am hurried, and my paper almost filled; but whether in hurry or leisure, in sorrow or joy, in life or death,

I am, dear Sir,

your affectionate Friend

and Brother in Christ, N. BEDGGOOD.


The attention of many pious persons being now directed to the ancient people of God, and endeavours made for their conversion, the following account of former efforts, made near a hundred years ago, taken from the close of Dr. Gillies's Historical Collectious, vol. 2, will probably be acceptable to our readers:

[From Callenberg's short Account.] *

[The last sentence of this short account informs us, that it reaches no farther than to the end of the year 1730.-In page 5th, the author tells the occasion of the good attempts which he narrates. One, whom he calls an ancient pious Protestant Divine, who died in the 80th year of his age, did, a few years before his death, give Mr. Callenberg a little manuscript which he had composed, being a solid and affectionate treatise, adapted to the genius and written in the usual language of the German Jews. Mr. Cailenberg, in 1728, not only published this tract itself, but a short account of it in the German tongue. This, he says, gave occasion to some of his cor respondents to encourage him, by their advice and ass stance, to print more such useful pieces; and that those encouragements given by so many persons of good extraction, and learned pious ministers made deep impression on his mind. He divides the undertakings in favour of the Jewş into different branches relating to these three things. 1. The printing press. 2. The provision for proselytes and catechumens. of two students for the benefit of that nation.

3. The travels

I. As to the first, viz. The printing press, he shews the design of it is, that the Jews, not only in Europe but in other parts of the world, may be furnished with proper books, and for the most part gratis, in languages they understand. Among the books fit to be printed and disposed of, he mentions such as shew the divinity of the New Testament as being founded on the Old, with proper confutations of Jewish prejudices.

II. As to the second branch of the plan, viz. provision for prose lytes, he tells that he heard Professor Franck say, that the greatest obstruction to the conversion of the Jews was the destitute condition of the proselytes that several of the travelling proselytes have come to him (Mr. Callenberg) with great complaints of the straits to which they were reduced by turning Christians; that the conduct of too many of them hardened the Jews against the Christian religion, and Christians against the Jewish nation that care was taken to enquire into the motives of their turning Christians, and the occupation they would chuse for their livelihood: also that they got present supply, and are helped to a way of anaintaining themselves in time to come. He tells of some number at Hall, who met every Lord's Day evening at his house, with some other Christians, to hear from God's word exhortations suitable to their condition.



A pamphlet of 48 pages ostavo, intitled John Henry Callenberg, Pro Publ. at Hall in Saxony, his short Account of an Essay, to bring the Jewish Kation to the Knowledge and Practice of the Truth of the Gospel; and his Endeavour to promote the Conversion of the Mahommedans to Christianity. Printed at Hall in Saxony, 1732: Now done into English 1734; and printed 1751.' It has an advertisement prefixed in Latin, to this purpose:-" The English transla❤ tion of our account of the undertaking in favour of the Jews, is printed for the service of English merchants in remoter parts of the world, who may be willing to give our books and pamphlets, to be transmitted gratis by us to the Jews; and, if possible, also to the Mahommedans,"

velling proselytes are entertained there some days, as circumstances may permit. It adds to this benefit that while thus entertained, they are instructed for an hour every day by an able student, and heartily admonished to a sincere conversion and an orderly way of living. If I receive any information of their ill behaviour from other places, (says Mr. Callenberg) I tell them of it in love, &c. And then he adds,]

Our correspondence, as well as the travels of the two students, of whom more below, has given occasion to extend this care for the proselytes to other places. Whenever we hear of any new instances of sincere and pious proselytes, we mention them to others, in order to raise an emulation in them to follow their example. But when some of them are dejected and troubled in mind about their being cut off from their nation, which brand them with the name of Meschummedin, or Meschmodim, i. e. corrupted and destroyed, we endeavour to settle a nearer acquaintance, and stricter union between them and other true proselyies. Should this union among themselves be more and more cultivated, and exerted in a pious and a strict practice of the love of God and their neighbour, it would be no small means to bring many of their yet unbelieving brethren to Christ.

Of the Journies and Travels two Students have undertaken, for the Benefit of the Jewish Nation.-From chap. 4th.

The occasion of these journies and travels was this:--A certain student in divinity, having finished his studies in two different universities, and being reduced to very strait circumstances, which proved the means of his real conversion, he began his travels in the month of July 1728, which was soon after the project for the Conversion of the Jews was set on foot here. In these, his travels, he had frequent opportunities to enter into a familiar conference with several Jews, in which he exhorted them to acknowledge our Saviour as the true Messiah. But when he happened to meet with my account of the Jews in a certain place, and with several other little tracts, and found the Jews to relish them, he resolved immediately to lead me his helping band in this undertaking. Thus he arrived here in the month of Oct. 1730, after he had travelled on foot seventy German leagues; and here he became acquainted with one well grounded in his studies, a student in divinity, who offered himself to accompany him in his travels for a certain time. These their endeavours being found very useful to forward this undertaking, made me resolve, as long as the circumstances would permit, to keep two such travelling students; and in case one should go off, to sapply his place with another.

These travellers oblige themselves but for a time to serve this undertaking. Their chief care in their travels is to acquaint themselves with the Jews in a decent manner; to discourse with them about divine truths; to disperse the little treatises printed here amongst them; to forward the above-mentioned care of the proselytes; and to keep a constant journal of all that is worthy of any notice.

They have an opportunity to converse with the Jews in their walks, in the public houses where they lodge, or of visiting the Jews in their own houses. They frequent their synagogues, where they always have their Bibles before them. What necessaries they want in their travels, they buy of the Jews; and go to them when they have any occasion to change their money. They speak with them in their own Jewish-German dialect.. They acquaint them with what Jewish-German books they carry about them. This soon paves the way, without any great preamble, to a familiaz and edifying conference with them; and though they always accost them in a civil, modest, and humble manner, yet they never flatter them, but exert their zeal when they find it necessary.

The method of conferring with the Jews is not always the same; but it generally tends to this,-that they hear their objections against Chr.sti

anity, which they answer. Then they ask them, by what means they hớpẽ to be saved; and when they hear their insufficient answers, they endeavour to convince them of their gross mistakes. Then they lay before them a short abstract of the Christian order and method by which all must be saved; aud make use of St. Paul's doctrine, by comparing Adam and Christ, and explaining to them the desga of the sacrifices in the Old Testament. They dis cover to them the reason of their exile, which has lasted these seventeen hundred years. They shew them the passages of Scripture, by which they may learn what God requires of them in this their still subsisting dispersion, viz. That they ough to s ek after God and their King David; and, by true repentance and faith, acknowledge him whom their fathers have pierced, and lament their long obstinacy of having despised and rejected him for so many ages. They make them sensible of the sincere and hearty love of all true Christians, who, not only in their private devotions, but also in their public congregations, constantly and earnestly pray to God for their conversion and deliverance from their wo.ful condition. They assure them of a considerable number of such Christians, whose charitable contributions furnish them with books in their own Jewish-German language and dialect, whico explain to them the way to everlasting peace and salvation, and are distributed gratis to all who desire to read them: nay, some poor people spare some few pence out of their bare necessity; and little children, out of their Christmas boxes, contribute something. This great love they ought not to despise, nor neglect such a gracious visitation.

of the Assistants in this Undertaking.-From Cháp. 5th.

By what has been said before, one may easy judge, that many hands are required to carry on this work. I reckon those amongst the number of assistants, who freely promised to assist us with their prayers; and I am in hopes they will be as good, as their word.

Some lend their assistance by communicating their useful observations and advices how mattis may be the better carried on all which I minute down, in order to make use of them in their proper tinte and place. Others instruct me with their writings relating to this subject and these are likewise carefully laid up in the Jewish library set up for that purpose. Some endeavour to distribute divers of the printed tracts among the Jews where they live; others pon their travels: nay, some persons of quality send for a number of little tracts, and distribute them, either themselves, or by their servants. What particular assistance the two travelling students give, has been mentioned in the foregoing chapter.

Some students have been found of late years, who were and are still de sirous to be instructed in the Jewish modern tongue, in order to qualify themselves to lend their assistance upon occasion. This preparation-lecture I continue/every Wednesday from six to seven at night.

All the benefactors that have hitherto contributed any thing to the furtherance of this undertaking, have done it out of their free choice and liberality, without any seeking of mine. Such good and pious benefactors hath the Lord God raised up not only in Germany, but also in Russia, Denmark, Eugland, and Italy. Among this number are even some persons of quality, several divines, and other Christian people, who, for the most part, have no great affluence nor superfluity themselves.

Among the assistants, I cannot but particularly mention those who have wholly dedicated themselves to promote this undertaking. There jis first an able person, who constantly writes something or other that is to be published, and who attends the correction of the press. Secondly, A compesitor and a printer, &c. Thirdly, The two travelling students and, lastly, The amanuensis, who is a student, and mstructs the compositor in the Hebrew an hour every day.

To be continued.]

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