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of December and Christmas-Day, numerously, at the famous (or rather infamous) Sokkawasel Feast of the Heathens, at Sirengam, not attending Divine Service at church."

Mr. Pohlé urges a request, in behalf of Mr. Henry Horst, that the society would allow him an annual salary. He had studied in a German university, bad assisted Mr. Gerické in his school at Vepery, and in consideration of his ability, sobriety, and good behaviour, had been stationed at Cuddalore, as a lector to the Mission, in which capacity he had served to the satisfaction of Mr. Gerické, full eleven years. On Mr. Holzeberg's settlement at Cuddalore, Mr. Horst went to Tranquebar, to qualify him more effectually for the service of the Mission, Mr. Gerické had hitherto allowed him a salary, but as that must now cease, and neither the Mission fund, nor Mr. Pohlé could furnish it, he had ventured to ask it of the society, wishing and much needing the assistance of Mr. Horst at Trichinapally; and she is satisfied that the society would not have reason to repent, if it were granted him.

Another letter from Mr. Poblé, dated at Trichinapally, 5th Oct. 1804, states that the secretary's letter to the late Mr. Gerické, written in July, 1803, and containing a bill upon government for the payment of salaries, &c. to the Missionaries, due at Christmas 1803, had, together with the ship Albion, been taken by the French, and carried to the Isle of France. The papers, however, had been happily restored, and the salaries received.

Mr. Pohlé repeats, what in his last letter he had urged, respecting Mr. Henry Horst, to which he had been led by the advice of the Rev. Mr. Ball, and by the consideration of his having already received assistance from Mr. Horst, in the Mission concerns at Tricbinapally.

Prior to the receipt of these letters from Mr. Pohlé, the society had directed a gratuity of 501. to be sent out to Mr. Horst, in consideration of his services to the Mission at Cuddalore, as reported in divers letters from the late Mr. Gerické ; and the consideration whether a permanent salary shall be granted to him, is suspended, till such time as the society shall receive further accounts from the Missionaries, respecting Mr. Horst, and his competeney to be one of them.

The Rev. Mr. Holzberg, in a letter dated at Cuddalore, the 17th of Feb. 1804, states that the Mission Con

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gregations at that place had much decreased, since the garrison had marched to Trichinapally, in the preceding month of September: the decrease, however, had not been so apparent at Church, as he found it to be, when he visited them at their houses, those who had left the place being such as had not had many opportunities of attending Divine service. The Malabar school, which had been reduced to 4 scholars, had increased since his arrival at Cuddalore, to 14; in which too he bad made arrangements for more ample instruction. He had administered the Lord's Supper thrice in English and Malabar, and once in the German language, to about 100 communicants. He had baptized 20, including 2 Heathens; and received from the Romish Church 3 persons: he had married 13 couples, and buried 11 Europeans. He observes that that Mission might again flourish, if it were not so very poor. Since the death of Mr. Gerické, he had not wherewith to pay the catechist and school. master, whose salaries had been furnished by that worthy Missionary; he therefore particularly recommends the state of the Cuddalore Mission to the consideration and benevolence of the society.

Mr. Holzberg's statement, respecting the Cuddalore Mission, being taken into consideration, the Society directed 50). to be sent out, with the other remittances, towards defraying the expences of that Mission.

In the account of the Mission, published by the Society, for the year 1803, mention is made of ill usage, and persecution, experienced by some new converts to Christianity, in the Tinnavelly district. A statement of the particulars having been made, by direction of the board, to the court of directors of the Honourable East India Company, and their interference requested, not only to prevent any similar persecution of Christian Converts la future, but to protect the persons and labours of the Missionaries of the society, in the discharge of those important duties, with which they are entrusted; the Society can now happily report to the public, that a most handsome and satisfactory reply was received from that Honcurable Court, together with the copy of an important paragraph, which was to be inserted in their next dispatches to the government of Madras, on the subject referred to, in the representation 'made by the Society. The Society cannot yet report that any new Mission

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aries have been engaged in Europe, to carry on the work of promoting Christian knowlege in the East Indies; al. though many efforts have been used to find out suitable persons, to be employed in this“ labour of love." The return of Mr. Pazołd to Vepery, from Calcutta, and the acquisition of Mr. Rottler from Tranquebar, as stated in the preceding extracts, may, however, tlırough the blessing of God, secure a continuance, if not an enlargement, of the work in band, until such time as new labourers, furnished with learning, discretion, and the true spirit of Christian Missionaries, shall be found.

TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S

MAGAZINE.
SIR,
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CONSIDER that part of your valuable miscellany which you allot

to EXTRACTS as very useful and interesting. The extracts are selected with much judgment, and calculated to afford entertainment coinbined with instruction. I trust that the paper which I now communicate will appear well worthy of a place in that department of your work, when I acquaint you that it is from the pen of the venerable Dr. GEORGE HICKES, (a name ever dear to all ORTHODOX CHURCILMEN), whose autograph now lies before me. The subject is of importance, particularly at the present day, when the principles of Church unity seem to be so little understood, and men seem to enter into composition with their consciences for frequenting the Conventicle, by occasionally attending their Parish Church. With the best wishes for the success of your work, I am, Sir,

Your obedient servant, London, June 14, 1806.

S. L. P.S. The following paper was written as a Letter to one of his PaTishioners, when Dr. IIICKEs was Vicar of Allhallows, Barking. I have Dot noticed the abbreviations of particular words, or the peculiarities of the orthography, but in all other points have transcribed it with the most scrupulous accuracy.

Some Propositions concerning Separation, &c. seriously ten

dered by á Minister to the consideration of one of his Parishioners, who lived in full communion with the Church by Law established, and with those who sepatate from it in Congregational Meetings.

SIR,
HAVE here sent you the chief propositions of some

digeourses we accidentally had together upon several heads relating to the Church by Law established in this

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nation, and the Separate Congregational Meetings. You desired me to put them in writing, that you might thereby be better enabled to consider them; and that you may not have any doubt of my sincerity in this perforinance, I here call God to witness that I have taken great care to write nothing, but what I am persuaded is true, and the truth of which I think I am able to prove to any serious, patient, and honest inquirer into truth. To my pains in writing so much purely for your sake, I shall add my hearty prayers that God would enable you partially lo consider what I have here written; and I beseech you also before you read the paper, heartily to beg of him, that it would please him to help you to prepare your mind for the reading of it by reinoving all prejudice and partiality that may in any degree hinder you from discovering or embracing the truth. I commit you to his guidance and protection, and remain

Your faithful friend and servant in Jesus Christ.

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I. Of Separation. 1. All Separation from a National Established Chutcli, that is not necessary, is causeless and unjust.

2. And all causeless and unjust Separation is sinful, viz. that very sin of Schism which is so destructive to the common peace and unity which ought to be among Christians, and by which the Church is preserved.

3. Sometimes the Secolar Power hath tolerated, and sometimes it hath established Schism, but no civil toleration or establishment can alter the sinful nature of Schism.

4. The Church of England is a National Established Church, consisting of two Provincial Churches, as those Provincial Churches consist of many Diocesan Churches; and whosoever lives in the communion of the Church of England doth thereby declare that there is no necessity of Separation. Otherwise thus: Whosoever lives in the communion of the Church of England doth approve and, as much as in bim lies, justify her communion; and whosoever lives in the communion of the separate meetings doth approve and thereby justify their Separation, as much as in him lies, from her communion; and therefore, whosoever lives in the communion of both acts inconsistently with himself, condemning what he approves and justifies, and approving what he condemns.

5. Toleration generally supposes an evil; and so the Vol. XI. Churchm. Mag. for July 1806. G

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present toleration of the Congregational Meetings supposes, as I conceive, that the Government which formerly punished them, yet thinks them an evil, it being apparently the intention of the act for toleration not to encourage those who can go to Church to go to Meetings, but to give impunity to those who in conscience are persuaded it is not lawful to go to Church,

II. Of Imposition of Indifferent Things.

l. The imposition of indifferent things in religious worship cannot of itself be evil. i. Because God imposed many indifferent things in the worship of the Jewish Church: and, 3. Because the matters of the pure positive precepts of the Christian religion, before they were commanded by Christ and his Apostles, as baptism by water, eating bread and wine together as symbols of Christ's body and blood in remembrance of his death and passion, the observation of the Lord's Day, Imposition i. hands in Ordination, &c. were indifferent. And there

ore, 2. It cannot be unlawful for men who are our lawful superiors to impose upon us, for order, decency, and discipline's sake, the observation of indifferent things, unless it can be shewn that Christ or his Apostles have restrained the Governors of the Church from imposing any other indifferent thing which they have not imposed. But this cannot be shewn, and therefore the Governors of the Church have power to impose things indifferent upon their spiritual subjects for the aforesaid ends, things indifferent being the proper matter of their commands as they are distinguished from the commandments of God. . . . " 3. Things indifferent enjoined by any lawful authority ought to be observed by those who are subject to it, because whatsoever they might have done before it was commanded, becomes their duty to do when it is commanded by lawful authority of any sort. As for example: If it be indifferent whether I pray to God within or without book, then if I pray to God in my Family by book-prayer, my children and servants are bound to join with me in family-duty by book-prayer. If I will have the Creed to be repeated at morning and evening service of my family, they are bound to repeat it; if I will have them stand when they repeat it, then they are bound to repeat it standing. If I will have them put off their - working

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