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Of Charleston. the church, may calculate Speaking of the Jews, he on frowns from his kindred, reports, page 114;
according to the flesh, and Not a straw was laid in on jealousies amidst bis my way by any of them.
connexions ; unless Every sermon i preached possessed of independence, was attended by more or such a one might calculate less of them, with apparent on the loss of employment great seriousness, and I trust and of goods, as well as the not without LASTING
DOMESTIC IMPRESSIONS on their LIFE. It is worse with the minds. I WAS VISITED emigrant; it is worse in EuBY SOME, and had fre- rope; and being worse in quent conversations with Europe, the converted Jew others on the important would feel inclined to emisubject of religion. I met grate* *****hie has lost his also with FIVE FEMALES cast, and feels himself who had made a CREDI- solitary. BLE profession of faith in Jesus ...... and who have been publicly baptized. IN THIS CITY THE LORD HAS PREPARED A GREAT WORK, AND THE FIELD SEEMS WHITE FOR THE HARVEST.
And in the last part of the paragraph, page 105, he says: Their attention and solemnity in
and solemnity in the House of God, and their activity and liberality to promote the glory and the interest of the DEAR REDEEMER, have far exceeded my most sanguine expectations,
Of Savanah. ---Here also, my Jewish brethren generalFrey may also please to recollect, he called on me after his return from the southward, and I was glad to see him, and also shook him heartily by the hand; does he therefore suppose I am in a fair way to be cut down by any of the labourers of the harvest-field in New-York? Verily, I think their sickle is too dull; and if they should try the scythe and cradle, I question whether there will not be some danger of breaking the fingers, cracking the scythe, splitting the snythe, and obliging the labourer to give out.
ly attended my preaching, and with some I had several pleasing interviews. I hope the seed sown in this respectable city will not wither, but will bring forth much fruit.(c)
Thus then we have before us two pictures, drawn by different members of the same society; each pretending to be a correct likeness of the Jews; but they unfortunately differ in every lineament, in every feature.Which is the correct one? Here are two sets of facts—both cannot be true, for they differ in every part. The report, or statement of the Rev. Mr. Frey immediately contradicts the reports and statements of the Rev. Mr. M·Leod, and Mr. Jadownicky. The first makes them paragons of politeness, and affability, the very quintessence of urbanity and generosity; nay, the real ......ian almost, except a little sprinkling, and for which, he will have, they are prepared as the white field for harvest, only requiring labourers to gather the crop—while the others will have them to be brutes, without any feelings, affections, or senses. As to Mr. Jadownicky, he may well stand excused, the motion of the organs of speech was his, not the meaning; he is a foreigner, without a sufficient knowledge of our language; he got by note what he had to say, the very gestures were no doubt taught him, he acted in this meeting; as a puppet, he speaks by rote, and writes from copy; is affected by example, and sheds tears from precept; had he understood the language, he would have corrected the matter from his own knowledge; what he would then have said would have been otherwise from what it now appears, for this reason he is entirely out of the question. The Rev. Mr. M-Leod is a man of truth, but on this subject unfortunately, misinformed; and the Rev. Mr. Frey as unfortunately, very highly interested,
(c) Poor Charleston! they receive an ungrateful return for their kind treatment to the Rev. gentleman. Of those females reported, Mr. F. forgot to to put the word creditable in the proper place. Savannah is better treated.
and also very fond of change; he apparently wishes to move south, he fears the west-hence, and for this reason, his language of Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah, is that of a lover concerning a mistress: hence the whitened fields ready for harvest, hence the readiness of the southren Jews to receive ...... ian instruction, hence the cry for labourers, hence those letters out of place-stuffed into the report-coming from Blank, received by him at Blank, sent to him by Mr. Blank, and a lady Blank. Although perhaps he may not see it himself, the gentlemen of the society I trust, have knowledge enough of poor human nature to see into it. Consider his public life, gentlemen. An appointed missionary to the coast of Africa leaves it for the London missionary society-leaves them and joins the London society,-leaves the London society for America-settles in New-York-gets the ......ian public into a pack of troubles with a western settlement for Jewish converts, who he knows well will be unmanageable. Will you now let him slip his neck out of the noose that he has tied for you? If you do, what will the world say of you? what will the world say of him? What but this ? it was done to hinder, to stop the Rev. gentleman from having recourse to his dernier resort. For to the west, they will say, he never would have gone; he would rather have left you and turned Jew, though he could get nothing by it. Keep him, therefore, gentlemen, and settle him in the colony if you can, and avoid the scoffs of the Jews, and the jests of the world ; you dare not dismiss him, or he is off. Gentlemen, do not be persuaded that this is the advice of an enemy. An opposer in religious affairs, as far as wishing to be left alone, and being at the same time willing to let others do as they please, I certainly am, but no enemy to you, or any of you, nor to the Rev. Mr. Frey himself. If I know my heart, (which I acknowledge is deceitful) I have no enmity to any man, to any human being.
I have overstepped my bounds, but cannot close without noticing a remarkable trait of forgetfulness in the Rey. gentleman, and a consequent contradiction in the report. In the beginning of the report, page 113, praising God he says: Hath already succeeded my feeble efforts beyond my expectations. And in page 115 he laments thus: It is also matter of grief that the collections in general have greatly fallen short of my expectations, owing to the unparalleled stagnation of business, and the scarcity of money. This, at first view, looks like blowing hot and cold ; the gentleman certainly did not notice it, but in fact it is reconcileable to the state of the Rev. gentleman's mind. It is a fine country, a fine Field, there I can be of service to the cause; I have been very successful, beyond my expectations; let me go again this fall.******I have not been as successful as I might have been, had there been no stagnation, and scarcity of money. The fall, gentlemen, is the right time, money is more plenty, send me out again that way. But depend on it, gentlemen, the Jews of the south are just the same as the Jews of the north; the people is one; Mr. F. made no converts; Mr. C. of Philadelphia knows more when dreaming, than Mr. F. in the pulpit. Mr. I. S. at Georgetown, is an old man, who will not allow the authority of the New Testament, and drove Mr. F. to produce it, he must have been hard run! Charleston is accounted a pious and liberal congregation; the people were, no doubt, curious, and well behaved; Mr. F. is a gentleman of notoriety also, he was new, and therefore well attended no doubt. The females Mr. F. met at Charleston! That's rather too much, I must be silent!! but still I will say:
מכסה שנאה שפתי שקר ומוצא דבה הוא כסיל :
- He who hideth hatred with lying lips, and uttereth slander, is a fool.”
Prov. 10. 18.
Communicated for the JEW'.
How unfortunate it is, that there should not be any authentic ancient writing of the transactions which are related in the New Testament, on the veracity of which we might depend. The disadvantage of being reduced to the necessity of taking every particular from such as were deeply engaged, and whose interest must naturally lead them to relate things which, perhaps, never happened, and many others in which they might be deceived, great as it is, is nothing (was there any certainty that the evidence of such authors were genuine,) in comparison of what these writings have suffered, and the many alterations and additions they have received; and that to such a degree, that I dare say no well read man of this our day will be willing to assert any one single text which might not have undergone some change or alteration. Our first inquiry, therefore, must be into the authority of the New Testament; for no person can have the least right over our understanding, or demand our assent to any proposition contrary to our conviction. And we may be sure that we cannot offend, when we make inquiry into the nature of the evidence produced for our conversion; since it is the only method we have to come at the knowledge of truth in any matter. Besides, in so doing, we avoid as much as possible the being imposed on, and act as reasonable creatures, and according to the dignity of our natures.
“God himself,” says the judicious Mr. Chandler," who is the
object of all religious worship, to whom we owe the most absc“ lute subjection, and whose actions are all guided by the dis* cerned reason and fitness of things, cannot, as I apprehend, con“sistent with his own perfect wisdom, require of his creatures the “explicit belief of, or actual assent to, any proposition which they “ do not, or cannot, either wholly or in part understand; because “ it is requiring of them a real impossibility: no man being able " to stretch his faith beyond his understanding."* Therefore, our
* Introduction to his History of the Inquisition.