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inquiring mind, and, therefore, hoped that our acquaintance would be productive of good. He was in the habit, he said, in his leisure hours, of reading and studying the Scriptures, and that he should, therefore, like to have one to guide and assist him.
The case of Mr. —- I mentioned in one of my previous reports. The poor old man, since his wife died and he has been left alone, has become occasionally very thoughtful and reflective, so that he meditates on his own account on those things which appertain to his peace. He appears to be disabused of the fleeting vanities of this world, and the realities of religion seem to gain more on his conscience. He reads attentively the books with which I supply him from time to time, and converses with me, for hours, on the important theme of a sinner's salvation. When I was lately at his house I read to him a very interesting tract, which touched him very much, and caused him to express sentiments which greatly encouraged me. At the conclusion of my reading he called in his housekeeper, who is a Christian person from Hesse, and handed to her the tract, telling her that he should like her much to read it to him again in the evening. She, of course, said she would do so, with great pleasure. That woman also told me that, if I would give her a Lutheran Bible, she would undertake to read it every day.
Dr. —, from —, is visiting me as usual, and I am very glad to find that his state of mind is continually improving by my intercourse with him. My other Jewish friends who are also under the influence of my teaching are likewise continuing to afford me encouraging tokens of their decided progress.
In thus reviewing my missionary work among the Jews, I cannot help observing that, as we expand our view on the state of the Jewish nation generally, the fact forces itself on the mind that there is at this day a variety of causes and circumstances, apart from the direct efforts of the societies for the evangelization of the Jews, which all act together to pull down the partition-wall between Jews and Christianity, and to prepare the former for their ultimate reception of the truth.
I have been usefully employed during this month, and have enjoyed many moments of grateful satisfaction when I perceived, here and there, my words came home with effect to awakened consciences, which gave utterance to their feelings, and duly acknowledged the divine origin of the Gospel. I had most interesting conversations with a Polish rabbi who came from the Holy Land, where he had already met with missionaries. He did not manifest any ill-feeling either against the person of our Saviour or against the Gospel, but, on the contrary, acquiesced in several important points of Christian teaching. He readily received from me a Hebrew New Testament and some Hebrew tracts, which he promised to read.
I mentioned to you before of my acquaintance and profitable intercourse with a Jewish artist, and I am glad to inform you that he is continuing to receive me kindly at his house, and that he takes pleasure in discussing on religious topics—the Bible always open before us. Though kind and polite towards me, and respectful towards my object, I am sorry to say that he is as yet far from feeling personally its need, or being impressed with its importance. His lady would often listen silently to our discussion, and when she heard her husband start with new objections after the former were satisfactorily answered, she would look up to him with an air of displeasure and reproach. I was also glad to see her take up the Bible, and examine the passages I referred to in support of my propositions. I trust that the Lord will here, as in other instances, ripen His good work in due time.
My inquirer, Mr. whom I mentioned before, is still very ill, and little hope is entertained for his recovery. I see him often, but he is not allowed to speak much. His consolation is the Word of God, which he is reading, and his faith in our crucified Redeemer seems to grow stronger in proportion as his earthly frame grows weaker. I am sorry that we are often interrupted in our profitable conversation by some of his Jewish friends.
I was, about a fortnight ago, most pleasingly surprised by meeting with one of my former inquirers, Mr. who was under my instruction about four years ago, and afterwards baptised in London by Dr. Ewald. Mr. --- came back from Australia, and his first thing on arriving here was to call upon me. I was edified by the account of his experience, which evidently showed that, in the midst of his divers trials and adversities, he held fast the confidence and the rejoicing of his hope. He went to London with the object of establishing himself in business.
I enjoy free access to those Jewish fumilies to whom I sold Hebrew-French Bibles, and I trust that some good is being done amongst them. I have sold during the last four months eleven Hebrew-French Bibles.
MARSEILLES, Mr. COHEN writes :
Besides my usual labours in this city, I have, through grace, been enabled during the past year to visit the following places :- Bordeaux, Nimes, Montpellier, Avignon, Carpentras, Arles, Aix, and Nice. I have visited about 260 families, and preached Christ to more than 600 of my brethren (without counting the many most interesting conversations I have had with Romanists and nominal Protestants), the most of whom listened with gladness to the message of mercy; and I am thankful to say that I have reason to believe that the Lord opened the hearts of many to attend to the things which make for their everlasting peace, and I know that some of them now breathe the prayer of old Simeon—" Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” We shall never know in this world the amount of spiritual good we have been enabled to do unto Israel. Many have, through reading the New Testament, understood God's love to them as sinners, in the gift of His dear Son, and have “fallen asleep in the blessed Jesus," whose names even we do not know, but we shall know them when we shall see them around the " throne of the Lamb.” I have distributed a great many tracts, chiefly “Sermons on the Mount," the most of which were kindly received and attentively read. I have also distributed twenty Bibles, of which twelve were sold, and thirtyfive French Testaments, of which eight were sold; and, from the many instances which have been related to me by some of my brethren in connection with the reading of God's Word, I have been greatly encouraged in my work of faith and labour of love. Only the other day I was accosted by a poor Italian Jew, and, as I did not recognise him, he said, “Stop, you will soon know who I am," pulling from his pocket a dirty handkerchief, in which was carefully wrapped a New Testament, whose tattered appearance showed that it had not been kept idle, but that good use had been made of it. “Read this, if you please," pointing to his name and to my initials, which were in my handwriting, on the title-page. I at once remembered the man as having been with me about six years ago, and that I gave him what he now called his little treasure. He said, “ This is the book," pointing to the Testament, “which has and does teach me how to live and how to die, and I would not part with it for the world. The Lord Jesus tells me that it would profit me nothing to gain the whole world and to lose my soul.”
BROMBERG. From Mr. KOPPEL :
I count about three hundred conversations with my erring brethren, about Christ crucified and Christ glorified, which have terminated with more or less decided concessions to the truth, and effected impressions which, I feel persuaded, will ever outweigh deepest rooted prejudices and defy all self-righteousness.
Two Jewish youths—one a candidate for philosophy, and the other for philologyat present students at the Gymnasium here, have been with me twice and thrice a week for the last two months, pressing earnestly to attain the one thing needful. I have much hope that they will keep the hand to the plough.
Another interesting case is that of the rabbi at , an old friend of mine, of whom I have already made mention in my report some months past. He is evidently pressing towards the mark, but the dread to cause his numerous family to suffer momentary deprivations compels him to hide his change of heart from publicity.
A case similar to this, is that of an aged tradesman, now in his sixty-fourth year, resident at ---, whose acquaintance I made ten months since. In his boyhood he chanced to listen to the story of the Cross, related by a blind beggar to his youthful guide, and for more than fifty years this story remained uppermost in his mind when engaged in prayer, and particularly so on the day of atonement. He was often compelled, by a desire to know the truth, to search the Scriptures ; but when he felt his head glowing from the exciting thoughts accumulated by his searchings, he feared that if he found Christianity to be the truth, the effect of such discovery might turn his brain. Thus he shifted the question of truth, but with a gradually growing conviction that Jesus of Nazareth must have been the promised Messiah. The New Testament he never dared to possess, from fear of his wife, who is a very bigoted woman, of strict Rabbinical faith, yet I prevailed upon him to accept one copy of the New Testament in Hebrew, and one in German, the reading of which has been greatly blessed to his soul. He has since been twice to see me, from a distance of twenty-five English miles by coach. To hear his expressions of peace and joy in the Lord, and his desire to depart and be with the Shepherd of his soul, is a rich compensation to the missionary for many a tristful experience. O that Israel, the nataral branches, had been provoked to emulation ere this! But the Lord will ransom them from the power of the grave and redeem them from death, according to His promises.
The copies of Scripture I have been permited to dispose of are but fourteen New Testaments in German and eight in Hebrew, threu copies of the Old Testament in Hebrew, and three Bibles in the Polish language.
CANNSTATT. The Rev. Mr. GOTTHEIL, in an interesting paper on the subject of Tracts, writes :
I mentioned in my last an Hungarian youth from Pesth, whose acquaintance I lately made. I have had several interviews with him since, and he has communicated to me something of his former history. From what he told me, it appears that the Spirit of God has been striving with this youth, which has resulted in a desire being kindled in him to have Jesus for his Saviour and rest in his blood. He has suffered much already for this, his "absurd" (as his father calls it) perversion ; so much so, that (with his father's consent) he left the parental roof. He is now desirous for further instruction, with a view to preparing for baptism. A friend of mine at —, who is director of a school, has kindly offered to receive this youth among his pupils, that he may there continue his secular education. I have agreed to come twice a
week to to give him religious instruction, preparing for the holy rite. There is every appearance that this young brother is genuine in his desire for Christ, and I truly enjoy the hours I spend with bim as a blessing to myself.
Some difficulty has arisen with regard to this youth's maintenance. My friend, at whose house he stays, is not wealthy, and cannot afford to keep him for nothing; but he will be satisfied if his bare outlay be reimbursed. I have no doubt that I can raise something among my friends in this country; my English congregation probably will do something too, though for the present its ranks are unusually thinned by departures; but that will not quite suffice. To fill up the hole, or as a resource to fall back upon, would the Committee vote £10 for this object for one year? If I do not want it—and I shall try my best-I shall not draw for it; but it would be very encouraging to know that there is some little sum to fall back upon.
Mr. the Jewish teacher mentioned before, continues to come to me twice a week, when we carry on our reading on scriptural subjects. But, from what I observed lately, I fancy that the enemy is up and active, in some quarter or other, to frighten the young man away. Much as I regret it, I am not sorry for it, for it is most desirable to have the minds occupying themselves with the question, though it were in a spirit of animosity. Anything better than ghastly lethargy. No fear for the truth being victorious at last.
KONIGSBERG. The Rer. B. F. JACOBI rejoices in having, during his recent missionary visitations, facilitated the liberation of a Jewish father and husband :
DEAR SIR,-On my last missionary journey I visited, as I have reported, the town of Insterburg, where I conversed with Jewish prisoners. The result of this was the inclosed correspondence between me and the inister of that place. From this, dear sir, you may learn in what a variety of ways the mission occupies my time.
I remain, dear Sir, yours truly,
B. F. JACOBI. From Mr. JACOBI :
DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD,—When I was at Insterburg, you were so kind as to introduce me into the cell of the prisoner Hirchfeld, whose case I warmly impress upon your mind to give a kind consideration. You recollect that he requested us not to allow his daughter to come to him ; for, as he said, his child would, at the unhappy state of her father, be too deeply moved. Though I have seen Hirchfeld but once, yet I considered it my duty to fulfil the promise made to him, which I have already by this time done. To-day his family have called upon me, and requested me to intercede for the unhappy prisoner with the governor of the gaol, to procure for him pardon. I request you, therefore, not only that you yourself, but also in my name, to bring his case before the committee of the prison, that they should pay their serious attention to it. His wife and children bave made a good impression upon me; and the deep grief into which the family, by the transgression of this unhappy old man, have been plunged, moved me to pity; and truly could I say with the Apostle, “Weep with those who weep!” Please show this letter to the governor of the gaol; and I recommend you and yours to the grace of our Lord.
Dear BROTHER IN THE LORD, – In answer to your letter, I have to inform you that, already, so soon as in the spring, the governor of the prison was requested by
the Minister of Justice to send in a list of names of those prisoners whose conduct entitled them to receive a pardon from the king on account of his coronation. In one of the lists the name of Hirchfeld was sent, with the express recommendation from his chaplain, as his conduct in the last year was in all points good and exemplary ; and thus may we hope for him. Under these circumstances, the family of Hirchfeld will have patiently to wait for the result. The director requests me to send you his kind regards.
THE NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY.
The following is the intended order of services :
1. On Wednesday evening, April 16th, a MEETING for social prayer and conference as to the object and operation of the Society, at the Office, No. 1, Crescent Place, Blackfriars, at 7 o'clock.
2. The ANNUAL SERMON, on Thursday evening, April 24th, by the Rev. Dr. EDMOND, of Islington, in Hare Court Chapel, Canonbury, at 7 o'clock.
3. The PUBLIC MEETING of Subscribers and Friends, on Friday evening, April 25th, in Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street. The chair to be taken at 6 o'clock. The Revs. J. H. TIDCOMB, John ALDIS, R. H. HERSCHELL, A. SAPHIR, J. D. BROCK LEHURST, and others, are expected to address the meeting. No tickets will be required.
4. On Thursday evening, May 8th, the ORDINANCE of the LORD'S SUPPER will be observed in Craven Chapel. The Rev. JOHN GRAHAM, minister of the chapel, will preside, and several other ministers are expected to lead the devotions and deliver addresses.
Jewish and Gentile believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, in communion with churches of every denomination, are affectionately invited to unite in this feast of love, and thus to show forth the death of their one Lord and Saviour.
The galleries will be free, the body of the chapel to be occupied by communicants. To commence at 7 o'clock.
The Committee are very desirous that the character of this Anniversary should be as hitherto, devotional and cheerful. They know that the cause is advancing, but they long for a deeper and wider interest in it to be awakened; they therefore entreat a full attendance at each service, and they bespeak a special and prayerful sympathy in those who are prevented being present. Very earnestly do they ask that the Society and its agents, and those whose spiritual welfare is sought, may share largely in the public supplications of the previous Lord's Day.
Gratitude to God, love to Israel, and zeal for the glory of Christ, combine to bid us wake up to cordial co-operation and prevailing intercession in the cause.
Notices of Publications.
The Genealogy of our Lord as recorded by St. Matthew and St. Luke, Har
monised and Vindicated against Objections. By JOHANNES WIPLECH, a con
verted Jewish Rabbi. 6d. Sheffield, Loxley, Fargate. MISSIONARIES, and those who have occasional intercourse with Jewish inquirers, are frequently told of the apparent discrepancies of the genealogies by