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here with the hours of the day remind us of the rapid approach of the period when all the Lord's promises shall be fulfilled.

Times of trial will doubtless come-the fiery furnace of persecution may be made hot, yea, seven times hotter than of old, ere the day of full deliverance dawn, and creation be freed from its bondage, and the sons of God be manifested, and every sorrow cease.

May we be found watching, lest that day overtake us suddenly, or come like a thief in the night! Whatever terror it may strike into the hearts of the rebellious, we know it will be for the triumph of our Lord, that then his enemies will be destroyed, his own people be delivered, and even the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ. Oh, happy period !

When o'er our ransomed nature,

The Lamb for sinners slain,

Redeemer, King, Creator,

Returns in peace again.


WE gave some remarks in a former Number on the state of the Jews in Rome, and of their wretched habitations in the Ghetto there. We are glad to perceive that the new Pope seems disposed to ameliorate their condition. We hear that the inhabitants of the Ghetto having memorialized the Pope for the enjoyment of equal rights with the other inhabitants of the city, where a father has twelve children from one marriage (in which case he is entitled, by an ancient law, to special privileges), the liberal

minded Pontiff not only granted the prayer of the petition, but, in a truly humane sense, ordered that relief should be afforded to needy Jews, as to their Christian brethren, from the funds of the beneficenza.*



THE REV. F. W. Becker gives us the following interesting facts in his last accounts from War

saw :

"Before beginning this letter I glanced over my Journal of the last month, and find a good many opportunities for conversing with Jews noticed. But as I hope shortly to send you my Journal of this quarter, I shall not extract any particulars, but beg leave to refer you to it. Besides the conversations held with strangers, some of which were not wanting in interest, I have continued regularly to instruct the five catechumens who are to be baptized by me (D.V.) on Sunday next, whose attention and conduct afford good hopes. The one ill at the hospital, of typhus, is still there; but as he expressed a desire to be baptized, and had been instructed by me for four weeks before he was taken to the hospital, he was baptized last Monday, 20th inst., being well acquainted with the chief points of the Christian religion, as contained in our creed, which, as well as the Lord's Prayer, he had committed to memory. His former name was Hirsch Liebermann; his present is Adam Rogoszynski. He is a lad of

* Jewish Chronicle.

about sixteen, and came from Widawa, a town about thirty German miles from Warsaw.

"I would give you an account of the four young men who were baptized by me last Sunday, the 21st inst. 1. Naftali Kaplan, the oldest of them, now called Alexander Dombrowski, a native of Cichanow, near the Russian frontier, aged twenty-three. Having had his attention turned to Christianity, he came to Warsaw after Midsummer this year, being recommended to me by a Protestant schoolmaster; but being without a regular passport, he was obliged to go back to fetch one, after which he came again. Having learned the tailor's trade, we found a Protestant master willing to take him. Oct. 12, I began to instruct him regularly in Christianity, and have continued to do so until the 23d of this month. Having besides been diligent in reading the New Testament for himself, he has obtained a good knowledge of the truth; and being a serious, steady, well-disposed young man, he has embraced Christianity with all his heart, and affords a very good hope for the future.

"2. Tobel (Theophilus) P-, a native of Alexandria, whose present name is F-, came to Warsaw with a letter of introduction from the Rev. Mr. Rausch, the Protestant minister of that place, wishing to embrace Christianity, assigning as his reason that he had read some of our books. Being received by Mr. West into our Institution, I began to instruct him in Christianity on the 12th of November, and have continued to do so until the 23d inst. I read with him the Gospel of St. Matthew, the prophecies referring to the first coming of the Messiah, explaining these subjects to him, also the Commandments,

the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Sacraments. He also has obtained a proper knowledge of the truth, of which I hope that it will operate effectually on his heart and mind.

"3. Abrahaın S-, a native of Petrikau, was also admitted by Mr. West into the Institution, and came to me for instruction Nov. 19. He had also been here before, but was obliged to return to get a regular passport. Taking part in the instruction like the rest, he has made pretty much the same progress in acquiring a proper knowledge of the truth of Christianity that they have made, and I hope well of him also.

“4. Charles C— M—, a compositor, a native of Warsaw. This young man used to come to me now and then, and to read our books, by which he was led to a knowledge of the truth of Christianity. At last he expressed a desire to be admitted into the Institution, and to become a Christian. Having been admitted by Mr. West, he has come to me for regular instruction since 5th of November, and has made very good progress. His seriousness and steadiness of character afford also good hope respecting him. The other young man instructed by me, who was to have been baptized with these four, also a native of Warsaw, has requested that his baptism may be postponed until next Sunday. He is rather a sickly lad, and was very poorly at the time; but, living with his parents, I cannot say whether they have not had any influence on his delay; still he expressed his wish to be baptized this very morning.

"Having been desired by the Rev. Mr. Sleszyaski, member of the Consistory, to administer

the sacrament of baptism to these persons, we united in prayer with them, and the proselytes from the Institution, before we went to church, at two o'clock in the afternoon. At the church we found a very numerous assembly. The beginning was made by singing some verses of a baptismal hymn. I then prayed and addressed the meeting, and the candidates, from the words, Art thou he that should come, or

look we for another?' After this and another prayer the candidates repeated the Christian Creed, and answered the questions usually asked, to confirm which I made them give me their right hand, and addressed to each of them a word of Scripture as his individual case seemed to require it; and then, after the consecrating prayer, baptized them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. I then once more addressed the meeting, exhorting them to receive these new baptized Christians in love, and to show them, by their conduct and love among each other, that they were the disciples of Christ. Prayer, and the singing another verse concluded the solemnity. Among the very numerous assembly of Christians and proselytes there were also several Jews. In the evening again, about 150 persons met at the Institution for edification, when we united again in prayer for the newly baptized, after I had preached from the first part of the fourth chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians, being the epistle for the day."


IN a recent letter from the Rev. W. H. Pauli, amongst other deeply interesting matter, he gives the following account of the

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