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the Jews, and has kept up an almost hourly intercourse with them.
SALONICHI, the ancient Thessalonica, has been occupied as a station, and Mr. J. 0. Lord, who was formerly at Safet, has been appointed to labour there. 50,000 Jews reside in this ancient place. Mr. Goldberg, from Cairo, has been directed to join Mr. Lord as his fellow labourer.
AT BUCHAREST, your Missionary's labours have been largely blessed. Seven members of the house of Israel have received Christ as their Lord and Saviour; many more are anxiously inquiring after the truth. But besides these visible results, the knowledge of Christianity has been widely spread among the Jews, and leads us to hope for a still greater blessing on these labours, in the .Lord's good time.
Nearly 500 copies of the Old and New Testament Scriptures have been distributed, in whole or in part, besides copies of the “Old Paths,”
Pilgrim's Progress,” and many tracts..
POLAND presents an almost boundless field of labour. There are hundreds of thousands of the children of Israel dwelling in its different towns and villages. Of the general missionary work the Rev. F. W. Becker writes :
“ The word of God has again been manifoldly preached to the children of Israel, not only at the different stations, but also on journeys in many other places ; particular instruction in Christianity has been given to not a few, and twenty-one individuals, among whom a family consisting of six persons, have through baptism been received into the Protestant Church up to the close of the year, and since then five individuals more ; and yet a not less
considerable number, who likewise showed a desire of becoming Christians, have been prevented from obtaining their desire. It was very painful to be obliged to send away persons, come mostly from the country, and partly from a considerable distance, from want of employment or a suitable place for them, without being able to assist them in obtaining the object in view. Under such circumstances, and considering the little sympathy which the Jewish cause in general meets with, there is cause for thankfulness to God, that notwithstanding all, it has been possible for so many to obtain their desire. Many a grain of seed germinates, without doubt, still in secret, which may rise subsequently; and the Lord can make those, who are kept back through fear and hesitation, intrepid confessors, which may le vouchsafe to do."
The stations occupied by the Society in Poland are, WARSAW, LUBLIN, SUWALKI, and ZGIERZ.
At GOTHENBURG, Mr J. C. Moritz has had to contend with great opposition. He is placed there as missionary to the Jews in Sweden and Denmark. His labours in this latter country have afforded some encouragement. They have been blessed to the souls of four members of the house of Israel, who have been received into the Church of Christ.
The schools in the DUCHY OF POSEN have continued to prosper. More than 600 children have been instructed in the past year, and the average attendance of the whole year was 542.
The applications for baptism have been as numerous as in former years, and the missionary, the Rev. J. H. Graft, has had many opportunities of addressing the Jews from the pulpit in Poseir and in other places.
The political disturbances have greatly interfered with the labours of the missionaries in the Duchy of Posen. Many Jews have fled to escape the cruelties exercised upon them by the barbarious insurgent Poles. The following is an instance of these horrible atrocities.
Before the Polish armed bands left Wreschen, a party of them broke into the Jewish School, and perpetrated the most shocking cruelties on all they found in it; Aaron Abramczyk, a shoemaker, was murdered ; David, a teacher, deliberately blinded in one eye; a man named Cromer, with his wife and four children, massacred, two of the children being put to death slowly and by tortures; a girl named Cohn was bled to death by opening her veins ; another woman, Jette Kantorowicz, was murdered with barbarities that cannot be described. If anything could increase the detestation with which these crimes are visited, it is the cool calculation with which they were perpetrated ; some who had money about them were allowed to ransom their lives.
Our limited space will not allow us to give further extracts, this month. We can only add, that in long missionary journeys, undertaken by the Revs. Messrs. Wright and Hartmann, in different parts of Prussia, the most encouraging signs have been witnessed ; that from Berlin, from Danzig, from Königsberg, from Frankforton-the-Maine, Creutznach, Strasburg, Amsterdam, and from almost every place visited by your missionaries, there have come tokens of the divine blessing, telling of mercy and grace for the dispersed of Judah, and of encouragement and hope for those who pray of Jerusalem.
Never were the Holy Scriptures so eagerly
for the peace
sought after by the Jews as they are now, never was there more generally a spirit of enquiry excited amongst them, never had the Gentile Christian so great a cause for rejoicing and abundant labours and earnest prayers, as at the present time. Let the next year's Report bear witness that this encouragement has not been afforded in vain, and let redoubled exertion prove our sincerity in the great and holy work of promoting Christianity amongst the Jews.
LOVE TO THE JEWS. MANY of the poorer of the Lord's servants put to shame the wealthier, by the munificence of their gifts to his treasury. They who love much will give much, whether out of their poverty or out of their abundance. Love is the true mother of self-denial for the Lord's sake, and of that right Christian liberality which cares for the souls of men, and leads its possessors to devise liberal things.
Here are two illustrations of the power of Christian love:
In the thirty-third Report of the London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, under the head of Hebrew Church and Mission at Jerusalem, stands the following donation: Margaret Jones, a servant, at Sea Mills,
near Bristol, (being a legacy received
.£238. Second donation .
£10. In the thirty-ninth Report, amongst the donations to the General Fund, we have Margaret Jones, as a thank-offering for mercies received
Thus gratitude,—“the memory of the heart,"? -the daughter of love-led this servant of Christ to give all
she could to promote the spiritual good of his ancient people.
The other instance is recorded in a letter from the Rev. F. L. Osler, dated Tecumsmith, Canada West, Dec. 11, 1847. “On the 15th July, 1844," writes Mr. Osler, “a man named William H-, residing in the township of Essa, brought me his Will, of which I copy verbatim et literatim, the
“. And further more I Leve and bequeth uto the Jewish Missionary Society forty pounds £40 for helping to Convay Coppes of the Scripturs and sending Missionaries to the Jews for if we have bee made particulars of there Spiritual things I think it my duty to minister unto them in Carnal things and if I can Convay part of this said £40 Before My death I will mark it paid on the back of this will.'
“On the 6th inst., he brought me Five pounds currency, for which I have obtained and forwarded with this Four pounds sterling, which you will please to acknowledge the receipt of, that I may forward it to William H. When he came to my house on Monday last, his appearance was that of one who required, rather than being able to give help. I asked him both when he left his Will with and again when he brought the money, what induced him to devote such a portion of his property to so good a cause.
He told me it was simply from reading the Scriptures. It rejoiced him greatly when I told him that the first Bishop of Jerusalem was a converted Jew. I believe the old man to be a decided Christian. After I had given him a receipt for the money, and such information as I thought would interest