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said, “Then next Sunday four weeks?' 'Yes,' replied the clergyman, if the Lord will.'
* Three days after this, Seligmann was confined to his bed, and the physician pronounced his illness to be an inflammatory fever, from which it would be some time before he could recover. The disease soon assumed a very serious character ; his strength failed daily more and more, but he remained calm and patient under his affliction. He read a psalm in the Prayer-book every morning, or else later in the day some one read to him, and he meditated on what he heard. One of his friends having offered to lend him some books, he thanked him, but declined them, saying, “I have a Bible and Prayer-book, and I thank God that I have discovered my remedy, and can read these books to the salvation of my soul.' As in the days of his health he had always manifested great compassion for his own people, and had earnestly prayed that Israel might be converted to Christ, so neither on his sick bed did this care for them forsake him, but, on the contrary, he here learnt the full value of a Saviour, and saw in a far stronger light their unhappy and lost condition without him. Speaking on this subject to his friend N., who had come to visit him, he said, “What has a Jew to comfort him on a sick bed? True consolation he cannot have; his hope is despair, and his end lamentable! But thanks be to God, Jesus Christ is our friend and Redeemer, and he is near us in life and in death.'
He was a paitent sufferer, and exceedingly thankful for every act of kindness which he received from his affectionate family and friends, and especially for the frequent visits of his faithful minister. The regular course of religious instruetion was necessarily interrupted, and the day for his baptism was postponed, in the fond hope that he would soon be restored to health, and he was the more disposed to delay the rite, because it was his earnest desire to confess the Lord, in whom he believed, before the assembled congregation. When, however, it became evident that no amendment could be looked for, he was baptized on the 25th of September, 1824, on his sick bed, in the presence of several friends, by the names of John George Christian: his eldest sister, who was baptized at the same time, was named Mary Johanna Christina.
The day of his admission into the Christian Church was peculiarly affecting to him; he was much in prayer, and thanked God for the grace and mercy
that had been vouchsafed to him. “ He had for some time felt assured that his sickness would terminate in his dissolution, but he did not willingly speak of it to his brother and sisters, lest he should grieve them, though he rejoiced in the anticipation of being soon at home. On one occasion, he said to his sister, “I have long felt that I must part from you ;
I do not, however, call my departure death ; no, it will be, through the mercy of God, a continued and happier state of existence. The will of the Most High be done!' In the beginning of November, it became evident that the Lord was hastening his entrance into a better state. Many came to visit him, and were both edified and instructed. On Saturday, the 6th of November, it was very difficult to understand him, though he exerted himself to the utmost to speak clearly, but yet his love and his faith could not be mistaken. The greater part of the time he lay quietly, and prayed much,
“On the Sunday morning he suddenly raised his voice, and said audibly, This is Sunday ; to-day many prayers and praises will be offered up. Ever since he had found the Lord, His day had been to him a season of peculiar joy: for he loved the courts of the Lord, and greatly esteemed the privilege of waiting upon God in His house with the offering of prayer and praise. This Lord'sday was to be to him one of peculiar bliss, inasmuch as on it he was to enter into the joy of his Lord. In the afternoon he appeared to sink into a gentle slumber. About five o'clock, he opened his eyes, lay for some minutes gazing steadfastly at something before him, then breathed a few short sighs, and his happy spirit entered into the eternal mansion, to behold Him whom his soul loved, who had redeemed him by his blood, and would present him pure and spotless before the throne of God.
“On the following Wednesday, his remains were carried to their last resting-place, attended by his father and his brother, three clergymen, and many of the people of the city. A simple stone was set up on his grave, with the following inscription from Romans vi. 4:- Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death ; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.'
“ His peaceful end made such a deep impression on his brother Simeon, that he at once formed the resolution to become a disciple of Christ. He thus wrote to his friend N. respecting it:— Last week I went to the Rev. Mr. Heinrich's to receive religious instruction. The Lord grant that I may become a Christian in the fullest sense of the word. To this desire I have been chiefly stimulated by the example of my beloved and never-tobe-forgotten brother. I made a vow by the side of his cold corpse to strive to become like him. My youngest sister, without knowing anything of the resolution which I had made, begged me to go to Mr. Heinrich's and entreat him to instruct her in the doctrines of Christianity, for she, too, wished to be baptized. What an unspeakable joy it is that we are all one in faith, and know and love and honour the Saviour of the world !'
· On the 19th of April, 1825, these two young people, in the presence of a numerous and sympathizing congregation, made a public profession of their faith in Jesus as the Messiah. As far as we know, they are still both living, happy and truly blessed in the faith of the Son of God, and may he strengthen and confirm them in the same, and preserve them unto his heavenly kingdom.”
(To be continued.)
OBJECT AND OPERATIONS OF THE LON
DON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONGST THE JEWS.
(Continued from page 58.) SCHOOLS FOR HEBREW CHILDREN have been established both in London, and on the continent of Europe.
In the Schools at Palestine-place, Bethnal-green, the children are maintained, clothed, and educated, until they are old enough to go out as servants or apprentices. These Schools contain
100 children, 50 boys and 50 girls ; a number of applicants are waiting for admission. 522 boys and girls have been here received, baptized, and educated in the faith of Christ.
There are ten Schools in the Grand Duchy of Posen, where, on an average, 400 Jewish children are instructed in the truths of Christianity. These Schools constitute a most interesting branch of the Society's labours. Notwithstanding much occasional opposition on the part of the Jewish authorities, they have continued year after year, witnesses to the rising generation of the truth as it is in Jesus. The attachment to the Schools, manifested in many instances by the children themselves, affords proof that the labour bestowed upon them has not been in vain; and the accounts of their conduct and progress in knowledge are very satisfactory. Schools have been also established at other stations.
MISSIONARIES TO THE JEWS have been sent forth by the Society, many of whom are clergymen, and others are in different capacities engaged in testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. There are about eighty Missionaries and Missionary Agents engaged at this time in preaching to the Jews, conversing with them, distributing the Scriptures and tracts, or translating important works into Hebrew or other languages; and of these, above forty are themselves converted Jews, besides the Masters and Mistresses engaged in teaching in the different Schools. The Society has agents in the following places :—London, Liverpool, Bristol, Dublin, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safet, Beyrout, Cairo, Bagdad, Ispahan, Smyrna, Constantinople, Salonichi, Bucharest, Warsaw, Lublin, Suwalki, Zgierz, Posen, Frankfort-on-the-Oder,