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“Here the speaker paused; the tears which rolled over his furrowed cheeks, stifled his speech, and I could not but weep with him. He wept for sorrow for the loss of his friend, and I for joy that his friend had found Jesus, the best of all friends, who to this day does wonders in heaven, and among the children of men.

When he had recovered and was again master of his feelings, he added : “My consolation is the sentence of our wise men of blessed memory—The righteous of the nations have part in the world to come;' and I must say for him, that he remained as good and pious as a Christian, as he had been when a Jew; only that he became an enthusiastic believer in the Crucified, and always talked about him.''

A LETTER FROM A CONVERT, To a Missionary about to leave his Station for a time. WE print the following letter on account of its affectionate simplicity, and as exhibiting the love of the writer to one who had been made instrumental in his spiritual good. It reminds us of the simple expressions of some of our poor Gentile converts in heathen lands, and shows that the effect of the Gospel is the same in both the Jew and the Gentile-love and gratitude to the instrument, but the inexpressible and happy burden of both to the Great Lord who formed and used it.

“Dear Sir, -I am glad to say, what I see with a spiritual eye, that our Lord began a holy work on Mount Zion, on which he longeth to exalt a habitation for himself; and I believe with hopeful assurance, that his care and providence will prosperously succeed and finish his work by the identical instrumentality through which he began.

“But now I cannot express the great trouble and uneasiness of my heart and mind, that the Omniscious Lord leads you away from us: I must now pity and sympathize my younger brethren, yea, the Lord's little children, because you are going to leave them before they are perfectly educated in the knowledge of Christ. 0! they will certainly faint after their much-beloved nurse, which would have nourished them with spiritual nourishment, bred them up in the knowledge of God, and made them fit faithfully to confess a public profession of the holy Gospel, which makes men wise unto everlasting salvation.

“Oh you are going ! you are going! when will you come back to us?

“But now shall we, on account of your leaving us, get desperate and sick in our mind ? No, of no wise ! because we confidently trust in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, whose open eyes are constantly looking upon us, and whose spirit will not forsake us even for half a moment: and I believe he will also give charge His faithful servants concerning us, and even over those which know him yet not. Therefore O, dear friend, yea, dear friend of Israel, go in peace, go in peace ! but remind yourself on us, whose life is bound up in your's; therefore, tarry not, but come quickly, and let us see your dear face!

“ Dear Sir, when I consider on my past and reflect on my present condition, I do not know where to take so many thanks to recompense your innumerable shown favours unto me. Therefore I surrender it to God of our salvation, that he may repay you according to his great many mercies : let him bless your dear sons, and make

them as Ephraim and Manasseh, that they may grow up as young cedars on Mount Lebanon, and the wonderful spirit of Christ rest upon them, that they may produce acceptable fruits of the same; let also the wonderful right hand of the Father carry you through the tempestuous sea to the place desired ; let goodness and mercy accompany you wherever you go; and finally let the glorious Counsellor kindly advise you to go back to the city of the great King, whereat may you advance in the ministration of the Gospel, through the power and wisdom of which Israel shall be restored to Jehovah their God, and to Christ their King, who will soon, I believe, elevate the kingdom of Israel at Jerusalem, and lift up the banner of the cross on Mount Zion !

“ Dear Sir, the rest of my thankful feelings towards you, which I could not express through ink and paper, I hope will be understood from themselves; because an allusion to the wise is perfectly enough. “ I remain, &c., &c.,

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JERUSALEM.

Jewish Schools. In a recent letter, the Rev. John Nicolayson gives the following account of some of the schools of the poor Jews in Jerusalem.

We rejoice to learn that he has access to them, and also the means of introducing so many copies of portions, as well as entire volumes of the Old Testament. May many of these young Jews learn, through Moses, and the Psalms, and the Prophets, to know the true Messiah! Mr. Nicolayson thus writes :

“My visits to the Jewish schools are interesting and promising, from the intercourse they secure me with the teachers, and the opportunity of supplying them with books; and I also give them, occasionally, hints for bringing their schools into something more like order. At present they are conducted without any

order whatever, and present scenes of as great confusion and disorder, as of misery and destitution. The schools are either narrow pent-up lofts, built across the arches or niches in the synagogue, close to the roof, for the accommodation of the women on the Sabbath; or else wretched lower rooms, outside of, but connected with the

synagogue,

with very little light and no ventilation. And the children are as ragged and filthy as they are disorderly, and mostly afflicted with sore eyes.

“I have occasionally visited these schools in past times, but either the masters were absent when I happened to come, or they seemed displeased at my presence. Now the case is reversed; if absent, one or more of the boys will run to fetch them, and when they come, they are very friendly and ready to enter into as much conversation, as the disorderly flocking together of the boys of all the other schools into the one I happen to be in, will allow of.

* This understanding with the teachers came about in the following manner.

In my letter of last month, I observed that the calls for Hebrew Scriptures had become more frequent than usual. These were chiefly either from poor parents begging for books for their children at school, or else from boys who represented themselves as orphans. Such of these, as could read, and were truly destitute, I sent with a note to Mr. Juda Lions, at the depôt, to furnish them, unless he

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knew that they had either been supplied already, or were not likely to make good use of the book.

In the first week of the next month two of the teachers called on me, stating that among

those who had thus received Bibles, there were some who had sold them again for a few piastres, and proposed that I should furnish such children only as really needed them for use at school, and that then they should be left there in their (the teacher's) charge, and they would become responsible for them. I readily agreed to so sensible a proposal, on condition that I should visit the schools myself first, to see what would be wanted, and have access to them at any time, to assure myself the books given remained there, and were made use of. To this they very readily agreed, and thus my

intercourse with them commenced. “As yet, I have visited only seven schools; some of which I found occupied by two masters, each with his own set of noisy boys. In five of these they read only either their own Prayer-book, for the younger boys, or the five books of Moses and the Psalms; in the two others, the Gemara daily, the historical books and the Bible generally on Fridays. As such disorderly and dirty children wear out books rapidly, I wished to furnish the five schools with the five books of Moses and Psalms only; and as we have but few of these on hand, at present, I took down a list of the orphans only, as pointed out to me by the teachers, each in his own school. These amounted to about forty. I have as yet given the several teachers only one Bible for every two orphans; and promised to furnish each witħ the five books of Moses, as as I could procure a fresh supply. I hope to be able to add, also, one for

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