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we rejoice to observe that the missions of bur Baptist brethren are prosperous and
higbiy promising — Measures are in progress to establish a bank at Calcutta. It is said
in a letter from Smyrna, which is copied without comment in the English papers, that
Baron Rothschild, the great European Jew banker, has purchased Jerusalem of the
Grand Senior— that he has engaged to furnish the Sultan with the enormous sum of
350,000,000 of piastres, (a piastre is little more than a third of a dollar) at three instal-
ments, on condition of the Sultan's engaging, for himself and his successors, to yield
to him the sovereignty of Jerusalem, and the territory of ancient Palestine, which was
occupied by the twelve tribes. Here he proposes to call around him the wealthy Is-
melites of Europe, and the scattered tHbes of bis nation, and with these materials to
renew the strength of that people,* which we have the authority of scripture for be-
lieving will aeain be collected together. A part of the plan is to establish Seignio-
ries, to distribute portions of land to all settlers, and to give them as far as possible
their ancient laws: and a little army bein^ judged necessary for the restored king-
dom, measures have been taken for recruiting it out of the wrecks of the Jewish bat-
talion raised in Holland by Louis Buonaparte— The expenses of the journey of those
who remove are to be paid them in advance. Such is the statement. . We should ut-
terly discredit it at once, were it not that we live in an age of wonders. On the other
hand, if we yielded it our full belief, we should have many remarks to tkiake on so ex-
traordinary an event— The wealth of Baron Rothschild is believed to be fully equal to
the payment, by instalments, of the sum mentioned— about twice the present national
4ebt of the United States.

AFRICA.

A merchant vessel of the United States has been on a trading voyage to Alexan-
dria, in Egypt— the first, it is said, that has ever been on such an errand to that port.
It is stated that the Pacha visited and examined her with much attention. Our com-
merce is extending to every accessible place on our globe. But what, in our view,
is of unspeakably more importance than commerce, we hope that our country is
likely to be instrumental in extending^ the blessings of the gospel, to the benighted
inhabitants of this vast continent. Within the last month, we have seen and convers-
ed with three missionaries from Basle, in Switzerland, who are going out to our colony
at Viberia, in a vessel probably now on her way to that place. Tneir purpose is to
endeavour to establish themselves in one of the neighbouring heathen tribes. One of
the missionaries has already spent some time in the place to which they are destined — He
is now accompanied by his wife. All of them appear to possess a truly evangelical and
missionary spirit. They hope to receive some aid from this country, as their resources
at home are not abundant A collection was taken up for them in this city, and the
treasurer of the General Assembly's Board of Missions, with the approbation of the
Executive Committee, has consented to be the depositary of any donations that may
be offered them. The object is a noble one, and we hope it will receive the patro-
nage of liberal Christians in our country.

AMERICA.

No very material changes have recently taken place ia the States which cover the
southern portion of our continent. The United Provinces, of which Buenos Ayres is
the chief, have concluded a peace among themselves. Lavalle, who so cruelly put
to death the Governor Dorrego, has not been permitted to succeed him — Villemont
has been appointed to that office, and according to usage was inaugurated on the
Sabbath. Lavalle still retains a military command — By an order from Don Pedro,
which it is said was prompted by the present Pope, the African slave trade is prohi-
bited in the Brazils — Let both the Pope and the Emperor have due credit for this—
.The emperor's new wife was on her voyage from Europe, and on her crossing the
line a frigate was despatched to announce her approach, and the information was re-
ceived with great rejoicing. The Spaniards, it appears, had landed a small corps of
men on the western shore of Mexico, intended to co-operate with the expedition on
the opposite shore at Tampico; but on hearing of the aefeat and capture of Baradaa,
they re-embarked. Mexico has set the noble example of an entire abolition of
slavery, throughout the whole of its extended territory. In Colombia, a feeble at-
tempt at insurrection was lately made, but without any prospect of success. Bolivar
is triumphant, and we hope that peace will ere long be restored to the distracted re-
pablicks of the South. But a government really and permanently republican and free,
cannot exist, while the population remains in the ignorance and superstition in which
it is involved. No government can be really free, where the rights of conscience are
controlled, and men are not permitted to worship their Creator, witho«t restriction,
in iuch manner as they believe to be moat acceptable to him.

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Unirn) Statbb. — Jhe Congress of our country are to conveBe oo the 7ik -«r U>e ^rmt
sent month; and as that will be the day qf a monthly concert for prayer in a Im^.
portion of the cliurches of our land, it baa been recommended in some of our relisjjous
periodicals tliat special and earnest prayer be then offered to God. in beh&lf or the
rulers and legislators of our nation. In this recommendation we roost heartily concur.
In the approaching session of Congress two important subjects, intimately and deeply
conhe^.teu with our moral character, ourlionour, and our prosperity «a a people* will
probably come before Congress— We refer to the cjuestion^ whether the Sabbath
sliail continue to be desecrated, |>y the regular carrying of the mail and opening of
the Post offices on that holy day ; and whether. Qur treatiea with the poor Induuis
shall be regarded, or they be compelled to ahandon theit Jands^ the sepukhrea of
their fathers, and the schools and churches which have been eatablished among thean^
and remove into a wilderness — ^to begin all anew, or to abandon tbemaelvea tv dee-
pair. Unless, in answer to the prayers of Ood's people, an in^uence from on high
shall descend and rest on the councils of our nation, we do moat seriouslv fear that
these subjects will be so disposed of, that the judgments of Him who is jealous for hia
glory, and the avenger of the oppressed, will come upon us, A truly fearful conflict
is at hand — more fearful, in our estimation, than if half the nations of Europe were
arrayed against us. The friends of religion and of Christian inatitutiona, are at isaue
with infidels aod forvnalists, and those who care for nothing but their god Namoions
and it is to be decided which of these parties shall direct the measures and rule the
destinies of this nation. Let thote who are on the Lord's side take their stand, and
be as active and united as their enemies are, and we shall not fear the result It iatbe
want of prayer, of activity, of unanimity^ and of energy, that we dresd. We fear too
that our friends — for friends we have — on the floors of Congress, will not come for-
ward in that open, firm, and yet temperate manner, which the crisis demands. We
know not how it happens, but so it does happen, that our members of Congress seem
to be far more reluctant than the members of the British ParUanpent are, to avow re-
' ligious aentimeiMs, and openly and distinctly to advocate a cause connected with the
ntal principles of Christianity, and because it is thus connected. Ijet us ferveDtlv^
and unitedly pray that all who are called to speak and act in this concern may do it
firmly, fearlessly, \^isely, guardedly, temperately, and in the fbar ti God; and then
we may hope that our prayers will be answered, and our countty be saved.



\* While the last half sheet of our present number was in the haads
of the printer, we received the prospectus uf the publication announced
below. It is one exceedingly needed, and we earnestly recommend it to
the attention and patronage of our readers.

Jamet B, Beqva, propo9eM to pubUth on the second day ofJatmarjgt iB30, a veAUfpaper^

enUtkdf

THE PROTESTANT.

The Protestant will include — ^Narratives displaying the risb and pro^press of the
Papacy; ita apirit and character in former periods; its modern preteosiona ; and ita
present enterprising efforts to recover and extend its unholy dofninioii, etpeciaUy on
the Western Continent.

Biographical notices of Martyrs, Reformers and Popish Persecutors.

Essays describing the doctrines, discipline, and ceremoniea of the Romiab Hierar-
chy; and its desolating influence upon individual advancement, domeatick comfort,
and national prosperity.

Illustrations of Sacred Prophecy relative to the Mystical Babylon.

A faithfiil expose of the moml and religious condition of Lower Canada, as debaeed
by the prevalence of the Roman Supremacy.

And a notice of all interesting religious occurrences.

CondMoru. — The Protestant shall be issued a'eekly in quarto, containing eight
pages. Price Two DoUareper annum, payable at the expiration of «r atoiOAa. Per-
sons paying for/^w copies of the Protestant, shall have the nxth grioU* Miniatem of
the Gospel, and other Christians, who will kindly undertake to procute 8ubsctiben»
are requeated to transmit their lists of namea and address by the middle of December,

directed to the Editor of the Proteotant^ 245 Spring etreeif JVSm York. N. B. All

letters moat Imb poet ptdd,

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