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their edification as well as our own, to administer the Lord's supper. Last Sabbath was appointed for the purpose. On the preceding Sabbath, a sermon was preached from the Apostle's words, , 'Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup;' and notice was given, that such as wished to communicate with us were desired to call, in the course of the week, and give us an opportunity to converse with them on the subject. Last Sabbath morning, a sermon was preached on the love of Christ, and then twenty-one communicants received the holy sacrament. Mr. Wolff and Mr. Deininger were with us on the occasion. The communicants were from six different communions,-the Independent, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Church of England, and Lutheran. Five of us were missionaries, one of whom was a literal son of Abraham. The circumstances, the place, the assemblage from different communions and nations, made the season one of very tender interest.”
RETURN TO EGYPT, AND LABORS DURING HIS SECOND
RESIDENCE THERE IN CONNEXION WITH MESSRS. KING AND WOLFF.
WHILE Mr. Fisk remained at Malta, Mr. King arrived from Paris to join him in his missionary labors, in compliance with a request, which Mr. Fisk made to him, soon after the death of Mr. Parsons. They sailed for Egypt, early in January 1823, in company with Mr. Wolff, and arrived at Alexandria after a pleasant passage of seven days. They carried with them 2,000 copies of the Bible or parts of it, and a large quantity of Tracts.
The journal which follows, written and forwarded to the Corresponding Secretary of the Board by Mr.
Fisk, contains an account of his labors and observations, while in connexion with his fellow laborers, Messrs. King and Wolff.
“Jan. 3, 1823. Sailed from Malta in the brig Triune, Capt. Smale. During the voyage we usually had prayers in the cabin, morning and evening, and preaching on the Sabbath in English and Italian. The captain seemed to be friendly to missions, and treated us with much kindness and attention.
“10. After seven days passage we arrived safely at Alexandria. Having cast anchor, the English part of the crew assembled in the cabin, and we read and prayed with them, while Mr. Wolff engaged in the same exercises with the Maltese sailors on deck.
“11. Found difficulty in obtaining lodgings. Fipally took rooms in the house of a Jewish family. The house is old and dirty, with broken windows, doors, and floor. We have one small room for our trunks and beds, and one end of a large room, in which we sit, eat, read, write and receive company, while the family occupy the other end.
“Mr. King called on Mr. Drovetti, the French consul general, to whom we had letters of introduction, and was received with much politeness. Afterwards we conversed with a Jew. Endeavored to impress on his mind the truth, that Jews and Gentiles were all under sin—told him that Jesus Christ was the great Prophet of whom Moses spake; that the reason, why the Jews were now scattered over the world, and for eighteen hundred years had been suffering the wrath of God, was, that their fathers had crucified the Lord of glory; and that they would continue in their present bondage, till they should acknowledge Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah-told him that the blood, which they had imprecated upon themselves and their children, is that alone which can cleanse from sin, and fit us for heaven. The remarks were concluded by quot
ing to him the words of David; “To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.'' He listened with attention. In the evening conversed with the family in the house, where we lodged, and endeavored to show them, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah they have so long expected.
“Sabbath, 12. In the morning Mr. King preached in the house of Mr. Lee, the English consul, to about eighteen hearers who were attentive and solemn. After sermon the captain, with whom we sailed from Malta, remarked, that while hearing the sermon, he seemed to have a view of Christ which was food for the soul; and that since we had been on board his vessel, he had felt a conviction which he never had before, of the truth of the holy Scriptures, and of the efficacy of the Gospel on the hearts and lives of men. Thanks to God for any good, of which we may have been the instruments.
“We had a long discussion with a number of Jews at our lodgings. The conversation was sometimes in Italian, and sometimes in Hebrew. We read to them several portions of the Old Testament, and then of the New; showing them from Gen. xlix, 10; Is. liii, &c. that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. An interesting conversation took place between Mr. Wolff and these Jews.
“A discussion followed about Zech. xii, 10. We then proposed to Mr. W. to pray with them in Hebrew, and he offered the following prayer: 'Our Father, our King, send down into our hearts thy Holy Spirit, that we all may know the iniquity of our hearts, and be persuaded, that we need a Saviour. Holy One, blessed be thou, and blessed be thy name, who art blessed in thyself, have mercy upon these descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who are now sitting with us to hear words of thy only begotten Son,
Jesus of Nazareth; and give to them thy Holy Spirit, that they may hear and understand, and look upon Him, whom our ancestors pierced;
look upon Jesus of Nazareth, as their Lord, and their Righteousness. Amen.'
“After this they were more attentive and serious than before, but wished to refer continually to the Talmud. Mr. W. told them, that Moses commanded the Jews, not to add to the words he had delivered, nor diminish aught from them; and then showed, that the Talmud does both.
"Towards the close of the evening Mr. King addressed them as follows: "Daniel was
one of your best prophets, a man of wisdom and of an excellent spirit. In his time Israel was in captivity for their sins. And when Daniel knew by their looks, that their captivity was nearly accomplished, he set his face towards God with supplication and fasting, and confessed that he had sinned, as well as his fathers, and all Israel near and afar off. You have now been in captivity eighteen hundred years, and surely you cannot be so proud, as to think yourselves better than the wise and excellent Daniel. It therefore becomes you to ask; Why are we so long in captivity!--and to set your faces towards the God of Daniel with supplications and fasting. The reason, why you have been scattered and peeled, and dispersed over the earth for eighteen hundred years, is, that your fathers have crucified the Lord of glory, and imprecated his blood upon their own heads, and upon their children.“Will you now kneel down with us and pray?'
“This has been a most interesting Sabbath. Could our friends in Europe and America have been with us, we are sure their hearts would have rejoiced; and they would have been excited to greater exertions in behalf of the Jews.
“13. We went together to the tomb of our departed brother Parsons. We kneeled on the stone that covers his grave, and each in succession offered a prayer, giving thanks for the grace bestowed on him, and for the good he was enabled to do, while
he lived; and praying that we might be excited to renewed diligence in our Master's work, and be prepared to die as our brother died. We then sung a furoral anthem:
‘Brother, thou art gone before us,
The scene was so affecting, that we could not refrain from shedding many tears. We endeavored to renew our sacred vows, and left the place with earnest desires to do good to the living while we have opportunity. As we returned, we passed over the ground where once stood the renowned city of Alexander, winding our way amidst the wreck and ruins of ancient grandeur, which favored our mournful reflections, and served to impress more deeply on our minds, that all earthly things are uncertain and transitory:
“14. Supplied some English ships with Tracts. Rabbi Jacob called on us with some other Jews, with whom we conversed on the subject of redemption through Jesus Christ. Called on Doct. Marpurgo, and spent a long time in endeavoring to prove to him the authenticity and inspiration of the Scriptures, and urged upon him the importance of coming to Christ without delay, as the only means of salvation. In returning to our lodgings we met four Jewish Rabbies, who appeared to be strangers. Mr. Wolff said to them; Peace upon you.'
“Rabbies. «Peace upon you.'
“Mr. W. "When did you arrive in this city, and whence did you come.'
“Rabbies. We came from Stamboul,' (that is, Constantinople.)
“Mr. W. Will you go with us to our rooms, take a cup of coffee, and converse together?'
Rabbies. "This is to us verily a great honor.?