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My love to Mr. his Lady, and children. My kindest compliments and thanks to all the members of the Jew's Society.
Mr. Bailey is my greatest friend at Gibraltar ; I have seldom had a friend who took such a lively interest in my pursuits as he does.
I should be very much obliged if my Journal could be printed, and copies of it sent to Gibraltar, in order that the Jews may see that I have neither added nor taken away from the conversations I had there : and that they may see that I have stated the facts faithfully, I must observe this, that no Christian could use other and better weapons than the greatest part of the Jews at Gibraltar use against me; they use the weapons of love, and arguments for their defence against me : the most respectable and the richest among them shake hands
Mr. Nahum desired that I would dine with him; he is considered as the richest Jew after Ben Oliel.
Doctor Parker wishes that I should return to Gibraltar in a year, and visit Portugal and Spain, where many Jews, and especially many rich baptized Jews reside, whom I might encourage for the Society. At Portugal lives Mr. Miranda, lately become a Christian, a Judge at Lisbon. Lieutenant Bailey could give you all the information you desire ; he is a man of great energy, zeal, and piety ; write to him. Mr. Čohen, a true gentleman, knows how to break off conversations about religion ; he will not give offence to any body. I should wish a large portion of my Journal to be sent to Lieutenant Bailey, who will take care that they shall be distributed among the Jews. The Hon. - Vernon shall speak with you about this officer : send him the Reports of the Continental Society.
Gibraltar, June 13, 1821. MR. WOLF, previous to closing his letter, has requested me to write you a few lines, to give you my opinion of his conduct here, which I the more readily do, on ac
count of the zeal and exertions that he has shown. Since his arrival he has resided with me; consequently I may venture to say more than many can relative to him. He has certainly caused an inquiry amongst the Jews that never existed before, and which, I trust, may ultimately open their eyes ;-some of them are excited, particularly so; but in all, and every conversation Mr. Wolf has had with them, he has come off the conqueror : his manners are amiable in the extreme, and his simplicity must win the heart ;-amongst the Jews he is respected, more so than I had reason to expect he would have been : he has met with some trifling insult, but not of any consequence. My paper obliges me to conclude. If I can in any way be useful to you, or the Society in England, I beg you to command me; and believe me to be, Sir, your faithful
John WiLLIAM BAILEY.
Madrid, June 21, 1821. whole desire and earnest wish is, and was more than these forty years past, the promoting the glory of God, and the propagating the divine and pure word of life, the fountain of salvation, among all nations and people; I rejoiced on hearing of your zeal on the same purpose, and long truly to be useful to that glorious cause; and although in Christ Jesus there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek, for there is one Lord over all, rich to all that call upon him ; nevertheless, I say with St. Paul, that I have great sadness and continual sorrow in my lieart for those unfortunate people, to whom belongeth the adoption of children, and the glory, and the covenant, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises, whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ according to the flesh, who are broken off the divine olive tree on account of their unbelief; as God is rich in mercy and goodness, he may open their eyes, and may call them to faith and engrast them again in their natural olive tree; for I really believe, and am entirely convinced, that Divine Providence keeps the Jewish nation separated from the
rest of the people of the earth, and distinguished from all, known to all, and acknowledged by all to be the true offspring of the Patriarchs and Prophets, to show to the world his goodness and the severity of his judgment; and the day will come when the Lord of Hosts will turn away ungodliness from Jacob, for is their loss was the reconciliation of the world, surely, their reception into the church of Christ will be life from death. For this reason, my dear Sir, I am exceeding glad to hear that you was pleased to send Mr. Joseph Wolf as Missionary to Jerusalem; may God be with him, and make him an instrument, in his divine hands, to convince and convert unbelievers, and to gain souls to Christ. Pray when you write to him give him my remembrance, and let him know that I offer up my poor prayers to the Almighty for his preservation and prosperity in his godly mission, and I wish that he may be like unto Joseph in Egypt, a Saviour to his brethren according to the flesh; and hoping, Sir, you will pardon the liberty I take in writing so long a letter, and at the same time desiring your respectable answer,
I remain, your most humble and obedient servant,
John Joseph HEYDECK.
My address is,—A D» Juan Josef Heydeck, Professor de Linguas Orientales, en Real Colegio de S. Ysidoro, Madrid.
Gibraltar, June 15, 1821, 1 go on board to-morrow at five o'clock. Dear Friend, It is a fact that the rich and learned Jews at Gibraltar are more liberal, more candid, more ready to hear and to argue about the truth of Christianity, than those among them who are poor, both in knowledge and in money; they try only to cover their bodily poverty, but do not mind, neither do they know, their spiritual por verty, and for this very reason they cannot be blessed of the Lord, and the kingdom of heaven cannot become theirs. As long as I had to do here with Jews of property, respectability, and learning, I had much comfort
and pleasure; they listened to me, argued, and received New Testaments from me; and the Rev. Mr. Croscombe and I myself, observed them reading it in shops, and in their houses, and arguing about it among themselves. They wrote (as for instance, the excellent Mr. Messiah • did, who is quite à gentleman) their remarks upon the tracts I gave them; asked me (as for instance, Nahum, one of the Presidents, and the learned Gabay) to dine with them ; challenged me to write upon the subject; but as soon as I began to distribute New Testaments, and Hebrew Psalms of David
Moorish and Barbary Jews, I am sorry to say I met with pieces of the New Testament, and even of the Psalms of David, in the street, burnt and torn in pieces, notwithstanding I gave only to them who asked for it; they shewed me afterwards, they themselves what they had done with it. As soon as I offered the Book of books, the word of life, to those wretched and bodily poor sons of Abraham, I was disappointed; I heard blasphemies against Jesus, my Lord; Mr. Messiah told me, therefore, he himself a strict Jew, “You are very wrong, Mr. Wolf, that you give books to those wretched people, who will only abuse you for it.” I said, "Friend, I must, as a Christian, shew the way of salvation, even as well to the most wretched as to the most respectable.” Some exceptions must be made. The Jew, Casetti, a Moorish Jew, reads every day the New Testament I gave him. The ship was to sail yesterday; Mr. Gabay, therefore, wished to have an hour's conversation before my departure; I promised to call on him, and I said to him, “ Dear friend, I beg you to read diligently the New Testament and you may believe me, friend, that I believe in Jesus Christ, and find, every day, more peace in this belief." He promised me solemnly to read the New Testament with attention. I called on lim, and found the New Testament on his table, marked with a paper which shewed he had read it to the Gospel of St. Luke. He said to me, “ If you could have remained longer at Gib. raltar, we should have read together portions of the New Testament, and I myself would have translated portions
of it into more elegant Hebrew." When I said to him that I should embark at six o'clock, Gabay said to me,
You will see me on board; I do not, therefore, take leave of you." All my Christian friends at Gibraltar • were surprised at the affection of that strict Jew towards
me. I have given him a letter for the Rev. Mr. Owen, for be has an intention of travslating the Bible into the South-Arabic language; as he was many years in Morocco, he is perfect master of that dialect. I beg of you to press upon the Society, to send to Gibraltar, for twelve months, the Rev. Mr. Solomon. He is a man of much solidity, and unquestioned sincerity, and they must give him power to act with independency and liberty, so that nobody at Gibraltar should prescribe rules to him. - It would be very well, as Gibraltar is a dear place, if Mr. Solomon could live in the house of Lieutenant Bailey, resident agent for transports, in whose house I have lived gratis more than four weeks, and who told me that I should take his house for my house, as often as I returned to Gibraltar. He is a great friend of the cause; he went about with me to the most respectable people of Gibraltar, introduced me to Ben Oliel, and so on.
I intended to preach here publicly in the street before my departure; Lieutenant Bailey determined to stand on my side, and protect me against any insult of the mob, especially the Catholics, which I had to expect.Yesterday there came to me Signor Enrigo Chare della Santissima Trinita, a converted Jew from Spain. I asked him why he turned Catholic ? He said, “ He saw by the grace of God that Jesus was that Messiah whom the Jews expect." I introduced him to Dr. Parker, who gave him a Spanish New Testament.
He told me of Losmentes, alla Casa Nuovo at Cadız, who is a converted Jew residing in Cadiz, and who is very rich. I am sure that there would be much to be done in Spain and Portugal among those Jews whose ancestors have been compelled to Christianity. The Jews at Gibraltar, the honest Ben Oliel, President Sekerri, and Mr. Cohen, told me, that "the Jews, who are descendants of those compelled Christian Jews, are now quite Catholics, and