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The writer then proceeds to third subdivision, “to profess methodize his subject. He first the religion of Jesus, and cele“ considers what is implied in brate his death, resurrection, àsmaking known a crucified Sa- cension, and future judgment.” viour : and, secondly, what Under the same section of disthings are necessary to enable a course the following paragraph gospel minister to accomplish is selected, as a specimen of the the object of such a determina- writer's neat and comprehensive tion?"
style. i “ Such a determination ?" No “ He sa Christian minister] must determination has been mention
be indefatigable in his exertions to ed. Though the sense is easily
promote the best interests of man
kind, patient under trials, persevering discerned, the construction is in in his undertakings, firm in his purcorrect. The first head is treat- pose, gentle in his manner, meek in ed in the following judicious and the instruction of opposers, a zealous natural manner.
assertor of the truth, holy in disposi“ The messenger of God, who
tion, undefiled in his life, given to hoswould make known nothing among
pitality, wise as a serpent, harmless his people, save Jesus Christ and
as a dove ; in short, Christ has left him crucified, must devote himself to
us an example, that we should follow the study of the gospel, and preach
his steps.” it faithfully : administer all the ordi. The paragraph immediately nances of Christ, and imitate, so far following is no less deserving of as he is able, the perfect example of commendation on account of its his Divine Teacher.”
peculiar justness and energy. The remarks respecting the It is too long for quotation. With importance of biblical literature, pleasure the reader is referred under the first subdivision, are to the discourse. clear and weighty.
The extracts from Cowper, The following is a pithy sen
though pertinent, are too long tence.
for the occasion. A few lines, “Let no man preach either Paul, Apollos, Cephas, or, what is more
judiciously selected, would have frequently the case, himself, but the been more impressive. Son of God, whose authority is su On the whole, the discourse is preme, whose doctrines [are] pure serious and appropriate, and we and perfect, whose life presents a spotless example of heaven-born mo
confidently hope will be introducrality.”
tory to a faithful and conscienIt is a digression from the tious discharge of ministerial proposed method to exhort dulies. Christians and others, under the
UNITED STATES. Extract of a Letter from the President be difficult for you, who are accus. of the “ Evangelical Suciety”* in tomed to a fulness of the means of Vermont, Dec. 26, 1806.
doing good, fully to conceive of the “In footing my subscription, I benevolent joy and gratitude, which found the amount $1578,70.-It will glowed in the countenance of every
brother present, on being made ac* See an account of this Society, quainted with this unexpected boun. Panoplist, No. 17, p. 237.
ty of the Great Head of the Church, No. 9. Vol. II. Hhh
graciously conferred by the hand of liberal strangers. The Trustees could not forbear expressing, by vote, their lively sense of gratitude to all the recent benefactors of the Society. Particularly have they requested me to write to the Editors of the Pano plist, and some other gentlemen, dis. tinguished on our subscription list, by their liberal patronage, and to present them the most grateful ac. knowledgments of the Trustees in behalf of the Society.
“Will you please, Sir, to present, affectionately, the thanks of the Trus tees to the Editors of the Panoplist, and assure them of our sincere wish. es, that their Christian Armory may be more abundantly strengthened and brightened, by all the pious and char. itable uses to which it is applied. And that the liberal sum of $100, which they have recently bestowed from the profits of their work, may, in future years, be returned a thout sand fold, in the blsssings of many, 'who have been ready to perish. i
6 The Trustees have resolved to recommend to the Society to put the greater part of the monies lately col. lected into a permanent fund ; accord. ingly, the Treasurer, by their ad. vice, has already loaned 81000 for the present year. If by any of those unforeseen providences, which we have been recently experiencing, it should please the Great Head of the
table patronage, of this very useful, infant, flourishing institution, which we shall with pleasure communicate to our readers. We fervently wish this Society may prove a thrifty nursery, whence many of the vacant churches in our numerous new set. tlements, may be supplied with pi. ous, faithful and successful pastors.
To the Editors of the Panoplist. GENTLEMEN, The following extracts from a letter written by a worthy minister in the District of Maine, to a member of the Hampshire Missionary Society, are submitted to your disposal.
“ Whize your Missionary Society were pursuing their benign design of sending the gospel to the destitute, gratis, I entertained a secret but pleasing expectation, that God would bless you at home, and return your bread “cast upon the waters” with a thou. sand fold increase. And before ever I was well aware, save by anticipation, the thing is accomplished ; and your eyes have seen, and your heart rejoice ed at the accomplishment thereof. God is indeed a rewarder of those who lay out themselves and their interest for him. Blessed be his name forever and ever. He is God, the faithful God. Charge your dear chil. dren, and your dear fock, to express their gratitude to God in deep hu
about as much more, as we have al. ready received, our wishes would seem to be almost consummated. We should then have a fund sufficient, with the annual tax of the Society, to support several young men constant. ly, in the uninterrupted pursuit of their studies.
" At the late meeting of the board they took under their patronage, two hopefully very pious, promising youth, with whom they were generally well acquainted. They had been for some time waiting the hand of Providence, and without property making some laudable exertions toward an education with a view to the ministry. We have now five yonth in the different stages of education, besides Mr. Burge, who graduated last summer.”
N. B. We expect shortly from the Trustees, a particular account of the constitution, proceedings and chari.
ing with God, in all his commands and ordinances.
“ The blessed God, with respect to your local situation, and the vicini. ty, seems to have acted over again the scene of Gideon's fleece, which was filled with the dew of heaven, when the ground round about it was dry. Pray, pray mightily and perseveringly, that heavenly influence may graciously be continued to you and the places around you. If God withdraw from you suchdenly (as he justly may) after such a sunshine of his Spirit and grace now with you, the darkness will, no doubt, be more sensibly felt, by discerning people, than ever heretofore. The calamity will reach to the heart and soul. May God by continuing your present great mercy, prevent such bitter calamity : and may the word of the Lord sound out from you to all around you, and in
every place your faith to God-ward be when a company of truly pious per. spread abroad.
sons, rejecting the corrupt doctrines “ Humble, godly people, so far as I and practices of the church of Rome, know, and I have made particular formed themselves into a congrega. inquiry, receive your missionaries tion or church at Litiz, in Bohemia, with open arms, houses, ears, and first calling themselves, Fratres Le. hearts. And I think their labour has gis Christi, and afterwards, being not been in vain in the Lord. Except joined by others, in the same view, such as are some way influenced from Unitas Fratrum. party, I believe real friends of Christ Q. What were the circumstances and true religion, every where, in these that led to it? parts, are highly pleased, and thank. A. The enmity and persecution of ful to God for his mercy; and to you the Papists, and the ardent wish of for your care about their souls, and the brethren, to serve the Lord and your liberality in sending understand. promote his cause according to the ing, faithful missionaries among them, dictates tof their consciences, and at your own expense. I regret there by a close adherence to the princiare so few contributions made to your ples laid down in the word of God. society and missionaries among the Q. What are your leading religious friends of religion in these parts. But principles ? when we consider' how long the A. The Bible is the only source ground of Maine has been uncultiva. from whence the church of the breth ted, we shall not be discouraged, be- ren derive their doctrines. They cause it does not as yet yield fruit maintain accordingly, that man is a equal to a watered garden, or fruitful lost and undone creature, fallen from field, which the Lord hath abundantly God, and a slave to sin by nature, and blessed. I pray you not to cease your that there is no other name given, pious care about poor Maine. You by which he can be saved, but the will reap in due season if you faint not. name of Jesus. They are therefore Your undertaking is such, that if you “determined to know nothing among utterly fail of desired success, yet men but Jesus, and him crucified. your reward is sure. The Master They differ in no respect, in essentials, will be accountable for all your cost from those who ascribe our whole and labour of love to his glorious name salvation to God's free grace and and kingdom. What need I say love, but never enter into disputes
about controverted points, and in the
words of the Scriptures, “ beseech all With pleasure we extend the knowledge men to be reconciled to God!"
of the following interesting and useful Q. What obstacles or difficulties document, which we copy from the have you had to surmount? Assembly's Magazine.
A. The history of the church of
the brethren exhibits a series of those QUESTIONS Put by Dr. Ashbel Green, chairman enced both by the church and by in.
of the standing committee of mis. dividuals, which our blessed Saviour sions, appointed by the general as. foretold would be the lot of his follow. sembly of the Presbyterian church ers. They have repeatedly suffered in the United States of America, the most dreadful persecutions, and in 1805: answered, by commission the enmity of the Papists was peculi. of the elders' conference of the uni. arly directed against them. Both in ty of brethren, and in the name of ancient and modern times, they have the Brethren's Society for the fur been hated, reviled, and abused for therance of the gospel among the Christ's sake. heathen, in London, by C. J. La Q. Have any opposed you by writtrobe.
ings, or by government interest ?
A. Perhaps no church has been Question.-How long has your so. more shamefully misrepresented and ciety existed ?
calumniated by writings and false re, Answer.-The church of the Unit- ports. In ancient times, governments ed Brethren, or Unitas Fratrum, has in popish countries have persecuted existed ever since the year 1453, the brethren with the most bitter ani,
mosity; but with regard to Protest all these societies act under a delega. ant governments, though enemies ted authority. have frequently abused their influence Q. What instructions do you give with government, both in Germany your missionaries ? and other parts of Europe, and even A. The brethren educate none of in England and America, to injure the their people for the express purpose brethren, they have not succeeded; of being employed as missionaries, as and no opposition has been made, but they believe that that peculiar call must rather much good will shown by the be from God himself, and that he is not different governments, under which confined to any human acquirements. the settlements of the brethren exist. But when the motives of a person ofQ. What are your funds ?
fering himself for the work have been A. Chiefly the voluntary contribu. well examined, and found to be of a tions of the members of the church. genuine kind, and he has been apEach settlement in Christian countries pointed to that service, he is admonendeavours to support itself; the ished to make the Bible his chief missions depend entirely upon volunta study, to pray that the Spirit of truth ry donations and subscriptions
would explain, and lead him into all Q. What is the number of your the truth, that from the experience missionaries?
of his own heart, he may testify of the A. In 1805, about 170 brethren and love of God, and invite lost men to sisters were employed in the different come to Christ for salvation. missions of the brethren.
Q. What are the places to which Q. Are they men of education or you have already sent missions, and not?
what other places do you contemplate A. They are not, in general, chos. for them ? en from among men of letters, who, A. To Greenland, Labrador, the by their habits, are not so well fitted back settlements of Pennsylvania, N. for the arduous service of our mis. Carolina ; to the West India islands sions. This is proved by experience. -St. Thomas. St. Croix, St. Jan, There are therefore but few of that Barbadoes, St. Kitts, Antigua, Jamaidescription among them. Persons, ca, Tobago, (just now suspended ;) brought up to some trade, well versed Paramaribo in s. America: to the in the Scriptures, and above all, hav. Free Negroes, and Arawack Indians ing the grace of God in their hearts, on the Corentyn; to the Hottentots at and fervent zeal for the salvation of the Cape of Good-Hope, and to the their fellow-men, but tempered with Calmucks in Russian Asia near Astrue humility of spirit, are found to be trachan. It may be easily conceived the most successful missionaries. that to supply so many establishments
For the better management of the with missionaries in succession, is as affairs of the brethren's missions, a much as so small a church can do, as committee is appointed by the gener. upwards of twenty vacancies, at an al synods, (being a division of a con- average, occur in a year. New mis. ference or board of bishops and eld. sions therefore are not just now in ers, chosen by the synods for the gen. contemplation, though many offers eral superintendency of the church, are continually made to the brethren and called the elders' conference of for that purpose. the Unity) which, in conjunction with Q: What has been your success the whole board, directs all missiona. Jitherto ry concerns. But as these are very A. The brethren have laboured extensive, societies have been formed in aid of the said committee. Such hem, informs the committee, that the are, the brethren's society for the fellowship at 'Salem, N. Carolina, is furtherance of the gospel among the not a distinct society, but belongs to the heathen, in London ; the society for incorporated society for the propagation the propagation of the gospel, estab. of the gospel among the heathen, established at Zeist, in Holland ; another lished at Bethlehem, Northampton at Bethlehem, in Pennsylvania, and a county, Pennsylvania. Hence it appeara fourth at Salem, in N. Carolina:* But that they have but three societies : one
at London ; one at Zeist, in Holland, The Rev. Mr. Loskiel, of Bethle- and another at Bethlehem, in N. Amerile.
with various success, in different pla- feelings, if they are humble followers ces and at different times. The most of Christ. successful missions of the brethren We give them every needful inare at present, in Greenland, St. struction for the preservation of their Thomas, St. Croix, St. Jan, Antigua, health, as well as we are able to proSt. Kitts, and among the Hottentots cure it. at Bavianskloof.
As we wish, above all things, that Q. What are your hopes and pros. brotherly love be maintained among pects for the future?
fellow-labourers, we therefore do not A. We have good hopes, that God advise to place two men of different will, as hitherto, continue to bless and religious opinions and habits, hower. make use of the brethren, though a er worthy in other respects, under weak and poor congregation, as instru. one yoke. ments in his hand, for the promotion When converts from among the hea. of his cause. Past experience fully then are established in grace, we would justifies the most unbounded confi advise not immediately to use them as 'dence in the Lord's help, and the assistants in teaching, but to act most lively exercise of faith, even herein with caution, and a reference where, at present, little fruit is seen. to the general weakness of their
Q. What advice can you give us ? minds, and consequent aptness to
A. If you wish for advice of such, grow conceited. . who, by long experience, have be We also disapprove of bringing come, in some degree, acquainted converts to Europe under any prewith the subject, you will find the tence whatever, and think it would church of the brethren always willing lead them into danger of harm to their to lay the result of their experience own souls. before you, sincerely wishing, that Missionaries are no longer useful, the Lord may still more abundantly than as they are with their whole heart bless and crown your labours, and the in their calling, and we advise to em. measures you may adopt for the con- ploy or retain none, but such as de. version of the heathen, with success. light in their work. There are so many points, upon which We advise, that where more are advice may be asked and given, that employed, one of approved character it would exceed the bounds of a letter and experience be appointed first mis. to touch upon them all. Only a few sionary, to superintend the work, and remarks are submitted to your con that each prefer the other in love, sideration :
and be willing to follow. It is of the greatest consequence, Nothing more need be added, for that we ourselves are intent upon do all who seek counsel, help and suping whatsoever we do in the name of port from God our Saviour himself, God, and solely with a view to His will be led through his grace into the glory, and not suffer ourselves to be right way, and the best inode of plant. swayed by our own spirit or prejudi. ing and watering. It is He alone ulio ces. He will answer the prayers of giveth the increase, to whom be all his servants, if they are desirous to the glory. Amen. follow his direction in all things.
. CHR. IGN. LATROBE, In the choice of missionaries we Secretary of the United Brethren ought to be very cautious, and well to
in England. examine the motives and character London, Nov. 28th, 1805. of the candidates.
We think it a great mistake, after Extract of a letter from a respectable their appointment, when they are held Gentleman at Calcutta, dated Aug. up to public notice and admiration, 7, 1806. and much praise is bestowed upon “The missionaries in this country, their devotedness to the Lord, &c. concerning whom you inquired, arc presenting them to the congregation in general, respectable men. Their as martyrs and confessors, before they head, Mr. Carey, is a wonderful man. have even entered upon their labours. As an oriental scholar, I mean in the We rather advise them to be sent out knowledge of languages, he leaves quietly, recommended to the ferrent the celebrated Sir William Jones beprayers of the congregation, which is hind him. He is professor of the likewise most agreeable to their own Sanscrit, the holy language of the