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mosity; but with regard to Protest- all these societies act under a delegaant 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 ofWhat are your funds ?
fering himself for the work have been À. 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 admon. endeavours 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. hitherto ? 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, estab. lished at Zeist, in Holland ; another lished at Bethiehem, Northampton at Bethlehem, in Pennsylvania, and a nty, Pennsylvania. Hence it appears fourth at Salem, in N. Carolina.* But that they have but three societies : one
at London ; one at Zeist, in Holland, * The Rev. Mr. Loskie, of Bethle- and another at Bethlehen, in N. America.
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, howevmake 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 heaof 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 harın 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 emmeasures 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 sup: ing 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 mode of plantswayed by our own spirit or prejudi. ing and watering. It is He alone who
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. Igx. 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 E.ctract of a letter from a respectable their appointment, when they are held Gentleman at Calcutta, daied 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, are presenting them to the congregation in general, respectable men. Their as martyrs and confessors, before they head, Mr. Carey, is a wonderful man. bave 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, recordmended to the fervent 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
Brahmins, in the College of Fort The society is wealthy, but I can ren. William. Indefatigably industrious ; ture to say that they devote their mild in his temper, and yet dignified wealth to the purpose for which genin his manners, he seems admirably erous and pious men bave deposited qualified as a minister of Christ, and it in their hands. The missionaries an agent for the propagation of his live together at Serampore, and keep a holy gospel.
school, which defrays their private es. * The subscription has been nobly penses. I do sincerely esteem them as supported in this country. The Rev. a body of men, and, being personally Dr. Buckanan, a higla churchman, acquainted with some individuals, I and a clergyman of great integrity know that the purity of their private and ability, has so favourable an opin- lives accords with the sanctity of their ion of these missionaries, that he public ministrations. They are anasubscribed 5000 rupees towards car- baptists." rying on their translation of the Bible.
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Drdination. On the 18th inst. was ordained death, and I will give thee a crown of over the church and society in Mil. life. Rev. Jabez Chickering, of Dedton, Rev. SAMUEĻ Gile. The ec- ham, made the consecrating prayer. clesiastical council consisted of min- Rev. Benj. Wadsworth, of Danvers, isters and delegates from the Con- was moderator of the council, and gregational churches in Andover, gave the charge ; Rev. Joshua Bates, south parish, Danvers, first parish, of Dedham, gave the right hand of Ipswich, first parish, Bedford, fellowship ; Rev. David T. Kimball, remarkably discriminating ; blest with she was supported by a steady faith is a mind uncommonly firm, and adorn. the all-sufficient merits of Jesus ed with the graces of Christianity; Christ, and by a consoling confidence she was admirably qualified for that of having that love to God which is sphere to which providence had call the sure product and certain evidence ed her by marriage, and discharged of genuine faith. At a time wben the duties of it with singular fidelity her relatives and friends were flatter. and acceptance. Anxious for the ing themselves with hopes of her re. character and usefulness of her hus- covery, in an unexpected moment, band, as a minister of the gospel, she she, very suddenly, expired.—But assumed the whole burden of domes they sorrow, not as those who have no tic affairs, which she conducted with hope. Under the greatness of their great prudence and economy; and by loss, they are consoled by an humble her assiduous attentions to the people confidence that she fell asleep in Je. of his charge, contributed to gain sus, and that her spirit, in the manhim that high standing in their attec- sions of blessedness, waits in joyful tions which he so deservedly holds. hope, for the resurrection of the body In her deportment she was dignified, to immortal life. Assembly's Mag condescending and complacent; equal. Ar Barnstable, on the 18th inst. ly acceptable to every class of that the Rev. Oakes Shaw, pastor of the numerous and respectable religious first church of Christ in that place, society to which she was related. the duties of which important situa. The poor loved her for her affability; tion he discharged during the space the rich courted her on account of the of forty-six years, with the utmost de. peculiar charms of her conversation. gree of Christian pleasure, fortitude Her attentions in company were so and zeal. His life was marked with kind and unwearied, that all present the whole train of Christian virtues ; received a share ; and her manners it was his comfort and delight to adwere so admirable and captivating, minister the balm of divine consolathat few lett her society without being tion to the afflicted spirits ; ever ready to unite in her praise. Persons present in the hour of distress, and of every description, in that large cir- ready at the call of sorrow, he was cle of acquaintance in which she mov- the messenger of hope to the despair. ed, were delighted with this excel. ing, of consolation to the sorrowful, lent woman, who could, with such fa. and of heavenly light to those, who cility, accommodate her conversation walked in darkness.-As his life was to their various tastes.
Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury, of Ipswich, made the concluding Dedham, Quincy and Randolph. prayer. The exercises were appro
The exercises were performed in the priate and impressive ; and though following order. The introductory the weather was very unpleasant, the prayer by Rev. Thomas Thacher of assembly was large and respectable ; Dedham; Rev. Samuel Stearns of and all things were conducted deBedford preached the sermon from cently and in order. Rev. ii. io. “ Be thou faithful unto
Dbituary. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 1807, de- account of its Christian virtues, is enseased Mrs. ELIZABETH K. Green, titled to the honour of being proposed consort of the Rev. Dr. Green, of as a model, especially to all placed in Philadelphia, in the 49th year of her a similar station. To say that she age.
was faithful to her husband, affecMrs. Green was a woman of un- tionate to her children, and kind to common excellence. Her death, her domestics, would be giving her though not distinguished by signal common praise. Her memory merits displays of triumphant faith and hope, approaching to vision and enjoyment; Endowed with an understanding yet deserves special notice, as it was sound, correct, and improved; pos. se termination of a life wbich, on sessing a native sense of propriety,
one continued scene of piety and deThe sickness, which terminated the votion, so his death was calm and se. life of this invaluable woman, was rene. It was not the struggle of dislong and painful. Alternately exci. solving nature, but the calm repose ting hope, and awakening fear, as to of peace; and secure that the Masits issue, it was calculated to try her ter he had served in life, would not faith and patience. Her pains, often desert him in death, he expired with severe, she bore with Christian sub- a smile of pleasure on his countemission and fortitude. During her nance, after a pilgrimage of 70 years. last confinement, her views of herself
At Cambridge, Mrs. Mary, wife were very humble and abasing ; but of Rev. HENRY WARE, D.D.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. A Christian of the ancient school, is entitled to our warmest thanks for his two excellent and seasonable letters on the doctrine of the atonement of Christ. Seldom have we seen this fundamental doctrine of our religion ex. plained and defended in a more clear and forcible manner.
W. on the affinity between the languages of Europe and Asia, is learned, ingenious, and evinces deep research into ancient and modern languages. It shall enrich the Miscellaneous department in our next number.
We have not yet received from our esteemed correspondent 2. his prom. ised sketch of the life of Rev. William Cooper. Our biographical correspondents are requested to forward their communications early in the month.
]. C.'s Thoughts on Gal. iii. 19, 20, are received and on file.