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His style, though not perfectly his style is a complete model; free from faults, possesses, in a there are few works, which are high degree, that ease, perspicu- better suited, than this, to reguity, and force, which are so es- late the taste of young men, who sential to pulpit oratory. Tho' contemplate the ministry, and to we cannot say of. Dr. Lathrop, form them to a manly, impresnor perhaps of any writer, that sive, and divine eloquence.
and to participate with delight ini
those labours of each other which “Our Magazine has never, probably, have for their object the glory of the been the vehicle of intelligence more
Redeemer and the welfare of maninteresting anal pleasing, than that kind. which will be found in the following These ideas have seldom been pages. No one who possesses any more fully impressed on our minds measure of the Christian spirit oan than when we heard of that instance fail to rejoice, when he sees that the of Christian liberality and attachment Holi Scriptures, the words of eternal to the cause of the Redeemer, which life, are likely soon to be translated you have exhibited in aid of the into all the most important and ex- translation of the Sacred Scriptures tensive languages of the East, ard to into the languages of the East." Embe read by the many millions of men ployed in a part of the globe so rewho inhaồit that most populous por- mote from you, and personally untion of our globe. Those of our coun- known to most of you, judge what trymen who have liberally contributed were our feelings when we heard to promote this benevolent enterprise, that you had, without the least solici. will receive some additional pleasure tation on our part, interested yourin reflecting, that as the sun of reve- selves in so effectual a manner, in lation rose in the East and pursued that arduous yet delightful work, in his course till this Western world was which the Lord has bidden us engage enlightenei by his rays, so they have for the sake of his people yet to be been, in a measure, instrumental in gathered from among the heathen, reflecting back his beams to the region For this display of Christian phion which they had first dawned, but lanthropy we entreat you to accept from which they had been long and our warmest thanks, not merely on mournfully withutrawn.” As. Mag. our own behalf, but in behalf of those
heathens, who, though at present un. To the Christian congregations in the conscious of your compassion towards
United States, who have contributed them, shall, nevertheless, bless you to their aid towart's the translation of all eternity for having thus contributed the Sacred Scriptures into the lan- to unfold to them the pages of everguages of the East.
lasting trutli. DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, It will give you pleasure to hear
AMONG those principles implanted that the Lord has so smiled upon this in the leait by the Holy Spirit, none work, as to enable us to put to press is more amiable, more fully demon- versions of the Sacred Scriptures in strative of our being made partakers fire of the eastern languages, the of the divine nature, or produetive of Shanscrit, the Hindoosthannee, the , more happy efíects, than that of Bengalee, the Mahratta, and the Christian love. This removes all dis- Orissa ; and to go forward in prepartance of place, overlooks all peculiar- ing versions in five more of these lan. ities of name and denomination ; and guages, the Chinese, the Persian, the unites in the firmest bonds all those Telinga, the Guguratte, and the lanwho serve the same Lord, causing guages of the Seiks, them to bear each other's - burdens, In this laborious and extensive
Fork, we derive very great encour- now cleren missionaries.
Except agement from the countenance and brother Chamberlain, we are, also, support of our dear Christian breth- all at Serampore. You know the ren in America, as well as in Eu- English company don't like the Hinrope ; and we beg leave to assure doos to be converted, and it is a part vou, that every degree of support af. of their charter that they will not forded shall be applied to the fur. do any thing to change their religion. therance of the work in the most They, also, allow none (except by suffaithful and economical manner. ferance) but their own seixants to set.
We semain, dearly beloved breth- tle in the country. We have been, ren, most affectionately yours in our also, lately prohibited by the governcommon Lord,
or from interfering with the prejudi. W. CAREY, J.CHATER,
ces of the natives, either by preachJ. MARSHMAN, Josul'a Rowe, ing, distributing tracts, sending out W. WARD,
WM. ROBINSON, native itinerants, &c. In short, the R. MARDON,
Felix CAREY. governor said, as he did not attempt J. Biss,
to disturb the prejudices of the naMission-house, Serampore,
tives, he hoped we should not. Thus, Oct. 14th, 1806.
if we were to obey this request, in its
literal meaning, we must give up Extract of a Letter from the Mission our work altogether, and instead of aries to Capt. Wickes.
wanting fresh missionaries, we might ...Think, dear brother, what the reship those we already have. But it king of Zion bas done for India, since is impossible to do this. We avoid you first, in 1799, brought out mis. provoking, the government, but we sionaries; not merely by our means, dare not give up our work at the combut in a variety of ways: what a pro, mand of man. We have written gress in the translation and distribu- home on the subject, and sought retion of the word of God into so many lief from these painful restrictions, languages spoken by so many millions but what will be the result we know of men; how many thousands of mis. not. In the mean time our junior sionary tracts have gone all over Hin- brethren are getting the languages, dostan, how many natives have been and as soon as we can place them in baptized, and some landed safe in
separate stations, we shall. At pres. glory; what a broad foundation laid ent the gospel sound has spread so for the future extension of the gospel, extensively that we have now more what an increase of missionary inquirers than we have in general. strength. Episcopal, Independent, Our native brethren, too, are not idle. and Baptist, beside the nuinber of The school, translations, printing, native itinerants. How emphatically college, &c. &c. true respecting India, “ Behold, the weighty that there is no appearance fields are already wbite for the har
of the governor's restriction at the vest.” Let this be acknowledged as Mission-house. All is bustle here, a constant and infallible proof that you morning, noon and night. have not run in vain, neither laboured This is the time for you, American in vain.
Christians, to pray for the Serampore
mission, for God only can open to us To Mr. Joseph Eastburn, Fhiladephia. an efíectual door. “He openeth and
no man shutteth." Captain Wickes tells me that I
" For where his servants bave his cause to plead, am a letter in your debt. Excuse this Nor Seas, nor mountains can their course impede, omission, of which, indeed, I was not
Infernal powers are silent at his pod,
Heaven, earth, and hell exclaim, this is the Son of God." conscious. Our dear captain can tell
Brother Wickes will give you all you how full our hands are. I have
the news about us. been reading a proof now, till my eyes smarted so that I was induced to throw
I am, my dear brother, yours very cordially,
W. WARD. myself on the couch to rest them. I pow begin to write to you.
Serampore, Oct. 15, 1806. By this voyage of our dear captain, we have received in comfort two (Some obstructions are made to the ex. brethren and their wives; and we are ertions of the missionaries by the you
ernmental agents in India. The pre- here, but also to protect them, not ceding let:er will serve to explain the doubting but they, as good citizens, nature and cause of these obstructions. would pay due obedience to our laws Some of our readers may need to be and regulations. informed that Serampore, fifteen The certificate' granted by me is miles only from Calcutta, is a Danish founded upon this high order, and as settlement, where the missionaries are Messrs. Chater and Robinson were both protected and encouraged in their represented as belonging to the miswork, and where the “mission house sion society (which is really the case) is erected. Captain Wickes being in. I have acknowledged them as such, formed that the missionaries whom and extended the protection to them. he last took out might meet with The persons alluded to, can, theresomething unpleasant if he landed fore, not be considered as refugees of them at Calcutta, to which he was poor debtors, merely under a tempo. bound, carried them immediately to rary protection, but must be looked Serampore. The British superintend- upon as countenanced and protected ant wrote to the Danish governor of by his Danish majesty himself, as Ser ampore, inquiring about the mis- long as they continue to live in a setsionaries, and whether he considered tlement subject to his crown, and are them as under the protection of the found to pursue only their respective Danish government. The Danish professions, without attempting indogovernor returned the following an- vations, which I, from their uniform swer.]
good conduct, have reason to expect
will never be the case. • To C. T. MARTIN, Esq. Magistrate. I have the honour to be, &c.
SIR, I have been favoured with your let. Extract of a Letter from the Mission: ter of the 13th instant, informing me aries to Robert Ralston, Esq. dated that Messrs. Chater and Robinson, Serampore, Oct. 16, 1806. two missionaries recently arrived at VERY DEAR SIR, Serampore in the American ship Ben- We have heard with gratitude of jamin Franklin, had, among other pa. the generosity of several individuals pers, produced a certificate with my respecting the procuring and forward. signature, stating that they reside at ing benevolent aids to the transSerampore under the protection of the lations of the word of God. We have Danish flag, and in consequence there also heard of your many personal exerof you wish to be informed at whose tions to promote the subscriptions suggestion, and under whose patron- throughout the United States. age, these gentlemen left England, or Very dear Sir, we feel ourselves in. whether they have come out under the capable of expressing our sense of promise of protection from any person these many marks of Christian love. on the part of his Danish majesty. We doubt not but the great Head of
With regard thereto I beg leave to the church looks down with peculiar inform you, that some years back, and pleasure on these disinterested proofs at a time when several members of of love to him and his cause on earth : the Baptist society took up their resi. and we hear him saying (of you and dence at this place, the former chief, a great many) of the distinguished now deceased, colonel Bie, reported friends of this his cause, “ Verily I to his superiors in Europe their arriv. say unto you, they shall in no wise al, and that an additional number of lose their reward." We know, Sir, them might be expected hereafter, you do not work for reward; but the requesting, at the same time, permis- approbation and smile of Jesus are sion for them to stay, as they appcar- better than life itself; and this is our ed not only to be good, moral, but al. joy, that those who express their love so well informed men, who, in many to us, for the sake of the cause in respects, might be useful to this set- which we are engaged, so far as it is tlement; upon which an order was under the influence of the divine Spirissued to the chief and council, dated it, shall be rewarded, though we are Copenhagen the 5th of September, not able to do it. 1801, not only granting full permis. Captain Wickes, who, when here, sion for them to establish themselves is always one of us, will communicate to you all our state, internal and ex- ing on the gospel ; and since the proternal. . The cause is making prog- hibition, some Armenians and Portu. ress, though we are constantly taught guese have taken so decided a part on that it is not by might, nor by power, the side of the gospel that one of them but by the Spirit of Jehovah. is fitting up a part of his house for the
express purpose of having preaching T. ROBERT RALSTON, Esq. in it to the Hindoos, and another house VERY DEAR SIR,
has been, also, opened by other Your kind favour I received by Mr. man through their suggestion. These Bayley of the Bainbridge, and your are circumstances which give us great second by the ~, giving an account encouragement, and will, I hope, be of a further sum of two thousand dol. the occasion of great good. lars generously collected in America, How it rejoices my heart to hear for the purpose of assisting us in the such good tidings from America. I translation of the word of God into find there are still very glorious dis. the Eastern languages. I need not plays of divine grace in many parts, say that this and what we received and that the greatest part of those per the Bainbridge, shall be faithfully awakened in the late remarkable reapplied to the purposes for which it vival, turn out well: nothing will so was sent. A public letter from our effectually silence all objections to the whole body will inform you what we word, as the suitable conduct and have already done, and what we are conversation of those who were the now doing
subjects thereof. What a mercy it is that we may be I am greatly pleased with the ma. permitted to do any thing for Christ, ny attempts to spread the gospel and that he does not reject us and our through America, by itinerancies and offerings too.
missionary excursions. The journals I have no need to say mueh about published in the Magazine were to our affairs, because our dear friend, me a treat indeed. I hope that the captain Wickes, will inform you of spirit of missions will increase a hunall things, much better than I can do dred fold throughout the United by writing. Suffice it to say that the States. work of God is gradually going on, Pray has a mission to St. Domingo few ordinance days occur without been ever thought of ? It is a very desome addition from among the hea. sirable thing that the inhabitants of then, and inquirers frequently come that extensive island should hear of from different parts, some of whom and know him, who can make them not only scek, but find. We have met free indeed. with some obstructions from govern
Cease not to remember, at a ment, which are to us highly afflict. throne of grace, the cause of the Reing; but, I trist, a gracious God will deemer in India, and one who is yours cause all these things to work together very affectionately. eventually for the furtherance of the Calcutta, 28th Oct. 1806. W. CAREY, gospel.
There are some very encouraging O Further extracts from these Stirrings in Calcutta. Till our public interesting letters will be presented in preaching was stopped, there was a our next Number. large body of the natives daily attend
310 GRAPHICAL SKETCII
dained in Feb. 1759. The same year he took his degree at Philadelphia College, and settled in the ministry on James' Island, near Charleston, S. C. Obliged on account of his ill health, to quit that place in about eighteen months after his first resi. in the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, dence there, he removed to Borden. the doctrines of the Reformation, town, N. J. where he continued two which were held very precious, as the years, supplying two different congre. truths of Scripture by the fathers of gations. Afterward he visited New. New-England. These doctrines he England, and having officiated at the explained and enforced with clear. Second Baptist Church in Boston ness, and with an apostolic zeal and about one year, was installed over the intrepidity. He opened to his bear. First, Jan. 9, 1765.
eys the way of salvation through a Dr. Stillman was by nature endow. DIVINE REDEEMER. Though an ad. ed with a good capacity, and an un. vocate for Christian candour and liber, common vivacity and quickness of ap. ality, he was no friend to modern reprehension. His feelings were pecil, finements in theology; but viewed fiarly strong and lively; which gave their progress with deep concern, and energy to whatever he did, and under opposed to it vigorously all his elo. the influence and control of religious quence and influence. He considered principles, served to increase and dif- these refinements as carkerous to pure fuse his eminent piety. To this con- and undefiled religion, and subversive stitutional ardour, both of sentiment of Christian morality. He felt a deep and action, which led him to enter concern for the interests of Zion. His with his whole soul into every object heart mourned at her depression, and which engaged his attention, he uni- exulted in her prosperity. ted a remarkable delicacy of feeling, Dr. Stillman was favoured by the and sense of propriety, and such Anthor of his being, with a pleasant sprightliness and alfability in conver- and most commanding voice, the very sation, such ease and politeness of tones of which were admirably adapmanners, and at the same time, such ted to awaken the feelings of an audi. a glow of pious zeal and affection, as ence; and he always managed it with enabled him to mingle with all ranks great success. His eloquence was of and classes of people, and to dis. the powerful and impressire, rather charge all his duties as a Christian than of the insinuating and persuasive minister, and as a citizen, with digni. kind; and his manner so strikingly ty, acceptance and usefulness. The interesting, that he never preached to lively interest he appeared to take in an inattentire audience. And even whatever affected the happiness or in, those, who dissented from him in recreased the pleasures of his friends, ligious opinions, were still pleased the gentleness of his reproofs, and the with hearing him; for they knew gratification he seemed to feel in his sincerity—they knew him to be a commending others, united to his so. good man. There was a fervour in cial qualities, endeared him to all his prayers, that seldom failed to who knew bim.
awaken the devotion of his hearers ; The popularity of a preacher com- for, coming from the heart, it faile! monly declines with his years. Dr. not to reach the hearts of others. In Stillman, however, was a singular ex. his sermons, he was animated and pa. ception to this general remark. He thetic. His subjects were often doc, retained it for upwards of 42 years, trinal, but he commonly deduced and his congregation, which, upon his practical inferences from them, and first connexion with it, was the small- every one acknowledged his great est in this town, at the age of 70, the usefulizess. He addressed not only period of his death, he left amongst the understandings, but the hearts the most numerous.
and feelings of his hearers. He was As a minister of Christ his praise an experimental preacher, laid open was in all the churches. For this the deceitfulness of the human heart, great work he was prepared by the exhibited the various trials and come grace of God in his early conrersion, forts of Christians ; guided them and a diligent improvement of his nat. in the way to eternal life, and led the yral talents in a course of theological studies under the direction of the late In the chamber of sickness and excellent Mr. Hart. He embraced affliction he was always a welcome what are denominated the distinguish. visitor. Só well could he adapt bis ing doctrines of the gospel, or the doc- conversation, as to comfort or to cau. erines of grace, as they are summed up tion, soothe or to awaken--just as the