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thee to thy face, thy labours, for nance of God? Do you believe a week, are not worthy their at- Christ is present where two or tention for an hour. How often three are met in his name? Do has it been, when he has had bis you believe there will be a day heart affected with his subject, of reckoning, when he who now and hoped it would affect yours, inspects his churches will call your indecent and shameful nod- you to account? And will not ding before his eyes hath so ibe despisers of Christ and his grieved and discouraged him, worship be ashamed before bim, that he has scarcely possessed at his coming ? May the Spirit fortitude sufficient to close a sen- of God impress these queries on tence; and a season, which prom- your hearts with such weight, as ised delight and comfort, be- may excite you to amendment, comes, through your indolence and lead you to worship God in and slothsulness, distressing to future in a more suitable and the preacher, and unprofitable to spiritual manner. attentive hearers. Hath not your

GALUS, ministerdiscouragements enough from the world, without your increasing them by such behaviour as is offensive to God, and injurious to your own souls? Will you apologize by urging a strong Extract from Oldendorp's History of propensity to sleep? Why are

the Mission of the Brethren in the

Caribee Islands, St. Thomas, St. you not lethargic in your busi

Croix, and St. Jan. Vol. II. Book Dess? Who sees you asleep in

2, Sect. 2, p. 515. your shops, or in agreeable com pany? When do you close your IN 1736, the late Rev. A. G. eyes over an interesting commu- Spangenberg, being then engag. nication in a newspaper, or shut ed on a visitation of the mission your ears to a tale of scandal ? among the negroes in St. ThomAbuse conscience no longer. as, went with Mr. F. Martin, a You either make the Lord's day missionary of the brethren, to a day of intemperate indulgence, visit sundry negroes that had and so criminally endure that formerly been awakened, and drowsiness, which renders you a were now gone astray.

Yet, puisance to the congregation ; among other occurrences, they or your reverence for God and were greatly rejoiced and pleasyour attachment to the gospel ed with the conversation of an are little more than mere pre- old negro woman, from Guinea, tence. If your secular concerns of the Papan nation, called Ma. would keep you awake at those rotte ; who, on account of her times, in which you sleep in the age, had been enfranchised by house of God, it must be, because her proprietor. Spangenberg's you have not so much relish for description of this woman anreligion as for the world.

swers very nearly to that which Seriously attend to the follow- is given of Cornelius in Acts x. ing inquiries. Do you believe She feared God, and was of good that public worship is an ordi- report among all the people that knew her. Every morning be- said she ; « but then I have been fore ever she takes any food, she told that I must first learn Dutch, falls upon her knees, worship- and then learn to read, after ping God, and bowing her face to which I might learn to pray the earth. The same she does likewise ; but now I am too old before ever she retires to rest, for all this.” We signified to having an uncommonly great her, that all this was not inreverence toward God. She dispensably needful, for that God said, That she learned this understood all languages, that he custom in her infancy from her was able to discern the desire of parents, and that other people in her heart, and would undoubtedher country served the Lord also ly hear and grant all that she in the same manner; but that prayed for ; advising her, therethe inhabitants of the coast of fore, only to continue constant in Guinea were totally ignorant of prayer, and to beseech him that such worship. She did not he would give her yet more light comprehend why the white peo- and knowledge. ple did show so little reverence After this she related, at our for God, and only, as it were, desire, what steps she took with make some complimentary ad- regard to the sacrifices she offer. dresses to him. Declaring at ed. Thus, whenever she gaththe same time that, if any one ers fresh fruit, be it what it may, would show her a better way of she never tastes of it till she bas worship, she would desist from taken some part thereof and her practice ; but that, in the burnt it; then she falls down meanwhile, she should abide by upon her knees, thanking God, the manner she had adopted, with all her heart, for granting lest God should be angry with her health to plant those fruits, her.

and sparing her life, and giving She had been ill for some her strength to gather, and now weeks, and was yet very weak to enjoy them; after which she from the ague. Being asked, makes use of them for food. Whether she made any use of This same negro woman hear. medicine, or whether she was in ing that her master, whose slave want of any thing? “Oh no," she formerly was, had lost his said she, “the Lord hath cast child, went to him and said, me down; he also will raise me among other things, That he up again ;” adding withal, that ought to beware of being over if she looked unto God, he would, much sorrowful, and repining on in the proper time, restore her to that account ; for it was God health.

that had ordered it thus, without Yet had this woman never whose will nothing could happen; heard any thing of the gospel of and she feared, if he gave way to Jesus Christ. We asked her, discontentment, God might be Whether she was willing to hear displeased with him. any thing of Christ, who was the She expressed great joy and Son of God, and who came into gratitude for the gracious disthe world for our advantage? pensations of God in sending * yes, with all my heart," people across the great waters,

to bring to the poor negroes

she omitted her sacrifices; yet, words of life ; and exhorted her on high festival days, she still countrymen, like a mother, to killed a lamb, inviting some of attend to what they were told on the negroes to be her guests, and this subject.

exhorting them to promise her It appeared plainly that she that they would be diligent in had some indistinct and confus- prayer, and to let it ascend unto ed notions of the Trinity ; from God as a sweet smelling sacri. which we evidently concluded, fice.

[Ev. Mag. that some Christian missionaries must formerly have been in her native country.

She said, “ There is only one God, the A Catalogue of seasonable good Father, whose name is Pao; bis Works, presented to them that are Son, Masu, is the door, or the sanctified to God, and dare trust way, by which alone it is possible

him with their riches, expecting to come unto the Father; and the everlasting riches which he then there is yet the Spirit, hath promised; and are zealous whose name is called Ce.” Thus of good works, and take it for she had been informed by her a precious mercy, that they may own father in Guinea ; but that be exercised therein. By Rich. the Son of God became man, ARD BAXTER. and, by his death, bad redeemed and reconciled sinners, were

1. IXQUIRE what persons, totally unknown to her.

burdened with children, or sickHence she was used annually ness, or any such, labour under to take a lamb, or a kid, to make necessities, and relieve them as an offering of it, in order to you are able ; and still make adplacate the Deity, and with a vantage of it for the benefit of view to atone for her faults and their souls, instructing, admonmistakes. At first, she could ishing, and exhorting them as not comprehend our objection, they have need. when we represented to her, that 2. Buy some plain and rous. God required not now such ing books that tend to converofferings and sacrifices, which sion, and are fittest for their codwere unnecessary and unavail- dition ; and give them to the. ing, since the Son of God had families that most need them. offered himself once for all a Many have this way received sacrifice for us ; but being fur- much good. ther directed by the brethren to 3. Take the children of the pray to God for grace to believe poor, and apprentice them to this, she took their advice, and, honest trades; and be sure to in consequence, came one day, choose them godly masters, who smiting upon her breast with will take care of their souls as great joy, and declaring, whilst well as their bodies. she laid her hand on her heart, 4. In very large congrega. “ Here I am now satisfied and tions, which have but one miniscertain, that it is exactly as you ter, and not able to. maintain have told me.” From that time another, it is a very good work

to afford some maintenance for etans are more cruel than the an assistant.

Heathen against any that openly 5. To settle schools in the speak against their superstition more ignorant parts of the coun- and deceit, yet God would pertry, where they are not accus- suade some, it is like, to think it tomed to teach their children to worth the loss of their lives to read, is a very good work. make some prudent atttempt, in

6. It is one of the best works some of those yast Tartarean I know within the reach of a countries, where Christianity man's purse, to aid young men

hath had least access.

As dif to prosecute their studies for the

ficult works as these are, the Christian ministry. Any rich Christian princes and people are man, that is willing to do good, exceedingly to blame that they may entrust some able godly have done no more in attemptministers with the fittest youths, ing them, and have not turned and allow them necessary main- their private quarrels into a comtenance. How many souls may mon agreement, for the good of be saved by the ministry of one the poor Heathen.” of these ; and how can money

[Baxter's Works, be better used ?

7. Were I to speak to princes, or men so rich and potent as to be able to do so good a work, The Experience of an eminent I would provoke them to do as

Scotch Minister of the last Cenmuch as the Jesuits have done, tury, as to the Differences bein seeking the conversion of tween mere Morality and Save some of the vast Pagan nations,

ing Grace. viz. to erect a college for those whom the Spirit of God shall

1. When I was a mere mor. animate for so great a work; al man, I sought something from and to procure one or two of the Christ and rested on this, and natives, out of the countries had no fellowship with Christ whose conversion you design,


But since the Lord to teach the students in this visited me with the love of his college their language ; and chosen, I seek the Lord himself, when they have learned the I am never satisfied without him, tongues, to devote themselves to and find fellowship with himself. the work, whenever, by the

2. When I was a moral man, countenance of ambassadors, at- I drew my comfort from my dutendants, or any other means,

ties ; but now I draw my duties they may procure access and from my comfort. My work liberty of speech. Doubtless, was first; and because I did God would stir up some among

such a thing, or expected to get us to venture on such a work.

such a reward for working, I If we are not better principled,

therefore went about duties ; but disposed, and resolved to do or

now I first close with the promsuffer in so good a cause than

ise, and because alive, I yield my the Jesuits are, we are much to

members as weapons of right.. blame ; and though the Mahom


While a moral man, Vol. III. No. 7


« Work

I did, and then believed, but now 4. What I did was from my. I first believe, and then do. My self and in my own strength, not obedience is ingrafted upon the seeing a need of a divine power promises freely given,

to lean upon; but when under out your own salvation, for it is special grace, I live a life of God who worketh in you to will faith, I see my strength in anothand to do," Phil. ii. 13; but be- er, and wait upon him. I can do fore, I could never see a promise all through Christ that strengthuntil I saw my work, the prom- eneth me. ises were ingrafted upon my

5. I had never full satisfaction works and duties, my duties did to my conscience for the guilt of bear my privileges ; now my sin, satisfaction with a spiritual privileges bear my duties. good, and therefore were there

3. Whatever I did was for fears and outcryings,“ Who will myself; when indeed converted, shew us any good ?" but the I acted merely for the Lord, and blood of Christ gives full satisto please him ; when moral, I faction and rest to both heart and then hated sin as prejudicial to conscience, so as a man that hath me ; but now, as separating from Christ inay say, I seek no more. and grievous to Christ.

[Miss, Mag.

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An Account of the origin and progress of the mission to the Cherokee Indians, in

a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, to the Rea. Dr. Mork.


Maryville, Noo. 10, 1807. around which all the scholars could DEAR SIR,

decently take their seats; and after In the course of my observations on the master had looked up for a bles. missionary attempts among the Cher sing, during which time they all deokee Indians I have concluded, that voutly attended, they were taught the after the habits are formed, the only etiquette of the table. It was indeed way to reduce them is by the influe peculiarly pleasing to see how emu. ence of the children. To this point lously they strove to excel, and how I have, therefore, bent my whole orderly they would wait for a disforce. The mode of dieting, cloth. mission by the returning of thanks : ing, and instructing them, and even A conduct which might put to the of their recreations was important. blush many of our coxcomb would be During the two first years I laid in infidels, who in this respect study to all the provisions necessary for table express their contempt of God, to use ; hired a cook, who, under the par display their ingratitude, and give a ticular direction of the schoolmaster's specimen of their politeness and suwife prepared the victuals in American perior civilization, by abruptly learstyle. I provided a large table and ing the table before thanks are re. furnished the requisite utensils, turned, and even in the presence of

clergymen. * Sec Panoplist for June and Fuly.

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