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discharge of every duty incumbent upon required, has not been aimed at. The us, let us impress the character of ear- object bas at no time been to make a nestness on all our exertions, give to sect; but to extend the Christianity of them the influence of a decided piety, the Scriptures throughout the land ;and in our prayers place them with a not to give currency to a mere system holy confidence under the succeeding of opinions, but to bring men every and effectual blessing of God.
where under the effectual influence of The general absence of all strifes and the “ truth wbich is according to Godli. divisions throughout our now widely- ness," and, in the gree to wbich God extended Connexion, is another circum- should give his blessing to these efforts, stance on which we congratulate you; to fold the gathered flock from danger, and for a blessing so intimately con- and to supply to it wholesome and suffinected with your religious prosperity, cient pasture. These, beloved Brethren, and with our ininisterial usefulness, we are the principles which explain your offer our thanks to Him, who is the history as a religious Society; princi. "God of peace and consolation ” This ples which lead us to God alone, who blessing we have long enjoyed, and we has made us “ a people who were not a rejoice in the prospect of its perma- people,”-and which constantly remind nence; though attempts, arising out of us of the purposes for which we were offences, peculiar views, and other mo- thus gathered in his name, and that our tives, may occasionally be made to di- only business on earth is to show forth vert the attention of the unwary from the praises of Him “who hath called us the great ends of our common vocation, out of darkness into marvellous light.” and to sow discord among brethren.
Review then the unity of the whole What we are, as a religious body, we work, thus settled and established by the have become, both in doctrine and in grace of Him who first gave it birth. discipline, by the leadings of the Provi- Your ministers and you are not in any dence of God. But for the special visi- sense different parties ; nor can they be, tation of the Holy Spirit, that great work so long as both walk by “the same rule" of which we are all the subjects, and as that committed to us from the beginwhich bears upon it marks so unequivo- ning. There are between us and you no cal of an eminent work of God, could rival interests, no conflicting rights ;not have existed. In that form of disci- so interwoveu and identified are we in pline and government which it bas as- all things. From yourselves your min. sumed, it was adapted to no pre-con- isters have risen, and are continually ceived plan of man.
Our venerable rising :-they, while among you as priFounder kept one end only in view,- vate members, are made partakers of the diffusion of scriptural Christianity the same grace ; and ibeir bigher call, throughout the land, and the preserva- and fitness for their office, are in all cases tion of all who had believed, through submitted, before they are received even grace, in the simplicity of the Gospel. on trial into our ministry, to your godly This guiding principle he steadily follow- judyment:-under your sanction their ed ; and to that he surrendered, cau- work is officially committed to them hy tiously but faithfully, whatever, in his their Fathers and Brethren; and to you preconceived opinions, he discovered they must, year by year, "commend to be contrary to the indications of Him themselves” as “able ministers of the whose the work was, and to whom he New Testament,” as well as to the Con. had yielded himself up implicitly as his ference for their “ holy conversation in servant and instrument in the furtber the world,” and their faithful oversight growth of the Societies, the same guid- of you in the Lord. The objects for ance of providential circumstances, the which your pious contributions are of.
« signs of the times,” led to that fered,- whether for the support of the full provision for the direction of the ministry at home, the assistance of the Societies, and for their being supplied poorer circuits, and the formation of with all the ordinances of the Christian new ones,—the relief of the Trustees of Church, and to that more perfect pasto. burdened Chapels,-the public Schools ral care, which the number of the mem- of the Connexion,—the Foreign Mis. bers, and the vastness of the congrega. sions,—or the Ausilliary Fund for Super. tions, (collected not out of the spoils of arfnuated Preachers and for Widow's,other churches but out of " the world” are all known and specified; the receipts which “ lieth in wickedness,") impera- and expenditure are published in detail ; tively required. Less than this the de- and, the last only excepted, all our funds mands of piety and conscience would are managed by respectable and enlightnot allow ; more than those interests ened men from yourselves, acting in con..
junction with us. Our accociation in one spects the order, the administrations, religious body is wholly voluntary, and and the regulations of a Christian Sohas no bond whatever but the spiritual ciety, is vain without it; and that our benefit which it is felt to supply, and mutual safeguard, happiness, and usefulthat mutual confidence which is the re ness in the world, as well as our salva. sult of it, so that reasonings taken from tion, rest on this, and on this alone. To the constitution of churches which have the cultivation of practical and experithe power to enforce their laws and re- mental religion, then, let our renewed gulations, are wholly inapplicable to us. efforts be directed. Let no man trust The Preachers, assembled in their An- in his professions, nor in his attachment nual Conference, are thus, from their to outward privileges, nor in bis zeal, identity of interest with you, and their nor in bis opinions. " If any man be mutual sympathy with the whole body, in Christ, he is a new creature; old your natural, and only entire represen- things are passed away, and all things tatives, in all those affairs to which the are become now." The genuine work Conference directs its cares ;-united of God in the heart is the same, in every with the whole Connexion, as that in period; aod through the same way of which they have resolved to live and repentance towards God, and faith in die ; and yet, because of their itineran. our Lord Jesus Christ, must all pass into cy, never so connected with any indi- the liberty of a sonship attested to the vidual society as to become the organs heart by the Spirit of God. By the same of those changes and innovations, which faith we stand, and by it only can we in particular places might be often advo- live, and grow up into Christ, in all cated;- sufficiently dependant to be one heavenly affections, deadness to the with their people; but sufficiently dis: world, and entire conformity to the tinct, in order and office, to be the effec- spirit and example of our Lord. Withtual guardians of that which has been out this we are dead and fruitless branchcommitted to their trust, as those who es, which, if a relaxed discipline should must give the final account of their stew- suffer them to remain, must be “taken ardship not to man but to God.
away" by the pruning-knife of the great Thus God bas led us; and the seal of Husbandman. Let us be glad then in the whole is that effectual working of his the great tbings wbich the Lord hath grace in every part,“ by which all the done for us; but let us " rejoice with body, by joints and bands having nour- trembling." "Let us fear lest a promise ishment ministered, and knit together, being left us of entering into bis rest, increaseth with the increase of God.” any of us should seem to come short of The great practical ends of our union, it;" and give “all diligence,” that, at the only ends worthy of a Christian So- the coming of our Lord, we may “be ciety, are all answered; no one can be found of him in peace, without spot, and injured without appeal; no evil can in- blameless.” troduce itself among us, but we have the To this end, we exhort you, Brethren, means of purifying ourselves from it; all to the constant use of all the means of encouragement and help are given by grace, as God's appointed ways of increaour blessed institutions for the advance. sing your faith and love, your strength ment of piety in individuals, and of reli- to do, and your patience to suffer, all gious knowledge and influence in the his will concerning you. Neither let country at large; and thus “ God has your attendance be irregular; nor late set before us an open door, which no as to the hour; nor remiss as to the man can shut," unless we ourselves spirit, which would frustrate your edifiprove unfaithful to our vocation. Our cation, and induce that careless babit of work is before us. We have nothing to mind which would lay you open to do with sectarian objects and feelings. temptation, and give advantage to your We have no controversy with others. ever-watchful enemy. Let the Sabbath We war not upon other churches; we of the Lord especially be to you honourdesire no mere proselytes. We give ac- able, and a day of delights. Consider cess to all who wish to be helped on in well how “good it is to draw near to their way to heaven; and we go forth God;" and by the due observance of the into the wilderness “ to seek and to save hours appointed for his worship, and by that which was lost
a reverential abstraction of mind, put in We see then our calling: nor can we your claim for the full benefit of these too frequently be reminded, that person- hallowed services. Nor less earnestly al and vital piety is not a circumstance would we guard you, dear Brethren, in Methodism, but constitutes its very against the danger of losing the benefit essence ; that all we possess, which re- of the ordinances of the House of God,
by a hurried withdrawing from them, af. els in that country. In every place they ter the benediction has been pronounced, were welcomed with fraternal affection and by mingling in converse which, even by our American Brethren, and have if innocent in itself, has no tendency to received the cordial expression of the fix in the mind and heart the truths satisfaction and gratitude of the Conferwhich have been heard, or to strengthen ence, for the manner in which they have their impression. Let these sacred en- fulfilled the mission confided to them. gagements be considered as your great We bave been refreshed by their reports business, especially on the Lord's day; of the great and growing extent of the to which every thing else is secondary American Societies, and of those successand subservient, and from which nothing ful efforts in which they are now engaged shalt divert you. So shall you worship for the conversion of the Indians of that God without distraction; you shall bring Continent. The number of Members in forth much fruit; and your fruit shall the American Societies, when last taken, remain.
was three hundred and twelve thousand To your attendance and demeanour five hundred and forty, and the number at the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, of Preachers one thousand two hundred in all places where it is administered, and fourteen. This vast work has arisen these our affectionate advices are spe- from God's blessing upon the labours of cially applicable. In that blessed ordi- two Preachers sent out by our venerable nance we are peculiarly called to devout Founder from this country, in the year and abstracted meditation; and should 1769, and may well lead us to exclaim, avoid the practice of departing from it " What hath God wrought!" Behold in as soon as the elements have been re- this, Brethren, another motive for a ceived, lest we lose the benefit of a calm strict adherence to our first principles, and silent waiting upon God, through and a steady regard to those spiritual the sacrifice of his Son, and disturb also objects, to which we have been eminentthe tranquility of others.
ly called. The success given to the Connected with the full religious oc- preaching of those doctrines of expericupation and edification of the Sabbath, mental godliness which we have received, there is another subject to which we wherever administered, at home and wish to direct your attention. The prac. abroad,-among merely nominal Christice which has too generally prevailed of tians, Pagan Negroes, degraded Hottenpaying the wages of labourers and work tots, the civilized Pagans of India, or the men late on the Saturday evening, even wild and wandering Indians of Ameriwhere, through strong conscientious ca,mis surely a most powerful reason principle, it does not lead to a direct which can be urged why we should rebreach of the Sabbath by buying and tain them in their purity, and be increaselling, intrudes upon the orderly hours singly anxious to publish them to all both of the labouring classes, and of mankind. The world is before us; and, those who sell to them the necessaries in every part of the vast field in which of life ; leads to late rising on the Lord's we and our Brethren are labouring, day morning; and often interferes with "God is with us." the attendance of parts of families on the The increased demands of the work forenoon service. In some parts of the of God in various parts of this kingdom, kingdom, many masters have in their —the necessity for affording a larger
wn establishments removed this evil, supply of pastoral instruction and care by paying their workmen early on the to several Circuits in which the SocieSaturday, or on the day preceding. We ties have of late been considerably aug. commend this practice to all masters in mented, --and especially the new openour Societies, as an example which they ings which present themselves into many are bound to hold out to others; and as dark and vicious districts, in the vicinity an instance of becoming regard to the of our established Stations,-have led us religious interests of those who are de- to appoint this yearthirty-four additional pendent upon them, and of their anxiety. Preachers for the Home-Department. to secure to the poor the full benefits of In our extended field of Missionary the Christian Sabbath, both as a day of operations abroad, the calls for additional rest and a day of worship.
Jabourers are also numerous and urgent. We rejoice to announce to you, that And as you have often united with us our beloved Brethren MESSRS. REECE in praying the Lord the Harvest, that and Hannah, have been preserved, by he would send forth his labourers, so, the good hand of their God upon them, now that be has answered our mutual in their voyages to and from the United prayers in this behalf, and given such States of America, and duriog their trav- labourers to our desires, unite with us
also in earnest supplications to God, solves, and with sentiments of renewed that he would send down upon them all anxiety, to save ourselves and you how the gifts and graces of his Holy Spirit, hear us. Unite with us in every effort ; to qualify them for their great work, suffer us to rejoice over you as a chosen and make them able and most success. generation, a holy nation, a peculiar ful Ministers of the New Testament. people; and may tbe God of peace, “Brethren, pray for us,” “that utterance who brought again from the dead our may be given unto us, that we may Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the open our mouth boldly to make known sheep, through the blood of the everthe mystery of the Gospel,” and “that lasting covenant, make you perfect in the word of the Lord may be glorified, every good work to do his will, working even as it is with you.”
in you that which is well pleasing in his “And now, Brethren, we commend sight, through Jesus Christ.” To Him you to God, and to the word of his be glory for ever and ever, AMEN! grace.” God is our witness that we Signed, on behalf and by order of the Conference feel for you an increasing affection, and
ROBERT NEWTON, President that we " seek not yours, but you."
JABEZ BUNTING, Secretary We depart to our respective stations
Leeds, August 10th, 1824. among you, animated by renewed re
From the Boston Evening Gazetle. The following lines were written by a lady of Massachusetts—and reflect no little credit both on her
head and her heart.
THE SACRIFICE. The morning's sun rose bright and clear
The mother rais'd a speaking eye, On Abraham's tent it gaily shone;
And all a mother's soul was there And all was bright and cheerful there,
"She feard the desert drear and dry! All, save the Patriarcb's heart alone.
She feard the savage lurking there!"While God's command arose to mind,
Aliraham beheld, and made reply: It forced into his eye the tear;
“On Him, from whom our blessings flow, For though his soul was all resign'd,
My sister we with faith rely; Yet nature fondly linger'u there.
'Tis he commands and we must go!"The simple morning feast was spread,
The duteous sou in baste obey'd, And Sarah at the banquest smil'd;
The scrip was fill'd, the mules prepar'd; Joy o'er her face its lustre shed,
And with the third dai's twilight shade
Moriab's lofty hill appear'd.
Alone ascend the son and sire;
The wood on Isaac's shoulder's laid, Was written in his beavenly face.
The wood to build his funeral pyre The groaning father turn'd away,
No passion swayed the father's mind, Avd walk'd tbe inner tent apart
He felt a calm, a death like chillHe felt his fortitude decay,
His soul, all chastened, all resign'd, While Sature whisper'd in his heart:
Bow'd meekly-though he shuddered still, "0! must this son to whom was given
While op the mountain's brow they stood, The promise of a blessed land,
With smiling wonder, Isaac cries, Heir to the choicest gifts of heaven,
"My father, lo! the fire and woodBe slain by a fond parent's hand ?
But where's the lamb for sacrifice !" This son, for whom my eldest born
The Holy Spirit stay'd his mind, Was sent an outcast from bis home,
While Abraham answered low, aside And in some wilderness forlorn
With steady voice, and look resign'd, A savage exile dooni'd to roam ?
God will himself a lamb provide! But shall a feeble worm rebel,
But let no pen profane like mine, And murmur at a father's rod!
On holiest themes, too rashly dareShall he be backward to fulfil
Turn to the Book of Books Divine, The known and certain will of God?
And read the blessed promise there. Arise my son ! the cruet fill,
Ages on ages roll'd away And store the scrip with due supplies ;
At length the hour appointed came; For we must seek Moriah's bill,
And on the Mount of Calvary And offer there a sucrifice !-
God did himself provide a Lamb!
CONTENTS OF VOL. VII.
201, 241, 281
161 Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Bushnell, 408
209 A Short Account of the Experience and Death
20 Moses' Prayer to be blotted out of God's book, 293
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD DISPLAYED.
23 Narrative of the Shipwreck of the Princess
25, 56, 98
GRACE OF GOD MANIFESTED.
Memoir of the late Rev. Alexander Cummins, 225
27 of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 278
3) Narrative of the Conversion of Mirza Malo.
296, 339, 375
32 An Address delivered at the Anniversary
ib. meeting of the South-Carolina Conference
155 Singular Adventure of Count General Saxe, 382
Rev. John Wesley's Ordination to the Of.