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CONTENTS TO VOL. III.
Abernethy's Introductory Lecture for the year 1815, exhibiting some
A New Covering to the Velvet Cushion
Brief Memoir respecting the Waldenses, or Vaudois
minals guilty of Robberies and Murder, in the Counties of Essex
Eighth Report of the Directors of the African Institution
Hill's Essay on the Prevention and Care of Insanity
Keith's Elements of Plage Geometry
Leftley's Sonnets, Odes, and other Poems, with Ballads and Sketches,
Salt's Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Coun-
Southey's Observations on Pulmonary Consumption
Art. I. Journal of a Voyage from Okkak on the Coast of Labra.
dor to Ungava Bay, westward of Cape Chudleigh ; undertaken to explore the Coast, and visit the Esquimaux in that unknown Región, By Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch, Missionaries of the Church of the Unitas Fratrum, or United Brethren. Le
Fevre, 2, Chapel.place. Seeley. 1814. THE natural enmity of the human heart to the things of
God, is a principle, which, though it find no place in the systems of our intellectual philosophers, has as wide an operation as any which they have put down in their list of categories. How is it then that Moravians, who, of all classes of Christians, have evinced the most earnest and persevering devotedness to these things, have of late become, with men of taste, the objects of tender admiration? That they should be loved and admired by the decided Christian, is not to be wondered at: but thrat they should be idols of a fashionable admiration, that they should be sought after and visited by secular men; that travellers of all kinds should give way to the ecstacy of sentiment, as they pass through their villages, and take a survey of their establishments and their doings ; that the very sound of Moravian music, and the very sight of a Moravian burial-place, should so fill the hearts of these men with images of delight and peacefulnoss, as to inspire them with something like the kindlings of piety ;all this is surely something new and strange, and might dis-i pose the unthinking to suspect the truth of these unquestionable positions, that “ the carnal mind is enmity against God," and that “ the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of Vot, III. N. S.
God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
But we do not imagine it difficult to give the explanation. It iš surely conceivable that the actuating principle of a Moravian enterprise, may carry no sympathy whatever along with it, while many things may be done in the prosecution of this enterprise, most congenial to the taste, and the wishes, and the natural feelings of worldly men. They may not be able to enter into the ardent anxiety of the Moravians for the salvation of human souls ; and when the principle is stripped of every accompaniment, and laid in naked and solitary exhibition before them, they may laugh at its folly, or be disgusted by its fanaticism. This, however, is the very principle on which are founded all their missionary undertakings; and it is not till after a lengthened course of operations, that it gathers those accompaniments around it, which have drawn upon the United Brethren the homage of men who shrink in repugnance and disgust from the principle itself. With the heart's desire that men should be saved, they cannot sympathize; but when these men, the objects of his earnest solicitude, live at a distance, the missionary, to carry his desire into effect, must get near them, and traversing a lengthened line on the surface of the globe, he will supply his additions or his corrections to the science of geography. When they speak in an unknown tongue, the missionary must be understood by them; and giving his patient labour to the acquirement of a new language, be furnishes another document to the student of philology. When they are signalized by habits or observances of their own, the missionary records them for the information and benefit of his successors; and our knowledge of human nature, with all its various and wonderful peculiarities, is extended. When they live in a country, the scenery and productions of which have been yet unrecorded by the pen of travellers, the missionary, not unmindful of the sanction given by our Saviour himself to an admiration of the appearances of nature, will describe them, and give a wider range to the science of natural history. If they are in the infancy of civilization, the mighty power of Christian truth will soften and reclaim them. And surely, it is not difficult to conceive, how these and similar achievements may draw forth an acknowledgement from many, who attach no value to the principles of the Gospel, and take no interest in its progress; how the philosopher will give his testimony to the merits of these men who have made greater progress in the work of humanizing savages, than could have been done by the ordinary methods in the course of centuries, and how the interesting spectacle of Esquimaux villages and Indian schools, may, without the aid of any Gospel principle whatever, bring