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surance, that, when all is prepared, the great Head of the Church has showed this, Spirit of God will breathe on our labour, that the minister was not before labouring and then glorious effects will be produced. in vain ; but that he was breaking up the
But while we have the joy of witnessing fallow ground, and the field was preparing extensive and diligent labours, we have for that crop which afterward covered it also the joy of remarkable success. What a This should encourage us, and excite in us scene is presented in “ the Society Isles !"- a spirit of prayer, that the blessing of God the most unlikely of the human race, for may attend the cause of missions. savageness, sensuality, and every thing that We have great encouragement to prodegrades the human character the most ceed, and ground of congratulation, in unlikely people, according to all human ap- what our eyes have seen, as to the labours pearance, to be converted. What praise is and success of our Missionaries, and that due to those men who waited so patiently, the spirit of the Christian world has been and did not wait in vain. And now such a aroused to unite in this work of advancing scene is presented as the world has not of the kingdom of Christ. How many societies late years brought to view. Idolatry is re- have sprung up since ours! We have nounced; fifty places of worship have been stirred up the spirit of Christians abroaderected in the island of Taheite alone; and In Holland, in Switzerland, in Germany, the other islands are embracing the Gospel : and above all, in America! And how many casting away their gods, which are no have been stirred up at hoine? One denogods: the Sabbath is observed-family mination and class has been establishing a worship attended to: thousands learning to' Missionary Society after another, until, read. What a picture !-what spiritual shall I say? the last has now appeared : and glory!—what delightful prospects! Who, the dignitaries of the Established Church after this, will doubt the success of missions, are preparing, on a large and extensive and say, “ the time is not come for the scale, to send Missionaries to India and Lord's house to be built ?”
Ceylon. May God give them success! The accounts from South Africa contain Who will speak against missions now, likewise the most pleasing prospects. They call them enthusiastic? It is no small present to us the rudest of the human race, thing that the minds and dispositions of men in various places, embracing the Gospel, are so changed; if we go on, at this rate, cultivating their fields, becoming rational we know not where we shall stop; there beings, as well as Christians; and advanc., will be the adding of one thing to another, ing their comfort in this world, while they until that glorious season, when ail the enjoy a prospect of happiness in the world ends of the earth shall see the salvation of to come. O! what a blessing is the Gospel our God. We are now surrounded by to mankind even in the present life. many other Missionary Societies : and that
There are two different ways in which consideration imposes duties upon us, to God works with respect to the success of behave aright to those that are members of the Gospel. Sometimes he grants success the same family. Here let us not be want at first. No sooner is the Gospel preached, ing. We shall go straight forward ia the than conversions take place. At other path of duty, and not be justled out of the times a Missionary may appear to labour way by any, but pursue those methods ve in vain, but it is not in vain. All that time consider the Gospel teaches us, in order to truths were entering into the mind, en- carry on our plans, for the advancement of lightening and working upon the con- the cause of Christ in the world. But while science; and afterward, by the blessing of we do this, let us show a pleasant disposGod upon their labours, conversions have tion to others. Let us beware of boaskin. ---followed close one upon another; and the let us not cry, We are the people--we are
REV. MR. WARDLAW.
the fittest to translate the Scriptures, and according to that method they think most promote missions. Away with such con- agreeable to the word of God. As then we temptible boastings as these! Let us, with stand on vantage ground as to the liberality humility and gratitude, acknowledge all the of our principles, let it be manifested in the success with which God is pleased to favour liberality of our conduct. If we are to bave ns, but let there be no spirit of boasting. any emulation, let it be to excel. If we can Nor should there be any detracting from excel in a laudable, Christian way, then others. We are not rivals, we are fellow-we do right. Let us seek to excel in the labourers of the same Master, and should wisdom of our plans, in the choice of our have the spirit of brethren. How mean fields of labour, in the piety and qualificashould we be, saying, Such a Missionary tions of our Missionaries—and, above all, Society has this bad thing, and the other let us labour to excel in the fervour of our bad thing—away with such a spirit as this. prayer, that the glorious Gospel may be There will be faults in Missionaries of all spread from the rising to the setting of the členominations; all will have their mistakes, sun; and that our Missionaries may have a and they will become wiser by the events double portion of the Spirit upon them, and that occur.
their labours be crowned with the most ex. And let us not withhold from any the due tensive success. I move that the Report, &c. same that they are entitled to. It is un The motion was seconded by the Rev. becoming to bave a niggardly spirit, and to Mr. Wardlaw. withhold due praise from others, because they labour not with us.
A very wise and
I rise, Sir, most cordially, to second the good proposal was made by. our respected motion which has now been made, with the friend, respecting an alteration in the name addition of that part of it which the veneraof the Society. When it was instituted, it ble Tutor of the Academy where the Misstood nearly alone it was a General Soci- sionaries are trained, has modestly omitted. ely, and the name was by no means impro- We embrace, therefore, the whole of the per: but other Societies have arisen. It motion. That the Report, in all its parts, is now bighly proper that we should take a be received, adopted, and circulated, for name that may not be thought assuming or the information of the Christian commuimproper. Let us seek to maintain a spirit nity. of good will to all. I endeavour to inculcate The Report which we have heard, Sir, on the Missionarics a liberal' spirit, free, appears to me as a practical commentary affectionate ; to act according to their own on a similitude used in the Scriptures, the judgment; not to be warped by any, but to full meaning of which we cannot, perhaps, maintain affection to all. And I desire in our colder climate, perfectly appreciate. them not to show a mean, paltry spirit-o It is better understood in warmer climates, proselyte others, in foreign countries, to as my African friend beside me (Mr. Camptheir own peculiar opinions in lesser mat- bell) has osten observed; " as cold waters ters; but to consider others as brethren, to to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far let them follow their own judgment; and to country.” We have been hearing good act in all things with a dignity that becomes news, which must excite, in every Christian the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. We bosom, the feelings of wonder, love, and are peculiarly called to this, because our praise. And were there no other reason Society is not a Sectarian Society, but a why this Report should be printed and cirChristian one, grounded on the generalculated, than that we may communicate to principles of the Gospel. We send not out our fellow-Christians, our own feelings of Missionaries to establish any one sect or delight, that would be sufficient. But we denomination, but to form their converts have a more important reason than even
this, which is, that by the communication of Christian world, by the Institutions that such intelligence as that we have now have within these few years been formed in heard, we are to keep alive, and to stimu- this country. When we look around, and late the zeal and the liberality of the Chris- see the immense influence of Bible Societies, tian community. Addresses may be deli- and Missionary Societies, and Tract So. vered, and addresses may be printed and cieties, throughout the whole earth, what circulated; but after all, I apprehend that British bosom does not glow, and bound facts are the best arguments, and the most with transport, to recollect that the im. powerful stimulants. And when we exhibit pulse which has set all this moral machisuch facts to the public, as have now come nery in motion was given in Britain ? Who before ourselves, we apprehend it will be does not rejoice, that the trumpet that has impossible for those, wbo feel as Christians, called forth this immense army of the living to withhold their zealous efforts, and liberal God, whose banner is the cross-whose contributions, for the further aid of this march is silent and rapid—whose conquests glorious cause.
are bloodless, and final triumphs sure--was Thirteen years ago, Sir, I had the plea- sounded from the shores of his native sure of being present at the Annual Meeting island? There was a time, in the ministry of this Society; and it is now my delight to of our Saviour, when certain Greeks said witness the increasing interest which since to Philip, “ Sir, we would see Jesus.” And that time has been excited. The meeting when the message was delivered to the was then held in a place comparatively blessed Redeemer, he said, “ The hour is small; and I am not sure whether that come, that the Son of man should be gloplace was entirely filled. I rejoice that rified: verily, verily, I say unto you, exe there is now, as this large assembly proves, cept a corn of wheat fall into the ground go much more extensive an interest felt in and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it this metropolis, in the cause of Christian bringeth forth much fruit.” The corn of missions. I rejoice in the increased regard wheat fell into the ground, and died, and it paid to the objects of this Society. And I abode not alone, it brought forth mucb cannot think of this great metropolis without fruit
. The little handful that immediately remembering the words of the Christian arose from it, was sown on the tops of the poet
mountains of Judea ; and it has shaken in "O! thou resort and mart of all the earth,
the course of time with prosperous fruit; Chequered with all complexions of mankind,
and the whole earth is now filled with its Apd spotted with all crimes, in whom I see abundant produce. We rejoice in the ex. Much tbat I love, and more that I admire, tension of the Saviour's kingdom; we reAnd all that I abhor"
joice that, while engaged in it, we have no And I cannot, in repeating these words, fail reason to doubt with regard to its issue. to observe, how delighted that Christian Who can now call in question the propriety poet would bave been, had he lived to the of missionary exertions? or, who will now present hour, and seen so much more in dispute the propriety of carrying forward this metropolis, both of what he loved and those exertions with increasing vigour and what he admired; and with what pleasure enlargement of operation ? We rejoice in he would have swept the lyre of poetry in anticipating a period when all the ends of sounding the praises of the Bible and Mis- the earth shall see the salvation of our sionary Societies, and the success with God; when the kingdoms of this world which the Most High has crowned their shall become the kingdoms of our Lord efforts.
and of his Christ. I believe from my I have often thought of the stimulus that heart that, when the Saviour uttered the has been given to the whole surrounding words which I before alluded to, he had
present to his all-comprehensive mind a Society. Whether we reflect on the abis complete view of the history of the pro-lity, the zeal, and the diligence of its Misgress of the Church to the close of time; sionaries, the doors of entrance among the that he saw the success of his Gospel which Heathens which the great Head of the was soon to appear on the day of Pente- Church has opened before them; or the cost, and darted forward his omniscient ever-growing facility for carrying on this eye, through successive generations, taking great work from year to year; or whether in all the labours of this and other Societies, we consider the increasing zeal which is and the effects thence resulting, even to the manifested among the Churches, that spirit final consurnmation of all things, when a of prayer which the Holy Spirit of Jehovah multitude which no man can number shall has poured out upon his people, the con. be gathered out of all kingdoms, and peo- tributions which have flowed during the ple, and nations, and tongues, to celebrate past year into the treasury of this Society, the riches of redeeming grace.
the important Auxiliary Societies which
have been formed in aid of it-I say, in You have, by the vote you have just what light soever we view the subject, we passed, expressed your feelings on the ten- see abundant cause of congratulation for dency, nature, and success of the opera- the signal blessings that have rested upon tions of the Society during the past year. this institution. Surely, Sir, we are warBut, my friends, it becomes us to ask, ranted to apply to ourselves those words Who hath done those things of which we of our adorable Redeemer, which he adhave heard? We cannot attribute them to dressed to his disciples, when referring to the agents which have been employed, for the propagation of his kingdom among men that would be rearing in England that idol. Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and atry which we are desirous to suppress your ears, for they hear.' We have been through all the world. It has therefore privileged to live in a day in which the been judged expedient and becoming, by zeal and the activity of Christians have the Directors who prepared and arranged been aroused into action; we have been the proceedings of this day, that, at this called to stand still and see the salvation of stage of the business, a solemn and a hum- our God. We have seen him making bare ble expression be given by us, in our asso- his holy arm before the face of all nations. ciated capacity, to the great Author of all Our more immediate ancestors could mercies, for the success with which he has scarcely have formed an idea of the possibeen pleased to favour the operations of bility of what we now witness! They bethis Society during the past year. This is lieved ancient prophecy, and made it the proposed to be done, by calling upon a matter of their earnest prayer before God; reverend friend now present, to offer up in but they appear not to have been penea brief manner, suitable expressions of trated with a sense of the imperious duty thanksgiving to the God and Father of our binding upon Christians, at all times to enLord Jesus Christ; and by singing a hymn deavour, by every possible effort, to extend which has been composed for the occasion the true knowlcdye of salvation unto those by a poetical friend of the Society. who are sitting in darkness, and in the re
Prayer by the Rev. John Mead Ray, of gion of the shadow of death. This priviSudbury.
lege was reserved for us.
It is our happy
lot to be born in times in which the enerIn rising to move the resolution I have gies of the Christian world are called into in my hand, I cannot but congratulate this action in behalf of the cause of Jesus, and meeting on the present state, and the pro- to the help of the Lord against the mighty. mising prospects of the London Missionary Within a few years how much has been
REV. DR. HENDERSON.
effected for the extension of the Gospel !| if possible, to this more highly-favoured Into how many countries have the glad ti- metropolis, that he might aid in the labours dings of salvation been carried by the Mis- of British Christians; and he had actually sionaries sent out from this and similar in prospect an advantageous situation in institutions.
London; but this he readily relinquished Let us look at Otaheite; what has there for the sake of carrying the Gospel to the been effected! those poor idolaters, a few Heathen. years ago, were sunk into the grossest I conclude, Sir, by reading the resolution sensuality, and appcared incapable of ele- that has been put into my hands : vating their minds above the things of time II. That the most grateful thanks of this or sense-now humbled in the dust, before meeting be given to all who have contriJehovah. The Hindoo too is forsaking the buted to the funds of this Society, especially unsatisfactory doctrines of Bramah, sitting to the Ministers and Congregations who at the feet of Jesus, who was meek and have made collections—to the Treasurers, lowly in heart, and receiving the law at his Secretaries, Collectors, and Members of lips. The Chinese also is tearing from the the Auxiliary Societies, Ladies' Societies, walls of his apartment, his paper gods, Juvenile Societies, and other Associations; throwing them into the fire, acknowledging and that they be earnestly requested to perJehovah to be the only wise, and the only severe in their active and zealous exertions. true God. The poor Hottentot, sunk to This resolution was seconded by the the very lowest possible state of human de. Rev. Jabez Bunting, of the Wesleyan congradation, is elevated by the Gospel, und nexion.takes his place among the children of God. To Judas the traitor, our blessed Saviour
It is impossible to turn your attention once addressed a very cutting question, towards Asia without anticipating the great- when he said, “Wherefore art thou come?" est and most glorious results. And parti- It is very possible that, after the enunciacularly, I would advert to the Tartar na- tion you have done the honour to make of tions, to whom, as you have heard this my particular connexion with another Misday, two valuable Missionaries have been sionary Society, some persons present may sent. I say two Missionaries, for I have be half disposed to ask me a similar questhe pleasure of being intimately acquainted tion. I can assure you, Sir, and I can with both, and with those who are united assure this respected audience, that I come to them as partners in life. I had the plea- with no traitorous intent, that I come with sure last year of hearing Mr. Stallibras, no hostile purpose. Hostile to this Society in St. Petersburg, bear testimony to the no person can be who is not hostile to the glory and excellence of Jesus; and never general cause of missions, in the promoshall I forget the impression that appeared tion of which, God has honoured this Soto be made upon the audience there, when ciety; by calling it to take so very promihe, in the true spirit of a Missionary, wok nent and distinguished a part. Hostile to for his first text those words of the Apostle, the cause of missions, I think, no man can • I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ be, who is not hostile to Christianity; for --for it is the power of God unto salvation, I consider Christianity itself to be nothing to every one that believeth.' Mr. Rahmn more than one grand comprehensive mis. was a Swedish clergyman in Gottenburgh; sionary establishment; wloever, therefore, I had the pleasure of being acquainted with is hostile to this cause, whatever he may him nearly five years. Long had his heart say with his lips, is, I verily believe, more been set upon missionary labours-long or less an infidel at heurt. But, perhaps had he desired the opportunity of coming it becoines me rather to may not so much ever to this highly-favoured country, and, why I come to a!tend this meeting. I