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PARIS MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The following is the substance of a true zeal for the propagation of the most interesting Report presented Gospel,—if these sums were given by the Paris Female Auxiliary Mis- from any other motive than pure sionary Society to the parent insti- Christian charity,—what would it tution. It is stated to have been profit us? We should have failed drawn up by the Duchess de Brog- in our object; we should be only lie ; a lady illustrious herself for her • sounding brass, or a tinkling cymmany deeds of piety and charity, bal. But, on the contrary, if our and illustrious in her connexions, associations, however few in numnot merely from the literary cele- ber, have been animated by a spirit brity of her mother, Madame de wholly evangelical; if the trifling Stael, but from the enlightened sums we bring you have been given benevolence and public spirit which solely for the advancement of the have distinguished the life of her kingdom of truth; we ought a thouhusband, and the well-known piety sand times to bless God in the result and virtues of her brother, lately of our efforts. deceased, whose loss has left a void “ Even to this day the number in the French Protestant Church, of our associations at Paris is very and in every object of Christian small : they amount to only twentybenevolence in France, which will five. These associations are not not be easily supplied.
complete, for we yet count only 180 “ We some time hesitated before subscribers. The sums collected we could decide on making a report during the year have been 1,578 of the labours of our committee francs, of which 517 have been apduring the past year. These labours plied to the particular expenses of have been so feeble, and the results the house of missions; and 1,061 so far below our desires, that it have been paid over to your treasury. seemed to us almost useless to render “ Our society has two different an account. Yet we thought, that objects in view : the first, altogether if we omitted making a report, it like the Bible Society, is to collect might be imagined we were discou- sums to be remitted to you for the raged in the work we have under- general expenses of the Missionary taken. We considered at the same Society ; but the second, which betime, that the design of these reports longs more especially to our society, being to make known to our bre- is to assist you in the domestic care thren the real state of our religious of the house of missions established societies, it was as useful to make at Paris. them acquainted with our reverses
“ Our committee meet every two as with our success. Why should months in summer, and every month we conceal the difficulties? Why in winter. Every meeting is opened disguise our lukewarmness and our and concluded with prayer, to imnegligence, if they exist ? Would plore the Divine blessing; and the it not be a want of Christian frank- time that is not occupied in examinness, to be silent because we are ing the accounts, is employed in not satisfied with what we have to reading the interesting details we say? Besides, it is not in this as can collect of the success of misin human works ; it is not the num- sionaries in distant lands. The ber of positive facts, that give a knowledge of the unhappy state of real importance to our labours. Al. pagan nations is very well fitted to though we should even have collect- awaken zeal for the missionary work. ed considerable sums; although we There now exist several female soshould have acquired a great number cieties in the different departments. of subscribers ; if these numerous The whole number that have come subscribers were not animated by a to our knowledge is eight.”
Various minute but interesting the Gospel ; that they can triumph details are given respecting these over the material and moral obstacles societies; after which the Report which they will meet with in their continues :
path. And why do we doubt of “ These are the few facts which their success ? Because we do not we have been able to collect, of the ourselves believe in the power of Female Societies for Missions in that Gospel to change the heart ; France. We do not attempt to con- and we doubt of that power because ceal how feeble our efforts are, when we have not yet felt it in our own. compared with what is done in other “ No one believes that the Gospel countries : how feeble in Paris, es- is the power of God unto salvation, pecially, which combines so much if he has not felt it in his own wealth and resources of every kind; breast; and no one can doubt of for the departments have far out- that power, when he has himself stripped us. Montpellier contains as experienced it. All the arguments many female associations as Paris : of sound reason and experience and small, poor communes, have upon the temporal and spiritual manifested a zeal superior to ours. benefits that the Gospel infallibly
“ When we reflect on the beauty, leads after it; all those plain reathe incontestable utility of the mis- sonings, so often repeated, upon sionary work; when we see how the superiority of the Gospel moeasy would be the exertions that rality, upon the necessity of draware required for this work; when we ing the unhappy pagans from their think that by some trifling sacrifice absurd and criminal beliefs; all of time or money, we might be able these reasonings leave us, neverto advance that cause for which our theless, inactive and undecided. missionaries sacrifice their health, The conviction comes not forth from their lives, and the endearments of our understanding, to enter that friendship, we ask ourselves with living region of our being, where it astonishment, how it is possible that would become efficacious and active. we have so little ardour in an un- The powerful voice which alone can dertaking at once so great and so say to it, • Rise up and walk,' is easy. How is it possible that we not heard ; and it cannot have any neglect the opportunity of doing so real effect. But if we had ourmuch good at so little expense ? We selves experienced the power of the address this question to ourselves ; Gospel, we should no longer be and the answer of our hearts is in- able to doubt of its success, nor be variably the same,—it is, that we intimidated by any obstacle. For want faith. And if we seek a whoever has fathomed the deep remedy for this lukewarmness, we wretchedness of his own heart, and shall find it only in the increase of has notwithstanding felt that that faith. It is not necessary to search heart can be united to the all-holy for secondary causes of this dulness God by the power of the Divine in our efforts, and it is not necessary Word, remains no longer in uncerto seek secondary means to re-ani- tainty with regard to the victory it mate them. The Missionary So- will accomplish over all the nations ciety will prosper among us only of the earth. when we shall ourselves have a liv. “ Is it not necessary that this ing and prevailing faith. The ob- same Spirit of God which is to conjections brought forward against vert the savage, should descend into this work, all partake of the same our own souls, to change and purify source. We find this undertaking them ? that it should dissipate the too remote; we doubt of the suc- thick darkness with which we are .cess of our missionaries; we cannot encompassed, before we can comfigure to ourselves that they can prehend the perfect holiness and lead gross savages to the purity of infinite mercy of God—that God
whom we have dishonoured in a not overcome evil with good.' But thousand different ways? Is it not if our treasure were laid up in heanecessary that the same power of ven,-if we could say with David, Divine grace should operate, in order the zeal of thine house hath eaten to transport us into the invisible me up,'- if our heart beat for the world which we know not, where advancement of the truth, is it not we wish not to live, that our hearts certain that it would be delivered may feel eternal truths, that they almost withouteffort from the misery may become the continual spring that oppresses it, and with which it of our actions, and so engross our every day vainly contends ? thoughts as to give them the ascen- “Let us then labour for the saldency over the objects that surround vation of our brethren, and we shall us and lead us astray, If the Gospel advance our own sanctification ; let had obtained this ascendency in us extend our views ; let us not trace us—if it had comforted our afflicted any narrow limits for our exertions or and burdened hearts_healed our our hopes; let us persuade ourselves sick and polluted souls, we should of the triumph of our holy cause, believe in its power ; we should have even to the ends of the earth; let that faith of experience which no- us participate in the joy that angels thing can destroy, and of which it feel at the sight of an individual is said, that it shall overcome the brought to the light, whatsoever world. But this faith is wanting in may be his name, his family, or bis us, and therefore it is that our Mis- country; and let us believe that thus sionary Society languishes. It can the work of God will make its way be re-animated only by the re-ani- in our own hearts. mation of our faith.
“Let us hope that our Female Mis. “It is sometimes said, that it is ne. sionary Society will be pre-eminent cessary first to think of ourselves, of in giving the example of evangelical our own salvation, of our country, zeal. Every where we see women before undertaking a work so dis- contributing, by their efforts, to the tant. Those who make this objec- progress of the Christian faith. The tion, it seems to us, are ignorant of Gospel, which has drawn them from the real state of the soul and the the state of inferiority in which means which God destines to rege. other religions have left them, has nerate it. In truth, what is it that re- farther granted them an exceeding tards our sanctification ? It is the great privilege,—the right of lapre-occupation of our individual in- bouring for its establishment, and of terests, the engrossments of our self- concurring in the general good of love; all our defects arise from the their brethren. preference of ourselves to others “ The word of God shews us seveand to duty. What then is the ral examples of women who contrimeans of overcoming them? It is buted to the propagation of Christo come out of ourselves, to trans. tianity. St. John has addressed one port our affections and thoughts to of his Epistles to a woman. St. more worthy and more elevated ob- Paul, in his salutations, thanks the jects. God, who has designed men Christian women who laboured with to perfect themselves and mutually him in the Gospel. 'I commend to assist each other, has so consti- unto you,' says he, Phebe, a sertuted us, that the best means of vant of the church which is at Cenadvancing ourselves is to labour sin- chrea; for she hath been a succerely for the good of others. The courer of many, and of myself also. mere attempt to destroy our evil in. Greet Priscilla, my helper in Christ clinations is in vain, if we do not fill Jesus. Greet Mary, who bestowed our hearts with interests and senti. much labour on us.
And there are ments more worthy to take their many other passages we might place; if, as St. Paul says, 'we do quote. Should not such examples CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
move us ? And what inconveni- “Greet Mary, who bestowed ence should women fear in em- much labour on us.' How affecting ploying themselves for the advance. is this simple expression! God calls ment of the kingdom of God? Is us to labour for him! Shall we it not to remain in the sphere of our refuse to give him some of those habitual duties to labour for that hours in which the soul languishes, great family of the Christian church often idle in the midst of occupawhich God blesses and watches over, tions which have not the power to and where each one ought to be fill it wholly ? Shall we refuse to about his Father's business ? Reli- labour in that cause in which sucgious truths, although the most sub- cess is certain ? for we have eternity lime and the most universal of all before us, and the promise of an alltruths, are, notwithstanding, so sim- powerful God. And even should ple, so bound up in the fate of every we fail of success, our very efforts individual, that they can be reached will constitute their own reward. by every understanding, and can It is a cause in which there should take possession of all hearts. They be no discouragement; for our weakalone can give to the soul that ar- ness and incapacity only furnish ad. dour without agitation, and that ditional reasons to hope for the aid tranquil flame, which disturbs not and the pity of God our Saviourthe incorruptible purity of a meek of the God who came to save sin. and quiet 'spirit, which is in the ners, that he might forgive all our sight of God of great price, accord- iniquities and heal all our infirmiing to the words of the Apostle. ties.”
SOUTH-SEA ISLANDS MISSIONS. In our Number for October, we tain, and a species of fern, saved presented to our readers some in- them from the greatest distress. The teresting facts connected with the cotton-grounds are over-run with Sandwich Islands Mission, chiefly weeds; the looms that have been in reply to the aspersions of the sent out are thrown aside, and weavQuarterly Review. We propose ing discontinued. The king is a now, with the assistance of the offi- child ; his mother a most dissolute cial defence of the missions by Mr. woman; and the chiefs divided and Orme, to lay before them some ad- jealous of each other. At Tobuai, ditional details well worthy of tran- the indolence of the natives since scription, not confining ourselves to their conversion has been such, the Sandwich Islands, but including that, out of the whole population, the South-Sea Missions in general, but two hundred remain. It will all of which have been the subject scarcely be believed, that this morof hostile attack.
tality has been occasioned by their The Quarterly Review had quoted being too lazy to cook their food Captain Beechey as saying, in re- oftener than once a week; in conseference to Otaheite, “ This island quence of which it becomes sour is still the beautiful, fertile coun- and unwholesome, and produces try it has ever been represent- complaints of the stomach, which ed; but it is lamentable to ob- carry them off. Captain Beechey serve the change that has taken gives many other details of the same place among the natives, who appear character, but admits that the misto have lost what good qualities they sionaries are, on the other hand, once possessed, and are become so entitled to every credit for having intolerably lazy, that, should the succeeded in abolishing human sacribread-fruit, by any accident, fail fices and the prevailing crime of inthem, a famine must ensue. Indeed, fanticide, which had proceeded to they have been very near it already; such an extent that the population and nothing but the mountain-plan- of the island is not more than one
half of what it was when Cook first besides been taught to burn lime visited it.”—To these charges Mr. to boil salt, to saw timber, to work Orme gives a most triumphant re- iron at the forge, to make hats and ply: “ To what period in the his- bonnets, to turn wood, &c. &c. For tory of these people does Captain all these things which could not exBeechey refer, when he speaks of ist without a measure of application ' the good qualities which they and industry, they have been inonce possessed,' but which they debted to the instructions of the
appear to have lost?' If his missionaries; and yet Captain words mean any thing, they must Beechey would persuade us that refer to the state of their disposi- Christianity, has made the people tions before they professed Chris- intolerably lazy! tianity. Their good qualities then, “ To occasional famine or scarcity as thieves and child murderers, and the natives have been always exlicentious in the highest degree, are posed. When the roissionaries first too well known to require any proof arrived, the king told them, as the to be adduced. That these things people were bringing a number of no longer exist is admitted ; yet presents, not to expect that they Captain Beechey could look at their would always be so plentifully supsmiling villages, and neat cottages, plied; for they sometimes had long and lovely children, and European and severe famines. The traditions manners, and gravely tell the people of the islands state, that the people of England that the natives have have often been obliged to eat the lost the good qualities they once roots of a particular plant-nahe. possessed !
It was a common proverb among “ Again, the inhabitants are re them, when a scarcity continued presented as having become intoler- long, This is indeed a man-eating ably lazy. Does Captain Beechey famine.
famine.' In some of the islands the mean to say that they were for- fern root has always been an article merly industrious and enterprizing? of food on such occasions. In every That in their savage state they culti- country which produces so luxuriant. vated their lands, and did not de- ly and spontaneously as the Southpend on their bread-fruit trees? Sea Islands, a considerable degree Does he forget all at once that they of indolence may be expected. have now houses instead of huts ? With this, as well as many other That in place of a few rude vessels, difficulties, the missionaries have they have now numerous culinary had to contend; and it is not so utensils, a variety of furniture, and surprising that the effects of former working tools of all sorts? And that habits and manners have not been instead of being naked, or half. entirely overcome, as that they have naked, they are now decently and been subdued to the extent which even respectably clothed ?
has taken place. “ In the island of the Huahine, “Captain Beechey refers to the when the missionaries landed in cotton grounds, as
overrun with 1819, there were not more than ten weeds,' and to the looms, as thrown houses in the district of Fare, which aside,' and to weaving, as disconwere partly open and partly screened tinued.' Now who taught the naon the sides with cocoa-nut leaves. tives to cultivate cotton ? The misNow there is a good road, a number sionaries. Who sent out the looms? of quays, 400 plastered houses, a The Missionary Society. Who inplace of worship one hundred feet structed the people to weave ? The by sixty, and two school-houses, missionary artizans. Yet would Many of the chiefs of the islands Captain Beechey insinuate, that the have large boats, between thirty and low state of the cotton manufactory forty feet long, which the natives is owing to the raissionaries. That have learned to build. They have difficulties have occurred in the