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MASSACHUSETTS MISSIONARI SOCIKTI.

the present year,—the Trustees of the human heart, to the holy religion of Society, made an application to the Jesus of Nazareth, will be triumphant, General Assembly, at their late session and that in some parts of our land its for another Brief, for the further term heavenly voice will almost cease to be of three years; which was very liberal-heard. ly and cheerfully granted. The Le- The contribution of May last, tho' gislature and people of the state appear not all received, is expected to amount

ch disposed to support that impor- to nearly four thousand dollars. This tant Institution, which is the most effi- is several hundred dollars more than cient Missionary Society in the United the last year, which was greater than States. Nor have the smiles of heaven any one preceding. While the people been less conspicuous upon the judi-|of this State continue their exertions cious arrangoments, and the laborious to supply their destitute brethren in the exertions of the Trustees. The informa- new settlements, with the word of life, tion respecting the religious state of the God will not withhold the blessings of western country, recently laid before his providence and grace. He ever the public, seems to have produced a keeps his eye upon his holy habitageneral impression, that all our charit- tion, Con. Ev. Mag. able exertions are needed, and can be most usefully applied in disseminating the blessings of religious instruction, among the distitute people of those Extracts from the conclusion of the report of infant settlements. The calls upon

the Trustees of the Massachusetts Mise the Missionary Society, for their bene

sionary Society volent assistance, are very frequent

(Continued from page 66.] and pressing, accompanied by the most Mr. Colbey's labors were chiefly at grateful acknowledgements of the peo- Waterville, Farmington, Vassalbople of those clestitute regions, for the rough, Fairfax, and Readfield in the favors already received. The efforts, county of Kennebeck; Paris, in the for this purpose are further encourag-county of Oxford; and Noridgwalk ed with the reflection, that those which and Fairfield, in the county of Somkave been hitherto made, have been erset. Besides preaching on the Sabaccompanied with the signal approba- bath, he preached on other days as he tion of Divine Providence. No Chris. had opportunity; but as in some of the tian mission, in proportion to the places he found it inconvenient for the imeans employed, appears to have people to attend public meetings on been productive of more good, than secular days, he spent much of his that which has been supported by this time in visiting from house to house, state, for ixteen years.

It as met which he thought he found to be as with no particular frown of Heaven ; | useful as more frequent preaching. and has been constantly blessed for “ Indeed,” he says,“ being most of the the gradual furtheranoe of the gospel time stationary, located in particular of Christ.

places, my duties were more like those There is no Christian country, in of a pastor of a parish, than of a travelwhich the exertions of the pious and ling missionary.“ In all the places charitable are more needed, for the where I have preached,” he adds,“ I dispersion of gospel instruction, than have found people not only willing but

The genius of our political solicitous to hear the Gospel. In mainstitutions forbidding the interference ny places, meetings have been crowof civil authority for the support of di- ded, solemn, and affecting.” “Very vine ordinances, unless the exertions many expressed gratitude to the Misof the friends of Zion be made with sionary Society for their goodness to : constancy and perseverance, there is them in sending missionaries amongst reason to fear that the hostility of the them," In his journal under date of

our own.

Lord's-day, Nov. 28, he says “ After this work must not be remitted, but meeting (at Vassalborough) rode to must be increased, or many thouthe upper part of Augusta, and preach-sands of the present generation, within ed an evening lecture. Here the the limits of these States, will die withLord appears to be specially present. | out instruction; other generations will For several weeks past, the people grow up in fatal ignorance of God; and have been very attentive to serious multitudes after multitudes will perish things, and it is thought that about thro’the negligence of those who might twenty in this little neighborhood have minister to their salvation, and whose been brought to the knowledge of the responsibility in this regard to the great truth. The house was crowded, and Judge of all, is awfully solemn. May every one seemed listening as for eter- this be deeply felt by every member nity." Of the congregational socie- of this Society; may every member be ty in Paris, composed of about thirty in earnest to cause it to be deeply felt families, he says,“ I was very much | by all around him; may He with interested for this society. Surround-whom is the preparation of the heart in ed with Sectarians, Baptists, Univer- man, and whose are the silver and the salists, and others, the society seem- gold, give the willing heart and the full ed like a good man struggling with ad- | and ready hand; and soon, throughout tersity. Their candor, sincerity, and our own land, and in all lands, may attentive solemnity pleased me much. the wilderness and the solitary place be There appeared to be many inquiring glad, and the desert rejoice and blossomisouls among them. They are worthy as the rose. Boston, May 24, 1814. the attention of Missionary Societies, and demand the prayers of the friends The following is taken from a late Eng. of Zion." Of Norridgewock he says, * While in this town I conversed with

lish publication. some young persons under deep convictions; and, from what I could dis- On Wednesday the 4th of May last, cover, have strong hopes, that the the 10th Anniversary of the British and Lord is about to pour out his Spirit Foreign Bible Society was held at here, and revive his work, which "The Free Mason's Hall, Queen st. seems to have been pretty much sus- Lincoln's inn fields." The report read pended as to a general reformation for by Lord Teignmouth, the President, about eighteen years. Christians seem contained a variety of interesting matmuch engaged in prayer and sinners ter relative to the progress made by appear solemn and attentive.” In the Institution in different parts of the some other places he noticed some world. encouraging appearances.

The total of net receipts within the The plan of more stationary mis- year were reported to be 87,216l 68 90. sions and especially of assisting par- and of payments, 84,6521 18 5d and ishes and societies desirous of a per- the Society's engagements with its domanent ministration of the Gospel, but mestic and foreign Societies, for the not yet quite able to support it, ap-current year; 28,6001. The Total ispears to meet with very general favor, sue of Bibles and Testaments, by the and to promise great and lasting bene- Society, both at home and on the Con

tinent, amounted to 1,026,845, and if The harvest truly is plenteous, but to these be added 122,000, printed or the laborers are few, and the means now printing by societies in Europe onyet supplied for supporting them com-ly, aided by the Society at home, the paratively small. What has already total amonnt will be 1,158,850 copies. been done in this good work is little His Royal Highness the Duke of in comparison with what remains to Kent, the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be done. Exertions for promoting the Bishops of Salisbury and Norwich,

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.

fit to many

cence.

the Earl of Northesk, Lord Gambier, Soun I saw him, with disınay, the Swedish Ambassador, (to Madrid)

Spread his pimes, and soar away :

Now I mark his rapid flight; the Dean of Wells, the Warden of

Now he leaves my aching sight: Manchester, the principal of the Mag- He is gone whom I adore, dalene Hall, (Oxford,) Messrs. Wilber- 'Tis in vain to seek him more. force, A. Thornton, Porcher, and C. How I trembled then, and fear'd Grant jun. Rev. Dr. Romeyn, (from

When my Love had disappeard!

<« Wilt thou leave me thus," I cried, N. York,) the Rev. Dr. Thorpe, (from « Whelm'd beneath the rolling tide ?" Dublin,) the Rev. W. Dealtiy, Rev.

Vain attempt to reach his ear!
G. Burder, Rev. J. Paterson, (from Love was gone and would not hear.
Petersburgh,) Rev.R. Pinkerton, from Ah! return and love me still ;
Moscow,) and the Secretaries, took a See me subject to thy will;

Frown with wrath, or smile with grace; share in the business of the day. From

Only let me see thy face! the importance of the communications,

Evil I have none to fear, the number and rank of the attendants, All is good if thou art near. and the interest excited by the able and Yet he leaves me cruel fate! impressive addresses, this may be justly Leaves me in my lost estate considered as having exceeded, in point

Have 1 sinn'd? O say, wherein;

Tell me, and forgive my sın! of effect, any preceding anniversary.

King, and Lord, whom I adore,

Shall I see thy face no more ! A Figurative description of the procedure of Be not angry; I resign,

DIVINE LOVE in bringing a soul to the point Henceforth, all my Will to thine : of self-renunciation and absolute acquies- I consent that thou depart,

Though thine absence breaks

my

heart i 'TWAS my purpose, on a day,

Go then, and for ever tov ; To embark and sail away;

All is right that thou wilt do. As I climb'd the vessel's side,

This was just what Love intended, Love was sporting in the tide ;

He was now no more offended; “Come,” he said“ ascend-make haste,

Soon as I became a child, Launch into the boundless waste.”

Love return'd to me and smild:

Never strife shall more betide
Many mariners were there,
Having each his sep’rate care;

*Twixt the Bridegroom and the Bride.

Madame Guion They that rowd us, held their eyes Fix'd upon the starry skies ; Others steer'd, or turn’d the sails

Installation.-On Wednesday Aug. To receive the shifting gales.

17, 1814, the Rev. JONATHAN KitchLove, with pow'r divine supply'd, EL, was installed pastor of the PresbySuddenly my courage try'd,

terian church and congregation in In a moment it was night; Ship, and skies, were out of sight;

Smithfield, N. Y. by the Presbytery of On the briny wave I lay;

Onondaga. The Rev. Ira M. Olds, Floating rushes all my stay.

made the introductory prayer, and Did I with resentment burn

gave the charge to the minister-Rev. At this unexpected turn?

Jabez Chadwick, preached the sermon Did I wish myself on shore,

from Isaiah xliii. 21, and made the conNever to forsake it more? No_"my soul,” I cried, “ be still:

cluding prayer--Rev. Reuben Hurd, If I must be lost, I will."

moderator, presided and made the inNext he hasten'd to convey

stalling prayer, and Rev.Joshua Leon. Both my frail supports away;

ard, gave the charge to the people. Seiz'd my rushes; bade the waves The various exercises of the day were Yawn into a thousand graves : Down I went, and sunk as lead,

very pertinent and highly impressive; Ocean closing o'er my head.

and were listened to by a numerous Still however, life was safe;

audience, with a degree of attention And I saw him turn and laugh;

seldom surpassed in any public assem"Friend," he cried, “ adieu ! lie low :

bly. The weather was fine—the exWhile the wintry storms shall blow;

ercises were solemnized in the open When the spring has calm’d the main You shall rise and float again."

li air, and were not interrupted by any unfavorable occurrence.

TIE

UTICA CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE.

VOL. II.

OCTOBER, 1814.

No. 40

For the Utica Christian Magazine. pointed his devices, so that he could INSTRUCTION FROM THE BOOK OF

not perform his enterprise. He set ESTHER.

a snare for himself. He dug a pit

which he fell into himself. His wick{Concluded from page 72.] ed device, which he devised against X. In this book we have a striking the Jews, returned upon his own head, comment on several scriptures, which and he and his sons were hanged on speak of the sudden and unexpected the gallows prepared for Mordecai. destruction which will come on the [See chap. vii. 9, 10; also chap. ix. 25] enemies of God and his people. The Except they repent, all the enemies case to which we have been attending, of God and his people will likewise is a bright illustration of that text, perish. All the violent dealings of Prov. 16, 18; Pride goeth before de- the wicked against the righteous, will struction, and a haughty spirit before return upon their own heads. While a fall; and of that in the 20th chapter they are plotting the overthrow of the of Job; The triumphing of the wicked Lord's hidden ones, they are treasuris shortthough his excellency nounting up wrath for themselves, & all their up to the heavens, and his head reach wicked machinations will be made unto the clouds, yet shall he perish for- to work together for good to the

It is also an illustration of Job, that love God; just as the wicked maV. 12–16; He disappointeth the devices chinations of Hainan advanced Esther, of the crafty, so that their hands cannot Mordecai and the Jews to higher honperform their enterprise. He takethor and greater prosperity. the rise in their oron craftiness ; and XI. Tlie case of Haman and Morthe counsel of the fronard is carried decai, taken together, reflects much headlong. They meet with darkness | light on that sage observation of the in the day time, and grope in the noon- inspired Solomon, Prov. xxix. 2; day us in the night. But he saveth the When the righteous are in authority, poor from the sword, from their mouth, the people rejoice ; but when the wicked and from the hand of the mighty. So bear rule the people mourn. There that the poor hath hope and iniquity was a time when wicked Homan did, stoppeth her mouth. The case before in effect, rule the kingdom of Persia; us is also a comment on Psal. ix. 15 ; || and then the city Shushan was perThe heathen are sunk down in the pit plexed. Then there was great mourn: that they made; in the net which they ing, when loyal peaceable subjects hid is their own foot taken. Haman's were denounced as though they kept proud and haughty spirst never rose not the king's laws. Mordecai was to so high a pitch as it did, not more not only a man of talents, but of picty ; than twenty four hours before he had he worshipped the Suprenie Ruler, his fall, when he fell to rise no more. When he filled the eame place, which His triumphing was short. He had but Haman had filled before him, it is said, just begun his career of glory, before The city Shusban rejoiced and was he came to the most disgraceful end. glad. The Jews had light, and get He was crafty, but the Lord disap-nesa, and joy, and honor. In reading the history of the Israelitish nation, to build up Zion? Did he mean so? noihing is more apparent than this, Did bis heart think so? It was by bethat their national prosperity depended ing counteracted, that his devices adgreatly on the character of their rulers.vanced the good of the church; but A good prince would seem to revive Esther and Mordecai made the good the sinking nation, and a bad one of the church of God their direct obwould, in his turn, undo what his good|ject. For this they felt tenderly conpredecessor had done. Rulers are cerned ;-for this they prayed to the ministers of God for good to those King of heaven;-and for this they over whom they rule: But wicked presented their petitions before the men bave no design to act in concert king of Persia. Mordecai and Esther with God. The Most High sees that sought the preservation of the holy they seek neither his glory, nor the people, the people of the most high people's good; but only their own ag- God; and Haman sought their destrucgrandizement; and what can be more tion. There was so much difference displeasing to him ? If a nation would between them; and there is now the ensure the blessing of God, this must same difference between the friends be one of the steps wbich they take,- and foes of Christ. He that is not they must consult his word, to find with Christ is against him; and he that what sort of rulers will please Him;l gathereth not with him scattereth and if they can have their choice, abroad. We are all, both saints and let them select men of God's choice- sinners, continually made use of to men after his own heart.

ever.

N VL. 2.

further the infinite plan of Providence; XII. From the book of Esther we but this does not destroy the holiness draw this instruction, that God can of saints, nor the sinfulness of sinners. make use of good and bad agents to ex- The Most High may make a wise use ecute his designs, and promote the of the wisdom of a wise man, and also good of his chosen, and still these a-of the folly of a fool, to fulfil his coun-. gents preserve their respective charac-sel; but this does not confound the ters. There are a number of actors || distinction between a wise man and a brought upon the stage in this sacred fool. drama. All, whether Persians or And as this piece of sacred history Jews; whether godly or ungodly, | discovers a difference of character were evidently used in the hand of 13- || among those whom God makes use of rael's God, to help bring about one to full his designs, so it strikingly event, and promote one great design. | leads us to contemplate the different But will it follow from this, that all retributions, which await these differwere worthy of reward ? or that all of ent characters. This is not the world them are to be looked upon as posses- of retribution; and yet even here the sing one character? Vashti and Est- Lord is known by the judgments her acted parts in the same tragedly ;/ which he executes. He has repeatedbut they did not possess the same char-ly shown by his providential dealings acter. Bighan and Teresh, who sought that he is preparing a strange punishto lay hands on the king Ahasuerus; ment for the workers of iniquity, and as well as Mordecai, who informed that he is preparing glory and blessedagainst them, and saved the king's life; ness for his afflicted people. In events. were used to bring to pass the purpo- |recorded in this book, he designed to ses of Jehovah, in the deliverance of bring out to view the different feelings his people. But this does not destroy of his heart towards different characthe difference of character which exis-ters. He brought Haman to this ted between them. Who can be any strange and disgraceful end, not only more pleased with Haman’s insuffera- to punish him for his violent dealings; ble pride and ambition, because these but he hung him high, to be a specta-, vere made use of to glorify God, and cle to all who should afterwards seek

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