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pressed strong wishes that all the members of his congregation might continue in the way of the Lord; he was particularly solicitous respecting young
believers. In conversation with two or three friends, he said, “In the late weak state of my body, my mind was steady and capable of con-. templating divine truth; when my spirit is delivered from this prison of clay, it shall ascend to dwell forever with the Lord.” “Where there is no more sorrow," added one, “Where there is no more sin," he subjoined with emphasis. “If I shall not be able to speak to you again, you must not be disheartened; I will speak as long as I can, to encourage you to go on in the way of the Lord."
The 61st and 638 chapters of Isaiah were read, at his request, and the 1st Hymn, 1st part, was sung.
In the morning of this day, when he awoke from a refreshing rest, at 4 o'clock, “Welcome sweet day of rest,” were his first words. Thus early he commenced his labours on this Sabbath. His style was sublime and grand when speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. His advices and admonitions, his commendations of the Saviour; his prayers for his friends, and for his churches; his praises for the goodness of the Lord, and thanksgiving, on that sacred day, rendered the duties which bis zeal and fidelity prompted him to fulfil, very extensive and laborious.
After this he began to decline fast ; and during the following days of his continuance he was very weak. Still patient and calm, however, and always pleased to hear the promises of the Saviour, he would also add a word when he could. As he
approached his latter end, he relished no words but the simple word of God from the Bible. To Mrs. Lowe, offering him some medicine, and hoping it would relieve him, when he was in great distress, he said " If it please the Lord.”
In the evening of this day, “He will not always chide,” said he, “neither will he keep his anger forever.” At the time he was receiving some milk and water in a tea spoon, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never tbirst.” Again, what a mercy, “wine and milk without money and without price," the sincere milk of the word, how refreshing.
Doctor J. H. Livingston, bis former instructor in divinity, the day before he died, came to see him. The Doctor asked him if he should pray for him, and if he had any particular thing which he wished to be asked in prayer. He answered; “Grace that I may persevere.” Sometime after his aged friend was gone, he said, “Come quickly Lord Jesus.” He improved the relief he had in the after part of this day in prayer, as was evident by the motion of his eyes and hands. He turned his eyes towards a member of his church, and appeared desirous that this person should speak to him. “The Lord is still with you?” He assented with his head.
" the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from allsin ?"He listed his hand as an affirmative answer.-“ You can say the Lord Jesus is all and in all for your salvation.”—“O, yes," was his
You can say
You can say, "bless the Lord, O my soul ?” raising his head and throwing out his arms, he fixed his eyes towards heaven, and paused in adoration.
Wednesday, June 10th, 1618, a little after 11 o'clock in the forenoon,
be quietly and calmly fell asleep in Jesus his Saviour. About half an hour before he expired, he clasped his uplifted hands, and raised his heavy eyes toward the place of his rest. He continued in this attitude as long as he could-his bands fell-his eyes closed ;-he sat in this posture till his soul took its flight.
The above are a few of the remarks and exercises of this christian preacher in the latter part of his illness; the greater part of which were uttered in the hearing of the writer. One of his most fervent ejaculations to the Lord, was, O that God would send my people a faithful-a faithful preacher. Pray, cease not to pray for it, said he to a member of his church.
Often would he say when in much pain, o that it may be sanctified !
To a young man, who, he had understood, wished to be employed in the Gospel ministry, he said, “The Lord bless you, my son, and make you eminently useful in his church.”
When be had not spoken for some days so as to be easily understood, after prayer by an aged friend, the power of divine grace upon his beart enabled him to speak out distinctly; and he commenced a conversation with his friend on those subjects that were most interesting to him.
The heart of this preacher of “ Christ Jesus and him crucified, was so warmed with the love of the Saviour-his zeal so ardenthis compassion to the souls of men so great, that he appeared never satisfied with speaking to fellow-sinners of the great salvation through the blood of Jesus. And he was enabled to do this, in a great measure, until he joined the redeemed above, who sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God almighty ; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”
Mr. Marsden, in a letter dated Paramatta, May 17, 1817, says, “The Missionaries in the Harriet have all arrived, and shall be forwarded as soon as possible to the Islands. The Active is gone to New Zealand, but may be expected in six or seven weeks : there is no prospect of any opportunity before that time; they shall not be detained a day longer than necessary.”
LETTER FROM THE ISLANDS. Mr. Orsmond, who arrived at Eimeo in May, 1817, writes from Papetoai, in Eimeo, June 30, 1817. "Our voyage," he says, “from the Colony to Eimeo, was long, but safe. The field is large, and white; and all I need now is prudence, perseverance, unquenchable love for souls, the wisdom of the serpent with the harmlessness of the dove, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. The brethren bere are very kind, and are anxious to spend the remainder of their lives in the cause of God.
“I am learning the language from Mr. Nott. I have written three prayers in the Taheitean language, one of which Pomare copied as soon as he saw it. There is nothing I so much desire as to be useful to these poor benighted people. They cry for instruction; they call for our exertions; they demand the rigilant improvement of every minute for their eternal welfare. Soon, I bope, with the blessing of Jesus, to speak to them. Let us still share in your prayers, and we hope, while our pulses continue to beat, to seek the prosperity of Zion. The natives say to me, 'Make haste, and learn our language, that you may be able to teach us.' This has been said by several ; indeed from the first it has continued to ring in my ears. I have at this moment a letter before me from Pomare, stating his determination to visit England. My dear wife is at present very ill.
“A little tiine since there was some uncommon lightning at Taheite; and the natives went to the mountains and caves, and brought forth the gods that had not been consumed in the fire, and prepared to burn them, supposing that God was angry with them for keeping them at all. 'Conscience is a faithful monitor. Mr. Barff will, I hope, soon be here."
QUARTERLY EXTRACTS, published by the American Bille Society
in August, 1818. Already has the American Bible Society begun to occupy a station among the great Bible Establishments in Christendom, which are an ornament and a blessing to the nations which gave them birthi. The increasing resources of this Institution, and the comparative importance of its operations, are already exciting an interest which it is essential to keep alive and to cherish. To communicate to the public more frequent and extensive information of its proceedings, of the patronage which it continues to receive, the contributions to its funds, and the good opinion entertained of it by those societies or individuals who are disposed to second its views and aid its efforts, appears to be a duty incumbent on those to whom the direction of its concerns has been intrusted. The Managers of this Society are also persuaded, that a more copious diffusion of intelligence relating to the progress of the Bible cause, derived from foreign as well as domestic sources, would tend to awaken and interest the public feeling in its favour, and stimulate to more active exertions in promoting it.
American Christians, being more generally informed of the extensive and successful operations of kindred Institutions in other parts of the world, will feel an additional encouragement to aid their own National Society, whose labours are directed to the accomplishment of the same grand and beneficent designs.
Under these impressions, the Board have ordered, that a Publication be issued every three months, which is to contain
1st. An account of such measures adopted by the Board during the preceding quarter as it may be expedient to publish:
2d. An account of the contributions to the funds of the Society :
3d. Extracts from the Reports and Correspondence of Auxiliary Societies :
4th Such parts of the publications of the British and Foreign, and other Bible Societies, as it may be deemed useful to insert therein.
The concentration under the same roof of the mechanical operations carried on for the Society, has greatly facilitated the systematic conducting of its business. But though the number of presses employed in printing the Bibles has been increased, the demand for the sacred volume has considerably exceeded the means of supplying it. Ten presses are now in operation for the Society, and one or two more will be added as soon as they can be procured.
The following copies of the Scriptures have been printed for the Society during the last three months :
2,000 Octavo Bibles,
1,000 Gospels of John, in the Mohawk and English. The contributions to the funds of the Society received in May, June,
and July, 1818, were as follows: From 59 Auxiliary Societies, in part for Bibles and New Testaments,
$ 7539 58 7 Bible Societies not auxiliary, do.
763 68 7 Charitable and Religious Societies, do. 630 25 3 Congregational collections
41 80 Sundry individuals, for Bibles and Testaments 120 24 3 Directors for life
350 00 66 Ministers, members for life
1990 00 13 otber members for life
321 25 15 annual contributors
Total in the first quarter of the third year $ 11,849 90
For want of room, we are obliged to reserve for our next Number the Extracts from Reports of Auxiliary Societies, contained in the above document.
Saturday, September 19, 1818.
Extract from the Third Report of the Directors of the East Ten
NESSEE BIBLE Society, presented at the Annual Meeting, April 29, 1818.
The Directors of the East Tennessee Bible Society have occasion for renewed congratulation, that the smiles of Divine Providence have still continued to bless its exertions. Returns have been received during the past year from every county within our limits, except two, and from these returns it appears that the number of members now belonging to the society is six hundred and sixteen, making an increase, since the last anniversary, of three hundred and sixty four.
Though returns from several counties have not been received by the Treasurer, yet the amount received by him on account of the Society is greater than in any former year. The whole sum received, since his last report, is $569 20, which added to the sum before in the Treasury, makes an amount of $727 28 }; of this sum $268 36 has been paid for incidental expenses, leaving at this time, at the disposal of the Society, a balance of $458 92 1.
During the past year the Directors have ordered the distribution of One Thousand and seventy-five Bibles, and Two Hundred Testaments. The greater part of these has been sent to the place of deposit in each county, for the use of the Agents, though we regret to state that in two or three instances, the books have not been forwarded for want of a suitable opportunity.
The Directors have the satisfaction to inform the Society, that their anticipations respecting the American Bible Society, expressed in last year's Report,
have not been disappointed. It has generously presented us with Five Hundred Bibles, of a very superiour quality. Nor has the Philadelphia Bible Society, during the last year, shown itself weary of well-doing. It has added to its former claims upon our gratitude by the very handsome donation of One Hundred Bibles and One Hundred Testaments. Seventy-five Bibles mentioned in the last Report, as furnished to our assistance by the Baltimore Bible Society, have since come to hand. These, added to the Bibles belonging to the Society, already in our possession at the last Anniversary, make up the number specified above, as ordered for distribution.
The Directors lament that they are not more extensively furnished, by their Agents, with a statement of the manner in which the books have been disposed of in the different counties, and of the effects produced by their distribution. The accounts which have been received are, however, very encouraging. In one instance, the Books in the hands of the Agent were all applied for within two hours after notice that they had been received for distribution. In another instance, the whole number of Books sent to a county were distributed in about a fortnight. A much esteemed clergyman, who