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heathen, which has its seat at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to publish the within list in the Christian Herald.
I am, respectfully, Dear Sir,
(Commonly called Moravians,) The following Contributions are acknowledged, with much gratitude, by the Society of United Brethren for propagating the gospel among the heatben, as having been received from 31st May, 1817, to the end of the year 1818, in aid of the Missions of the United Brethren ; which were made, it is presumed, in consequence of the Rev. C. J. Latrobe's Address in their favour, and a letter of the Rev. Mr. Ramstler, which were kindly inserted in various periodical publications, with the view to procure relief for said Missions. A friend to the Missionary cause, and an humble admirer
of the wonderful efforts of the Unitas fratrum, $6 Mr. Edward Prebyn,
5 A Christian Parent,
3 Ditto, for the Greenland Missionaries,
6 W. S. An unknown friend in Kentucky,
40 Rev. Mr. Chapman, Perth-Amboy,
1 A widow's mite; by ditto,
1 Union Congregation, Jefferson county, state of Missis
sippi, amount of a collection by the Rev. Joseph
5 An unknown friend in Kentucky,
54 73 Sundry persons ; by the Right Rev. Jacob Van Vleck, of Salem, Stokes county, North Carolina,
26 A friend at Easton, Pennsylvania,
30 A friend at Philadelphia,
20 A female friend at Philadelphia,
7 A friend,
2 Mr. Joseph Burke, Easton, Pennsylvania,
5 Rev. William Montgomery, amount of two collections
by him in Jefferson county, state of Mississippi ; by
42 A friend at Salem, Massachusetts, for the poor widows
and orphans in Greenland, who are in destitute cir-
10 Mrs. Elizabeth Duryee,
20 Mr. William Treadwell, for poor widows and orphans in Greenland,
Mrs. Tracey, of Litchfield, Connecticut, the contribu
tion of a Ladies' Society there; for ditto, An unknown friend; for ditto,
3 Dr. Morse, Charlestown, Massachusetts,
45 Subscriptions and Donations for the support of the Missions of the United Brethren, will be thankfully received by the Right Rev. Christian G. Huffel, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ; the Right Rev. Jacob Van Vleck, Salem, Stokes County, North Carolina; the Rev. William H. Van Vleck, No. 74 Race-street, Philadelphia ; the Rev. George G. Miller, Newport, Rhode Island; and by Benjamin Mortimer, No. 104 Fulton-street, New-York.
CAUSE OF THE JEWS.
Communicated for the Boston Recorder. Extract of a letter from the Rev. Grant Powers, to Miss Hannah Adams, Corresponding Serretary to the Female Society of Boston and its vicinity, for promoting Christianity amorg the Jews.
HaverhiLL, (N. H.) Feb. 4, 1819. Madam-The inclosed thirty-two dollars and sixty-seven cents I transmit to you, that through your agency it may be appropriated to the religious instruction of the Hebrews.
And since I have the honour to address you by the request of a few friends to Zion, who have contributed this small sum, I shall exercise the freedom of mentioning how we came to contribute this, and why we have directed its application to the Jews.
For several years we have been in the practice of uniting with Christians in the Monthly Concert of Prayer. For the space of two years we assembled in goodly numbers, and united in our petitions at the throne of grace, for the conversion of the world to the doctrines, experience, and practice of the religion of Jesus. For this end, we entreated the Lord to cause Bibles to be multiplied; that He would raise up and qualify men of apostolic faithfulness, love, and zeal, who should go fortb and preach the gospel to every creature. This we did, because we believed that miracles were not to be relied upon for the accomplishment of this stupendous event. But in effect, e were complete Antinomians; believed but did not practice agreeably to our faith. At length it occurred to us, that if our prayers were not wholly unmeaning, or a mockery, so long as we remained inactive ourselves, we besought the Lord to move the hearts and hands of other men to this great work, but prayed to bave ourselves excused.-Exodus iv. 13. O my Lord, send I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And as our sister churches in the vicinity were apparently performing the same rites, it could be viewed in no other light than that once every month we assembled to entreat the King in Zion to dispose our sister churches to come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty, whilst they were assembled at the same time. imploring at the mercy seat that we might do the Lord's work.
At length the inconsistency of our conduct rose to our view. We felt in some measure the importance of verifying to the world, at least, the sincerity of our petitions for the conversion of the beathen. And although we felt ourselves already bound to aid several other moral establishments, yet we would open a monthly contribution for the instruction of those for whom we offered up our prayers to God. Our resolutions were shortly carried into effect, and at the close of every prayer-meeting a few families contributed their mites, and during the year 1818 this sum was received.
The reasons why we have directed this to be appropriated for the benefit of the Jews, are
1. Because we feel that it is a debt justly due to the seed of Abrabaın. We have derived all our distinguishing gospel privileges fiom that nation in the course of Divine Providence. Had not the apostles and their successors done for us what is now our duty to do for them, we and our children had remained to this day in the region and shadow of death.
2. The present degraded and forlorn condition of the descendants of that once peculiar people, demands our immediate exertions for cancelling the debt. And when we consider how long the principal has been on interest, we shall not be led to infer that a small pecuniary consideration, with some feeble exertions and formal prayers, will be recognized as a full equivalent for what is due to them from us. No. The American Peter, and Paul, and James, and Jobi, must kindle with an unextinguishable love and zeal for these dispersed children, and taking wages of other churches, they must go forth to supply their need, and to preach unto them the unsearchable riches of Christ.
3. It has appeared to us from the degree of knowledge we have had upon this subject, that the natural seed of Abraham do not command that interest in Christendom, and especially in America, which their importance demands. Their conversion and gathering together are to form such a prominent feature in the accomplishment of the prophecies, and are to be viewed as the precursors of the speedy approach of universal holiness, that we have been led to suppose that the enlightened friends of the Messiah might justly look upon a spirit for evangelizing the Jews as a sure token of the Saviour's triumphant return to earth; and that the want of this Spirit would be a sure indication of his protracted absence. .
4. We stand in great need of those Jews for missionaries to go unto the Gentiles. The cry is every where heard, Come over and help us. And notwithstanding some of our brethren have gone at the call, yet these do but show us the necessity for others to do likewise. And when we consider the time and expense which are necessary for our missionaries to qualify themselves for good and efficient service after they arrive at the place destined for their future labours; and at the same time reflect that there is scarcely a language under heaven, in extensive use, but what the Jews, in greater or less numbers, have acquired, as well as the habits and customs of all nations, we think we perceive that to evangelize the Jews is to provide missionaries for the whole Gentile world. And until tbis be done, we do not expect to see HOLINESS inscribed upon the bells of the horses ; nor to realize the blessedness to which the apostle refers in his Epistle to the Romans, xi. 12, Now, if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fullness ? For these reasons, and several others, which it is not necessary now to mention, we bave felt it our duty to regard the Jews especially, in our charities at the Monthly Concert.
The effect of this monthly contribution upon the minds of those who contribute is salutary. And although some have been more inconstant in their attendance since this practice was adopted than before, yel numbers attend with promptitude, and are certain to make a free-will offering unto the Lord. Christians now feel that they perform a consistent part. The words of their lips, the service of their hands, and, we trust, the desires of their hearts, all unite to promote the great end in view, the glory of God in the redemption of the world. These meetings have ever been our bappiest seasons. The believer is unusually solemnized and animated as he approaches the consecrated spot. Here he experiences greater abstraction from earth than in ordinary places of Worship. The awful presence of God announces to him that he is upon holy ground ; Divine justice discovers to him his remaining corruptions ; and the magnitude of his petitions teaches bim his entire dependa ance. But amidst the cloudy pillar, the thunderings of justice, the invitations and promises of God form the inverted bow of covenanted mercy, and the believer's heart kindles into devotion while at the altar of his glorious Lord. These are, indeed, heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Here Christians love, and forgetting the embarrassments of modes and forms, their hearts meet and mingle in one grateful incense before the throne. We hope, Madam, to make surther remittances from time to time, as our ability may be. We wish to express our gratitude for the exertions of your Society in behalf of the Jews. We bope that your example will stimulate millions of this nation to a consideration of the just demands of the Hebrews upon us; and that the result may be an augnented sund, an increased exertion, a greater engagedness in prayer, and a rich barvest of redeemed Jews out of all nations whithersoever they have been driven by the providential dealings of their offended Lord. In behalf of my brethren and sisters, I subscribe myself yours, to aid in the cause of our common Lord.
At a Convention of Delegates from several Moral Societies, in the
State of New-York, held in the City of Albany the 13th of January, 1819:
The Rev. ALEXANDER PROUDFIT, D. D. was chosen President.
John STEARNS, M. D. Secretary. Testimonials were presented of the appointment of Delegates from Societies instituted at Albany, Cazenovia, Washington, Schobarie, Kinderhook, Austerlitz, Greenbush, Bethlehem, Waterford, Canajoharie, and Johnstown.
The following Resolutions were adopted.
1. Resolved, That this convention respectfully and earnestly recommend to the various Moral Societies in this State, that are now formed, or may be formed, to send a delegation of their Members annually to meet in Convention in the city of Albany on the second Wednesday of January in every year--whose duty it shall be to consult and determine upon all subjects tbat may come before them, intended to promote good morals in the community, pursuant to the laws of the State and the word of God-Such Delegates shall report to their respective Societies all the information in their power, of the subjects discussed, and acts passed by the Convention.
2. Resolved, That each Moral Society shall have power to send any number of Delegates to the Convention, not exceeding six.
3. Resolved, That a Sermon be preached before the Convention by a person appointed at a previous convention; at such time and place as the Standing Comınittee of Arrangements shall designate.
4. Resolved, That a Committee of seven persons shall be appointed to make arr ngements for the Annual Convention, and to do all necessary things, not expressly provided for by these resolutions.
5. Resolved, That the Chairman of the above Committee shall be the permanent Clerk of the Convention, whose duty it shall be to preserve the minutes and papers of this body for the use of all future Conventions.
The committee appointed to prepare amendments to the laws of the state, for the more effectual suppression of vice and immorality, made the following report, which was discussed and adopted with amendments. An act concerning the estates of Drunkards, and for other purposes.
BE it enacted, &c. That it shall, and is hereby declared to be lawful for the court of chancery of this state, to exercise a jurisdiction and power in regard to the estates of persons who shall be incapable of conducting their own affairs in consequence of habitual drunkenness, similar to the jurisdiction and power exercised by that court in regard to the estates of lunatics; provided that the costs of any proceedings upon a petition to the Chancellor in regard to the estate of any person who shall be incapable of conducting his own affairs, in consequence of such drunkenness, in case the inquisition be traversed, shall not exceed the sum of dollars, and in case such inquisition shall not be traversed, the sum of
And be it further enacted, That all money that shall be hereafter paid, to any merchant or other dealer, (public Inkeepers licensed according to law excepted,) for any kind of spirituous liquors sold and drunk, or to be drunk in his or her house, out-house, yard or garden, or in any place contiguous thereto, may be recovered from