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paired by disease and over-exertion, but, henceforth, under the perfect control to which he subjected it, he found continuous public speaking not only practicable and healthful, but the weak and unpromising voice became the facile instrument of his commanding thoughts.
In 1838 Mr. Janes was re-appointed to Nazareth charge, and spent another year. The General Minutes show a net gain for the two years of 100 members.
Two brief letters, during this period, from Mrs. Janes to the friend previously mentioned, shed a little light on the household and the pastor's doings:
1 feel stronger desires than ever to be wholly devoted to God, and for him to live and die. I find him a present Saviour—a most loving friend. In his service is my supreme delight. I am surrounded with temporal and spiritual blessings. My husband is one of the very best. My little son, Lewis Thibou, is a sprightly, hearty boy of eighteen months. We live in Montgomery-street, No. 9, very near Nazareth Church, which we consider one of the most beautiful, pleasant, and commodious in the country. Our congregation is crowded. We receive several new members every Sunday. Mr. Janes's health is much improved.
Again, under date of May 8, 1838:
With much pleasure I acknowledge the receipt of your letter, and thank you for the satisfaction its contents imparted to my mind. It seemed like the return of former days, when we enjoyed the sweet delights of Christian friendship, and together tasted that the Lord is gracious. . . . I feel now more sensi. bly than ever, that the increase of the divine life in the soul is
PASTOR IN PHILADELPHIA.
the only thing that is worth being anxious about. . . . Then let us mount up on the wings of holy contemplation, and be much engaged with God for the full measure of the Holy Spirit —for then only can the perfect union of the blessed Redeemer be impressed upon our souls. . . . Mr. Janes will bring this to New York, having been invited to deliver an address before the American Bible Society on Thursday.
Dr. J. S. Porter gives us this glimpse :
While he was stationed in Philadelphia, and I was in Burlington, New Jersey, long continued revival work had wellnigh exhausted me, and I went to Philadelphia to seek help. At the preachers' meeting I saw a number of brethren, and labored in vain to secure the services of some one or more, and left for the boat which was to carry me back with feelings of discomfort, when I met Brother Janes in the market-place. Having made known the state of the case, which he heard patiently, he at once stated his own case—what he had been doing for the last week, and his appointments for that week; but it was apparent that there was one night of that week which was not occupied with any appointment, concerning which he said, “ I think I should rest that night, and recuperate a little, but if you say I must go to Burlington and preach for you, I will go.” As a matter of course I said, You must go, and he came and rendered us great assistance. He did this at some sacrifice, and made an impression on my mind of his gracious goodness which was never effaced.
As showing the early kindling of Mr. Janes's zeal for the closely related causes of Christian missions and African colonization, I give two short letters addressed to the Rev. Nathan Bangs, D.D., then Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first is dated at Philadelphia, October 12, 1837:
I received your letter of the 7th inst. last evening. This morning I have made inquiries concerning the business upon which you wrote.
I find that there will no vessel sail from this port for Africa soon. The Pennsylvania Colonization Society unite with the New York Society in fitting out the ship “ Emperor," to sail from your port.
It would give me pleasure, at any time, to render yourself or the missionary cause any service that it may be in my power to confer.
The second is dated, Philadelphia, May 24, 1838:
I have understood that there is some probability that Brother Seys * will visit this country this summer. If so, I very
much desire that he should come to this city. I think if he could do so, and give us the statistics of affairs in Africa, it would cure our people here of their opposition to our African missions and to colonization. I hope you will bear this matter in mind, and, should he visit this country, endeavor to make arrangements with him to spend a week or more, if practicable, in this city.
Should Brother Seys visit our city, try and make it convenient to come with him.
It may not be amiss to insert just here a short specimen sketch, showing how Mr. Janes's youthful missionary spirit found expression. It was the day of small things, of first beginnings in the mighty movement which was afterward to engage so much of his thought, and which he was to see encircling the globe:
Perhaps the influence of example is as powerful an influence as any that is brought to bear upon human feelings and conduct. It is the influence of fact. In the history of the missionary enterprise we are furnished with many soul-stirring inci
* The Rev. John Seys, appointed missionary to Liberia, 1834.
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dents. There is on the page of missionary history an account of a missionary meeting which, probably, you have all read and felt. It was a large and august assembly. It was held in a place amid the magnificence and splendor of royalty. A king presided at this meeting, and his only Son was present, and not only shared in the discourses. but presented the most priceless offering given on the occasion. The whole assembly, although accustomed to deliberate upon the interests of government and of empire, are serious and anxious when the great cause of missionary operations is presented for their deliberations. The restoration of a depraved and fallen world to holiness and to God was a subject transcending their comprehension and their hopes. But while all were contemplating this momentous subject, and were silent in view of its impossibility, the President, with majesty and benignity becoming a Sovereign and a President, arose and solemnly announced that his wisdom had found a plan ; that to his mind a scheme had presented itself by which the whole design might be accomplished. “ But the expense, the sacrifice, the suffering necessary to effect it! But it is the only plan; it must be carried out; and I have decided to give myself to the cause. The riches of my wisdom-the treasures of
my omnipotence—the fullness of my compassion-all, all, I lay upon the altar. There is no enterprise more stupendous or glorious, more worthy or becoming. I give myself to effect it.”
Scarcely had he made this consecrating vow and ceased to speak, when his only Son, his well-beloved Son, addressed him thus: “Father, I give myself. I give this uncreated glory which I had with you before the world began. I will veil my dignity and my divinity. I will go to that benighted and perishing world. I will become their servant, and will bear their sins in my body on the tree. I will give my blood and my groans, my life and my death, to effect this great object, and fulfill your plan of mercy. Here, Father, I give myself.” Scarcely had he done speaking when the impatient assembly, constituting the hierarchy of the celestial world, arose, and with united voice said, “Great Father of our being, we give ourselves. When
thy well-beloved Son descends into the abodes of wretchedness our songs shall celebrate and announce his mission. When he treads the wine-press of the wrath of God and pours forth the sweat of blood we will be with him to minister unto him, to strengthen him. When he has finished his work of mercy and is to return we will let down his cloudy chariot, and receive him up to thy right hand again. We also will minister to all them who become the heirs of salvation." Here was the best missionary meeting ever held, and not breaking up until every one had consecrated himself to this great work.
While a pastor in Philadelphia Mr. Janes studied medicine. That city has always been noted for the number and excellence of its medical institutions, and the professors of the various faculties have uniformly courteously extended to the clergymen of the city invitations to attend upon their lectures. Mr. Janes, with the desire to know how properly to treat his own health, and also with the purpose to make himself useful among the poor, by being able, when necessary, to render them medical help, availed himself of this opportunity. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the College of Medicine at Castleton, Vermont. He thus united with a knowledge of the law some knowledge of medicine, and was all the more thoroughly furnished for his life-work. He seems early to have felt that all knowledge was important to a minister of the Gospel. While there is no evidence that he ever after was in the least drawn aside by either of these