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On Thursday, the 15th of May, the Assembly held a concert prayer-meeting, General Assembly of the Presbyterian for the revival of religion, and the enlarge. Church, in the United States, convened ment of the Redeemer's kingdom. The in the first presbyterian church in Phila. Assembly have been for several years in delphia. The Moderator of the meeting, this laudable practice of spending an even. last year being prevented by sickness from ing in offering up supplications to God for attending, the Assembly was opened by the effusions of his Holy Spirit upon the ir the Rev. James Armstrong, Moderator of churches in particular, and upon the wrld the Assembly held in the year 1804. The at large. Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller was chosen Mo. The report of the Committee of Mis. derator.
sions to the General Assembly was lorg The Assembly continued in session till and interesting. Parts of it, and likewise Monday evening the 26th of May, when it parts of the journals of Missionaries, will was dissolved, and another required to appear in future numbers of this Maga. meet in the same place on the third Thurs. zine. day in May next, at 11 o'clock in the fore. We are happy to inform our readers, 200n.
that the Assembly have taken such mea. The deliberations of the Assembly were sures with respect to the support of this marked with intelligence, harmony, and Magazine, as will, we hope, call forth christian affection. A variety of interest. the aid of men respectable for their taing subjects engaged their attention ; and lents, piety, and stations. The following several important acts were passed, cal- is a copy of their resolutions on the subculated to promote the peace and edifica. ject: tion of the church of Christ, under the “ The Committee of Missions having Assembly's jurisdiction.
reported that, notwithstanding the reOn Monday, the 19th of May, accord. solutions of the last Assembly, in support ing to a custom observed for several years of the Magazine, no considerable aid had past, the Assembly had a free conversa. been received ; and the Assembly know. tion on the state of religion within their ing that the Magazine, if well conducted bounds. The result of this conversation and extensively circulated, will both edi. appears in a summary of it, drawn up by a fy the readers of it, and materially inCommittee appointed for the purpose, crease the Missionary fund: which will be published in our next Suf. “. Resolved, that the resolutions of the fice it at present to state, that this sum- last Assembly be renewed in the following mary represents the church of Christ words: under the Assembly's care, in a flourish. “Resolved, that it be recommended, ing condition ; and that though general, and it is hereby earnestly recommended, yet will, it is hoped, refresh and gladden to the presbyteries under the care of the the hearts of all who love the Redeemer, General Assembly, to take measures for and pray for the prosperity of his king- promoting subscriptions for the Assemdom.
, bly's Magazine. And as the continued In the evening of the same day, the existence of this Magazine, intended not fourth Missionary sermon was preached, only to entertain and instruct, but also to before the Assembly, in the second pres. aid the Missionary fund, will depend on a byterian church, by the Rev. Dr. E. Nott, constant supply of suitable materials for President of Union College, in the state of the work: New-York. The collection made on this “ Resolved, that the presbyteries enoccasion for Missionary purposes, inclu- join it on their members, to use their en. ding a note afterwards sent, amounted to deavours to procure, and forward to the more than 400 dollars. The sermon was editor, Mr. William P. Farrand, suitable extremely impressive, highly elegant, and communications for this Magazine, espe. well adapted to the occasion. It has been cially of the original kind.” printed, and is for sale, at several of the Moreover, the Assembly desirous to do bookstores in this city. The profits are all in their power to support the Maga. devoted to the Missionary fund. This zine, and to give to it that interest and consideration, as well as the excellence of character which it ought to possess, the sermon, it is hoped, will induce many “ Resolved, further, that a Committee to purchase it.
be appointed to furnish original materials On Wednesday evening, May 21st, the for the Magazine, and forward them, from Vol. II.
time to time, to the editor, Mr. William It is of infinite importance, however, P. Farrund.
that those who superintend or direct a “Resolved, that the Committe for the measure, so intimately connected with ensuing year consist of the following per. the future interests of christianity in the SOUS :
empire, should proceed in its execution The Rev. Dr. Macwhorter; Dr. Samu- on such principles as, with the blessing of el s Smith, President of the College of God, may be likely to convey the pure New Jersey; Dr Davidson, President of oracles of truth, wmalloyed with error or Carisie Cillege : Dr E Noit, President mistake. In order to which, it appears of Union College ; Mo Kollock, Protes. requisite in the first place, that the indi. sor of Divinity in the College of New. viduals who are to be employed should be Jersey; Mr. Alexander, President of themselves well grounded in those views Prince Edward College ; Dr. Blair ; Dr. of the christian doctrine, which by evanMuir; Dr. M Knight; Dr. King, of Car. gelical believers are generally considered liste Presbytery; Dr. Miller; Dr. Mille. as derived from the word of God. It is al. doler; the Rev. Edward D. Griffin ; Mr. so of high importance that they should Richards; Mr. Samuel Porter, of Red. previously possess a know ledge of the lanstone Presbytery ; Mr. Authur ; Mr guage adequate to the undertaking. WithClark; M. Ingles; Mr. Coe; Mr. Isaac out the combination of these qualiticaLewis, Hudson Presbytery ; Mr. Baxter, tions no translation of the scriptures can of Lexington ; Mr Freeman ; Mr. M'Mil. prove satisfactory to the religious public. lin, Ohiv Presbytery; M: Findley; Mr. With these principles in view, the DirecJohn E. Latta; M. Blatchford; Mr. tors wish to proceed in the selection of Lisle, Winchester; Mr. James Hughes ; suitable instruments to be employed, and Mr. David Bogart,
in the situation best adapted for the ac“ Ordered, that their names be pub. quirement of the language. On this latter lished on the cover of every number of point, they are so mnch under the control the Magaz ne.
of circumstances, as to render it inexpe. “ Ordered also, that the names of the dient to fix on any specific plan, so as ab. Committee who, in conjunction with the solutely to exclude the exercise of discre. Editor, collect, revise, and arrange the tion on the palt of the missionaries: they materials, be likewise published with their bave, however, considerable reason to respective numbers."
believe that at the Prince of Wales's Is.
land, they will find the most eligible staExtract from the Report of the Directors
tion for every purpose of a preparatory
nature, and it may be proper to mention of the Missionary Societ', to their ele. venth general meeting, hell in London, on
some of those considerations on wbich the 8th, 9th, and 10th of May.
this opinion is founded.
The liberal principles on which its go. [Continued from page 197.] vernment is conducted is of prime impor
tance. It is a free port, open to all na. CHINA.
tions, (unless with the exception of the The Directors now proceed to a sub. French) and prudent, well disposed misject which has for a considerable time en- sionaries would here pursue their peace. gaged their attention, and which, as a ful labours without interruption, as no Missionary undertaking, will probably be place admits of more freedom either of a deemed of unequalled magnitude and im- civil or religious nature than this. It is alportance; they refer to a resolution which so a circumstance of equal moment, that they have formed of attempting a transla- nearly one half of the population consists tion of the holy scriptures into the Chie of an industrious colony of Chinese, to nese language, as a measure, preparato. whose activity much of the prosperity of ry to the introduction of a mission to the island may be ascribed; it is there. that empire.
fore highly probable not only that the lanIt is unnecessary in this report to expa. guage may be acquired, but that a mission tiate on this interesting topic. The im. to China may actually commence here, mense population of China, and the de. and instruments be raised up not only to plorable darkness by which it is enveloped, suggest the best plan of action, but also are so generally known, that it may be to assist in its introduction into various reasonably expected that any well formed parts of that great empire ; for its inter, plan for the communication of divine course therewith is easy and frequent, it truth to that country, will find a powerful being not more than ten days sail; it is advocate in the breast of every christian. also the great depot for the produce of
the Eastern Islands, and the Company's form the most favourable judgment. The regular ships bound to China endeavour Directors regret much that so few persons to call there in their way; it is likewise have hitherto offered themselves as candithe resort of the country ships from Ben- dates for missionary services, especially gal, Siam, Pegu, Madras, and Batavia. when the great advantages which this se.
In relation then to this great object, the minary offers, as preparatory to the work, translation of the scriptures into the Chi- are so easy of access. From the small numnese language, with a view towards a ber of young men, in this school of the promission to China, the Directors conclude, phets, it pleased the Lord to deprive us of for the above reasons, that the Prince of one, a few months since. Mr. Owen, a proWales's Island presents a desirable sta mising and devoted missionary, was suddention. There are also some collateral ob- ly removed by death, at the close of a day, jects, bighly interesting to the cause of which, as usual, had been employed in use. Christ, which seem to be connected with ful studies and exertions. The Directors this situation, and capable of being pur- lament their loss, and entreat the Lord to
suell at the same time, and by the same repair it by the introduction of others equali instruments; particularly the Malay na- ly pious and devoted. There are now at
tions, containing an iminense population Gosport only six students: these, however, in numerous islands from the Bay of Ben. are diligently engaged in appropriate stugal, to the coast of New Guinea. The dies, and some of them will soon be at liMalay language, which is considered as berty to enter upon the great work, parti.
the Italian of the East, may be easily ac- cularly, Mr. Frey, one of the children of Ex quired in a short time, and become the Abraham, and now, by grace, walking in
medium of great and extensive useful- the steps of that great father of the faithful. ? ness. These people are acquainted with When Mr. Frey was first taken under the
letters, and thus, by means of a small patronage of the society, it was expected printing press, the views of the missiona. that his services would be devoted to the ries may be explained, religious tracts cir. heathen in Africa. But it is with peculiar culated, the holy scriptures translated, and satisfaction that the Directors concur in future missions prepared: so extensive and the desire expressed by Mr Frey to comencouraging are the openings of providence, municate to his brethren, the knowledge connected with this station. May they be of Christ, and to be the means of remov. improved with wisdom and zeal on our ing from their hearts that veil of ignorance part, and attended with the Divine benedic. and unbelief, which for so many ages has tion in an abundant degree. The society hidden from them the glories of the goswill perceive that on account of the impor. pel dispensation ; they are thankful to the tance of the measure, the length of time re- providence of God, who has furnished quisite to obtain a perfect knowledge of the them with an instrument so much adaptChinese language, and the uncertainty of ed to this important occasion. None can human life, this great work should not be so well enter into the feelings, the princiconfided to less than three or four able mis- ples, and the strong prejudices of a Jew, Tonaries; as yet, one only is appointed to as one who has himself been educated in this service. The Directors earnestly pray that religion, and has also been converted that the great Head of the church would in- to the faith of the gospel: None can be cline the heart of others to come forward; expected to commiserate with such strong they also look to christian societies, and on sympathy their moral state, or devote this occasion, especially, to evangelical se. himself to their relief with more sincere minaries, for persons, who to the radical and ardent solicitude, than one of their qualifications of a missionary, unite a facility own nation, who has himself been melted in the acquisition of languages, and who into contrition by looking unto him whom may thus be peculiarly fitted for a service their fathers pierced. It will also be a so distinguished and useful in the christian source of satisfaction to the society, that church.
a ministry is thus to be opened, which is The society, desirous of furnishing fu- immediately and specifically addressed to ture missions with tried and able instru- the ancient people of God, and thus a ments, have, for some years past, support. commencement made towards the dised a number of young men at the seminary charge of that immense debt of obliga. a Gosport, under the tuition of our highly tion and gratitude, which christians are valued brother, Mr. Bogue. To this estan ander to the Jews, as the medium through plishment we owe some of those missiona. which they have received the inestimable
es which are already gone forth to the gift of the sacred oracles. The degree of heathen, and of whose talents and piety we success which may ultimately arise out.
this endeavour to promote their conver- gree of fitness for the work, an apprehension, we cheerfully refer to Him whose sion of the want of which, at present, ope wise and sovereign purpose has connec. rates as a discouragement, and keeps ted the salvation of Israel, with the fulness them back. of the gentiles; and thus held out the en- The Directors having thus stated the couraging intimation that the extensive principal occurrences and engagements of communication of the gospel to the bea- the past year, with the prospects that are then, is the signal which invites the exer. opening on the Society, conclude their re: tins of christians in favour of the Jews port with thankfulness to their God and als). If this humble attempt should be. your God, for the help hitherto afforded, coine the occasion of impressing more ge. and the encouragement with which he has nerally upon tie hearts of christians, their favoured them. They trust, the Society duty with respect to this people ; if it will be enabled to press forward with inshould excite more solemn and stated creasing ardour in the glorious cause: A pravers for their conversion ; if it should What God hath wrought, connected with big lead to more general and enlarged mea. the consideration of the greater things he Surs to promote this end, we shall unite has promised, and in the fulfilment of in thankfulness to Him, who despises not which he will make use of the instruments that the day of small things. The mosle of pro- tality of men, are sufficient to engage out ceeding and the station where Mr. Frey hearts, our hands, our substance, our is to cominence his ministry, are subjects fluence, our example, our all for the glory : which will shortly occuny our particular of Christ, and the salvation of men. attention; and we trust that our christian friends will bear this object on their minds she Porn in their most sacred moments.
The Rev. Messrs. John Paterson, and It would afford the most cordial satis
Ebenezer Henderson, were last year faction to the Directors, to see a larger
appointed Missionaries from Scotland number of godly young men offering them.
to India. On their way to India thes srives to the service of our arlorable S2
were providentially stopped at Copert viour, in the extension of his kingilom
hagen, for the winter, not being able to je among the heathen. From the number,
get a passage. While there, the fol. the piety, and the zeal of our congrega.
lowing letters were received from them tívns, it might have been expected that
by their friends. The first exhibits to many, very many, would have become
the christian reader a most lamentable candidates for this honourable work, yea
account of the state of religion in Denmany more than the society could possibly
mark; but the last is calculated to inemploy; but they still find the labourers
spire the hope, that the darkness which few, though the harvest be plenteous :
has heretofore overspread that portion they not only join with all their fellow
of Europe will soon be dissipated, and christians, in imploring the Lord of the
succeeded by the light of the sun of harvest, more copiously to pour out his
righteousness. Holy Spirit on the churches, powerfully constraining a host of willing labourers to
Copenhagen, Sept. 17, 1805. say, “ Here are we, send us;" but they DEAR BROTHER, also earnestly recommend it to their reve. THROUGH the loving kindness of the rend brethren to encourage and stimulate, Lord, who hath watched over us to do by their animated exhortations and mis. good, we can say, that since the time sionary fervor, persons in their connes. left you we have lacked nothing, excep ions, of pity and talents, to come forward it be the society of our christian brethr to the help of the Lord against the migh. and even this hath been amply supplies ty, for they are assured that it is not so by our kind and Almighty Friend, "" much a want of zeal as a want of informa- sticketh closer than a brother." Here tion on this bead that keeps them back; are surrounded with thousands; but where and that a proper representation of the to find a friend of Jesus we know not: great variety of countries in which the tan has his seat here. The Lord's dily gospel is needed, to which easy access profaned in the most open manner: may be obtained, where protection may greater part of the people attend to be expected, and where the prospect of work; the shops in general are open, e success is Aattering, would incline many traflic is carried on, even in the str to press to the work, especially when they What of their religion we saw, seer are informed that in the missionary semi. us to be altogether foreign to the simp nary, they may probably acquire that de- city which is in Christ Jesus. These w e
attend to their
-taken together, made us deeply concern, here. There are many English both in ed for the lamentable state of the people this city and at Elsineur (about twenty. in this place; nevertheless, we hope the eight miles distant) who were entirely Lord has a remnant here, according to destitute of the means of salvation. The the election of grace. We earnestly wish Lord, in a most remarkable way, has to have an opportunity of being useful du- opened a door for us to preach the gospel ring the short time we are to be here; in both places. but wbat means to use, in order to attain Here we have a considerable congrega. this, we are quite uncertain. We under- tion, composed wholly of the genteel class stand there is no English preacher here, of people, who hear with great attention ; though there are a considerable number and we expect to have a good meeting at who understand nothing but the English Elsineur also. At both places, some of the language. We are not without hope that natives, who understand the English lan. this circumstance may be the means of guage, attend. How wonderful are the opening a door of usefulness for us, at least ways of God! It would seem that he had among our countrymen. We have alrea. intentions of mercy towards these people ; dy given away a few tracts, and have the probably, some of his ransomed people to prospect of distributing a number more. bring in; and however urgent we were to We have been making inquiry about the get to India, we must stop and do someprobable expense of having a tract pub- thing for the glory of his great name in lished in the Danish language; and we this country. Surely, it becomes us to hope this will be obtained at a moderate say, “ Thy will be done!” expense, which we have no doubt our What a blessing it is, that since, in his friends at home will cheerfully defray. providence, we are detained, we are not Thus, though our hearts be as much as to be idle! nothing could have been a ever fixed on preaching the gospel to the greater hardship to us than this. We poor Hindoos in India, we conceive it our hope, our preaching in this place will be duty to be missionaries wherever the Lord the means of opening a door for some to is pleased to cast our lot, however short succeed us; and may ultimately lead to our stay in that particular place may be the formation of a church of Christ here In this way it was that the gospel was in- and at Elsineur, which would be an untroduced at Ephesus by Paul, while he speakable blessing to this country at large, tarried there a few days in his way from as it might lead to the diffusion of the Corinth to Jerusalem, (Acts xviii. 18— gospel among the natives, who are awful23). In like manner it was introduced at ly indifferent about religion ! Athens, while Paul tarried there a few We have got two tracts translated into days for his brethren, (chap. xvii. 16– the Danish language. We have printed 34). May the Lord make our stay here 2000 copies of “ The One Thing need. productive of like good to the souls of ful," a small tract of eight pages; and men! His hand is not shortened that it 1000 of “ Fuller's Great Question answer. cannot save, nor his ear heavy that it can. ed.” The people receive them readily; not hear. Let us give him no rest till he and so far as we can learn, read them with make Jerusalem a praise in the whole attention. May the Lord attend the disBarth.
persion of these tracts with a blessing to JOHN PATERSON. the souls of many! EBEN. HENDERSON
The effects produced by such means are not likely to be known till that day when every secret thing shall be brought
to light. How will we then be astonished Copenhagen, Dec. 6, 1805.
1805. and overjoyed to find some on the right You will, no doubt, have heard from hand of the Judge, who were brought to our friends in Scotland, that we are de- Jesus by an occasional sermon preached tained in this country during the winter: by us in this or that place! -others, whose Ul the places in the packet being bespoke attention was first led to divine things by before we got forward.
a conversation we had with them when The man of the world would impute travelling in company on such a road! and this to bad fortune ; but the christian others, who were awakened by some small knows that it is of the Lord : as he is con- tract we put into their hands! Blessed vinced, that not so much as a hair of his prospect! ought it not to make us more head can fall to the ground without his diligent, and prevent us from thinking father's knowledge. The hand of the that our labours are in vain, because we word appears evidently in our detention do not see the effects of them at present!