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Society of Boston, since its insti- saw, at which they support two tution in 1819, has remitted to ordained missionaries, and nine the treasury of the American Edu- teachers, farmers and other assiscation Society, the sum of $4398. tants-five stations on the Sand

Board of Foreign Missions.- wich Islands, at which they supThe receipts of the treasury in port five ordained missionaries, November, were 83208 48, and in three licensed preachers, and sixDecember, 83828 20, besides leg- teen assistants of various kindsacies to the permanent fund, dona- at Malta and PALESTINE, six ortions in clothing, &c.

dained missionaries, and three feAmerican Tract Society. The males--in South-AMERICA, two receipts of the treasury of this licensed preachers, as exploring Society, the last year, missionaries. Total, 33 stations81020 97. The number of Tracts 30 ordained missionaries—8 other printed since the 1st of May last, preachers—and 100 teachers, prinexceeds 600,000.-There is a pro ters, farmers, &c.—in all, 138 perposition before this Society to re- sons, besides their children, and move the centre of its operations the children of the heathen mainto the city of New-York.

tained at the schools. Missions among the Heathen. The Society for propagating the The American Board of Missions gospel among Indians and others have three stations in BOMBAY and in N. America, held its 37th anthe vicinity; at which they sup- niversary in Boston on the 4th port four ordained missionaries, Nov. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Gile, one printer, and four female assist- of Milton. The collection was ants-five stations on the island of 8163 54. During the last year Ceylon, at which they support six 11 missionaries were employed in ordained missionaries, three native | Maine, whose terms of service preachers, one native medical as- amounted in the aggregate to 18 sistant, and seven female assist. months. Besides this, 860 were ants—seven stutions among the granted for the Isle of Shoals, &c. CHEROKEES, at which they support and for the purchase of books. four ordained missionaries, eight From the Alford fund (which teachers, and twenty farmers, me- amounts to $9000) 8920 were ap; chanicks and female assistants propriated last year to schools and nine stations among the Choe- churches, among the Indians and TAws, at which they support three coloured people of Massachusetts ordained missionaries, twelve and other States, The capital of teachers, and twenty-two physic- the Society, including the Alford ians, farmers, mechanicks and fe- fund, is more than $25,000.male assistants—one station among Rev. Abial Holmes, D. D. of Camthe CherokeeS OF THE ARKAN- bridge, is Secretary.


1824. December 1. Ordained, Rev. West Parish. Sermon by Rev. Justin CHARLES Wilcox, as Pastor of the new Edwards, of Andover. Congregational Church in Hartford, 1824. December 8. Ordained, Rev. Con. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Spring, from CHARLES WENTWORTH UPAN, as AssoIsai. iii. 10-16.

cirte Pastor with the Rev. Dr, Prince, 1824. December 1. lastalled, Rev, over the first Con. Church in Salem, Ina INGRAHAM, as Colleague Pastor with Mass. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Kirkland, the Rev. Jonathan Allen, of Bradford, I from Titus ii, 14.

1824. December 8. Ordaineil, Rev. | JOSEPH M. BREWSTER, as Pastor of the JACOB C. Goss, as Pastor of the Con. Con. Church in Peru, Mass Sermon Church in Topsham Maine. Sermon by by Rev Mr. Pomeroy, of Worthington, Rev. Dr. Allen, from Isai. lii. 7.

from John vii. 18. 18:24. December 29. Ordained, Rev.

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In some poor hovel, pressing to their (From the monthly Anthology)

breasts Harl Winter! sulien monarch, dark Their little ones, to save them from the with clouds,

cold Thron'd on bleak wastes, and fierce and Oh think what aching hearts ge might cold with storms;

relieve! Welco:ne thy blasting cold and treasur'd What brooding sorrows ye might cheer! snow!

What tears Thy raving, reading winds do but com- Of friendless, naked, moaning poverty pose

Ye might wipe off with lenient sympathy. My soul; and midst thy gloom, my heart Oh, winter. I can bear thy howling Smiles like the op'ning spring. Thy

storms. long, drear nights,

Rise but a few more suns, and all thy Winter, I bail. The cold, receding sun blasts I love to follow to the cloudy west Will soften Yon waste fields will stile And see thy iwi ight deepen into gloom

in green; Of thickest darkness. Round my cheer. The branches swell with infant buds; the

groves How I enjoy the glist’ning eye, and Resound with nature's melody. But xis, smile,

MY KIN, lies desolate. A wint'ry blast And burning cheek and pratile innocent, Has chilld bis beart, frozen the circling of my dear little ones, and when they blood sink,

of sympathy, and blighted the secret With heavy eyes, into thie arms of sleep,

fruits Peaceful and smiling still, and breathing of love. How bleak and waste? ls sott;

vain the sun How pleasant glide the hours, in con- Of Righteousness sheds bright and bealverse pure,

ing beams. With her, whom first I lov'd; who long In vain does' Hs, who died on Oalvary, bas crown'd

Extend his hands, bleeding with wounds My joys, and sooth'd me with her gentle

of love, voice,

Man still is cold and wint'ry; still is hard, Under a load of sorrows; who has felt And melts not into mercy. This vain The pow'r of truth divine ; and from

world whose lips

Is colder than the Northern skies. But I catch the peace and love of saints in

FAITH heaven.

Looks o'er the icy mountains, looks beVain world! We envy not your joys. We yond hear

The wint'ry clouds, and sees unfading Your ratt'ling chariot wheels, and weep bloom for you ;

Of Paradise, sees peaceful streams of We weep, that souls immortal can find joy, joy

And warm effulgence of the God of In forcing laughter, dissipating thought,

LOVE. In the loose stage, the frisking dunce, And hark! A gentle voice now calls,

" A ise And forms and ornaments of polish'd life, | And come away. The winter's past and In heartless, hy nocritick show of love,

gone ; Io giddy nonsense, in contempt of truth, The flowers appear; the birds with Which elevates the soul, and swells the transport hail heart

The spring. The turtle's plaintive voice Withi bope of holy bliss. We mourn your

is heard ; waste

The fig.tree bends with figs. The fraOf mind, of strength, of wealth. Think, grant vine thoughtless world,

Presents the tender grape. Arise and How many fatherless and widows pine In want. How many shiver in the storin. Millennial happiness, the reign of peac Over a dying Alame, how many cow'r,

and love."

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6. Howbeit, he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so."

THE sacred history is superior insisted wholly upon second causto other histories, in the following es; but the sacred historian and very important respect; while oth- prophet give us a very different ers detail the operation of mere view of it. It appears from their second causes, this exhibits, in testimony, that this invasion proprominent view, the great First ceeded originally from God.

He Cause of all. For instance, a pro- purposed it long before it took faze historian, in recording the place; and at the appointed periconquest of Canaan, would have öd, he moved Sennacherib to exeexpatiated on the valour of Joshua, cute his purpose. He moved this and the bravery of his troops; and haughty monarch to invade the would have attributed the event to Jews, that through him he might the operation of these causes. But punish and reform that hypocritthe sacred historian is careful to ical people. It is erident, howinform us, that it was the Lord ever, from the text, that Sennawho drove out the guilty Canaan- cherib did not mean so, neither ites, and established Israel in the did his heart think so." His views promised land. A profane histo- in this matter were totally differrian, in recording the revolt of the ent from those of the God by whose ten tribes, would have dwelt upon agency he acted. He had noththe folly of Rehoboam's counseling better “in his heart than to lors, and the artifices of Jeroboam; destroy and cut off nations not a and would not have thought of few."' The text, therefore, taken looking farther for the causes of in its connexion, plainly teaches this calamity. But the sacred his- the following sentiment: The motorian assures us, it was because tives of sinners, in accomplishing of God's displeasure with Solo- God's purposes, are totally differmon, that he rent so large a pro- ent from his in disposing them to portion of the kingdom out of the do this. hands of his son, and gave it to In discussing this sentiment, I his servant. And the same kind of propose to shew, remark may be extended to the in- I. That God disposes sinners to vasion of Judea by the king of accomplish his purposes. Assyria. The profane historian, II. What his motives are in doin noticing this event, would have ling this, and,

III. That their motives in ac- , fore cannot be avoided; God does complishing his purposes, are to actuate sinners to accomplish his tally different from these.

purposes. He governs them with I. God moves or disposes sin- a sovereign hand, and disposes ners to accomplish his purposes. them, at pleasure, to execute his This certainly was the case in re- designs. He moves them round spect to Sennacherib; neither is by his resistless agency, and causthis a singular instance. He pur- es them freely to carry into effect posed the descent of Joseph into his infinite and perfect plan. NeiEgypt; and he moved his wicked ther part of these propositions can brethren to accomplish this pur- be denied, without either denying pose He purposed the restora- the universality of God's purpostion of his people from Egypt ; es, or taking from him the governand he actuated wicked Pharaoh in ment of the moral world. all the circumstances, which pre- II. I proceed to notice, secondceded and accompanied their de ly, the motives of the Deity, in liverance. He hardened the heart causing sinners to accomplish his of that tyrannical despot, and purposes. And it may be observinclined hiin to

conduct toed, generally, that his motives in wards the Israelites, as He had this, as in every other part of his previously told Moses he would administration, are purely and disconduct. He purposed the cap- interestedly benevolent. “God tivity of the Jews at Babylon; is love.” Benevolence comprises and he disposed Nebuchadnezzar the whole of his moral character. and his army to carry this purpose It is this which moves him in all into effect. He purposed also the his dispensations. It is this, and death and sufferings of his own this only, which moves him in his Son; and he moved by his agency agency upon the hearts of sidners. all those wicked hands by which He is not, in respect to this, a sinhe was crucified and slain. In- ner himself, nor does he deviate at

deed, the purposes of God are all from his unchangeable purity. .. strictly universal. They extend

They extend His motives in this, as in every to all events, both in the natural other part of his administration, and moral world. He hath lite are perfectly benevolent and holy. . rally" fore-ordained whalsoever He disposed Sennacherib to accomes to pass, And the agency complish his purpose, relative to of God is as universal as his pur- an invasion of Judea; and with poses.

“ He worketh all things, his motives in doing this, we are according to the counsel of his own sufficiently acquainted. It was to will." He moves, not only the glorify himself, in the punishment wheels of nature, but the hearts, and reformation of the degenerate the free exercises and actions of and guilty Jews. He disposed the his creatures. Their “hearts are ten sons of Jacob to accomplish in his hand, as the rivers of wa- his purpose, by selling their innoter, and he turneth them whither-cent brother for a slave in Egypt; soever he will,”

and his motives, in this, were manBut if the purposes of God are ifestly benevolent. He did it that universal, then let sinners turn he might prevent the impending which way they will, they accom- ruin of his church, and save many plish his purposes. And if his people alive in a season of famine. agency is universal, then let them He moved Pharaoh to accomplish do what they may, they are actu- his purposes, in all those wicked ated by him. The inference there - transactions, in which this monarch

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was engaged ; and his motives | They meant not so, neither did their herein were benevolent and holy. hearts think so. Their motives He did it, that be might shew forth were perfectly envious, malicious, his glory, and that his name might and selfish. They wished to be debe declared throughout the earth. | livered froin one whom they so He actuated the wicked Jews to much hated and feared. Indeed, accomplish his purpose, in perse

perse-| the motives of sinners in all their cuting and crucifying his beloved conduct, are totally different from Son; and his motives in this were those of the Deity, under whose no less benevolent, than to lay a agency they act.

agency they act. He means one foundation, in the blood of his thing, and they another. He is Son, for the pardon and salvation perfectly benevolent, and they of a ruined world. And, in short, perfectly selfish. In disposing could we follow the Deity in all his sinners to accomplish his purposdispensations—could we ascertain es, his design is to advance his his motives in all that agency, own glory, and the greatest good; which he has exerted on the hearts and their design, in accomplishing of sinners, in causing them to ex- his purposes, is to promote their ecute his glorious designs; we private individual interests. It should find them in every instance will hold true, therefore, in every possessing the same character-in instance, that the motives of sinevery instance benevolent and ho- ners, in accomplishing the purposly. He has aimed in this, as in es of God, are totally different every part of his administration, from his, in disposing them to do

, to glorify bimself, and to accom- this. plish the greatest possible good. The subject gives rise to a num

III. I shall now endeavour to ber of inferences and reflections. shew, that the motives of sinners, 1. We see why God has, in in executing his purposes, are to


some instances, punished sinners tally different from these. When in the present life, for their conSennacherib invaded Judea, it was duct; notwithstanding they have not his benevolent aim to glorify fully accomplished his purposes, his Maker, in punishing and re- aud acted under his immediate forming a rebellious people. He agency: A moment's attention to meant not so, neither did his heart the Scriptures will satisfy us that think so. His motives were those he has done this. Sennacherib acof ambition, selfishness and cruel. complished the Divine purpose, by ty. It was in his heart to destroy, invading Judea; and he was movand to cut off nations not a few. ed to accomplish this purpose by When the ten sons of Jacob sold God himself. He is represented their brother into Egypt, it was in the context as being, in all this not their intention, by this means, transaction, as completely in the to preserve the church, and to save hand of his Maker, as the axe is themselves and their families alive, in the hand of the hewer; or the in a time of approaching famine. saw in the hand of him who shakTheir motive was, to gratify their eth it; or as the rod and staff are envy, and deliver themselves from in the hands of those who lift them a dangerous rival in the affections up. Yet, when he had fully acof their father. When the Jews complished that for which he was crucified and slew the Lord of sent—and the Lord had carried glory, they had no design in this him by his ageney as far as he to lay a foundation for the pardon pleased; he lifted up his mighty and recovery of a guilty world! I hand, and punished him for going

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