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THE Conductors of the Evangelical Magazine have now the pleasure of presenting to their readers the THIRTIETH Volume of a Work which has been supported by the kindness of their Patronage, to a degree almost unparalleled; for which the tribute of their grateful acknowledgment is once more sincerely tendered.
With this Volume they bring to a conclusion the FIRST SERies of their Miscellany, intending to commence the Second with the beginning of the next Year; and proposing to introduce such additional improvements as will, they trust, secure, even in an augmented degree, the encouragement of the Evangelical Public.
In the epithet Evangelical, although with many a term of reproach, it is confidently presumed that the readers of this Magazine will continue to glory; and its Editors embrace this opportunity of assuring them, that it shall be their assiduous study to render the Publication not undeserving of that honourable title.
In their future Numbers, as in their former Volumes, they will be solicitous to avoid party feelings and sectarian prejudices; wishing to embrace, as far as is practicable in the present state of things, all the Classes of professing Christians comprehended in the Apostolical benediction, even “ All who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.”
It is unnecessary at this moment to expatiate on the course which has been pursued for Thirty Years-on the powerful excitement which has been given to the philanthropic enterprises which during that period have been originated on the numerous alleviations of distress, which the distribution of more than TEN THOUSAND POUNDS, arising from its Profits, has conveyed to the indigent Widows of pious and devoted Ministers of the Gospel-or on the liberal aid afforded to Miss sionary Societies. :
To considerations such as these we propose to invite the attention of our readers in our next Number, which will exhibit to their view a General RETROSPECT of the Work, from its commencement to the present time...
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. SAM. WORCESTER, D.D. SENIOR PASTOR OF THE TABERNACLE CHURCH, SALEM, AND CORRESPONDING SECRETARY OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR
FOREIGN MISSIONS. (Copied, chiefly, from the American Missionary Herald.) SELDOM, we believe, has the stances such as to require a more
Missionary cause sustained so than ordinary share of wisdom and great a loss as by the death of Dr. fidelity in their pastor. They hoped Worcester; and the friends of that much from his prudence, his sound cause in Britain cannot but sympa- judgment, and his evangelical lathize with their trans-Atlantic bre bours; nor were their hopes disapthren on that mournful occasion. We pointed. How unweariedly he filled think it a debt due to the memory of the office of a pastorand preacher, so eminent and useful a minister of how sedulously he consulted the Christ, to present to our readers a spiritual interests of his flock, -how brief Memorial of that excellent tenderly he discharged the duties of man, that God may be glorified for a comforter and adviser,--and how the gifts bestowed upon his faithful kindly he felt toward the rising geservant, and that others may be neration can be adequately de excited to imitate his admirable scribed by none but those who were example.
i intimately conversant' with him, We do not observe in the various while in the regular performance of American publications which have parochial service. It is well known reached us, any particular account to many others, however, that he of his early life; but we find that he possessed, in an eminent degree. received his education for the minis- those qualities which are necessary try at Dartmouth College, where he to build up a church, and which graduated in the year 1795. greatly endear an able and faithful
He first entered upon his pastoral minister to his people. work at Fetchburgh, where he con- In a community where occasions tinued for several years a faithful of consultation on great public oband laborious minister of the Gospel. jects are frequent, the man who
In the year 1802 or 1803 he was unites practical wisdom with energy called to take the oversight of the and benevolence will not long reTabernacle Church and congregać main undiscovered; and the homage tion in Salem, in the state of Mas- which is paid to upright intentions sachusetts. The people of his charge under the direction of a superior were numerous, and their circum- understanding, will not long be
withheld from him. Such a man a distinguished place among the will neverlack employment. Though many excellent discourses which sithe labours to which he will be most milar occasions have called forth. invited will offer no emolument, and A friend to the promulgation of will be attended and followed by the Gospel among the destitute, he many cares and sacrifices, yet there was of course a friend to the univerare powerful reasons why he should sal distribution of the Bible. He do what he can for the peace and aided in the formation of the Massaedification of the church, the exten- chusetts Bible Society, and of the sion of divine knowledge, and, in Bible Society of Salem and the general, for the removal of igno- vicinity. rance and sin, and the full establish- The American Education Society ment of the Redeemer's kingdom. furnished another field for the ex. At the formation of the Massachu pansion of his enlarged desires, and setts Missionary Society, which took the display of his beneficent actiplace soon after his settlement in the vity. The want of competent reliministry, Dr. W. was enrolled among gious teachers, both for the supply its members. By his regular attend- of our own population and the ance at the annual meetings, his preaching of the Gospel to the heashare in the public deliberations of then, had become so apparent, that the Society, his contributions to its concentrated efforts began to be funds, and his influence with his own made in the years 1814 and 1815, people, he essentially promoted the for the prevention ef a calamity so success of the institution. At an awful as a famine of the word of early period he was chosen one of the Lord. Among those who saw the Trustees, to which office he was most clearly and felt most deeply annually re-elected till 1819, when, the need of new and extraordinary in consequence of the vacancy exertions, suited to the emergency occasioned by the Rev. Dr. Spring's of the case, was the excellent man death, he was chosen President. whose character we are attempting This proof of affection' and confi- to describe. He was present when dence was twice repeated. While a the constitution of the Education Trustee, he faithfully discharged the Society was adopted, and held the office of Secretary, during five or office of a Director till his increassix years, and was punctual and ing labours and his threatening infirdiligent in attending meetings for mities compelled him to decline à the transaction of business. To the re-election, in the fall of 1819. The appointment of missionaries, the great reason why he consented to assignment of fields of labour, and serve in the stations just described, the adoption of measures for directa after his cares and labours had being and increasing the Society's re- come numerous and overwhelming, sources, no member could have been was, that he might show by his more attentive. His surviving asso- example as well as by his declaraciates will never forget the aid and tions, that he considered the cause pleasure which his presence always of missions as one, wherever the gave them, and succeeding genera- place of operations might be. Did tions in our new settlements will the destitute settlements of our fronhave occasion to remember with tiers call for the exercise of charity? gratitude the wisdom of his coun- During 20 years of his life he was sels, and the extent of bis benevo- occasionally employed in devising, lence. The sermon which he preach. obtaining, and directing the means ed before the Society in 1809, holde of supply, Did the wretched con