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these, like all first attempts, are yet Him? That the enterprize is begun, imperfect. They know the frailty of requires that it should be prosecuted, human life. They feel deeply anxious and prosecuted with vigor,-or the that their labors should be perfected shame of having begun to build and and rendered available to the conver- not being able to finish, must come on sion of sinners, and the Redeemer's the Christian churches. praise--that the best efforts of their I derive another argnment for its lives—their holiest endeavors, should urgency, from the state of the heathen not be thwarted, and hence they beg nations. There is commotion among that the enterprise should be prosecut them-changes, great changes are ed. Shall their plea be disregarded ? taking place. Mind which has slumShall those whose souls are touched bered for ages is waking up. The inwith a Savior's love, say to their tercourse of Christian nations with brethren, laboring under such circum- them is becoming common. Facilistances, “ Brethren, your work is a ties for intercoinmunication for purpogood one-we admire your enterprise ses of trade, and by means of steam -but we cannot help you. 'Tis true navigation, will increase. That interthe Savior requires all to be devoted to course will enlighten them to see the Him—but our frieuds claim is too-lit- folly of their superstitions. Those silerary distinctions await us here-we perstitions are losing their influence feel an interest in your cause, but we more or less every year. Multitudes, cannot join you ?"

who ten years ago had strong faith in But some have gone further still. Mohammed, or Brahina, or Budh, have Having mastered the language, and grown skeptics, or renounced their being provided with Christian books, creeds altogether. Shall no substitute they have labored directly for the be given them? They are still in conversion of the heathen. They have darkness-gross darkness covers the established schoolshave taught many people. And, the principles of our holy faith-they have sown much seed-it is beginning

“Shall we whose minds are lighted,

With wisdom from on high, to spring up. They see death hasten

Shall we, 10 souls lenighed, ing on them through the influence of The lamp of life deny ?” multiplied cares and a debilitating climate; and they call for some of their Neither Mohammedism, nor Brahmanbrethren to come and water the seed ism, nor Budhism, nor any of all the they have sown, and gather the harvest forms of paganism, profters forgiveness they have been maturing, and shall to any of its votaries. All men know their prayer be unheeded? God has that they are sinners—all long for salblest the instrumentality of some-vation ! souls have been converted,--gathered These nations are hastening to the into a church. They are true disci- grave,-thousands die daily,-millions ples, but weak in faith and weak in every year. Whatever is done for them knowledge. The missionary is bas- musi he done quickly. While we detening to the grave. He would de- liberate,—while we speak, multitudes scend to it in peace, if, as he goes are sinking in the agonies of death, down the dark valley, he could see having never heard the Savior's name. some devoted brother standing by, Though we go with our utmost speed, ready to guaril and guide the little before we can reach them multitudes flock he has gathered. He has long will be past our aid. Is not the work prayed that God would send forth more then urgent ? laborers into his vineyard. Those la But it is not a hopeless enterprize. borers bave been raised up, but they It is one in which success is sure. It will go into other vineyards without may not be so near at hand as many asking God where He would have them would hope, or as all would anxiously work. The missionary dies—he has desire—but it is beyond the possibility no successor. Years elapse—the little of a doubt. The promise and the oath flock, feeble in nuinber and in influ- of God ensure it-“ As truly as I live, ence, follow him to heaven. His works all the earth shall be filled with the follow him, but there are none to fol- glory of the Lord.” “Every knee sball low his works. Is such a process hon- bow; every tongue shall confess that orable to the professed followers of Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the the Lamb? Does it comport with Father.” Urged then by the divine their professed attachment to his cause, command, and by the appeals of our or their professed willingness to obey | brethren, and by the unuttered though

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dying groans of paganism--and cheer- | vicinity, where of course it will be still ed on by the surest prospect of suc- colder, and we shall hope to repair cess—what wait we for? Christian thither. I feel a happiness which no brethren, I stand before you as one of language can express, in committing yourselves. I have tried the missiona- our ways to Jehovah, knowing that ry work, and found it such as I have He is “too wise to err, and too good described it, and have felt the need of, to be unkind.” My daily prayer is though I have not attained to such that my will may be swallowed up in qualifications as I have specified. 1 His. I wish to have no will of my own, feel the urgency of it, and stand ready but in all my ways to acknowledge to resume it as soon as God in his Him, knowing that He will direct our providence shall open the way. I ask, paths. is there none here, who will join his I have only two girls in my school efforts with mine, and go with me? at present. As warlike times appeared,

the children mostly left me, and I have

not endeavored to supply their places. China.

The two I have, with two boys under

Mr. Shuck's more particular instruc

MRS. tion, are improving very rapidly, which SHUCK, DATED MACAO, JUNE 23, 1840. greatly encourages my heart. I shall Our latest previous accounts from this Mis devote all my tiine to them until somesion, were to the latter part of February, --see

thing is settled with regard to our

future location, and shall endeavor to p. 265 of our December number.

prepare them to be assistant teachers. Mrs. Shuck, after expressing her grateful I do hope much froin them. While sense of the goodness of God, in raising her

we are doing all that we can for their from a state of extreme illness, to that of com- minds, may the gracious Lord sancparative health, thus speaks of the

tify instruction, and prepare them by Prospects of labor, and state of the mis- genuine conversion to teach their desion.

luded countrymen the way to bappi

ness and heaven! They already know I am able to accomplish more mis- much concerning their eternal intersionary work than at any previous ests, and if they perish, it will not be time, occupying the whole of the fore because they have not received innoon in study and teaching. Truly I struction and admonition. am much indebted to my heavenly Mr. S. preaches to a congregation father, in thus raising me, as it were, assembled at our house twice a week, from the borders of the grave. May and goes among them (the Chinese) my unprofitable life which He has seen very frequently. I love to visit their fit to prolong, be, in future, devoted degraded hovels and talk to them. more unreservedly to His service. At They always receive us kindly, offerone time we very much feared that we ing us (as is their custom) tea to drink. should be compelled to revisit Ameri- I am almost impatient to have the time ca, as the last resort for the restoration come, when, unmolested, we can teach of my health. The physicians gave it them of Jesus whose blood alone can as their decided opinion that it was cleanse them from their impurity and impossible for me to live unless I went fit them for the skies. to a colder climate. We felt deter In evaugelizing this great empire, I mined to try every expedient, and con- confidently believe that educating the sequentiy | underwent much bodily rising generation will be found one suffering from a rigorous course of among the most efficient agencies, and, medical treatinent, which, however, in that I am permitted to bring the humthe hands of God, seemed to prove suc- blest share of this instrumentality to cessful. The operation, of course, bear upon even the minutest portion of was painful, but not so painful as the this immense population, affords me idea of leaving China—the land where my highest earthly happiness. For I wish to spend the remainder of my this purpose I have forsaken the enlife. If it can be consistent with the dearments of my native land, the comwishes of the Board, and more espe- forts and pleasures of the paternal roof, cially of Him, to whoin the Board look and all the sweets of Christian society. for direction, I trust we shall be per- In this blest employment may the last mitted to remain in China. It is alto-energies of my frame be spent; and gether probable that the English will though unworthy and worthless, I look take some place, or places in this I to heaven for success.

Confirmation of Miss Macomber's death. Early in the month of September [See last No. p. 299.]

last, some of our Greek friends began

attending our worship, both on the You will perhaps, ere this is receiv- Sabbath and the evenings of the other ed, have henrd of the death of our days of the week. In these religious friend and ship companion, Miss Ma- exercises we enjoyed seasons of intercomber. Her end was peaceful and est, and frequently witnessed demonhappy. Though only permitted to la-strations, that the Greek has a heart bor a few years in the heathen world, to feel, and a conscience to appreher time was not misspent, and she hend the force of truth. These efforts, had the happiness of feeling in her though made in weakness, God was last moments that she had discharged pleased to bless. Oue young man was her duty. One by one, our band are brought to a knowledge of the truth. dropping away. How important that He continues to maintain a life of we also endeavor to “ watch,” having godliness. An English woman, marour lainps trimmed and burning, for ried to a Greek, and for thirty years a we know not at what hour our sum- member of the church, was also at the mons may come.

same time deeply impressed with a

sense of her sins, and we have someMrs. S. acknowledges the receipt of the fol- times, more recently, indulged the hope lowing sums in aid of her school, viz:

that she has become a child of God. From Rev. Mr. Taylor, chaplain U. S.

I had also for some time enjoyed the frigate Columbia,

20,00 privilege daily of reading the scriptures an English missionary,

12,00 and praying in an interesting family " three ladies,

8,00 circle-nor was the word there unat

tended with the influences of the Holy $40,00 Ghost. After I was confined to my

room with sickness, one of this family, Crecce.

a young woman, came and besought Mrs. L. to pray for her.

My health began to fail in October; On page 204 of last volume will be found the but we continued these labors until notice of a communication from Mr. Love, da- after the first of November, from which led May 15th, giving an account of his distress- time I was laid aside from all labor ing illness, and that of his family; and of his until the middle of February. removal, for ibat reason, from Patras to the On returning from Corfu the 15th island of Corfu. The gloomy aspect thrown of February, we immediately recomover the state and prospects of the mission by menced our daily and Sabbath services. that intelligence, is somewhat relieved by the They continued one month under cirfollowing letter of Mr. Love, dated Corfu, June teresting. After I was again confined

cumstances more than ordinarily in13, 1810.

to my bed, they were conducted for Interesting state of things at Patras— two weeks with great acceptance by Sickness of Mr. L.-Regret at leaving. Apostolos, the converted Greek meri

tioned above. Three young men of In ours of the 15th ult. I noticed an promise attended daily these means intention of giving you a more full ac- of grace, and four others solicited the count of our welfare, as soon as my same privilege after I was no longer strength would admit. Though pain- able to conduct the services. These ful, there is yet comfort in reviewing latter were men to whom age had given the trials we have passed, because or- judgment and respect in society. They dered by that Hand which cannot err. had been reading the scriptures for a

We had long indulged the hope of number of months. After we were all success in our labors at Patras. Our coufined to our beds, some of these poor instrumentality had been pecu- friends came almost every day and inliarly blessed. We bad always met quired,—“Will you be able to have with opposition, it is true ; but in no worship this evening ?” It was not easy case had a single important effort ulti- to leave a people under circumstances mately failed. The field was widen- so interesting. ing on every side, and God had given When we first became fully appreus so much favor with the people, that hensive of the true condition of my the trials, ordinarily falling to the lot health, and the consequent necessity of the missionaries, in their incipient of removal from Patras, we could only efforts, were by us scarcely realized. conclude to lay the subject before the

Board, desiring that we might remain in our recent afflictions so much from until some other person should arrive the climate as from excessive fatigue to fill the place. So clear were the and solicitude. Mrs. L. previously indications of mercy to the people that had enjoyed good health. It will, we we could not feel that God designed are confident, be a subject of the they should be left destitute. This prayerful attention of the Board ; and idea of remaining we entertained until, we have great comfort in leaving it to human foresight, it appeared clear all to the gracious disposal of our that iny instrumentality at Patras was Heavenly Father. If it is our duty done. From that time we could no again to return, most cheerfully will longer make it appear right to remain we go. any length of time, should God enable us so far to recover as to be able

Labors and prospects at Corfu. to rernove. By change of place there We have been in Corfu about two was still some ground of encourage- months. We find there is work enough ment, which we leared would not exist to do, and sometimes feel that perhaps by a few weeks' or days' longer delay. I the Lord has ordained to use our insiruhad become so feeble in the last attacks, mentality here, for the promotion of his that for a time, I could not be raised in kingdom in these dark places of the the bed without fainting.

earth. My bealth allows of doing but liwe at present, and yet

we have The unbealthiness of Patras, Mr Love snp. thought that little should not be left poses may be owing to sudden changes, and 10 undone. the miasma arising from the annual decay of a

In the citadel we have, through a most exuberant vegetation on the uncukivated pious officer and a few soldiers, comgrounds in the neighborhood of the town.

menced distributing English tracts

among about fifteen hundred English Mount Bodias, eight thousand feet troops. One of the distributers reports above the level of the sea and covered that none are unwilling to read. about eight months of the year with

We have opened a book seller's shop

This is snow, is just in the rear of the town. on one of the main streets. This contributes much to the sudden attended by Apostolos, the converted changes. The sensible cold from the Greek, where he stands a fearless and mountain is much greater than that in- faithful champion for the truth. A few dicated by the thermometer. When

Greeks are beginning to listen to the the wind is from that quarter at a tem- word of God; the more however still perature of 50° Fahrenheit, one would continue to scoff. One attends our suppose from his sensations, that the Greek worship on the Sabbath, and thermometer was at 250 or 300. To two others, within a day or two, bare these causes chiefly I attribute my fre- proposed attending. Great effort is bequent illness, the last year and a half; ing made at present on the part of the during which time my constitution has priests. All Greek books in the hands been gradually undermining.

of missionaries, containing the name

“Jesus Christ,” are avatbematized. The Since his removal to Corfu, he says:

moral horizon, it would seein, has for

three or four years been growing darker My general health continues impro- and darker, until at length night has ving. I have had no attack for five set in with“ a darkness that can be felt.” weeks, and we are the more encoura The priesthood of Corfu may anatheged from the fact, that a strong pre- matize the scriptures and array themmonition of the disease has just pass- selves against the light; yet if our ed away with nothing more serious. work be of God, it must prevail,—the

I do not expect ever to be able again light must shine. As I find myself to lubor at Patras. Of the last fitteen able, I have been for nearly a month months of our residence there, I was holding English worship at our house sick nine. Must Patras then be aban- twice a week. I have tried to illustrate, doned! We can not think that it with great plainuess of speech, some should be given up without another of the fundamental principles of Christrial. A person of strong constitution tianity. Last Sunday evening, about might not suffer there. Of the for- seventy were present, twice the numeigners residing in Patras, perhaps ber that first attended. I believe that more than one balf enjoy excellent the Spirit of the Lord is amongst us. health. I do not think Mrs. L. and There has been solemnity in our Jittle some others of the family suffered congregations. One person, the daugh,

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MR.

t* of a most respectable English citi- | thus still strengthened in the good zs of Corfu, has already, we trust, work, and we are amply compensated pressed from death unto life.” for the little unpleasantnesses through

Apostolos has some time since asked which we have lately had to pass. hefst Aud having for a length of My dear fellow laborers and the brethune bar clear evidence of his conver- ren generally continue to be actively sre. I bave concluded to grant his re- engaged in the spread of the truth. Our quist, and expect to baptize him in the important tract" labors extend, and I Curse of a few weeks.

doubt not thousands will have occasion Toe English citizens of Corfu num- to bless God in the day of judgment, for ber about three or four hundred souls; this part of our work. Several of our Dose who attend our English worship brethren have been out on itinerating at elietly of this class. They inter- tours into various parts of the country, Earty with natives, and are regarded and have been generally well received. as on terms of equality.

Br. Müller is at present in Mecklenburg, Corfu is greatly in advance of Greece where he has again visited more than in point of civilization. But oh! what eighty villages, and where he meets a picture of morals-grog-shops and with much encouragement. te chels numerous--drunkenness, Sab I have been to Jever and Eastfriesbath breaking, and profanity, every land. The little church at the former were rife; and prostitution stalks place has received a valuable addition abroad by day and by night, shame- of ten new members, whom I baptized, less and unmolested.

among them the young school-inaster Truly a great work is to be done for alluded to in my last letter. The opGreece, in every department of Chris- position against the gospel is so great tran effort.

in this place, that I could remain only a day and two nights, which were

fully employed in various religious exGermany.

ercises. 'Since I left Jever, our breth

ren bave been summoned before the EXTRACT FROM

authorities, and all religious meetings ONCKEY, DATED HAMBURG, SEPT. 23, have been strictly prohibited on peril 1810.

of a fine of ten dollars.

In Eastfriesland I formed several ha crease of the churches at Hamburg and

valuable connectious, which may lead Joer- Langeland church constituted to great results. I met with Christiacs Church at Copenhagen enlarged-En

in these parts who had been much excouraging prospects.

ercised on the subject of baptism. I

hope, that if I should be permitted to We have continued, since my last visit them another year, these friends leiter, to meet regularly for the wor- will then be ready to follow the Lord ship of God and the observance of in all his commands. To the friends Christ's ordinances, on the Lord's day. I visited on this tour, I have sent upWe have been compelled to assemble wards of 400 copies of the scriptores, in small companies, except at my and 10,000 tracts. house, where I have generally had sixty

Soon after my return to this, I went or seventy hearers. Our members re- in company with br. Köbner to.Langemain all faithful, and we have had land, in the Great Belt. Though our since my release from prison, in all, journey to this place was attended with sixteen additions, and several hopeful much fatigue-(I bad for three nights persons now stand proposed to the no sleep and with some danger of church. Our hearts and bands are being arrested, the Lord graciously

brought us through it all, and we were

enabled to accomplish our work there • This young woman a member of in one night. I baptized nine conMrs. Dickson's bible class the last year. And verts, constituted the church, and unitit is an interesting circumstance, that another ed with them in commenjorating the a'so of the same class was converted while we were bere last winter. ln our boarding house Lord's death. We were engaged in we bad an hour daily for reading and illustra. this service from midnight till seven ting the word of God and for prayer. This in the morning. May the great Head young woman, a member of the family in the of his church bless this infant cause, boarding house, was accustomed to be present, and make it a blessing to the whole of and she now refers to these religious exercises as the means of deepening her conviction, and the island. I have no doubt but that at last giving her peace in the blessed Savior. many will be added to the little flock. VOL. XXI.

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