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to incline the hearts of those to whom Greenland he has imparted the power, again to
S. America afford their generous assistance. The South-Africa effects of that dreadful war, by which
renewed 17925 the continent was wholly impoverish
Antigua ed, trade annihilated, and even the common necessaries of life in many instances withdrawn, are still felt by
Astrachan, most classes, so as to render them unable, as formerly, to direct their attention to subjects beyond their own
In the three Danish West-India personal existence; while the settle islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and ments
St. Jan, the Brethren's congregations God's mercy spared from total de amount to about 12,200 souls; in struction by fire and sword, were so
Greenland to 1100; in Antigua to much exhausted, from being conti- 12,000; in St. Kitts to 2000. The nually made the head-quarters of dif- congregations of Christian Indians ferent armies, that they were plunged both before and during the first Ame
in North-America suffered much, into debt, and their usual sources of
Great loss has been susincome, for some time, nearly dried up. The exertions of individuals
, tained by the burning of Fairfield in however, and of the congregations Upper Canada, the principal settlecollectively, have not been wanting ; cost no small sum to repair.
ment among the Indians, which it will and though greatly reduced in means, they have done what they could to
God has been pleased to bless the assist in preventing any relaxation in mission at the Cape of Good Hope
with much success. the prosecution of the work. Yet,
The forming of with every exertion, it is impossible
a third settlement is in contemplato meet the great and accumulated tion, when means can be found to expenditure of the past years. The support it. About 1600 Hottentots sum of about £ 4000, which, by the constitute the two congregations at
Guadenthal and Gruenekloof; many unexpected liberality of our brethren and friends in England, was collect the interior there is a great desire
more attend public worship; and in ed in 1814 and 1815, was indeed a relief for which we cannot sufficiently among the Heathen to receive more thank the Lord, who thus disposed
teachers. As the rooms used as a the hearts of so many benefactors to chapel in Gruenekloof have for some favour the Brethren's inissions ; but time been too small to accommodate as the circumstances which then oc
the congregation and other hearers, casioned the deficiency remain the and government have kindly granted same, the committee is again under permission to build, the erection of the necessity of making their case
a new chapel has been undertaken, known, and expressing à hope that though at present the state of the their petition for help will not pass
finances scarcely warrants the underunregarded.
taking* To show how extensively the
The communication with the three Church of the United Brethren is
settlements in Labrador, which can employed in attempts to propagate only be maintained by a vessel of the Gospel in the Heathen world, and their own annually sent to the settlehow long they have maintained their ments, proves a great expense; but numerous missions in different coun
the Lord has hitherto enabled the tries, the following statemept is sub
* The Rev. Mr. Latrobe arrived in England joined:
in December last year, from a visit to the Establish
Mission: above settlements at the Cape, from which he
has derived peculiar pleasure; and may possiin St. Thomas
bly, after his return from one of the princi St. Croix do.
settlements of the Brethren in German St. Jan do.
some interesting particulars before ili
Brethren's Society for the further- was estimated, according to the ac ance of the Gospel, established in counts received, terminating DecemLondon, to persevere in their exer- ber, 1812, at 14000. In the year tions, notwithstanding the sinallness 1813, there was a further increase of of their means, and the uncertainty debt, amounting to £ 1700. And in of a return equal to the expense of the years 1814 and 1815, which are the outfit. Nor would it be consistent the latest accounts at present arrived, with that gratitude which we feel to there was a still further addition, God our Saviour, did we not here constituting a total debt of £6000, observe how graciously he has pre- notwithstanding the liberal donations served the communication with the contributed in consequence of the Brethren's Missionaries in that inhos- first appeal. To liquidate-so large a pitable region; so that since the com- debt they feel to be utterly impossible, mencement of the mission, now fifty- dependent as they principally are, for three years ago, no interruption has the support of their missions, on the occurred in transmitting the annual voluntary aid and liberality of their supplies. During the last year, how- congregations and friends on the Conever, 1816, the vessel was, for the tinent, who are still suffering from first time, prevented by the ice, and the desolating effects of the late war. by the fury of repeated storms, from Under these circumstances, they touching at Hopedale, till at length, sincerely trust they will appear justiafter suffering a most violent tempest, fied in again respectfully appealing which she was not expected to sur- to that British benevolence of which vive, the captain was obliged to aban- they have already experienced so don all hopes of reaching the settle- generous a proof, and which is at all ment, and to return to England, hav- times so conspicuously manifested in ing four Missionaries on board, who every thing connected with the spread were passing from Nain to Hopedale. of the Redeemer's kingdom, that they This event has subjected the Society may still be enabled to make the sayto great additional expense. The ing name of Jesus known to the Heaanxiety which will undoubtedly fill then world. The assistance thus afthe minds of our brethren-in Labra- forded will surely not be unrewarded dor, respecting the fate of the ves- by Him to whom the mite of the sel and of their fellow-labourers, must poor but cheerful giver is as acceptabe keenly felt. Yet amidst all trou. ble as the offerings of the more opuble, the Society has much cause to lent; for “ the Lord looketh on the thank the Lord that he heard the heart.” prayers of those on board, delivered
C. I. LATROBE. them from the raging of the sea, and brought them safe to shore.
The above refers to a former apMay the abovc statement and call peal, made some years since, by for help find acceptance and favour some very respectable persons in Engwith all who consider the greatness land, who became acquainted with and importance of the work, and the the embarrassments under which this comparative weakness of those im- important concern laboured;" which mediately employed in it, and who, was then most kindly and liberally without their aid, are wholly unable answered by generous contributions at present to support it. Even '
now from many very respectable societies, many invitations to commence new congregations, and individuals in missions must be declined, from a Great-Britain, who nobly stepped forfull conviction that it far exceeds the ward for the relief of our Church at power of the committee to accept a period of great difficulty as to the them.
pecuniary means for carrying on their At the period when the former ap- missions. real was submitted to the public, the The same urgent necessity to apply debt incurred by the missions, owing to our 'fellow Christians of other to the circumstances already specified, Churches for their assistance, it apa pears, again exists; and " is encour- ourselves in Europe, strictly auxiliaaged by a similar call on the society, ry only to the Board or Committee by friends out of their circle, who which has the general direction of our are acquainted with the proceedings missions, all acting, in every respect, of their missions, and with the great in the closest concert and union; and, difficulty of maintaining them." Mr. as to the management of the missions, Latrobe, who informs us of this, has subject to one common direction of been for many years a well known, control, When missions in other much respected agent in behalf of the parts of the world are in distress, the missions of the United Brethren. He congregations of the United Brethren subscribes himself “ Secretary of the in this country regard that distress as Unitas Fratrum” (United Brethren) their own; agreeable to the apostolio “ in England,” that being bis office principle, (1 Cor. xii. 26.) “ whether in our Church, agreeably to the pro- one member suffer, all the members visions of an act of Parliament, pass- suffer with it.” May this be my apoed in favour of the United Brethren, logy for thus coming forward publicin the year 1749. His address, from ly A debt incurred for the support his usual local situation, is made in of our missions is, according to our particular to British benevolence; Church Constitution, the debt of the & which,” he observes, “is at all whole Society of the United Bre. times só conspicuously manifested in thren, commonly called Moravians, be every thing which is connected with their residence where it niay. And the spread of the Redeemer's king- all contributions to our missions, whea doin,
But it would, I think, be a ther made in America or Europe, are neglect of duty in me if I did not placed to one account. say that the United Brethren in this Let the case now submitted to the country, and especially the agents public be candidly considered, and it here for their missions, are very sen- will, it is presumed, speak sufficiently sible that they owe an equal tribute for itself. A union of congregations, of gratitude to the religious public consisting altogether of hardly more here, in as far as they have been call- than 12000 persons, and who are ed upon, for their displays of Ameri- mostly of the poorer sort, have, withean benevolence in the same cause. out ever possessing any funds, but re
I ask leave also, as the stationed lying solely, from year to year, on minister of our Church in this city, the voluntary contributions of the most respectfully to call the attention members of their congregations, and of Christians of every denomination of their friends, been for a series of in this country to Mr. Latrobe's pub- years exerting all the energies of their lication, agreeably to its title, as ad. little strength, in preaching the Gosdressed also to them: and I hope that pel of our common salvation among in so doing, I shall not be considered the Heathen. All Christians to whom as being presumptuous, acting out of they are known, unite in praises to place, or doing that which in any God, for the success with which He light may be deemed improper. The has, so unexpectedly to themselves, truth is, all the members of our been pleased to favour them; and the Church every where, consider it to utility of their undertaking is genebe their solemn duty to assist in car- rally acknowledged. They now tell rying on our missions among the Hea- the world, that, from the distressing then, to the utmost of their power; circumstances which have been beto take the concerns of the same faith- yond their control, and which, through fully to heart; and to recommend Mr. Latrobe, are clearly stated, they them, as exigences require, also to are involved in debt to the amount of others. “ The Society of the United £ 6000 sterling, or above $ 26,000 Brethren for propagating the Gospel our currency: and that, without the among the Heathen," which has its assistance of other churches, socieseat at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is, ties, and friends, they cannot go on like other societies formed among with, much less extend (as they are port it."
in many places invited to do this im. ! An Atheist's laugh 's a poor exchange portant work. Mr. Latrobe uses the
For Deity offended.' expressions : “Without their aid, they And surely a few additional towns in are whaly unable at present to sup- our journal, or the sight of one moun
" To liquidate so large a tain, or a waterfall the more, purchasdebt, they feel to be utterly impossible.” ed at the same price, will prove an And what is their great object ? “That equally improvident bargain. The they may still be enabled to make the length of your intended expedition, saving name of Jesus known to the instead of operating against my adHeathen world” Can such an appeal vice, ought strongly to enforce it, be made in this country, any more
since the continued habit would more than in Great-Britain, in vain? In effectually deaden all conscientious TAIS COUNTRY, where the Churches of feelings in this respect than occasional Christ so generally flourish, and indulgences of the same kind. What which, more than any other, is abun- has been said applies equally to the dantly blessed by a kind and indul- devoting the day to seeing the objects gent Providence?
of curiosity which the place you are Subscriptions and donations to- in may afford. wards the support of the missions of In any town where you spend the the United Brethren, will be thank- Sunday, make a point of ascertaining fully received by the ministers of their whether it affords you an opportunity congregations; particularly by the of attending the service of the ProRev. Charles G. Reichel, Bethlehem, testant Church; and, if it does, thankPennsylvania ; the Rev. Jacob Van fully avail yourself of it. If not, do Vleck, Salem, Stokes' county, North- not let this circumstance deprive you Carolina; the Rev. George G. Miller, entirely of the enjoyment of social No. 74 Race-street, Philadelphia; worship. If you are the head of a and by
family, or one of a party of friends, BENJAMIN MORTIMER,
you can always assemble a little conNo. 104 Fulton-street, New-York. gregation to join in the use of our adNew-York, 2d June, 1817.
mirable Liturgy; and may rejoice in the recollection of the gracious pro
mise made to 'two or three gathered Advice to a Traveller on the Observ- together," in that name, which is set ance of Sunday. From Marriott's
as a seal and passport to nearly every Hints to a Traveller.
one of its prayers. Even if you should As an essential measure of prepa. be alone, the same form of prayer is ration, take care that a Bible and much of it applicable to private use, Prayer Book form a part of your tra- and will enable you to join in spirit velling stores. You must yet have with the thousands who, on that day, to learn their value, if you can think are offering up its petitions in your yourself completely equipped without native land. İts use would, from the them.
mere force of association, assist in In sketching out your plan of tra- bringing your mind to the tone and velling, mark Sunday decidedly as a habits appropriate to the day. day of rest. To dispense with such Where you be negligent in this a rule on this occasion, because you respect, the Roman Catholics themwant to see and do a great deal in a selves, whose churches are thronged short space of time, is to act upon the from six in the morning till mid-day, principle, that when our duty to God, might put you to the blush; though and our personal convenience clash, they are not to be followed in their the former is, of course, to give way. defective and superstitious mode of As if his sceptre of righteousness worship, nor in their way of spending were that of a mimic king, and to the remainder of the Sabbath. In be exercised only at our discretion. these points I would say, with a full Burns, in speaking of profane wit, conviction, that he who used the words says, with his charaeteristic point, first would approve of their application, Come out from among them, the eyes of a company are upon you; and be separate. It is indeed a day and the temptation would have much of joy and gladness, but the source of advantage of you, in consequence of that joy strongly marks that, though your being already on slippery ground. truly a feast, it ought to be kept in a The exact line of distinction, howvery different manner from the gay, ever, in this case, must be left to your trifling, and sensual FESTA of an Ita- own judgment; but public amusements lian city, or its counterpart in France, are more clearly defined, and admit no or elsewhere. Drinking and gaming, question of degrees. They are altodancing and singing, and theatrical gether forbidden ground to you on entertainments among the lower or- Sunday, if there be the least force in ders, and similar amusements, though any of the arguments which have now in a more refined shape, in the higher, been brought forward. It is true, that do not very aptly characterize the joy you will be tempted by placards anto be derived from that resurrection, nouncing the performance of the best in which those only have reason to actors, and the finest musicians, on rejoice, who die to sin
and rise again that evening, expressly because it is unto righteousness. This, however, Sunday; but if you would not think as I believe all travellers will confess, yourself authorized to break the eighth is no exaggerated description of the commandment by a strong temptation, objects to which every Sunday is de- do not listen to those, who reason dif. voted throughout a considerable por- ferently about the fourth. Only imation of the Continent. From this gine yourself pleading such an excuse vortex it will become you to steer at at the bar, where the question must at a cautious distance, for it is hard to last be decided, and its absurdity will struggle against it, if carried by the strike you with the force of irresisticurrent within the sphere of its attrac- ble conviction. tion. When once we are committed to a certain extert in society, unfore.
ATHENS. seen occurrences, unintentional, or, perhaps, wilful misapprehensions, the
FROM HOLLAND'S TRAVELS. fear of giving offence, the silence of Those who expect to see at Athens hesitation construed into that of assent, only the more splendid and obvious and many similar causes draw us, even testimonies of its form*r state, will without the aid of inclination, far be- find themselves agreealt mistaken in yond our intended limits of concession. the reality of the scene. It may be I do not speak this merely from gene- acknowiedged that the Parthenon, the ral observation, but from a case pre. Theseum, the Propyloa, the temple of cisely in point. I happen to know Minerva Polias, &c. are individually that a person, who is in the habit of the most striking of the objects occuravoiding public society on a Sunday, ring here ; yet it may perhaps be addfrom conscientious motives, having, ed that they have been less interesting when abroad, yielded this point once, singly, than in their combined relation on a particular occasion, was, in the to that wonderful grouping together end, so entangled by a train of unfore- of nature and art, which gives its peseen circumstances, as to find himself culiarity to Athens, and renders the at the theatre in the evening, with the scenery of this spot something which rest of the party, to his own surprise is ever unique to the eye and recollecand sorrow. I would say, therefore, tion. Here, if any where, there is a not only avoid the places of public certain genius of the place which amusement, but all parties, in them- unites and gives a character and coselves unsuited to the day, and likely louring to the whole; and it is further to expose you to trials, to which your worthy of remark, that this genius resolution may not be equal. It is far luci is one which most strikingly coneasier to be conscientiously singular nects the modern Athens with the city upon deliberation and by system, than of former days. Every part of the in the exigency of the moment, when surrounding landscape may be recog