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out of nearly eight hundred millions of inhabitants, as already observed, not more, probably, than two hundred millions bear the Christian name; and even of these, how few are there that support the Christian character! To these, the first considerable additions, perhaps, may not be from the nations of Christendom, but from the east of Asia, or the south of Africa, or the more distant isles of the Southern Ocean. Christians (as well as Jews) may be provoked to jealousy" by those who are not a people-by a foolish nation" of barbarians.

But what are the means for converting five hundred millions of heathens, beside Jews and merely nominal Christians? Messrs. Hall and Newell, in a pamphlet already referred to, have calculated upon the necessity of 30,000 Missionaries; and yet, in the present course of things, it may be long before one thousand can be found, or means provided for their subsistence. Two or three circumstances have, however, recently occurred, which seem to shew that Providence has "ways and means" which we had never contemplated.

(1.) It has occurred in the instance of the South Sea Mission, that the inhabitants of an island having been converted, they have become Missionaries, first to one island and then to another; and who can say that this work may not spread through hundreds of those islands, many of which are yet unknown to Europeans?

(2.) In India, the strongest hold of Atheism and infidelity, by the conversion of some hundreds of the natives, among whom are several Brahmins, a body of Native Missionaries are already forming, admirably qualified to spread Christianity in that country; and, if the colleges already founded should prosper, European as well as Eastern literature may there flourish to a degree sufficient to furnish all the exterior attainments of a missionary for those countries, far superior to what can be supplied from Europe; since they would, with languages and science, necessarily acquire a correct knowledge of those Pagan systems which they had to combat, and the prejudices wherewith they had to contend.

(3.) It has pleased God lately to inspire a spirit of piety and zeal into the minds of many of our Mariners, even from the highest officers down to the common seamen; and the Bethel flag (the signal for maritime prayer-meetings) is flying over the seas in a variety of directions now supposing but a few thousands of these to be truly converted, and be as zealous in the cause of God as they have ever been in the cause of their country, and they will prove most effective Missionaries wherever they may go.

It may be said, How can uneducated natives, or British sailors, be qualified to preach? But it should be recollected that the work of a Missionary in Africa, or the South Seas, is very different from that of the clergyman of a parish, or the pastor of a congregation in this country. The instruction wanted, is in those elements of religion which every converted person derives from the word of God, and the teaching of his Holy Spirit; and this instruction is generally

sympathies. We may confidently leave them in His hands, who is too wise to be mistaken, and too good to be severe." Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

conveyed-not in eloquent and well-studied orations; but in familiar conversation-in reading to them the Scriptures-and in praying with them; for which no person, who has attended a sailors' prayer-meeting, will pretend that many of them are not already qualified.

Thus, beside the ordinary methods of instruction, by these means great numbers of Missionaries are preparing for the work; and it is no small pleasure to be able to add, that the Heathen are almost every where prepared to receive them; and from every quarter of the Pagan world resounds the cry, "Come over and help us." Monthly, weekly, and daily prayer is also offered, by every denomination of vital Christians, for these influences of the Holy Spirit, which can alone

make the work successful.

The sum and substance of all is, God has promised to give to his Son"the Heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession."-The Heathen are stretching forth their hands to invite and to embrace the messengers of his grace-a large provision of Missionaries is preparing, and that by means scarcely before thought of many are already presenting themselves; and when a voice is heard from heaven, saying, "Whom shall I send? and who will go for us?" we trust that from every part of the earth the answer will resound, "Here am I-send me.' And thousands, and tens of thousands, not qualified themselves to undertake the Missionary office, shall come forward with their offerings consecrated to support the work.

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"In all this progress," says the late excellent Missionary, Mr. Ward, "what difficulties have been removed-what ground prepared-what an army in array-what resources provided-what auxiliaries in the prayers of the saints! All, in fact, rapidly tends to the grand consummation. The Lord whom we seek will suddenly come to his temple,' and, amidst the hallelujahs of a saved world, he will be crowned Lord of all.

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"One song employs all nations; and all cry,

'Worthy the Lamb! for he was slain for us.'
The dwellers in the vales and on the rocks
Shout to each other, and the mountain tops
From distant mountains catch the flying joy;
Till nation after nation taught the strain,
Earth rolls the rapturous Hosannah round.*"

* Ward's Farewell Letters. Let. xvii.

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