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a naw creation the place of all who emy came and sowed täres among the revoft."
wheat, and went his way. But when In all ages the origin of evil the blade was sprung up, and brought seems to have been a subject of forth fruit, then appeared the tares perplexing inquiry. No point, holder came and said unto him: Sir, perhaps, in philosophy or meta- didst thou not sow good seed in thy physics, has been more painfully field ? From whence then hath it tares? investigated ; but the difficulties He said to them, an enemy bath done attending it have not disappear this." In the explanation of this par
able, Jesus says, “ The field is the ed. With regard to this sub
world; the good geed are the chil. ject, God holdeth back the face of dren of the kingdom; but the tares his throne, and spreadeth a cloud are the children of the wicked one ; upon it. Dr. L. has briefly treat- the enemy, that sowed them, is the ed this subject, in a discourse
devil.” In tracing the introduction of which has this title ; The sins
evil, our Lord goes no farther; and
here our inquiries must be stayed. and miseries of men, noi God's Had the householder judged it nedoings, but their own.
cessary, that his servants should know On the question of God's pos- he became so malicious, he would,
where this enemy got his seed, or how itive efficiency in the production
on so fair an occasion, have instruct. of moral evil, our author, in ed them further on the subject. He agreement with the divines of said no more upon it, because no more the synod of Dort, and a large needed to be said. With this his sermajority of those, who have been
vants were fully satisfied. It would
be well, that we should terminate our considered most orthodox, em
inquiries, where these modest serbraces the negative. He suppo- vants terminated theirs." ses, that it implies no contradic- The following, on a very diftion, that God should communi- ferent subject, is no common specate to man the power of origin- cimen of fine writing. ating some of his volitions. On “ Here we need the vicissitudes of this subject, we offer no opinion. day and night for labour and rest. We only express our wish that The light is sweet, and a pleasant men on both sides would be care- thing it is for the eyes to behold the sul not to misrepresent the senti- repose, is, however, a gloomy season.
The night, though favourable to ments of their opponents, and the gloom we endeavour to dispel would govern themselves and by artificial lights. But in heaven seek to influence others by fair, there is no need of a candle, for there scriptural reasoning. How va
is no night there ; and no need of the rious soever may be the senti- lighten it, and Jesus is the light
sun, for the glory of the Lord doth ments of our readers on the thereof. Here we have our seasons question, they will agree, it is of sorrow and affliction.
Our joys believed, that the discourse of
are transient. Our bright and happy which we are speaking, is writ. days are interrupted with dark and ten with caudour and ingenuity. cheerful suns are obscured by scowl.
stormy nights. Our smiling and If the Doctor cannot satisfy, he ing and angry clouds. Death is seems resolved not to offend. stalking around—we see his frightful
“On the question concerning the footsteps, we hear his hollow voice. introduction of evil, we need go no We tremble for our children and farther, and we can go no farther, friends ; we mourn the loss of breththan our Saviour has gone.
ren and companions ; we have no se“ The kingdom of heaven is likened curity for our most pleasing connes. unto a man, who sowed good seed in ions; we are doomed to suffer the his field ; and while men slept un en- anguish of their dissolution. In hear
en things will be new. All friend- " It was a nipping sermon, a ship there will be the union of pure pinching sermon, a biting ser and immortal minds in disinterested benevolence to one another, and in mon, a sharp biting sermon. supreme love to the all glorious Je- We know of no language more hovah.”
descriptive of the discourse unIn the sixth particular of in- der consideration. The reader struction, suggested by the story may judge by the following speof the importunate friend, p. 215, cimen : are many valuable thoughts ; but “ There is one observation more, their connexion with the subject which, though not mentioned by our is less obvious, than could be de: apostle, yet naturally arises from our
subject; sired. The close of the sermon
; namely, that this infernal
heat, which usually sets the tongue is very impressive, and calculated
on fire, and renders it very voluble to melt the backsliding Christian. and loquacious, sometimes causes a
“ Remember, my Christian friends, swell and stiffness, which is accomthe kindness of your youth, the love of panied by a sullen taciturnity. This · your espousals, when you went after symptom, though not so extensively Christ in the wilderness. Remember mischievous, as the inflammation, your former fears and distresses un- which we have described, may be as der a conviction of your sins. Re- painful to the patient, and as vexatious member what earnest applications to the bystanders. We read of some, you made to your Saviour, and what who were brought, by their friends, kind answers, in due time, you re- to our Saviour to be cured of their ceived. Remember what comfort dumbness. Whether this dumbness you felt, when you could call brim your was caused by the impotence of the Saviour and friend, and could appro- organ, or by the wilfulness of the priate the evidences and tokens ot his mind, it is not said. *But whatever love. Remember your former zeal might be the immediate cause, there for his service, and your professed was a satanical operation at the botdedication to him. Has your zeal tom. The patients are expressly languished, and your love waxed cold? said to be “possessed of the devil,” Remember, how you have received to have a « dumb spirit." And and heard; how you have resolved “ when the devil was cast out, the and promised; and hold fast and re
dumb spake." pent."
Few author's manifest a more “If sinners treat with indifference the calls and invitations of the Save productive genius, or more exiour ; yet who would expect this from
tensive theological information, you? Did yon not promise that you than Dr. L. His mind, in no would be holiness to the Lord, and that degree enervated by years, still all your works, like the first fruits, displays its rich, undiminished should be consecrated to him? What
treasures, to the improvement iniquity hare ye found in him, that
His exyour should depart from him and walk and joy of believers. after vanity ? 'I beseech you by the cellence, as an author, appears mercies of Christ, by your own expe- in his descriptive, practical, and rience of his mercies, and by the devotional performances ; rather promises, which you have made, that than in those which are controyou present yourselves living sacrifices, holy and acceptable, which is versial. Though it ought to be your reasonable service.”
acknowledged, that the sermons The twenty-first discourse is he has published against Deism entitled, “ The pernicious ef- and Atheism are potent and irrefects of an inflamed tongue.”
sistible in point of argument. The tongue is a fire, &c. James iii. 6. Bishop Latimer said of Jo
* Ste Latimer's sermon, delivered benah's message to the Ninevites, fore king Edward 6th, 1550. No. 11. Vol. II.
His style, though not perfectly his style is a complete model; free from faults, possesses, in a there are few works, which are high degree, that ease, perspicu- better suited, than this, to reguity, and force, which are so es- late the taste of young men, who sential to pulpit oratory. Tho' contemplate the ministry, and to we cannot say of. Dr. Lathrop, form them to a manly, impresnor perhaps of any writer, that sive, and divine eloquence.
and to participate with delight ini
those labours of each other which “Our Magazine has never, probably, have for their object the glory of the been the vehicle of intelligence more
Redeemer and the welfare of maninteresting anal pleasing, than that kind. which will be found in the following These ideas have seldom been pages. No one who possesses any more fully impressed on our minds measure of the Christian spirit oan than when we heard of that instance fail to rejoice, when he sees that the of Christian liberality and attachment Holi Scriptures, the words of eternal to the cause of the Redeemer, which life, are likely soon to be translated you have exhibited in aid of the into all the most important and ex- translation of the Sacred Scriptures tensive languages of the East, ard to into the languages of the East." Embe read by the many millions of men ployed in a part of the globe so rewho inhaồit that most populous por- mote from you, and personally untion of our globe. Those of our coun- known to most of you, judge what trymen who have liberally contributed were our feelings when we heard to promote this benevolent enterprise, that you had, without the least solici. will receive some additional pleasure tation on our part, interested yourin reflecting, that as the sun of reve- selves in so effectual a manner, in lation rose in the East and pursued that arduous yet delightful work, in his course till this Western world was which the Lord has bidden us engage enlightenei by his rays, so they have for the sake of his people yet to be been, in a measure, instrumental in gathered from among the heathen, reflecting back his beams to the region For this display of Christian phion which they had first dawned, but lanthropy we entreat you to accept from which they had been long and our warmest thanks, not merely on mournfully withutrawn.” As. Mag. our own behalf, but in behalf of those
heathens, who, though at present un. To the Christian congregations in the conscious of your compassion towards
United States, who have contributed them, shall, nevertheless, bless you to their aid towart's the translation of all eternity for having thus contributed the Sacred Scriptures into the lan- to unfold to them the pages of everguages of the East.
lasting trutli. DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, It will give you pleasure to hear
AMONG those principles implanted that the Lord has so smiled upon this in the leait by the Holy Spirit, none work, as to enable us to put to press is more amiable, more fully demon- versions of the Sacred Scriptures in strative of our being made partakers fire of the eastern languages, the of the divine nature, or produetive of Shanscrit, the Hindoosthannee, the , more happy efíects, than that of Bengalee, the Mahratta, and the Christian love. This removes all dis- Orissa ; and to go forward in prepartance of place, overlooks all peculiar- ing versions in five more of these lan. ities of name and denomination ; and guages, the Chinese, the Persian, the unites in the firmest bonds all those Telinga, the Guguratte, and the lanwho serve the same Lord, causing guages of the Seiks, them to bear each other's - burdens, In this laborious and extensive
Fork, we derive very great encour- now cleren missionaries.
Except agement from the countenance and brother Chamberlain, we are, also, support of our dear Christian breth- all at Serampore. You know the ren in America, as well as in Eu- English company don't like the Hinrope ; and we beg leave to assure doos to be converted, and it is a part vou, that every degree of support af. of their charter that they will not forded shall be applied to the fur. do any thing to change their religion. therance of the work in the most They, also, allow none (except by suffaithful and economical manner. ferance) but their own seixants to set.
We semain, dearly beloved breth- tle in the country. We have been, ren, most affectionately yours in our also, lately prohibited by the governcommon Lord,
or from interfering with the prejudi. W. CAREY, J.CHATER,
ces of the natives, either by preachJ. MARSHMAN, Josul'a Rowe, ing, distributing tracts, sending out W. WARD,
WM. ROBINSON, native itinerants, &c. In short, the R. MARDON,
Felix CAREY. governor said, as he did not attempt J. Biss,
to disturb the prejudices of the naMission-house, Serampore,
tives, he hoped we should not. Thus, Oct. 14th, 1806.
if we were to obey this request, in its
literal meaning, we must give up Extract of a Letter from the Mission our work altogether, and instead of aries to Capt. Wickes.
wanting fresh missionaries, we might ...Think, dear brother, what the reship those we already have. But it king of Zion bas done for India, since is impossible to do this. We avoid you first, in 1799, brought out mis. provoking, the government, but we sionaries; not merely by our means, dare not give up our work at the combut in a variety of ways: what a pro, mand of man. We have written gress in the translation and distribu- home on the subject, and sought retion of the word of God into so many lief from these painful restrictions, languages spoken by so many millions but what will be the result we know of men; how many thousands of mis. not. In the mean time our junior sionary tracts have gone all over Hin- brethren are getting the languages, dostan, how many natives have been and as soon as we can place them in baptized, and some landed safe in
separate stations, we shall. At pres. glory; what a broad foundation laid ent the gospel sound has spread so for the future extension of the gospel, extensively that we have now more what an increase of missionary inquirers than we have in general. strength. Episcopal, Independent, Our native brethren, too, are not idle. and Baptist, beside the nuinber of The school, translations, printing, native itinerants. How emphatically college, &c. &c. true respecting India, “ Behold, the weighty that there is no appearance fields are already wbite for the har
of the governor's restriction at the vest.” Let this be acknowledged as Mission-house. All is bustle here, a constant and infallible proof that you morning, noon and night. have not run in vain, neither laboured This is the time for you, American in vain.
Christians, to pray for the Serampore
mission, for God only can open to us To Mr. Joseph Eastburn, Fhiladephia. an efíectual door. “He openeth and
no man shutteth." Captain Wickes tells me that I
" For where his servants bave his cause to plead, am a letter in your debt. Excuse this Nor Seas, nor mountains can their course impede, omission, of which, indeed, I was not
Infernal powers are silent at his pod,
Heaven, earth, and hell exclaim, this is the Son of God." conscious. Our dear captain can tell
Brother Wickes will give you all you how full our hands are. I have
the news about us. been reading a proof now, till my eyes smarted so that I was induced to throw
I am, my dear brother, yours very cordially,
W. WARD. myself on the couch to rest them. I pow begin to write to you.
Serampore, Oct. 15, 1806. By this voyage of our dear captain, we have received in comfort two (Some obstructions are made to the ex. brethren and their wives; and we are ertions of the missionaries by the you
ernmental agents in India. The pre- here, but also to protect them, not ceding let:er will serve to explain the doubting but they, as good citizens, nature and cause of these obstructions. would pay due obedience to our laws Some of our readers may need to be and regulations. informed that Serampore, fifteen The certificate' granted by me is miles only from Calcutta, is a Danish founded upon this high order, and as settlement, where the missionaries are Messrs. Chater and Robinson were both protected and encouraged in their represented as belonging to the miswork, and where the “mission house sion society (which is really the case) is erected. Captain Wickes being in. I have acknowledged them as such, formed that the missionaries whom and extended the protection to them. he last took out might meet with The persons alluded to, can, theresomething unpleasant if he landed fore, not be considered as refugees of them at Calcutta, to which he was poor debtors, merely under a tempo. bound, carried them immediately to rary protection, but must be looked Serampore. The British superintend- upon as countenanced and protected ant wrote to the Danish governor of by his Danish majesty himself, as Ser ampore, inquiring about the mis- long as they continue to live in a setsionaries, and whether he considered tlement subject to his crown, and are them as under the protection of the found to pursue only their respective Danish government. The Danish professions, without attempting indogovernor returned the following an- vations, which I, from their uniform swer.]
good conduct, have reason to expect
will never be the case. • To C. T. MARTIN, Esq. Magistrate. I have the honour to be, &c.
SIR, I have been favoured with your let. Extract of a Letter from the Mission: ter of the 13th instant, informing me aries to Robert Ralston, Esq. dated that Messrs. Chater and Robinson, Serampore, Oct. 16, 1806. two missionaries recently arrived at VERY DEAR SIR, Serampore in the American ship Ben- We have heard with gratitude of jamin Franklin, had, among other pa. the generosity of several individuals pers, produced a certificate with my respecting the procuring and forward. signature, stating that they reside at ing benevolent aids to the transSerampore under the protection of the lations of the word of God. We have Danish flag, and in consequence there also heard of your many personal exerof you wish to be informed at whose tions to promote the subscriptions suggestion, and under whose patron- throughout the United States. age, these gentlemen left England, or Very dear Sir, we feel ourselves in. whether they have come out under the capable of expressing our sense of promise of protection from any person these many marks of Christian love. on the part of his Danish majesty. We doubt not but the great Head of
With regard thereto I beg leave to the church looks down with peculiar inform you, that some years back, and pleasure on these disinterested proofs at a time when several members of of love to him and his cause on earth : the Baptist society took up their resi. and we hear him saying (of you and dence at this place, the former chief, a great many) of the distinguished now deceased, colonel Bie, reported friends of this his cause, “ Verily I to his superiors in Europe their arriv. say unto you, they shall in no wise al, and that an additional number of lose their reward." We know, Sir, them might be expected hereafter, you do not work for reward; but the requesting, at the same time, permis- approbation and smile of Jesus are sion for them to stay, as they appcar- better than life itself; and this is our ed not only to be good, moral, but al. joy, that those who express their love so well informed men, who, in many to us, for the sake of the cause in respects, might be useful to this set- which we are engaged, so far as it is tlement; upon which an order was under the influence of the divine Spirissued to the chief and council, dated it, shall be rewarded, though we are Copenhagen the 5th of September, not able to do it. 1801, not only granting full permis. Captain Wickes, who, when here, sion for them to establish themselves is always one of us, will communicate