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pages each, commencing, for the greater convenience of Sunday-school teachers, with the New Testament. The design is, however, to publish the whole Commentary.

“ It will be printed from the latest edition, on fine royal paper, with a handsome new type, and will be delivered to subscribers every Saturday, at ten cents per number, payable on delivery. Those who prefer taking it in volumes, can receive it at eighty cents per volume, of about three hundred and fifty pages bound. It will be put to press as soon as a sufficient number of subscribers are obtained to warrant the publication.”

The arrangements for the above work, he left in my hands during his absence.

Much good was no doubt effected by the establishment of the Missionary House. Many useful works were thus circulated ; much Gospel truth sent abroad into the world.

My brother also purchased a sett of stereotype plates of the Octavo Prayer-book, and published a small edition from them. And he had another set of 18mo. plates prepared for him. Thousands of copies have already been struck from these plates. The price of Prayer-books, I believe, was much reduced, in consequence of my brother's movements.

Before any profit was realized from the establishment, he proffered a donation of one hundred dollars per annum, for the education of young men for the ministry. On the first leaf of the account-book of the Missionary House, I find, in my brother's hand, the following

Standing Donations.—The Episcopal Education and Missionary Society, is authorized to draw one hundred dollars per annum, in semi-annual payments. Offer made them February 16th, 1828."

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In connexion with the above, I present the following, which was addressed to my brother

“ PAILADELPHIA, February 19th, 1828. 6 Rev. and Dear Sir:- Your letter of the 16th, directed to me as Secretary of the Episcopal Missionary and Education Society, promptly and liberally offering one hundred dollars per annum, in aid of their funds, for the education of young men for the ministry, was laid before the Board on Saturday evening.

“ The Board fully appreciating your devotion to the cause of Christ, have directed me to transmit to you the annexed Resolution, expressive of their sense of this evidence of your real co-operation with them. Permit me to say, that the duty is pleasant indeed. With my best wishes for yourself personally, and for the cause in which you are engaged, I remain affectionately your's,

JOHN MÄKINLEY." “ At a meeting of the Board of Managers of the Episco. pal Missionary and Education Society, held February 16th, 1828, the following Resolution was proposed by the Rev. Mr. Boyd, and unanimously adopted, viz:

Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to acknow. ledge the receipt of the letter read by him, from the Rev. B. Allen, and to assure him of the thanks of this Board for the generous offer which it contains. From the minutes,

JOHN M'KINLEY, Sec. Philadelphia, February 19th, 1828.”

A new Missionary Society was organized in Philadelphia, January 4th, 1828, denominated the “Church Missionary Society of the United States.” It was to be “especially devoted to the work of Foreign Missions."

My brother's heart was very much engaged in this cause. In one of his public notices of the Society, he observes“One person has pledged two hundred members to the new Church Missionary Society. Eight clergymen are already contributors. One thousand dollars is pledged by a single individual for a year.”



He also gives notice that "each member of the Church Missionary Society is entitled to a copy of the Christian Magazine, on paying one dollar per annum." He thus relinquished one half the price of the Magazine to the members of the Society.

He likewise had in view the establishment of a Chris. tian Seminary, where the Bible should be read as a text Book, rather than heathen authors.

Though some of these last plans of my brother's were never brought to perfection, yet they display his entire devotion to the cause of his Divine Master, even while his system was so rapidly sinking under the severe pressure of excessive labour. Yes, his all consuming zeal is more and more prominent, and his wide expanding soul embraces, as in one design, those mighty plans which much time indeed would have required properly to unfold.

It is grateful to behold, however, the last ray of the full orbed desire of his bosom, casting its smiles over the whole world for which Christ died. And that desire was kindly noticed by Him who accepts the willing mind. Praise the Lord, oh my soul, through Christ Jesus !





In anticipation of his European voyage, my brother wrote to the “* Wardens and Vestry of St. Paul's Church, February 5th, 1828.

The following is a copy

“ Gentlemen :- It has pleased Divine Providence so to affect my health, that it has become, to human appearance at least, necessary to the continuance of my life, that I should embark on a sea voyage. I say a sea voyage, because not only does medical advice point me to this, but all circumstances seem to combine in promising the greatest benefit as likely to be the result of that means. Imperious duty requires me to endeavour to preserve my life, that I may assist in training for usefulness my six children. Still I desire to have the approbation of Vestry, The Rev. B. B. Smith, of Middlebury, Vt., I have reason to believe can be procured to officiate during my necessary absence. May the Spirit of glory and of God rest upon you.

“P, S. I beg leave to enclose my physician's certificate. I have no wish to set out on a voyage earlier than spring."

In the editorial of his Christian Magazine of February 20th, he also has the following notice

“ It is the design of the Editor, in his contemplated visit to England, to attend all the religious anniversaries, and procure, by all means in his power, information connected with the spread of the Redeemer's kingdom. There is a strong impression on his mind that his country is to perform a great part of that work, of evangelizing the world, in which the Divine Head of the Church is pleased to employ his servants ; and he feels himself called upon to use every effort in his power to diffuse among all classes of his countrymen, the information he may himself be permitted to obtain. Prevented from preaching, he is not willing to be idle; therefore he offers his services to the Christian community, as the procurer of religious intelligence, with a view to its universal dissemination. He is desirous of taking some humble station in the camp: of holding some humble place in the sacramental host :' he wishes his eye, his ear, and his pen to be engaged, if his accustomed labour with his voice be denied him.

“During the time expected to elapse between the 20th of March, (his time of sailing,) and the arrival of the religious information he is going (along with health) to seek after, he will commit the materials, arranged and prepared by himself, for the Magazine, to one entirely competent to the publication."

My brother was authorized to act for some of the benevolent societies of this country. The following is from the Colonization Society

“ PHILADELPHIA, March 10th, 1828. “ The Rev. Benjamin Allen, Rector of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church in this city, and one of the VicePresidents of the Pennsylvania Colonization Society, being about to make a voyage to England for the benefit of his health, has been requested by the Managers of the said Colonization Society, to obtain for them such information.

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