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nation of Bibles they have made to this society during the past year, was moved by Capt. Thomas Carpenter, and seconded by Capt. Isaac Waite. The Treasurer's report was read by Daniel Lord, jun. Esq. and the meeting closed with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Ballantine.
The Rev. Messrs. Mathews and Stafford, Mr. Wilson, and Capt. Carpenter, addressed the meeting, and brought before the society many interesting facts, and cogent arguments, to encourage renewed exertion in the same great, good, and important work, but we have not room to notice them further.
Notwithstanding the evening was very unpleasant, there was a respectable and considerably numerous audience.
New-Brunswick, N. J.-On Tuesday, the 17th inst. Mr. Isaac Ferris, of New-York, was ordained to the ministry of the gospel, by the Rev. Classis, of New-Brunswick, and installed as pastor of the Reformed Dutch congregation in this city. The ordination sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Schultz of Lebanon, N. J. from 1 Pet. v. 2, 3, 4. The other parts of the scrvice were conducted by the Rev. Sam. A. Vranken, of Monmouth, N. J. and the venerable Dr. John H. Livingston, Principal of, and Professor in, the Theological Seminary at New-Brunswick.
UNITED GENERAL PRAYER MEETING.
The next general prayer meeting will be held in the Mariners' Church, in Roosevelt, near Cherry-street, on the first Monday (the 7th) in May, at half past 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
MISSIONS OF THE UNITED BRETHREN,
The following contributions are acknowledged, with much gratitude, by the agent of the department of the general missions' concerns of the United Brethren, as having been received from 1st Jan. to 31st December, 1820, in aid of said missions.
A Friend to Missions, $10. Three children; to meliorate the sufferings of widows and orphans in Greenland; procured by them principally by abstaining from the use of sugar-by W. R. of Taunton, $5. A Lady, by the haud of her son, $40. The Hindoo Mite Society, established in Sunday School No. 2, of the Female Union Society, New-York; for the North American Indian Mission of the United Brethren- . by Miss Mary Ludlow, $10. A widow's mite; for the Hottentot mission on the Witte Revier, $2. Francisca Stevenson, of Cambridge, N Y.-by the Rev. William H. Van Vleck, $5. For the support of the mission of the United Brethren among the Hottentots, $5. Mr. Joseph Burke, Easton, Penn. $3. A Little Girl; for the mission in Greenland, $3. The Female Auxiliary Missionary Society, of Bethlehem, Penn. $200. B. A.; for the mission in Greenland, $3. Collection after a sermon in Trinity Church, Newport, $22 62 1-2. Rev. Jedediah Morse, D. D.; by the sale of sundry copies of the Christian Orator, $12 94. The wife of a clergyman on the eastern shore of Maryland-by the Editor of the Christian Herald, $2. A Lady-by Mr. Elihu White, $20. A number of females, of Middlebury, Ver.-by Mrs. Tracey, $550.
Subscriptions, donations, and bequests, for the support of the missions of the United Brethren, will be thankfully received by the Right Rev. Christian Huffel, Bethlehem, Pena.; the Right Rev. Jacob Van Vleck, Salem, Stokes County, N. C.; the Rev. William H. Van Vleck, No. 74 Race-street, Philadelphia; and the Rev. Benjamin Mortimer, No. 104 Fulton-street, New-York.
We here close the Seventh Volume of the CHRISTIAN HERALD. Whatever may have been its defects, we are sure that no former volume of the work has been the Herald of more joyful tidings. In the progress of those events which are rapidly advancing the kingdom of our Lord, there is something which so surpasses all former experience, that we seem like those that dream; while so sure are we of the reality of divine favour, that our mouth is filled with laughter, and our tongue, with singing. The Lord has done, and is doing, great things, whereof we are glad. They that have sown in tears now reap in joy; and he that went forth weeping, bearing precious seed, is doubtless coming again rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
At home, revivals of religion are more numerous and powerful than ever, probably, before; and even in our own city, the increased prayers and exertions of Christians and ministers, encourage the hope, that the Spirit of God will be soon shed down abundantly upon us.
Abroad, new stations are multiplied; old ones are strengthened-even Burmah, though rejecting the offered gospel,* embosoms a church of Christ, whose members burn with love. India has an increasing number of converts, and two well endowed seminaries are beginning to educate converted idolaters for ministers of Jesus. And what to us is peculiarly interesting, and amongst the most remarkable of the signs of the times, we have heard the heathen themselves asking for the gospel, and have seen their own hands at work, preparing, in the desert, a highway for our God. Hath such a thing been known, that one idolatrous nation should ask for the ministers of Jesus,f and that another should, in all their towns and villages, publicly renounce idolatry, and destroy their idols ? Hath such a thing been heard, except in the language of prophecy; now made intelligible by the events of Providece? Such is the declaration of prophecy, impressed as a motto for the present volume
"My righteousness is near, my salvation is gone forth, and mine arm shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust."
Encouraged by the fulfilment of this prophecy, and others of similar import, some of which were mentioned on a former occasion,§ can the mind fail to rest with delight and confidence upon the other part of the inscription,-" All the ends of the world shall remember, and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the world shall worship before thee."
Indeed, we are more than ever encouraged to hope great
* See p. 500 of this volume.
The Great Osages.
The Sandwich Islands.
§ See page 224 of this volume.
things, and to believe, that if Christians will pray and labour, that they will find God ready to bless them, and the Heathen, even turning before hand, to come unto the Lord.
"Lift up thine eyes round about, and see; all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall COME to thee from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then shalt thou see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee; the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."-Isa. lx. 4, 5.
The EDITOR cannot suppress the public expression of his gratitude to God, for enabling him to bring to a close the second year of his labours, under a deep sense of his own unworthiness, and of the mercy, grace, and glory, of the adorable JEHOVAH!
It is true, his exertions to conduct the CHRISTIAN HERALD, during the two years past, have brought him no pecuniary aid, but may he not humbly hope, that his labours have not been altogether in vain? May he not hope that some have been awakened, encouraged or instructed, edified or consoled?
To those who have enriched his pages with their communications, or in any way aided his efforts, the Editor would tender his most grateful acknowledgments; and, in announcing the commencement of another volume, under more favourable auspices, would invite a continuance of their favours; and pledge his best exertions to increase the value of the work.
The Eighth volume of the Christian Herald will be published at the Office of BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE, No. 279 Broadway, nearly opposite Washington Hall. The first number will be issued on the second (instead of the first) Saturday in May, for the purpose of giving an account of the anniversaries of the season.
It will be printed on fine paper, and a new type, and executed in a manner not inferior to the best London periodical publications. A smaller type will be used, and each number of the work, particularly under the head of "Intelligence," will contain a much larger quantity of matter than heretofore, but no addition will be made to the price. The work will be issued punctually on the days specified in the terms.* A few pages of each number will be devoted to the spiritual interests of seamen, but the amount of other matter will not be thereby reduced. It will be PUBLISHED UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF THE "PORT OF NEW-YORK SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE GOSPEL AMONG SEAMEN," and be entitled, "THE CHRISTIAN HERALD AND SEAMAN'S MAGAZINE."
Among the wonderful events which the present day unfolds, we know of none more truly astonishing, than those which the Lord is working in behalf of seamen. The intelligence we shall be able to lay before our readers, under this head, is calculated to melt the stoutest heart, and animate the most lively Christian. The questions, "Who ever heard a sailor pray?" "What does it mean, that the BETHEL FLAG has been unfurled in the ports of England, Scotland, Ireland, Hamburgh, St. Petersburgh, Madeira, and the Bay of Honduras?" "For what purpose are FLOATING CHAPELS' moored in harbours, and a MARINERS' CHURCH built on shore ?" "Why are MARINE BIBLE SOCIETIES, like beacons erected along our coast?" When the shipwrecked sailors forsake their treacherous bark, and ply the still more treacherous planks and spars to gain the shore, "Why do we see one quit all other hopes, and grasp his floating BIBLE in his arms, as the only buoy that rides out every storm?" To these, and many like questions, it shall be our business and pleasure to answer. And are there not some who have shut their ears to the voice of the Christian Herald, that will listen to the cry of the sinking mariner, "Lord save us, or we perish?"
All communications relating to the work, must be addressed to "The Editor of the Christian Herald, No. 279 Broadway, New-York."
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.
"Family Morals," No. 1, and several other communications, have been received. Several articles of intelligence, prepared for this number, are unavoidably deferred. The "Index" to this volume will be delivered with the first number of the next.
* See terms on the cover.