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Christian fathers and brethren in for the purpose of awakening the Europe. The time is near ap- secure. Great revivals of religion proaching when Christ will visibly have been so rare for the last half reign through the earth, and it be- century, that multitudes began to comes his servants, in every part believe, the accounts received from of the world, to strengthen and the lips of their parents to have encourage each other's hands and been fabulous. Indeed it was time hearts, that they may be prepared for God to work marvelously, to to meet this blessed coming of the set evidence before a sleeping genLord.

eration of his mighty power in aThe late wonderful out-pouring wakening and sanctifying finners, of the Holy Spirit and revival of and convince them of the truth of experimental religion, in large dif- Christ's words, Except a man be tricts of the American Church, born again, he cannot see the kingo will furnish much matter for pub- dom of God. lication to delight the hearts and Those who live in this day of satisfy the benevolence of the chil- revival, where the spirit of God dren of God. There hath not hath been remarkably poured out, been so great and extensive a work without coming to repentance and of divine grace in this land since a holy life, have reason to fear they the years 1742 and 1744, and will be left to an aggravated conalthough the awakening and fanc- demnation. To all such the faithtifying influences of the spirit have ful servants of Christ ought to tesgenerally been local in the western tify, that the kingdom of God and northwestern parts of the coun- hath come nigh unto them and they try, we still hope these showers have put it away. may soon increase to a universal It cannot be expected, that in a rain of divine grace, on all the publication of this nature, the Edchurches of our Lord Christ thro' | itors will make themselves responthis land and the world.

sible for the truth of prudence of Many narratives of this revival every thing which may be publishin particular churches are already ed. There is a variety of natural prepared, and will be inserted in taste in good people. The expetheir place, and when the whole rience of real Christians is not in shall be before the public eye, the all respects similar, and men are Editors trust they will furnish means prone to judge of piety from their to discriminate experimental godli- own experience ; also that which ness, both from the fancies of fa- is prudent in one place may be im-' naticism and the coldness of for- prudent in another. Were every mality. It is devoutly wished that communication to be submitted to a history of this work of grace, the rigid censure and correction, of which commenced at an unexpect- any set of Editors which can be ¢d moment, and when there was procured, it is probable that many an appearance that the gates of hell beauties would be destroyed, and would visibly prevail against the fome truth suppressed. The best pure religion of Christ, may be the men have their fingularities in opin, blessed means of awakening those ion. churches which are yet in a luke. The Editors will still end warm state. Such displays of di- to suppress, whatever may, in their vine power and grace ought to be opinion, be directly fubversive of faithfully narrated to the world, the peculiar doctrines and holy

practice enjoined in the gospel of own want of exertions as reproached our Lord Jesus Christ.

by the succefs which had attended the They

efforts of the Moravian brethren in hope the charity of their brethren

various parts of the world. They will cover their frailties, and ask

were roused from their torpor, and their affistance in the execution of animated with a strong desire to do this difficult work.

something towards diffusing the light

of the gospel among the dark and beLONDON MISSIONARY

nighted parts of the earth.

In the year 1792, the particular SOCIETY.

Baptists in Great-Britain formed a As one design of the CONNECTICUT Evan

Missionary Society, and in Jnne 1793, GELICAL MAGAZINE is to

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sent two Missionaries to the East-intelligence respecting mifions to Heatben dies. nations, the Editors prefent to their rea- About the same time a settlement ders the following abftract of the infti- was formed and a colony established tution of the Misionary Society of Lon- at Sierra Leone, on the western coast don, and of its subsequent proceedings, of Africa, one object of which was to to tbe commencement of the present year. christianize the natives.t Furtber information respecting this and The various confiderations menother Misionary Societies in Europe will tioned above, excited the general atbe publisbed from time to time in this

tention of the friends of Zion in Magazine, as often as such information Great-Britain ; and after much conpoall arrive from Europe.

versation and many letters on the subFallinneen on perhe Millionary SoFOR some years previous to the ef- jed, a number of ministers of differ

ent denominations convened at Lonciety of London, the attention of ma

don, November 4, 1794, with a view ny serious Clergymen and other pious of forming a Missionary Society. In people had been turned to the subject January 1795, they net again, and of diffusing the gospel among Heathen prepared an address to be dispersed nations. Several passages in the proph- through the kingdom, calling the atecies of the holy scriptures, togeth- tention of the pious and benevolent er with the fingular revolutions which

to the subject of a mission to the were taking place among Chriftian na- Heathen. The address was spirited, tions-revolutions in sentiment as well pious and animated, enforcing with as manners and government, induced

energy the duty of Christians towards serious, reflecting people to believe the Heathen, and answering popular that Divine Providence was about to objections against attempting to spread introduce some great change in the the gofpel among them. The result religious state of the world ; and pare of these and similar measures was a ticularly that the time was approach- general meeting of the friends of the ing when " the fulness of the Gentile design, at London, Séptember 1795, nations was to be gathered in.” Va- at which time the Society was regularrious publications appeared on

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ly instituted, and its obje& declared subject, and much conversation took to be, "to spread the knowledge of place among the evangelical ministers

Christ among Heathen and other unof England and Scotland, at their enlightened nations.” meetings, relative to the duty devolv- At the appointed place of meeting ed upon those who enjoyed the gos- there appeared a very numerous and pel, to diffuse its blessings as extensive- respectable assembly of Ministers and ly as possible. They felt their former private Christians, an assembly whose negligence in this respect and their aspect indicated seriousness, ardor and

* The Editors are sensible that much + In some future numbers there will be bas been publifoed in tbis country concerning given a brief biftory of the Moravian tbis Society, and many of their readers are Brethren, and also of the Baptist Misionary perhaps acquainted with its history ; but as Society and of the Sierra Leone Colony. the future proceedings of the Society are to be inserted in this work, it is thought bef

# The Baptif denominaticn, as they have that this first number should contain a gena ated with other denominations in the Lorn

a Society insituted by them, are not affoci eral biflory of the inftitution.

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harmony, worthy of fo great an oc- will show the further progress of this cafion.” Many prayers were united- important business. ly made for a divine blessing on the « At our last annual meeting you undertaking, and several appropriate refolved, that, if possible, thirty perdiscourses delivered. In the inter- fons besides

and children, vals between the more solemn services, should be sent to the islands of the meetings were held for tranfacting the South Sea, in a ship of our own, navbusinefs and bringing into form the igated by Captain Wilson. In order affairs of the infant Society. In these to the accomplishment of your views, meetings, amidst the difficulties of an our first object was to obtain a suffiindigested state of things, and the ne- cient number of wife and godly percessary ardor of vigorous difcuflion, fons, for the work of the misfion ; the spirit of seriousness and harmoni- and our next object was to procure a ous benevolence predominated, subdu- proper veffel to conduct them to the ing all into order and coalition. scene of operation. Both these ob

At this first meeting it was unani- jects were foon happily accomplished. miously refolved, that the first attempt We were able to complete the mission of the Sociery should be to send Mil- before the proper season for failing exfionaries to Otaheite, or some other pired ; and the ship Duff was purof the Illands in the South Sea ; and chased by us, for your service for the board of Directors, chosen to 5000 pounds. How munificently the manage the concerns of the Society liberality of many individuals during their recefs, were instructed tributed towards our stores and equipto take measures for carrying this refo

we would detail to you with lution into effect, as fpeedily as pof- pleasure, if we were not afraid of offible. From the liberal contributions fending their modeity, and unwilling, which were made to the Society fo where the number of gifts were so large a fund was soon raised as to in- many, to omit the least more than the duce the Directors to think it advise- greatest. Our fhip being stored and able to purchase a ship to transport equipped, her clearances obtained, Mislionaries to various parts of the and the Missionaries folemnly conseHeathen world. The directors fre- crated to their important work, diquently met and adopted various rections were given theni to embark measures towards carrying into effect early on the roth of Auguft 1796." the designs of the institution. Pe- From various unexpected hindranculiar interpositions of divine Provi- ces the Duff did not fail till late in dence seemed to promise success to September. She arrived at Otaheite their labors. One circumstance they March 4, 1997, after a very short mention as worthy of peculiar notice. and very pleasant passage. He who Captain Wilson, a gentleman who had ruleth the sea and rideth upon the retired to aMuence and ease from the wind was singularly prefent with these East-India service, hearing of the be- his fervants, to protect them in dannevolent design, voluntarily offered ger and to comfort and cheer their his service to command any vessel hearts. Eighteen Missionaries were which might be employed in sending left at Otaheite, and when the fhip Mislionaries, to the place of their del failed from that Ifand every thing tination.

wore a favorable aspect. The MisAt the next general meeting of the fionaries were received with kindness, Society, May 1796, a report was and there was a pleasing prospect of made by the Directors, flating that their being made useful to the natives the contributions had been liberal be- in teaching them the arts of life, and yond their most sanguine expectations ; the far more important knowledge of

that they had already engaged a the way of salvation. Having failed number of Missionaries, and that they from Otaheite, Capt. Wilson proceedwere about to purchase a ship to ed to Tongataboo, one of the Friendly transport them to Otaheite and other ands, where nine Missionaries were islands in the South Sea

left. These also were received by The following extracts from the re- the natives in a friendly manner. One port of the Directors to the Society, Millionary was left upon one of the at their annual meeting, May 1797, Marquesas

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Never," as the Directors remark, He hides a smiling face.”

was an undertaking more completely accomplished. Af

Having arrived within twelve leagues ter à voyage of more than $1,000

of the harbor of Rio Janeiro in South miles, the inip returned without the America, the ship Duff was captured least material loss or damage. Every by a French privateer named the Bu

The Mir where the natives received the Mira onaparte from Bourdeaux. fionaries with delight. Those of them fionaries were treated with great kindwho made choice of Tongataboo, sep. their situation was rendered as agree.

ness by the French commander, and arated in small parties, and went to reside among different chiefs, who

able as that of prisoners pollibly could being acquainted with their intentions,

be. They were carried into a Spanpromised them protection, encourage.

port

in South America, where the ment and support. Those who fixed ship was condemned, and the men lib. on Otaheite were incorporated into erated, Captain Robson the command. one body; the most fertile and beau

er of the Duff purchased a small vestiful district in the land was given fel, with a view of proceeding on the them to supply their wants, and all its voyage according to the original interinhabitants for their subjects.

tion of the Directors, but soon after this spot they immediately erected he failed he was taken by the convoy

of the Brazil Fleet to Lisbon, where workshops and instituted schools. Some of the natives sent their chil- he arrived after a short paffage, and dren for instruction. The Miffiona- soon after reached England with all the

Millionaries. ries have frequent opportunities to converse with them on the most im

The following remarks published portant subjects, and it is hoped their by order of the Directors when inteldiscourses and example will not be in ligence of the capture of the Duff vain."

first reached England, will show their Immediately after the return of the feelings on the subject, and in what Duff, it was determined by the Di- light all good people should view this rectors that she should be fitted out

dispensation. again as soon as possible, to visit the

“ This providential event is, at preso Missionaries in the South Sea Islands, ent, involved in mysterious obfcurity. and to carry a further number to be it claims the exercise of faith and subsettled at the fame places, or on other mission, it calls also for the spirit of Ilands, as circumstances should point deep humiliation : we are, however, out to be most proper. In December perfectly satisfied that it is the effect 1798, the ship failed with about 40 and are principally solicitous that it

of a wise and gracious fovereignty, Missionaries on board, and a valuable cargo of presents for the natives, and may have a falutary influence upon of materials for establishing colonies

our minds.

The best improvement and introducing the arts of civilized that we are capable of deriving from life.

it is to quicken our languid zeal, to Thus far divine Providence appear- tions, and to persevere with unweari

renew and invigorate our feeble exered to smile upon the efforts of the Soved and increasing ardor in the facred ciety, and to manifeft, by peculiar interpositions, his propitious regards to

cause. Our faith and subtrillion nay them. But he is a sovereign God, and be exercised, but it is no doubtful takes his own ways to accomplish his question with us, whether this work

is divine or not : we see abundant purposes. He maketh darkness his pavilion and often by apparent frowns ground for renewed vigilance, buc upon his people designs the greatest and we feel ourselves called upon by

none for relaxation and despondence ; blessings for them.

imperious circumstances to manifest “ God moves in a mysterious way,

the fincerity of our professions, and His wonders to perform ;

the strength of our attachment to this He plants his footsteps in the sea, immortal cause." And rides upon the storni.

No direct information was received Vol. I. No. I.

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in England respecting the Miffiona- , ced we held a meeting to consider what ries who were established at Otaheite means would be most prudent to atiil August 1799, when intelligence ar- dopt ; when it was the unanimous orived that they had been obliged to pinion of the whole body that it was leave the Island to escape being mur- a call in Providence for the married dered, and that they were carried by people to leave the Island, as they the thip Nautilus to Port Jackson in could not continue there in safety, Botany Bay. The cause and circum- and take passage on board the Nautilstances of their removal are detailed in us for Port Jackson. We accordingthe following extracts from letters ly made known our situation to the written by them after their arrival at captain and requested a passage in his Port Jackson

vessel, which he readily granted. We Captain Wilson lest us at Otaheite failed from Otaheite the 31st of March on the 4th of August 1797, to pro- 1798, leaving seven unmarried Mifceed on his voyage.

Immediately on fionaries upon the Island, and arrived his leaving the island we discovered at Port Jackson May 14th. On our that the natives had concerted a plan arrival we were favorably received by to seize on our women and property. the Governor, who immediately put us We informed them that we were ac- on the public store, and gave us every quainted with their intentions, and assistance in his power." took the necessary precautions to pre

The Missionaries who remained at vent a surprise. We remained in this Otaheite were safe and well in Septemanxious situation under continual a- ber 1798, fix months after their brethlarms. On the 6th of March 1798, ren had left them. the ship Nautilus visited the Ifland By late intelligence from Port Jack. and after taking in refreshments pro- fon it appears that the removal of a ceeded on her voyage. After her de- part of the Missionaries from Otaheite parture our situation became more to that place has been overruled for perilous, and we were every moment more abundant good. Their labors under expectation of an assault, when and preaching are attended with very we were again visited by the Nautilus encouraging appearances of usefulness. which was driven back in a violent Their congregations are numerous and gale of wind. Soon after she came to a subscription has been raised for the anchor two of her feam deserted erection of one

more places of and secreted themselves on shore. The worship. Should it please God to captain requested us to intreat the bless their efforts among the British King to send them on board; accord- inhabitants a great door of entrance ingly a deputation of four brethren might from thence be opened to Norwaited on him for that purpose. On folk Island or other places in its vicintheir arrival at Oparre, the district in ity, as well as to the native Heathen which the King resided, they were who now frequent the colony. “Those stripped naked, one of them dragged who have attentively viewed provithrough a river and his head beat a- dential dispensations in the light of gainst the stones till the blood came out the scriptures, will augur favorably of his ears. They were then fepara- from what has happened ; especially ted and detained ; and under the when they confider that the object is greatest apprehension not only of unquestionably agreeable to the divine their own lives but for our safety, as will, and that the plans of the society a large party of the natives immedi- have had every proof that could be ately on their being seized, made off expected of his approbation. It is at with an intent to attack our settle- all times incumbent upon us to trust in

In the evening several hun- the Lord, and to believe that every prorired natives were seen near our dwel-vidential event is the effect of a foveling, and we received information of reignty which is equally holy, wise and the detention of our brethren ; but good.” they were providentially released by Aster thc first Mission was dispatchmeans of the King's father, and re- ed to the South Seas, the Direciors, in turned home about eight o'clock at pursuance of the further intentions night. The news of their arrival was of the Society, endeavored to obtain no doubt a mean of preventing the inforniation respecting Africa, and to meditated attack, Thus circumstan- ' procure persons to carry the glad ti

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