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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 blefied coming of the set evidence before a sleeping genLord.
eration of his mighty power in a. The late wonderful out-pouring wakening and fanctifying sinners, 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 king. 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 con. although the awakening and fanc-y demnation. To all such the faith. tifying 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 expe. their 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 impaticism 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 ed 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 some truth suppressed. The best pure religion of Christ, may be the men have their fingularities in opinblessed means of awakening those ion. churches which are yet in a luke. The Editors will still endeavor warm state. Such displays of di- to suppress, whatever may, in their vine power and grace ought to be opinion, be directly subversive 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. They by the succcfs which had attended the
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 convey in. sent two Missionaries to the East-intelligence respecting missions to Heatben dies. nations, the Editors present to their rea About the same time a settlement ders the following abstract 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 the commencement of the present year. | chriftianize the natives.t Further information respecting this and The various confiderations menother Missionary Societies in Europe will tioned above, excited the general atbe publised 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 subOR some years previous to the ef.
ject, a number of ministers of differT tablishment of the Missionary So
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 Miskonary Society. In people had been turned to the subject January 1795, they met 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 par- of these and similar nieasures was a ticularly that the time was approach- l 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 the ly instituted, and its objc& 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 devoly 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 poflible. They felt their former
private Christians, an assembly whose negligence in this respect and their
aspect indicated seriousness, ardor and
* The Editors are fenfible that much + Int fome future numbers there will be bas been publifbed in this country concorning given a brief bifory of the Moravian tbis Society, and many of their readers are Brethren, and also of the Baptift Missionary perbaps 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 beft |
# The Baptif denomination, as they have
?" that this first number fbould contain a gen
la Society instituted by them, are not affoci eral biftory of the inftitution.
ated with other denominations in the Lone 'don Missionary Society,
harmony, worthy of so 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 1 « At our last annual meeting you undertaking, and several appropriate refolved, that, if possible, thirty perdiscourses delivered. “In the inter- | fons besides women and children, yals between the more folemn services, should be sent to the islands of the meetings were held for tranfading the | South Sea, in a fhip of our own, navbusiness 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 fuffiindigested state of things, and the ne | cient number of wife and godly perceffary ardor of vigorous discuslion, 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 obAt this first meeting it was unani jects were foon happily accomplished. mously refolved, that the first attempt We were able to complete the mission of the Society fhould be to send Mif before the proper season for sailing exfionaries to Otaheite, or some other pired ; and the ship Duff was purof the Ifands in the South Sea ; and chased by us, for your service for the board of Directors, chofen to 5000 pounds. How munificently the manage the concerns of the Society liberality of many individuals conduring their recefs, were instructed tributed towards our stores and equipto take measures for carrying this refo- ments we would detail to you witk lution into effect, as fpeedily as pof pleasure, if we were not afraid of offible. From the liberal contributions fending their modesty, and unwilling, which were made to the Society fo where the number of gifts were to 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 ship being stored and able to purchase a fhip to transport equipped, her clearances obtained, Missionaries to various parts of the and the Millionaries folemnly conseHeathen world. The directors fre- crated to their important work, diquently met and adopted various rections were given then to embark measures towards carrying into effect early on the roth of August 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, 1797, 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 affluence and ease from the wind was fingularly prefent with these East-India service, hearing of the be- his servants, 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 fending left at Otaheite, and when the ship Mislionaries, to the place of their del failed from that Ifland every thing tination.
| wore a favorable aspect. The MilAt 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 moft 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 mands, 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, Missionary was left upon one of the at their annual meeting, May 1797, Marquesas, Islands, and the Duff then
proceeded on her voyage to Canton,
where she took in a freight for Eng , “ Judge not the Lord by feeble fense, land, and arrived in the Downs July But trust him for his grace ; 7, 1798.
| Behind a frowning Providence, “Never," as the Directors remark, He hides a smiling face.” ia their report, “ was an undertaking more completely accomplifhed. Af.
Having arrived within twelve leagues ter a voyage of more than $1,000
of the harbor of Rio janeiro in South miles, the ship returned without the
America, the ship Duff was captured least material loss or damage. Every
by a French privateer named the Buwhere the natives received the Mil
onaparte from Bourdeaux. The MisGonaries with delight. Those of them
fionaries were treated with great kindwho made choice of Tongataboo, sep
ness by the French commander, and arated in small parties, and went to
their situation was rendered as agreereside among different chiefs, who
able as that of prisoners poflibly could being acquainted with their intentions,
be. They were carried into a Spanpromised them protection, encourage
ith port in South America, where the ment and support. Those who fixed
fhip was condemned, and the men lib. on Otaheite were incorporated into
erated. Captain Robfon the command. one body; the most fertile and beau
er of the Duff purchased a small veltiful district in the Island was given
sel, with a view of proceeding on the them to supply their wants, and all its
voyage according to the original inteninhabitants for their subjects. On
tion of the Directors, but soon after this spot they
he failed he was taken by the convoy immediately erected workshops and instituted schools.
of the Brazil Fleet to Lisbon, where Some of the natives sont their chil- / ne
17 he arrived after a short passage, and dren for instruction. The Missiona- |
soon after reached England with all the ries have frequent opportunities to
Missionaries. 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
difpenfation. again as soon as possible, to visit the
« This providential event is, at prerMissionaries 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 same places, or on other
mission, it calls also for the spirit of Mands, 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
of a wife and gracious sovereignty, Missionaries on board, and a valuable
and are principally solicitous that it cargo of presents for the natives, and may have a falutary influence upon of materials for establishing colonies
our minds. The best improveniens 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
renew and invigorate our feeble excred to smile upon the efforts of the So
tions, and to persevere with unweariciety, and to manifeft, by peculiar in
ed and increasing ardor in the sacred terpositions, his propitious regards to
cause. Our faith and subrrifion may 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 purposes. He maketh darkness his
is divine or not : we see abundane pavilion and often by apparent frowns
ground for renewed vigilance, but upon his people designs the greatest
none for relaxation and defpondence ; blessings for them.
and we feel ourselves called upon by
impericus 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 storm. | No direct information was received VOL. I. No. 1.
in England respecting the Missiona- | 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 ship 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.
vesel, which he readily granted. We “Captain Wilson left us at Otaheite failed from Otaheite the 31st of March on the 4th of August 1797, to pro- | 1798, leaving seven unmarried Misceed on his voyage. Immediately on fionaries upon the Jand, 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 ac vent a surprife. 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 Icft them. the ship Nautilus visited the Island 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 seamen deserted erection of one or 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; accordinhabitants 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 Ifand 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 difpenfations 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 wilī, 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 fettle- | all times incumbent upon us to trust in ment. In the evening several hun- | the Lord, and to believe that every prodred natives were seen near our dwel- | vidential event is the effect of a soveling, and we received information of reignty which is equally holy, wise and the detention of our brethren ; but they were providentially released by Aster the first Mission was dispatchmeans of the King's father, and re- | ed to the South Seas, the Directors, 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 respectivg Africa, and to meditated attack. Thus circumstan- 1 procure persons to carry the glad tia