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native, in these ends of the earth. And yet, even here, the publication has not been vain. From among the savage tribes, which once inhabited these shores, evangelists, commissioned by our pious fathers, won many souls, as the seals of their ministry, and the crown of their rejoicing. These souls were the first fruits of a more abundant and glorious harvest. And if the first fruits have been gathered by the use of means, can it be a question how the residue are to be gathered ?-That they are to be gathered, in some way, does not admit of a doubt.- --I have read you from the records of eternity, the CHARTER of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. A charter that covers all nations, extends over every clime, and compre. hends the islands of every sea. That wilderness, inhabited by savages, belongs to Jesus; it is his husbandry, and in spite of Hell, he will one day gather its precious fruits.

Open your eyes, Christians, for the fields are already white to harvest. Wherefore double your exertions, and, looking up to God, pray him to send forth labourers into his harvest.

No new method of salvation is to be expected. Converts to Christianity, have been made by the exertions of the saints, in time past, and thus will converts be made in time to come. Hence, to the original commission, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, were added those memorable words of Christ, Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.Bc

hold the presence of Jesus accompanies his ambassadors," And it shall come to pass, that whosoever calleth on the name of the Lord, shall be saved." But how shall benighted pagans, "call on him, in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher ? And how shall they preach except they be sent ?" And I may add, who shall send them, if Christians will not? Christians, who have tasted the love of God, and felt the power of the world to come.



On this article, no one, who either knows, the blessings of christianity, or appreciates the worth of souls, can entertain a doubt. Every enterprise tending to meliorate the condition of man, reflects glory on its author. How many individuals have rendered themselves illustrious, and immortal, by deeds of charity. But if benevolence appears divine, when visiting the prisoner's dungeon, and ministering around the sick man's couch, how must she appear, when entering unsolicited, an inhospitable wilderness, enquiring for the habitations of the wretched, and bearing to the unknown sufferers the cup of heavenly consolation ?

If to shed on the ignorant the light of science, and restore to the oppressed the joys of liberty, be magnanimous, by what words shall we express

their magnanimity, whose zeal pours on the valley of death the light of salvation, and restores to the souls whom satan has enslaved, the privileges of the sons of God?

Christians, can you conceive of any thing more glorious, than extending the blessings of Christianity to those tribes of wretched pagans who dwell upon your borders ?

You admit the object glorious: but the difficulties of attaining it discourage you.-What difficulties ? Can the ingenuity of statesmen, or the infidelity of Christians, suggest difficulties insuperable to GOD? Are there any intricacies in the way which OMNISCIENCE cannot trace? Or mountains which OMNIPOTENCE cannot sink ?

You say the natives are indolent, vicious, aban. doned to drunkenness, passionately fond of the pleasures of the chase, impatient of restraint, and utterly averse, not to the purity of the gospel only, but also to the restraints of civilized life.-We admit this statement. They are indeed subjects every way unpromising. But let it be remembered, that the dry bones, over which Ezekiel prophesied, were no less so. And yet these heard and lived. And who knows, but those also may hear and live ?

There are always difficulties to be encountered when reformation is the object. And there always must be, while human nature remains perverse. Do

you imagine, however, that these difficulties excuse you from exertions ?-Had Asa reasoned thus, Israel had not been reclaimed. Had the Apostles reasoned thus, Holland, Germany, and Britain, countries which gave birth to our pious ancestry, had remained, to this day, ignorant of the gospel and its benefits. Had the Apostles reasoned thus, you, whom I address as children of the light, and partakers of the liberty of the sons of God, would now have been enveloped in impenetrable darkness, and bound in accursed chains.-And in place of thee, venerable house of God; of you, holy altars,-Ministers of grace and witnesses of Jesus, with which I am surrounded, mine eyes had beheld a Pagan temple, cruel altars, priests stained with blood, and worshippers paying homage unto idols.But they did not reason thus. No; blessed be God! they did not. And yet their difficulties, in diffusing the knowledge of the Savior, far exceeded ours.

In proof of this assertion shall I call back the scenes of apostolic sufferings? Shall I retrace those paths covered with the bodies, and stained with the blood, of the witnesses of Jesus? Shall I lead you to the confessor's dungeon, to the martyr's stake, and point to fires, and racks, and gibbets, means of cruelty and instruments of torture till now unknown?—In addition to the obstinacy of those whom they sought to Christianize, such were the difficulties with which the early friends of the Redeemer struggled.

Both Jews and Gentiles obstructed their course, and counteracted their influence. Emperors persecuted, and princes combined to crush them. But they combined in vain. Their love for Christ was stronger than death, and floods of ungodliness could not quench it. In prison and in exile; on the scaffold, and from the cross, salvation was pub. lished, and multitudes were converted.

Such were the exertions, and such the success of the primitive saints. And if our motives were as pure, and our exertions as vigorous, who knows but our success would be as great?

This, however, is not the ground on which I rest the argument. I dare not promise you immediate success. I know that the reign of Messiah will come, because God hath said it. But whether it will come in your day, and be introduced by your exertions, I know not.

Instead, therefore, of encouraging you by such assurances, I propose a consideration of a different kind-a consideration, which must subvert every objection which avarice or infidelity can suggest; it is this:

That to fail after having made sincere endeavors in so good a cause, will be glorious.

Zechariah did not succeed in reforming Israel, but fell between the porch and the altar. He fell, however, covered with glory, and his name stands conspicuous on the list of martyrs, Wickliff did not succeed in rending the veil of Papal supersti

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