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—the preface contains a brief and candid account. It is, in fact, an English edition of the Missionary Atlas of br. L. Linder of Herrnhut,—brought into a somewhat narrower compass (though perhaps quite as convenient for reference), and enriched by the addition of three maps, of the World, Germany, and the British Isles. The letter press attached to the two latter, and to the map of North America, contains a number of useful statistics, relating to the congregations, societies, and home missions, in these several provinces of the Unity. To the missionary maps are annexed notices of a higher and more interesting character; presenting in the chronological record of well-selected events, a very complete and comprehensive abstract of the history of the several missions. This portion of the work is as edifying and spirit-stirring as it is instructive; and the study of it cannot be too earnestly recommended to the members and friends of our Church, and especially to our own young people. Here they may learn, what great things some of their brethren and sisters have attempted, achieved, and suffered, for Christ's sake,—and "yet not they, hut the grace of God which was with them."
The tables which occupy the concluding pages of the volume— containing lists of missionary visitations, of existing mission-fields and settlements, of missionaries employed from 1732 to 1852, and of such as have come to an "untimely" end, add greatly to the interest of the work.
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On Monday the 19th of December the Semi-annual examination of the Preparands' Class of our Theological Institution at Nazareth, took place, in the presence of the Committee of Examiners and some invited friends. The Students acquitted' themselves very satisfactorily in all the branches in which they were examined, and gave most gratifying proofs of the happy effect of a combination of devoted zeal in the Principal and Professors, and of their own diligence and application. May it please the Lord to continue to own and bless the labors of teachers and students, to the promotion of His glory and the welfare of the Brethren's Church.—Ed.
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Represent our readers with the following extract from thePreface to theZlst Volume of the Periodical Accounts, in reference to the Missions of the Moravian Church, established among the heathen—feeling assured that it will fill their hearts with gratitude and newdevotedness to our blessed Redeemer.—Ed.
It has been often remarked by the friends and advocates of the Brethren's Missions, that these efforts of Christian philanthropy have been directed chiefly, and by preference, to regions the most uninviting, and nations the most barbarous and degraded. Andthe remark, it must be admitted, is not without foundation, especially as applied to the earliest inroads upon the darkness of the heathen world, in which the little flock at Herrnhut ventured to engage. With reference to Greenland, and the rude but sensual race inhabiting that ice-bound coast, its entire correctness will hardly be disputed; and if the more genial climes and the fairer wildernesses of North America and Southern Africa, the luxuriant Isles of the West, and the majestic forests of Guiana, seem to constitute exceptions to its truth,—so far, at least, as regards the scene of Missionary labor, no such exception will be claimed on behalf of the wild and roving Indian, the enslaved and oppressed' Negro, or the stupid and debased Hottentot, by whom these countries are respectively peopled. Nor is it less evident, that the first occupants of these morally unattractive fields were subjected to difficulties and trials, arising from the want of Ghristian fellowship and counsel, as well as from bodily disease, privation, and hardship, to which their successors have been comparatively strangers. After the lapse of more than a century, since the period which witnessed these early and self-denying efforts for the conversioai of the heathen, it is cheering to observe, that the spirit which prompted and sustained them is not altogether extinct among us. The most recent Missions of the Brethren's Church have much of the genuine character of the oldest; and we may venture to cherish the belief, that the messengers whom she has sent forth to the Mosquito Coast, to Australia, and to the Mongols of Central Asia, have entered upon their labors, under the influence of the same love, seal, and devotedness, by which their predecessors were distinguished. And truly they have need of all these Christian graces; for the work to which they have put their hand, promises, if it has not already yielded, a rich harvest of difficulties and discouragements.
Nor, indeed, was anything else to be anticipated, from the peculiar circumstances of these several spheres of activity. In Central America, the attention of the missionaries is directed to a thinly scattered population, of Indian descent, speaking a variety of languages or dialects, and extremely ignorant and vicious. In Australia, they have to gain access to a still more degraded race, low in intellect, and with a language as poor as their manner of life is barbarous; a race, moreover, which seems to be rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth, owing to the continual aggression of the white man, and the very contact with European habits and civilization. What prospects may greet our brethren, who, within the last few months, have set out on their pilgrimage to the Himmalaya mountains, in the hope of finding a door opened to them by the Lord, for the preaching of His Gospel among the Mongols of Central Asia, it is impossible to foresee. Past experience has sufficiently shown, how arduous is the task assigned them, and how great and manifold the obstacles and trials, which are likely to attend the endeavor, to gain converts to Christianity from a race of wanderers, wedded to the most singular habits, and in bondage to the strangest and most absurd superstitions. That, at the very outset of their service, they have a place of shelter provided for them at the Church-missionary station of Kotghur, about sixty miles N. E. of Simla, where they may enjoy the cheering society and valuable counsel of esteemed fellow-servants, improve their acquaintance with the Mongolian language, and await the time, when an entrance may be providentially afforded them into the province of Hi, or some other Mongolian dependency of the Chinese empire,—is an advantage, for which our best thanks are due to the Committee of that valuable institution.
It is, meanwhile, worthy of remark, that these several attempts to extend the boundaries of our Mission-field, have reference to countries, which, at the present period, are objects of peculiar interest both to the Christian and the man of the world. While the projected union of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans raises the hopes