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(meaning the Americans) nor for the daughters of men, of every tribe, in God of the Long Knives. But, О as- whatever clime they breathe. This tonishing compassion and grace! this I cannot but assure myself was his God, this insulted God, cared for him. spirit; and through a long, lingering Mr John Cotton, an eminent Indian disorder, he kept reading Mr Baxter's Missionary, carried the news of salva- Call to the Unconverted, with floods tion to the savage clan, in which this of tears in his eyes, till he died.' young Prince was a Sachem. Mr Baxter's Call to the Unconverted was AID IN DISTRIBUTING TRAOTS. also given him. The lion become a

At a Meeting of the Executive Committee of lamb. Immediately the scalping-knife,

the American Tract Society, New York, March

16, 1829, a communication was received' from a the fatal tomahawk, and the bloody Committee of the Baptist General Convention, hatchet, were abandoned, all abandon- requesting aid in the distribution of Tracts in Bur

mah and Liberia. ed, for the Calumet, the pipe of friendship; while the tremendous war

Resolved, That 300 dollars be presented to

the Baptist General Convention, to be appropriwboop is exchanged, for an air now ated to the Burman Mission, to aid in their Tract well known among the converted In- operations ; the conditions of the grant to be the dians, Glory to God in the highest;

same as adopted by the Committee, with refer

ence to all appropriations for Tracts in foreign on earth peace ; good will among the languages; also, that 25,000 pages of Tracts in Six Nations, among the Long Knives, English, be granted for gratuitous circulation at

Liberia.” and the great people beyond the river;

A true copy from the Minutes.

WILLIAM A. HALLOCK, Cor. Sec. A.TS. yea, good will among all the sons and

By J. TALBOT, Assist. Sec. Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the General Convention for the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, from March 28, to April 18, 1829. By Cast from Archibald Smith, jr. Treasurer

From General Committee of Churches of the of the York Baptist Society, Auxiliary, &c.

Charleston, S. C. Baptist Association, per contributed as follows, viz.

W. Riley, Esq.

286,97 By balance due, . 2,00

H. LINCOLN, Treas. From Mrs Lydia Taylor,

1,00 Berwick Great Hill Primary Soc. 1,69

The Treasurer has also received the Wells Primary Society,


following sums for publishing the Elder William Goding,


Bible in the Burman language.
John Twambly & others, Berwick, 2,76
Fem. Primary Soc. Sanford, 5,65

By Cash from Rev. C. P. Grosvenor, it having
Rev. Abner Flanders,


been contributed by individuals belonging to Pri. Soc. Alfred and Waterborough, 8,81 40,00 the 1st Bap. Church and Society in Boston,

and collected by Miss Lydia C. Jepson, 50,00 Received from Mr Gindrat, Montgom

From John Withers of Alexandria, Va. per ery, Alabama, for Star in 1825, 6,38

Rev. S. II. Cone, N. Y.

50,00 From the Alabama Convention, in

From Thomas Morton, Freedonia, N. Y. con. 1826,


tributed by himself an 1 other friends, to From the Alabama Conv. in 1827,


aid in publishing the N. Test. in Burmah, 10,00

36,94 From Rev. James Gillpatrick, Blue Hill, from Rey. S. W.

Maine, per Mr. T. W. Merrill,

5,00 MR.H.

From Rev. Amos Allen, being a part of a A Christian friend,


legacy left in his hands by the late Deacon A female friend,


Solomon Billings, Brooksville, Maine, to
Per S.


be appropriated to some benevolent object, From Oliver T. Cutter, Treasurer of the Juv.

per Mr T. W. Merrill,

20,00 Missionary Society, Cambridge,

10,88 By subscription, being New Year's present From friends in Exeter, N. H. for publishing

from friends in Sedgwick, Maine, per the Bible in Burman,

8,00 T. W. Merrill, viz. From For. Miss. Soc. Hancock, Maine, Aux.

From Rev. Daniel Merrill Sedgwick, Me. 10,00 &c. for Burman Mission, by Andrew

John Means, Esq.

10,00 Witham, Esq. Treas. per Mr T. W.Merrill, 101,13 Col. Rowland Carlton,

10,00 from H. B. Rounds, Esq. Treasurer of the

Hezekiah Dodge,

5,00 Utica Bap. For. Miss. Society, 25,00 Capt. Richard Allen,

5,00 From Henry Darling, per Mr E. Lincoln, 5,00

Ebenezer Mirick,

2,00 Mrs Matilda How, of N. Y. per Rev.

Daniel Merrill, Jr. Esq.

George Keely,
10,00 Dea. Jonathan Allen,

1,00 From Mrs Ann Salstonstall, of H. to be ap

Peter Dodge,

1,00 propriated to the Baptist Missions among

Thomas Allen,

1,00 the Indians upon our Western Frontiers,

Elisba Allen,

1,00 per Rev. George Keely, 20,00 Mis Sally Allen,

1,00 From a friend to Missions, in Milton, for

Capt. B. C. Sargent,

1,00 Burman Mission,

Azur Cole, From friends in the 1st Baptist Church,

Friend, Boston, collected by Miss Jepson, for the

51,00 Burman Bible, per Rev. Mr Grosvenor, 6,00 From "A well wisher to Zion," for publishProm an unknown friend, for Burman Miss.

ing the Bible in Burmah, per Mr T. w. per Rev. Mr Grosvenor, 5,00 Merrill,


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DT A number of friends in the Third Baptist Society, Buston, have agreed to present Dr Sharp, 50 dollars, to become a subscriber for the Burman Bible.

**The Treasurer's Account of the Auxiliary Society of Middlesex aud Norfolk Counties, will be inserted in our next Number.

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(From a Sermon, delivered by the Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Charlestown, March 8, 1829, being the Lord's-day after her interment.)

Miss Porter was the only child of her mother, and she a widow. The mother had anticipated much from the future life of her daughter, in which she was justified from that uniformly kind and affectionate deportment she witnessed. But alas ! her fond expectation, like the early flower, was sadly blighted by the frost of death. After watching the progress of her disease for more than eleven months, she was at length called to witness her departure-but it was a departure to a happier world, on the morning, with which every Christian's heart associates the most endearing recollections. That was a Lord's-day morning, never to be forgotten by her who appears among us, with a heart filled with grief. I shall not attempt to describe what I suppose must have been the great and glorious discoveries of the deceased. We believe she entered the joy of her Lord, where her enraptured spirit beheld her compassionate Redeemer, and commenced, what she sang so often on earth, the song of Moses and the Lamb.

Miss Porter became deeply interested in the welfare of her soul, more than three years since, at a meeting of the Dorcas Society a Society of ladies of this congregation, constituted to aid and encourage young gentlemen, who are patronized by Education Societies, and designed for the sacred ministry. It is, I believe, their general practice at their monthly meetings, while they endeavor to inspire benevolent, to promote also, by prayer and the perusal of religious publications, pious feelings. The remarks at one of these associations were never obliterated from the mind of the deceased. She entertained a hope in the mercy of God; and after much trembling and deep solicitude, presented herself a candidate to this church, and received baptism, June 25, 1826.

There was nothing remarkable in the life of Miss Porter during her last sickness, till within three weeks prior to her death, except what characterizes many other Christians, an ardent desire to render herself useful in every possible manner to those around her. JUNE, 1829.



Her sickness in many respects was very distressing, but she uniformly exhibited patience and resignation. Death appeared solemn and awful. But at the time to which I have referred, her mind became tranquil, and with holy satisfaction she contemplated eternity. Being in great distress, pondering on her condition, inquiring why it was that she, in the morning of life, was to be prostrated in death ; those cheering words of the Lord Jesus, occurred to her, “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter;" and she was comforted. Christ and his cross from this time to her death, was her most joyful theme. She viewed him to be the essence, and the glory of heaven. Often she repeated the lines of Watts :

• Alas! and did my Saviour bleed ?

And did my Sovereign die ?
Would he devote that sacred head

For such a worm as I ?
Was it for crimes that I had done,

He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!

And love beyond degree!
But drops of grief can ne'er repay

The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away;

'Tis all that I can do.'

Ten days prior to her dissolution, she spoke of Christ as "The Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world;" said that the Father was inexpressibly kind to give him for a sacrifice, and that he was equally kind, and ready to do his will and to suffer for sinners; dwelt much on the name of Jesus, and was affected to tears when she meditated upon his sufferings. Sabbath evening, she had precious views of that text, so full of comfort and instruction—"This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." Man before his fall worshipped God, but since, he knows him not; Jesus Christ is the medium through whom he is learned, and his blood, the means of remission of sin and communion with him. Thus life eternal, is to believe in Jesus and worship God in him, as he is made known in the Holy Scriptures. Monday, she asked a near relative to forgive all she had seen amiss in her; adding as a reason, she trusted God, not for any worthiness in her, but for Christ's sake, had forgiven her. She frequently expressed a desire to be entirely resigned to the divine will; to feel as if she was given to the Lord; to say from the heart, “Whom have I in heaven, but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.” Looking at her pining flesh she sighed, and said she was satisfied, knowing that such was the appointment of God, and added,

• How can I sink with such a prop

As my eternal God.'
“How can I die while Jesus lives,

Who rose, and left the dead ?'


The hymn entitled, “Come and welcome to Jesus Christ,” occupied her thoughts much, and with peculiar emphasis she repeated, “None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good,” saying, she thought that he did support her. Thursday, she sent for a near friend, and reminded her of what she addressed to her when she first experienced the grace of God; and then in view of her approaching death, asked her, what she thought she could do if she was sick and about to die, without religion ? Told her, she would have to endure the same struggles and taste the same death; that she must have the same hope, or she would perish; that death did not appear terrible to her, that she desired to depart, and that she might be assured, there was a reality in religion. Friday, she prayed that her mother might be supported, and that amid all her lonely feelings she might enjoy the presence of her Saviour. Saturday afternoon, she looked upon her and repeated—“ As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." Yes, my child, replied the mother, "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Yes, with a smile, rejoined she, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust"-does he not? She said, O I do love the Saviour, I know I do. Frequently she expressed great love to her friends; was afraid she was not sufficiently patient; inquired of her watchers if she was ; and desired that God might be glorified by her death. In great distress, a few hours before she died, she compared herself to a vessel sailing rapidly, but safely; and said,

· With Christ in the vessel

I smile at the storm.'
“Did Christ, my Lord, suffer,

And shall I repine?' She spoke also of the sufferings of Christ-of his agony: “And his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”. She called to her mother, who, making no reply, she answered, I know you are praying Christ to receive my spirit. I am happy. Thus saying, she fell sweetly asleep in Jesus, at eight o'clock, on Lord's-day morning, March 1, aged 22 years. Her desire was answered. Her mother has been comforted; her death has been sanctified. Those who have been particularly acquainted with her sickness and death, have had convincing evidence of the genuineness of the Christian hope. Miss Porter's death enforces two considerations.

She was exceedingly feeble and timid; but she found strength to endure. Let Christians learn to wait upon the Lord, to praise him for grace received, and trust in him in the dying hour. She was much interested in Lord's-day schools, and was the means of establishing one, which we hope will prove a blessing. Let young Christians remember that if they do not engage in these heavenly institutions, they may never have an opportunity of being extensively useful; and let those who are already engaged, strive to double their diligence, and pray the God of the Sabbath to bless their efforts, that they also may have an abundant entrance ininistered unto them into the heavenly rest, the Lord's-day of the church triumphant.


(Translated from a work of Chancellor Niemeyer.)

No II. WHOEVER values a religion, must esteem highly its sources and original documents. These in respect to the Christian religion are the Bible. Hence to be well acquainted with the history and the contents of the writings which it embraces must be highly interesting. Some branches of knowledge requisite for this, imply erudition, and belong more appropriately to professed theologians. But much on this subject may be understood by all well-bred and reflecting persons.

An introduction to the Scriptures may consist of a general part, and a special; the one treating of the Bible generally, its history and use; the other having reference to the particular writings of which it consists.

General Introduction to the Scriptures. Positive religions are founded, in most instances, upon written documents. So it is with the Christian system, and thus its purity and its observance are better secured than by mere oral tradition.

The Bible consists partly of the acknowledged ancient records of Christianity; partly of a collection of Jewish religious writings, to which Christ and the apostles referred as to the earlier revelations of God.

The Bible, therefore, is not one book, but a collection of books. Those which were written before the birth of Christ, are called the Old Testament; those after his birth, the New Testament. It would be more intelligible to say, the writings of the Old Covenant and of the New, that is, of the Old arrangement concerning religion, and of the New.

The separate books were prepared at various periods; and they were extant much earlier than the collection as a whole.

There were among the Jews and Christians, other books which resembled those which we have in the Bible. But they were not equally respected ; and hence they were not received into the cat. alogue of public religious writings. But those which were thus received, and were regarded as rules of faith and of conduct, were called the canon, (the rule); while the less esteemed and more doubtful were called Apocrypha. Thus a book of the one kind was spoken of as canonical ; of the other, as apocryphal.

In early times, the Bible, like all ancient writings, could exist only in copies transcribed, consequently it was in few bands—more a means of instruction than a book generally read.

The original languages of the Bible, are the Hebrew, the Chaldaic, and the Greek. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, except a few chapters which were written in Chaldaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. The oldest and most remarkable version of the Old Testament, is that into Greek, which, from a fabulous account, has been called the translation of the seventy interpreters—the Septuagint. (LXX Septuaginta Interpretes.)

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