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Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the Newton Theological In.
stitution, from Sept. 9, to Dec. 15, 1828. Sale of Wool, presented by Hon.
Thos. S. Smiley, Philadelphia, 15,00 A. Forbes, Windsor, Vt. 158,10 W. H. Richards, do. 10,00 Cash of Jona. Bacheller, Lynn, 300,00 P. Lowd,
do. 10,00 Charles Forbes, Boston, 100,00
John L. Dagg, do. 25,00 Ichabod Macomber, do. 200,00 John Lowd,
do. 10,00 Gideon Vinal,
40,00 John M. Eldridge, do. 10,00 Benj. Ticknor,
do. 25,00 Wr. Duncan, do. 5,00 Henry Smith, Newton, 5,00 David Clark,
do. 5,00 Seth Mann, Randolph, 15,00 David Johns, do. 5,00 Thos. W. Tollman, do.
5,00 Hon. Heman Lincoln, Boston, 100,00 Daniel Alden, do. 3,00 Daniel Cummings,
do. 50,00 Zeba Spear,
25,00 Jona. Spear,
5,00 Jona. Wales, 2d, do. 5,00 J. S. King,
do. 10,00 Molly Fisher, Dedham, 10,00
LEVI FARWELL, Treas.
Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the General Convention of
the Baptist Denomination for Foreign Missions, from Nov. 24, 1828,
to Jan. 21, 1829. By cash collected at the monthly concert for prayer in Oct. at Agawam or West Springfield,
2,46 As above, from Mr Jesse Todd,
,60 per Mr J. T. Jones,
-3,06 From William Inglesby, Esq. Charleston, S. C. for Burman mission,
25,00 From the Male Primary Soc. in Franklin, Vt. for Bur. mission, by Mr Benj. Spalding, per Mr E. Lincoln,
4,00 From the Fem. Judson Association of Bradford Academy, by Miss A. P. Hasseltine, per Rev. Mr Knowles,
4,25 From the Fem. Miss. Soc. belonging to Rev. Dr Sharp's church and congregation, per Mrs L. Clouston, Treasurer,
33,00 Froin the Creek Association, for Bur. mission,
7,72 Do. do. for Carey Station,
4,52 Randolph Church, Penn. for Bur. mission,
3,31 Received by Elder J. Blake, per Mr E. Lincoln,
-15,55 From three children of Levi Ball, Townsend, Mass. being produce of their labor, for Bur. mission, per Mr E. Lincoln,
12,00 Miss H. Whitney, Royalston, Mass. for Bur. miss. per Rev. E. Andrews, 1,00 H. B. Rounds, Esq. Treas. of the Utica For. Miss. Soc.
25,00 From members of Baptist church, Rosbury,
12,07 Baptist Fem. Miss. Soc. of Sardinia, Erie Co. N. Y. Bur. mission, per Mrs Juda Metcalf, Secretary,
10,00 Mr Samuel Bullin, of Lima, N. Y. by Rev. Samuel Goodale, per Mr E. Lincoln,
10,00 From Dea. Isaac Chapin, of Heath,
2,00 Fem. Miss. Soc. Heath, Sarah Tast, Secretary,
3,62 Mr Sullivan Taft, Heath,
1,00 Chester Fem. Mite Society, Alvira T. Graves, Secretary, A lady of the Bap. Soc. Exeter, in consequence of reading Mrs Wade's journal, per Rev. J. N. Brown,
H. LINCOLN, Treas. I The Treasurer has great pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of 50 dols. from a valued friend, whose name he is not at‘liberty to mention, to aid in publishing the New Testament in the Burman language. Will not this act of liberality induce others to make similar efforts to aid in giving the word of life to the benighted Burmans?
Mr Ferrell was a native of Maryland; and was born in Caroline County, Sept. 8, A. D. 1762. His father's name was Frederick, and his mother's Sarah. She died when he was about two years old; and his father put him under the care of a Quaker lady, who treated him as her own child, and for whom he cherished a strong attachment. He lived till about seventeen years of age without ever hearing a gospel sermon. Messrs Samuel and John Gibbon and Philip Hughes, were among the first evangelical ministers that he heard; and through the preaching of the latter, he was brought under a godly sorrow for sin.
The text was Isa. lv. 6, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. In this discourse the arrows of truth fastened in his soul by the Spirit of the living God, brought him to cry for mercy; but he obtained no comfort till he heard the same person, from Job xxxiii. 24. Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, deliver him from going down to the pit : I have found a ransom. Under this sermon he beheld Jesus as the only ransom for sinners. The word was applied to his distressed soul, and it imparted joy unspeakable and full of glory. Not long afterwards he joined St Martin church, on the eastern shore of Maryland. Mr Ferrell's heart being full of love and holy zeal for God, his truth, his cause, and his people, he soon began to pray and exhort in public; and his brethren were convinced that he had an unction from the Holy One, and a dispensation of the gospel committed to him.
When about twenty one years of age, he married a Mrs Adolot, a member of the same church. In her he found a help meet for him. They were blessed with two children, Jacob and Mary. The latter, who is now a professor of religion, he left with his dear companion to mourn the loss of one of the best of men. MARCH, 1829.
He received his license to preach, in the year 1785; and he was ordained at the age of twenty-five. He visited many of the churches in Maryland and Delaware and Pennsylvania. For some of them he preached once or twice in the month; in them all, fruits of his labors appeared ; and his name is remembered with peculiar delight. In the year 1800, he received a call from the Welsh Tract church, in Delaware, to become their Pastor, which he accepted. Their dear and highly esteemed Elder, John Boggs, sen. had become very infirm, and wished to resign his charge. Mr Ferrell had supplied them once a month, and sometimes oftener, for seven years; during which time they had become much attached to him. He had now more time to devote to study, which he improved to great advantage to himself and them. They had two meeting houses, one in the Tract and the other nine miles to the east, called Bethel. In the former he preached three Lord's-days in the month, and one in the latter. Often also, in the afternoon, he would preach in some of the little villages; and he had the pleasure of seeing his labors blessed of the Lord. Naturally amiable in his disposition, and very familiar and spiritual, his conversation was peculiarly edifying; and, while there was a delightful degree of cheerfulness, there was nothing of levity ; but sobriety sat on his pleasant brow, untarnished with moroseness.
He examined his subjects thoroughly. He had his materials all in order; and he would bring out of the depths of the everlasting gospel, one precious gem after another, to instruct, enrich, and comfort, till the Christian's soul was filled with delight, and fixed on heavenly subjects. Every one was sure of his portion in due season. In all his ministry, he was very careful never to confound the law and the gospel. The trumpet gave the certain sound. The invitations and promises were never indiscriminately applied to the people. The children's bread was given to them and to them only; and the denunciations of the law were delivered in clearness to them to whom they belong. He appropriately interspersed experimental and practical religion with the doctrine he advanced. In all his sermons he was plain, but not vulgar; pathetic, without enthusiasm. He was himself solemnly impressed with the subject, and with his responsibility to the Judge of the living and the dead. His views of divine truth accorded with the confession of faith adopted by the Philadelphia Baptist Association, A. D. 1742; and he preached them with so much wisdom, that they commended themselves to every man's conscience. As a pastor and bishop, he was well qualified to feed and oversee the church of God. In his introductions he generally commented largely on the context. This part of the service was deeply interesting to intelligent as well as inquiring Christians, because it was full of instruction, and closely connected with the subject he had in hand. He was honest, laborions, faithful and successful in his ministry. To his people he was very affectionate and attentive; and their love to him was reciprocal. They lived in the greatest harmony. As a neighbor he was kind and obliging. As a husband, no man could be more tender. As a father he was indulgent, but at the same time he endeavored to train up
his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Their attachment to him was very great.
His love to his ministering brethren was manifest to all who knew him. He was ever tender of their feelings, more especially the young ministers. Let them be ever so weak, if he discovered marks of real piety, he was their friend and their father. He rejoiced at the prosperity of Zion; and it filled him with delight to see the labors of God's servants blest. His mind was too richly imbued with the Holy Ghost to be jealous, lest any of his brethren should be more successful or more highly esteemed than himself. In prayer, he conversed with God, as a child with a father, and evinced an humility, an holy unction and fervor, which edified, cheered, and deeply impressed the soul.
Our dear brother had been long afflicted with an incurable disease, yet he was generally able to attend to his domestic and ministerial duties. Still it was evident to all his friends that his earthly tabernacle was about to be dissolved, especially the week before one of their seasons of communion. On that occasion he chose for his text John xiv. 1. Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. Although unable to stand, except as he supported himself by the desk, yet he preached a long sermon, and one of the most powerful and evangelical he ever delivered. It was as one announcing his last message to man, and then about to step from the pulpit iuto heaven. When he had spoken some time at the communion, and dismissed the assembly, he was asked how he could exert himself so much; and he replied, “I must do my work and die. This is my last sermon. My labors are now done, and the time of my departure is at hand.” He went home, and, reclioing on the bed, remarked to those around him, my work is done. He grew weaker every day, and conversed but little; yet he was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Not long before his death, he said, “When we are about to change houses it will cres ate some anxiety of mind; but, though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” In all his sickness he manifested great patience, calmness, and resignation of soul, trusting in that precious Saviour he had so frequently and affectionately recommended to others, looking and waiting till his change should come ; which occurred about six o'clock in the morning of August 22, 1820, in the fifty-eighth year of his age.
Some of our readers will recognise the following as an Address which was de
livered before the Society for Missionary Inquiry in the Newton Theological Institution, at the last anniversary, by Mr John STEVENS, late a Tutor in Middlebury College.
"THE IMPORTANCE OF A GENERAL DIFFUSION OF DETAILED AND ACCU
RATE INFORMATION ON EVERY TOPIO CONNECTED WITH MISSIONS.
It is not my design, on the present occasion, to dwell on the wast importance of the missionary enterprise, nor directly to urge
80 The Importance of Information on Missionary Topics.
the duty which rests upon all Christians to engage in it, nor yet to present the motives which should incite us to the performance of this duty. The paramount importance of this enterprise to the dearest interests of our race, we all fully believe; the imperious duty resting on all to promote it, we readily acknowledge ; and no one, who has felt the least kindling of love to God in his breast, can avoid feeling in some measure the motives which prompt him to aid in extending the blessings of the Gospel.
And sometimes, indeed, while listening to the earnest appeals of the eloquent advocate of the missionary cause, we may have felt ourselves ready to make any sacrifice, and to engage with the utmost alacrity in the prosecution of any plan designed to meliorate the condition of men. But no sooner have the spirit-stirring notes of the orator's voice ceased to vibrate on the ear, than the emotions excited within us begin to subside. The objects which had been sketched to our view, and had for a moment awakened our sympathies, fade from our sight; our momentary ardor abates; our sudden resolutions are forgotten.
We cannot indeed rid ourselves of the conviction of sober judgment that the missionary cause has claims upon us, and is worthy of our most vigorous exertions. But our attachment to this world's concerns, our love of ease, and our fear of encountering the sneers of worldly men come over us, and obscure our view of the object; and thus check every rising desire, and every incipient resolution to obey the last command of our Saviour.
What we would fain call reason too, and piety even, are summoned to quiet and confirm us in our inaction. It is not to be denied, we say, that the condition of the heathen is deplorable. But what can we do to alleviate it ? Our feeble exertions will be in vain. The work is the Lord's. It is our part to repose confidence in him, and to believe that he who has promised, will in due time fulfil the promise, that his Son shall have the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession.
True, the work is the Lord's; and it is the Lord's work to fasten upon
the minds of Christians the conviction that they are the appointed agents whose duty and noblest privilege it is to co-operate in the accomplishment of the work. Yet, at the same time, it is obligatory upon us to cherish and deepen the impression first received in the Christian school respecting the duties which we owe to the heathen; to turn to account the susceptibilities which our Maker has given, and the natural principles which he has implanted within us, in order to awaken our minds to a full view of the claims which rest upon us; and to learn, by all the means within our reach, the manner in which our efforts must be directed, so as to lead to the happiest results. As having a direct bearing on these points, I have chosen for the subject of a few remarks, the importance of a general diffusion of detailed and accurate information on every topic connected with missions.
The subject, perhaps, may best be illustrated by pointing out the effects which the diffusion of knowledge on these several topics will naturally produce. To mention some of these shall be my endeavor.