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ren'a Church by bishop Gambs at Nisky (Prussia) on the 3d of March. Br. and sr. Uellner are about to proceed to the Greenland mission.
3. Departed in the Lord,atHerrnhut on the 12th of March, the widowed brother FREDERIC RENATUS FRUEAUF,inthe 87 th year of his age. lie had faithfully served the Brethren's Unity upwards of 60 years in various ways, and as a member of the Unity's Elders' Conference, in the Helpers' and Educational Department, from the synods of1S36—1848.
It was our privilege to make the personal acquaintance of this beloved brother, especially during the sessions of the late General Synod of our Church at Herrnhut, On this occasion ourhearts were often edified and made to burn within us when listening to the language of
P'ch, christian wifdom and fervent love, that streamed from the eloquent lips of this venerate servant of the Lord, who had oven from his earliest youth imbibed the spirit of love to the Savior, and remained leaning on Jesus' bosom, like the "beloved disciple," until the blessed moment, when he received permission to depart and to be forever with the Lord.—Ed.
Br. Edmund A. de Schweinitz has beep appointed pastor of the Brethren's Church at Lebanon, where he preached his introductory sermon on Palm-Sunday, April the 13th, ult.
Westfield, Nebraska Territory, Feb. 25th, 1851.
Since my last letter some favorable changes have taken place in our Westfield horizon. We believe to have reason to rejoice at present, that the Savior has dispelled much of the gloom by which we were overcast, and we can rejoice not only in the work of grace which He is by His holy Spirit carrying on in the hearts of some, but also that He has silenced the evil-doers and made them hold down their heads, and has inflicted a deep wound upon the work of Satan, when He appeared among us in the garb of an angel of light, and was thus Ueading many astray. Six adults have returned to ua since New Year, and more will probably soon follow their example.
I feel greatly encouraged in the school, to which I principally attend at present. The average attendance since New Year was 18, the largest number in attendance on one day 22, the smallest number 8, number of scholars on the list 29. Our meetings are usually well attended, and mostly by females, and wc are very much encouraged by having at present two interpreters of our own entirely at our service, viz: Joseph Henry and Job (a nephew of brother Frederic), who came with brother Frederic from Canada last fall. He is distinguished for his childlike humility and unassuming deportment.
Besides our own regular services at Westfield, br. Oehler has commenced to keep meeting every sabbath at Stockbridge's, about 20 miles distant from here, which we will endeavor to keep alternately, so that while one is attending to the religious services at Westfield, the other will labor at Stockbridge's. Last Sabbath about 40 persons attended the meeting at the latter place.
Two weeks ago I paid a visit to my relatives who live in the corners of Jackson, Lafayette and Cass counties, Missouri. They formerly resided near Bethania, N. C. and were in connection with that congregation. The Methodists, Missionary Baptists and Campbellites perform religious worship in this section of country, and although most of my friends have attached themselves to the Methodist persuasion, my uncles, Daniel and Jacob, and their wives, are very anxious that we should visit them from time to time with a view of forming a Moravian congregation among them. At the house of my uncle Jacob, while we were singing some hymns from our German hymn-book, my aunt united with us in singing those verses, which she had learned at Salem. On the evening before I left. I kept a meeting at the house of my uncle Daniel, which was well attended. We will try to visit there every four or five weeks, if practicable, although the distance is about 45 miles.
As the Superintending Agent of Indian affairs, Mr. Mitchell, intends to visit the Indian tribes in the course of the spring, as soon as navigation opens, probably not before the 1st of April, we have thought, that it would be advantageous to us to go in company with him on our visit to the Pawnees, etc.
P. S. March 1st. Last night we were encouraged by the return of another (the seventh), who had strayed from our flock. You will rejoice with us over these moral triumphs, when we on our part hold out no temporal inducements whatever for them to return, but they are only led thereto by perceiving that they have been deceived, and they return because they believe, that their souls will be more benefitted here than elsewhere.
David Z. Smith.
Anniversary Op Odr Home Mission Society.—The Anniversary meeting of our Home Mission Sy. will take place at Bethlehem on Wednesday, the 14th inst. The first service will commence at 9 o'clock A. M., and, the Lord permitting, sermons will be preached on the subject of Home missions in the German and English languages in the Brethren's Church at Uethlehem on the 11th inst., or the sabbath preceding the Anniversary Meeting.—
MEMOIRS of Br. A. A. Vierorth, Bishop of the U. Brethren's
HOME MISSION SERMON by Br. W. H. Van Vleck.
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Our venerable br. Vierorth was born September 7th, 1697, at Cahle, in the Principality of Altenburg. His father held a situation of responsibility under the duke of Saxe-Gotha, and departed in his 71st year relying on the merits of his Savior, to whom, according to our late brother's testimony, he directed his children on all occasions. His last words were: "Lord Jesus, to thee I live; Lord Jesus, to thee I die; living and dying, I am thine. Let thy bitter sufferings and death comfort me, poor sinner!"
His mother, Sophia Margaret Cunow, of Halle, an excellent woman, was descended, on the mother's side, from the family of the celebrated Olearius.t Her grandfather was Johannes Watzlau, burgomaster of Brix, in Bohemia, who had left all for the gospel's
• This Memoir is inserted, not merely on account of the interesting notices which it contains, relative to the state of the Greek Church in Russia, about a century ago, and the enlightened views of Peter the Great, in regard to its reformation, but also because of its connection with two important objects, to which the attention of the Renewed Brethren's Church was early directed,— the conversion of the Samoyedes, and other heathen tribes of Russian Asia, and the evangelisation of the ignorant and neglected peasantry of Livonia and Esthonia. To the attempts made from time to time for the accomplishment of the former of these objects, success was not vouchsafed by the Great Head of the Church: that He may be pleased to grant a measure of it to the renewed effort which it is now proposed to make, will be the fervent prayer of every faithful member and sincere friend of our Church.
t John Gottfried Olearius, an excellent divine and hymnologist, of the 17th century, was born at Halle, in 1635, and died at Arnstadt, in 17l8.-^Ed, Per. Accts.
sake, and been received with his family into the service of the princely house of Magdeburg, then resident at Halle.
Our late brother, being their only surviving son, was very carefully brought up by his parents. He could recall to mind many drawings of the Holy Spirit, and several remarkable preservations of his life, in early childhood. Till his seventh year, he was so weakly, that no one expected that he would live to manhood. For six years his education was committed to private tutors, till his father, finding that their influence was rather injurious than beneficial to him, sent him to school in the year 1710. Shortly before leaving home he partook, for the first time, of the Holy Communion; and the impression then made upon his mind, and renewed on subsequent approaches to the Lord's table, proved a powerful preservative from temptation, and strengthened his desire to devote himself to the ministry of the gospel. After remaining three years at school at Hildeburghausen, he removed to Gotha, where he formed an acquaintance with some well-disposed fellowscholars, and attended a Bible-class with them. In the second year of his residence there, he was led to renew his dedication of himself to the Lord, being deeply affected during the course of instruction given by the Rector Vockeroth, seconded by the evangelical counsels of the Co-rector Kessler.
In August, 1715, in compliance with the recommendation of his parents, he entered himself as student in the University of Jena, though he would rather have gone to that at Halle. Amongst his tutors were Buddeus, Dantz, and Struwe. He associated with a company of students who lived together, and visited Dr. Stolte, of Weimar, every fortnight. Their views of the-truth were, indeed, legal, but many of them sought and found mercy from the Lord, and were gradually brought to evangelical light and liberty.
At Easter, 1719, he removed to Halle. He had corresponded, while at Jena, with professor August Herman Franke; he soon became still more intimate with Dr. Anton, and frequently visited Abbot Breithaupt.* These three excellent men were a great blessing to him, but he was most attached to Dr. Anton. After assisting professor Franke in the charge of the orphan-house, he was sent by him to Dresden, on the application of general Baron von Hallart, to undertake the education of two children. This appointment, which, by the Providence of God, prepared the way for. his future usefulness, was owing to the influence of the Baroness, who was a blessed handmaid of the Lord.
She was by birth of the Livonian branch of the Von Buelow family, and had been seriously impressed with divine things from
• A friend and fellow-labourer of Spener and Franke, and an eminent servant of Christ in his day. He was, for many years before his death, in 1732, General Superintendent at Magdeburg, and Abbot of the Protestant Institution or convent at Kloster Bergen.—Ed. Per. Accti.